Amélie Company has added Julie Suntrup as executive vice president. She has more than 25 years of experience in strategic marketing and business development, including in the CPG, food, beverage, retail, apparel and healthcare industries. Prior to joining Amélie, she was with several agencies in the Kansas City area.
The Denver Post’s Nicki Jhabvala reports that the Denver Broncos have promoted Patrick Smyth from vice president of public relations to executive vice president of public and community relations. Jhabvala also reports:
Erich Schubert was promoted from senior manager of media relations to director of the department, Seth Medvin, formerly a media relations coordinator, was elevated to strategic communications manager.
Credit: Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post
CareerBuilder rates public relations as the second best job for young professionals (behind web developers). Its assessment:
No. of 2017 jobs: 15,755
Growth in jobs 2013-2017: 8 percent
Average hourly earnings: $29.87
dovetail solutions has added Matt Moseley as partner and chief strategy officer. Moseley most recently was with InterMountain Public Affairs and previously served as the communications director for the Colorado State Senate, the press officer for the United States Olympic Committee, and deputy communications director for the White House for the Summit of the Eight (G7 Summit).
Aldo Svaldi at The Denver Post reports:
Colorado’s workforce should grow twice as fast as the rest of the country through 2024, with many of those new jobs coming in higher-paying, knowledge-based occupations, according to a labor market study from the Colorado Office of Economic Development.
But the study — conducted by Mercer — found some big mismatches when it comes to the kind of college degrees students in the state are obtaining, and the jobs available.
“We are doing pretty good on the employer side. We will have to focus more on the talent side,” said Fiona Arnold, executive director of the state’s economic development office.
For example, Colorado graduates enough advertising, marketing and public relations majors each year to replace everyone employed in those fields in the state — and then some.
As usual, it is Michael Roberts at Westword who has the most comprehensive information:
Cowan joins Barnhart McCann Erickson in Birmingham, Mich., where she led the award-winning “Pure Michigan” tourism campaign. In her new role, she will manage and grow existing client relationships and help deliver client objectives.
And Morris will provide communications support to new and existing clients including the Denver Preschool Program and the Town of Parker. Prior to joining Barnhart, she was the marketing & communications coordinator for Project Angel Heart.
Jackson National Life Insurance Company has appointed of Emilio Pardo to the new position of senior vice president, chief marketing and communications officer. Pardo most recently served as the chief brand officer and a member of the executive team of AARP.
Denver-based brand and integrated marketing communications agency Art + Business ONE has expanded its service line to include public relations. The agency has hired Rachel Krantz as public relations manager, and she will support client campaigns that include media relations, social media strategies, corporate social responsibility programs, strategic alliances and events.
B Public Relations has expanded its team, client roster and office space.
The hospitality and tourism firm recently added Chelsea O’Neill as assistant account executive and Lauren Counce as a digital content producer and copywriter. O’Neill and Counce join the two company principals, BrieAnn Fast and Jordan Blakesley, the company’s Social and Digital Media Manager, Merideth Hartung, and Catie Mayer, who was recently promoted to assistant account executive. The firm has relocated to 3070 Larimer Street, providing more space for the team.
BPR also has added several clients to its food-and-beverage roster: the Colorado Restaurant Association, Integrated Beverage Group, Richard Sandoval Restaurants, Cheese + Provisions and SROriginals.
Ogilvy Public Relations has named Dan La Russo managing director of the firm’s Denver and San Francisco offices. La Russo formerly was executive vice president of Ogilvy’s technology practice.
It is a good week for Denver-area PR agency jobs. Among those hiring this week are B Public Relations, CIG (paid internship), Communications Strategy Group, GroundFloor Media, Comcast, Community First Foundation, Craig Hospital, Foothills Animal Shelter, Foundation for Global Scholars, Great Outdoors Colorado, Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver, History Colorado, Kaiser Permenente, The Nature Conservancy, University of Colorado Boulder (multiple positions) and the Water Research Foundation.
