News release from The Ingram Group:
Beecher Frasier, former Democrat “Blue Dog” Chief of Staff in the U. S. House of Representatives and campaign manager of former Congressman Harold Ford Jr.’s 2006 Senate race will become a principal of The Ingram Group and The First Group Feb. 1, Tom Ingram, founder and chairman of the Nashville-Washington consulting business, announced today.
“We’re very excited to have Beecher join our team. He knows and navigates Tennessee and Washington with an engaging personality and tremendous knowledge, experience and skill,” Ingram said. “He obviously brings U. S House experience and strength to our team, but is also a very broad-gauged professional.”
“Tom has been a mentor of mine for many years and the opportunity to join him and his team is truly an honor,” Frasier said.
The two friends were pitted against each other when U.S. Senator Bob Corker and Ford went head to head for an open U.S. Senate seat. GOP Senate leadership, then Majority Leader Bill Frist and Whip Mitch McConnell, drafted Ingram to take a leave from his post as U. S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s Chief of Staff in 2006 to manage the last five weeks of Corker’s flagging bid for the Senate. At the time, polls showed Corker falling behind Ford by as much as nine points. The race ended Nov. 5 of that year with Corker slightly edging out Ford for the seat.
Frasier and Ingram, both alumni of Lipscomb University in Nashville and long-time friends before the Corker-Ford race, overnight became fierce adversaries. “We pledged to each other to be friends when it was over and to call each other’s hand in the meantime if things got out of hand,” Ingram recalls. “We called each other several times.”
Frasier began his career as an intern in the Tennessee General Assembly, advanced to Legislative Assistant, and then served as Congressman Lincoln Davis’ Chief of Staff for seven years. In 2010, Frasier became President of Ezell Harding Christian School in southeast Davidson County, Tennessee.
More recently, he has been associated with Paramount Strategies as a contract lobbyist.
Frasier will continue to live in Tennessee and be based in The Ingram Group’s Nashville office and commute on a regular basis to The First Group office, a wholly owned DBA (“doing business as”) of The Ingram Group, in DC.
The business, founded by Ingram 31 years ago this year, out of its two offices specializes in general corporate consulting, government relations, communications strategy, crisis management, and constituent engagement.
“We are committed to building the same kind of long-term business in DC that we have built in Nashville,” Ingram said, “assembling the best team possible, integrated between our two offices, to provide all of our clients the best advice and service possible all of the time.”
Ingram is a former newspaper reporter and served as then-Gov. Lamar Alexander’s Deputy and Chief of Staff. He came to DC in 2002 to serve as newly-elected Sen. Alexander’s Chief of Staff and simultaneously for several years as Staff Director of the Republican Conference.
The Nashville office is located in the First Tennessee Building at 511 Union Street. The Washington office is housed at 601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.