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Denver PR Moves
April 23, 2014, 8:41 am
Filed under: Barefoot PR, Cactus, Dovetail, Jobs, Linhart
  • Cactus has hired Jenny Topolosky as PR manager. Topolosky joins the agency from IMA.
  • The City of Arvada has hired Maria VanderKolk as communications manager. VanderKolk previously was the PIO at Adams County School District 14.
  • dovetail solutions has hired Mary Kusek as a client services associate. Kusek most recently was assistant director for media relations at the Univiersity of Texas at Austin.
  • Avnet has hired Julie Wagoner as web & social media specialist. She previously was a social media specialist at Bellco.
  • Linhart PR has promoted Tim Streeb to senior account director.
  • Barefoot PR has added Jamie Bradley as a senior associate.

Linhart Cracks 5280’s ‘Most Powerful People’ List
April 2, 2014, 4:03 pm
Filed under: 5280, Linhart

Congratulations to Sharon Linhart, who was named the 49th most powerful person in Denver.

Who had it first?
November 15, 2013, 10:39 am
Filed under: Linhart, Public Relations

Ben Kunz of Mediassociates took great offense in a Digiday column at having his website plagiarized. In that spirit, I took a look at some Denver area websites, and I quickly found one – Linhart PR – that appears to be the victim of some online theft.

If you need a website, I bet Jennifer Wezensky at JW Public Relations can cobble one together for you pretty quickly.

Linhart Public Relations vs. Indiana’s JW Public Relations

Both firms use: “We realize there aren’t always silver-bullet solutions to client challenges. That’s why we always bring together a mix of services and formulate a customized approach for each client.”

Kismet Promotions vs. Indiana’s JW Public Relations

Both firms use: “In this crowded marketplace, communicating the right message about your business or organization is crucial to building and maintaining a strong brand. It is imperative that you establish meaningful relationships with any audience that impacts your image and business customers, prospective customers, the media, employees, the community and others.”

Sherman Communications & Marketing vs. Indiana’s JW Public Relations

Both firms use: “Positive media coverage lends your business invaluable third-party credibility. Public relations can be one of the most cost-effective means of gaining positive exposure and building your brand.”

SSPR vs. Indiana’s JW Public Relations

Both firms use: “We provide every client with a focused plan to reach the right media and the right target audience. PR is not a one-size-fits-all proposition.”

Evan Carmichael vs. Indiana’s JW Public Relations

Both firms use: “Social media over the Internet has rapidly claimed its place as an essential piece of a public relations campaign. It is the new form of spreading the news by word of mouth. Call it word of web.”

Google News Submit vs. Indiana’s JW Public Relations

Both sites use: “A press release is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways of getting your message out when you have something to announce regarding your business. But to be effective, a press release must focus on the most newsworthy, interesting and unique element to emphasize the news angle.”

Linhart PR Named ‘Top Place to Work’
October 10, 2013, 4:52 pm
Filed under: Awards, Linhart

Linhart Public Relations has been named to  PR News’ Top Places to Work in PR 2013 list. The list recognizes the top 50 PR firms and organizations nationwide based on excellence in workplace culture, benefits, training and professional development, retention, leadership and other employee engagement best practices. Linhart PR also made the Top Places to Work in PR list in 2011.

Linhart PR Lands on Inc. 5000 List with $5.2M in Revenue
August 21, 2013, 9:53 am
Filed under: Awards, Inc. 5000, Linhart

Congratulations to Linhart PR and the other 14 Colorado-based companies that landed in the Inc. 5000’s Advertising & Marketing category.

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Linhart PR Seeks SAE, AE
June 20, 2013, 9:55 am
Filed under: Jobs, Linhart

Linhart PR has two openings: an account executive and senior account executive.

Linhart Promotes Two
February 6, 2013, 7:11 am
Filed under: Linhart

Linhart PR has promoted Elexis Mariash to account director and Ashley Campbell to account supervisor.

