Tucker Eskew (Moderator)
Founding Partner, ViaNovo
Tucker Eskew is a founding partner of ViaNovo, an international management and communications consulting firm with offices in Austin, Texas; Dallas, Texas; Washington, D.C.; and Monterrey, Mexico. The former Deputy Assistant to President George W. Bush leads the firm's Washington office, overseeing the development and execution of strategic communications programs for corporate and public policy initiatives.
From grassroots America to the global information climate, Tucker has served as both high-stakes strategist and high-visibility spokesman, developing messages and tactics to lead opinion during the most intense public debates of the new century. He played leadership roles during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars; in the 2000 campaign and recount; and for the Bush-Cheney re-election.
Tucker served until December 2003 as Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Global Communications. In this capacity he developed strategic communications to promote American policies around the world and led the Administration's wartime messaging.
During the war in Afghanistan, Tucker served in London as President Bush's representative to No. 10 Downing Street for communications strategy.
In 2001, during his tenure as Director of the White House Office of Media Affairs, he oversaw the Administration's strategy and tactics for "outside-the-Beltway" news organizations, talk radio, specialty media, and the President's official website.
In the mid-90s, he co-founded an electronic commerce business and later started a South Carolina-based public relations and business-consulting firm.
Previously, Tucker served eight years as Press Secretary and Communications Director to South Carolina Governor Carroll Campbell. Tucker began his career on President Ronald Reagan's 1984 re-election campaign.
Prior to forming ViaNovo, he founded Eskew Strategy Group, LLC, which was merged into the newly-formed ViaNovo in May 2005.
Tucker serves on advisory boards for several corporations, as well as the vestry of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Alexandria, VA. He graduated with a degree in Political Science (departmental honors) from the University of the South (Sewanee).
About ViaNovo: www.vianovo.com