The Elephant Strategists
Meet our Team
We bring together great talent and decades of experiences in a vast spectrum of arenas.
A native to Bell County, Chip was born and raised in Temple and a Temple High School graduate, now maintains a lovely home in beautiful Morgan's Point Resort, Texas where he and his amazing wife, Cassie Daniel Howell look to use for a retreat from the busyness of the Capitol City.
Chip is vastly experienced in community building. He founded the local Bell County YRs in 2000, which led him to serve as Regional Director for the YRNF (2001) and the TYRF (2008-2009). He also served a term and a half as Finance Chair (2009-2011) for the TYRF contributing some very creative and successful fundraisers. As YRNF Regional Director, he helped to federate the Oklahoma Federation of YRs with the establishment of two clubs in Oklahoma, assisted with the creation of four separate clubs in Kansas and back in Texas was instrumental in the establishment of five local clubs in Bell, Hays, Hidalgo, Victoria and Wilson Counties. Although time and age led to less involvement in the YRS, they still hold a place in his heart and he keeps tabs on many of these clubs today and remains an Associate Member to the Austin, Bell County & Williamson County Young Republican Clubs.
Chip is also an associate member of the Texas Republican County Chairmen's Association, aa Associate Patron to the Texas Federation of Republican Women, a Bluebonnet Circle associate member of the Capitol Republican Women and and associate member of the Bandera County Republican Women, Brown County Republican Women, Burnet County Republican Women, Central Texas Republican Women, Highland Lakes Republican Women, Lampasas County Republican Women, Leander Area Republican Women, Northwest Austin Republican Women, Republican Women of Kerr County, Salado Area Republican Women, Star Republican Woman & Texas Strong Republican Women.
Chip's campaign experience is as vast and wide as Texas itself spanning across more than two decades & seven states. Chip volunteered on more than one hundred campaigns from local city council races to county wide, statewide and US Presidential races. Notable campaigns include 2000 Bush/Cheney presidential campaign, 2007 Bobby Jindal, Louisiana gubernatorial campaign, 2008 McCain/Palin presidential campaign (as a McCain Marshall), 2008 Pat Twomey for US Senate-PA, 2014 Greg Abbott Texas gubernatorial campaign, 2014 & 2020 Jeff Rose for Chief Justice for 3rd Court of Appeals, 2020 Gina Parker for Judge Place 3 on Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, and 2020 Tony Tinderholt for State Representative, District 96. After a long volunteer relationship with Americans for Prosperity, Chip worked for a year for AFP in 2015 & 2016.
Chip is most proud of the direct impact results of his Get Out the Vote effort for Abbott in 2014 which resulted in an nearly 9% increase in votes for Abbott in Bell County than Governor Perry received in the general election in 2010 in spite of significant voter turnout attrition and the solid win for Tinderholt in a very tough General Election.
In 2019, Chip led his political consulting firm, Elephant in the Room Strategies, to excitedly take over the logistics of the Pints & Politics of Bell County, TX which has now expanded to Brown, Lampasas & Travis Counties. We are excited to soon be rolling out our Voter Education & Engagement Program including our Veteran Voters Engagement Project.
Chip owns and operates Red Fleet Transportation Service, a small transportation and logistics company that provides safe transportation for people and items using tech based platforms such as Uber, UberEats, Lyft, DoorDash, PostMates & Roadie and collects and returned Lime Scooters to the LimeBase to be serviced and charged. Red Fleet also specializes in logistical transportation for Conservative events and PACs.
As a lifelong learner and with an educator’s heart, Chip has taught at Temple College and mentored the Theology Education by Extension program for the Seminary of the University of the South.
Chip also is an independent distributor of Wellness BioScience CBD products through his www.A2iWellness.com website and maintains his retail outlet of Cool Conservative merchandise, The Pachyderm’s Trunk, www.thepachydermstrunk.com.
Chip is a graduate of the University of Central Texas, (now Texas A&M University Central Texas), with a Bachelors of Science in Accounting and a St. Edward's University alum. He also holds a Certificate of Completion for Theology Education by Extension from the Seminary of the University of the South, and completed certification as a Dale Carnegie Instructor.
Chip is an active member of Light of Christ Anglican Church in Georgetown, TX. Chip became an Altrusan in June 2104. He is currently taking a respite from leadership roles in his home club, Altrusa International of The Chisholm Trail and his dual membership club Altrusa International of Central Texas. Outside of his commitments to Altrusa, his favorite volunteer work is wishing soldiers well on their deployments as a USO – Fort Hood volunteer, as the 2010 Volunteer of the Year, and the last civilian they see before leaving U.S. soil, fundraising for the American Cancer Society as a model for the Central Texas Bra Brunch & the Real Men Wear Pink Campaign, a Squire of Hope for St. Baldrick’s Foundation as well as making public appearances in the character of Benjamin Franklin. He enjoys spending as much time as he can with his nine year-old niece and Lady Liberty, his American Blue Heeler Mix rescued in 2016.
Elephant Event Manager: Bell County
After graduating from West Point in 2016, Mack served in the U.S. Army for five years, reaching the rank of Captain. He served in various positions including adjutant, infantry platoon leader, infantry executive officer, logistics executive officer, and S4 (head of battalion logistics). He served a deployment tour to Syria in 2018-2019 where he always rated at the top of his cohort.
Mack & his talented wife, Laura, fell in love with Central Texas and Belton while serving at Fort Hood and choose to make their home there. It has been a joy for Cassie & I to get to know the Latimers who are fellow lovers of the performing arts.
Mack will be assisting with Pints & Politics in various areas including our occasional Guest Master of Ceremonies.
Mack serves as the First Vice President of the Bell County Young Republicans and is an associate member of the Central Texas Republican Women.
Welcome aboard Mack!!!
Elephant Event Manager: Hutto
After graduating Southwestern University in 2017 Jimmy went to law school at St. Mary’s law school, he graduated in 2020. He has been very involved in politics since 2013 though the College Republican until he graduated law school. Jimmy served as the treasurer of the College Republicans state board. Since passing the Bar in 2021 Jimmy works as an attorney. He lives in Hutto and is an active member of the community he is involved with the Williamson County Young Republicans. Jimmy Is married to his college sweetheart Daphni who he met though College Republicans. Jimmy and Daphni are the proud parents of their only son, Solomon.