November 06, 2017

Myers Joins AHLA from NCGA

Jennifer Myers headshotFirst reported in the Politico Playbook Power Briefing, Jennifer Myers has joined the American Hotel and Lodging Association as Senior Director of Communications for Government Affairs. She previously led policy communications for the National Corn Growers Association.

Myers previously worked at Edelman as a Senior Account Supervisor, as Communications Director for Jon Bruning for Governor (R-NE) and as Project Director for Public Opinion Strategies.

She is a 2004 graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University and holds a Masters in Media and Public Affairs from The George Washington University. (Politico / PF reporting)


Spotify Names Former Hill Flack Tucker New Head of P.R. in Advance of Public Offering

Dustee TuckerVariety reports: In advance of long-anticipated Spotify’s public offering — which is now expected in the first quarter of 2018 — the company has brought in a new head of public relations: Dustee Jenkins, who until recently held a similar role at Target. The move, which was first reported by Recode, was confirmed to Variety by a rep for Spotify.

Jenkins’ appointment is seen as an effort to streamline the company’s PR and messaging in advance of the public offering: she will report to chief marketing officer Seth Farbman, while veteran company publicist Graham James in New York and Angela Watts in London will report to her.

Jenkins will relocate to New York from Target’s Minneapolis headquarters. She served with the company for seven years, vacating in July. Previously she held communications roles with Hill & Knowlton PR consulting agency, with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under president George W. Bush, and with Texas Republican U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Spotify, the world’s largest streaming service, passed 140 million worldwide users as both its revenue and operating loss grew significantly in 2016, according to the company’s annual financial statement released in June. The company announced in July that it had passed 60 million paying subscribers. Its closest competitor in the streaming market, Apple Music, announced in September that it had passed the 30-million subscriber mark.

Rather than a traditional IPO, Spotify is expected to launch a public offering, whereby it will list shares directly to buyers. The move has been anticipated for several years but has been delayed as the company shores itself up, not least by closing new licensing deals with the three major labels and the independent label collective Merlin; it completed the last of those, with Warner Music, in August. (Variety)


Former Obama Admin vet Esser Joins GPG as Managing Director

Victoria EsserLeading strategic communications and government affairs firm The Glover Park Group (GPG) announced today that Victoria Esser has rejoined the firm as a Managing Director. Esser will work in the Strategic Communications division, providing strategic and media counsel for a broad range of firm clients, including in the technology and financial sectors.

Esser returns to GPG after serving for six years in senior roles in the Obama Administration, including as Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Treasury and as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Digital Strategy at the U.S. Department of State. In her most recent role at Treasury, Esser was the principal communications advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury and oversaw all strategic positioning, media relations and stakeholder engagement for the agency on issues ranging from international affairs, to economic and tax policy, and sanctions and illicit finance.

Esser previously held various leadership positions at GPG from 2004 to 2011, having served most recently as Managing Director. She co-led GPG’s International Affairs practice, and was a trusted advisor on corporate reputation and strategic positioning issues, financial communications and complex, global issues management efforts.

Esser graduated from Colby College and received an M.A. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Esser is a recipient of the Alexander Hamilton Award, the Treasury Department’s highest honor, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. (PF tipster)


October 18, 2017

Top DHS Spokesman Lapan Leaving Trump Administration for BPC

David LapanCNN reports that David Lapan, the Press Secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is departing at the end of October to become Senior Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Regarding the timing, CNN reported: 

While the move comes on the heels of the announcement of a new nominee to be DHS secretary, top Kelly staffer Kirstjen Nielsen, Lapan said the move is unrelated, has been in the works for some time and is a personal decision.

CNN's report continued:

Lapan came to DHS at the request of Kelly, with whom Lapan had worked for more than a decade in the Marine Corps. The longtime Marine had also worked in the Pentagon press shop but had left government service and retired from the Marines to work in the nonprofit world when Kelly asked him to serve once again and join the administration. (CNN)


June 20, 2017

JOB OF THE WEEK: ITIF, Communications Director

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) seeks a communications director to increase its exposure in the press, expand its social media footprint, and enhance its reputation as America’s most influential science and technology think tank. This position reports to ITIF’s chief operating officer.

