McCracken said transitioning clients from Zata|3 to Control Point Group has been "smooth." The firm has more than 400 clients in more than 40 states.
William Miller -- who formerly worked at Zata|3 as a liaison with congressional staff -- also made a straightforward move to his new position at Control Point Group. Miller serves as senior associate.
Both McCracken and Gosselink have been honored with Campaigns & Elections magazine's Reed Awards, "the Oscars of political consulting," she said, for their work at Rainmaker and Zata|3, respectively.
The pair first met at the awards ceremony last year and then decided to get together at the Democratic National Convention in September.
After they started dating, the couple vacationed in Maui where they decided over dinner, "let's do this," she said.
"We decided to start our own firm because we saw an opportunity, we said we're going to snatch it and we did," McCracken said. "I can't imagine being in any other industry. I know what I was born to do, for sure."
McCracken said she has always wanted to live in D.C. Her role model is Hillary Clinton and she said she is inspired everyday walking around Capitol Hill.
Control Point Group's office is located on Capitol Hill in the former Zata|3 space.
On Monday, the firm is hosting a "Break the Ice" inauguration and company kickoff event.
McCracken said the firm is working hard to get the company name out there since it is so new. She plans to start blogging again on her "Politico in Stilettos" blog, which watches local and national political scenes with a "fashionista" sensibility.
But so far, she said the team has been "very lucky everything has worked out."
"We will be one of the best innovated political consulting firms in the nation," McCracken said. "I have a huge love for South America and I want to run campaigns there. We're trying to go national first and then we'll go international."
To learn more about Control Point Group, visit http://www.controlpointgroup.com or call 202-350-0110.
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