DRIVEN TO SUCCEED
VICE PRESIDENT, FEDERAL AND INTERNATIONAL
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS, MARATHON OIL CORPORATION
YEARS IN WASHINGTON: 20+.
MOST CHALLENGING PART OF JOB: Staying on top of what is important.
POWER IS... Having a strong team with strong character and integrity.
MY POWER LOOK: Dana Buchman and Ellen Tracy in red, pink and purple.
MILES TRAVELED EACH YEAR: 60,000 miles.
CHILDREN: One teenage daughter.
BOOK THAT CHANGED MY LIFE: Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
(strong emotional impact, but not life changing.)
FAVORITE HEROINE: Margaret Thatcher.
MUST HAVE: Time for self.
CAR: 2007 Volvo X60.
PEGGY RENKEN HUDSON
VICE PRESIDENT, FEDERAL AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS,
BP AMERICA INC.
YEARS IN WASHINGTON: 36. Moved to Washington in
July 197l to work for Senator Fritz Hollings.
MOST CHALLENGING PART OF JOB: Representing the many facets of a global company
with offices in North America, headquarters in London, and operations worldwide.
POWER IS... Respect, giving one the ability to persuade people.
MY POWER LOOK: I am an image/style buyer as opposed to having a specific
brand name designer, and my favorite colors are red and spring colors.
MILES TRAVELED EACH YEAR: Approximately 50,000 to 75,000 miles
CHILDREN: Two. Daughter, Jocelyn (25) and son, Zack (17).
BOOK THAT CHANGED MY LIFE: I would not say that a particular book has changed
my life. The biggest impacts on my life have been the opportunities that have
come my way, as well as, the many interesting people that have crossed my path.
FAVORITE HEROINE: Eleanor Roosevelt and Rosa Parks.
MUST HAVE: A good sense of humor.
MY CAR: Mini Cooper ... red, of course.
|Marilyn Harris, Peggy Renken Hudson and Lisa Barry photographed by Justin Kriel, April 2007.
VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER, CHEVRON
YEARS IN WASHINGTON: 30.
MOST CHALLENGING PART OF JOB: Building understanding of the very
positive role that energy companies play in peoples' every day lives.
POWER IS... Derivative and based upon who you are representing and the
strength and durability of personal and professional relationships.
MY POWER LOOK: Anything from Harriet Kassman ... in black!
MILES TRAVELED EACH YEAR: 50,000.
CHILDREN: Two fabulous boys. Jamie is 19 and a freshman at Trinity College
where he is majoring in Asian languages; Will is 13 and a seventh grader at
Westland Middle School and a great baseball player and student.
BOOK THAT CHANGED MY LIFE: Books have not really changed my life
other than enriching it, but the closest would be, The Alchemist.
FAVORITE HEROINE: Elizabeth Bennett.
MUST HAVE: My husband Jim.
MY CAR: BMW 528.
PATTON BOGGS, SENIOR COUNSEL
YEARS IN WASHINGTON: Since being elected to the
House of Representatives in 1972 at the age of 28.
MOST CHALLENGING PART OF JOB: Managing my time.
FAVORITE MOVIE SCENE: In The Candidate when Robert
Redford turns to his campaign team after winning
the election and says, "What do I do now?"
BOOK YOU ARE READING NOW: The Way to Win by Mark Halperin
and John F. Harris. It maps how candidates can win the 2008
presidential election and talks about how elections have become
a "freak show" that we now have to look at and participate in.
WORK MOTTO: Let's make it work.
BEST LOBBYISTS JOKE: Since Lobbyists can't take.
members to lunch now, I guess a good joke
would be "take a lobbyist to lunch."
THOMAS H. QUINN
PARTNER, VENABLE LLP
YEARS IN WASHINGTON: I'm just getting started.
MOST CHALLENGING PART OF JOB: The challenge of this job is
also what makes it interesting the political climate and players
change very quickly. Consequently, the ability to adapt is essential.
POWER IS... The perception by others that
you can do or influence something.
FAVORITE MOVIE SCENE: Peter Sellers withstands time.
Perhaps the best scene was Chauncy Gardener's press
conference in Being There. It reminds me of Washington.
BOOK READING NOW: Three very different books.
Chris Buckley, Boomsday; Edward Brooke, Bridging the
Divide; and John Kerry, This Moment on Earth.
WORK MOTTO: Better to regret what you have done that
what you haven't - don't take yourself too seriously.
BEST LOBBYIST JOKE: The most dangerous place in Washington
is between (a certain senator) and the microphone. Or ...
When preparing your witness to testify, advise him to
never blurt out the truth. Always stick with the script.
|THOMAS H. QUINN AND PAUL QUINN
SPECIAL COUNSEL, BUCHANAN INGERSOLL & ROONEY
YEARS IN WASHINGTON: After Tommy Boggs and before John Breaux.
MOST CHALLENGING PART OF JOB: Getting your client to tell a candid
and accurate story of the facts concerning his or her issue - then
persuading a member of congress that your client's position is credible
and worthy of support while maintaining your own good reputation.
POWER IS... To influence the result of the legislative or political
decision-making process through persistence and persuasion
without burning bridges and compromising your own integrity.
FAVORITE MOVIE SCENE: Waking Ned Devine - Jackie O'Shea says,
"I'm not a great man for telling things the way they are. I've been
known to add a little colour to stories for the benefit of those that'll
listen. Yet here tonight, I can swear that all I've told you is true."
BOOK READING NOW: Goodwin's Band of Rivals
and Philbrick's Mayflower, both brilliant.
