August 24, 2014

Kirby Departs Hastings’ Office for IPAA

Neal KirbyNeal Kirby, Press Secretary for Congressman Doc Hastings (R-WA), the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, announced he is leaving after five and a half years to become Manager of Public Affairs and Communications at the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA).

He is a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi and a native of Mandeville, LA. (PF tipster)

July 28, 2014

BRT Promotes Boulanger to Senior Vice President of Communications

Business Roundtable LogoBusiness Roundtable President John Engler announced that Jessica Boulanger has been named Senior Vice President of Communications. Boulanger joined the Roundtable in October 2012 as Vice President of Communications.

In her new role, Boulanger will lead all of the Business Roundtable communications strategy, including directing the association’s media relations, digital outreach, advertising and member communications efforts.

Since joining Business Roundtable, Boulanger has been integral in advancing the Roundtable’s campaign for comprehensive tax reform, has positioned the Roundtable as a leader on immigration reform, and led communications for workforce and education issues at the state and national levels. She has also shaped the association’s digital media strategy and oversaw the redesign of its website.

Before joining Business Roundtable, Boulanger served for four years as vice president at New Media Strategies, a Washington, DC-based online marketing firm, where she worked to integrate digital strategy into public affairs campaigns for some of the nation’s leading industries. Prior to that, Boulanger worked on Capitol Hill for House Republican leaders, including four years as press secretary to then-House Majority Whip, now Senator, Roy Blunt (R-MO) and stints in the press shops of then-Conference Chairman Deborah Pryce (R-OH) and Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-TX).

Her experience also includes communications director for the National Republican Congressional Committee, a regional press secretary for the Republican National Committee, and head of communications for Progress for America. Earlier in her career, Boulanger worked at Prism Public Affairs and Robinson, Lerer & Montgomery in New York City. Boulanger earned a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University.  (PF tipster)

May 12, 2014

Alety Departs FSR for Rep. Royce

Saat AletySaat Alety, the Digital Media Manager for Financial Services Roundtable (FSR), started Monday as Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA).

He previously worked as Nevada Digital Director for the Romney presidential campaign and U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL).

He’s a 2010 graduate of Loyola University of Chicago.  (PF tipster)

May 05, 2014

Elmore Moves from AAFA to ACI-NA as VP Comms & Marketing

Scott ElmorePer Politico’s “Influence,” Scott Elmore has left the American Apparel & Footwear Association, where he has served since 2009 as Senior Director, Communications and Marketing, to become the Vice President of Communications and Marketing for Airports Council International – North America (ACI-NA).  He starts Monday.

He previously worked in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and for U.S. Rep. Ric Keller (R-FL).

He earned a Master’s in Mass Communication from the University of Central Florida in 2008 and a Bachelor’s in History and Communication from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 2005.  (Politico’s “Influence” & PF reporting)

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)

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