Burke Rix Communications
Brian Rix is the managing partner of Burke Rix Communications, a Los Angeles and Coachella Valley based firm specializing in government affairs advocacy, public relations, marketing, public outreach, land-use entitlements, and conference management. Brian started his career as an attorney and quickly moved into show business where he was a founding partner of Joseph, Heldfond & Rix, Inc. one of the largest talent agencies in the commercial arena. Brian paired Mariette Hartley with Polaroid, Mark Harmon with Coors and Patrick Swayze with Pepsi. He orchestrated John Travolta’s Japanese commercial deal with Dentsu Advertising. Rix went on to produce feature films Sioux City with Lou Diamond Phillips and Precious Find with Rutger Hauer and Joan Chen.
After selling the agency, Brian became involved in political campaigns, fundraising, public relations and special events as the founder of Rix Bradford Consulting. He has done extensive work in the educational, energy, corporate and political arenas. Rix Bradford Consulting is the forerunner to Burke Rix Communications.
Brian’s energy clients have included Competitive Power Ventures, Ygrene Energy, Diamond Generating Corporation (Mitsubishi), and the Coachella Valley Association of Governments to name a few and in addition the firm for the last five years has produced the Southern California Energy Summit.
Brian’s education clients include the Los Angeles Unified School District. With Superintendent and former Colorado Governor Roy Romer, Rix was responsible for raising over six million dollars for three school construction bonds. All three passed resulting in 12 billion in local school construction.
Brian is very active with the State Community College system. He assisted former Chancellor Mark Drummond in passing a $1 billion dollar construction bond and 3 years later an additional $3.5 billion for construction projects at the Los Angeles Community College District BRC has for the last 10 years directed the Los Angeles Community College District Foundation under contract to the District. In addition, Brian has worked on the statewide Community College Initiative, Proposition 92 on the February 2008 ballot doing statewide communication and fundraising.
Rix has also had extensive experience in event planning and the hospitality industry. He has had contracts with LA, Inc., the Convention and Visitors Bureau and the San Diego Convention and Visitor Bureau. He was tapped by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to produce his inaugural ball, which was one of the largest political events in Los Angeles history. He also produced the United States Conference of Mayors, which was hosted in Los Angeles in June 2007. He was responsible for four huge consecutive evening events and managed a 1.8 million dollar event budget. The inaugural event featured performer Natalie Cole with a follow-on event featuring Melissa Etheridge. Through his years of working in politics, Rix has developed extensive contacts in the political arena at the Federal, State and local levels. Combined with Bob Burke they have held events for politicians from President Clinton to local City Council members.
Brian plays a strong role in local civic affairs. He sits on the Citizens Advisory Panel for Southern California Edison and on the Board of Directors of the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership and The Center. As a LGBT owned firm, Brian lead's BRC's efforts to actively support local and countywide candidates as well as many charities. Brian holds a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law and a B.A. from Cal State Long Beach.