Travis was honored to receive a national Pollie Award at the annual conference of the American Association of Political Consultants in San Diego, California.
He was awarded the political consulting industry’s highest mark of professional achievement as he earned a Bronze Pollie in the student category for work he completed while at the George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management. Within the student category, Travis’ Bronze Pollie was awarded in the Best Use of TV subcategory for a 30-second spot entitled “Dear Dr. Bill.”
The ad portrayed a young mother telling the story of her daughter who received free medical treatment from the clinic of Dr. Bill Cassidy, a Louisiana physician running for the U.S. Senate. While the account was fictionalized, the power of the script, visuals, and political acumen were sufficient to earn Travis his third Pollie Award in two years.
“While I’m honored to have been recognized for this ad, I have to give a lot of credit to my team as well,” Travis said. “Tima, Aya, and Jay (the videographer and video editor) played an instrumental role in making this happen. It truly was a team effort.”
“I would be remiss to not give credit, too, to our professor, Peter Fenn,” Travis continued. “His guidance throughout the semester and this project was unparalleled.”
The Pollie Awards contest is run by the American Association of Political Consultants and staffed by volunteer judges who blindly review submissions. Pollies have been called “the Oscars of political consulting” by Esquire Magazine and are recognized as the industry’s highest honor.
“My primary goal as a political practitioner is to win elections for my clients,” Travis concluded. “But having my work recognized by my peers is a true honor.”