Denver public relations veterans Peter Kowalchuk and Jerry Brown have formed SativaCOMM, a new PR firm focused on providing communication services for the rapidly growing legalized cannabis industry.
Month: January 2015
Red Energy Adds 1, Promotes 1, Wins 4
Colorado Springs’ Red Energy has added Ansley Eskind as Multimedia Graphic Designer and promoted Senior Account Executive Cortney Quintero to Integrated Media Manager. The agency also has added several agency of record accounts, including American Data Technology, Cedarwood Development, Colorado Mountain Brewery and Colorado Dermatology Institute.
Denver PR Jobs
Among those hiring this week are Ball Corporation (internship), City of Westminster, Colorado School of Mines Foundation, DENY Designs, Qualistar Colorado, The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) and the University of Colorado Boulder.
And Centura Health is hiring a social media intern.
Tennyson Center for Children Retains GroundFloor Media
GroundFloor Media (GFM) has been retained by Tennyson Center for Children (TCC) to serve as the organization’s outsourced communications partner. GFM will provide the nonprofit with media relations and donor relations support, as well as strategic counsel related to social media and advertising. GFM and TCC have a long-standing relationship; TCC was GFM’s pro-bono client from 2003-2010, and agency founder Laura Love serves on the TCC board of directors.
Dovetail Promotes Two, Adds Intern
dovetail solutions has promoted Rachell Buell to director of client services and transitioned Mary Kusek to chief of staff. The agency also added Lea Gralewski as its spring intern.
Denver PR Jobs
Among those hiring this week are Blake Communications (internship), Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, City of Golden, Colorado Hospital Association, Comcast, Downtown Denver Partnership, Elevation Media Group, Kaiser Permanente Colorado, Keystone Resort, Level 3 Communications, The Medical Group Management Association, Moore Communications Group, MWH Global, Pinnacol Assurance, Rocky Mountain Human Services, Stapleton MCA, The Denver Museum of Nature & Science and WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.
Also, The Fletcher Group is hiring a PR & Marketing Senior Associate.
Vladimir Jones Promotes Five
Vladimir Jones announced it has promoted five employees:
- Cody Gore was promoted to Account Director. He has been with the agency over eight years and specializes in strategic planning, brand building, product promotions and B2B communications.
- Nate Nicoll was promoted to Broadcast Media Buyer. Since joining the agency in 2011, he has been closely involved with implementing integrated campaigns for a myriad of clients.
- Eric Olson was promoted to Associate Digital Director. Eric joined the agency in 2011 and has worked across all clients in directing, creating, producing and distributing all aspects of their online strategies.
- Maddy Wold was promoted to Account Manager. Maddy joined the agency in 2012 and manages brand communications accounts through various traditional and modern public relations tactics.
- Brianna Wolff was promoted to Assistant Account Executive. She joined the agency in 2014 and supports the Xcel Energy account through directing and coordinating projects as well as strengthening relationships through on-going and in-depth communication.
Children’s Hospital Colorado Adds Two
Children’s Hospital Colorado has added Charlotte Isoline as vice president of marketing and communications and Sheryl Barto as corporate and community relations specialist in Aspen and the surrounding areas.
Verde Adds Two Clients
Boulder’s Verde Brand Communications has been retained by performance apparel designer Pearl Izumi and distiller Wyoming Whiskey.
Suzanne Phipps, who founded two public relations firms – Results Unlimited and Phipps & Associates – in Denver in the 1950s and 1970s, passed away last month. She was 77.
Aurora Sentinel Trashes City’s Proposed PR Campaign
The editor of the Aurora Sentinel is not impressed with Adrenalin or the agency’s new PR campaign for the city:
Now it’s time for a serious mommy makeover for (Aurora). So (the city) hired Adrenalin, a high-powered image and branding consultant that recommended the city consider a powerful image-meme like: “Aurora, it’s worth discovering.”
Barf. In the interest of frank honesty, that’s just stupid. In fact, it’s awful. It’s publicrelationese for, “we don’t suck that bad.”
If you’re wondering just who the brains are behind such a sad little synaptic backfire, it comes from the same people that proudly stand behind the stellar marketing campaigns for PPIR. No? No Pavlov’s Bell there? How could you not know that PPIR is the Pike’s Peak International Raceway? Never mind that it went bankrupt years ago. Andrenalin still touts that wild success on their website.
Denver PR Jobs
Among those hiring this week are 9News, Arrow Electronics, Associated Skin Care Professionals, Colorado Public Radio, Colorado Technology Association, Craftsy, Fathom Events, Fireside Production, Inner City Health Center, Outdoor Industry Association, Penrose — St. Francis Health Services, Strategies 360 (intern), The American Water Works Association, The Farm Credit Council and Volume Public Relations.
Also, Aiello Public Relations and Marketing is hiring a seasoned Account Executive and an intern, Digital Fusion is hiring a Senior Digital Account Manager, and the Denver Preschool Program is hiring a public relations writer.
Synergy Management Lands Bronco TJ Ward as Client
Synergy Management signed Denver Broncos two-time Pro Bowl safety TJ Ward as a client and will handle all of his personal public relations at a local and national level.
Linhart Names Streeb Partner, Promotes Meyer
Linhart PR has named senior account director Tim Streeb as the firm’s seventh partner and promoted Amanda Meyer to account director. Streeb, who joined the firm in 2003, joins the firm’s other six partners: Sharon Linhart, founder and managing partner; Paul Raab, senior vice president and partner; Dawn Doty, vice president and partner; Kelly Womer, vice president and partner; Carri Clemens, chief financial officer and partner; and Kelly Janhunen, senior account director and partner.
Great Moments in Live TV
PRSA Colorado Announces 2015 BOD
PRSA Colorado announced its 2015 Board of Directors:
President: Cara Crifasi, co-founder, Evoke Creative Services
President-Elect: Nicole Yost, founder and president, Fyn Public Relations
Immediate Past-President: Julie Scott, director, Bonfils Blood Center Foundation
Secretary: Suzanne Trantow, Aguilar PR
Treasurer: Jerry Brown, APR, independent practitioner
Elizabeth Jumel, APR, president, Jumel Public Relations
Stacey Sepp, APR, principal, Xstatic Public Relations
Sara Spaulding, APR, vice president of communications and marketing, CenturyLink
Dana Stone, external communications director, Elavon, Inc.
Sarah Thornton, president, Thornton Public Relations
Michelle Kern, marketing and communications manager, Optis
Claudia Morlan, communications specialist, Elmore Public Relations
Diane Mulligan, president, Mulligan & Co.
Renee Robinson, APR, corporate communications manager, Ball Corporation
Jessica Sidener, director of communications, Arapahoe Library District
Jennifer Tillis, account director, Linhart PR
Primavera Group Lands CBSA Account
The Primavera Group has taken over media relations and strategic public relations contract for the Colorado BioScience Association (CBSA) from Absolutely PR’s Owner/Principal Maggie Holben, who is retiring as CBSA’s PR consultant after more than ten years of service to the organization as a board member, contract PR resource and volunteer.
Great Moments in Travel Journalism
Vive Le Parisiens
This will be the enduring image associated with the murder of 12 people at the headquarters of the satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, in France. Well done, Paris.
Great Moments in Car Design
Ford is recalling the 2015 Lincoln MKC because it placed the start-stop engine button too close to other buttons, and drivers are inadvertantly shutting off the car while driving. The good news for Ford? It only sold 13,500 of the cars so far, so the recall is manageable.