ARLINGTON, VA – PLUS Communications, a leading public affairs, media, and digital firm, today announced that John Wittman, former communications director for Texas Governor Greg Abbott, has joined the firm as a partner in its award-winning public affairs practice where he will continue to lead issue advocacy and media campaigns for corporations, trade associations and coalitions.
Adding to its existing locations in the Washington D.C. area and Richmond, VA, John will open PLUS’ latest office in Austin, Texas and bring a diverse set of new clients to the firm – allowing PLUS to further expand its geographical footprint and client management services. As PLUS continues its upward trajectory, the Austin office marks another significant milestone for the growth of the firm. PLUS has experienced double-digit growth, each year, for the past three years and is on track for similar growth in 2022.
PLUS Communications now has more than 175 team members representing over 125 clients – from Fortune 100 companies to trade associations and non-profit organizations across a wide variety of industries. Over the past three years, PLUS has been recognized with some of the communications and PR industry’s highest accolades, including being named a finalist for the Best in Public Affairs Campaign Award given by PRWeek and winning multiple SABRE Awards.
“From Capitol Hill to the campaign trail to the governor’s residence, John combines his political experience with battle-tested media relations and communications skills,” said PLUS Managing Partner Rob Jesmer. “John’s ability to break down complex issues and develop top-tier public affairs strategies positions him well to serve as a trusted advisor to clients both in Texas and at the national level – he knows how to win the tough fights.”
“I could not be more thrilled to join PLUS Communications, an organization boasting some of the finest public affairs professionals in the country,” Wittman said. “I look forward to expanding their presence in Texas through the opening of PLUS’ Austin office and helping our clients navigate the complex media, political, and government landscapes.”
Nearly two years ago, John founded Wittman Public Affairs and was named the #3 “Rising Star” on Capitol Inside’s 2021 list of Texas Lobby Power Rankings. Wittman Public Affairs’ clients depended on John’s expertise in public relations, crisis communications, and government affairs, among other services.
John has also worked in Texas government and politics for a decade. Most recently, he served as the communications director for Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who called John “one of [his] most trusted advisors.”