Terry Holt has spent the past three decades managing media campaigns both in the government and private sector. He has served as the director of winning political campaigns, and has managed large-scale communications and advocacy efforts on issues ranging from health care reform and national energy policy to financial services, telecommunications, immigration and trade.
Holt has served as a senior communication strategist on three presidential campaigns, including Bush-Cheney 2000 and again in 2004, when he served as National Spokesman. He has also served as a senior advisor to the Republican National Committee, and managed winning congressional campaigns across the country.
Holt also enjoys strong ties to Capitol Hill. He is a former spokesperson for now Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner (R-OH). From 2001 to 2003, Holt served as communications director for then-House Majority Leader Richard Armey (R-TX), and he previously served as communications director for the House Budget Committee.
Holt has become a trusted political analyst and regularly appears on numerous cable news programs and talk radio shows. He has also been a frequent guest on Fox News "Hannity," MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports" and CNN's "Larry King Live" and "The Situation Room."
Trent Duffy has over two decades of experience in media relations, strategic communications and public affairs, and has served in top positions in both the White House and on Capitol Hill. In addition to his government experience, he has provided media and strategic counsel to a client list that includes: the Financial Services Roundtable Housing Policy Council, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Natural Products Association, the Direct Marketing Association, and other corporate, association and coalition clients.
Duffy served President George W. Bush in the White House for four years, most as deputy assistant to the president and deputy press secretary. In that role, he was a top spokesperson and media strategist on numerous public policy issues, including: economic policy, energy, health care, homeland security, telecommunications, taxes and trade.
Prior to serving in the West Wing, Duffy served as communications director for Mitch Daniels at the White House Office of Management and Budget. There, he developed and led government-wide communication strategies for the president's 2003 and 2004 budgets, and was heavily involved in promoting the president's economic program and the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003.
Duffy also has extensive experience on Capitol Hill. As communications director for the powerful House Ways & Means Committee, he developed a strong policy background and an ability to understand, translate and persuasively advocate on highly technical issues such as tax and trade policy, Medicare and Social Security.
In 2001, Duffy served as press secretary for the Republican National Committee. He has also worked as communications director for U.S. Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) and legislative aide to U.S. Representative Harold Rogers (R-KY). In 1997, he was a spokesperson for New Jersey Governor Christie Todd Whitman's successful re-election campaign. Duffy also worked as assistant manager for federal affairs at Parsons Brinckerhoff, an international engineering consulting firm.
Reporters still frequently seek Duffy's views on current political news. U.S. News and World Report said he "easily gave the best quotes out of the West Wing during his three years," and that "reporters like him because he was knowledgeable on tricky and technical issues ... he was also honestly blunt." Duffy has been a guest on Fox News Channel, MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews," CNN's "American Morning," and C-SPAN's "Washington Journal."
Michael E. Hacker
With more than 15 years of experience providing strategic Washington counsel to Members of Congress, Fortune 500 companies, national non-profit organizations and trade associations, Michael Hacker is a seasoned legislative and campaign professional specializing in issue advocacy, legislative strategy and public relations.
Hacker comes to HDMK from the Office of Assistant Democratic Leader and former Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, the House Democrats' chief vote counter, where he served as Floor Director and Senior Advisor. In that capacity he worked directly with Members of Congress and senior staff to move an ambitious legislative agenda through the House of Representatives.
In that role, he acted as the Democratic leadership's primary liaison to the business community and was responsible for a broad legislative and political portfolio, including telecommunications, energy and financial services policy. Immediately prior to his position with the Majority Whip, he was a director at DC-based public affairs firm, where he focused on crisis communications and government relations for a number of high-profile engagements.
Hacker began his Washington career in Michigan politics, serving in a variety of roles for House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman John D. Dingell, including as Communications Director and Senior Policy Advisor. He was also a special assistant to then Democratic Whip David Bonior. A veteran of numerous congressional political campaigns, he has worked on every Democratic Presidential campaign since 1996.
Hacker, a native of Mt. Clemens, Michigan, is a graduate of the University of Michigan where he earned degrees in English literature and American history. He is an avid duck hunter, fly fisherman and Michigan Wolverine football fanatic who currently resides in the District of Columbia.
Christin Fernandez joined HDMK in 2011 after working as a producer for Fox News Channel, bringing years of broadcast news planning, production and strategy experience to HDMK.
Fernandez began her career working on Fox News Channel's foreign, national and political breaking news desks, covering major news stories, including the 2008 presidential election cycle and the Democratic National Convention, where she was featured on-air as a news desk correspondent on location in Denver, Colo.
She came to Washington as a planning producer with WTTG Fox 5, and worked later as a bureau producer with Fox News Channel. She has covered the President's State of the Union Address, as well as to various high-profile stories on location. Fernandez also coordinated news coverage and guest appearances for Fox's 17 owned and operated affiliates across the United States. She has written and edited story packages which aired both on national and local news stations.
Fernandez's strategic communications experience includes her media tour promotion work with on-air talent such as Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly. She most recently coordinated weekly on-air media promotion for the Dr. Oz Show. Fernandez holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and communications from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.
Brendan joined HDMK in 2012 after graduating cum laude from Lake Forest College with a double major in Economics and Politics. He has spent time as an intern on Capitol Hill in the Senatorial Offices of Scott Brown (R-MA) and Mark Kirk (R-IL). During his time interning on Capitol Hill much of his work focused on either small business affairs or economic development issues. Brendan was also previously a member of Univision Networks corporate strategy team in Miami and Coleman Research Group’s business and finance division in New York City. As a student, Brendan was a writing tutor and peer teacher. He was also named to the national honors society for both his politics and economics majors.