April 14, 2014

Spokesman Zirklbach Leaves AHIP for PhRMA

Robert ZirkelbachRoll Call’s Jason Dick reports that Robert Zirkelbach, the spokesman and Vice President of Strategic Communications for America’s Insurance Plans (AHIP), is leaving April 23 to join the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) as Senior Vice President of Communications.

As Roll Call reported, “Zirkelbach was in charge of helping AHIP and its head, Karen Ignagni, navigate some of the most treacherous policy and political waters in recent history: the debate over the Affordable Care Act. AHIP worked hand-in-glove with the Obama administration to make sure insurers stayed on board, and Ignagni and her organization took some major licks. The place he’s heading, PhRMA, also got criticized by those skeptical and opposed to Obamacare for doing much the same.”

Zirkelbach was previously Press Secretary for Congressman Jim Nussle (R-IA).  He is a 200 graduate of Central College.

Zirkelbach’s first day at PhRMA is May 5.

AHIP Deputy Press Secretary Clare Krusing will take over for Zirkelbach “for the meantime,” according to Roll Call.  (Roll Call & PF reporting)

January 16, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Qorvis’ Reid Moving to NYC for IAVA

55733_10151156456817515_2046344087_oAfter three years on international flights advising clients in the Middle East, Europe and Asia, Qorvis Communications Partner John Reid is heading from DC to New York City to become Chief Communications Officer for The Iraq Afghanistan Veterans Association (IAVA).

The not-for-profit advocacy group focused on the newest generation of veterans is rapidly expanding its national outreach and membership. Reid, 43, is former communications director for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and then-U.S. Senator George Allen (R-VA) and as VP at the infancy of Potomac Strategy Group, LLC with founder Matt Mackowiak.

Reid is known to many from his time as President of the Senate Press Secretaries Association and previously spent 10 years as a Richmond, VA television news anchor. Recently he’s volunteered as an advisor to groups seeking GOP Congressional votes for the passage of ENDA legislation.

Reid starts work in New York next week.

He s a graduate of Baylor University and a native of Richmond.  (PF tipster)

December 16, 2013

Lamke, Henderson Join Growth Energy

Growth EnergyThis week, Growth Energy, which represents the producers and supporters of ethanol who “feed the world and fuel America,” hired two new communications team members.

Ryan Lamke joins Growth Energy as the new Communications Manager and will be responsible for strategic planning, grassroots communications, as well as managing and coordinating social and traditional media efforts to expand Growth Energy’s public relations, legislative affairs and membership agendas.

Courtney Henderson joins as the new Communications Assistant and will be responsible for monitoring media coverage of the biofuels industry, as well as expanding Growth Energy’s digital presence through various social media platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook and blog posts, in addition to supporting the overall mission of the communications team and membership of Growth Energy.

Prior to joining Growth Energy, Lamke was an independent consultant providing strategic communications support to various individuals and nonprofits. He has previously worked in government and public relations for a variety of companies; he is an alumnus of Georgetown University and is a decorated U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

Henderson has previously worked as a digital media consultant, and earned a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and an M.A. from the University of Michigan.  (PF tipster)

November 04, 2013

JOB OF THE WEEK: U.S. Travel Association, Media Relations Coordinator

U.S. Travel Association logoThe U.S. Travel Association seeks an effective, creative and energetic communicator to help raise the media visibility of the $2.0 trillion travel industry.  Recently ranked Washington, D.C.'s No. 1 most effective trade and professional association in the areas of media relations, industry reputation stewardship and bipartisanship (and in the top four overall), U.S. Travel seeks staff resources who are committed to creating excellent work and contributing to a positive workplace culture.

TO APPLY: Visit here -- http://www.ustravel.org/about-us-travel/careers (PF tipster)

November 01, 2013

OFII Names Jonathan Samford as Communications Director

OFII logoThe Organization for International Investment (OFII) recently announced Jonathan Samford as its new Communications Director.

Samford brings nearly a decade of experience in the implementation of traditional and online communication strategies targeting national, state and local media.

