We are a Group with a national presence.

Our presence is built on strategic practice areas in corporate strategy, government relations, communications strategy, crisis management and political consulting.

The connections [Tom Ingram] and his firm have in political circles are invaluable.”
— Nashville Business Journal

The Group

The Ingram Group was founded by Tom Ingram after leaving his post as Deputy to the Governor and Chief of Staff to then-Governor Lamar Alexander. Thanks to some good friends and good advice, Tom realized that if he could do anything, he’d hang a shingle and put up a sign that said: “Crisis manager, problem solver". He did just that in Nashville in 1983.

Since that time, the Group has enjoyed success as the go-to strategic consulting and lobbying firm, focused on two core objectives—solving problems and maximizing opportunities. Our Washington, D.C. office, previously The FIRST Group, was launched in early 2010 with the same strategic goals in mind.


Crisis Managers. Problem Solvers.

Our people set the Group apart from our competitors. We recruit the top people in politics, government, public relations and the media, and represent both sides of the political aisle. We approach every assignment as a team, believe that two heads are always better than one and that the best tools are often a whiteboard and a marker.

We Believe

There are two main reasons for the success of the Group. First, we recruit the top people in politics, government, public relations and the media, and represent both sides of the political aisle. As a result, we’re comfortable working in many different complex situations, we understand the intricate world of decision making at all levels of government, and we use our competencies to effectively solve problems and maximize opportunities.

Additionally, we approach every assignment like a campaign – a philosophy that permeates all of our activities. We begin by helping our clients identify and define their goals. Next, we strategically design a message and game plan to guide us in meeting our clients’ objectives. Strategic consulting is at the heart of our business model.


The Group’s collective client experience spans numerous industries and includes corporations in the technology, health care, tourism, energy, education, and transportation sectors, among many others. In addition to our political clients, we’ve also represented government officials and organizations, trade associations, and issue coalitions. A representative list of a handful of the Group’s current clients is included here: