Hodas Named Partner at Vladimir Jones

Joe Hodas, EVP of Brand Communications at Vladimir Jones, has been named a partner. Hodas joined the agency in early 2009 and, according to VJ, “has been instrumental in advancing the agency’s integrated approach to brand communications, strategically incorporating emerging trends to address client goals, and infusing a new echelon of dry humor into the agency.”

Catfight Alert: CDOT vs. Gubernatorial Candidate Maes

I love Stacey “The Stegger” Stegman as much as the next person, but is it wise for a state employee to talk trash someone who is running for governor?

Stern messages and signs

Maes has not been afraid to make brash statements as he seeks the state’s highest office.

Officials at the Colorado Department of Transportation chafed when Maes recently was quoted as saying the agency was spending federal stimulus dollars on vacations and payroll rather than on transit improvements.

“That’s not true,” said Stacey Stegman, spokeswoman for CDOT, who sent off an e-mail Tuesday to Maes asking him to check with her before making inaccurate statements.

UPDATE: Stacey told me she thought this post was unfair, and after reviewing the actual email she sent to the Maes campaign, I have to agree. Her email, which is below, was professional and contained none of the trash talk I inferred from the Post article:

On behalf of CDOT, I wanted to address some of the public comments that have been made regarding how we have spent federal transportation dollars. The Recovery Act was very specific on how funds can/cannot be spent and how they must be accounted for. CDOT has been a model state of accountability through numerous state and federal audits. In an effort to help provide you with accurate information, I just wanted to open the line of communication to you. I’m always willing to verify information for you so that you aren’t put in the position of making incorrect comments and we aren’t put in the position of having to dispute the same.


Stacey Stegman
Director of Public Information

PRSA Colorado Soliciting Non-profits that Need a ‘PR Boost’

Do you know a nonprofit leader whose public relations efforts need a boost? If so, let them know about PRSA Colorado’s 2010 PR Boost on Wed., August 18, which connects non-profits and PR experts for a morning of PR counsel and guidance specific to the organization’s communications needs. Each nonprofit will be matched with a public relations volunteer for individual sessions. A $25 registration fee includes breakfast and free event parking.

Linhart Named AOR for Old Chicago

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.

DBJ Names ‘Outstanding Women in Business’ Nominees

The Denver Business Journal is out with its annual nominees for Outstanding Women in Business, and there are a number from the world of public relations and advertising:

  • Wendy Aiello, Aiello Public Relations & Marketing
  • Leanna Clark, IMA Financial Group
  • Lisa Cutter, Cutter Communications
  • Terri Douglas, Catapult PR-IR
  • Cindy Jennings, Cohn Marketing
  • Lora Ledermann, Scream Agency
  • Cathy McClain Finlon, Denver Art Museum
  • Alana Morris, VOCA PR
  • Ramonna Tooley, GroundFloor Media

Winners will be announced at a DBJ luncheon on Thursday, Aug. 26.

Fact or Fiction?

That a former JohnstonWells CEO banned her employees (including Ef Rodriguez) from a Writer Square crepe restaurant because she didn’t like the way the employees smelled when they returned to the office. I’ll leave it up to JW employees to confirm or refute.

Rose Community Foundation Appoints Director of Marketing/PR

Randy Blauvelt has been named director of marketing and communications at Rose Community Foundation, where he will oversee the Foundation’s publications, news media relations, marketing efforts, and strategic communications related to grant-making, philanthropic services and program initiatives. Blauvelt previously was vice president of marketing and communications for the American Humane Association.

Jim Hooley, PRSA Hosting Web Video Workshop

PRSA Colorado and longtime Denver journalist Jim Hooley are hosting a hands-on web video workshop where participants can learn how to produce, edit and share web video. The workshop will focus on scripting, shot selections, audio tips and tricks, basic video editing techniques and how to share videos online. The details are:

Web Video Workshop
2:30 – 5:00 p.m. MDT | Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Denver Press Club | 1330 Glenarm Place | Denver, CO 80204
Click here for more information.

Denver CyberKnife Selects Mulligan & Co.

Denver-based Mulligan & Co. has added Denver CyberKnife to its roster of clients. The firm will implement a public relations campaign surrounding the state’s lack of Medicare coverage for CyberKnife treatment for prostate cancer patients.

Also, the Stroke of Hope Foundation has appointed Mulligan & Co. President Diane Mulligan to its national executive board of directors. Stroke of Hope provides medical and emotional support to stroke survivors and their families.

PRSA Colorado Sponsors Mentoring Event

PRSA Colorado is hosting a free (that’s right, Ef Rodriguez, FREE) mentorship event on Tuesday, July 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Lobby (2191 Arapahoe St. in Denver). The event will include:

  • Extended happy hour and complimentary appetizers
  • An opportunity for attendees to connect with potential mentors/mentorees in an organic setting

According to PRSA, “A recent PR Tactics article found the most valuable mentor relationships evolve through everyday work interactions and civic and volunteer activities. We’re bridging the two and providing the resources and a fun environment for all PR pros, young and old, to nurture meaningful relationships and possibly, life-long friendships.” RSVP to Erin Collins.

Catfight Alert: ColoradoPols.com vs. a Bunch of Newspapers

A slew of Colorado Newspapers – the Denver Post, the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Greeley Tribune and the Boulder Daily Camera among them – are accusing the political website ColoradoPols.com of “flagrant and persistent theft … of intellectual property.” Frankly, I was surprised that the Denver Post generates enough of its own content to make this complaint. If ColoradoPols was effectively reprinting content from the Post, I figured it would be the Associated Press that would have an issue.

What Is, “The Denver Press Club’s Jeopardy Night?’

I have a feeling it will end up more like Saturday Night Live’s version than Alex Trebek’s, but see for yourself this Thursday at 6 p.m. when I join the Denver Post’s Dan Haley, 9News’ Kirk Montgomery, PBS’s Cynthia Hessin, the Denver Business Journal’s Wayne Hicks and Pushkin PR’s Jon Pushkin, among others, at the Denver Press Club’s annual “Jeopardy Night.” The event is free and open to the public, so feel free to attend and heckle last year’s winner, Dan Haley.