Turner Public Relations has been named agency of record for the Utah Office of Tourism following a competitive review. As of August 2013, Turner PR is promoting visitation to the iconic state via strategic, integrated media relations and social media programs.
The Utah Office of Tourism (UOT), an agency of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED), is the state-level destination marketing organization for Utah. The sole mission of the organization is to brand and promote Utah’s great experiences and destinations for visitors and residents in an inspiring way to support and enhance economic vitality and quality of life in the state.
Turner PR has added five new clients: UK-based boutique hostel concept Generator Hostels, heritage equestrian footwear and apparel brand Ariat International, action sport hard goods purveyor Bern Unlimited, military-inspired watch manufacturer Ballast Time Instruments, and Italian heritage sportswear brand Kappa-USA.
Turner PR has added Asia Transpacific Journeys and the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau to its roster of travel and hospitality clientele. Turner PR will provide strategic media relations for both organizations focused on increased awareness in the national media marketplace.
Turner PR has added Vanessa Torres as an international account coordinator based in the firm’s Denver office and Joao Rodrigues as a senior account director based in its New York office. Torres is a native of Caracas, Venezuela, and she is fluent in Spanish, French and English.
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Turner PR’s Megan Sullivan lost her brother, Alex Sullivan, in the Aurora Movie Theater shooting a week ago today. Angela Berardino, Megan’s friend and colleague at Turner PR, has a request of the Denver PR community:
Megan has been with Turner for a few years, sitting two feet from me for most of that time. She works on our social media team and she’s smart, and funny, and bakes cupcakes for no reason. It’s hard to describe how awful last Friday was – from the first frantic call at 5am, letting us know her brother was unaccounted for, to a morning spent searching trauma centers all over the city, to the final confirmation that didn’t come until 14 hours later. All documented excessively by cameras. …
I know that most of you don’t know Megan, or Alex, or the Sullivan family. However we helped them set up a memorial fund this week because so many people have asked about sending them food or notes or flowers. What they would really like is to make a donation in Alex’s name to a charity called We Can Be Heroes. Megan told us “Alex was our real life super hero”.
So here’s the favor: I’m asking you to make a small donation. $5 or $10; that’s a cocktail after work, something you won’t even notice at the end of the month. It’s not about the money. It just means that the Sullivan family will see a long list of names, people who took a moment to think of their family, to see the human side of a sensational headline. You can donate online at Alex Sullivan Fund. And if you really want to earn some karma points, send a version of this request to the people in your network or office or send a tweet, and ask the people you know to do the same. The power of 100 strangers sending something small in his name would be truly amazing.
Thank you, thank you, for taking a moment to do a small random act of kindness for a really amazing family who beyond deserves it.
Turner PR is accepting applications for two unpaid internships to support the agency’s travel public relations team in Denver. Duties include media relations outreach assistance, drafting press releases, story pitches, creating and updating media lists and editorial calendars, tracking coverage by monitoring local and national media, researching industry trends, etc.
Qualifications should include students or graduates majoring in journalism, communications or public relations, excellent writing skills and understanding of AP Style, strong internet research skills, great communication skills with the ability to multi-task and work in a deadline-oriented environment. Turner will work with schools to ensure class credit is received, if applicable.
If you are interested, email cover letter and resume to Ashley Taufen (no phone calls).
Turner PR has added Ryan Whaley as a senior account executive. Whaley joins Turner PR from Vail Resorts, where he was part of the communications teams at Breckenridge Ski Resort and Keystone Resort. Prior to Vail Resorts, Whaley spent eight years as a professional boat captain which allowed him to work at multiple resort destinations.
Its been a good month for Turner PR. The agency has added some big names as clients, including Destination Hotels & Resorts, the Brown Palace Hotel, Filson, and the Society of American Travel Writers. Turner has been named agency of record for Destination Hotels & Resorts, the fourth largest independent hospitality management company in the United States with 38 luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and conference centers. And the agency will provide a variety of strategic digital communications services to the other three clients, including daily channel maintenance, social promotion strategy, influencer targeting, corporate blog development and integration among traditional PR and marketing efforts—events, optimized pitching and guerrilla promotions.
Turner PR has added Sandos Hotels & Resorts to its portfolio of hotel clients. Turner will provide strategic bilingual media relations for two of the growing hotel company’s Mexico properties including the Sandos Caracol Eco Resort & Spa and Sandos Playacar Beach Resort & Spa. Turner also announced that it has hired Ashley Cothran as an account executive. Cothran previously was with Aiello Public Relations and Marketing.
Turner PR has added Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole, Four Seasons Resort Whistler and The Brown Palace Hotel to its travel and hospitality clientele. Turner will provide a variety of strategic media relations for the three new clients. The agency also announced it has added Stephanie Panico as account coordinator.
Turner PR has added Travaasa Destinations, Paraiso Del Mar and Inspirato to its roster of clients. Turner PR will provide them with a variety of strategic media relations and social media programs. Turner also announced it has added Rebie Bautista Lash as a senior director, Campbell Levy as senior account manager, Amber Connor as account manager and Ashley Taufen as account coordinator.
Turner PR is hiring an Account Executive for its travel/real estate practice. Three to five years of experience and travel industry background required.
Turner Public Relations, a full service, national public relations and social media firm, has added Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail, Capella Telluride and Moonlight Basin Ski Resort to its portfolio of clients.
The firm also added Carrina Junge as assistant account executive, where she will support media relations initiatives for Turner PR’s luxury travel and real estate clients. Most recently, Junge was with VISIT DENVER, The Convention & Visitors Bureau, where she spent the last four years working closely with the City of Denver and its more than 1,000 business members to promote the city.
Is Turner PR expanding beyond travel, hospitality, outdoor and real estate? Word is that the agency has landed Denver-based Organic Pizza Co. as a client, which could put Turner in a position to start competing with the more established food/beverage practices at agencies such as Linhart, GroundFloor Media, JohnstonWells, Aiello and Guttau.
Ef Rodriguez’s dream of never again leaving Boulder County is a step closer to reality. Ef has accepted a position with advertising giant Crispin Porter + Bogusky, where he will be the “Curator of Conversation” responsible for helping develop social media strategy for CP+B clients. In lieu of congratulatory emails or phone calls, Ef respectfully requests that donations be made to PRSA Colorado in his name.
Ef previously was part of Cherry Creek-based Turner PR’s social media team, and the good news is that his departure has opened up a spot at Turner. Angela Berardino, who leads Turner’s social media group, has formally posted that position (no phone calls, please).
Travel, hospitality and real estate agency Turner PR added Caitlin Sullivan as senior account executive and Julie Wagoner as emerging media account coordinator. Sullivan joins Turner from MMG Mardiks, where she led the agency’s largest account, the Colorado Tourism Office. Prior to that, she was an account executive at Heedum Agency in Denver, where she represented travel brands, hotel properties, culinary events and restaurants.
Wagoner is the founder and editor-in-chief of the weekly online entertainment publication, The Media Fix, where she supervises a staff of 15 writers and coordinates interviews with popular recording artists. Prior to joining Turner, she worked at Boulder Digital Arts.
Luxury travel, real estate and consumer agency Turner PR has added Mexico’s Riviera Maya Destination Marketing Office and the Estes Park Convention & Visitors Bureau to its client list. The Turner PR team will provide strategic media relations programs and social media counsel to both clients.
Turner PR is hopping. The travel, hospitality and real estate public relations firm recently named Michelle McLeod senior account executive in its Denver office. McLeod’s resume includes previous positions with Cohn & Wolfe and Porter Novelli.
And the firm also is seeking an emerging media coordinator to work with the mercurial Ef Rodriguez. And, as a special bonus, I’ll give $1 to applicants who phone Ef to ask him if he received the resume they emailed him.
By Ef Rodriguez
Emerging Media Account Executive
Turner Public Relations
The AP Stylebook will send someone to break my wrists as a means of ending my indefatigable campaign to rid the world of the two-word variant of “website.” My friends, “Web site” is simply wrong, and the shadowy AP conspirators know it.
