Former Capitol Hill and federal administration staffer, Chris Averill, and award-winning communications and marketing strategist Andi Sterling, join S360 Montana’s premier public affairs team.
Helena, MT – Strategies 360 in Montana has added two top-tier professionals to elevate its government affairs, communications, and marketing practices.
“With the addition of Chris and Andi, S360 client projects will have an incredible impact in the state and across the firm footprint,” said Ron Dotzauer, Founder and CEO of Strategies 360. “Both are leaders in their fields, and our whole firm will benefit from their experiences and knowledge.”
Averill helps S360 clients tell their story to policymakers and the public. After a long career in and around government, he is an expert in translating complex policy issues into plain and persuasive language that connects with and motivates target audiences. Averill joined S360 after serving as Communications Director the Montana Office of Public Instruction. Before that, he served as Regional Administrator for the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) New England Region from 2018 – 2020. Averill also served seven years on Capitol Hill as communications director for former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe and Congressman Sam Graves, as well as on the staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
“Our clients will benefit from Chris’ knowledge of federal services designed for local businesses and communities as well as his understanding of internal government structures,” said Melissa Shannon, Executive Vice President of S360 Montana. “Combined with his savvy communications skills, Chris can deliver powerhouse services.”
Andi Sterling leads all marketing initiatives for Strategies’ clients. She helps clients craft and tell compelling stories that engage their target audiences; the challenge of compelling storytelling surrounding technology is one of her signature strengths. Prior to joining Strategies 360, Sterling was the Communications Director for Big Sky Care Connect (BSCC), a statewide health information technology nonprofit where she and her team won a Healthiverse Award. Previously, Sterling ran her own public affairs firm for two decades where she specialized in freelance writing and editing, media buying, and public relations for national and international brands including film and entertainment groups. Here, Sterling led the development and marketing for the film Mighty Times: The Children’s March which won an Oscar for Documentary Short Subject in 2005.
“Andi’s creative solutions to complex communications challenges are game changing in the industry,” said Shannon. “Clients’ priorities will be beautifully articulated and will resonate with the audiences that need to connect with their message when they work with Andi.”