Congratulations to Meg VanderLaan, senior vice president and chief communications officer at MWH Global, who was named one of the Denver Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business. VanderLaan was recognized for her accomplishments in the Communication, Media and Public Relations category.
Capital City Public Relations has hired Liana Orenstein as a senior writer and account executive.
Blake Communications has added Kim Sporrer as a media relations consultant and Cristina Ceballo as public relations and social media coordinator. Sporrer formerly was with The Women’s Foundation of Colorado and the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, and Ceballo is a recent graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Marijuana consultant and political strategist Wanda James has teamed with TradeWinds Communications president Tracy Williams to form Cannabis Global Consulting, a firm that focuses “on assisting municipalities, corporations and elected officials to better navigate the rapidly changing landscape of the cannabis industry.”
Congratulations to Kelly Womer of Linhart PR, who was elected to the PRSA College of Fellows. Womer joins such people as Sydney Ayers, Jane Dvorak, Gwinavere Johnston, Jeff Julin and Bob Schenkein as members of the “honorary organization within PRSA composed of more than 300 senior practitioners and educators, each of whom has left a significant footprint on the public relations profession.”
The Ritz-Carlton Hotels of Colorado has promoted Allyson Fredeen to the position of Communications Manager. Fredeen now is responsible for the public relations activities of The Ritz-Carlton properties in both Beaver Creek (Bachelor Gulch) and Denver.
Former Denver Post food editor Kris Browning-Blas shared a few parting thoughts about PR people with Eater as she prepared to transition to a communications position with Colorado State. Among them:
- “PR is sort of like service. There’s really an art to PR.”
- “Being overly familiar is another example of bad PR. Sending me a press release and then following up in a few days saying, ‘Why haven’t I heard back from you? Are you mad from me?’ “
- “… to PR people who say, ‘Can I get a story on this, and when is it going to run?’ I say, ‘No and no.’ Same with allowing them to see a story before it’s published, which is completely against the rules at the Denver Post. If you want to control the story, then you buy an ad and put whatever you want in there.”
(Hat tip: Anne McGregor Parsons at WordenGroup)