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PO Box 2909, Indianapolis, IN 46206

Robert Vane

P.O. Box 2909, Indianapolis, Indiana 46206 | [email protected] | (317) 696-9443

Professional Experience

Robert VanePresident and CEO, Veteran Strategies, Inc.; November 2010 to Present

  • Veteran Strategies focuses on media relations, public outreach, writing, and crisis communications
  • Certified by the federal government as a veteran business enterprise and registered as such with the
    state of Indiana and the city of Indianapolis
  • Host of the weekly podcast “Leaders and Legends
  • Directed the successful $272 million referenda effort for Indianapolis Public Schools in 2018
  • Worked as part of the team that shaped the communications strategy for the $160 million deal between the Pacers Sports and Entertainment and the Capital Improvement Board in 2014
  • Current and past clients include Indianapolis Public Schools; Indy Women in Tech Initiative; Marian University; Greg Ballard, LLC; Mike Pence for Indiana Campaign; the Capital Improvement Board; Charter Schools USA; the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce; and Stand for Children
  • Awarded a Sagamore of the Wabash in 2016 by Governor Mike Pence

Deputy Chief of Staff & Communications Dir.; Mayor Greg Ballard, November 2008 to November 2010

  • Primary media contact and spokesman for the Ballard Administration; wrote speeches, managed personnel, participated in numerous media interviews, forums, and roundtables on behalf of Mayor Ballard
  • Managed crisis communications for the mayor’s office and administration
  • Crafted, implemented and supervised Ballard Administration’s comprehensive marketing/communications plan for $2 billion utility transaction between City of Indianapolis and Citizens Energy Group
  • Authored the State of the City Address in 2009 and 2010

Business Development Manager; Shiel Sexton Company, October 2007 to November 2008

  • Worked to secure construction business opportunities; participated in strategic business planning meetings
  • Handled communications on an as-needed basis

Communications Director; Indiana Republican Party, May 2006 to October 2007

  • Primary media contact for State Republican Party; conducted policy and media briefings; crafted talking points; did television and radio interviews as needed
  • Authored articles for political and non-political publications and media web sites; speechwriter for Party Chairman; wrote numerous news releases and statements


Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, August 1990 to May 1998

  • Master of Arts in Medieval History
  • Bachelor of Arts with a double-major in History and Political Science

Georgetown University, Washington D.C., Summer 1993

  • Intercollegiate Studies Institute Summer School Program in Journalism

Military Experience

United States Army, January 1987 to January 1990; White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico

  • Military Occupation: Broadcast Journalist; hosted weekly television program; regularly contributed articles to post newspaper; 1987 graduate of Defense Information School
  • Awarded: Meritorious Service Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Good Conduct Medal; and Honorable Discharge