ITIF logoITIF has earned its standing as one of the world’s foremost thought leaders on technology and innovation policy by nimbly producing high-caliber research reports, policy analysis, and commentary, and by staging a rich program of panel discussions and other events, which it hosts in its Washington, DC office and other locations. The communications director’s primary responsibility is to publicize all this activity. This is an exciting opportunity for an energetic media-relations and strategic-communications professional with previous experience in public policy to deepen their expertise while helping to influence debates on important technology-related issues.

Duties:

  • Plan and execute an ongoing communications program that enhances ITIF’s reputation as a thought leader among U.S. and international policymakers through media relations, digital media, events, and direct outreach.
  • Measurably increase media coverage by cultivating new relationships and deepening existing ones with reporters, commentators, editors, and producers in the business, technology, and political press—including national newspapers, trade publications, broadcast outlets, and influential blogs.
  • Drive promotion of ITIF reports, place op-eds, and build press interest in major ITIF events.
  • Expand the organization’s social media footprint, including on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
  • Partner with ITIF’s COO to manage editorial calendar of reports, op-eds, blog posts, and other content, and to produce ITIF’s widely disseminated weekly email newsletter.
  • Partner with ITIF’s event coordinator to execute public events.
  • Partner with ITIF’s design and digital media manager on collateral materials and website updates.
  • Track media coverage and other communications performance metrics, and provide regular reports to staff and ITIF’s board.

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of five years’ experience with increasing levels of responsibility for planning and executing robust communications programs.
  • Strong track record of achieving measurable results through media outreach, including placing op-eds and generating coverage for topical research reports and events.
  • Hands-on experience with media-engagement software such as Vocus, knowledge of technology issues, and existing relationships with technology, business, and economic policy reporters is preferred.
  • Strong writing and editing ability is essential, including sharp press releases, blog posts, and op-eds.
  • Thorough understanding of digital communications is a must, including the fundamentals of website content management.
  • Practical experience and sound judgment using social media to raise the profile of an organization and engage in public issues.
  • Strong understanding of public policy is essential. Previous experience on Capitol Hill or in the Washington office of a public relations or public affairs agency would be a plus.
  • A personable and collaborative team player with exceptional organizational habits and a proven ability to handle multiple communications projects at once.

Salary and benefits: Competitive salary is commensurate with experience and includes a health benefits package, generous paid vacation, annual performance-based bonus, and public transportation benefit.

TO APPLY: Please send a résumé and cover letter to jobs@itif.org. Please note in your subject line that you are applying for the “communications director” position, and please explain in your cover letter why you are interested in joining ITIF and how your experience and qualifications align with the goal of enhancing ITIF’s reputation through an ongoing strategic communications program. (PF tipster)


March 31, 2017

FORMER OBAMA, BIDEN AIDE BEDINGFIELD TO WORK FOR LEONSIS

Kate BedingfieldKate Bedingfield, former deputy assistant to President Barack Obama and communications director for Vice President Joe Biden, is joining Monumental Sports & Entertainment as its vice president of communications. Monumental Sports owns the Wizards, Capitals, Mystics and Verizon Center. Bedingfield will report to founder Ted Leonsis. (Politico “Playbook”)


March 27, 2017

Landry Joins FP1 Strategies as Senior Vice President, Research & Communications

Jim LandryFP1 Strategies LLC (FP1) today announced that Jim Landry has joined the firm as a Senior Vice President of Research and Communications.  

Landry brings with him 15 years of research and strategic communications experience, having worked with national party committees, candidates, advocacy campaigns and non-profits.

He recently served as a senior communications adviser for a national non-profit and super PAC advising leadership on communications strategy on both policy debates and political campaigns. Prior to that, he led communications at American Action Network and American Action Forum shortly after their launch in 2010, developing paid and earned media strategies.

