#ncsen: Tillis son jumps into political consulting

8875403Is there room for TWO members of the Tillis family in North Carolina politics?  I guess we’ll soon find out. Ryan Tillis, the son of US Senate candidate Thom and his wife Susan, has apparently hung out his shingle as a political campaign consultant. 

According to the web site for Tillis Consulting, LLC, the firm specializes in: social media organization and reporting, VOIP monitoring, mobile programs, mailer tracking, early voting drives, volunteer IDs, and absentee targeting and sifting. 

One problem with the site we spotted right away: The bio page includes a photo of the younger Tillis sleeping.  That image surely won’t build confidence in the minds of prospective clients. 

The bio page features a long narrative from young Tillis about his experiences in college in DC, as well as those while working at the US Patent  Office:

[…] During my experience there I developed a tracking method to effectively reverse engineer the productivity metrics to tell me exactly how much work I had to do, updated by the minute, in order to get them the numbers they wanted. The first day there I was turning out maybe 5 patents a day, by the time I left I was averaging 40-45 patents a day with no sign of them slowing down their demands. After keeping a letter of resignation in my desk drawer for a few months, trying to quit once and being convinced by the team manager to stay on board I finally went through with it at the end of November 2013.

I had since been blissfully and willfully removed from my Father’s Senate campaign. After some careful thought on my part, discussions with my family, and a meeting with the campaign manager I decided that it would be a great opportunity for me develop as a professional and get an interesting and unique experience on statewide campaign.

The real fun was in what I got to do outside of what I would consider the chore of check caging/reporting. My father told me going into the job that I should try to fill the gaps and find the places where processes could be improved. I took this to heart from the beginning and tried my best to master the campaign’s softwares, establish relationships with the volunteer-base, and understand the methodologies that make a campaign flow.

When I first came on board I gave a presentation about the elements that I wanted to bring to the table for the Primary campaign from a young person’s perspective. These aims included social media optimization, increasing candidate accessibility through low cost mediums like youtube, twitter engagement, taking advantage of cloud platforms, mobile devices, ease-of-access card swiping technologies, and a variety of other considerations. Some of these came to fruition, some were overly ambitious given the timeframe and allotted budget. I did manage to get the campaign over 16k twitter followers over the course of 3 months without spending a dime. Given the freedom to, I came up with the title “Digital Media/IT Specialist”. 

During the campaign I became proficient with Crimson, Rocketbase, Votermapping, Google Fusion Tables, Nationbuilder, Microsoft Mappoint, and other useful campaign technologies. During my time at American University I used a variety of data visualization and manipulation tools. I don’t claim to be an expert by any means, but I am a quick learner and I love working with diverse softwares to come up with creative solutions.

I established professional relationships with top-level consultants, media professionals, software CEOs, not to mention the great team of people working on my father’s senate campaign (and the incredibly dedicated and continuously humbling volunteers). At a certain point I felt that my operational framework as a Digital Media/IT consultant was too limited to accomplish the goals I set out to achieve. So I decided to pursue my own consulting practice. […] 

5 thoughts on “#ncsen: Tillis son jumps into political consulting

  1. Well his dad’s campaign is a sleeper, uninspiring. Yawwwnnnnn!!!!!!
    Might want to wait till after November before ordering the letterhead kid.

  2. “One problem with the site we spotted right away: The bio page includes a photo of the younger Tillis sleeping. That image surely won’t build confidence in the minds of prospective clients.”

    OH C’mon, stop being so hard on the young man. It didn’t seem to hurt this guy at all……… 🙂


  3. Some grassroots ladies are sharing this article because it puts 2 & 2 together on one subject… During the primary it was a point of confusion when Tillis began following many of their twitter accounts, despite the negative posts being made toward him, and some wondered if it was an attempt to intimidate, etc. An “I’m watching what you post” kind of thing. It became a running joke that the Tillis twitter account was dubbed #creepystalker. Now, more is clear.

  4. Brant…. His dad’s campaign will rake in millions from suckers and cronies hoping to get a favor and that money has to be handed to campaign consultants who will send out the spam, line up ad buys, pay off media workers, etc.

    I wonder where Thom can find a good consultant to drop some cash on?

  5. My father was selected by the illuminati in 2003 to win during the Republican push back.

    The photo is an amusing allegory. The site was never intended to bring in clients, it served a different purpose at the time.

    Thanks (google) for reminding me to take it down. Also, thank you for the advice about the letter head, not enough trees left to waste on a such a vanity.

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