AAPC caught up with new Gold Member, Pedro Diaz.
AAPC: Who do you look up to in the industry?
Pedro: In this industry there are many innovators that think outside the box to get their candidates noticed. I look up to the traditional Karl Rove, David Axelrod and Roger Stone but most importantly, I look up to a local consultant that really helped me when I was just breaking into the business. Most consultants wouldn’t answer my calls or texts, but this one consultant really took the time to guide me and give me real advise to succeed in the business. I won’t mention his name because he doesn’t need any more name recognition here in Miami, but I’m sure he’s reading this right now knowing that I’m talking about him.
AAPC: What do you love about politics?
Pedro: Aside from the whole campaign grind, I love the fact that I am able to wake up every morning excited to help good and honest people get elected that will make a positive impact in our community.
AAPC: What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?
Pedro: The best career advice I’ve ever received is “be willing to do what your competition is not willing to do today, in order to have what they can’t tomorrow.
AAPC: Where do you go when you need to be inspired?
Pedro: I’m usually a very motivated person, but when I need that extra push I usually re read Uncle G’s (Grant Cardone) books and listen to The MFCEO Project Podcast from Andy Frisella. That combination usually does the trick.
AAPC: Why did you join AAPC?
Pedro: After being in business for almost 10 years (2009) I finally decided to join the AAPC because I feel that there is so much more I can learn from the association and its members that will allow us to better serve our clients.
AAPC: How do you manage high-stress situations?
Pedro: Political consulting is not for the faint of heart. For me, 29 days prior to Election Day is when the stress starts to kick in. It’s at that point where I usually re group with our team and candidates to review the timeline we have and reassure the candidate, my team and myself that we are doing everything possible to win the election.
AAPC: Why is being part of a bipartisan organization valuable to you?
Pedro: Being a bipartisan firm is important for me because not one party has all the right answers. The candidates we represent are put through a rigorous interview process before we commit to working with them. This way we’re able to make sure their heart is in the right place and are running for office for all of the right reasons. Our “why” is to make an impact in the world and help residents in the different districts, cities, counties and states elect someone that will do good by them and have the community’s best interest at heart, regardless of party affiliation.