Hugh Williams, the longtime head of the Denver office of global public relations firm Weber Shandwick, has taken the position of CMO at injury prevention and recovery technology company Addaday. Williams built Weber Shandwick’s endurance sports practice and led the strategy, development and execution of award-winning integrated sports marketing campaigns. He will be based in Boulder.
Williams will be joined by Kristin Goett, who was named Addaday’s Communications Director. She brings five years of in-house communications experience across brands including DISH Network and the University of Denver. She also has been a columnist for Triathlete Magazine.
Shaw Construction has hired Jennifer Shermer as marketing manager. Shermer will manage the marketing and PR activities at Shaw, which provides construction services throughout Colorado and Wyoming. Shermer previously has worked at Grant Thornton and Fransen Pittman, and she is a board member of the Denver Press Club.
Congratulations to Julie Scott, who has been named communications director at Junior Achievement. Scott formerly was communications manager at Bonfils Blood Center.
If you run into Tim Streeb today, make sure he buys the drinks – Linhart PR has promoted him to account director from account supervisor. Streeb joined Linhart in 2003, and he leads several accounts, including Comcast, FirstBank and Johns Manville.
Colorado State University has named Kyle Henley director of Denver public relations. His role will be to lead CSU’s media relations, marketing and community relations activities in the Denver metro region, which is home to more than 40,000 CSU alumni. Henley formerly was with CoBank and Cohn Marketing.
Smashburger has named former Qdoba manager of non-traditional marketing public relations Doug Thielen as vice president of communications. The Denver Business Journal has the details.
Suncor Energy has hired Brandy Radey as Senior Advisor for Communications & Stakeholder Relations. Radey previously was with Cohn Marketing.
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.
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.
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
Ann Charvat Dickerson has joined the Colorado Medical Society as director of communications. She previously was creative director at JohnstonWells, where she had spent the previous 17 years.
Linhart PR has promoted Lauren Cameron to account executive. Cameron joined Linhart a year ago as an account associate after working as a media strategist and graduate intern at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide and at APCO Worldwide in Washington, D.C.
Denver’s Barefoot PR has hired Sarah Hogan as vice president. In her role as vice president, Hogan will work closely with firm president and founder, Cori Plotkin, and other virtual team members on client relations, account management, and business development.
Turner PR has added Travaasa Destinations, Paraiso Del Mar and Inspirato to its roster of clients. Turner PR will provide them with a variety of strategic media relations and social media programs. Turner also announced it has added Rebie Bautista Lash as a senior director, Campbell Levy as senior account manager, Amber Connor as account manager and Ashley Taufen as account coordinator.
Former Schenkein principal and co-owner Leanna Clark has joined the University of Colorado Denver as special assistant to the chancellor for community engagement. Mark Harden at the Denver Business Journal has the details.
Pure Brand Communications has hired Drew Kramer, formerly of InterMountain Corporate Affairs. Kramer will continue to be involved in public affairs consulting, as well as working with Pure’s other clients.
Communications Strategy Group (CSG|PR) promoted Shannon Fern to director of its Health & Wellness practice. Fern is CSG|PR’s lead health PR specialist, and she has more than 10 years of diverse communications experience with expertise in the areas of public and community relations, communications plan development, writing, event planning and sponsorship marketing.
If you see Jim Guttau, you may want to encourage him to take a nap. Guttau PR has landed six new clients (Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping, Rivé, Thermal Clean, neuroAgility, Caroline’s Cuisine, Infinite Harvest), added Kelly Ozinga as a new account coordinator, and relocated to a new office in Denver’s LoHi neighborhood.
Brand Iron named Kassandre Linstroth as brand manager and Leilani Derr as graphic designer. Linstroth will be charged with creating and implementing strategies for Brand Iron clients; Derr, who joins the agency’s creative team, will be responsible for providing Brand Iron clients with creative concepting and design for both print and website applications.
Linhart PR has promoted Quinn Kelsey to account executive. In her new role, she will provide communications counsel and media relations support to clients Comcast, Colorado Technical University, Johns Manville and UnitedHealthcare.
Bill Menezes has joined the research firm One Touch Intelligence. He formerly was with VisiTech PR.
Melissa Hernandez has joined Jackson National Life Insurance as a media relations specialist. Prior to joining Jackson, Hernandez was a senior account executive at Christopherson & Co. Communications in Greenwood Village and a contractor for Pushkin Public Relations in Denver.
