Who We Are
Ruth Sherlock has lived in SC for 18 years and has a unique combination of government, public affairs, operations, fundraising and political expertise. She is well known as a sharp tactician where she is able to obtain big picture goals and objectives by managing and executing the details. In 2012, she was voted by Campaigns and Elections as one of top political influencers in SC after helping orchestrate one of the few victories for Newt Gingrich in the Republican presidential primary of 2012. No stranger to winning projects, Sherlock helped orchestrate an historic campaign in Louisiana, helping elect the 1st Vietnamese American to U.S. House. She later served as Chief of Staff where she advised on legislative and political strategies and successfully campaigned for the members’ placement on committees helpful to his district. Sherlock has also worked in the international political arena helping to successfully garner 13 of the 14 parliamentary seats in Grenada the year after America led the charge to free Grenada from communist tyranny.
Sherlock has worked as a Special Assistant to Secretary of Energy, liaising with congressional staff, federal agencies, White House and community groups where she helped to organize the National Energy Strategy program during the George HW Bush Presidency. In addition, she has served as the Marketing Director for a start-up division of an established engineering and construction company in Alabama and the Marketing VP for a tech company attempting to get a foothold into the political arena.
Ruth has a BBA in Marketing from Texas A&M University and holds a not-for-profit fundraising certificate from Indiana University. She has developed and taught courses in political process, management, and fundraising throughout the country.
Andrew C. Yates
Andrew Yates comes to SSG with an impressive list of successful campaigns in his background. His acumen in government and politics, along with his no holds barred work ethic, is well respected by all his former clients and employers. As a 2011 graduate of Clemson University, he hit the ground running as an intern with Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) working with the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where he worked in research involving the infamous Fast and Furious scandal along with various other duties.
Yates then served in a position with the Romney-Ryan Campaign in the key battleground state of Virginia and immersed himself in grassroots and field operations for the campaign. He moved from that position to serve as the Political Director for a county council chairman’s special election. After a successful campaign in Myrtle Beach, he took a position as Chief Account Manager of all major accounts at the Palladian Group, a SC based marketing, development, and technology company based in Spartanburg, SC.
Seeing a challenge in the Republican primaries for Senator Lindsey Graham, and loving “hands on” politics, he quickly moved into action and took the position as Upstate Regional Director for Lindsey’s Senate campaign. From there, he moved on to a position with the NRA-ILA as the Georgia State Director overseeing campaign operations in a tightly contested but winning Senate race with other smaller contests as well.
Andrew recently moved to Charleston, SC to set up shop in the Holy City. He joined Sherlock & Associates Consulting, taking on several public affairs accounts with local, state, and national implications. He most recently served as the Deputy State Director for Carson America, Inc. where he oversaw all aspects of the campaign in the Low Country and the Horry County area.
Andrew S. Holt
Director of Campaign Operations
Andrew Holt joins SSG with a strong background in successful campaigns in both South Carolina and Texas. His exceptional understanding of both grassroots organization along with utilizing voter data has allowed him to run efficient and effective campaigns. A graduate of Clemson University in the spring of 2015, Andrew started working in the political realm during his junior year. Beginning as an intern for U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham’s re-election primary, he quickly became one of the top interns in the state.
Following the success of the primary, he joined Texas AG Greg Abbott’s race for Governor as the East Texas field representative to succeed Governor Rick Perry. While in Texas, Andrew worked tirelessly to build the volunteer network that was necessary to win against the “Battleground Texas” democratic movement. After another victory, Andrew returned to Clemson to finish his degree in Political Science and graduated on time with his class.
Post graduation, Andrew joined the S.C. Republican primary and worked for Dr. Ben Carson both a Field and Coalitions Director. Holt lives in Greenville with his best friend and trusted sidekick, Tahoe, a rescued German Shepard mix.