Social media and technology, combined with a bad economy, caused several prominent “big agencies” in Indianapolis to Schenkein*, according to the Indianapolis Star. That’d be a lesson to Denver’s mega-agencies, if we had any.
(*Schenk•ein – [shangk-en] – verb – To quickly and unexpectedly shut down your business despite outward appearances that you are doing fine.)
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.
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.
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.
I removed Schenkein from the “Denver Agencies” list and its Tracked Changes blog from the “Blogs Worth Reading” list today. Schenkein was a blue-chip name in Denver, and a lot of great public relations people passed through its doors over the years. Here’s hoping that those who were with it at the end find other positions quickly.
It has been a tough year for venerable marketing firms in Denver. First, advertising agency McClain Finlon shut its doors in August, and now Schenkein principal Christin Crampton Day announced that the long-time PR agency will shut its doors at the end of this month. Crampton Day cited the flagging economy for the move, which will affect 10 employees and follows former principal Leanna Clark’s departure last month. The Denver Business Journal has the early details.
Following a tough year that saw Schenkein reduce its headcount by nearly one-third, principal and co-owner Leanna Clark announced she will be leaving the firm in January. She plans to devote more time to her philanthropic endeavors, while still remaining an advisor to the firm. The DBJ called Clark one of Denver’s “communications leaders” and noted that Schenkein has “represented many of Denver’s top companies and nonprofit groups as well as national firms.”