I will kickstart my graffiti career by sneaking into GroundFloor’s offices and scrawling an artful manifesto onto the walls. I will end said manifesto with “###” because I take PR standards pretty seriously.
I will meet you for coffee, where we’ll discover we have loads in common. Same industry, same thoughts on social media, friends in common, equally attractive (i.e., hot like a feverish volcano). But our budding romance will wither away when you discover I’m not a member of PRSA.
In a rare moment of lucidity, we’ll all realize that social media or emerging media or new media or digital media or whatever media will make a fool of some and a pharaoh of others. We’ll realize that learning how to use it (instead of merely trumpeting that you’re an expert without any tangible evidence) will inform, empower and vivify our silly goose of an industry. This rare moment will be fleeting, mind you. Many of us will shudder seconds afterward and go back to business as usual. But not everyone will do so. For those of you who look forward to that 2010 moment, understand that I’m right there with you. Holding your hand and eating some bundt cake.
I still won’t take you seriously. Nor will I take myself seriously. Let’s dance forever.
Turner PR is seeking “recent graduates or current students majoring in journalism, communications or public relations” for its unpaid fall internship program. Duties include media relations assistance, drafting press materials, creating and updating media lists and editorial calendars, media monitoring, research, measurement assistance, and social and emerging media outreach. To be considered, email Charlotte Smith a cover letter and resume (no phone calls).
Turner PR has hired Aliza Rothman as vice president of the travel/hospitality and real estate team in Denver. Rothman previously was Vice President of Ogilvy Public Relations in Denver and Vice President at Robinson Lerer & Montgomery in New York City.
The Denver Business Journal profiled Turner PR this week, noting that, “While many businesses struggle to survive the recession, Turner PR is doing something surprising: expanding its clients and staff. The Denver company, which also has offices in New York and Los Angeles, has picked up six high-profile clients since November and is looking to hire a new social media specialist.” New clients include Eddie Bauer and Hotel Teatro. I’d point out that much of that growth has followed Turner’s hiring of Jordan Blakesley and BrieAnn Fast, but they are far too modest to want me to do that.
Turner PR continues to grow. The agency has added Kristin Rust and Audrey Strong as senior account managers, and David Rubin as account coordinator. Rust formerly worked at Aspen Skiing Company and Colorado Ski Country USA, while Strong’s background includes positions with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and JohnstonWells.
Why use that philosophy or fine arts degree to get a job flipping burgers for $8 an hour when you can earn 50 percent more in public relations?
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If you see Gwin Johnston around town, make sure she buys you the drink. O’Dwyer released its annual rankings of PR agencies, and the Denver-area agencies disclosing their 2007 numbers were:
102. JohnstonWells — $3.04 M in 2007 revenue (+36%); 24 employees
106. Linhart PR — $2.85 M in 2007 revenue (+35%); 18 employees
118. GroundFloor Media — $2.30 M in 2007 revenue (+37%); 11 employees
137. Turner PR — $1.80 M in 2007 revenue (+20%); 12 employees
164. Catapult — $0.95 M in 2007 revenue (+3%); 6 employees
We’ll have to wait for the next Denver Business Journal list of PR firms to see where the holdouts (we mean you, Schenkein, GBSM, VisiTech, MGA, Metzger, et al.) are. Overall, the O’Dwyer list is encouraging. Most agencies are showing good growth, and JohnstonWells topping $3 million in revenue locally is a milestone.
Turner PR has added two new high-end resort and real-estate clients, Viceroy Anguilla and Viceroy Mayakoba, to its client roster. Turner PR will build the Viceroy brand and create greater visibility for the two communities using strategic media relations programs.
Turner PR has announced three new hires and a promotion:
- Amanda Conti joins as an account executive; she previously worked at New York boutique firms Marina Maher Communications and Bratskeir & Company.
- BrieAnn Fast and Jordan Blakesley have been hired as account coordinators. Both join Turner from LeGrand Hart.
- Jill Neumann has been promoted to writer/research analyst.