Denver PR Blog

Denver PR Jobs
July 30, 2014, 9:11 am
Filed under: Public Relations

Among those hiring this week are the American Water Works Association, the Apartment Association of Metro Denver, the Archdiocese of Denver, the Colorado Department of Human Services, the Colorado Rapids, the Downtown Boulder Business Improvement District, HealthMEDX, IP Commerce, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Oakwood Homes, Paladin, Terumo BCT and The Arcanum Group.

Great Moments in Public Relations
July 23, 2014, 10:00 am
Filed under: Public Relations

“Let me figure out how we want to handle this,” (the PR agency owner) told a reporter Tuesday afternoon. “I will call you back with accurate, factual information.”

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Denver PR Jobs
July 8, 2014, 8:58 am
Filed under: Jobs, Public Relations

Among those hiring this week are Attention Homes, Colorado State University, Cuvée Escapes, Denver International Airport, Denver Public Schools,  Encana, Location3 Media, Mile High Ministries, Rocky Mountain MS Center and Vicon.

DStreet Celebrates 10 Years
June 2, 2014, 12:39 pm
Filed under: Public Relations

Congratulations to DStreet, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

“DStreet launched ten years ago with a vision of creating defining moments for our clients. During the last ten years it has been our great privilege and honor to do just that for a whole host of organizations, including Cabela’s, The Colorado Governor’s Energy Office, Denver Comic Con, Farm Credit, IQNavigator, and many, many others,” said DStreet president Jennifer Dulles. “Today we get to celebrate one of our own defining moments—and to take a moment to thank all of the people who have trusted in us as an agency partner and invested in us as an organization.”

Great Moments in Minor League Baseball Promotions
May 16, 2014, 9:21 am
Filed under: Public Relations

The Bakersfield Blaze, the Single A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, announced that “Tara the Hero Cat” who saved a Bakersfield toddler from a dog attack will throw out the first pitch at a game next week.

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PR Week: Agencies Report Double-Digit Growth
April 28, 2014, 8:02 am
Filed under: Economic News, Public Relations

PR Week reports that:

The average revenue growth of the agencies that submitted figures for PRWeek’s Agency Business Report both this year and in 2013 was up slightly to 11% from 9% the year prior. They also expanded their workforces. Of all reporting agencies, the median staff increase in the US was 8%, while the average of the top 50 firms was 10%.


April 15, 2014, 10:15 am
Filed under: Public Relations

CareerCast ranks “Public Relations Executive” as the 140th best job in America, 16 places behind “Dishwasher.”

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Great Moments in Sports
April 9, 2014, 1:15 pm
Filed under: Public Relations

The Atlanta Braves celebrated the opening of the 2014 MLB season by … accidentally setting an American flag on fire.

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Who Had the Worst Week?
January 10, 2014, 1:35 pm
Filed under: Public Relations

New Jersey Governor and Presidential hopeful Chris Christie?

Unofficial U.S. ambassador Dennis Rodman?

Former U.S. Senate candidate from Wyoming Liz Cheney?

Miami Herald columnist/ESPN talking head Dan Le Batard?

The parents of this tough-talking, bird-flipping toddler?

‘Troubleshooter’ Tom Martino Arrested After Allegedly Punching Wife
December 23, 2013, 6:05 pm
Filed under: Public Relations

Tom “The Troublemaker Troubleshooter” Martino was arrested this weekend after allegedly bloodying his wife’s nose with a punch, according to Jordan Steffen at The Denver Post. It apparently has been a tough few months for Martino, who in October was cited for harassment after an incident at a Douglas County restaurant. Prosecutors dismissed that charge, although they may be having second thoughts following this weekend’s events.

Great Moments in Tweets from PR People
December 20, 2013, 4:02 pm
Filed under: Public Relations, Twitter

From Justine Sacco, Director of Corporate Communications at the publicly traded IAC/InterActiveCorp. If you are job hunting, there likely will be a position open there on Monday.

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Farewell, Paula Berg
December 19, 2013, 6:42 pm
Filed under: Jobs, Public Relations

Denver’s loss is Palo Alto’s gain. You’ll be missed.



2013 PR Disasters – The Finalists
December 19, 2013, 10:31 am
Filed under: Public Relations

I will be joining April Zesbaugh on 850 KOA tomorrow morning to share my official list of the year’s biggest PR disasters, but in the meantime here is the list of finalists:

Cinemark re-opens the Aurora Shooting theater despite protests from families of the victims.

CBS apologizes after football commentator Brent Musburger, who is approximately 120 years old, ogles a college coed on national TV.

“So, are you a duplicitous liar or just the world’s biggest chump?” is a tough question to answer. Just ask Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o.

Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong finally admits using PEDs and lying to the world for years.

Subway claims that “footlong” was never intended to imply a specific length when it is sued for subs that don’t quite measure up to their name.

The Boy Scouts of America manage to piss off everyone by punting on a decision to allow gay scouts instead of just ripping off the band-aid one way or another.

When courtroom battles don’t go their way, CBS executives get even with Dish Network’s ad-skipping DVR technology the old-fashioned way: passive aggressively.

Amazon is forced to apologize and pull T-shirts with the slogan, “Keep Calm and Rape a Lot.”

Gallows humor in the public relations world holds that there is no bad situation that you can’t make worse, and Rutgers University proved this point this spring.

Media coin the term “Poop Cruise” to describe the latest tragecomedy that is a Carnival cruise.

Harvard is caught snooping on faculty members’ email accounts.

CNN offers sympathy for convicted rapists whose “promising futures” were stunted by the convictions.

Google chooses to honor Cesar Chavez instead of the Easter holiday. FoxNews goes bitchcakes.

The Pac-12 Conference’s head of officiating puts a bounty on one of its coaches, then tries hard not to resign.

Butter-laden recipes and down-home charm weren’t the only Old South affectations celebrity chef Paula Deen used.

Who knew a reality show about a bunch of rural West Virginia hillbillies could go so wrong? Clearly not MTV.

Dear Reebok: Vicarious street cred can turn on you. Quickly.

CNN‘s coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings set a new low for cable news coverage, which is saying something.

If Elvis Dumervil could punch Fax machine buttons as fast as he chases quarterbacks, he’d still be a Denver Bronco.

The Associated Press learns that “password” is a bad password after someone hacks its Twitter account and falsely claims the White House has been bombed.

AOL CEO Tim Armstrong shows the world how tough Donald Trump-wannabes fire someone: live on a conference call with hundreds of other employees.

Fox31 finds out what it feels like when 9News turns its investigative team on you.

If you didn’t already love sorority girls, you will after reading this epic rant from a University of Maryland Delta Gamma.

The Obama Administration: Take your pick of Benghazi, government shutdown, IRS , AP Wiretaps, Obamacare, NSA spying, etc.

JC Penney finds that Hitler is marketing gold when it comes to unloading crappy teapots.

Ohio State President Gordon Gee proves he’s the most interesting college president ever, right up until they made him resign.

Dear Men’s Wearhouse: This is why you don’t let your company chairman star in every commercial you’ve run for decades.

San Francisco’s KTVU and the National Transportation Safety Board fight to see who can look worse after this racist and ridiculous report.

The Denver Broncos front office shows its not just entitled athletes who can make an organization look bad.

Johnny Football became Johnny Autograph.

Rolling Stone reminds everyone it is still publishing by putting the Boston Marathon bomber on its cover.

If Geraldo Rivera can’t convince you that a selfie is a bad idea, nothing will.

Miley Cyrus shows us what a prepubescent girl would look like grinding on a 1940s gangster. You can’t unsee that.

Dear Von Miller: It shouldn’t be this hard to outsmart a guy who collects urine for a living.

The worst PR crises are often self-inflicted, as Barilla Pasta and last-minute-entrant “Duck Dynasty” showed us. Both were unforced errors.

Peter Boyles. Again.

When did the University of Denver start to think it is to college hockey what the University of Alabama is to football?

