Denver PR Blog

December PR Moves
December 31, 2007, 9:56 am
Filed under: PR Moves
  • Denver Public Schools Foundation named Natalie Wilkins communications director; Wilkins joins the DPSF from SafeHouse Denver.
  • Schenkein hired Sara Antonio as account director, promoted Bridget Ford and Sasha Harrell to senior account executives, and promoted Lana Jefferson Taussig, Abbey O’Neal and Melissa Miller to account executives;
  • Turner Public Relations hired Jordan Blakesley as publicist. Blakesley joins Turner from LeGrand Hart.
  • Fentress Architects hired Jennifer Ito to manage public relations and business development. Ito formerly was executive director of the Foothills Art Center.
  • Colorado State University appointed Michele McKinney to manage public relations in the Denver area. McKinney joins CSU from the University of Colorado, where she was director of communications and spokesperson for the CU System and the Office of the President.
  • The Heedum Agency hired Julie Dunn as a senior account manager. Dunn formerly was a Denver Post business reporter.

Fort Morgan Times Editor Steps Down after 41 Years
December 31, 2007, 9:30 am
Filed under: Journalism Moves
Fort Morgan Times editor Bill Spencer is retiring today after 41 years. Spencer’s grandfather bought the paper in 1907, and his father worked there for 71 years. Kevin Vaughn of the Rocky Mountain News profiles Spencer and chronicles his tenure.

100+ Layoffs at McClain Finlon?
December 29, 2007, 2:11 pm
Filed under: Layoffs, McClain Finlon

Denver ad shop McClain Finlon is rumored to have notified more than 100 of its 170 staffers last week that they will be terminated in February when the Qwest account officially ends. The number seems a little high given that AdWeek estimates that Qwest represented 30 percent of the agency’s business. 

Convention Bureau’s Scharf Named Businessperson of the Year
December 29, 2007, 12:10 pm
Filed under: Awards, Rocky Mountain News

The Rocky Mountain News has named Richard Scharf, head of the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, as its “Businessperson of the Year.” He gets the nod because of the “bureau’s performance with Scharf at the reins,” according to the Rocky. Among his successes: record numbers of conventions in Denver for three years running, successfully pushing for a lodging tax to double the bureau’s annual marketing budget to $15 million, and improvements to the bureau’s internal culture. 

The runners-up for the award were Mitch Ackerman of the Service Employees International Union’s Colorado Council, Tom Marisco of Marsico Funds, Charlie Monfort of the Colorado Rockies, and Auden Schendler of Aspen Skiing Co. 

No comment? Really?
December 28, 2007, 7:30 pm
Filed under: Weber Shandwick
Corporate America apparently has not learned what politicians have known for decades — that you can answer any tough question by ignoring it completely and instead answering the question you wish you had been asked. With that bit of knowledge, you would think the fabled “no comment” would gradually disappear entirely. But instead, it actually has increased.

Leslie Gaines-Ross of Weber Shandwick researched the number of times the phrase “the company declined to comment” appeared in media during the past 11 years. Surprisingly, it has doubled since 2000. Clearly, many companies do not understand that “no comment” is usually associated with presumptive guilt.

Miller Out as Colorado Daily Publisher
December 28, 2007, 3:44 pm
Filed under: Journalism Moves
Colorado Daily publisher (and former owner) Randy Miller is leaving the paper effective Monday. “After seven years, I think that I’ve accomplished most of the things that I want to do with the Daily,” Miller told the Boulder Daily Camera. His next challenge may be in Arizona, where he has just purchased the Tucson Explorer (circ. 50,000).

Why CP+B is different than your agency
December 27, 2007, 4:08 pm
Filed under: CP+B
Crispin Porter + Bogusky held its annual holiday party last week. The theme was “circus,” and quite a few employees got into the spirit of the party. Some of the photos can be found here here.