Mariash helps manage the integrated communications programs that support brand awareness, trial, sales and advocacy for several consumer clients, including Chipotle Mexican Grill and Rudi’s Organic Bakery, while Campbell specializes in B2B communications, media relations, reputation management and stakeholder engagement for clients such as Johns Manville and MWH Global. She also leads the firm’s community awareness initiatives for Southwest Airlines in Colorado.

Linhart Named PR Week BAOTY Finalist
December 18, 2012, 10:12 am
Filed under: Awards, Linhart

Congratulations to Linhart PR, which has been named a national finalist for 2013 Boutique Agency of the Year from industry publication PR Week.  This is the fifth time that Linhart has been a finalist in this category, including winning the 2012 award as the country’s top firm of its size.

CPR Names Lauren Cameron PR Manager
November 15, 2012, 9:02 am
Filed under: Colorado Public Radio, Jobs, Linhart

Colorado Public Radio has named Lauren Cameron public relations manager . Cameron previously was with Linhart PR, where she was an account executive for the past few years.

Linhart, Vermillion Win PR News Award for Rudi’s Organic Campaign
October 19, 2012, 7:54 am
Filed under: Awards, Linhart

Linhart PR and Boulder-based Vermillion Design + Interactive were named winners in the PR News Digital PR Awards‘ WOW! Campaign category for “Rudi’s Organic Bakery: Let’s Doodle Lunch Campaign.” For the WOW! Award, which was given to the most innovative digital campaign, Linhart and Vermilion helped Rudi’s Organic launch the program that invited moms to upload their child’s artwork to receive a free customized sandwich box with the child’s design on the lid.

Linhart Named Chair-elect of Worldcom PR Group
October 4, 2012, 8:47 am
Filed under: Linhart

Congratulations to Linhart PR’s Sharon Linhart, who has been named chair-elect of WORLDCOM Public Relations Group, a leading partnership of global public relations firms. Sharon also has been elected as one of three new trustees to The Boettcher Foundation. In this role, she and the other trustees will be responsible for the oversight of the Boettcher Foundation, including supporting and preserving the vision and mission of the foundation.

Odwyer Revenue Rankings Includes Linhart, GroundFloor
May 23, 2012, 1:14 pm
Filed under: Economic News, GroundFloor Media, Linhart

Odwyer is out with its annual revenue ranking of independent PR firms, and several Denver-area firms disclosed their 2011 numbers:

67. Linhart PR, $4.60 million (+11% from 2010), 29 employees

89. GroundFloor Media, $2.91 million (-3% from 2010), 13 employees

103. Catapult PR-IR, $1.04 million (+24% from 2010), 6 employees

Linhart Promotes Peters
May 15, 2012, 8:00 am
Filed under: Jobs, Linhart

Linhart Public Relations has promoted Andy Peters to account executive. Peters joined Linhart PR in April 2011 as an account associate, providing media relations, research and video production support to clients, including WhiteWave Foods and UnitedHealthcare. He will continue those communications services in his new position.

Linhart Adds SAE
April 12, 2012, 9:17 am
Filed under: Jobs, Linhart

Linhart PR has added Amanda Kiely as senior account executive. Kiely previously was with CJP Communications in New York City, where she served as an account supervisor responsible for media relations, strategic development and leading client teams.

Linhart PR Inks Deal to Double its Office Space
March 12, 2012, 2:20 pm
Filed under: Linhart

Linhart PR has signed a long-term lease that will allow the agency to nearly double its space in the historic Baur’s Building downtown. The agency currently occupies about 10,000 square feet on the buildings’s second floor, and the new lease adds another roughly 8,000 square feet on the third floor. Linhart said the expansion was necessary due to growing client needs and continued staff additions.

Linhart Named PR Week’s 2012 Boutique Agency of the Year
March 2, 2012, 10:08 am
Filed under: Awards, Linhart

Time for Sharon Linhart to fire up the ol’ F-250: Linhart Public Relations is PR Week’s 2012 Boutique Agency of the Year.

