Chandra Hosek, Principal and Co-founder
Chandra has more than 20 years of experience in public relations and strategic communications on both the corporate and agency sides. She delivers high-impact PR, social media, and writing programs for a variety of technology clients. In this digital age, she helps companies connect with their target audiences in authentic, meaningful ways.
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 editors, 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 PR agency side, Chandra managed technology clients 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 and her husband Chris support several not-for-profit organizations in Austin, including Ballet Austin, St. David’s Foundation, and Mack, Jack & McConaughey (MJ&M). Chandra serves on the St. David’s Foundation Toast of the Town Committee, which in 2019 raised $1.5 million in scholarships for students pursuing careers in healthcare.
Chris Hosek, Principal and Co-founder
Chris Hosek has more than 20 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.
Chris met with numerous international trade delegations at the Railroad Commission. He also participated in several trade missions to Mexico, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Philippines, Singapore, and Myanmar. 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. In 2015, Chris was asked to lead the same organization to Indonesia, Malaysia, and Qatar.
In 2019, Chris was named D CEO Magazine’s “Innovator of the Year.” In 2018, Chris won the Texas Oil and Gas Award for Service Excellence, the first energy lobbyist to win the award. In 2015, 2017, and 2019, Chris was ranked in the top “Power Ranking” by Capitol Inside, a Texas political publication. In 2013, he was recognized as a “Rising Star” on its 10th annual Texas Lobby Power Rankings. Also, in 2013, the Austin Business Journal named him “Who’s Who in Energy.”
In addition to serving the legislative needs of his clients, Chris’ involvement with the community is robust. He was appointed to serve on the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC), a multi-state government entity that is viewed as the authority on domestic oil and gas issues. Chris has also served as an Urban Transportation Commissioner for the City of Austin. In addition, he sits on the board of Ballet Austin and is a Board Member for the Lone Star Success Academy, which improves the lives of troubled, at-risk, and vulnerable Texas youth by offering an alternative education. He also serves as a Trustee for the American Council for Young Political Leaders, a Washington D.C.-based organization that implements unique international exchange activities for political leaders worldwide. He is active in the Texas State Alumni Association and the Phi Delta Theta Alumni Association.