Branding firm Adrenalin has added Danielle Vala to its staff as a Graphic Designer. Vala joins Adrenalin from Bennet Adelson in Cleveland, where she was worked on the Cleveland Clinic wellness website.
Guttau Public Relations has hired Jesse Spencer as Account Manager. Spencer’s experience includes positions in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles wwith E! Network, Warner Brothers and the Gersh Agency. He also has helped with various public relations, marketing, and social media campaigns for organizations such as Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Qwest, Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Downtown Denver Partnership, Namco Networks, and Wilson Electronics.
CJ Powell has joined Cohn Marketing as a PR advisor. Powell formerly was with Dovetail Solutions and Schenkein.
Colorado Public Radio promoted Jennifer Flatt to director of marketing and hired Tara Friedman as director of philanthropy. Flatt is now responsible for execution and supervision of day-to-day marketing and public relations initiatives, and Friedman will develop and execute strategies to build financial support for the news, information and classical music that CPR provides.
Dovetail Solutions has added Dana Stone as director of Client Services and Tyler Lyons as manager of Client Services. Stone’s experience includes positions at First Data in Denver and GolinHarris in Atlanta, and she is a PRSA Colorado board member. Lyons comes to Dovetail from Lt. Gov. Barbara O’Brien’s office.
Congratulations to Linhart’s Dayna Davis, who has been promoted to account executive.
Joe Hodas, EVP of Brand Communications at Vladimir Jones, has been named a partner. Hodas joined the agency in early 2009 and, according to VJ, “has been instrumental in advancing the agency’s integrated approach to brand communications, strategically incorporating emerging trends to address client goals, and infusing a new echelon of dry humor into the agency.”
Randy Blauvelt has been named director of marketing and communications at Rose Community Foundation, where he will oversee the Foundation’s publications, news media relations, marketing efforts, and strategic communications related to grant-making, philanthropic services and program initiatives. Blauvelt previously was vice president of marketing and communications for the American Humane Association.
Cohn Marketing has formally announced the addition of Brandy Radey as a senior PR strategist. Radey, who has more than a decade of experience in strategic planning, media relations, public affairs and community outreach, formerly was with PopSpring Communications and Schenkein.
Cohn also announced that it has been retained by New York-based L.M. Zuckerman & Company for brand development, brand expression and website redesign services. L.M. Zuckerman & Company is a wholesale coffee dealer, serving clients worldwide with a broad range of coffee types and qualities from sources that include Columbia, Brazil, India and Mexico.
Colorado Public Radio has hired Lana Jefferson Taussig as public relations manager to direct social and traditional media outreach, organize various community and listener engagement programs, and contribute to other strategic marketing initiatives. Jefferson Taussig previously was director of communications at Project C.U.R.E. Before that, she led and supported PR efforts for several local and national accounts at Schenkein.
Brand Iron has named David Bryson as brand executive and Justin Clark as a graphic/web designer. Bryson will lead the agency’s business development efforts, while Clark will be responsible for creative concepting and design.
GBSM has hired Kyle Miller, a government and public affairs specialist who formerly advised Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, as an Associate. Miller most recently served as the Director for the Governor’s Office of Economic Recovery where he managed a team responsible for implementing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. In his new position, Miller will help craft strategy and communications efforts for GBSM clients.
Ef Rodriguez’s dream of never again leaving Boulder County is a step closer to reality. Ef has accepted a position with advertising giant Crispin Porter + Bogusky, where he will be the “Curator of Conversation” responsible for helping develop social media strategy for CP+B clients. In lieu of congratulatory emails or phone calls, Ef respectfully requests that donations be made to PRSA Colorado in his name.
Ef previously was part of Cherry Creek-based Turner PR’s social media team, and the good news is that his departure has opened up a spot at Turner. Angela Berardino, who leads Turner’s social media group, has formally posted that position (no phone calls, please).
Linhart PR has promoted Kelly Janhunen to account director. Janhunen, who most recently held the position of account supervisor, joined Linhart PR in 2003 and leads several consumer marketing accounts, including Red Robin and Chipotle. In her new role, she will continue to oversee the planning, execution and evaluation of client programs.
Dana Lauren Berry has been named Director of Public Relations for the new Four Seasons Hotel Denver. Berry formerly was Director of Public Relations at Magnolia Hotels before launching Dana Lauren PR.
Travel, hospitality and real estate agency Turner PR added Caitlin Sullivan as senior account executive and Julie Wagoner as emerging media account coordinator. Sullivan joins Turner from MMG Mardiks, where she led the agency’s largest account, the Colorado Tourism Office. Prior to that, she was an account executive at Heedum Agency in Denver, where she represented travel brands, hotel properties, culinary events and restaurants.
