Meet Arin Gray – a business owner, a team builder, and a public engagement expert. Arin brings over 15 years of experience developing and implementing communication and public engagement plans. Her priority is identifying project- and client-specific solutions, not cookie cutter plans. She has expertise in facilitating public meetings, strategic planning, and crisis/issues management. Her approach is an expert combination of proven engagement tools that capture a community’s values and vision to build consent and support of projects while promoting clients’ values, keeping projects moving forward, and enhancing the technical aspects of a project.
She employs this ability to balance priorities at home with her two children. Arin is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Communication Studies. She and her husband live for weekends on the lake and traveling with their kiddos.
Arin is our President and your communication and public engagement expert.
Who is Pete Peters - a facilitator, a connector, and the person that makes things happen. A native Central Texan and dog lover, Pete is a media and public relations consultant with nearly 50 years of experience. He brings people together and is a trusted advisor on business development, strategic communications, and government affairs. Pete excels in analyzing problems and proposing real solutions having worked with over 600 specific campaigns and efforts for clients. His strength is in making connections. He is a strategic thinker, dedicated to clients and partners. This gift for strategy and dedication have also made Pete a successful marathon runner and a master chess player. Pete earned his bachelor’s in Communication Studies and master’s degree in Communication, Journalism and Public Relations from the University of Texas at Austin.
Pete is our Vice President of Public Affairs and your innovative solutions developer.
Meet Dr. Larry Schooler - an award-winning mediator, a teacher, and a consensus builder. Dr. Schooler began his career as a journalist before becoming a facilitator, public engagement, and communications consultant who provides dispute resolution and cutting-edge strategic guidance to a wide array of clients. Dr. Schooler is passionate about sharing his expertise. He has taught public policy consensus building in numerous contexts and is a sought-after conference speaker. He has been published widely on the topics of public engagement, conflict resolution, and consensus building. He is the author of a manual on effectively facilitating public meetings and a forthcoming book on how to engage the public in resolving large-scale issues.
He and his wife share a mostly conflict-free home with their two children. Larry is a graduate of Yale and went on to acquire a doctorate in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University.
Larry is our Director of Consensus Building and Community Engagement and your mediation and facilitation guide.
Who is Julie Richey – a project manager, a customer service professional, and a skilled communicator. Julie brings more than 15 years of experience in communications, client relations, sales, and managing project resources. Her understanding of stakeholder needs and skill in communicating complicated technical information to community members provides clients and communities with confidence in the engagement process. Julie is experienced and skilled in working with stakeholders individually to provide community members with the time and resources they need when working through sensitive issues during project development. She has a strong sales background and marketing experience that helps her to direct projects with relatable strategies that help drive success.
Julie uses her ability to patiently guide and effectively manage at home with her three young children, including a newborn.
Julie is our Director of Business Operations and your customer service and project management professional.
We value our team. We are inclusive, understanding and respectful listeners. We are compassionate, trusting, and positive.
We support each other to be our best, seek and value feedback, we develop and grow our staff, we celebrate each other as individuals, we have fun together.
We are problem solvers who want to do our best work, constantly learning, we hustle, and communicate clearly. We take responsibility for our personal growth and share with others how they can support us. We stay focused on what’s important.
We plan ahead. We follow processes that make sense. We continuously improve our processes, we set clear deadlines and expectations; we have healthy rhythms for managing changes and delivering feedback.
Our clients are depending on us to help with their initiatives and create positive results; we perform better by staying positive despite challenges; we believe in possibility. We believe what we do matters.