Dave Olson, Published April 18 2012
Goettle takes lobbyist job
Most recently, Shane Goettle was one of five candidates seeking the Republican Party’s endorsement in North Dakota’s U.S. House race.
Goettle came in second, conceding to Brian Kalk after three party convention ballots.
Odney’s new public affairs division is unique among North Dakota-based ad agencies, said Goettle, who anticipates his clients will be a mix of businesses that have issues with state and local governments.
“Eventually, we’ll get into the federal stuff, too, I think,” Goettle said.
Goettle expects to work out of Bismarck much of the time, but also at the agency’s locations in Fargo and Minot.
He was appointed state commerce commissioner in 2005, when Hoeven was governor. When Hoeven was elected to the U.S. Senate, Goettle became his state director from 2010 through last fall.
He is a graduate of North Dakota State University and has a law degree from Hamline University in St. Paul.
Pat Finken, president of Odney, said Goettle’s experience makes him a natural fit to head the company’s public affairs department.
“In addition to his work experiences, Shane has great insight into the political landscape and issues throughout the state,” Finken said.
Goettle said lobbying and advertising go hand in hand.
“Marketing and ads – and quite frankly lobbying – are all about persuading others on behalf of a client,” he said.
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