Terry Holt, a founding partner at HDMK, has led public affairs campaigns at the international, national and local levels, including two winning presidential campaigns. He has worked across the public policy spectrum; including energy, health care, telecommunications, financial services and real estate.

Holt brings a wealth of insight into the intersection of public affairs and politics and specializes in translating complex policy objectives into the compelling themes and messages needed to win. Because of his broad experience and vision, he has provided long-term communications and media strategy for several chief executives at leading trade associations and corporations.

Holt has thirty years of experience in politics and public service, including his time as a senior communications strategist and spokesman for the 2000 and 2004 Bush/Cheney presidential campaigns. He has worked in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. In the House, he was Communications Director for former Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Richard Armey, and Budget Committee Chairman John Kasich. In the Senate, he worked as Deputy Press Secretary on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for Richard Lugar from Indiana. Holt is also a veteran of the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Terry frequently appears on top-rated news and opinion programs, including The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino (FOX), Out Front with Erin Burnett (CNN), NPR, and the BBC, among others. He lives in Alexandria, VA with his wife, Cook, and son, Dylan.


Trent Duffy has thirty years of exceptional experience in strategic communications, media relations, public affairs, campaign and coalition leadership, crisis management, speechwriting and executive media preparation, having served in top positions in the White House, Congress and in the private sector. For the past thirteen years, he has provided media and strategic counsel to clients ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to trade associations, issue advocacy coalitions, newsmakers, executives, and others through the strategic communications consulting company he helped found and still manages today.

Duffy served President George W. Bush in the White House for four years, rising to Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Press Secretary. In that role, he was the chief spokesperson and communications strategist on numerous public policy issues, including: economic policy, regulatory policy, energy, health care, homeland security, telecommunications, taxes and trade. Duffy regularly conducted the Official White House Briefing for the White House press corps.

Prior to serving in the West Wing, Duffy served as Communications Director for Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). 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. He also led communications strategy for the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) under Director John Graham.

Duffy also has extensive experience on Capitol Hill. As Communications Director for the powerful House Ways and 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 former House Appropriations Committee Chairman 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 appeared regularly on cable and network news to discuss political and communications issues.