Profile / Background
Tom Byrnes has amassed a commanding record of success and accomplishment in the Northern Virginia and Fredericksburg region since the Washington Post profiled him in a Sunday feature article referencing him as, even then, “the area's most prominent political consultant.” The articled was published when Tom left Capitol Hill and launched his strategy consulting business in Central Virginia 15 years ago (read here).
Tom’s successes and accomplishments include many major municipal government endeavors, major business and economic development initiatives, successful public-private partnerships and dozens of winning and successful political, business and marketing campaigns.
Tom is currently working for the City of Richmond and as the deputy press secretary to Mayor Levar M. Stoney.
In addition to his media engagement, speech writing and other responsibilities typically associated with government press operations, Tom is also leading a number of major innovation initiatives on behalf of the administration, including replacement of the city’s long outdated website and overhaul of the city’s cable television programming and associated operations.
In 2017, Tom developed the city’s first ever social media marketing strategy, utilized for the city’s progressive tax amnesty initiative that year, which resulted in the collection of three-quarters of a million dollars more than projected.
Prior to returning to public service, and while serving as president and CEO of THOS. M. BYRNES, LLC, Tom also led the Rappahannock Baseball Initiative (RBI) for nearly three years, while Central Virginia communities competed to become home to a Washington Nationals’ Minor League Baseball team. As a result, Tom has a number of strong relationships in both Major and Minor League Baseball.
How did Tom Byrnes learn to achieve success?
Tom spent a decade working for Congressional leadership offices in Washington, DC. His experience includes three years serving as the Director of Publications for the then Minority Leader of the US House of Representatives, where he worked with leadership staff to stage press conferences to attract the attention of the national news media, and seven years serving in a number of positions for the then US Senate Majority Leader (both directly and for the caucus’s policy committee).
Previous to his decade on Capitol Hill, and while attending college at St. Cloud State University (MN), Tom first demonstrated his ability to make the ambitious happen: he worked aggressively to secure the gracious consent of film producer Jim Wilson and actor Kevin Costner to undertake a proposed six-week, on-set “independent study” to work on the filming of Dances With Wolves, and as part of the film’s art department. He received a Production Assistant screen credit in this epic film, which won seven Academy Awards and became the highest-grossing Western film of all time.
ABOVE: 2013 Washington Post feature.
BELOW RIGHT: On the set of Dances With Wolves.
BELOW LOWER RIGHT: 2016 oil painting of jazz legend John Coltrane.
Tom Byrnes is also an accomplished artist and painter. His artistic work was frequently utilized in his consulting business and was publicly displayed in Washington, DC continuously for as long as a decade, including portraiture work that hung in the United States Capital Building.
Tom has lived most of his life in the Washington, DC and NoVA (Northern Virginia) area, but now resides in one of the coolest cities in the United States: Richmond, VA — better known as simply RVA.
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