Samford joins OFII from the office of U.S. Congressman Tim Griffin (R-AR), where he served as Communications Director. Previously, Samford was Deputy Press Secretary for U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). In his new role, Samford will lead OFII’s communications efforts in advocating for global companies that invest in America, which employ 5.6 million Americans and add $736 billion annually to the U.S. economy. (PF tipster)

August 12, 2013

Crosson Moves from Capitol Hill to the Consumer Bankers Association

Thomas CrossonToday is Thomas Crosson’s first day as Director of Media Relations and Communications for the Consumer Bankers Association.

For the past two years and eight months Crosson was Communications Director for Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH).

He is a Purdue University graduate.  (PF tipster)

June 09, 2013

Remainders: Items We Missed

Sorry we missed youCatching up on some important flack items we missed:

  • Justin DeJong is the new Vice President, Editorial and Channel Strategy at the American Medical Association.  He was the Director of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, overseeing media relations for the third largest federal department, including for First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative.  DeJong is a veteran of the 2008 Obama campaign and former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley’s office.
  • Todd Winer is the new Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID).  He previously worked for U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and as a speechwriter for former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX).
  • White House flack Clark Stevens is the new Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  Stevens was an Assistant White House Press Secretary and from 2009-2010 was first Press Secretary at FEMA, then at DHS.  He previously worked on the 2008 Obama campaign and 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee.
  • Former Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director for U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) Jennifer Hoelzer launched an LA-based public affairs firm, IOC Strategies, Inc.  Hoelzer has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School and has consulted on the HBO series, “Veep.”  She previously worked for U.S. Reps. Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Sanford Bishop (D-GA) and as a writer/producer for The McLaughlin Group.

May 21, 2013

JOB OF THE WEEK: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Director, Communications and Strategy

U.S. Chamber logoOVERVIEW: Serve as a strategic communications partner for U.S. Chamber departments, affiliates, and programs. 

RESPONSIBILITIES: Work with a portfolio of internal customers, establishing relationships with these clients and meeting with them regularly to understand and help deliver their objectives; draft and execute long-term strategic plans around the clients’ needs, including advertising, marketing, digital, Web, and media; provide full-service and integrated communications support; lead the implementation of key advocacy campaigns; identify opportunities to leverage the Chamber’s online and communications properties to support clients’ strategic agenda; and work cross-divisionally to ensure consistent U.S. Chamber branding and message effectiveness. 

REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor’s degree and 8+ years’ related experience in progressively responsible positions in a trade association or agency; experience working on complex political and business issues and developing unified messages; strong project management; excellent written and verbal communications skills; creative self-starter; ability to multitask under tight deadlines; strong organizational skills; the ability to effectively interact with senior-level executives and outside contacts and vendors; and proficiency in MS Office products. PR agency experience a plus. 

TO APPLY: Visit this link.  (PF tipster)

May 20, 2013

JOB OF THE WEEK: Edison Electric Institute, Media Relations Representative

EEI logoEdison Electric Institute has an opportunity for a Media Relations Representative.

The Media Relations Representative will provide daily support for EEI’s news products and monitor industry-related developments. Other responsibilities include handling routine media inquiries, researching industry and media issues, approving Web-site content, responding to member questions, providing meeting support, and assisting with budgeting.

The job requires a bachelor’s degree and at least one year of applicable experience in the communications, public relations, or journalism field, or press-related experience on Capitol Hill or in a trade association, PR agency, corporation, or government office. Energy experience is desired but not mandatory.

The successful candidate will have excellent written and oral communication skills and a basic understanding of the public-policy process. The ability to juggle complex tasks under deadline pressure is essential.

TO APPLY: Send your résumé, writing sample, and cover letter, including salary requirements, to [email protected].  (PF reporting)

March 25, 2013

Hoplin joins Pawlenty at FSR

Eric HoplinFirst reported by Politico’s Influence, Eric Hoplin began as the new VP of communications and organizational strategy at the Financial Services Roundtable, where he will be advising CEO and President Tim Pawlenty on how to best "define, implement and communicate" the association's goals.

Hoplin was most recently at Booz Allen Hamilton, and previously was Deputy Chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota and President of the College Republican National Committee.

He earned an undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College and Master's degrees from Augsburg College and Columbia University.  (Politico’s “Influence”)

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