As President of the Avanti Consulting Group, Nick has significant experience in Management, Political and Government Affairs Consulting, as well as the management of marketing and communications of political, retail and non-profit campaigns.
Since founding the Avanti Consulting Group in 2004, Nick and his Team have successfully secured numerous grants through federal, state and local agencies. Nick has established a wide network of elected officials, their staffs and other government employees that have been integral in helping his clients meet their Development goals. Since 1990, Nick has been a paid political consultant on over 100 campaigns. He has developed unique grassroots strategies, designed creative collateral pieces, produced bold media campaigns and managed many successful races.
Nick contributes strategic planning, copy writing, computer design, creative thinking and account management to a wide range of clients. His creative expertise and unique management qualifications are a valuable ingredient to the Team. For six years, Nick served as Communications Consultant for the Veterans Leadership Program. In that role, he wrote and designed a quarterly newsletter, prepared the annual report and coordinated an annual black-tie Gala. He left VLP to co-found the Keystone Veterans Assistance Foundation for which he serves as the Executive Director.
With an extensive background in advertising, Nick served as a Senior Account Manager for both a smaller agency, WMC, and a large agency, Stern Advertising. His clients included McDonald's, Point Park College, Woodson's Grille, and others. He contributed management, copy writing, design and new business development.
As a freelance writer, Nick has contributed numerous articles to many local and national publications, as well as editing his own website of political commentary. Nick received both his Master of Fine Arts and his Bachelor of Arts in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. Nick taught creative writing courses at the Community College of Allegheny County Continuing Education Program from 2001 through 2013.
Nick joined the Board of Directors of Pittsburgh Playback Theatre in August of 2001 and in June of 2002 was voted President of the Board, a seat he still holds. Nick has served other arts organizations as a volunteer through ProArts Business Volunteer Association, and is a past member of the Mattress Factory’s Factory 500 Committee. Nick is a founding member the Robinson Township Library Association, as well as a committee member for the annual Pittsburgh St. Anthony Festival.
As a person active in his community, Nick has served the past 20 years on the Board of Directors for the Municipal Authority for the Township of Robinson helping to oversee an annual operating budget of $10 million. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board. He also has spent 12 years on the Robinson Township Democratic Committee as both an elected member and as the appointed treasurer.
Nick is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh XIX. He served on the Education Committee which developed a working survey to be used to generate awareness and funding for Early Childhood Education.
Nick served as an Executive Producer on the film “Corpsing,” and has a listing on film website IMDB. In his free time, Nick enjoys traveling, reading, golfing, watching films, collecting music and socializing. From 1999 through 2004, he was the host of his own two-hour radio show on Saturday afternoons on WPTS 92.1 FM.