Manzi in the Morning- Alicia Preston Interview

I had Alicia Preston on the show this week to talk about the state of the G.O.P., immigration reform, and her new business venture, Mitigating Strategies. Her press release on the company is below. Best of luck in the new venture, and thank you A.P. for taking the time to come on the show.

Phil Bean and Alicia Preston Launch Mitigating Strategies
New Company Will Assist Business and Development Growth in New England

Hampton, NH – Hampton natives Phil Bean and Alicia Preston are proud to announce they are combining their experiences to launch a new company, Mitigating Strategies.
Mitigating Strategies will assist businesses and individuals manage through the complexities of government rules, regulations and ordinances through government affairs, public relations and business management.
“As a business owner and a member of the Hampton Board of Selectmen, I understand how difficult it can be for companies looking to build or expand,” Bean said. “With Mitigating Strategies, Alicia and I will work together to assist the individuals and companies muddle through the red tape of municipalities and/or the state. I think our combined skills are a perfect match for a growing business climate.”
In addition, Mitigating Strategies is partnering with lawyers on a regional basis to handle the legal aspects of these procedures.
“I am excited to join Phil in this venture. We have both worked to assist businesses and individuals as they try to grow or manage their interests. Sometimes, the process can be complicated and confusing, full of pitfalls. We hope to limit that and will work closely with government entities at all levels to make sure clients’ time and finances are being used efficiently and effectively.”
Mitigating Strategies is based in Hampton, NH. Both Phil and Alicia will continue working with their current companies—Bean Insurance Agency and The PReston Group, respectively.
For more information on Mitigating Strategies please visit the website at

Phil is a native of Hampton, NH where he successfully runs Bean Insurance Agency and Assets Realty Group and currently serves as a member of the Hampton Board of Selectmen.
Phil graduated from the Whittemore School of Business and Economics at UNH, before working for the US Department of Transportation in Federal Port Security and Maritime and Fisheries Interdiction. Phil spent 25 years in the United States Marine Corp., active and reserves, working on Tactical Operations, Crisis Intervention Planning, Strategic Planning and Continental and International Operations.
He also has served as Chairman of the Board of Selectmen in Milton, New Hampshire. Phil has been with Bean Insurance since 1988 and is proud to work with his children and family at the successful longtime Hampton company.


Alicia Preston is a native of Hampton, where she currently is the Principal of The PReston Group—a communications and public relations consulting firm which specializes in political organizations, corporate PR efforts and government affairs. Alicia graduated from Plymouth State College and began her career reporting: working in print, radio and television–primarily covering politics and government. In addition to state and regional political news, Alicia was a consultant for CNN for the 2008 and 2012 Presidential Primaries and is a regular on New England based radio and television programs as an analyst.

Alicia served as Communications Director for Governor Craig Benson before joining Meridian Communications as Director of Business Development. Alicia then worked for George Pataki’s Political Action Committee as National Press Secretary, living in New York and travelling the country for the PAC.
In 2007, Alicia started The PReston Group and has worked for numerous corporate and political campaigns, businesses and organizations including for: Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Sen. Scott Brown, Congressmen Frank Guinta and Jeb Bradley, as well as several corporations including local and nationally based companies and interest organizations.

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