Whether you are launching an initiative to advance your business objectives, confronting a crisis, or simply looking for a new edge over your competitors in today’s fractured, high-velocity marketplace, GSSG is uniquely equipped to help.
GSSG clients benefit from Greg Strimple’s unique combination of expertise in public opinion and consumer behavior, award-winning work in advertising, and extensive knowledge of regulated industries, the political process and public policymaking. Greg has leveraged his research, analytical and communications skills to devise and execute successful public policy and marketing campaigns for some of the country's leading corporations and institutions.
Prior to starting GSSG, Greg was a founding partner of Mercury Public Affairs, a national public affairs consultancy that was acquired by The Omnicom Group. At Mercury, Greg was the firm’s senior strategist overseeing polling and advertising. He was personally involved in many of the firm’s most critical accounts, and has extensive experience in healthcare, energy, entertainment, financial and telecommunications issues.
Greg has held numerous positions in presidential, congressional and state legislative campaigns across the country, including as the senior advisor for polling and advertising in Senator John McCain’s 2008 presidential bid. More recently, Greg had a similar role with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in his upset victory of 2009 and reelection in 2013 and Illinois Senator Mark Kirk’s victory in 2010.
Over the span of his career, Greg personally has conducted and interpreted the results of hundreds of local, state, national and international public opinion surveys for campaigns, corporations, NGO’s and business coalitions.
Greg currently resides in Boise, ID, with his wife, Kari, and four children.
Brooks Kochvar has spent the last decade at the intersection of public policy, politics, and public opinion; developing communications and advertising strategies for both political and public affairs campaigns.
Brooks has served as chief of staff to two Members of Congress including four years for Deputy Republican Whip and House Transportation Committee Member, Congressman Chris Chocola. Additionally, he was Deputy Chief of Staff to United States Senator Gordon Smith, a member of the Senate Finance, and the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committees.
Immediately prior to joining GSSG, Brooks managed Senator Kelly Ayotte’s successful campaign for the U.S. Senate, and headed up her transition. During his career, Brooks has overseen production of more than 150 television ads, hundreds of mail pieces, and conducted hundreds of surveys. Kochvar has taught campaign management, strategy, and tactics in Africa, the Middle East, and throughout the United States.
Brooks currently resides in Boise, ID with his wife Rebecca and their son.
A native Portlander and graduate of the University of Oregon, Robert came up in West Coast politics working on the re-election campaign of Senator Gordon Smith in 2008, and, in 2010, he served as Deputy Campaign Manager and Political Director for Chris Dudley’s gubernatorial run in Oregon.
Recently, before joining GS Strategy in Boise, Robert worked for two cycles at the National Republican Congressional Committee as the West Regional Political Director in 2014 and as the Deputy Director of the Patriot Program in 2012.
Robert currently resides in Boise, ID with his wife Cat.
Travis earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Statistics where he tutored research methods and statistic courses, and his master’s degree in Public Policy Analysis while working as a Research Assistant.
In previous roles, Travis provided data and statistical analysis at RRC Associates and Packaging Corporation of America, gaining valuable quantitative and analytical skills. He speaks Spanish fluently, having engaged in humanitarian work for 2 ½ years in Dominican Republic, Ecuador and El Salvador.
Travis joined GS Strategy Group in 2014 as a Data Scientist, and works closely to program statistical models and algorithms to provide insight into key trends. Additionally, he is responsible for streamlining technical processes to ensure reliable and valid data.
Travis lives in Boise, ID with is wife, Bridgette, and their three sons.
Brad Wing offers a wealth of project management experience to GSSG clients. Since 2010, he has been an important member of the GSSG team, overseeing all phases of client research projects - from design and methodology, questionnaire development and fielding, through analysis and reporting. Working closely with Greg Strimple and Brooks Kochvar, he ensures customized research programs for GSSG clients, helping them achieve their objectives through solid, accurate and actionable results.
Prior to joining GSSG, Brad was a general manager with Fastenal Company, an international industrial supply company. He has successfully applied the skills and experience he gained in client relations, business operations, and multi-client project management, to his role at GSSG. With Fastenal he worked closely with the United States Air Force, playing and integral role in helping the Mountain Home Air Force Base manage inventory in its supply
chain and vehicle management system.
An alumnus of the University of Idaho, where he studied political science and business, Brad lives in Boise, ID with his wife, Brett, and their two children.