He served as Deputy Research Director at the Republican National Committee during the 2008 presidential campaign, guiding the day-to-day operation of a 30-person research team and advising on state-level rapid response.

He spent the 2004 and 2006 cycles at the National Republican Senatorial Committee working the legal, political and research departments. During the 2006 cycle, Jim led opposition research for several Senate campaigns and advised on earned and paid media efforts.

Jim grew up in Arlington, VA and has a degree in history from the University of Notre Dame. He is married with three children. (PF tipster)


March 26, 2017

FMR. OBAMA WHITE HOUSE DEPUTY COMMS DIR ALLEN JOINS GPG

Liz AllenStrategic communications and government affairs firm The Glover Park Group (GPG) announced that Liz Allen has joined the firm as a Senior Vice President. Allen will work in the Strategic Communications practice, providing strategic and media counsel for the firm’s clients.

Allen comes to GPG with a decade of experience in government and politics, most recently serving as Deputy Communications Director and Deputy Assistant to President Barack Obama. At the White House, Allen drove strategic communications planning for President Obama’s key policy initiatives and public appearances.

Allen served in several senior roles over eight years as part of the Obama Administration including Director of Message Planning in the White House communications office, Director of Public Affairs for Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and Vice President Joe Biden’s Deputy Director of Communications.

Allen, a native of Buffalo, New York, graduated from the State University of New York College at Geneseo Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Allen began her career in Washington, DC, working at the State Department on human trafficking and border security issues in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement. Allen also worked for the 2008 Democratic National Convention Committee and the Obama-Biden Presidential Campaign. (PF tipster)


February 14, 2017

TIME RUNNING OUT: EXCLUSIVE OFFER FOR POTOMAC FLACKS READERS: Gridiron Reprise Tickets!

For 126 years, Washington's Gridiron Club of national journalists has held an annual show featuring satire and songs that skewer Presidents and congressional leaders, lobbyists and sacred cows.

Gridiron Reprise

Now the Gridiron's Sunday afternoon performance, traditionally given for friends and family, is open to Potomac Flacks’ influential readers.

The 2017 Reprise will be held Sunday, March 5, in the ballroom of the Washington Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth Street NW Washington, DC. The reception, which includes an open bar, begins at 2 pm. and the reprise starts at 3pm. The program will end by 5pm. Dress is business casual.

Tickets cost $80 (and $54 of which is tax deductible). Profits support a number of journalism programs and organizations.

 
What attendees will see during the show is Gridiron members, including well-known faces that might include Al Hunt of Bloomberg, John King of CNN, Andrea Mitchell of NBC, Judy Woodruff of PBS and Bret Baier of Fox News -- performing songs and skits in costume. Syndicated columnist Mark Shields relays highlights of the speeches that were delivered the night before, which typically include remarks by the President and a leading Democrat and leading Republican. Running the musical performance is the director of the President’s Own, the United States Marine Band, Lt. Col. Jason Fettig, the Club's musical director.
 
ORDER NOW BEFORE THEY SELL OUT: Those interested in attending should mail checks – made out to the "Gridiron Club and Foundation" to:
 
Carol Stevens
3507 N. Ohio Street
Arlington VA 22207
 
Checks should be received by Friday, February 24. Tickets will be mailed to you the next day, Saturday, February 25. If you prefer picking up the tickets at Will Call, just indicate that when you order tickets. (PF exclusive

The Leadership Conference Announces Inouye & Hernandez Join Comms Team

Today, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund announced the addition of new senior staff members: Shin Inouye, Director of Communications and Media Relations; and Karely Hernandez, Communications Manager.

Shin InouyeShin Inouye is the Director of Communications and Media Relations. As an appointee in the Obama Administration, Inouye served the last two years as Press Secretary and Acting Senior Advisor for Intergovernmental and External Affairs at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Prior to that, he worked for six years as the Director of Specialty Media for the White House Office of Communications, serving as a spokesman for media outlets that serve the AAPI, Faith, LGBT, Native American, Rural, Veterans and college communities, among others. He previously worked on the 2008 Obama for America campaign, and was Communications Director for Congressman Jerrold Nadler, D. N.Y., and a Senior Legislative Communications Associate at the ACLU’s Washington office. He graduated with departmental honors from the Johns Hopkins University.

