About Us

Our Experience

We are a boutique public affairs and communications firm serving large and small companies throughout the Pacific Northwest. In business since 1997, we have worked with clients in diverse business sectors and not-for-profit organizations. We develop strategy, relationships, and game plans to help our clients execute on critical public-facing projects. We work alongside C-suite executives and in-house communications teams to deliver winning outcomes. 

Many of the business issues we navigate are high stakes projects for our clients, entwined with their reputation and bottom line.  We help our clients advance their business objectives, tell their company’s story, and create lasting value for their customers, shareholders and the community.

Our Team

Partners, Randy Bannecker and Meg O'Conor Bannecker apply decades of expertise in government, media, and public relations to help clients achieve their goals.  

Randy Bannecker

President, Bannecker & Associates

Randy Bannecker has been engaged in our region’s critical issues for more than 20 years.  He has extensive experience advocating complex, highly visible, and controversial land use and public policy initiatives.  His paramount focus is creating lasting solutions for clients in the Pacific Northwest.

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Randy leverages his in-depth knowledge of regional issues and longstanding relationships with public and private-sector leaders to further his clients’ interests and create successful outcomes. He builds foundational partnerships for his clients with government leaders that ensure strong connections into the future. 

 

Randy is a leader and advocate for the region’s business community. His experience comes from working alongside key opinion leaders and elected officials in the Puget Sound region enabling him to create winning solutions for his clients. 

 

His community service includes:

  • Chair, Business Issues Forum, Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce

  • Past President, Villa Academy Board of Trustees

  • Past Chair, Eastside Business Roundtable

  • Past Chair, Bellevue Chamber of Commerce

  • Past Chair East King County Chambers of Commerce Legislative Coalition

  • Past President, Seattle City Club

 

Before forming Bannecker Public Affairs in 1997, Randy held government affairs positions at Washington Natural Gas, Puget Sound Energy and The Rockey Company (now Hill & Knowlton).

 

Randy is a graduate of Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts.

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Meg O'Conor Bannecker

Director of Media Relations, Strategic Communications & Video Production

Meg O'Conor Bannecker is a principal partner at Bannecker Public Affairs. She creates and executes strategic communication plans and win-win stakeholder partnerships to advance highly visible client projects.


Meg works on a myriad of communication challenges for start-ups and multi-national companies, advising C-suite executives, entrepreneurs, and scientists.  

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A central focus of her practice is helping companies explain complex business issues and scientific subjects to stakeholders, customers, and investors.  Many of her clients are companies and organizations in healthcare and life sciences. Meg brings extensive experience executing successful public relations campaigns for both consumer and regulated products, earning clients earned national news media exposure and social media engagement from top-tier influencers.

 

Currently, Meg serves as an advisor to Life Science Washington (LSW), helping the statewide trade association address a workforce shortage in the biotechnology and medical device industries. The workforce initiative is focused on expanding industry-endorsed post-secondary workforce training programs and increasing student awareness of the life science sector in Washington state. 

 

Earlier, Meg held several high-profile roles with Kineta, Inc., a biotechnology company in Seattle. Meg was a key member of the fundraising team who is credited with identifying and closing many of the young company’s largest and most influential investors. She also served as a communication and public affairs director.  Navigating regulatory rules, Meg led public relations initiatives that garnered the early-stage biotech national media attention including coverage in National Geographic Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and other top-flight news outlets. Government relations work for Kineta included campaigns to educate members of Congress on the shortage of funding for infectious and neglected diseases.

 

Meg began her professional life working in broadcast news, serving as a reporter, weathercaster, producer, and news anchor for stations in Virginia and Seattle. In Seattle, Meg worked alongside KING 5 station leadership (NBC affiliate) to develop and launch its highly regarded KING 5 News HealthLink segment. Meg earned her AB from Smith College.

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Our Commitment to Community

We believe citizens and businesses alike have a responsibility to serve and improve the communities that are their homes.  At the core of every project we take on is a belief that our work is advancing positive change that benefits people, not-for-profit organizations, business and the greater Pacific Northwest region. 

For more than two decades we have provided volunteer service as board chairs, members of government organizations, and committees sharing our knowledge through pro-bono presentations, media training, and providing other forms of in-kind support.

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Board Chairmanship

  • Alki Foundation / Seattle Chamber of Commerce

  • Bellevue Chamber of Commerce

  • Eastside Business Alliance 

  • Eastside Business Roundtable 

  • East King County Chamber of Commerce Legislative Coalition 

  • Seattle CityClub 

Government Organizations

  • City of Seattle Commercial Policies and Code Review Advisory Committee

  • King County International Airport Roundtable 

  • King County Council Ombudsman Search Committee

  • King County Critical Areas/ Stormwater Ordinances Citizen Stakeholder Group

Selected Presentations

 

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In-Kind Support

  • Cancer for College 

  • Deaconess Children's Services 

  • Program for Early Parent Support

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