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Our Mission

Our mission is to make it easy for organizations to reach out and connect with key decision makers at the right local governments.

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Our Vision

  • Our comprehensive contact database includes every local government decision maker in the US, including municipalities, townships, counties, special districts and school districts
  • Our customers are able to cost effectively and reliably reach their ideal decision makers in any of these governments
  • Our business partners further assist our clients by offering value added services that improve results
  • Local governments work better because they’re better served by the right suppliers.  Their employees and elected officials are more effective and happier in their roles and their communities are better served.

Core Values

Accuracy

All our contact information will be of the highest accuracy possible. Inaccurate data is worse than useless. It causes marketers to squander time and money on programs that will never reach their intended target.

Completeness

Significant purchase decisions by local governments are almost always group decisions, often involving functional/departmental leaders, top executives and elected officials.  We provide contact data for all the key individuals likely to drive major purchase commitments.

Integrity

It’s easy to take ethical short cuts when collecting contact data, and many companies in the list industry do.   We get our data the old fashioned way.  By explaining who we are – and asking for it directly from the governments themselves.

Contribution

We like this update to Thomas Payne’s adage on leadership:  “Help or get out of the way.”  Local governments and the suppliers who serve them are under unprecedented economic pressure.  We continually seek to add value in all our interactions with these organizations through the data we provide, content we publish, and in every personal interaction.

People First

Keeping a database of 266,000 continually changing contact records up-to-date and accurate is a daunting task, and would be impossible without our talented team of more than twenty dedicated researchers and developers.  We give our team members the resources, training, tools and support they need to ensure we retain and attract the best talent possible.

Focus

It’s best to do one thing really, really well than a whole bunch poorly.  We don’t report on RFPs or cover state and federal government officials.  As a result, NO ONE offers local government contact data half as accurate or complete as ours.

Leadership Team

Ron Mester

CEO & Founder

Ron Mester

Ron launched Power Almanac in 2011, and has since grown the company to become the premier provider of contact information for senior local government officials.  As CEO, his primary areas of focus include the firm’s strategic direction, product enhancements, customer satisfaction, and value-added partnerships.

The common theme running through his career is giving clients a competitive edge. As a CEO of market research, software, and AI companies, he leads teams to deliver hard-to-get data, actionable insights, and highly differentiated tools and technology.

While majoring in political science at UC Berkeley, Ron unleashed his curiosity for what makes governments tick. As a Wharton MBA student, Ron was awarded a fellowship for public sector leadership, scholarship, and commitment. College internships with the City of Berkeley and the City of Philadelphia also provided an important introduction to the special challenges of local government.

Ron spent the first 11 years of his professional career as a management consultant advising Fortune 1000 companies and public sector organizations. During this time, he also served 3 mayors as a member of the San Francisco Mayor’s Fiscal Advisory Committee.

Today, he continues to champion indispensable research for lead generation, share it with customers to help grow their business with local governments, and continually optimize the experience for ease of
use and value of service.


Kate Hannah

Chief Product Officer

Kate Hannah

Kate joined Power Almanac in March 2021 to lead Product and Operations. She is in charge of product strategy and user experience, and oversees all teams responsible for optimizing Power Almanac’s data-driven contact database of local government officials.

Kate’s career in technology began in 1999, when she joined a brand-new startup that introduced casual online sports wagering in the European market. After a year in that operations role at Flutter.com–
where she helped build the San Francisco-based engineering team from the ground up– she transitioned into product management. There she found her passion for building exceptional product teams.

After moving to Romania in 2007 to help build Flutter’s largest technology team, Kate returned to the Bay Area. There she established a technology team to integrate with and enhance the recent acquisition of TVG, operator of an online betting network.

As VP of Product at Auction.com, Kate built the product management and design practice from the ground up, innovating the way buyers and sellers research and invest in residential real estate. Kate’s
team was instrumental in the successful launch of the Ten-X commercial real estate marketplace.

During a two-year sabbatical to recharge her batteries and pursue a few hobbies, Kate became a Certified Salesforce Administrator. To this day, she continues to provide pro bono Salesforce support to two non-profits of which she cares about deeply.


Courtney Fischbach

Chief Marketing Officer

Courtney

Courtney became CMO of Power Almanac in April 2021.  With 20 years’ experience in Digital Marketing, she brings a holistic approach to the company’s content marketing strategy.  She understands that authenticity is the differences between conversion and irrelevance, and believes every message is a promise that should position the brand above all others. 

In 2012, at Legg Mason Asset Management, she implemented effective SEO and profitable SEM foundational strategies to ensure first page ranking in search engines.  Promoted to VP of Social Media two years later, she wrote global social campaigns to engage and nurture unique client segments, driving positive affinity and demand.  She also launched the company’s LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram programs by applying social best practices to profile pages and content.

Earlier in her career, as Email Marketer for The Metropolitan Museum of Art and then for Time, Inc, she drove audience growth by directing highly relevant messages.  And as Digital Content Manager at Dyson Vacuums, she learned the power of audience segmentation to unlock customer insights and leverage trends. 

From calculated planning to tactical execution, Courtney has explored a wide variety of voices, themes, product categories, and industries– all with the conscious intent to nurture relationships.  She is thrilled to be part of Power Almanac, and create conversion opportunities that translate into sales.  

