Denver PR Blog

City & County of Denver Issues RFP for Marketing/Graphic Design Services
August 15, 2013, 8:38 am
Filed under: Denver

The City and County of Denver’s Marketing Office has put its annual Marketing and Graphic Design contract out to bid (deadline is August 30, 2013.)

The RFP has been issued through the Rocky Mountain E-Procurement System. The formal bid number is RFP-MB-0798. To obtain more information about this bid,  visit and click on “open bids” at the top of the screen. Vendor registration is free or vendors may elect to upgrade their vendor profile for an annual fee (a tutorial on how to register for the Rocky Mountain E-Procurement’s free registration is available here).

MDEDC’s Clark Named Denver Post’s ‘Business Person of the Year’
December 23, 2012, 5:45 pm
Filed under: Denver, Denver Post

Congratulations to the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. CEO Tom Clark, who was named The Denver Post’s 2012 Business Person of the Year.

“Colorado’s biggest economic development deals of the year carry a common, if not glaringly noticeable, element. They benefited from the Tom Clark touch. … He has been a key player in virtually every major business relocation and expansion along the Front Range since landing a job with the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce in 1985.”


Hamling Sentenced to Jail/Work Release for Firefighter Calendar Scam
December 20, 2012, 10:44 am
Filed under: Denver, Public Relations

Traction Communications’ Kirsten Hamling has been sentenced to 90 days of jail/work release and 10 years of probation, and she also is required to pay $250,000 in restitution. Hamling was the founder of what turned out to be the fraudulent firefighter calendar charity Fired Up For Kids, and earlier this year she pleaded guilty to a felony charge of theft for stealing money raised for the burn unit at The Children’s Hospital.

Cervantes Launches Frankly Communications
October 4, 2012, 8:31 am
Filed under: Denver, Public Relations

Frankie Cervantes has launched Frankly Communications, a full-service digital engagement, marketing and PR consultancy firm. The firm works with a variety of B2B & B2C clients, including a well-known music label, an aerial imagery start-up and an IPTV Spanish-only programming company.

Hamling Pleads Guilty to Felony Theft
September 20, 2012, 12:28 pm
Filed under: Denver, lawsuits

Traction Communications’ Kirsten Hamling, the founder of what turned out to be the fraudulent charity Fired Up For Kids, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of theft this morning for stealing money raised for the burn unit at The Children’s Hospital. CBS4 has the details.

Kurz Named Denver’s Director of Marketing
June 27, 2012, 9:55 am
Filed under: Denver, Jobs

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has named Sarah Kurz as the city’s Director of Marketing. Kurz, who joins the city from SE2, replaces the dynamic and alliterative Steve Sander.

amali PR Rebrands as ‘Go Ahead’
June 20, 2012, 7:35 am
Filed under: Denver

Denver-based lifestyle PR firm amali has rebranded as Go Ahead PR & Communications.

DCI Opens New Denver Office
June 18, 2012, 3:09 pm
Filed under: Denver, Public Relations

Development Counsellors International (DCI) has officially opened a Denver office along the Platte River in downtown Denver. The firm’s seven Denver-based employees previously shared office space at Pure Brand Communications or worked from home offices.

SE2, Artemis Big PR Winners in Pinnacol ‘Push to Privatize’
March 30, 2012, 9:03 am
Filed under: Denver, Public Relations

Ed Sealover at the Denver Business Journal has crunched the numbers on Pinnacol Assurance’s “pricey push to privatize,” and the big public relations winners in the effort are:

SE2 – $119,126 in fees
Artemis Communications – $77,725 in fees
Rockford Gray – $58,438 in fees
Galloway Group – $23,600 in fees

Of course, law firms billed nearly $1.5 million, so “big winners” is more of a relative term.

Denver Rated Seventh-most Social Media-Savvy City
March 29, 2012, 10:17 am
Filed under: Denver, Social Media

The University of Illinois at Chicago has ranked the nation’s 75 largest cities by the social media acumen of their city governments, and Denver ranks seventh:

1. New York
1. Seattle
3. Virginia Beach, Va.
4. Portland, Ore.
5. San Francisco
6. Kansas City
7. Denver
8. Mesa, Ariz.
9. Louisville, Ky.
10. Philadelphia
10. Long Beach, Calif.
10. Sacramento, Calif.

