Team


Frank L. Williams

Frank L. Williams

President / Lead Strategist

Frank Williams graduated from the N.C. State University Department of Communication in 1993 and started working with his first freelance public relations client later that year.  He founded Pioneer Strategies in August 2001.  Frank is a member of the N.C. Public Relations Society of America (NCPRSA) and an affiliate member of Association Executives of North Carolina (AENC).  He also serves on the N.C. Leadership Council for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading small business advocate, and the executive board for the Cape Fear Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  Frank served as president of the Leland Area Rotary Club, on the boards of directors of the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce and Communities in Schools of Brunswick County and the Brunswick Community College Small Business Center Advisory Committee.  He previously served as President of the Raleigh Public Relations Society and Publicity Director for the Raleigh Jaycees.  Frank is a self-published author and enjoys fishing, reading, writing, politics and ACC sports (Go Wolfpack!).

 

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Andy Yates

Andy Yates

Digital Strategist

Andy Yates has 14 years of consulting and communication experience working with political campaigns, advocacy groups, Fortune 500 companies, small businesses and associations throughout North Carolina and across the nation. He has extensive experience developing and managing targeted digital advertising campaigns for a variety of clients.

In 2015, Andy received the prestigious “Rising Star” award from Campaigns and Elections Magazine. Given annually since 1998, this award, dubbed “one of the most prestigious honors in the campaign world,” recognizes the top up-and-coming talent in the political world.  “Rising Star” winners have launched dozens of the top political consulting firms and have served in senior positions on the presidential campaigns of every major party nominee since 1992.

Andy is a regular guest on News 14’s Capital Tonight, a statewide news program discussing local, state and national politics, and his expertise has also been featured on WCNC NBC 6′s Flashpoint, a weekly political affairs program focusing on important issues in North Carolina. He has been interviewed by numerous news outlets including Politico, Roll Call, The Hill, WECT-6 (NBC), News 14 Carolina, WWAY-3 (ABC), The Charlotte Observer, The News & Observer, The Greenville (SC) News, The Wilmington Star News and The Fayetteville Observer.

Andy is a graduate of Wake Forest University.