WORK MOTTO: From many years on the golf course: "The
only shot that matters is the one you're making now."
BEST LOBBYISTS JOKE: A pompous, overstuffed lobbyist is
interviewing a potential client and says "that's a very interesting
story Mr. Miller - how much justice can you afford?
THE NEWS MAKERS
SENIOR PRODUCER, STORY PLANNING, FOX NEWS CHANNEL
YEARS IN WASHINGTON: Eight in this Washington
and two in the other - Seattle.
SHOWS WORKING ON: FOX news coverage
from the D.C. bureau for all shows.
BEST GET: Interview with then-Mexican presidential
candidate Vicente Fox before the U.S. media
considered him a serious candidate.
NEWS MOTTO: Be accurate. Be first. Be innovative.
ADVICE YOU GIVE GUESTS BEFORE THEY
GO ON-AIR: Think "intriguing dinner conversation."
WORST ON-AIR MOMENT FOR A SHOW YOU PRODUCED: Agreed to
let then-Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori give a live interview
... in English. I was assured he spoke fluent English. He didn't, and
we could barely understand a word he said. This was probably
also the "moment that felt like the longest" that I produced.
POLITICAL DIRECTOR, SENIOR EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
YEARS IN WASHINGTON: 15.
SHOWS WORKING ON: "The Situation Room"
plus CNN's election coverage.
BEST "GET" FOR AN INTERVIEW: VP Al Gore in the
interview where he "invented the Internet."
NEWS MOTTO: Better to be right than first.
ADVICE YOU GIVE GUESTS BEFORE THEY
GO ON-AIR: Straighten your tie.
WORST ON-AIR MOMENT FOR A SHOW YOU PRODUCED: On
a freezing January 19th, the day before inauguration day,
a pipe burst over CNN's Washington studio 20 minutes
before "Late Edition" was to air. The water knocked out
all of the power in our control rooms. We raced our guests
to the Capitol and did the whole show live from the
inaugural platform. It was excellent TV. But very very cold.
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, NBC NEWS MEET THE PRESS
YEARS IN WASHINGTON: 19,including four years
of school at American University.
SHOWS WORKING ON: "Meet the Press"
with Tim Russert.
BEST "GET" FOR AN INTERVIEW: The "Meet the Press:
Senate Debate Series 2006" six live debates with
candidates from the hottest U.S. races.
NEWS MOTTO: Never count your chickens before they air.
ADVICE YOU GUESTS BEFORE THEY
GO ON-AIR: Come prepared, relax, and please leave
scripted "talking points" at the door
WORST ON-AIR MOMENT FOR A SHOW YOU PRODUCED:
The strangest was when an angry press aide to
then-Secretary of State Colin Powell physically moved
our NBC camera, away from the head-on shot of the Secretary
(coming via remote from overseas) and over to a cluster of
Palm Trees, during Tim's final interview question.
Secretary Powell ordered the press aide on-air to "get out
of the way" and "move the camera back."
Months later, during his next "Meet the Press" interview,
we presented Secretary Powell with a "Palm Tree Award"
a plastic blow-up set of palm trees to commemorate
his return to the show. He was a good sport.
|Heather Dahl, Sam Feist, Betsy Fischer, Janet Donovan and Tammy Haddad photographed by Dmitry Chetverukhin at the Willard InterContinental Washington, April 2007.
PUBLICIST, CREATIVE ENTERPRISES INT'L
YEARS IN WASHINGTON: 35.
SHOWS WORKING ON: Breaking news daily.
BEST "GET" FOR AN INTERVIEW: When news broke about
"guns in the cockpit," I called John Nance, aviation expert
for "Good Morning America." He said that he was flying
his plane to Florida. So, I called Rita Cosby, then at Fox,
and said let's see if we could get him. Nance turned the
plane around, landed in Atlanta where a limo was waiting,
and showed up live on-air with minutes to spare.
WORK MOTTO: Be creative and never give up.
ADVICE YOU GIVE GUESTS BEFORE THEY GO ON-AIR: Know your
subject matter and tell the audience something we don't know.
WORST ON-AIR MOMENT FOR A SHOW YOU WORKED: Years
ago when former Speaker of the House Jim Wright went
on "The Tom Synder Show" to promote his book, there
was either a technical problem with the speaker's ear piece
or he was hard of hearing. When he didn't respond to the
questions, Synder said (not knowing was heard on air) that he
didn't like politicians anyway and bleeped him off the air.
VICE PRESIDENT, WASHINGTON, MSNBC, EXECUTIVE
PRODUCER, "HARDBALL WITH CHRIS MATTHEWS"
YEARS IN WASHINGTON: Arrived 24 years ago
to produce "The Larry King Show."
SHOWS WORKING ON: Executive Producer of election
coverage, politics and "Hardball with Chris Matthews."
BEST "GET" FOR AN INTERVIEW: A tie between "getting"
Zell Miller to challenge Chris Matthews to "a duel"
after his dramatic speech at the 2004 GOP Convention.
TV Land named it "one of TV's top live moments."
and "getting" Ross Perot on Larry King Live to
announce his candidacy for president in 1992.
NEWS MOTTO: Make sure you tell people why it's important.
ADVICE YOU GIVE GUESTS BEFORE THEY GO
ON-AIR: Jump in early and often.
WORST ON-AIR MOMENT FOR A SHOW YOU PRODUCED:
"Today Show" when a Boston chef cut up a live
lobster and the pieces continued to wiggle. A man in
a 6ft lobster costume protested for a month outside
the brand-new street level studio to remind us.