Karely HernandezKarely Hernandez is the Communications Manager. She most recently served on the Hillary for America campaign. There, she worked closely with the Coalitions press team as a national Hispanic media associate for the general campaign and as a Hispanic media spokesperson for the coordinated campaign in North Carolina. Prior to that, she worked for Senator Harry Reid, D. Nev., where she served as Press Secretary for Hispanic media. Born in Los Angeles, California, Hernandez is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a degree in Global and International Studies. (PF tipster)


February 13, 2017

Ayotte, Romney, RNC, Fox News vet Zelt Joins FP1 Strategies as Sr. VP of Comms

FP1 Strategies LLC announced the addition of Lauren Zelt as a senior vice president for communications. Lauren is officially returning to the firm after serving as deputy communications director for U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH).

Lauren ZeltZelt has worked in the media and communications for more than a decade. Prior to joining FP1 Strategies initially in 2013, Zelt worked as director of media affairs for Mitt Romney for President, at the Republican National Committee, and at the Fox News Channel as a segment producer and guest booker.

A Pittsburgh native, Zelt danced as a member of the Corps de Ballet of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre prior to attending Georgetown University and graduating Cum Laude. (PF tipster)


February 11, 2017

RNC Chair McDaniel Names Mahoney Comms Director

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel announced additional key senior staff positions, including Ryan Mahoney as Communications Director for the 2018 cycle.

RNC logoMahoney is a seasoned communications operative and takes over as Communications Director after serving as the RNC’s Deputy Communications Director during the 2016 election cycle.

He was a Regional Press Secretary for the RNC during the 2012 election and oversaw all regional communications for the committee during the 2014 cycle.

In 2014, Mahoney also spearheaded theRNC’s press efforts surrounding the committee’s site selection for the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Prior to joining the RNC, Mahoney served as Communications Director for the Maryland Republican Party and held various positions in the Republican Party of Wisconsin’s communications and political departments.

He's a graduate of The University of Wisconsin-Madison.(PF tipster)


February 06, 2017

EXCLUSIVE OFFER FOR POTOMAC FLACKS READERS: Gridiron Reprise Tickets!

For 126 years, Washington's Gridiron Club of national journalists has held an annual show featuring satire and songs that skewer Presidents and congressional leaders, lobbyists and sacred cows.

Gridiron Reprise

 

Now the Gridiron's Sunday afternoon performance, traditionally given for friends and family, is open to Potomac Flacks’ influential readers.

 

The 2017 Reprise will be held Sunday, March 5, in the ballroom of the Washington Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth Street NW Washington, DC. The reception, which includes an open bar, begins at 2 pm. and the reprise starts at 3pm. The program will end by 5pm. Dress is business casual.

 

Tickets cost $80 (and $54 of which is tax deductible). Profits support a number of journalism programs and organizations.

 
What attendees will see during the show is Gridiron members, including well-known faces that might include Al Hunt of Bloomberg, John King of CNN, Andrea Mitchell of NBC, Judy Woodruff of PBS and Bret Baier of Fox News -- performing songs and skits in costume. Syndicated columnist Mark Shields relays highlights of the speeches that were delivered the night before, which typically include remarks by the President and a leading Democrat and leading Republican. Running the musical performance is the director of the President’s Own, the United States Marine Band, Lt. Col. Jason Fettig, the Club's musical director.
 
ORDER NOW BEFORE THEY SELL OUT: Those interested in attending should mail checks – made out to the "Gridiron Club and Foundation" to:
 
Carol Stevens
3507 N. Ohio Street
Arlington VA 22207
 
Checks should be received by Friday, February 24. Tickets will be mailed to you the next day, Saturday, February 25. If you prefer picking up the tickets at Will Call, just indicate that when you order tickets. (PF exclusive) 

December 23, 2016

RNC's Spicer Named White House Press Secretary

The most coveted job in communications, White House Press Secretary, has been earned by well-known and well-liked flack Sean Spicer (@seanspicer), who has served as RNC chief strategist and communications director over the past two presidential cycles.

Sean Spicer PEOTUSThe announcement was made Thursday by the Trump-Pence transition team in a brief news release.

In addition to Spicer, the following senior White House communications roles were announced:

Jason Miller, Director of Communications

Hope Hicks, Director of Strategic Communications

Dan Scavino, Director of Social Media

All four individuals will share “Assistant to the President” titles.

“Sean, Hope, Jason and Dan have been key members of my team during the campaign and transition. I am excited they will be leading the team that will communicate my agenda that will Make America Great Again,” President-elect Donald Trump said in the release.

Spicer’s road to White House Press Secretary includes several grueling years at the RNC, but his career did not begin there.

Spicer backgroundSpicer served as Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Media from 2006-2009.

Before that he worked on Capitol Hill, as Communications Director for the House Republican Conference from 2005-2006, as Communications Director for the House Budget Committee from 2002-2005, and as Director of Incumbent Retention for the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC).

He holds a Master’s in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and a Bachelor’s in Government from Connecticut College.

In 1999, Spicer joined the Navy Reserves, where he holds the rank of Commander.

He is a native of Barrington, RI. (The Hill / PF reporting)


April 25, 2016

JOB OF THE WEEK: NBC Universal, Director, Communications, USA & Syfy (New York, NY)

NBC Universal logoReporting to the Vice President Communications, the Director, Communications will lead select show campaigns for both USA Network and Syfy and work with the Sr. team to develop communication strategies and lead successful consumer program publicity campaigns.

Responsibilities:

  • Develop publicity campaigns and strategies for USA and Syfy programs and talent.
  • Pitch and secure key interviews, including electronic, radio and on-location press visits to support the launch and momentum for assigned series.
  • Create, edit and supervise the roll-out of all press materials and assets including all written press materials, electronic and traditional press kits, show clips and content, photos, digital extras and social content.
  • Create and supervise all press related event opportunities including satellite media tours, press junkets, festival and panel appearances, press receptions and red carpet events.
  • Create and implement out of the box event ideas to generate press for assigned shows.
  • Act as media strategist, campaign planner and spokesperson for assigned shows.
  • Develop positive relationships with talent, producers, PR agencies and representatives, agents, managers, production staffs, media and programming executives.
  • Media train and prep talent for interviews and speaking opportunities such as the bi-annual Television Critics Association Tour and Comic-Con.
  • Monitor competitive environment via daily review of competitive/industry news, and interface with other departments and entertainment cable channels on an as needed basis.
  • Manage assigned show publicity budget with an eye on ROI.

Qualifications/Requirements:

Basic Qualifications

-Bachelor’s Degree

-Minimum 7 years television publicity and hands-on media relations experience, with increasing levels of responsibility for campaign management.

Eligibility Requirements

-Interested candidate must submit a resume/CV through www.nbcunicareers.com to be considered

-Willingness to travel and work overtime; some evening and weekend work required

-Must be willing to work in New York

-Must be willing to submit to a background investigation

-Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States

  • Candidate must have proven track record of delivering a wide range of press coverage, and strong media relationships with both consumer and trade entertainment reporters.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills are a must – writing samples required.
  • Experience pitching, booking and covering national and local media interviews necessary. Desired Characteristics
  • Candidate must have proven track record of delivering a wide range of press coverage, and strong media relationships with both consumer and trade entertainment reporters.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills are a must – writing samples required.
  • Experience pitching, booking and covering national and local media interviews necessary.
  • Must be a self-starter who is able to work autonomously, while keeping teammates and manager abreast of all activities.
  • Individual must exhibit strong interpersonal, pitching, and presentation skills.
  • Ability to juggle and meet numerous deadlines and work on multiple simultaneous campaigns with varying timelines
  • Candidate must be proactive and able to multi-task, a creative and independent strategic thinker who displays strong external and internal communication skills.
  • Must demonstrate an ability to cultivate and nurture relationships with members of the media, network executives, producers and talent.
  • Superior organization and creative skills.

