By The Hill Staff - 01/21/14 05:32 PM EST
• Alpine Group added Capitol Hill veterans Lauren Bazel and Sheila Kennett to its team. Bazel, a former aide to Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and former Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), will work as a vice president in the tax, trade and finance policy practice. She also has experience in the government affairs department at the Center for American Progress. Kennett has been named the director of operations and client services. Prior to that, she worked for Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and for former Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.).
• FP1 Strategies is continuing its expansion by hiring Trent Wisecup and Molly Mathews to “help serve FP1’s growing list of political clients.” Wisecup spent more than two decades as a Republican campaign operative, most recently working for the National Republican Congressional Committee. He also has experience developing public relations strategies for Wal-Mart Stores, Philip Morris International and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). Mathews most recently served as an assignment editor at Fox News.
• The American Hotel & Lodging Association hired Brian Crawford to become its vice president of governmental and political affairs, beginning on Feb. 3. He most recently served as the chief of staff for Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) after working for former Rep. Ric Keller (R-Fla.). Crawford also has experience with trade organizations, holding advocacy positions at National Small Business Association and the Associated Builders and Contractors.
• The American Petroleum Institute promoted John Modine to vice president of its Global Industry Services department. Prior to that, he served as the director of the department, which is “responsible for certification, training, events, publications and safety programs for offshore and refinery operations.” He has been with API since 1995.