Linhart PR Promotes Two
February 23, 2012, 8:35 am
Filed under: Jobs, Linhart

Linhart PR has promoted Robin Zimmerman to senior account executive and Anna Lindsey to account executive. Zimmerman joined the firm in 2010 as an account executive, and Lindsey also joined the firm in 2010 as an account associate after serving in Linhart PR’s JumpStart internship program.

Linhart Adds Digital Media Manager
February 2, 2012, 4:08 pm
Filed under: Jobs, Linhart

Linhart PR added Krista Flock to its Digital practice as digital media manager. Flock previously was with, where she served as social media communications manager responsible for developing consumer and business-to-business strategies for the company’s online and social media channels.

Linhart Names Womer Equity Partner
January 24, 2012, 9:43 am
Filed under: Linhart

Congratulations to Linhart VP Kelly Womer, who was named the firm’s sixth equity partner (joining Sharon Linhart, Paul Raab, Dawn Doty, Carri Clemens and Kelly Janhunen). Womer joined Linhart in 2009 and manages many of the firm’s corporate accounts, including Colorado Technical University, MWH, Polsinelli Shughart, and WhiteWave Foods.

Naturally Boulder Names Raab to Board
January 19, 2012, 8:58 am
Filed under: Linhart

Linhart PR SVP Paul Raab has been named to the board of Naturally Boulder, a non-profit organization that “nurtures and enhances the natural products industry in Boulder.”

Linhart Promotes One, Hires Two
January 12, 2012, 2:14 pm
Filed under: Jobs, Linhart

Linhart PR has promoted Amanda Meyer to account supervisor and added Kathelin Buxton and Noel Runkle as account associates. Meyer joined Linhart PR in 2005 and manages programs for clients Colorado Technical University and UnitedHealthcare. Buxton and Runkle previously were part of Linhart’s JumpStart internship program.

Linhart PR Finalist for PR Week BAOTY Award
December 19, 2011, 7:16 am
Filed under: Awards, Linhart

I’m running out of jokes to make about Linhart winning awards, so I’ll just share this one with you straight up: Linhart has been named a national finalist for PRWeek’s Boutique Agency of the Year. Winners will be announced on March 1, 2012, at the PRWeek Awards dinner in New York City.

Celestial Seasonings Selects Linhart as AOR
November 11, 2011, 7:55 am
Filed under: Linhart, Wins

Congratulations to Linhart PR, which was selected as the agency of record for Celestial Seasonings. Linhart will provide “strategic counsel and support for the brand’s tea and kombucha products through integrated brand campaigns, including digital strategy and engagement.”

Sharon Linhart Named to Boards of Council of PR Firms, Worldcom
October 27, 2011, 10:22 am
Filed under: Linhart

Linhart Public Relations founder and Chief Bigwig Sharon Linhart has been named as a board member for the Council of PR Firms and the Americas Region of the Worldcom Public Relations Group.

Allonhill Featured in WSJ Contest
September 28, 2011, 9:40 am
Filed under: Linhart

Congratulations to Denver-based mortgage due diligence firm (and Linhart PR client) Allonhill, which made the first cut in The Wall Street Journal’s “Big Innovation, Small Business” contest that highlights companies that employed smart strategies to survive the current “Great Recession. Allonhill launched with a small team during the 2008 housing collapse and has grown to more than 350 employees and is projecting $36 million in revenue in 2011.

Allonhill and Colorado-based companies M&E Painting and Travelers Haven LLC are being featured on The Wall Street Journal’s small business blog. Readers can vote for their favorite stories through Friday, and the Reader’s Choice winner will be revealed in a special report in November.

Linhart Wins Awards from PR News, ColoradoBiz
September 22, 2011, 9:34 am
Filed under: Awards, Linhart

If you see Sharon Linhart driving a Ford F-250 around Commerce City, don’t be alarmed. She’s just delivering two more trophies to the Linhart Awards Warehouse: PR News‘ “Small Firm of the Year” and ColoradoBiz’s “2011 Top Company.