Sander Resigns from Sports Board Following Gambling Allegations
November 17, 2011, 10:18 am
Filed under: Denver

The high-end gambling ring that took down Denver Post sports columnist/reporter Jim Armstrong has claimed (partly) another victim: Steve Sander. Sander has resigned his seat on the Metro Denver Sports Commission board to “to prevent any misperceptions about the organization” that could arise from his name being linked to the gambling ring.

Sander also serves as director of strategic marketing for Denver, and a city spokeswoman told the Post that he will be allowed to complete the term of his contract that expires at the end of this year.

‘Deadly Spin’ Author to Appear at Tattered Cover Jan. 20
January 12, 2011, 9:58 am
Filed under: Denver, Public Relations

Former CIGNA communications chief turned activist/author Wendell Potter has been called everything from a public relations hero to a traitorous villain for his decision to walk away from the corporate world and testify before the U.S. Senate panel on health care reform.

His testimony on how the health care industry uses propaganda and lobbying efforts to maintain profits at the expense of patients sparked outrage among activists and health care providers alike. And the behind-the-scenes view he provides of the role of public relations in these debates has ignited passionate discussion in the public relations community.

Potter now is a Senior Fellow on Health Care for the Center for Media and Democracy, and he has followed up his initial testimony with a recently released book, Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans. He will be at the Tattered Cover on Colfax on Thursday, Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m. to sign copies of the book.

If you are interested in an insider’s account of how public relations often is played at the highest and most sophisticated levels – and what impact that has on you, your career and your clients – you should attend.

[Disclosure: I am friends with Wendell Potter, and I worked closely with him when CIGNA was a client of mine at Weber Shandwick. However, my work (and Weber Shandwick's work) with CIGNA did not include any of the industry policy, regulatory or lobbying efforts that he chronicles in his book.]

Denver Site Named Finalist in National TIAA-CREF Contest
November 19, 2010, 2:12 pm
Filed under: Denver, Public Relations

The Women’s Saving Club, started by Denver PR pros Tara Tongco Rojas and Kate Wilson Stabrawa, has been named one of 10 finalists across the country in the TIAA-CREF “Raise the Rate” contest. As part of the contest, the site can win up to $65,000 and a portion of the prize will benefit the Denver Women’s Bean Project. If you want to vote for the Women’s Saving Club, visit the “Raise the Rate” website. You can vote once a day every day until Dec. 9.

ExecConnect Seeks Worthy Nonprofit
November 12, 2010, 10:20 am
Filed under: Denver

ExecConnect, a group of Denver leaders who work together to further the prosperity of the state of Colorado, is taking applications from community organizations and nonprofits seeking to enlist the help of the ExecConnect team. The ExecConnect team will begin working with the nonprofit it selects in early 2011. For the past year, ExecConnect’s project involved supporting and providing guidance for the launch of the Denver Bike Share, a nonprofit corporation that will operate to promote health, quality of life and preservation of the environment.

New York’s Onit Marketing Opens Denver Office
May 13, 2010, 3:48 pm
Filed under: Denver, Public Relations

New York-based social media agency Onit Marketing has opened a branch office in Denver. Onit, which specializes in providing social media services to clients in the outdoor, adventure sports, natural products and eco industries, says it is expanding to Colorado to connect with the state’s community of outdoor and natural product companies and enthusiasts.

Get Ink PR Opens Denver Office
March 30, 2010, 6:34 am
Filed under: Denver, Public Relations

Get Ink Public Relations, a Miami-based agency representing hospitality and lifestyle clients, has opened a Denver office. The agency was founded by CU-Boulder grad Ellen Marchman, who previously worked in Mayor Wellington Webb’s administration.