Among those hiring this week are CNN-Denver (intern), Colorado State University, Community Crisis Connection, Denver Public Schools (DPS), Flatirons Construction, Foothills United Way, GBSM, ikeGPS, Janus Capital Group, KGNU, Lockheed Martin, REMAX, Sky Hi News, The Gathering Place, The Nature Conservancy, University Center for the Arts (CSU), University of Colorado’s Conference on World Affairs, University of Denver Daniels College of Business, USA Rugby and Zimmer.
Grayling has added political heavyweight Roy Palmer as Senior Advisor to the firm’s state and federal government affairs practice. Prior to joining Grayling, Palmer served as senior vice president and executive officer for Xcel Energy. He also served as chief of staff to both Colorado Gov. Bill Owens and U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard (R-CO).
Among those hiring this week are Aiello Public Relations and Marketing (paid internship), Adams 12 Five Star Schools, Arrow Electronics (internship), City of Lakewood, CoBank (internship), CU Presents, DMI, Global Advances in Health and Medicine, International School of Denver, Medical Group Management Association, Safe Shelter of St. Vrain Valley, Water Research Foundation and Wheat Ridge 2020 (part time).
Among those hiring this week are CenturyLink; Colorado Department of Public Safety, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM); Eagle County; Linhart Public Relations (internship); Lockheed Martin; National Multiple Sclerosis Society; National Stroke Association; PetAid Colorado; RTD; The American Transplant Foundation; The Denver Post; Virtela; and Volume Nine.
Among those hiring this week are Barefoot PR (intern), Coalfire, Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration, Colorado Public Radio, Colorado Womens Golf Association, Colorado Youth Matter, CSU (Department of Journalism and Media Communication), DaVita, Free Speech TV, Jewish Community Centers of Denver, Kapost (intern), LOLA RED, Medical Group Management Association, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Pivotal Innovation, Sprocket Communications (freelance), Strategies 360 (intern), The Athletics Department at CU Boulder, The Catholic Foundation and The Metropolitan Denver Homeless Initiative (MDHI).
Among those hiring this week are Aiello Public Relations & Marketing, Webb Strategic Communications, WordenGroup PR, SSPR (Colorado Springs), AirFresh Marketing (intern), Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, Blake Communications (street team), DaVita (intern), DMI, Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver (intern), Jefferson County Open Space Division, Junior Achievement – Rocky Mountain (part time), Outlets at Loveland, Pinnacol Assurance, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and the Water Research Foundation.
Burns Marketing appears to be having a growth spurt. It has added another five employees – copywriters Dena Taylor and Erik Schmidt, and project managers Sydney Wrench, Meghan Hammitt, and Trey Evans. The new staff members expand capabilities Burns’ capabilities in both its Northern Colorado and Denver offices.
Among those hiring this week are 9to5 (National Association of Working Women), Alteryx, Atlas Advertising, CH2M HILL, Colorado Department of Corrections, Comcast, CSG (intern), Denver Public Schools, Freedom Service Dogs, Johnson and Wales University, KUNC, RTD and the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus.
Among those hiring this week are Adams County School District 14, Cochlear, Communications Strategy Group (internship), DaVita HealthCare Partners, Denver Inner City Parish, Lockheed Martin, Metro Caring, Mi Casa Resource Center, Modmarket and STRIVE Prep.
B Public Relations has added Merideth Milliner as social media and digital manager. Prior to joining the firm, Milliner was marketing manager for Lafrance Hospitality, where she developed and managed all facets of marketing campaigns for hotels, restaurants, event venues and catering departments. Most recently Milliner managed social media and e-commerce for Stonebridge Companies, a leading hospitality management and development company based in Denver.
Turner Public Relations has had a busy month. The firm opened an office in Chicago, landed the Waldorf Astoria Park City as a client, and added Senior Director Deborah Park and graphic designerJessica Stollberg in its Denver office.
