LANSING, MICH. – December 15, 2016Sterling Corporation, Michigan’s top-ranked issue management and fundraising firm, announced today the addition of Kelly Thomas as senior associate.

Thomas joins Sterling from Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof’s office, where she managed the constituent relations staff. Prior to her work at the Senate, Thomas served as the communications and grassroots coordinator for the Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan.

In her new role, Thomas will work with fundraising Director Heather Lombardini to help support the firm’s fundraising efforts for a number of clients, including the Senate Republican Campaign Committee. She will also provide strategic consulting across a wide variety of political and issue management initiatives.
“We are excited to welcome Kelly to the Sterling team,” said Steve Linder, president of the Sterling Corporation. “Her extensive background in political communications, outreach and event planning, as well as her relationships with GOP legislators, donors and allies, will make her a valuable asset to the firm.”
Thomas holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Michigan State University. She will officially join the Sterling team on January 2, 2017.

About Sterling Corporation
Founded in 1999, Sterling Corporation is Michigan’s premier conservative public affairs firm and the state’s top fundraising consultancy. Best known for its public policy, issues management and issue advocacy work, Sterling offers comprehensive campaign management, grassroots/grasstops advocacy, ballot initiatives, integrated marketing and crisis management. Based in Lansing, Mich., Sterling has clients across the state and throughout the country spanning corporations, associations, coalitions and non-profits seeking to influence public policy and advocate on behalf of their issues and campaigns. Sterling is a subsidiary of Lambert, Edwards & Associates, a top-10 Midwest-based PR firm and a top-20 investor relations firm nationally with clients based in 20 states and six countries.

Steve Linder