Partners

Power Almanac is always open to value-added partnerships with businesses and nonprofit organizations serving the local government marketplace.  A few of our ongoing collaborations are described below.  To discuss opportunities, contact our CEO Ron Mester directly at ron.mester@poweralmanac.com or call him at (650) 539-2342.

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CJIS Group

CJIS GROUP engages in one-on-one conversations with technology decision makers in state and local government. CJIS knows the decision makers, how they think, what they need and what their budgets allow them to buy. Its market intelligence tool and expert, personalized insight, enables its clients to build a relationship at an agency before project specifications are set in an RFP.

CJIS offers Power Almanac’s local government contact list as a value-added service to help its clients find, reach and influence all the decision makers likely to impact the success of client proposals.  The companies also partner together to produce content of value to tech companies marketing to local governments, such as this webinar on the impact of Covid-19 on the SLED tech marketing strategies.


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CivicPulse

While every local community is distinct, many of the challenges they face are common. And yet, there hasn’t been data and analysis available comparing the experiences of local government leaders across the United States. CivicPulse’s mission is to empower local governments and their stakeholders by generating shared insights that are nationally contextualized but locally informed.

Power Almanac and CivicPulse frequently collaborate on research projects designed to gain deep insights into issues affecting local governments, and to share these findings to inform local government officials and the marketing efforts of local government solution providers.


MarketPlace.city

Marketplace.city’s mission is to simplify the process of finding, validating, and implementing new technology at the city level, so government can better improve the lives of their communities with smart solutions. Products are developed with partner cities—including launch partners New York City, Atlanta, Barcelona, and Dublin—to meet their most pressing needs.

MarketPlace.city promotes Power Almanac’s database to local government suppliers who want to reach key decision makers in 21,000 local governments throughout the United States.


CivStart

As the only accelerator that focuses on the state and local government market, CivStart guides and accelerates the adoption of cutting-edge technology solutions at the local level by connecting governments, startup companies, and corporate partners to steward good ideas and address the needs of local communities through a technology lens.

Recognizing the vital importance of knowing who key local government decision makers are and how to reach them, CivStart encourages its cohort companies to leverage Power Almanac’s contacts as an essential tool in their ongoing marketing and sales efforts.


Amtower & Associates/ Government Market Master

Amtower & Company has been providing candid, on-target marketing guidance to large, mid-size and small contractors for 35 years. Mark Amtower is a recognized expert on social selling and LinkedIn, content marketing and helping companies create Subject Matter Expert platforms. He offers programs specifically for small contractors that provide guidance and training for a full calendar year. Since 1985, Amtower has advised over 2,500 government contractors, some of which became dominant players in their respective categories.

Power Almanac and Amtower & Company have assisted some of the same companies seeking to improve their results in the local government sector. They share leads, provide introductions, share strategic insights and collaborate on content marketing initiatives.


Government Business Results

GBR is a modern go-to-market agency that “gets” government. We start with powerful marketing and sales strategies that align your teams, then we add fuel with targeted content, training and tools. We use our decades of experience driving results for blue-chip tech companies to deliver rapid and lasting public sector awareness, demand generation and revenue growth for companies of all sizes. Our experts become extended members of your team, all driving to impactful results.

Power Almanac and GBR collaborate frequently, when one partner has a client who could benefit from the other’s services. There is a natural synergy, as GBR helps Power Almanac clients get the most out of their contact data, while Power Almanac helps GBR clients expand their reach.

Why Local Government Matters

It’s no accident that local government is at the core of Power Almanac’s mission. Local government matters to us, our clients & partners, and indeed to Americans more than ever.

Americans view local elected officials far more favorably than members of Congress, according to the Pew Research Center.

  • Two-thirds of US adults believe local elected officials care about the people they represent versus half for members of Congress.
  • 64% say local elected officials provide fair and accurate information to the public while 46% say members of Congress do.

Local officials were also viewed more favorably than state elected leaders in a 2018 Gallup poll, continuing a 10-year trend.  72% of US adults say they have a “great deal” or a “fair amount” of trust in their local government, vs. 63% for state government.  This is true for both Republicans and Democrats alike.

Americans trust their local governments because they are tasked with doing things we want: keeping us safe, providing us parks to play in, cleaning the streets. And while we have some say in who our nationally elected leaders are and what they do, we have for more influence in selecting local government officials, and in influencing how they govern.

Citizens are the ultimate source of power in this country, and municipalities exercise their power closest to the people, and therefore, for many issues, are better able to represent them.

Local governments contribute far more to local economies than state and federal.  As of May 2020, more than 13.8 million people were employed with local governments, compared to 4.9 million at the state level and 2.8 million federal.

Local governments have been on the front lines in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.  While federal agencies (such as the CDC) and state governments are largely responsible for setting containment and safety policies, communication about, encouragement and enforcement of these recommendations has fallen primarily on local government officials, staff and even volunteers.

On a more uplifting note, data from Crunchbase reveals that funding for “govtech” vendors has exploded over the last seven years, far above the growth in state and local IT spending.  A plethora of innovative technologies are transforming the efficiency and effectiveness of all aspects local governments, from citizen engagement and environment to public safety and public works.  We’re proud to say that dozens of these innovators turn to Power Almanac to connect with the local government officials at the forefront of the transformation.

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