When clients choose Catalyst they are selecting a nationally recognized influence management firm specializing in multi-state government affairs, public affairs and corporate strategy. Catalyst specifically focuses on state legislative efforts, Attorneys General outreach, corporate strategy and grassroots campaigns.

With so many industries undergoing rapid and constant change, Catalyst founder Danny Pfeifer questioned why so many lobbying firms were still employing 20th-Century strategies. In 2006, he set out to create a new government relations model that adapted quickly to rapid changes in the legislative, political and regulatory environments to achieve success for his clients.

Catalyst now represents Fortune 500 companies, national trade associations and businesses of all sizes with a modern approach that is successfully influencing policies at the federal, state and local levels.

When an issue impacting a Catalyst client surfaces, Catalyst knows how to impact the outcome. The Catalyst team employs a unique approach to government affairs, public affairs and corporate relations ensuring their clients are excelling and expanding their sphere of influence. Catalyst’s clients benefit from the unique experiences, relationships and networks the Catalyst team has developed across the country.

Disrupters are quick to recognize other disrupters. That's why businesses that are forcing change in their own industries are choosing Catalyst to partner with them for successful campaigns. The company has become a magnet for Silicon Valley-based businesses, especially high-tech entrepreneurs that are embracing leading-edge technologies such as electric vehicles, mobile-app-based transportation networks and online financial services.

Catalyst credits its unconventional company culture to its success. The company encourages art, music, film, design and travel to stimulate creative thinking and the development of strategic plans to attack big problems.

They employ incredibly competent and creative associates with relentless energy to get results in an ever-changing environment that doesn't pause for "normal business hours."

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Our Team

Danny Pfeifer  

Danny Pfeifer is a nationally recognized government relations strategist and consultant.  He is the founder and managing principal of Catalyst.  In addition to leading the firm, he focuses on effectively representing clients that are producing large-scale disruptions in their industries.

Over the last ten years he has built a national practice that has attracted a Fortune 500 and blue-chip client base by fully integrating with its clients and quickly adapting to the rapidly changing environments they face, specifically new or antiquated federal and state regulations that impact private sector innovation at the expense of consumers.

Pfeifer’s strategic drive and experience representing these companies has been a magnet for Silicon Valley based businesses, especially high-tech entrepreneurs that are embracing new technology to drive changes in their own industries such as electric vehicles, mobile-app-based transportation networks, online financial services and more.

Pfeifer has a reputation for helping deliver desired outcomes, shaping public opinions, mobilizing thousands of constituents to influence decision makers and designing effective political strategies that resulted in positive results for his clients.

Before founding Catalyst, Pfeifer worked at the highest levels of national and state politics, serving as a senior advisor to high profile elected officials and political campaigns including U.S. Senator Jim Talent, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster and several presidential candidates.  Through these leadership opportunities and experiences, Pfeifer developed unique skills and cultivated a vast network of relationships.

Pfeifer is an active community leader, serving on the Board of Missouri Citizens for the Arts and involved with Hope House of Kansas City. He received his degree in Finance from the University of Missouri – Kansas City, Bloch School of Business.

Contact Danny at danny@catalystgrouponline.com

 


Greg Porter  

Greg Porter is known across the country as one of the leading government relations’ professionals in his field. He has cultivated a vast personal network of government officials, their senior staff and the thought-leaders who shape public opinion with over a decade of experience in public service, politics and government relations at the federal, state and local levels.

As a Partner at one of the fastest growing influence management firms in the country, Porter’s achievements range from helping clients defeat unnecessary and burdensome regulations, tripling the membership of leading national trade associations and launching effective public policy programs for organizations of every size.

Porter helped lead a successful bipartisan government relations coalition on behalf of clients in the financial technology industry to stop an initiative by the Justice Department that was cutting off financial services to legal industries known as “Operation Choke Point.”

Working on behalf of Native American tribes, Porter has connected tribal leaders with state attorneys general to create a more positive and collaborative working environment between tribes and regulators.  His successes include the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between a state and tribal clients.

Cultivating an indelible brand and public image for his clients is a key priority for Porter who seeks to build long-term success, relationships and opportunities that can be sustained beyond their engagement with Catalyst.  He is committed to the long-term growth and influence of Catalyst through his key role as a Partner for business development and company management to ensure his clients constantly have new opportunities for partnerships and growth.

Porter began his career with U.S. Senator Jim Talent and has served in leadership positions on several high-profile campaigns and party organizations in California and across the country, including two presidential campaigns.  He has managed multi-million dollar budgets, led fundraising efforts that have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for clients, testified before state legislatures on policy issues and serves in the leadership of a diverse group of organizations and boards.

