About

Chip Saltsman

Co-Founder & CEO

John “Chip” Saltsman, Jr. is a national political strategist and CEO of Red Dog Media. You may have seen him on Fox News Sunday, or mixing it up on MSNBC.

In 2018, Red Dog media produced and placed television and digital advertising for gubernatorial, congressional, state house, and issue campaigns across the southeast. In 2016, Saltsman served as Senior Advisor to Governor Mike Huckabee’s 2016 presidential campaign, Chief Strategist for Congressman David Kustoff’s campaign, and General Consultant for the Tennessee House Republican Caucus.

In 2010 and 2012, Saltsman served as General Consultant to Congressman Chuck Fleischmann’s surprise victories in Tennessee’s 3rd District. In-between those campaigns, he served as Fleischmann’s chief-of-staff.

Prior to heading Congressman Fleischmann’s operation, Saltsman was National Campaign Manager for Governor Huckabee’s 2008 presidential campaign, beginning on February 1, 2007. Saltsman oversaw all aspects of the campaign, including political, fundraising, communications and operations.

Before managing Governor Huckabee’s campaign, Saltsman served as Senior Political Advisor to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist at VOLPAC, a political action committee chaired by Frist and dedicated to recruitment and support of Republican candidates for political office nationwide.

In 1998, Saltsman was elected Chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party and faced a seemingly insurmountable challenge as he worked to defeat then-Vice President Al Gore in his home state of Tennessee, despite President Clinton’s success there in 1992 and 1996 and despite the fact that Gore and his father had represented the state in the Senate for a combined twenty-six years. Saltsman’s hard work and political leadership ensured George W. Bush’s victory in Tennessee, without which Florida’s narrow margin would have been nothing but an interesting footnote.

Outside of politics, Saltsman has been active in the world of private equity, with a focus on real estate investment. He is also involved in several Middle Tennessee charities.

Saltsman was born in Nashville, Tennessee. He attended Christian Brothers University in Memphis, at which he earned his bachelor’s and master’s in business administration degrees. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and flying his airplane.

 


Jordan Powell

Co-Founder & COO

Jordan Powell is the co-founder and COO of Red Dog Media. In 2018, Red Dog media produced and placed television and digital advertising for gubernatorial, congressional, state house, and issue campaigns across the southeast.

In 2016, he served as Deputy Campaign Manager for Governor Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign. During the 2014 election cycle, he consulted on gubernatorial, congressional, state house, and issue campaigns across the country.

In 2012, he served as Senior Advisor to Congressman Chuck Fleischmann’s re-election campaign. The Washington Post labeled the race their number three incumbent primary challenge. Politico also said the race was one they were “watching.” Congressman Fleischmann faced a Tennessee dairy and ice cream mogul, as well as the son of the immediate preceding congressman. Fleischmann won the race by eight points.

From January 2011 to February 2012, Jordan served as Congressman Fleischmann’s press secretary in his Washington, D.C. office. Prior to that, he served as day-to-day manager and spokesman for Fleischmann’s 2010 come-from-behind victory. That race included ten opponents, one being the former chairwoman of the Tennessee Republican Party.

In 2008, Mr. Powell served as Assistant to the National Campaign Manager for Governor Huckabee’s first presidential campaign.

In 2006, he served as Grassroots Coordinator for now-Congressman Van Taylor’s congressional race in Central Texas.

Jordan is a native Texan; born and raised in Arlington, attended high school in Greenville, and is a 2009 graduate of Baylor University. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, fishing, and spending time with his beautiful wife, Shawna, and family. His wife and he are also active in their church, Watermark Community Church in Dallas.

 


Eric Welch

Co-Founder & CCO

Eric Welch is a visionary director known for creating compelling, heartfelt emotion through his striking visual imagery and storytelling style. He has cultivated a reputation for bringing ideas to life through memorable visual art, combining his distinct writing style and exceptional editing skills.

Eric has directed over 200 music videos and live concert music films for multiple genre artists such as: Carrie Underwood, Kid Rock, Jimmy Buffet, TobyMac, Mandisa, Kenny Chesney, Steve Miller Band, Hank Williams Jr., Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, Dolly Parton, and MercyMe.

Eric’s commitment to creative excellence has garnered acclaim through multiple Addy, Telly, Pollie, Billboard and Dove award wins. Additionally, his visual brand has been featured on The Daily Show, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, MTV, CMT, BET, TIME.com, BBC.com, and Politico.

Welch’s commercial work has delivered revenue drivers for brands such as Wal-Mart, Target, Cracker Barrel, Red Kap and Richard Childress Racing.

In 2018, Eric directed Beautifully Broken, a dramatic feature film following three families amidst the Rwandan genocide. Filmed in Africa and the United States, the theatrical release garnered strong reviews, including Variety Magazine.

The content Eric has created is not just artistically relevant, it has been commercially successful – garnering millions of view counts and multiple awards. Defined by his versatility, he consistently delivers a captivating visual style of storytelling and content creation through music videos, commercials, still photography and documentaries.

Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Eric is usually found behind the lens of a camera, editing in the bunker, or cruising in his Dodge Challenger.