A Tribute to Joe Fuentes
March 9, 2010, 3:23 pm
Filed under: Denver, Public Relations

Doyle Albee at Metzger has written a moving tribute to his mentor and our friend Joe Fuentes, who is in a tough, tough battle with cancer. Chances are that you know – and love – Joe. He is a Denver media and public relations institution, having worked at the Rocky Mountain News, Coors, StorageTek and Xcel Energy, among others, over the course of his career. Joe was part of my communications team at StorageTek, and I was lucky to have him. I had never seen someone who so effectively combined charm and tenacity (and occasionally sheer stubbornness) to accomplish almost anything he put his mind to.

I had lunch with Joe shortly before his diagnosis, and he talked proudly about his kids and grandkids, about weddings and births, and vacations he loved taking with his wife Chris. He may be a great public relations practitioner, but he is an even better family man. Life can be cruel, and that someone as good and caring as Joe has cancer is proof of that.

You can send Joe a card at 10605 Osceola Loop, Westminster, CO 80031.

Is Denver a ‘Best Bang for Your Buck’ City?
December 7, 2009, 11:00 am
Filed under: Denver, Denver Business Journal, Forbes

Sort of, according to Forbes. The Denver Business Journal has the details.

Thoughts and Prayers for Don Kirchoffner
November 5, 2009, 8:18 am
Filed under: Denver, Public Relations

Don Kirchoffner of Denver’s Don Kirchoffner & Associates has been diagnosed with cancer, and he is fighting it exactly like you would expect – head on. If you would like to send Don a message, you can do so through his Caring Bridge page:


Picture of the Week
September 23, 2009, 7:27 am
Filed under: Denver

A Denver parking enforcement vehicle, courtesy of the Rocky Mountain Independent.

Denver Rates Highly for New College Grads
May 7, 2009, 7:51 am
Filed under: Denver

Denver has been named the eighth-best city for new college graduates, although Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Cincinnati and Cleveland all rank higher than Denver, so clearly the methodology is out of whack.

Denver Restaurant Week 2009
February 20, 2009, 4:53 pm
Filed under: Denver

Denver Restaurant Week 2009 begins tomorrow and runs through February 27 (or maybe March 6, depending on the Restaurant). Nearly 200 restaurants – ranging from ESPN Zone to Palace Arms – are offering multi-course dinners for the fixed price of $52.80 for two, or $26.40 for one (not including tax or gratuity). Click the link below to see participating restaurants and their menus.

We’re No. 1
January 29, 2009, 12:18 pm
Filed under: Denver

Job well done, Denverites. Your ad-hoc public relations campaign has worked, and more people in the U.S. want to live in Denver than any other major city. Now cut it out. Traffic is bad enough, and the last thing we need are more non-natives* living here.

(*Non-natives are defined as people who moved to Denver after me.)

Denver Initiative to Help City’s ‘Creative Community’
January 24, 2009, 3:43 pm
Filed under: Denver

What do thrash metal bands and public relations agencies have in common? Nothing, really. But Mayor Hickenlooper and the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs want to make sure that all members of Denver’s “creative community” have access to the real estate they need to succeed, whether it is rehearsal studios or office suites. So, on Monday, Mayor Hickenlooper will introduce “The Creative Space Agent,” a free Web site that will help connect property owners with Denver’s creative community.

What Else Would You Be Doing at 5:15 a.m.?
December 4, 2008, 6:02 am
Filed under: Denver, GMA

Do you or your clients want a little face time on ‘Good Morning America’? Then head over to Union Station downtown tomorrow morning at 5:15 a.m., where Mayor Hickenlooper will unveil a Denver-themed holiday window display live on the morning show. Details are here.

DMCVB Selects Delightfully Pushy New Name
November 13, 2008, 4:01 pm
Filed under: Denver, Visit Denver

Following the lead of cities such as New York and Los Angeles, the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau has changed its name to something more memorable: Visit Denver. “Our challenge was to find a 21st Century name that would be easy to remember and enunciate, be consistent with our brand, and have a call to the action,” said DMCVB/Visit Denver President Richard Scharf.

‘Judge Naughtyham’ to Step Down; Diamond Cabaret Cuts Staff
October 17, 2008, 8:28 am
Filed under: Denver

It is a sad day in Denver. Chief U.S. District Judge Edward W. Nottingham Jr. appears poised to resign his position in order to head off a judicial probe into his ethics, or lack thereof. Nottingham presided over many high-profile Colorado cases, including the trial of former Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio. But he is best known as the judge who admitted he might have spent $3,000 over two days at the Diamond Cabaret but that he was “too drunk to remember much of it,” and for having his name allegedly appear on a list of clients for a high-end, Denver-based call girl syndicate.