Among those hiring this week are Adams County School District 14, Allstate Insurance, Arapahoe Library District, Catapult PR-IR, CH2M HILL, City and County of Broomfield (internship), City of Boulder, Colorado Department of Law/Attorney General’s Office, Colorado Energy Office, Communications Strategy Group (internship), Consulate General of Canada in Denver, Finish Line, High Line Partners Conservancy, MedSynergies, Oracle, Swingle, The Colorado Health Foundation, The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, United Power Inc., University of Colorado and Zayo Group.
Among those hiring this week are the Arabian Horse Association, Coalfire, the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities at the University of Colorado, Colorado Symphony Association, Cornerstone Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Denver Water, FRESC, GBSM (intern), Janus, Level 3 Communications, Newmont Mining, The International Mountain Bicycling Association and ViaSat.
Webb Strategic has added 9News reporter Taunia Hottman as an account manager. Hottman is a veteran of CNN and stations in New York, Chicago and Kansas City, and she will provide strategic counsel to a mix of Webb’s clients. The firm also launched “Take Meds Seriously,” a statewide social marketing campaign aimed at increasing awareness of the problem of prescription drug abuse, for the Governor’s Office last week.
Former Denver Business Journal reporter Heather Draper has joined Aiello Public Relations & Marketing as a vice president.
Dovetail Solutions has added FRED Leadership and H+L Architecture as clients. The agency also added Alexandra Hogan as a client services associate.
Among those hiring this week are BenefitsPro.com, Comcast, Conservation Impact/Nonprofit Impact, Denver Public Schools, Donor Alliance, The Downtown Denver Partnership (DDP), Fyn Public Relations (Loveland), Greenhouse Partners, Key Media, SpotXchange, State of Colorado Department of Revenue, The Denver Hospice, NREL, The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), and the University of Denver.
Also, Centura Health is hiring a manager of digital strategy position.
Among those hiring this week are Allstate Insurance, Communications Strategy Group, Decibel Blue Creative Marketing & PR, Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa, E-470 Public Highway Authority, Skyport Development Company, Telligen, The Art Underground, The Association for Community Living, The City of Northglenn, U.S. Meat Export Federation, UCAR/NCAR and VisiTech PR.
And Barefoot PR is hiring a spring intern.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
dovetail solutions is hiring a client services associate.
SE2 has added veteran health care communicator Bill Sonn as a senior strategist focusing on health care issues. Sonn formerly was senior director of marketing of communications and media relations at University of Colorado Health.
Linhart PR has promoted Danielle Feldman to account director and hired Amber DiGiallonardo as an account associate. Feldman joined Linhart PR from Edelman in Chicago in 2011 and works with consumer brand clients such as Ancient Harvest and DSM. Prior to joining Linhart, DiGiallonardo was part of the firm’s JumpStart internship program and was a PR director for a local event production company.
Dovetail Solutions has added Century Communities, Delwest, Frascona Joiner Goodman & Greenstein and the Northern Colorado Economic Development Corporation as clients, and hired Monica Kurtz in a senior client service role. The firm also announced Colorado Succeeds and GoBistro as pro-bono clients.
GBSM has hired communications and dispute resolution specialist Angela Jo Woolcott as a Senior Associate. Woolcott brings more than 15 years of communications experience, and she couples expertise in public involvement, dispute resolution and consensus building with extensive experience in marketing and brand management.
Prior to joining GBSM, Woolcott worked for CDR Associates providing expertise in facilitation and mediation; developing and delivering customized trainings; designing problem solving processes; and public involvement and outreach efforts.
Among those hiring this week are ARCADIS, Barnhart Communications (intern), Communications Strategy Group, Denver Public Schools, Development Counsellors International, Downtown Denver Partnership Inc., Janus Capital Group Inc., PCL Construction, Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank, Telligen and White Wave Foods.
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.
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.
Boom Broadcast has added 20-year public relations veteran Shari Germershausen as Director, Client Creative & Strategic Planning. Germershausen will partner with marketing and PR executives to build innovative, strategic storytelling platforms generating widespread broadcast media attention through Boom’s services.
Michelle Ellis has joined Orapin Marketing + Public Relations as partner. Michelle is responsible for agency growth and overall account direction including public relations and marketing strategy and day-to-day management and execution of client accounts.