AIG’s CEO compares criticism of Wall Street bonuses to Jim Crow-era lynchings.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk really is the basis for Tony Stark, judging by his wild, frenzied responses to media questions about the electric car company’s safety.

ESPN reminds us the the “E” stands for “Entertainment” when it pulls out of a documentary examining the devastating effects of concussions after its partner, the NFL, asks it to.

You will never win a PR battle against a blind guy with a cute dog, US Airways.

Timing is everything, a point that was momentarily lost on Connect for Health Colorado’s Patty Fontneau.

GoldieBlox creates a brilliant parody of a Beastie Boys song, then ruins it all by taking it one step too far.

This is not the kind of media coverage retailers like Target want heading into the last shopping weekend before Christmas.

Vermilion, Whole Foods Launch ‘Good Food Matters’ Campaign
November 22, 2013, 8:24 am
Filed under: Public Relations

Vermilion and Whole Foods have teamed up to introduce “Good Food Matters,” a comprehensive in-store program to engage shoppers in the incredible story and values behind their food.

Denver Metro Association of Realtors RFP
November 22, 2013, 8:18 am
Filed under: Public Relations

The Denver Metro Association of Realtors has issued an RFP for public relations services. The deadline for response is December 5, 2013.

Media Zone Supporting ‘Santa’s Elves’ Campaign
November 21, 2013, 9:37 pm
Filed under: Public Relations

Deborah Sherman of Media Zone Consulting is representing the “Santa’s Elves: Kids Giving to Kids” campaign, which collects and distributes gifts for some of Colorado’s poorest children. Visit the website if you are interested in supporting the organization.

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.”

Stay Classy, NFL
November 11, 2013, 9:54 pm
Filed under: Public Relations

Could someone let Roger Goodell and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers know that there are a lot of women being honored this Veterans Day who did not wear this version of the uniform?

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Clark Rebrands as Wolfpack Communications
November 8, 2013, 1:24 pm
Filed under: Public Relations

Jay Clark has rebranded his agency as Wolfpack Communications. Formerly Lonewolf Communications, the agency’s clients roster includes the Denver Cutthroats, Douglas County Water Resource Authority, Metropolitan State University of Denver and Steele Street Bank & Trust.

Castle Pines PR Fight Continues
November 4, 2013, 8:37 am
Filed under: Public Relations

Castle Pines council member James Einolf figures he earns “about $1.23 an hour making guitars” at his day job, so you can imagine his response to Aguilar Public Relations’ contract that pays the firm $81 an hour.

“I’m sorry, but we’re now paying more for public relations than we’re paying for (our) attorney. … Einolf said in an interview later that he thinks spending the money for a public relations firm ‘is a terrible waste of money.’ Einolf said, ‘These days’ you just need email and good website to communicate.”

Because who knows more about marketing and public relations more than a guy making what the minimum wage was in 1963?

Red Energy Celebrates Five Years
October 10, 2013, 4:41 pm
Filed under: Public Relations

Congrats to Colorado Springs-based Red Energy Public Relations, Advertising & Events, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary.

Gonder PR Celebrates 25 Years
September 24, 2013, 3:31 pm
Filed under: Public Relations

Congratulations to Peggy Gonder as Gonder Public Relations celebrates 25 years of providing public relations and marketing services. To commemorate the milestone, Gonder PR is providing pro bono services to the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame (where Gonder is a board member).

Smashburger PR?
September 9, 2013, 5:16 pm
Filed under: Public Relations

Steve Raabe at The Denver Post reports that Smashburger parent company Consumer Capital Partners has launched a Press Effect, a public relations firm led by managing partner Stacie Lange.

Abels Communication Company Celebrates 10 Years
September 5, 2013, 8:46 am
Filed under: Pro Bono, Public Relations

Abels Communication Company is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month. The firm was founded by corporate communications executive Richard Abels, and the firm is providing pro bono counsel and support to the Denver Public Schools Foundation this year to commemorate this milestone.

