Chandra Hosek, Principal and Co-founder
Chandra has more than 15 years of experience in public relations and strategic communications on both the corporate and agency sides. She has delivered high-impact PR programs for a variety of technology clients, ranging from enterprise software to hardware to cloud computing. She understands that in this digital age anyone can say anything about your company at any time across multiple vehicles. As a result, public relations is as important and relevant as ever, providing more opportunities to connect directly to your target audiences.
Chandra combines big-picture thinking with a fervent emphasis on building awareness via substance, not hype. She enjoys delving into what makes companies unique and telling their stories backed up by facts and anecdotes that will resonate with reporters, bloggers, and other influencers. Her specialties include messaging and positioning as well as writing technology copy in human terms.
Most recently, she served as director of corporate communications for ScienceLogic, where she positioned the company as one to watch in IT operations and cloud computing management. Prior to ScienceLogic, Chandra managed corporate communications for LifeSize, the third largest provider of high-definition video conferencing equipment and services for businesses. While there, she oversaw strategic public relations and social media initiatives, including creating and managing the company’s corporate blog.
Previously, she managed national and international public relations for software provider NetQoS. She helped raise its visibility from a start-up to an established, important player in the network and application performance management space. NetQoS became one of the fastest growing technology companies in the U.S., with more than half of Fortune 100 as customers and 31 sequential quarters of double digit revenue growth. This success led CA Technologies to acquire the company in 2009.
On the agency side, Chandra managed technology clients such as Motion Computing, Verity, Wayport, and Trilogy for The Alliant Group and Edelman, the world’s largest PR firm.
Chandra has a bachelor’s degree in public relations from William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, and a master’s degree in speech communication from Texas State University in San Marcos. She serves on the St. David’s Foundation Toast of the Town Committee, which supports scholarships for students pursuing careers in healthcare.
Chris Hosek, Principal and Co-founder
Chris Hosek has more than 15 years of experience in political communications, media relations, and legislative policy. As principal and co-founder of H2 Strategic Communications, he specializes in developing communications plans, strategies, and messaging as well as lending crisis communications experience to clients.
Chris is also a principal of Texas Star Alliance, specializing in direct lobbying and state agency relations. He has experience with a broad range of legislative issues and policy initiatives including a specific expertise in the energy sector.
For five years, Chris served as the Chief of Staff to the Chair of the Railroad Commission of Texas, Elizabeth Ames Jones. In addition to his duties running the Commission, he was responsible for message development, communications planning, media relations, crisis communications, and speech writing. Chris also served as the official media spokesman for the Chairman. The Railroad Commission is the regulatory body that oversees Texas’ energy industries including all levels of the oil and gas industry, pipeline safety, gas utility rates and the permitting and reclamation of coal and uranium mines.
Prior to his work at the Railroad Commission, Chris was the legislative director for Jones in the Texas House of Representatives for the 78th and 77th sessions. He served as the House’s committee aide to the Appropriations Committee, responsible for drafting the state’s two-year budget. He was also committee aide for Jones on the House Energy Resources Committee, where he received his background in the energy field. In addition, Chris has worked on the Urban Affairs and State Recreational Resource committees.
During his time in the Legislature, Chris was instrumental in setting up Texas’ first umbilical cord blood bank. The Texas Cord Blood Bank was created by statute in 2001 and funded in 2003. Stem cells from umbilical cord blood can be used to treat diseases such as leukemia, lymphomas, sickle cell anemia and primary immuno-deficiencies. Chris worked to secure a $1 million initial state grant for the bank, as well as an additional $2.5 million private/public matching grant. The bank is located in San Antonio and has currently banked over 1,500 cords.
Chris met with numerous international trade delegations at the Railroad Commission. He also participated in Texas Trade Missions to Mexico, Qatar and United Arab Emirates. In 2008, Chris was selected by the American Council of Young Political leaders as a delegate to participate in an overseas governmental exchange with Taiwan.
Chris graduated from Texas State University at San Marcos in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in communications. He is a member of the Texas State at San Marcos Alumni Association and the Phi Delta Theta Alumni Association.