Among those hiring this week are Attention Homes, Colorado State University, Cuvée Escapes, Denver International Airport, Denver Public Schools, Encana, Location3 Media, Mile High Ministries, Rocky Mountain MS Center and Vicon.
Congratulations to Four Seasons Hotel Denver PR Director Jim Guttau, whose responsibilities have expanded to include Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe.
WordenGroup has promoted Amy Stark to account coordinator. Stark joined the firm in December 2013 from Los Angeles, where she had been working in television production. In her new role, Stark will be responsible for news release distribution, conducting research, overseeing social media efforts and coordinating photography.
Among those hiring this week are the Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter, Book Trust, Colorado Farm Bureau, Colorado Water Trust, DigitalGlobe, DISH Network, Gaiam TV, Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver, Johns Manville, Larimer Humane Society, National Wildlife Federation, ProBuild, Rocky Mountain PBS, Special Olympics Colorado, Tennyson Center, University of Colorado at Boulder and SSPR (Colorado Springs).
Among those hiring this week are Amelie Company, Capital City Public Relations, Communications Strategy Group, Douglas County School District, University of Denver, Graebel Companies, Jefferson County Public Schools, Public Service Credit Union, The Action Center and UDR.
Dennis Huspeni, formerly the real estate reporter at the Denver Business Journal, has joined Grayling PR as director of media relations. He will remain based in Denver.
Among those hiring this week are BCS, Chinese Children Adoption Int’l, City of Longmont, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Denver Academy, Kimetrica, Metro CareRing, University of Northern Colorado (Greeley) and The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (internship).
Capital City Public Relations added Valarie Johnson as senior writer/journalist and publicist executive.
Eric Graham has been named marketing director for a trio of sister companies: Keller Bros., Automated Marketing Group, and Auto Profit Masters. Graham, who formerly was with InspireSmart, is responsible for managing all marketing activities within the three companies including online and offline marketing campaigns.
dovetail solutions has promoted Marissa Hoffman to client services partner and added Cesco Linguistic Services, Hands-On-Learning and country music performer Pete Martinez as clients.
Among those hiring this week are ACUTE Center for Eating Disorders, Adams County School District 50, Conga, DCP Midstream, Philosophy Communication, Rose Community Foundation, Strategies 360, Turner PR, University of Colorado and Western Union.
Congratulations to Larry Holdren, who has decided to leave Pure Brand to start his own firm, Holdren Strategic Communications. From Larry:
“After nearly 10 fantastic years with Pure Brand Communications, I’m excited to announce that I’ve spun off our reputation management and training business to form Holdren Strategic Communications. While we’ll operate independently from Pure, the plan is to work together on select pieces of business. We will focus on providing strategic communications services – including strategy development, reputation/issues management and communications/media training – to clients who operate in highly complex, regulated and/or controversial environments.”
Wagstaff Worldwide has hired Sally Spaulding as an account supervisor in its Aspen office. Prior to joining Wagstaff, Spaulding worked for the Aspen Skiing Company, where she helped rebrand The Limelight Hotel, open element 47 restaurant at The Little Nell, and launch The Oasis champagne bar on Aspen Mountain. Prior to that, she was community relations director for the City of Aspen.
Spaulding replaces Jim Guttau, who took the Director of Public Relations position at Four Seasons Hotel Denver.
The Bawmann Group has added Kris Kitto as a senior counselor. Kitto returned to Colorado in 2013 after spending seven years in Washington, D.C., covering Congress, the White House and national politics for The Hill newspaper and other publications. He continued his policy communication work in Colorado last spring as a consultant on a project involving the new recreational marijuana market’s regulatory framework.
“We are honored to welcome Kris to the TBG team,” said Brad Bawmann, TBG president and CEO. “As a former journalist, Kris brings a unique perspective to our work with clients. His experience and expertise make him a perfect fit for our team as we all work together to consistently meet and exceed our clients’ communication goals.”
- Cactus has hired Jenny Topolosky as PR manager. Topolosky joins the agency from IMA.