Wagoner is the founder and editor-in-chief of the weekly online entertainment publication, The Media Fix, where she supervises a staff of 15 writers and coordinates interviews with popular recording artists. Prior to joining Turner, she worked at Boulder Digital Arts.
Cactus has hired Mike Lee as public relations and social media director. Lee joins Cactus from Colorado AIDS Project, where he was director of marketing and communications, and his experience includes the Outdoor Industry Association, American Humane Association and Vail Resorts. He also worked as a broadcast journalist with 9News in Denver and KING 5 in Seattle.
Vince Hancock and Ginger Pelz have joined DaVita’s communications department at the company’s new Denver headquarters. Hancock most recently worked in Level 3’s corporate communications group, and prior to that was Qwest’s field media relations manager in Salt Lake City where he was responsible for all media relations in Montana, New Mexico and Utah. Pelz joins DaVita after spending three years at MGA Communications, where she focused on developing and implementing social media strategies for the agency and its clients in addition to spearheading community outreach programs.
PR, branding and positioning firm Dovetail Solutions has promoted CJ Powell to Manager of Client Services. In his new role, Powell is responsible for the management of several clients at the firm.
Mulligan & Co. has hired Lindsey Larson as strategic communications manager. Larson previously held positions with the National Stroke Association, PRACO (now Vladimir Jones), and Citizen Pictures. Mulligan & Co. also announced it has added Montana-based health food company The Healthy Pantry as a client.
JohnstonWells has added Teresa O’Brien as an associate. O’Brien formerly was public relations coordinator at the Fort Collins-based branding and marketing firm One Tribe Creative, and she volunteers with the Denver Rescue Mission and the Mile High Down Syndrome Association.
Liz Pope has been named media and research manager at Sarah Evans’ Chicago-based Sevans Strategy. Pope will remain in Denver and consult with businesses on how to integrate social media into their public relations strategies. Pope formerly was PR and marketing manager at Scott Systems.
The Bawmann Group has named Rich Martin as director of creative and interactive services.
Zach Knaus has left MGA Communications to form 4degre.es, a full-service online communications firm that focuses on social-media marketing, search-engine optimization, Web design and public relations.
GroundFloor Media has added Alexis Anzalone as social media/public relations manager and Kimmie Greene as senior public relations manager. Anzalone formerly worked at Formula PR in San Diego, where she managed both traditional and social media programs. Greene’s background includes Level 3 Communications, where she managed media and analyst relations for new product launches, network expansions, financial earnings and corporate acquisitions.
The Colorado Hospital Association has named Ron Zwerin vice president of communications. Zwerin formerly was with CSG|PR and SE2, and was an anchor and reporter at FOX31 and 9News.
The evolution of JohnstonWells continues. Over the past few months, the agency has seen the return of Gwin Johnston as CEO and Michele Wells as a senior consultant, and now word comes that Gina Seamans and Lee Bley are leaving.
Seamans, who joined the firm in 2007 when it acquired her smaller agency Accent PR, says she is heading into semi-retirement, although she will still be involved in PRSA Colorado and may do some consulting. Bley, meanwhile, is headed to Washington, D.C., to work for WeddingWire.
Brand Iron has named Abbey O’Neal as its newest brand manager. In this role, O’Neal will provide day-to-day account management for a range of clients. O’Neal joins the firm after serving as an account executive with Porter Novelli in its Boston office. Prior to this, she held a position with Schenkein, where she led and supported a number of local and national accounts.
GroundFloor Media has promoted Jim Licko and Amy Moynihan to account directors. Licko and Moynihan will work closely with president Laura Love and VP/managing partner Ramonna Tooley to manage and oversee client accounts.
If you’ve been hitting up Cactus’ Ashley Boyden for free lottery tickets, you’ll need to switch to hitting her up for free lift tickets. Boyden has left Cactus (which represents the Colorado Lottery) to join Vail Resorts, where she will lead the company’s internal communications programs.
Dovetail Solutions has added CJ Powell as marketing coordinator. Powell formerly was with Schenkein and worked as a reporter for The Daily Camera and the Colorado Daily in Boulder.
Public issues, policy and social marketing firm SE2 has added Jill Hamilton and Laura Giocomo as associates. Hamilton previously worked in development and communications with the Dalit Freedom Network and Giocomo most recently served as the director of scheduling for Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper.
