Our Company

With roots that stretch back to 1946 and the Midwest, The Nolan Group offers a wealth of experience in political campaigns, advertising, multi-platform communications, public relations, media relations and data management.

Our company has led over 40 referendum campaigns; guided almost 200 candidates for local, regional, state and federal office; and shaped the outreach of more than 50 advertising clients. Owner Tom Nolan and his staff boast a collective 117 years of experience in all facets of politics and communications. The company claims an 80 percent win rate in referendums, its area of specialty.

The Nolan Group excels by ensuring its clients make the best use of their own money, time and people. The company partners with leaders in the field of polling, web design, copywriting and electronic communications to meet the full array of client needs in all areas of messaging, politics and communications.

The company’s earliest form was an industrial advertising agency that won numerous awards in Tulsa, Okla. In 1986, The Nolan Group began operations in downtown Bradenton and has since built a reputation for clear, concise messaging, delivered to the right people in the most cost-effective manner.

Our Staff

Tom Nolan

Tom Nolan

“Contested communications” is how Tom Nolan likes to describe his field of specialty. His gift is helping citizens, politicians and businesspeople find common ground and consensus in situations where they might otherwise be at odds. His guidance has helped communities ease traffic congestion, improve their schools, and take better care of their children and most needy citizens. Tom has guided message development and delivery for more than 160 political campaigns, with clients that range from U.S. Congressmen to local mayors to countywide referendum advocates.

A veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and history graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Tom is also deeply involved in his home community. He is a current or past member of the Manatee Glens board of directors, Leadership Manatee Alumni Association board, Kiwanis Clubs in Bradenton, Sarasota and Tulsa, the Easter Seals of Southwest Florida marketing committee, and the Bradenton Downtown Development Authority. Tom is also a co-founder of the Committee for Open Democracy, which helps countries in the early stages of democracy ensure fair and open elections.


Meredith Torkelson

Meredith Torkelson

Meredith Torkelson guides production of The Nolan Group’s print and electronic media. She has aided more than 100 clients in creating brochures, advertisements, and mass mailings. Meredith is a former board member, secretary and treasurer for the federation and has also been part of the 12th Judicial Circuit’s Grievance Committee.


Carolyn Kappenmacher

Carolyn Kappenmacher, CPA

Offering more than two decades of accounting experience, Carolyn brings an emphasis on client service to her position as Accounting Director for The Nolan Group. Carolyn joined the company in June 2011 after 11 years with Robert L. Miller, CPA Associates, and Mauldin & Jenkins. Her duties at The Nolan Group include payroll, tax planning, billing, and managing account receivables, and she also leads finance management for the nonprofit Committee for Open Democracy, which advocates for free and fair elections in developing democracies. She is also experienced in corporate and personal taxes, litigation and estate planning. Carolyn is a member of the AICPA, the FICPA and the Estate Planning Council, a board member for Manatee Reads!, and serves on the advancement committee for the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida. She earned her bachelor of arts in business administration from the University of South Florida.


Frances Cardinale

Frances Cardinale

The “grand dame” of The Nolan Group, Frances has decades of advertising experience gleaned from serving many large companies throughout the Midwest and Southeast. The mother and mentor of Tom and Meredith,  Frances continues to provide some editing and writing services to The Nolan Group.

The Nolan Group, Inc. | 431 12th Street West, Suite 204 | Bradenton, Florida 34205 | 941.744.0660 | Fax 941.744.0610 | staff@nolangroupinc.com