CPR Names New Arts Bureau Editor
June 20, 2013, 9:49 am
Filed under: Public Relations

Colorado Public Radio has added Chloe Veltman as the new editor for CPR’s forthcoming arts bureau and online arts hub. Veltman brings more than a decade of experience to her new role, including working for The New York Times as the weekly Bay Area arts correspondent and for the SF Weekly as its chief theater critic.

Veltman is also the creator, host and producer of VoiceBox, a weekly, syndicated public radio and podcast series about the human voice and the best of the vocal music scene, based out of KALW in San Francisco. Her work has also been published in The Los Angeles TimesThe Wall Street Journal, The Economist and The Financial Times, among others.

Cathie Beck PR Rebrands as Capital City PR
May 10, 2013, 7:19 am
Filed under: Public Relations

Cathie Beck PR has rebranded as Capital City Public Relations. According to Beck, the new brand “better reflects the firm’s growth and position in the communications marketplace.”

Frankly Comm. Focuses on Music, Entertainment Industries
April 11, 2013, 8:43 am
Filed under: Public Relations

Frankly Communications has expanded its support to the music and entertainment industries by managing bands’ social media assets, conducting brand and messaging audits, booking shows and finding opportunities for public exposure on both digital and in-person platforms so that clients can effectively share their talents with audiences.

Frankly Communications played a significant role in securing Denver-based progressive rock band Tattooed Strings lead guitarist Jordan Carrier a contract with a major record label. Frankly Communications will now also support the band full-time with their promotions, bookings and other publicity needs.

Free PR Tip
April 9, 2013, 8:42 am
Filed under: Denver Post, Public Relations

Here’s a lesson for aspiring PR professionals that they don’t teach you in college: Don’t send confidential emails to public officials who are subject to open-records requests (or this might happen). And maybe think twice about using an attorney who doesn’t already understand this.

PR Debacle of the Day
April 2, 2013, 8:32 am
Filed under: Public Relations

The Pac-12 Conference, which is trying to sweep under the rug allegations that its head of basketball officials put a bounty on the University of Arizona head coach.

#5 Should Be That Some Men Currently in PR Are Morons
March 20, 2013, 8:25 pm
Filed under: Public Relations

Arik Hanson offers four reasons there aren’t more men in public relations:

1. Men think there is more money in other professions – “Unlike many women (sorry, blanket statement), men are driven by money and power.”

2. PR is not a “manly” profession – “Guys see how PR is portrayed in the media. They watch movies that show women working in PR.”

3. Men don’t understand PR – “Accounting, law, engineering, and financial services are industries that, on the surface, are easier to understand. Therefore, more men seek them out.”

4. There’s a generational issue at play – “Sons grow up watching their fathers. Many fathers work in industries like finance, engineering, construction and the like.”

Pope Francis I
March 13, 2013, 1:25 pm
Filed under: Public Relations

The Art of the Ask
February 7, 2013, 9:31 am
Filed under: Public Relations

Fast Company examines the role that trying to make clients your partners plays in successful public relations.

Chris Culliver’s Apology Translated
January 31, 2013, 12:03 pm
Filed under: Public Relations

Actual Apology:

“The derogatory comments I made yesterday were a reflection of thoughts in my head, but they are not how I feel. It has taken me seeing them in print to realize that they are hurtful and ugly. Those discriminating feelings are truly not in my heart. Further, I apologize to those who I have hurt and offended, and I pledge to learn and grow from this experience.”


“Holy shit! Apparently the NFL and/or the 49ers can suspend you from the Super Bowl if you rail against gay people at an NFL event while wearing an NFL jersey. That’s not cool. But my lawyer says I can avoid the suspension if I give the league something to work with, so, for the record and to the extent that it keeps me from being suspended, I am sorry. Is that good enough? If not, my lawyer can add some words I’ve never used in my life, like ‘derogatory,’ ‘reflection,’ ‘hurtful,’ and ‘discriminating.’ We good?”

