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McNees Acquires Lobbying Firm The Winter Group

September 4, 2018
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HARRISBURG, Pa. – (September 4, 2018) McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC has acquired The Winter Group, one of the most effective and prestigious government relations firms in the state. The Winter Group will operate as the McNees-Winter Group LLC along with the existing McNees subsidiaries, Community Networking Resources LLC, Mid-Atlantic Strategic Solutions, Capital Associates LLC and Helix LLC. This addition, effective on August 31, 2018, follows the firm’s acquisition of Capital Associates earlier this year.

The McNees-Winter Group’s main mission is to solve problems for its clients and provide straightforward consulting, constant communication and old-fashioned hard work to help them reach their business goals. It offers a wide variety of services including management consulting and strategy, technical consulting and presentations, public relations, and PAC consulting and management.

“The addition of The Winter Group and its outstanding portfolio of clients and relationships further enhances the depth and quality of McNees’ government relations, lobbying, grassroots and non-profit foundation representations in Pennsylvania and Ohio,” said McNees Chairman, David Kleppinger. “Our collective clients will be the primary beneficiaries as they will have access to 20 government relations and nonprofit professionals as well as our 130 attorneys resident in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Washington, D.C./Frederick, Maryland.”

The Winter Group was founded in February 2005 by Mark Singel, who was Pennsylvania’s Lieutenant Governor from 1987 to 1995 and for a short period of time served as Acting Governor. Mark and his team provide services to clients in retail, hospitality and gaming, manufacturing, technology, energy, non-profits and health care. While Mark is vacating his position as President of The Winter Group, he will continue as a consultant to the McNees-Winter Group and its clients.

“I can’t imagine a better fit than McNees Wallace & Nurick and the Winter Group,” said Mark Singel. “This new team is a solid group of professionals with the experience and contacts to provide a new level of service for all of our clients.”

Members of The Winter Group joining McNees are:

Peg Callahan-Kuskin, Senior Partner, brings extensive experience in the legislative political arenas. She has worked with the Republican leadership in the Pennsylvania Senate and has served as a special assistant to the Pennsylvania Secretary for Commerce. In addition, she was the Legislative Director for the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Authority.

Peg’s most recent successes include the enactment of the Licensing of Massage Therapists; Prescriptive Authority for Licensed Nurse-Midwives; Scope of Practice Legislation for Perfusionists and Heart and Lung Legislation for State Correctional Officers.

Angie Armbrust, Senior Associate, interacts with legislative and administrative officials in areas such as health care policy, economic development and tax policies, transportation issues, and procurement. She actively monitors regulatory developments, state contracts, and other state programs and communicates these items to clients on a regular basis.

Angie has also served as the Managing Director of a large professional association where she assisted the executive board and committee chairs as needed, responded to member inquiries, interacted with other associations, coordinated board meetings across the state, and planned and managed twice-yearly conferences with 700+ attendees.

Natalie Cook, Associate, monitors the actions of the PA General Assembly, and creates and sends legislative tracking and updates to clients on a regular basis. She conducts in depth research on proposals and works with legislative and administrative officials on several client issues. She also coordinated advocacy days.

Natalie’s previous work experience includes a sales and client relations position at Tyco Electronics and an internship with the Italian Consulate in Philadelphia where she was involved in event planning and communications for the Consulate.


McNees is a full-service law firm based in central Pennsylvania with more than 130 attorneys representing corporations, associations, institutions and individuals. The firm serves clients worldwide from offices in Harrisburg, Lancaster, State College and Scranton, PA; Columbus, OH; Frederick, MD; and Washington, D.C. McNees is also a member of the ALFA International Global Legal Network. | @McNeeslaw | LinkedIn


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