Latest Economic News
August 26, 2008, 10:17 am
Filed under: Denver, Economic News

It’s time to raise your rates … Denver’s economy is better than we thought.

New Denver Magazine Focuses on Modern Movement
August 3, 2008, 6:35 am
Filed under: Denver

The Denver Business Journal reports that former Colorado Homes & Lifestyles editor Alaina Gonzales is launching Modern in Denver, a “magazine devoted to modern art, design and architecture.”

Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation Names Board Members
July 21, 2008, 10:21 am
Filed under: Denver

Qwest’s Kate Varden Oravez, GBSM’s Steven “Steve” Silvers, and Forest City Stapleton’s Landri Taylor were among those named to the board of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation.

Let’s Hope the Magazine’s Title was Intended to be Retro
June 9, 2008, 4:35 pm
Filed under: Denver

It looks like Halo and Skittles will have competition for the attention of Colorado IT workers. Former Denver Newspaper Agency VP of IT Eric Wolferman is launching Rocky Mountain TechLine, a magazine that will “cover news from local and regional technology companies, profile tech experts, feature columns from local technology experts, and more.” 

Where’s Paula Woodward When You Really Need Her?
May 26, 2008, 5:39 pm
Filed under: Denver, Public Relations, Rocky Mountain News

Grand Hyatt Denver Public Relations Director Maryann Yuthas gets her 15 minutes of fame. Ahhh, the glamorous life of a public relations executive.

How Many ‘W’s in Raabe?
April 14, 2008, 6:29 pm
Filed under: Denver

PR Newser picks up yesterday’s Denver Post Q&A with PRSA chair Jeff Julin, and in a stroke of pure karma manages to spell reporter Steve Raabe’s name wrong.

Why You Shouldn’t Date Outside the … Faith?
April 10, 2008, 4:39 pm
Filed under: Denver

Remember the good old days when parents would argue over whether their children would be raised Protestant or Catholic, or whether they would root for Michigan or Ohio State? Here’s a lovely 21st Century twist.

Colorado Casinos Plan PR Event
March 4, 2008, 7:45 pm
Filed under: Denver, Denver Post, Events
The gambling towns of Black Hawk and Central City will hold an event Thursday to raise awareness of the $1.1 billion gambling has contributed to the state since it was legalized in 1991. The Denver Post’s Andy Vuong suspects the PR “dog-and-pony show” is designed to influence state legislators who will decide whether to raise the betting limits.

Mega-Agencies Post Decent Revenue Numbers for 2007
February 29, 2008, 3:17 pm
Filed under: Denver, Public Relations, Weber Shandwick

2007 turned out to be a decent year for the mega-agencies. IPG, the parent company of MWW and Weber Shandwick, reported a 6 percent increase in revenue in 2007, while WPP posted a 14 percent increase. Hopefully your agency saw similar increases in 2007, because 2008 could be an ugly year for us all if the economy doesn’t show some signs of life. 

5280 Says ‘Screw You’ to Publishing Upstarts
February 29, 2008, 8:32 am
Filed under: 5280, Denver, Denver Magazine, Public Relations

Amid all the talk of upstarts Denver Magazine and Denver Life, and the now-defunct Shine5280 is trying to remind Denverites who the 800-pound gorilla is by announcing its biggest press run ever. The mag will print 100,000 copies of its March issue (“Best Restaurants”) in anticipation of heavy newsstand sales. 

New Client Wins
February 29, 2008, 8:13 am
Filed under: Denver, LeGrand Hart, Public Relations, Wins

PRimaDonna PR has landed several new clients, including Brand JuiceGrand Teton Lodge CompanyBrazilets and Trio Interior Design. Public relations at Brand Juice, Brazilets and Trio previously was handled in-house, while Grand Teton formerly was represented by LeGrand Hart before dropping them and switching to PRimaDonna. 