TO APPLY: Click here. (PF tipster)


March 24, 2016

PERSONAL REQUEST: Help Me Raise $100,000 for Cancer Research

PF Readers -

Starting today, I have just ten weeks to raise $100,000 for cancer research.

LLS logoThis year I am honored to be a candidate for the 'Man of the Year' campaign benefitting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS), whose mission is to fund cutting-edge research and eradicate blood cancers.

In 2015 this campaign raised $9.8 million for blood cancer research.  My goal is to raise $100,000 during the 10 week fundraising period that began this morning and ends with the grand finale Gala on June 4th in Austin, TX. I am actively raising money through letters, emails, calls, sponsorships, proceeds from a charity polo event outside Austin on May 7, and finally by selling tables and silent and live auction items at our Gala in Austin on June 4.  If your employer matches charitable gifts, you can easily double your contribution.

This is personal for me.

Baby Suzanne and her dadI am raising funds to name a research grant in honor of my wife Suzanne's late father, former Shelby County Judge John Tomlin.  He died almost seven years ago from pancreatic cancer.  I never had the chance to meet him nor to seek his blessing for my marriage to Suzanne. This grant will live on in his name forever.

This year's LLS Boy & Girl of the Year are Archer Folterman (age 1) & Karen Andrade (Age 7), two brave children whose lives have been directly affected by a blood cancer.

I have learned a tremendous amount about Leukemia and Lymphoma since I was asked to do this.  There are 1.1 million people in the U.S. living with or in remission from a blood cancer.  But what's truly exciting is that the groundbreaking research that is being done with the funds raised by LLS has brought us closer to a cure than ever before.

Noteworthy Americans who have died from Lymphoma include Fred Thompson, Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Joey Ramone.  Among those who have died from Leukemia are Larry Hagman, Alan Shepard, and Nora Ephron.

But Leukemia has a more personal connection for me:  it was a death sentence for Victor Ojeda, the younger brother of a schoolmate of mine in the mid-1980s.  It was a devastating and heartbreaking thing to watch.  Just 30 years later, Leukemia is treatable and essentially curable if it is diagnosed early enough. This is where cancer research needs your help.

Any donation, large or small, is your pledge to help me achieve the $100,000 fundraising goal. Blood cancer research has led to treatments for many other kinds of cancer, which affects us all.

There are many ways to you can contribute by making a tax deductible donation:

    1. You can donate online at: http://www.mwoy.org/pages/sctx/austin16/mmackowiak

    2. You can mail a check made out to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to:

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

ATTN: Matt Mackowiak's Campaign

8001 Centre Park Drive #150

Austin, TX 78754

    3. You can support us through a corporate sponsorship, which includes buying a table at the fabulous Grand Finale Gala on June in Austin (contact me for more information, matt.mackowiak@gmail.com or 512-423-6116).

    4. You can donate a silent or live auction item (contact me at matt.mackowiak@gmail.com or 512-423-6116).

    5. You can raise money through your employer if they double match charitable donations.

 

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I need your help however you are willing. Please contact me directly with any ideas or questions (512-423-6116 or matt.mackowiak@gmail.com).

This opportunity to raise money for cancer research is a "once in a lifetime" experience for me and I want to raise as much as possible, so I may end this effort with absolutely no regrets.

My long-term goal is a world without cancer. A world where no other family has to hear the words, You have Lymphoma. You have Leukemia. You have cancer. I don't want cancer to take your family member or close friend away as it did the father-in-law that I never met or little Victor Ojeda.