As the son of a heroic single mother, Porter is deeply involved in his community and not-for-profit causes that are helping families overcome adversity.  His leadership positions have included service on several boards and charities that assist low-income families.

Because of near homeless experiences growing up, Porter’s passion is helping end homelessness.  Recognizing that government agencies, not for profits and public systems don’t always collaborate, Porter has sought to connect these entities and the services they offer to better serve the homeless.

Porter serves as Chairman of the Greater Kansas City Coalition to End Homelessness, which is a HUD continuum that brings more than $12 million to the Kansas City area. As Chairman, Porter led the effort to merge the program to serve both Jackson County, Missouri and Wyandotte County, Kansas.  The successful merger was one of the first collaborations of its kind across state lines.

Porter previously served on the boards of the Victory Fund, Kansas City Anti-Violence Project and Community LINC.

Porter graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the Bloch School of Management.

Contact Greg at greg@catalystgrouponline.com


Alex Eaton 

Alex Eaton is a senior member of Catalyst’s government relations department where he provides strategic consultation and manages public policy portfolios for the company’s clients.  With over a decade of experience, Eaton specializes in providing trusted, high-level government relations advice to corporations and trade associations drawing on his extensive experience in government, politics and the private sector.

At Catalyst, Eaton helps spearhead government relations for companies of all sizes, from Fortune 500 to start ups, as well as several non-profits and professional associations.
Eaton has helped dozens of clients navigate the legislative process, including businesses facing unique regulatory challenges such as online fantasy sports. An avid fantasy sports player, Eaton has worked with players and providers like DraftKings and FanDuel to ensure a regulatory framework is in place for the one in six Missourians who play fantasy sports.  
 He has helped gain state government support for workforce development initiatives including LaunchCode, a Missouri-based non-profit that creates paid technology apprenticeships that helps train and match talented individuals with companies that need coders and other skills that are often scarce in the workforce.

Before joining Catalyst, Eaton advocated for multiple trade associations where he directly lobbied the legislative and executive branches of government on behalf of their legislative priorities.  Eaton served as Director of Governmental Affairs and Member Relations at the Missouri Biotechnology Association (MOBIO), a leading trade organization representing a cross-section of companies, higher education institutions, research organizations and life sciences’ firms.  His leadership portfolio at MOBIO included managing the bipartisan legislative program BIO Benchmarking, leading a delegation of elected officials to Canada in partnership with the Canadian Consulate General, creating the legislative Biotech Caucus and service as a member of the St. Louis Plant & Life Science Network, Council of State Bioscience Associations, and Kansas City Animal Health Corridor.

As an advocate for energy policies that keep electricity prices low for consumers across the Midwest, Eaton served as a field representative for the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity representing industries involved in producing electricity through coal.  Eaton’s responsibilities included managing grassroots advocacy across three critical energy-producing states: Illinois, Missouri and Ohio.

Eaton has served as a key advisor to several leaders in government and politics.  He provided strategic and tactical counsel to United States Senator Jim Talent, served as Director of Policy for Missouri State Senator Mike Parson, the current Lieutenant Governor of Missouri, and managed the successful reelection campaign for Missouri State Senator Kurt Schaefer.
A native of Warsaw, Missouri, Eaton received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with a minor in Global Perspective for the 21stcentury (GP21) from Drury University.  While attending Drury University, Eaton was an active member of the Epsilon Beta chapter of Sigma Nu.

He is active in supporting charities including Pedal the Cause, which benefits Siteman Cancer Center and St. Louis Children’s Hospital to advance lifesaving cancer research.  Alex and his wife, Katie, reside in Columbia, Missouri.

Contact Alex at alex@catalystgrouponline.com


Becky Lohmann

Becky Lohmann is a government relations specialist with extensive experience helping Catalyst clients achieve their desired results.
Lohmann was named one of The Missouri Times 30 under 30, which recognizes those making a difference in the public policy arena. She can be heard dispensing her expertise on the issues as a co-host of the influential MOLeg Podcast, an arm of The Missouri Times.

At Catalyst, Lohmann has been a key player in helping emerging and disruptive industries take on the status quo. 

With her work on accounts like Uber, Lohmann has advocated for more transportation options for Missourians and more work opportunities for drivers at the push of a button on their smartphone. 

A fan of live music, she has been a force behind efforts to ensure music fans have more options for good seats at face value with her work on behalf of Live Nation to help stop scalpers from using electronic bots to purchase large numbers of tickets to sell at prices that are cost-prohibitive for many fans.. 

Lohmann’s passion for impacting public policy began with her sister’s struggles with epilepsy. When she saw the obstacles and limited options for medical treatment, specifically the Missouri ban on CBD Hemp Oil, which has been effective in treating the disease, she wanted to become an advocate for people like her sister.