- The City of Arvada has hired Maria VanderKolk as communications manager. VanderKolk previously was the PIO at Adams County School District 14.
- dovetail solutions has hired Mary Kusek as a client services associate. Kusek most recently was assistant director for media relations at the Univiersity of Texas at Austin.
- Avnet has hired Julie Wagoner as web & social media specialist. She previously was a social media specialist at Bellco.
- Linhart PR has promoted Tim Streeb to senior account director.
- Barefoot PR has added Jamie Bradley as a senior associate.
Jill Hamilton and Abigail Kesner have been with SE2 for four and three years, respectively. During this time they have managed significant integrated communications campaigns for public, nonprofit and private-sector clients. Their work has ranged from promoting public health to early childhood education to energy.
Former Patagonia CEO Casey Sheahan has joined Backbone Media as a senior advisor. Backbone, which specializes in outdoor clients, has offices in Denver; Carbondale; and Jackson, Wyo. According to the Associated Press, “Sheahan lives in Carbondale and left Patagonia in February. At the time, he said he wanted to spend more time with his family, enjoy outdoor recreation in the area and help the fight against oil and gas development on the Thompson Divide.”
Patti Hazlett has been named Director of Corporate Communications at Mountain West Credit Union Association (MWCUA), where she oversees the public affairs and communications duties for the regional tri-state trade association. Hazlett most recently was president of PH Communications, and she has led public relations efforts for a major real estate management company, healthcare corporations, Special Olympics Colorado and several professional sports organizations.
dovetail solutions has added Dave Gaylinn as a client services partner. Gaylinn formerly was the communications manager at USA Cycling.
Among those hiring this week are A Precious Child, Aspen Skiing Company, Ball Corporation, Barokas Public Relations, Catapult PR-IR, Center for Work Education and Employment (CWEE), Clyfford Still Museum, Highlands Ranch Metro District, Investment Management Consultants Association, National Endowment for Financial Education, Penton, Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank, The Denver Post, University of Colorado and University of Denver.
SE2 may not have “rolling office coffee bars, … carbon-neutral bamboo bicycles … or organic microbrews flowing from the drinking fountain,” but it does have an in-house Ms. Pac-Man machine. And it is hiring for a digital strategist, so get your resume in early and often.
Among those hiring this week are Ardent Mills, Arkansas Valley Publishing Co., City of Commerce City, Colorado Community Media, Colorado Regional Health Information Organization, Communication Infrastructure Group (internship), CSU College of Engineering, Denver Health, Denver Kids, Echostar, Financial Planning Association, The Fletcher Group (consultant), Level 3, RTD (internship), Summit Professional Networks, University of Colorado at Boulder and Zlux.
Among those hiring this week are the E-470 Public Highway Authority, American Rivers, Customer Communications Group, Environment Colorado, Financial Planning Standards Board, Judi’s House, Lockheed Martin, Reuters, SendGrid, SolidFire, The Leadership Program of the Rockies, and Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association.
GBSM has promoted Andrea Cunningham and Miles Graham to the position of Senior Associate. Cunningham joined the firm in 2011 and has worked with clients such as RTD, the City and County of Denver, Google, Colorado Children’s Campaign and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado. Graham joined GBSM in 2006 and works with clients including Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s Over the River, Delta Dental of Colorado, the Delaware Division of Public Health, Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, Metro Wastewater Reclamation District and the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network.
Four Seasons Hotel Denver named Jim Guttau as its Director of Public Relations. Guttau, who previously was Director of Public Relations for Four Seasons Resort Vail, replaces Dana Berry, who was recently appointed Director of Public Relations at the new Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World.
Corey Jones, previously a host and producer for Colorado Public Radio’s OpenAir, is transitioning to the role of reporter for CPR’s new arts bureau and online arts hub. Jones will cover a wide range of topics including museum exhibits, the theater, concerts and new-music collaborations. He joins Arts Editor Chloe Veltman and fellow arts reporter Ange-Aimee Woods, officially completing the bureau that is funded by a three-year, $900,000 grant from the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation.