We are Redwave

From the heartland of America, an award-winning, campaign-winning communications firm specializing in voter contact and direct mail.

About Us

Located in Iowa

Iowa is home to the first-in-the-nation caucuses, and Des Moines-based Redwave has welcomed candidates, their staffs and reporters from around the country and world. While our early state location gets us noticed, it’s our Midwestern work ethic, superior design and creative messaging that commands attention.

About Us

A Full and Complete Victory is Our Mission

Our integrated approach leverages our online and offline connections, weaving a campaign narrative across a variety of channels to ensure every candidate or cause is given priority attention regardless of how big or small a project. Our relationship with state and national reporters is expands from coast to coast. Our designers work around the clock. We plow intense passion into everything we create. Bottom line: When you partner with Redwave, you are a valued member of our family. A full and complete victory isn’t just a responsibility – it’s our mission.

Our Services

Unmatched Experience With Everything We Create

Owner David Kochel has been involved in politics the majority of his professional life. With more than 30 years of political and public affairs experience in Iowa and around the nation, Kochel has been a senior consultant to many successful political and corporate clients. His reputation in national political circles is unmatched, where he is regularly sought out by top national media figures for his expert commentary and background information on a wide range of political issues.

About Us

Meet Redwave

Redwave can deliver your message, whether it’s through the mailbox, inbox, web, phone or tablet.

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Ride the Wave

Fresh, targeted messaging, aimed at the heart of your audience. Our strategy, design, and copy is built to win hearts and minds…and elections.

Public Affairs & Design

We are a full service public affairs and design firm that creates innovative and persuasive direct marketing programs to meet the needs of our corporate and political clients.

Mobilization

While our primary focus is targeted communications, Redwave has extensive experience in grassroots mobilization, media relations, database management, and electronic data marketing.

About Redwave

Our team features campaign professionals, creative talent, and management with the right experience in achieving results. We’ve managed voter contact campaigns of all sizes, from a few thousand voters, to tens of millions.

Marisa Tank

Chief Executive Officer

Marisa Tank has been the wheels that make Redwave Communications turn since 2006. She began working as a copy editor and production manager for JDK Marketing and Public Affairs, the forerunner to Redwave. She later took a leave to work as the Youth Coordinator for Romney for President in Iowa and the Midwest E-Campaign Director for John McCain for President. In 2009, Marisa came back to Redwave and has since served as the Chief Operating Officer. In 2015, Marisa was promoted to CEO. She oversees the design, production, and execution of every single project that comes through our door, which includes tens of millions of pieces of mail all over the country.

Sara Craig Gongol

President

One of the country’s top campaign managers, Sara brings vast strategic knowledge to Redwave. Serving as Iowa Caucus Manager and Virginia State Director for Mitt Romney in 2012, Campaign Manager for Ron Ramsey for Governor in Tennessee in 2010, Executive Director and Legislative Caucus Director of the North Dakota Republican Party in 2008, and various other campaign positions in between, Sara understands what it takes to manage a budget, direct a staff, and make strategic decisions.

Tim Albrecht

Message Executive

Tim Albrecht is one of the most recognizable communications professionals in Iowa, with over 15 years of political messaging experience. Among his work, he served as Communications Director on the campaigns of Romney for President and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, and in Governor Branstad’s official office. Tim masters the media and messaging arc of any political or public affairs project.

David Kochel

Owner

With more than 30 years of political and public affairs experience in Iowa and around the nation, David has been a senior consultant to many successful political and corporate clients. He is respected in national political circles and is regularly sought out by top local and national media for his expert commentary and background information on key political issues.

Angie Hughes

Account Executive

Angie Hughes has spent over a decade involved in Iowa’s local, state, and federal political arena.  Prior to joining the Redwave team, Angie spent a number of years working with the Iowa Legislature as an assistant to the Iowa House Majority Leader, a policy analyst for the Iowa Senate Republicans, and the Director of Government Affairs for a leading Midwestern Public Relations firm.  Among working for many statewide and federal races, her campaign experience includes serving as a GOP Victory field manager in President George W. Bush’s re-election campaign, and Iowa Director for the Unlocking Potential Project – a conservative grassroots initiative founded by Carly Fiorina. With her background in public affairs and campaign strategy, Angie understands the importance of crafting a targeted message to achieve winning results.

Redwave Evolution

2002: A Strong Start

Kochel forms JDK Marketing & Public Affairs, taking on such clients as Romney for Governor in Massachusetts, to Arnold Schwarzenegger, to the New Rights Party of the former Soviet Republic of Georgia.

2004: Award-winning Campaign

Provided consulting and mail support for Romney’s Presidential campaign, as well as state and local elections and our numerous corporate clients.

2007: Cross Country Voter Contact

Provided consulting and mail support for Romney’s Presidential campaign, as well as state and local elections and our numerous corporate clients.

2008: Re-Branded

Kochel re-branded as Redwave Communications while continuing to produce winning messaging for clients nationwide.

2009: East Coast Swing

Handled mail for Chris Christie’s successful Governor’s race.

2010: New Location

Set up shop in the Ingersoll business corridor.

Winning with Direct Mail

Produced direct mail for 72 winning GOP congressional candidates in 24 states as a member of the Republican National Committee’s voter contact team.

2011/2012: Election Mail

Managed direct mail programs for Governor Mitt Romney’s successful march to the nomination and in several targeted states in the general election.

2013: Redwave Digital

Opened subsidiary company Redwave Digital, to handle increased digital campaign requests.

2014: A Banner Year

Handled direct mail for statewide campaigns of U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, Governor Terry Branstad, Scott Brown for U.S. Senate, and dozens of other clients from coast-to-coast.

2015 and Beyond

Ready to work for you!

Company Facts

Our team includes more than a dozen designers, staff photographers and videographers, and a huge production team that can produce tens of millions of pieces of direct mail per cycle, on time and on budget.

Hours of Development

million pieces of mail have been printed

ZERO Missed Deadlines

Direct Mail

From simple postcards, to the most complicated executions of multi-piece packaging, our team has the creativity and the production talent to get the job done. We’ve been known to completely rebuild our production lines to accommodate complicated, long-run absentee ballot requests so they can run in one pass.

Branding & Identity

Whether you need a simple logo, or a full suite of marketing materials with an identity style-book, our talented designers deliver.

Collateral

We’ve wrapped buses, RVs, provided made-for-TV backdrops, designed T-shirts, whatever your campaign needs. If you can put a message on it, we’ve done it.

Media Consulting

Our team has produced mock debates and conducted debate prep sessions for some of the best-known leaders in the GOP. We’ve also prepped clients for media appearances, and managed media responses for every imaginable political and public affairs scenario.

Digital

Our sister company, Redwave Digital has worked in a number states focusing on local candidate and issue campaigns.

We are ready to work for you!  Please see a sample of our work below:

Presidential Campaign

Collateral

Statewide & Federal Campaigns

Ballot, Measures, & Coalitions, & Issue Advocacy Campaigns

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4019 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312

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