Instant Karma’s Gonna Get You
February 28, 2008, 2:35 pm
Filed under: Denver, Public Relations

Let’s all shed some crocodile tears for Anti-Gym owner and notorious chubby-taunter (“No Chubbies”) Michael Karolchyk, whose gym in Cherry Creek North has shut down. His barrage of offensive and annoying television commercials weren’t enough to save his troubled enterprise. Now if he had only sunk some of that money into public relations instead of advertising …

Why Doesn’t J-School Teach You the Really Important Things?
February 28, 2008, 2:00 pm
Filed under: Denver, PR Moves, Public Relations

Our apologies for making fun of Hub Cap Annie’s desire to transition into public relations — it turns out she’s much more qualified than we gave her credit for. 

CP+B Beats Fallon for Microsoft Advertising Account
February 27, 2008, 4:27 pm
Filed under: CP+B, Denver, Public Relations, Wins

Miami/Boulder-based Crispin Porter + Bogusky has won the $300 million Microsoft advertising account, beating out Minneapolis-based Fallon. 

VOCA PR Announces Two New Clients
February 27, 2008, 3:07 pm
Filed under: Denver, Public Relations, Wins

Luxury real-estate and travel agency Voca PR has announced two new client wins: EcoBroker International and Maytag Mountain Ranch.

KCNC/Channel 4 Officially Dumps Hughes, Goes High-Def
February 27, 2008, 2:13 pm
Filed under: Denver, Journalism Moves, KCNC, Public Relations

KCNC/Channel 4 finally confirmed that Karen Leigh will replace Molly Hughes as Jim Benemann’s co-anchor. Hughes will become a “special correspondent” for the station, presumably spending most of her time mailing audition tapes to TV stations across the country. Additionally, KCNC/Channel 4 announced it will begin broadcasting in High-Def starting April 21. 

‘Green Zygotes and Ham’
February 27, 2008, 10:22 am
Filed under: Denver, Public Relations

What does Dr. Seuss think about his book Horton Hears a Who being used by the anti-abortion group Colorado for Equal Rights to argue that life begins at conception? Well, not much. He’s been dead for 16 years. 

GroundFloor Lands Two New Clients
February 27, 2008, 7:42 am
Filed under: Denver, GroundFloor Media, Public Relations, Wins

GroundFloor Media has picked up two new clientsFuser and Rally Software

Denver PR Jobs
February 25, 2008, 9:41 pm
Filed under: Denver, Jobs, Public Relations

Among those hiring this week: Frontier Airlines (didn’t they just lay off a bunch of marketing people?), Heedum Agency, Kaiser Permanente, NREL, Pure Brand, Colorado Restaurant Association, Brightstar Education Group, VisiTech, RNL and United Dominion Realty Trust. 

Avenue A Razorfish Releases Its Annual Digital Outlook Report
February 25, 2008, 8:32 pm
Filed under: Denver, Public Relations

The report is here. Guy Kawasaki offers some highlights here

Ayers PR Clients Start to Make Moves
February 25, 2008, 3:08 pm
Filed under: Ayers PR, Denver, LeGrand Hart, PR Moves, Public Relations, Wins

The shake-out from Sydney Ayers’ decision to leave her own firm to take the MD job at Arment Dietrich’s new Denver office appears to have started. Floor-care company BonaKemi USA has left Ayers PR after approximately eight months and selected LeGrand Hart as its agency. LeGrand Hart seems like a natural fit because it previously rep’ed Orange Glo, but curiously it appears based on its Web site that most of the team members who worked on the agency’s Orange Glo account have since left the firm.

Public Relations
February 25, 2008, 1:44 pm
Filed under: Denver, Public Relations


Husted: Minneapolis’ Leigh to Replace Molly Hughes at Channel 4
February 23, 2008, 5:51 pm
Filed under: Denver, Journalism Moves, KCNC, Public Relations

Bill Husted has the scoop on one of the longer-running rumors in town: that Karen Leigh of Minneapolis’ WCCO-TV has been tapped to replace the irrepressible Molly Hughes as co-anchor at KCNC/Channel 4. Expect a mid-March start date. 


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