With love and so much gratitude,

Matt Mackowiak

 

512-423-6116 cell

matt.mackowiak@gmail.com

@MattMackowiak

 

FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN TEAM MEMBERS

Corby Alfred

The Hon. Greg Ball

Brett & Kelly Buller

Alberto & Norma Cardenas

Nate & Lauren Day

James & Lynda Dickey

John & Mandy Drogin

Ed Espinosa

Patrick & Elizabeth George

John A. Hay, III

Brian & Jenna Hege

Trace Hight

The Hon. Harvey & Tracey Hilderbran

Jeff & Jennifer Jones

Dr. Nimesh & Bina Palnitkar

Jonathan Saenz

Clayton Stewart

Colin Strother

Caleb & The Hon. Ellen Troxclair

Michael Wilt & Hillary Sotello


February 23, 2016

LAST CHANCE: EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Gridiron Reprise tickets (Sunday, Mar. 6, $80 each)

For 126 years, Washington's Gridiron Club of national journalists has held an annual show featuring satire and songs that skewer Presidents and congressional leaders, lobbyists and sacred cows.

Now the Gridiron's Sunday afternoon performance (the reprise), traditionally given for friends and family, is open to Potomac Flacks’ readers.

The 2013 Reprise will be held on Sunday, March 6, in the ballroom of the Washington Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth Street NW. The reception, which includes wine and beer, begins at 2pm and the reprise starts at 3pm. The program will end by 5pm.

PF readers will have a ball again at this one-of-a-kind show, one of the capital's signature events. It is a reprise of an occasion they have held since 1885, regaling an annual white-tie dinner with satire and songs that skewer Presidents and congressional leaders, political candidates and journalists too. They perform the Sunday show for friends like PF readers.

Gridiron RepriseWhat PF readers will see during the show is Gridiron members -- well-known faces that might include Al Hunt of Bloomberg, John King of CNN, Andrea Mitchell of NBC, Judy Woodruff of PBS and Bret Baier of Fox News -- performing hilarious songs and skits in costume. Syndicated columnist Mark Shields relays highlights of the speeches that were delivered the night before, which typically include remarks by the President and a leading Democrat and leading Republican. Running the musical performance is the director of the President’s Own, the United States Marine Band, Lt. Col. Jason Fettig, the Club's musical director.

Dress for the event is business casual. They do NOT allow cameras, videotaping, or audio taping of the program. However, there are no restrictions on taking photographs at the reception.

Tickets cost $80. They can be ordered by contacting carolstevens6@gmail.com. Checks should be made out to “Gridiron Club and Foundation,” and mailed to Gridiron Reprise, c/o Carol Stevens, 3507 N. Ohio Street, Arlington VA 22207. Tickets cannot be reserved until payment is made. Please note that they are not refundable. (PF exclusive)


DREAM JOB OF THE WEEK: Minnesota Timberwolves, Senior Corporate Communications Manager

Minnesota TimberwolvesNBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves is hiring a Senior Corporate Communications Manager.

Position Summary/Objective: In addition to strategic planning, the responsibilities of the Senior Corporate Communications Manager will include: key message development, crisis communications, development of internal brand building and communication tactics, pitching business-related story ideas to media, and drafting communication plans for key stakeholders including season ticket members and corporate sponsors

Essential Functions:

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform these essential functions:

  1. Develop relationships with members of the local and national media
  2. Manage media opportunities/requests for team’s business operations, including executive staff members.
  3. Develop strategies around the implementation of season ticket member communication plan.
  4. Create and successfully manage a strategic plan surrounding all facility related public relations/communications, including but not limited to Target Center renovation.
  5. Work with Vice President of Communications to develop key messages and talking points for the entire staff related to various organizational business efforts.
  6. Distribute key messages and talking points on regular basis to entire staff as well as departmental-specific messages when necessary.
  7. Assist Corporate Partnerships in developing standardized messaging for sales presentations.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other:

  1. Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  2. Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook) is strongly preferred.
  3. Ability to develop and proactively pitch team business-related stories to local and national media.
  4. Ability to work nights, weekends and potentially holidays.
  5. Strong team leadership skills preferred.

