BHFS Adds Kristin Stork as Director of Community Relations

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck has hired Kristin Stork as director of community relations. Stork will oversee the firm’s involvement in community organizations across the country and manage the firm’s charitable giving program. Prior to joining BHFS, Stork served as manager of community relations and charities at The Denver Post, where she managed all aspects of fundraising and grant-making for the company’s two charitable funds that raised and distributed more than $3 million annually.


Chris Culliver’s Apology Translated

Actual Apology:

“The derogatory comments I made yesterday were a reflection of thoughts in my head, but they are not how I feel. It has taken me seeing them in print to realize that they are hurtful and ugly. Those discriminating feelings are truly not in my heart. Further, I apologize to those who I have hurt and offended, and I pledge to learn and grow from this experience.”


“Holy shit! Apparently the NFL and/or the 49ers can suspend you from the Super Bowl if you rail against gay people at an NFL event while wearing an NFL jersey. That’s not cool. But my lawyer says I can avoid the suspension if I give the league something to work with, so, for the record and to the extent that it keeps me from being suspended, I am sorry. Is that good enough? If not, my lawyer can add some words I’ve never used in my life, like ‘derogatory,’ ‘reflection,’ ‘hurtful,’ and ‘discriminating.’ We good?”

The Economist: Dan Edelman was no ‘Mad Man’

The Economist reflects on the role Dan Edelman played in the rise of public relations in what was an advertising world:

Mr Edelman, who died on January 15th, aged 92, was a pioneer, introducing innovations that reflected his bigger vision of PR as a more effective way to market a company’s reputation and brands than its fancier (and costlier) big brother, advertising. … Nowadays, although public relations is hardly without its critics, Mr Edelman’s view of the merits of PR relative to advertising is much more widely shared, though never as enthusiastically as four decades ago, when Charlie Lubin, the founder of Sara Lee, said that thanks to Mr Edelman, his PR budget was worth 1,000 times more than his advertising budget. Those were the days.

The Bawmann Group Lands Two Clients

The Colorado Health Insurance Cooperative has selected The Bawmann Group to build the non-profit’s brand platform, marketing strategy and website, as well as direct its earned/paid/owned media activities and grassroots community engagement efforts. CHIC has been awarded a $69 million loan by the federal government to create a statewide, member-owned health plan that will participate in Colorado’s Health Benefit Exchange.

TBG has also been engaged by Mirenda & Associates, a national philanthropic consulting firm, to revise its brand platform, website and earned/owned media efforts.

Denver PR Jobs

Among those hiring this week are Barnhart Communications, Vocera Public Relations, InView Communications (freelancers), ACLU of Colorado, Arapahoe County Government, City of Westminster, Community College of Aurora, E-470 Public Highway Authority, Florence Crittenton Services, GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, Mergermarket Ltd, One Colorado, SofTec Solutions, SourceGas, Thorne Nature Experience, Unbridled Solutions, Wilson & Company, The Greeley Tribune and The Summit Daily News (Frisco).

PRSA Colorado Luncheon: Crisis Communications

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Crisis Communications
From Managing a 24/7 News Cycle to Healing Communities

A panel discussion featuring 9News crime and justice reporter Anastasiya Bolton, Westminster PD PIO Trevor Materasso, Saltzman Communications’ Marilyn Saltzman and moderated by DStreet Public Relations’ Jennifer Dulles.

11:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The Four Seasons Hotel
1111 14th Street
Denver, CO 80202

Lance Armstrong is a Terrible Person

Lance Armstrong’s confession to Oprah Winfrey that he used performance-enhancing drugs will air tomorrow Thursday, and the speculation about what he said has become the media story of the day.Screen shot 2013-01-15 at 5.17.03 PM

The coverage is taking a lot of different angles, but there is at least one singular truth about his story: Lance is a terrible person. A tremendous athlete, but a terrible person. And not because he used PEDs, but because of how he tried to ruin anyone and everyone who dared to speak the truth.

Sometimes terrible people do good things, maybe even because they need to cover up the fact that they are terrible people. And those good things can offer enough cover that blind loyalists continue to believe. Richard Nixon created the EPA, Mussolini made the trains run on time, and Lance created the Livestrong Foundation.

But I don’t think for a second he founded his foundation because he truly cared about his fellow man. Lance reveled in the money and fame that came from being a world-class cyclist. And he was perceptive enough to recognize that Greg LeMond’s celebrity dried up the second he quit cycling. So Lance did everything he could to make his celebrity last.

First, he took PEDs so he could remain competitive, and then when he realized even PEDs would not keep him relevant forever, he founded the Livestrong Foundation. It brought him an entirely new source of fans and endorsement money. A source he thought would last a lifetime.

Lance has received world-class PR counsel over the years, and until recently it allowed him to stay in front of the rumors and accusations. But, for the moment, it has all caught up with him. Lance is a survivor, literally and figuratively, and I wouldn’t bet against the comeback for which he is desperately trying to position himself. But if his reputation does survive, don’t ever forget the one true thing about Lance: he is a terrible person.

Denver PR Jobs

Among those hiring this week are the ACLU of Colorado, American Water Works Association, Colorado PERA, Colorado Public Television (Channel 12), Inteweave, 9News, Share Our Strength, The Gallup Post, Voqal, the Town of Frederick, Compassion International (Colorado Springs), Professional Bullfighters Association (Pueblo), Rio Blanco Herald Times (Meeker) and the Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune.