Denver PR Blog

Linhart Named Finalist for PR News Award
July 29, 2010, 3:26 pm
Filed under: Awards, Linhart

For the second consecutive year, Linhart PR has been named a finalist for PR News’ “Small Firm of the Year.” The winner will be announced Oct. 5.

Hodas Named Partner at Vladimir Jones
July 29, 2010, 1:19 pm
Filed under: PR Moves, Vladimir Jones

Joe Hodas, EVP of Brand Communications at Vladimir Jones, has been named a partner. Hodas joined the agency in early 2009 and, according to VJ, “has been instrumental in advancing the agency’s integrated approach to brand communications, strategically incorporating emerging trends to address client goals, and infusing a new echelon of dry humor into the agency.”

Catfight Alert: CDOT vs. Gubernatorial Candidate Maes
July 29, 2010, 8:12 am
Filed under: Politics

I love Stacey “The Stegger” Stegman as much as the next person, but is it wise for a state employee to talk trash someone who is running for governor?

Stern messages and signs

Maes has not been afraid to make brash statements as he seeks the state’s highest office.

Officials at the Colorado Department of Transportation chafed when Maes recently was quoted as saying the agency was spending federal stimulus dollars on vacations and payroll rather than on transit improvements.

“That’s not true,” said Stacey Stegman, spokeswoman for CDOT, who sent off an e-mail Tuesday to Maes asking him to check with her before making inaccurate statements.

UPDATE: Stacey told me she thought this post was unfair, and after reviewing the actual email she sent to the Maes campaign, I have to agree. Her email, which is below, was professional and contained none of the trash talk I inferred from the Post article:

On behalf of CDOT, I wanted to address some of the public comments that have been made regarding how we have spent federal transportation dollars. The Recovery Act was very specific on how funds can/cannot be spent and how they must be accounted for. CDOT has been a model state of accountability through numerous state and federal audits. In an effort to help provide you with accurate information, I just wanted to open the line of communication to you. I’m always willing to verify information for you so that you aren’t put in the position of making incorrect comments and we aren’t put in the position of having to dispute the same.


Stacey Stegman
Director of Public Information

PRSA Colorado Soliciting Non-profits that Need a ‘PR Boost’
July 27, 2010, 10:25 am
Filed under: Events, PRSA

Do you know a nonprofit leader whose public relations efforts need a boost? If so, let them know about PRSA Colorado’s 2010 PR Boost on Wed., August 18, which connects non-profits and PR experts for a morning of PR counsel and guidance specific to the organization’s communications needs. Each nonprofit will be matched with a public relations volunteer for individual sessions. A $25 registration fee includes breakfast and free event parking.

Conversation Starters Lands Boys & Girls Club, Hallmark Channel as Clients
July 27, 2010, 8:32 am
Filed under: Wins

Denver-based Conversation Starters has completed projects for the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver (marketing video) and the Hallmark Channel (media kit).

Linhart Named AOR for Old Chicago
July 27, 2010, 8:27 am
Filed under: Linhart, Wins

Linhart PR has added Old Chicago to its stable of restaurant clients (which include Chipotle, Red Robin and Panera, among others). Linhart has been named agency of record for Old Chicago, and has been tasked with increasing brand awareness and helping drive traffic and sales through consumer media relations programs across the country. Additionally, Linhart will develop and execute a trade media relations program. Old Chicago is part of Louisville, Colo.-based Rock Bottom Restaurants, and has more than 100 locations across the country.

Denver PR Jobs
July 26, 2010, 1:31 pm
Filed under: Andrew Hudson, Jobs

Among those hiring this week are AIA Colorado, The Colorado Health Foundation, Development Counselors International, Janus, RTD, S.M. Stoller Corp., Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (Colorado Springs) and Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.

DBJ Names ‘Outstanding Women in Business’ Nominees
July 26, 2010, 12:12 pm
Filed under: Awards, Denver Business Journal

The Denver Business Journal is out with its annual nominees for Outstanding Women in Business, and there are a number from the world of public relations and advertising:

  • Wendy Aiello, Aiello Public Relations & Marketing
  • Leanna Clark, IMA Financial Group
  • Lisa Cutter, Cutter Communications
  • Terri Douglas, Catapult PR-IR
  • Cindy Jennings, Cohn Marketing
  • Lora Ledermann, Scream Agency
  • Cathy McClain Finlon, Denver Art Museum
  • Alana Morris, VOCA PR
  • Ramonna Tooley, GroundFloor Media

Winners will be announced at a DBJ luncheon on Thursday, Aug. 26.

Metzger Hires Five
July 26, 2010, 6:35 am
Filed under: Jobs, Metzger

If you visit Metzger’s office in Boulder everyone is wearing name tags, here’s why: Metzger has hired Marie Rotter and Kathleen May as account directors, Jill Thompson as a junior account executive, and Amy Little and Megan McClure as account coordinators.