Experience: Minimum five (5) years of experience working in Public Relations. Experience working in an agency setting and/or with consumer-facing brands preferred.

Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience preferred.

Supervisory Responsibility, if any: This position does have supervisory responsibility.

TO APPLY: Click here. (PF tipster)


February 01, 2016

DREAM JOB OF THE WEEK: Jacksonville Jaguars, Manager, Media and Promotions

Jacksonville JaguarsThe Manager, Media and Promotions reports to the Director, Marketing & Brand Strategy and manages the media advertising and promotional campaigns for the Jacksonville Jaguars focused on increasing ticket sales and maximizing fan interaction with the team based on defined objectives.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and manage execution of Jaguars traditional media planning and buying (including aiding in the negotiation of trade and barter opportunities to maximize efficacy of the team's ad budget, creative trafficking and management of budget)
  • Manage relationships with all secondary television and radio affiliates
  • Oversee growth of affiliate network
  • Coordinate all tactical aspects of marketing promotions (creative development, legal requirements, cross-department coordination), and manage execution in-market, including communication of program through social media (jaguars.com, Twitter, Facebook, etc.), email, radio and TV and print to cascade message
  • Coordinate all marketing of Jaguars ancillary events including cross-department collaboration, planning and support
  • Oversee  Jaguars fan clubs (i.e. Junior Jags, Women’s Club, Cub Club, Booster Club)
  • Oversee Grassroots Marketing program  

Job Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing or business; MBA preferred
  • Minimum of 3 years of marketing experience
  • Extensive knowledge of marketing, media buying, promotions, event planning, social media, creative process
  • Proven experience managing multiple projects and timelines

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January 24, 2016

EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Gridiron Reprise tickets (Sunday, Mar. 6, $80 each)

Gridiron_Club_(logo)For 126 years, Washington's Gridiron Club of national journalists has held an annual show featuring satire and songs that skewer Presidents and congressional leaders, lobbyists and sacred cows.

Now the Gridiron's Sunday afternoon performance (the reprise), traditionally given for friends and family, is open to Potomac Flacks’ readers.

The 2013 Reprise will be held on Sunday, March 6, in the ballroom of the Washington Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth Street NW. The reception, which includes wine and beer, begins at 2pm and the reprise starts at 3pm. The program will end by 5pm.

PF readers will have a ball again at this one-of-a-kind show, one of the capital's signature events. It is a reprise of an occasion they have held since 1885, regaling an annual white-tie dinner with satire and songs that skewer Presidents and congressional leaders, political candidates and journalists too. They perform the Sunday show for friends like PF readers.

Gridiron RepriseWhat PF readers will see during the show is Gridiron members -- well-known faces that might include Al Hunt of Bloomberg, John King of CNN, Andrea Mitchell of NBC, Judy Woodruff of PBS and Bret Baier of Fox News -- performing hilarious songs and skits in costume. Syndicated columnist Mark Shields relays highlights of the speeches that were delivered the night before, which typically include remarks by the President and a leading Democrat and leading Republican. Running the musical performance is the director of the President’s Own, the United States Marine Band, Lt. Col. Jason Fettig, the Club's musical director.

Dress for the event is business casual. They do NOT allow cameras, videotaping, or audio taping of the program. However, there are no restrictions on taking photographs at the reception.

Tickets cost $80. They can be ordered by contacting carolstevens6@gmail.com. Checks should be made out to “Gridiron Club and Foundation,” and mailed to Gridiron Reprise, c/o Carol Stevens, 3507 N. Ohio Street, Arlington VA 22207. Tickets cannot be reserved until payment is made. Please note that they are not refundable. (PF exclusive)

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    Blain K. Rethmeier is currently the Senior Vice President for Public Affairs for the American Insurance Association (AIA). Rethmeier joined AIA from the White House where he served as Special Assistant to the President for Communications and directed communications for the National Economic Council and Homeland Security Council. Prior to joining the White House, Rethmeier served as Press Secretary for the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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