Louisville alternative energy start-up Sundrop Fuels has snagged $175 million in funding. The GBSM client promises to never, ever leave Colorado, according to GBSM’s Steven “Steve” Silvers.
“Given that Hispanics account for more than half of the U.S. population growth in the past decade, it was only natural for SE2 to continue to grow its areas of expertise,” said SE2 Principal Eric Anderson. “The firm’s in-house capacities now go beyond translation of materials to the development and implementation of culturally relevant and appropriate communication strategies.”
Sarah Hogan and Cori Plotkin of Barefoot PR, Jim Guttau of Guttau PR, and Stephanie Blake of Blake Communications, have founded the Creative Collective, a new professional networking collaborative that includes all professionals in the creative industry.
Colorado Public Radio has named Jennifer Flatt its new vice president of marketing. Flatt most recently served as director of marketing at CPR and
replaces longtime Denver public relations firm owner Bob Schenkein, who has retired.
Lindsey Mikal, director of Communications Strategy Group’s Education practice, has been elected to Colorado Humanities’ Board of Directors. Colorado Humanities is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to supporting high-quality literary, cultural and historical programs throughout Colorado.
Orapin Marketing + Public Relations’ Rhiannon Hendrickson has been elected to represent the Rocky Mountain chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and serve as a member of LLS’s national Board of Representatives. Hendrickson is a member of the Rocky Mountain chapter’s Board of Trustees and provides pro bono PR and marketing services for the chapter’s annual Man & Woman of the Year fundraising campaign.
Weise Communications has added two clients to its health & wellness franchise practice: Relax The Back and FirstLight HomeCare. Weise will help the companies with franchise sales development.
Among those hiring this week are Adperio, Aspen Times Magazine, Colorado Municipal League, Denver Human Services, Development Counselors International, EMC, LoDo District, National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, SendGrid, Southeast Business Partnership, National Jewish Hospital, UCAR, VisiTech PR, KOAA/NBC (Colorado Springs), KDNK-FM (Carbondale) and the Emporia Gazette (Emporia, Kans.).
Denver Health and Hospital Authority appointed Julie Lonborg chief marketing and public-relations officer. Lonborg previously was director of Planning, Business Development and Marketing at Swedish Medical Center.
If you have been breathlessly waiting to hear from Rupert Murdoch after FedExing him your latest brochure, bad news: he picked Edelman. This seems like a good opportunity to point out the value of giving PR a seat at the table in order to head off trouble, or at least engaging a PR firm earlier than 11 days after becoming the biggest story in the world, but those lectures generally are lost on the people who need them most. Sigh.
Copyranter tags the latest Reporters Without Borders PSA as “creepy,” but notes, “At least they didn’t actually use (Daniel Pearl’s) head.”
Congratulations to Cohn Marketing, which won two Business Marketing Association B2 awards. Cohn was named a “Best of Category” winner in both the Multi-Touch Program and Facebook Program divisions.
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.
If you see Elizabeth Robinson napping a lot this week, it’s because she and her agency, Volume Public Relations, spent last week serving as the agency of record for Shriners International’s 137th Imperial Session held in Denver. The event brought thousands of Shriners to Denver, and is estimated to have a $16 million impact on the city.
For years, Ogilvy PR has had a quiet, under-the-radar presence in Denver. The small office, which was led by Amy Messenger before she took over the firm’s technology practice, seemed to focus largely on tech, but most of the work appeared to be for national clients. Recently, however, Ogilvy has made a push to grow its office in Denver, and with a headcount of 20 they have now become one of the larger agencies in town.
The most recent additions to the Ogilvy team in Denver are:
- Tara May, senior vice president
- Kate Wilson Stabrawa, account director
- Kabira Hatland, vice president
- Melanie Taylor, vice president
- Kylee Decker, account supervisor
- Olivia Watson, account executive
- Sarmishta Ramesh, account director
- Lauren Clancy, assistant account executive
- Paris Mackey, assistant account executive
Congratulations to Denver’s Faction Media, which picked up eight Awards of Excellence at the recent Business Marketing Association B2 Awards. Faction’s eight awards were for marketing projects with clients Comcast, Avaya and tw telecom.
Among those hiring this week are Agrium, American Transplant Foundation, Colorado Parks & Wildlife, Devereux Cleo Wallace, Dumb Friends League, Exempla Lutheran Medical Center, Flatiron Construction, Kaiser Permanente, Vail Resorts and Western Union.
If you are curious about how Southwest Airlines used social media to become one of the most-respected leaders in online communications, plan to attend Tuesday’s Mile High Social Media Club tweet-up from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Southwest Porch at Skyline Park (located at the corner of 16th and Arapahoe in downtown Denver).
Former Southwest and current Linhart PR Digital Media Leader Paula Berg will interview Christi Day, who now runs Southwest’s online presence, and Rob Hahn of Southwest’s Customer Relations department. You can RSVP on Facebook or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
… are Leigh Sullivan and Troy Guard, the (for now) husband-and-wife owners of TAG and TAG | RAW BAR. When a decision is made to divorce, the aggrieved and non-aggrieved parties usually run to lawyers as fast as they can. But Sullivan and Guard are racing just as fast to any media outlet that will quote them to try to gain the media edge in their divorce. So far, they’ve hit Lori Midson at Westword and Bill Husted at the Denver Post.
Here’s some free public relations advice: quit publicly tearing each other down, get the divorce and try to act like grown-ups. Trust me – it allow your baby you keep mentioning to Google your names in 10 years without shame, and the assets you will soon be dividing up (for example, two restaurants) will be worth more if you quit making Denver wince at the mention of your names.
Fox8 in Cleveland has the details on a
guerrilla gorilla marketing campaign that turned into a crime scene. The money quote:
“I noticed a kid in the bushes. Then he just emerged, dressed up as a banana, and sprinted as fast as he could at our gorilla (mascot),” said Brandon Parham, the manager. “The kid just speared our gorilla. … The kid was in mid-air, flying. He just looked like a Spartan from that movie ‘300,’ except he was a banana.”
Among those hiring this week are The American Institute of Architects (Colorado Chapter), CoBank, The Colorado Trust, Elitch Gardens, Gamma Phi Beta International Sorority, IHS, Jackson National Life Insurance, KMGH-TV, ProBuild, Quantum Corp., Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), Starz, State of Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration, Turner Public Relations, HACH (Loveland), Keystone Resort (Keystone) and Winter Park Resort (Winter Park).
Westword’s Michael Roberts has given the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office a shout-out for its “There is No Poop Fairy” public relations campaign that was named the Best New Thing in the World last night by MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.
Adrenaline has announced a slew of new clients, including retail marketing intelligence and consumer research firm Leisure Trends Group, National Ski Patrol, performance cycling companies Reynolds Cycling and Pactimo, USA Wrestling, the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and the Central Hockey League’s 2012 All Star Game and Deer Trail Assisted Living in Rock Springs. Adrenaline also announced that it is performing pro bono work for the National Alliance for Accessible Golf.