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.
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.”
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.
Director of Public Information
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.
Denver-based Conversation Starters has completed projects for the Boys & Girls Club of Metro Denver (marketing video) and the Hallmark Channel (media kit).
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.
Among those hiring this week are AIA Colorado, The Colorado Health Foundation, Development Counselors International, Janus, RTD, S.M. Stoller Corp., Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (Colorado Springs) and Cheyenne Regional Medical Center.
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.
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.
Duo Marketing & PR, a full has landed three new Colorado-based clients: Jabberwocky Sales specializing in estate sales and services, estate buyouts, consignments, online auctions, and appraisals; MaxFund, a no-kill animal rescue shelter and health organization; and Elephant Journal, an online eco-magazine.
Dovetail Solutions has opened its long-rumored Washington, D.C. office. The new office, which will help support government, corporate and nonprofit clients nationwide, is Dovetail’s third (headquartered in Denver, it also has a San Francisco location). Dovetail also announced it has added property developer Weston Solutions as a client.
A Fox reporter plays human Frogger with skateboarding kids.
Among those hiring this week are Alteryx, Navigant Consulting, University of Colorado, Sierra Trading Post (Cheyenne, Wyo.), Great West Casualty Insurance (South Sioux City, Neb.), Land O’Lakes (St. Paul, Minn.), Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman (Wasilla, Alaska), and Today’s News-Herald (Lake Havasu City, Ariz.).
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Chautauqua Auditorium, Boulder
Featuring: Alex Bogusky, Jared Polis, James Mejia, 17 others
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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.
Brand Iron has added three companies to its agency roster: human capital solutions company WilsonHCG, residential home builder Craft Development and energy industry service and staffing firm Petroleum Field Services.
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.
Guttau Public Relations is celebrating its fifth anniversary by announcing five new client wins: talent and modeling agency Wilhelmina, food and nutrition education consortium MoodFood, Cherry Creek North lounge miniBAR, business consulting and strategic planning firm LifePoint Strategies and Denver plastic surgeon Dr. Gregory Buford.
Among those hiring this week are the Colorado Department of Human Services, Colorado Public Radio, DCP Midstream, Entravision, Great West, Kaiser Permanente, Medical Group Management Association, National Jewish Health, Smashburger, University of Denver and Yahoo!.
Get Ink PR has been named agency of record for ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro. ChoLon, located in the Sugarcube building, is the debut restaurant of Flow Restaurant Group and Lon Symensma, formally from Buddakan and Spice Market in New York City. Get Ink PR Founder Ellen Marchman and Account Director Jim Guttau will lead the account.
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.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban on NBA superstar LeBron James’ performance during his one-hour made-for-TV event to announce where he would play next year:
“Two words: Media training.”
Tired of dealing with morons who don’t quite grasp that they are morons. Blame the Dunning-Kruger effect.
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.
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.
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.
Among those hiring this week are A+ Denver, American Humane Association, Colorado Department of Human Services, Crossroads Safehouse, Denver Public Schools, First Data, The Smart Cookies, tw telecom and Apollo Group (Colorado Springs).
Well, it’s official: We have found rock-bottom for local TV news. The Independent News Network has created “local news in a box” for small markets such as Davenport, Iowa, and Montgomery, Alabama.