Bawmann Adds Four Clients
July 26, 2010, 6:30 am
Filed under: Bawmann Group, Wins

The Bawmann Group has added The Mead Consulting Group, InterLynk Communications, Morgan Properties and JR Herzog as clients.

PRSA Colorado Golf Tournament Scheduled for Aug. 10
July 24, 2010, 4:01 pm
Filed under: Events, PRSA

PRSA Colorado is soliciting players and sponsors for its annual golf tournament (Tuesday, Aug. 10, at the Inverness Golf Club). Click here to learn more about playing, and email Julie Bielenberg to learn more about the sponsorship opportunities.

Fact or Fiction?
July 22, 2010, 5:28 pm
Filed under: Johnston Wells

That a former JohnstonWells CEO banned her employees (including Ef Rodriguez) from a Writer Square crepe restaurant because she didn’t like the way the employees smelled when they returned to the office. I’ll leave it up to JW employees to confirm or refute.

Duo Announces Three Clients
July 22, 2010, 10:04 am
Filed under: Wins

Duo Marketing & PR, a full has landed three new Colorado-based clients: Jabberwocky Sales specializing in estate sales and services, estate buyouts, consignments, online auctions, and appraisals; MaxFund, a no-kill animal rescue shelter and health organization; and Elephant Journal, an online eco-magazine.

Dovetail Opens D.C. Office, Adds Client
July 22, 2010, 10:02 am
Filed under: Dovetail, Wins

Dovetail Solutions has opened its long-rumored Washington, D.C. office. The new office, which will help support government, corporate and nonprofit clients nationwide, is Dovetail’s third (headquartered in Denver, it also has a San Francisco location). Dovetail also announced it has added property developer Weston Solutions as a client.

Great Moments in Journalism XXXI
July 20, 2010, 4:13 pm
Filed under: TV News

A Fox reporter plays human Frogger with skateboarding kids.

Denver PR Jobs (Sponsored by U-Haul)
July 19, 2010, 10:31 am
Filed under: Andrew Hudson, Jobs

Among those hiring this week are Alteryx, Navigant Consulting, University of Colorado, Sierra Trading Post (Cheyenne, Wyo.), Great West Casualty Insurance (South Sioux City, Neb.), Land O’Lakes (St. Paul, Minn.), Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman (Wasilla, Alaska), and Today’s News-Herald (Lake Havasu City, Ariz.).

July 19, 2010, 6:05 am
Filed under: Boulder, Events

Saturday, August 7, 2010
Chautauqua Auditorium, Boulder
Featuring: Alex Bogusky, Jared Polis, James Mejia, 17 others
Click here for details

Rose Community Foundation Appoints Director of Marketing/PR
July 19, 2010, 6:01 am
Filed under: PR Moves

Randy Blauvelt has been named director of marketing and communications at Rose Community Foundation, where he will oversee the Foundation’s publications, news media relations, marketing efforts, and strategic communications related to grant-making, philanthropic services and program initiatives. Blauvelt previously was vice president of marketing and communications for the American Humane Association.

Brand Iron Inks Three New Clients
July 14, 2010, 10:52 am
Filed under: Brand Iron, Wins

Brand Iron has added three companies to its agency roster: human capital solutions company WilsonHCG, residential home builder Craft Development and energy industry service and staffing firm Petroleum Field Services.

Dear Apple …
July 14, 2010, 10:39 am
Filed under: Apple, Crisis Communications

Dear Apple,

Mistakes happen. But it is the cover-up that can kill your reputation.


The last five decades

P.S. You also lose some street-cred points for allowing Microsoft’s Bing to catch you red-handed.

Jim Hooley, PRSA Hosting Web Video Workshop
July 13, 2010, 9:22 am
Filed under: PRSA

PRSA Colorado and longtime Denver journalist Jim Hooley are hosting a hands-on web video workshop where participants can learn how to produce, edit and share web video. The workshop will focus on scripting, shot selections, audio tips and tricks, basic video editing techniques and how to share videos online. The details are:

Web Video Workshop
2:30 – 5:00 p.m. MDT | Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Denver Press Club | 1330 Glenarm Place | Denver, CO 80204
Click here for more information.

Guttau PR Marks Five Years
July 13, 2010, 8:56 am
Filed under: Guttau

Guttau Public Relations is celebrating its fifth anniversary by announcing five new client wins: talent and modeling agency Wilhelmina, food and nutrition education consortium MoodFood, Cherry Creek North lounge miniBAR, business consulting and strategic planning firm LifePoint Strategies and Denver plastic surgeon Dr. Gregory Buford.

Denver PR Jobs
July 12, 2010, 4:14 pm
Filed under: Andrew Hudson, Jobs

Among those hiring this week are the Colorado Department of Human Services, Colorado Public Radio, DCP Midstream, Entravision, Great West, Kaiser Permanente, Medical Group Management Association, National Jewish Health, Smashburger, University of Denver and Yahoo!.

