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Randy Bannecker

Randy is a founding partner with Bannecker Public Affairs.

Randy 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.  He protects his clients' image while achieving political successes.

 

Randy leverages his knowledge of regional issues and the public and private-sector leaders, who influence the issues to further his clients' interests and create solutions.  He builds lasting relationships for his clients that ensure their continued success.

 

Randy is a leader in the region's business community who has developed strong relationships with opinion leaders and elected officials.

His community service includes:

  • Chair, Business Issues Forum of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

  • Assistant Scoutmaster for Senior Scout Advancement, BSA Troop 186, Seattle

  • Past President Villa Academy Board of Trustees

  • Member and Past Chair, Eastside Business Alliance

  • Member and Past Chair, Eastside Business Roundtable

  • Member and Past Chair, Bellevue Chamber of Commerce

  • Past Chair East King County Chambers of Commerce Legislative Coalition

  • Past President, Seattle City Club

 

Randy served clients for more than 20 years with Bannecker Public Affairs.  He held public affairs positions with Puget Sound Energy and The Rockey Company (now Hill & Knowlton).

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

Randy is a life-long Seattleite and enjoys spending time on the water and in the mountains with his family.

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Meg O'Conor

Meg O'Conor is a partner at Bannecker Public Affairs. She brings more than twenty-five years of experience in journalism, corporate communications, and early-stage fundraising to her work.

Being a journalist at heart, Meg is a skilled storyteller and strategist who helps business leaders craft communication plans that resonate. She also applies her deep knowledge of the region and strong relationships to help companies develop effective community initiatives and public-private partnerships. 

Meg has developed pitch decks and communication plans for startups and established multinational companies, supporting fundraising and complex global business projects and deals. Many of the clients in her portfolio conduct business in regulated industries, including life sciences and healthcare.

Since 2018, Meg has served as an advisor to Life Science Washington, the statewide trade association. Working alongside the CEO, Meg has led the organization's workforce development initiative focused on addressing the severe talent shortage faced by the industry.  

Earlier, Meg held several high-profile roles with Kineta, Inc., a biotechnology company in Seattle. Meg was a key member of the fundraising team credited with closing many of the young company's largest and most influential investors. She also served as a communication and public affairs director. Navigating regulatory compliance, Meg led robust public relations campaigns garnering the early-stage biotech earned national media attention. Her work also included targeted government affairs campaigns to educate members of Congress on the dearth of funding sources for early-stage novel drug development and on the importance of prioritizing funding for infectious diseases.

Previously, Meg worked as a broadcast news reporter and anchor in the Seattle-Tacoma market. Meg holds a bachelor's degree from Smith College.

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