Mo Money, Mo Problems?
January 24, 2013, 12:11 pm
Filed under: Public Relations

The Economist: Dan Edelman was no ‘Mad Man’
January 22, 2013, 10:54 am
Filed under: Obit, Public Relations

The Economist reflects on the role Dan Edelman played in the rise of public relations in what was an advertising world:

Mr Edelman, who died on January 15th, aged 92, was a pioneer, introducing innovations that reflected his bigger vision of PR as a more effective way to market a company’s reputation and brands than its fancier (and costlier) big brother, advertising. … Nowadays, although public relations is hardly without its critics, Mr Edelman’s view of the merits of PR relative to advertising is much more widely shared, though never as enthusiastically as four decades ago, when Charlie Lubin, the founder of Sara Lee, said that thanks to Mr Edelman, his PR budget was worth 1,000 times more than his advertising budget. Those were the days.

PRSA Colorado Luncheon: Crisis Communications
January 16, 2013, 9:20 am
Filed under: Public Relations

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Crisis Communications
From Managing a 24/7 News Cycle to Healing Communities

A panel discussion featuring 9News crime and justice reporter Anastasiya Bolton, Westminster PD PIO Trevor Materasso, Saltzman Communications’ Marilyn Saltzman and moderated by DStreet Public Relations’ Jennifer Dulles.

11:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The Four Seasons Hotel
1111 14th Street
Denver, CO 80202

The Year in Review: 2012 Public Relations Disasters
December 21, 2012, 8:30 am
Filed under: Public Relations

Here is the list of the year’s biggest PR disasters that I shared during an interview on 850 KOA this morning:


Penn State represents one of the greatest PR disasters of all time, certainly of the last decade. In fact, it has been such a debacle that the university managed to make the list both last year and this year. Last year, the university went from one of the nation’s most revered institutions to one of the most reviled in a matter of weeks due to its lack of a response to a horrible child sex abuse scandal that saw two administrators indicted, a former assistant coach arrested and football coaching legend Joe Paterno fired. This year, additional details emerged about an institutional culture that valued football success over protecting innocent children that were disturbing enough that the NCAA nearly gave the school’s football program the so-called “Death Penalty.” The result was another year of brutal headlines that will have almost everyone older than 10 associating Penn State with child rape for the rest of their lives.


There are few things tougher for a brand than allowing yourself to become a political football. But one of them is when you are the one to turn yourself into the political football. Susan G. Komen for the Cure learned that lesson the hard way when it tried to eliminate $680,000 in grants to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings and education programs. Suddenly, Komen was at the heart of the abortion culture wars, and it saw its reputation and support reflect that. Four days after announcing the grant cuts, the Komen board reversed the decision, but the damage was already done. Donor support dropped significantly, and ultimately several high-level executives resigned, including Komen’s CEO.


How important is marketing? For more than a decade, the meat processing industry served Americans “lean finely textured beef,” the industry term for meat recovered from beef trimmings using a process that involves a centrifuge and ammonia gas to kill bacteria. But when critics, including celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, embraced the alternative term “pink slime,” it drew national media attention and outraged consumers. Restaurants and grocery stores refused to offer the product, and it took just a few more months before layoffs and bankruptcies left the industry in tatters.


Chick-fil-A is a Southern-based company with a reputation for supporting conservative causes. But as franchisees spread north and west, the company tried to downplay its political leanings. That all changed when the chain’s president and COO (who is also the son of Chick-fil-A’s founder) went on a conservative radio show and railed against gay marriage. Chick-fil-A quickly tried to back-track, but the damage was done. Activists targeted the company, and politicians in major markets like Chicago and Boston threatened to try to block new franchises in their cities. And polling done after the dust settled showed that nearly 40 percent of respondents had an unfavorable view of the company and 15 percent said they were boycotting the chain.

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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.

Barefoot Celebrates 2nd Anniversary with Client Wins
November 15, 2012, 8:58 am
Filed under: Public Relations

Barefoot PR is celebrating its second anniversary, and the firm announced several client wins: ASR Companies, Inc. (brand enhancement through messaging, public relations and community involvement) and WorkLife Partnership (increase brand awareness through targeted message development, public relations, and partnership facilitation). Barefoot also expanded its work with The Space Creators to include community involvement and strategic partnerships.