Get Ink PR Lands ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro
July 9, 2010, 10:35 am
Filed under: Wins

Get Ink PR has been named agency of record for ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro. ChoLon, located in the Sugarcube building, is the debut restaurant of Flow Restaurant Group and Lon Symensma, formally from Buddakan and Spice Market in New York City. Get Ink PR Founder Ellen Marchman and Account Director Jim Guttau will lead the account.

Denver CyberKnife Selects Mulligan & Co.
July 9, 2010, 10:24 am
Filed under: Wins

Denver-based Mulligan & Co. has added Denver CyberKnife to its roster of clients. The firm will implement a public relations campaign surrounding the state’s lack of Medicare coverage for CyberKnife treatment for prostate cancer patients.

Also, the Stroke of Hope Foundation has appointed Mulligan & Co. President Diane Mulligan to its national executive board of directors. Stroke of Hope provides medical and emotional support to stroke survivors and their families.

PR Quote of the Week
July 9, 2010, 10:10 am
Filed under: Public Relations

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban on NBA superstar LeBron James’ performance during his one-hour made-for-TV event to announce where he would play next year:

“Two words: Media training.”

Life Explained
July 8, 2010, 8:30 am
Filed under: Public Relations

Tired of dealing with morons who don’t quite grasp that they are morons. Blame the Dunning-Kruger effect.

PRSA Colorado Sponsors Mentoring Event
July 7, 2010, 2:19 pm
Filed under: Events, PRSA

PRSA Colorado is hosting a free (that’s right, Ef Rodriguez, FREE) mentorship event on Tuesday, July 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Lobby (2191 Arapahoe St. in Denver). The event will include:

  • Extended happy hour and complimentary appetizers
  • An opportunity for attendees to connect with potential mentors/mentorees in an organic setting

According to PRSA, “A recent PR Tactics article found the most valuable mentor relationships evolve through everyday work interactions and civic and volunteer activities. We’re bridging the two and providing the resources and a fun environment for all PR pros, young and old, to nurture meaningful relationships and possibly, life-long friendships.” RSVP to Erin Collins.

Catfight Alert: vs. a Bunch of Newspapers
July 7, 2010, 10:38 am
Filed under: Denver Post, MediaNews Group, Politics

A slew of Colorado Newspapers – the Denver Post, the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Greeley Tribune and the Boulder Daily Camera among them – are accusing the political website of “flagrant and persistent theft … of intellectual property.” Frankly, I was surprised that the Denver Post generates enough of its own content to make this complaint. If ColoradoPols was effectively reprinting content from the Post, I figured it would be the Associated Press that would have an issue.

JohnstonWells Adds Two Clients
July 6, 2010, 9:21 am
Filed under: Johnston Wells, Wins

JohnstonWells has added two new GreenTech clients backed by VC-firm Cate Street Capital: Red Desert Water and Clean Runner. JohnstonWells will conduct community and media relations outreach in Wyoming for Red Desert Water, and help raise industry awareness of Clean Runner nationwide.

What Is, “The Denver Press Club’s Jeopardy Night?’
July 6, 2010, 9:13 am
Filed under: Denver Press Club, Events

I have a feeling it will end up more like Saturday Night Live’s version than Alex Trebek’s, but see for yourself this Thursday at 6 p.m. when I join the Denver Post’s Dan Haley, 9News’ Kirk Montgomery, PBS’s Cynthia Hessin, the Denver Business Journal’s Wayne Hicks and Pushkin PR’s Jon Pushkin, among others, at the Denver Press Club’s annual “Jeopardy Night.” The event is free and open to the public, so feel free to attend and heckle last year’s winner, Dan Haley.

Denver PR Jobs
July 6, 2010, 8:43 am
Filed under: Andrew Hudson, Jobs

Among those hiring this week are A+ Denver, American Humane Association, Colorado Department of Human Services, Crossroads Safehouse, Denver Public Schools, First Data, The Smart Cookies, tw telecom and Apollo Group (Colorado Springs).

SE2 Hiring for Two Positions
July 1, 2010, 9:20 pm
Filed under: Jobs, SE2

Public issue, policy and social marketing agency SE2 is growing and looking to fill two positions: an associate and a production/traffic assistant. To apply, send a cover letter, resume and writing samples to by July 9, 2010.

Great Moments in Journalism XXX
July 1, 2010, 2:34 pm
Filed under: TV News

Well, it’s official: We have found rock-bottom for local TV news. The Independent News Network has created “local news in a box” for small markets such as Davenport, Iowa, and Montgomery, Alabama.

CTS Marketing Named AOR for Evolute
July 1, 2010, 6:54 am
Filed under: Wins

Denver’s CTS Marketing Corporation has been named agency of record by Evolute Consolidated Holdings, a Denver-based business and technology consulting firm that develops solutions and services based on Microsoft technologies and platforms.


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