Turner PR is hopping. The travel, hospitality and real estate public relations firm recently named Michelle McLeod senior account executive in its Denver office. McLeod’s resume includes previous positions with Cohn & Wolfe and Porter Novelli.
And the firm also is seeking an emerging media coordinator to work with the mercurial Ef Rodriguez. And, as a special bonus, I’ll give $1 to applicants who phone Ef to ask him if he received the resume they emailed him.
Dovetail Solutions has added Brandy Radey as Director of Client Services. Radey previously was president of PopSpring Communications and vice president at Schenkein.
JohnstonWells has promoted its resident social media expert Elizabeth Jumel to senior counselor.
Linhart PR has confirmed the rumors that Southwest Airlines’ social media expert Paula Berg will join the firm effective today. Berg, who is a University of Colorado graduate, will “build on the firm’s digital and social media capabilities and work with a variety of clients.”
Linhart PR promoted Ashley Campbell, Amanda Meyer and Russ Rizzo to senior account executives and hired Dayna Davis and Quinn Kelsey as account associates. Davis formerly was with Be-teen.com and Kelsey is a recent graduate of the University of Missouri at Columbia.
The changes continue at JohnstonWells. Michele Wells will return as a senior consultant to the firm that carries her name starting in January. The combined JohnstonWells was formed in 1993 when Gwin Johnston’s firm acquired Wells Communications, and Wells then worked at the firm until 1996.
Wells’ return follows this month’s announcement that JohnstonWells CEO GG Johnston has decided to leave the firm to pursue other opportunities and that founder and chairman Gwin Johnston will return to her role as CEO. Said Gwin, “Michele and I have sustained a friendship and maintained a working relationship these past several years. We’ve talked about working together again and now is the perfect time. It will be great to have her energy and experience.”
Is Paula Berg, Southwest Airlines’ manager of emerging media, leaving the airline to join Linhart PR in January? This Linhart blog post, which has since disappeared, implies she is.
JohnstonWells founder and chairman Gwin Johnston will return full-time to the agency following her daughter GG Johnston’s decision to step down as president and CEO. GG joined JohnstonWells 15 years ago and was promoted to president and CEO in February when Gwin decided to step back from the day-to-day operations of the business.
The split is being described as amicable, and a statement from GG on the JohnstonWells Web site says:
“My decision to leave JohnstonWells and venture into the world outside family business is both exciting and sad for me. For 15 years, I have worked alongside Gwin and the talented team at JW. I am grateful for every minute of time I’ve spent here. I am well-prepared for whatever adventures are coming my way. I’m excited about what’s next for all of us.”
Public policy, issues and social marketing agency SE2 named Delores Tronco as an associate. Tronco formerly was a 9Health Fair special events and communications coordinator and El Pomar Foundation fellow and program associate.
Denver social media guru Ef “Pug of War” Rodriguez has made the move from JohnstonWells back to Turner Public Relations, where he got his PR start and where he will lead the travel/tourism/outdoor agency’s social media efforts.
JohnstonWells President and CEO GG Johnston said her firm is tapping Elizabeth Jumel to lead its social media practice. “After careful consideration, we decided that Elizabeth’s 11 years of experience and her insight into the right mix of social media and traditional media are exactly what our clients need right now,” Johnston said.
Bob Schenkein, who founded and later sold now defunct Schenkein Public Relations, has joined Colorado Public Radio as vice president of marketing. Schenkein is promising to improve classical music’s fuddy-duddy image in Colorado, and cited his multi-colored bow-tie as proof that he’s the man for the job.
Denver Nuggets public relations director Eric Sebastian is leaving to accept a job as director of basketball operations for the University of Memphis.
Former Rocky deputy editor Gil Rudawsky has joined GroundFloor Media as a senior public relations manager.
Mango Media has hired Sabrina Comroe as Marketing Director. Comroe formerly was Director of Digital Media at 5280 magazine.
Turner PR has hired Aliza Rothman as vice president of the travel/hospitality and real estate team in Denver. Rothman previously was Vice President of Ogilvy Public Relations in Denver and Vice President at Robinson Lerer & Montgomery in New York City.
Brand strategy and marketing communications firm Sterling-Rice Group has hired Jill Holmstrom as account director. Holmstrom previously was with Karsh/Hagan.
CLS client Noodles & Company has hired Dan Fogarty as vice president of marketing. Fogarty’s responsibilities will include overseeing all marketing, advertising, public relations and brand development.