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.

Clement Communications Acquires HON
August 27, 2012, 2:10 pm
Filed under: Public Relations

Clement Communications has acquired California-based brand and digital agency HON Marketing. The firm will be renamed HON Digital and will be a wholly owned and independently run subsidiary of Clement.

In addition to the acquisition, Clement announced that Hen House Ventures founder Tara Spalding and NextStep founder Nancy Friedman will join the HON Digital board of advisers.

RIP Dan Peterson
July 25, 2012, 9:58 am
Filed under: Public Relations

JohnstonWells Senior Associate Dan Peterson died from injuries sustained in a hit-and-run bicycle accident this weekend. He was 30. JohnstonWells released a statement saying that, “Dan will be remembered for his dedication to his clients and his love of the outdoors, especially the Colorado mountains.”

The still-unidentified person responsible for Dan’s death was a white woman with blonde, shoulder-length hair who was driving a green or dark-colored Subaru hatchback with a bike rack. The car likely has front-end damage. If you have any information, please contact Denver police.

Update: Members of Denver’s biking community have placed a “ghost bike” memorial for Dan at Lincoln Street and Sixth Avenue:

No Pants, No Problem
July 11, 2012, 8:38 am
Filed under: Public Relations

Utah is about the last place I’d expect to find a pants-optional PR agency, but desperate heat calls for desperate measures.

Former Denver Magazine Flack Launches Boutique Agency
July 5, 2012, 2:30 pm
Filed under: 5280, Denver Magazine, Jobs, Public Relations

Katie Shapiro, who formerly handled public relations for Denver Magazine before it was acquired by 5280, has officially launched Katie Shapiro Media, a boutique agency that  focuses on freelance writing, public relations and events. Clients include SOL (The Store of Lingerie) in Cherry Creek, 303 magazine, Aspen Film, and Reel Social Club.

GroundFloor Adds Similasan as Client
June 18, 2012, 3:26 pm
Filed under: Public Relations

GroundFloor Media has added Highlands Ranch, Colo.-based Similasan USA as a client. GFM will develop and execute a strategic communications program for Similasan, including the development of foundational materials and news releases, media training, media outreach and trade show support.

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.

Mile High Flea Market Selects The Idea Group
June 14, 2012, 7:39 am
Filed under: Public Relations

Mile High Flea Market has retained Denver multicultural marketing group The Idea Marketing to help attract Hispanic vendors to the market.

Denver DA Accuses Hamling of Stealing $243K from Charity
June 13, 2012, 4:03 pm
Filed under: Public Relations

Traction Communications founder and alleged scam artist Kirsten Hamling may have settled a lawsuit filed against her by state prosecutors for money that went missing from her Fired Up For Kids Charity, but that hasn’t stopped the Denver District Attorney from filing charges.

The result: Hamling is charged with 13 counts of theft, four counts of charitable fraud, three counts of filing a false tax return, two counts of failure to file a tax return and one count of attempt to influence a public servant. Michael Roberts at Westword has the details.

Wagstaff Opens Aspen Office
June 13, 2012, 7:45 am
Filed under: Public Relations

Competition for Colorado travel and tourism accounts may increase a bit with the news that Wagstaff Worldwide has opened an office in Aspen that will be led by Brigid Finley. Finley, who is relocating to Aspen from Los Angeles, has headed a number of campaigns for travel accounts and nationally acclaimed restaurants, including The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Lark Creek Restaurant Group, Cyrus restaurant, InterContinental Hotels, and Australia’s Great Southern Rail.

The Company You Keep …
June 11, 2012, 9:43 am
Filed under: Public Relations

What does the ruthless, murderous Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad have in common with the AARP, the 2010 Vancouver Olympics Bid, the 2022 Qatar World Cup Bid and The Tony Blair Faith Foundation? They share the same public relations firm.


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