Linhart Promotes Streeb
August 22, 2011, 10:13 am
Filed under: Linhart, PR Moves

If you run into Tim Streeb today, make sure he buys the drinks – Linhart PR has promoted him to account director from account supervisor. Streeb joined Linhart in 2003, and he leads several accounts, including Comcast, FirstBank and Johns Manville.

MHSMC Hosts Southwest Airlines Tweet-up
July 11, 2011, 9:00 am
Filed under: Linhart

If you are curious about how Southwest Airlines used social media to become one of the most-respected leaders in online communications, plan to attend Tuesday’s Mile High Social Media Club tweet-up from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Southwest Porch at Skyline Park (located at the corner of 16th and Arapahoe in downtown Denver).

Former Southwest and current Linhart PR Digital Media Leader Paula Berg will interview Christi Day, who now runs Southwest’s online presence, and Rob Hahn of Southwest’s Customer Relations department. You can RSVP on Facebook or send an email to

Linhart Wins [Insert Award Name Here]
June 3, 2011, 8:30 am
Filed under: Awards, Linhart

Linhart PR won something like its 6,000th award of the year, this time being named one of the Top 50 small company workplaces in America as judged by Inc. Magazine and Winning Workplaces. Nearly 350 companies competed in the contest, and a national panel of experts in leadership and small to mid-sized business judged the finalists. Selections were based on specific metrics and qualitative assessments of the finalists’ success in creating the kind of workplaces that engage employees and deliver bottom-line results.

Holmes Report Recognizes Linhart PR
May 17, 2011, 7:41 am
Filed under: Awards, Linhart

Linhart PR picked up an honorable mention in The Holmes Report’s “2011 Best Agency to Work For.” The report based its rankings on a written questionnaire and online survey of more than 75 PR firms nationwide, and Linhart PR ranked among the four honorable mention winners in the boutique agency category.

Linhart Named Denver COC Small Biz of the Year
May 4, 2011, 3:31 pm
Filed under: Awards, Linhart

Congratulations to Linhart PR, which today was named the 2011 Small Business of the Year by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. The award recognizes small businesses with fewer than 100 employees for their outstanding business practices, community involvement, entrepreneurship, sustainability and productivity.

To select finalists, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce required small businesses to submit an application about their management philosophy and workplace practices. Then, a team of business leaders conducted on-site interviews and visits of each finalist, which included Linhart, blue onion and Lake Arbor Automotive.

Linhart Adds Three Account Associates
May 4, 2011, 9:06 am
Filed under: Linhart

Linhart PR has added Emma Garten, Andrew Peters and Noelle Robillard as account associates. All three started their careers as part of the firm’s JumpStart internship program. Linhart has added 10 team members since January 2010.

Linhart Promotes Cameron to AE
April 20, 2011, 9:40 am
Filed under: Linhart, PR Moves

Linhart PR has promoted Lauren Cameron to account executive. Cameron joined Linhart a year ago as an account associate after working as a media strategist and graduate intern at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide and at APCO Worldwide in Washington, D.C.

Linhart Promotes Brin
March 31, 2011, 9:56 am
Filed under: Linhart

Linhart PR has promoted Chandra Brin to account executive. She most recently served as an account associate and joined Linhart in 2009.

Linhart Tops Colorado Firms in Annual O’Dwyer’s Rankings
March 8, 2011, 1:47 pm
Filed under: Catapult, GroundFloor Media, Linhart

If you, like me, wondered how Linhart PR could afford to hire Paula Berg away from Southwest Airlines and then send her out of town every week so her potty mouth and semi-secret smoking wouldn’t corrupt the other employees, we have the answer: Linhart PR is crushing it when it comes to revenue.

The latest O’Dwyer’s rankings are out and here are the Colorado numbers:
#70 – Linhart PR – $4.11 million – Up 35% from 2009
#90 – GroundFloor Media – $3.00 million – Up 15% from 2009
#135 – Catapult PR/IR – $0.84 million – Up 2% from 2009
If you are interested, here are Colorado’s 2009 and 2008 numbers.