Linhart PR has appointed Kelly Womer as vice president. Womer joins Linhart from her own Chicago-based independent consultancy, where she worked with clients such as McDonald’s and Aviva. Prior to forming her own consultancy, she was a principal in the Chicago office of Carmichael Lynch Spong.
Metzger Associates has promoted Sarah Engle to Chief Financial Officer. Engle, who is a CPA, has worked for Metzger as its controller since 2004.
Pete Webb PR hired Sarah Oehler as an account manager, and Jody Gavin and Portia Berrey as account coordinators. Oehler joins Webb from SNO Public Relations, Gavin from The Hoffman Agency, and Berrey from Univision.
Christina Brickley is leaving her position as marketing and communications director for the Cherry Creek North Business Improvement District to form her own PR and marketing agency, C5. The agency, which has already inked three clients, will be located downtown. Brickley’s experience includes positions with Barnhart, JohnstonWells, University of Colorado and the Denver Art Museum.
GroundFloor Media has hired Kimberly Langston as senior public relations manager. Langston’s experience includes Swedish Medical Center and Ocean Journey (now the Denver Aquarium).
Former Schenkein principal and co-owner Leanna Clark has joined Denver-based IMA Financial Group as Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications & Executive Director of the IMA Foundation. While at IMA Financial Group, Clark will continue her work with the non-profit Project C.U.R.E., helping it take groups of community and business leaders to developing nations where it delivers medical supplies and equipment.
Metzger Associates added Melissa Vizcarra as an account coordinator. Vizcarra formerly was at Chris Christmas LLC and the Kempe Foundation.
GBSM expanded its management team with the promotion of Andy Mountain to Principal. Mountain has been with GBSM for five years as Senior Associate working with issues management and public involvement clients including AARP, RTD FasTracks, and Denver Water.
Former PRACO/Vladimir Jones flacks Lisa Bachman and Barry Grossman have started their own Colorado Springs-based public relations agency. The Colorado Springs Gazette has the details.
After 37 years of building JohnstonWells into one of Denver’s largest and most successful public relations agencies, Gwin Johnson is stepping down from her role as CEO. Her successor will be her daughter, GG Johnston, who has been serving as the agency’s president and COO. Although Gwin will no longer be involved in the the day-to-day details of the agency, she “will continue to be active in the company as owner and Chairman of the Board.” The official JohnstonWells announcement is here.
It looks like Vladimir Jones (formerly PRACO) is back on the public relations offensive. The agency scored some credibility points by naming former Frontier and Consumer Capital Partners spokesman Joe Hodas as senior vice president of public relations. Hodas is leading the agency’s integrated communications efforts and is based in its Denver office.
The Sterling-Rice Group is using the recent Crispin Porter + Bogusky layoffs as a chance to pick up some talent. The brand strategy and marketing communications firm announced that it has hired Ken Slater as senior art director and Kate McQuail as senior copy writer. Both Slater and McQuail formerly were at CP+B.
CORRECTION: From SRG Executive Creative Director Steve Witt:
“While we certainly appreciate the mention, it needs to be noted that Ken and Kate came to SRG directly from CP+B, not as a result of any layoff. They were valued members of CP+B and are valued members of our team at SRG. They are two of the most dedicated, smart and creative talents out there and Sterling-Rice is thrilled to have them on board.
In this economic climate, we are certainly saddened to hear of any layoffs in our industry. A healthy advertising climate helps all of us as individuals and as a greater collective of agencies in the area.”
Sterling-Rice Group hired Riley Gibson as a market analyst for its brand innovation group. Gibson formerly was a business analyst at Intel.
Dovetail Solutions added Assurity Financial Services as a client and promoted Beverly Razon to director of Client Services.
Metzger Associates has hired Lisa Greim as senior account executive. Greim formerly was a technology reporter for the Rocky Mountain News and a public relations consultant for the Fresh Ideas Group.
The Integer Group has promoted Lisa Deatherage to the newly created position of chief marketing officer.
Linhart PR has named account supervisor Kelly Janhunen as the firm’s fourth partner, joining founder Sharon Linhart, SVP Paul Raab and CFO Carri Clemens. Janhunen joined Linhart in 2003 and leads several consumer accounts, including Red Robin and Chipotle.
Sage Public Relations Group, a Denver-based virtual team of senior level strategic communications specialists, has added four new members, including Denver multi-cultural communications and research specialist Elizabeth Suarez.
Black Hills Corporation has hired Amy Shanks Estes as manager of communications. Estes formerly was with LeGrand Hart.
The Bawmann Group has landed Pelvic Specialty Care as a new client and added Sarah Dent as an account coordinator.