Before joining Catalyst, Lohmann served as an account executive for the experimental marketing firm Kicking Cow Promotions where she managed events for major corporate brands like Nestle Purina and Hallmark. She also served as an Account Executive at the digital marketing firm the Marquette Group.

As a Missouri Millennial, Lohmann is driven to shape public policy that provides more opportunity to the next generation of leaders. She is motivated to helping create an environment in Missouri that retains and attracts more of her generation in the state with greater work and social opportunities for young people She is also driven to help a new generation of young women achieve their dreams, serving as a mentor and sports coach for dozens of women. Lohmann is currently a mentor for Big Brothers and Big Sisters in Columbia. 

With her background in experimental marketing and passion for travel, music and the arts, Lohmann brings a force of creative energy to Catalyst. She finds personal and professional inspiration in large music festivals such as Burning Man and Electric Forest where new music, ideas and business concepts are formed and shared.

Lohmann has been highly active in philanthropic activities including St. Jude’s Philanthropy and the United Way's 100 Neediest Cases.

Lohmann is a graduate of the University of Missouri’s prestigious School of Journalism where she earned a degree in Strategic Communications. As an undergrad, she was awarded membership to the National Society of Collegiate Scholars four years running.

Lohmann was born and raised in St. Louis and currently lives in Columbia.

Contact Becky at becky@catalystgrouponline.com

 


Derek Hein

Derek Hein joined the Catalyst team in June 2017. With over a decade of experience in both lobbying and in-house state government affairs, Derek brings vast practical knowledge in the areas of multi-state lobbying, business development, strategy and client management. 

Prior to joining Catalyst, Derek was the manager of government affairs for DraftKings, one of the leading daily fantasy sports operations and one of the most disruptive industries in sports. At DraftKings, he helped build and launch the national government affairs platform for the company.  

As the in-house manager of government affairs at DraftKings, Derek oversaw state legislative activites for most of the Midwest and western part of the country.  He was instrumental in advancing legislation in Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Missouri, New York and Tennessee. At a time when the Daily Fantasy Sports industry was in danger of being shut down, Derek helped lead the charge for states to give the industry legal status, while also providing players with strong consumer protections.

Derek has testified before legislative committees and regulatory boards in Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Tennessee. He has also served on numerous legislative panels for organizations including National Conference of State Legislatures, Republican Legislative Campaign Committee and American Legislative Exchange Council.

 Prior to DraftKings, Derek spent nearly a decade working as a government relations specialist in his home state of Kansas. There he helped modernize liquor laws by legalizing “Happy Hour” in Kansas and by expanding strong beer and wine sales to grocery and convenience stores. He worked to minimize burdensome red tape for a variety of industries, including alcohol, tobacco, cable television, oil and gas, and title lending.

As the son of a three-time kidney transplant recipient, Derek did pro bono work for the National Kidney Foundation and was successful in passage of an Organ Donor Tax Credit to help organ donors recoup expenses when giving the gift of life. Derek also served on Donate Life Team Kansas with the Midwest Transplant Network to help advocate for state recognition of organ donation through an annual proclamation by the governor and an official Donate Life License Plate.

Derek has a passion for helping those suffering from alcohol and drug addiction. He serves as the director of a men’s sober and transitional living home in Lawrence, KS, which provides young men an opportunity to be successful in the journey to long-term sobriety.

Derek is a proud University of Kansas alum, and still resides in Lawrence, Kansas with his wife Stephanie, and their three children: Jack, Sadie, and Silas, as well as three dogs and a cat.

Contact Derek at derek@catalystgrouponline.com

 


Michael Steelman

Michael Steelman is a government-relations specialist for Catalyst.  His experience includes working in the communications and events offices for Eric Greitens’ successful campaign for Missouri Governor in 2016. In this capacity Steelman was responsible for authoring news releases; creating social media content; organizing and coordinating events; and assisting the policy director with issue-centered research. Steelman is passionate about public policy and approaches his work with the understanding that the people who influence decisions are made by those who show up and do the hard work.


Steelman cut his teeth in government relations representing the Associated Students of the University of Missouri (ASUM), advocating for 70,000 students across the UM system on student-related issues. He excelled while at the University of the Missouri earning a spot on the Dean’s List in 2015 and 2016.


As a student-athlete, Steelman excelled academically and as a golfer. In addition to earning a Bright Flight scholarship, he earned a college golf scholarship and qualified in the state amateur tournament. He was also honored National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) as Men’s Golfer of the Week.


Steelman has served as a volunteer coach for the Missouri Special Olympics. He enjoys playing the guitar and is an avid reader.

Contact Michael at michael@catalystgrouponline.com