Two No. 2s Land


Both Dave Cooley, former deputy governor, and Bill Phillips, Mayor Bill Purcell's outgoing deputy, have announced they're starting their own consulting businesses.

From a Cooley press release:

Former Tennessee Deputy Gov. Dave Cooley has formed Cooley Public Strategies, and will operate the new consultancy as a subsidiary of Nashville public relations firm McNeely Pigott & Fox, it was announced today. Cooley will also serve as a principal of MP&F. "Cooley Public Strategies will provide assistance with problem solving, strategic planning and market positioning for private-sector companies and organizations," Cooley said. "I am also excited about reconnecting with my longtime colleagues at MP&F. Their depth of experience and talent from top to bottom provide the perfect platform for launching a more specialized consultancy."

And from Phillips in a mass email to his contact list:

Bill Phillips Company (how creative!) will be established on Thursday of this week. Creating the "public affairs strategies" consulting company is something I have thought about doing for years. I now have the opportunity to do so. After considering various names for a firm, I decided my product is me and my expertise, thus the name Bill Phillips Company.... I anticipate beginning with primarily Nashville-based clients but do anticipate involvement with at least one national organization in the near future and have an excellent possibility of working with other existing consulting firms on projects as well. And of course, I plan on leaving time to do my volunteer work with the International Republican Institute to assist emerging democracies around the globe."

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