Linhart Finalist for Denver Metro Chamber Award
March 8, 2011, 9:13 am
Filed under: Awards, Linhart

Linhart PR has been named a finalist for the Denver Metro Chamber’s 2011 Small Business of the Year award. Winners will be announced at the chamber’s annual Business Awards Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Denver on Wednesday, May 4.

Linhart Finalist for ‘Top Workplace’ Award
February 9, 2011, 12:53 pm
Filed under: Linhart

Linhart PR has been selected as a finalist for the 2011 Top Small Company Workplaces award, a nationwide award sponsored by Winning Workplaces and Inc. Magazine.

Linhart Promotes Kelsey
February 1, 2011, 9:28 am
Filed under: Linhart, PR Moves

Linhart PR has promoted Quinn Kelsey to account executive. In her new role, she will provide communications counsel and media relations support to clients Comcast, Colorado Technical University, Johns Manville and UnitedHealthcare.

OnTheSnow Selects Linhart
January 11, 2011, 8:28 am
Filed under: Linhart, Wins

Linhart Public Relations has been selected to lead a public relations campaign for OnTheSnow, the most visited snow sports website in the world. Linhart PR will lead proactive, strategic public relations activities to help build global brand awareness of OnTheSnow as the top global site for mountain snow sports, as well as position the website as an expert news source among domestic digital, print and broadcast media.

Linhart Celebrates 15 Years
January 3, 2011, 1:38 pm
Filed under: Linhart

Happy 15th anniversary to Linhart Public Relations.

Not Looking So SmartCo
November 16, 2010, 9:21 am
Filed under: Linhart

Linhart-client SmartCo Foods has pulled the plug on its Denver-area experiment after just five months.

Linhart Growth Continues
October 27, 2010, 3:19 pm
Filed under: Linhart

In February, I accused Linhart PR’s Sharon Linhart of “talking a little veiled trash” when she was quoted in the Denver Business Journal as saying:

“In comparison to other firms, I’d have to say we’re doing very, very well.”

But give her credit – her agency is walking the walk. Linhart announced that it has hired Robin Zimmerman as an Account Executive, giving the agency 19 22 employees (six of whom have been added this year). As for Zimmerman, she will provide media relations and communications counsel for our consumer-focused clients like Crocs, Old Chicago, and

Linhart Promotes Davis
September 3, 2010, 3:18 pm
Filed under: Linhart, PR Moves

Congratulations to Linhart’s Dayna Davis, who has been promoted to account executive.

Denver Agency News
August 4, 2010, 4:47 pm
Filed under: GroundFloor Media, Linhart, PR Moves, Wins

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.

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.

Three Leadership Lessons from Gen. McChrystal
June 23, 2010, 1:49 pm
Filed under: Linhart

Linhart’s Paul Raab examines three leadership lessons from the situation involving Gen. Stanley McChrystal.

Linhart Promotes Janhunen
June 4, 2010, 1:22 pm
Filed under: Linhart, PR Moves

Linhart PR has promoted Kelly Janhunen to account director. Janhunen, who most recently held the position of account supervisor, joined Linhart PR in 2003 and leads several consumer marketing accounts, including Red Robin and Chipotle. In her new role, she will continue to oversee the planning, execution and evaluation of client programs.

SmartCo Foods Selects Linhart PR for Denver Launch
May 13, 2010, 3:58 pm
Filed under: Linhart, Wins

SmartCo Foods, a division of Smart & Final, has selected Linhart PR as its Denver public relations firm of record. Linhart PR will help launch the company first retail outlets in Colorado, which are slated to open in Denver and Longmont this summer.

Four PR Firms Named to ColoradoBiz List
May 12, 2010, 6:32 am
Filed under: Catapult, ColoradoBiz, GroundFloor Media, Linhart, Vladimir Jones

ColoradoBiz is out with its annual ranking of women-owned businesses, and four public relations firms made the list:

#4. Vladimir Jones – 2009 gross revenues of $61,158,000
#59. Linhart PR – 2009 gross revenues of $3,315,000
#61. GroundFloor Media – 2009 gross revenues of $2,957,000
#100. Catapult PR-IR – 2009 gross revenues of $834,000


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