May 19, 2015

FleishmanHillard Hires Naylor, Roth

FleishmanHillard today announced that Administration, campaign and Capitol Hill veteran Nathan Naylor and public affairs specialist Caroline Roth joined the firm’s public affairs practice in Washington, D.C.

Nathan NaylorNaylor comes to FleishmanHillard after serving as the Vice President for Global Communications at BSA|The Software Alliance and leading Public Affairs and Communications at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Naylor is a former Communications Director for U.S. Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and a former Assistant Press Secretary to Vice President Al Gore.  He is also a veteran of the Presidential Advance office and has led teams both nationally and internationally on behalf of then President Clinton, First Lady Clinton and Vice President and Mrs. Gore.

He is a graduate of American University.

Caroline RothRoth comes to FleishmanHillard from Rasky Baerlien|Prism and previously worked on Capitol Hill for then Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (R-IL) and served as a staff writer for National Journal’s Hotline.

She earned her master’s degree from the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management in 2010 while clerking for the public relations team at BGR Group.  She began her career as a communications specialist for the DuPage County Board in Wheaton, IL.  (PF tipster)

May 07, 2015

JOB OF THE WEEK: Mercury, Director/Vice President – Public Relations (International Division)

Mercury logoMercury, a leading bipartisan public strategy firm, is seeking a public relations specialist for its Washington, D.C. office, working predominantly on international accounts. The role would focus on developing and executing public relations strategies, including media pitching/securing media placements, message development, and crisis communication. The role will require someone who is able to work long and at times unusual hours and to occasionally travel internationally without advanced warning.

About the ideal candidate:

-S/he should have 5+ years of experience working in PR and media relations

-S/he should be able to balance multiple accounts, including building strong working relationships with client leadership

-S/he should be highly organized, results-driven, a self-starter, and capable of working under pressure

-S/he should work well as part of a team

-S/he should have relationships with key members of the media or other influencers, and should be able to expand that network/build new relationships as needed

-S/he should have proven ability to secure prominent media coverage on behalf of clients

-S/he should have strong writing skills

-S/he should have a background or strong interest in international relations and/or foreign policy

About the firm: Mercury is a high-stakes, bipartisan public strategy firm, providing a comprehensive suite of services that includes: public affairs, government relations, international consulting, digital influence, public opinion research, media strategy and a grassroots/grasstops network in all 50 states. Mercury has offices in Washington, D.C., New York, California, and 10 other locations across the U.S.

TO APPLY: Send resume and cover letter to internationaljobs14@gmail.com. Please include position in the subject line.  (PF tipster)

April 05, 2015

Communications Vet Sadosky Joins Forbes-Tate, will Start PR Practice

Jeff SadoskyPolitico’s “Daily Influence” first reported that Jeff Sadosky is joining lobby firm Forbes-Tate as Senior Vice President.

Sadosky is a former Communications Director for U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) and was most recently serving as a Managing Director of the Biotechnological Industry Organization.

Sadosky worked on the 2004 Bush-Cheney reelection campaign, for U.S. Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH), as Communications Director for the Republican Party of Florida, on U.S. Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) 2008 presidential campaign and as Communications Director for U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX).

Politico reported that Sadosky will “service the firm's government relations clients,” while also “building the firm’s communications and public affairs practice.”

He graduated from James Madison University in 2000 and is a native of Huntington Beach, CA.  (Politico’s “Influence” & PF reporting)

Hainen Named Vice President at Vox Global

Kristen HainenBipartisan public affairs and strategic communications firm VOX Global has hired Kristen Hainen as a vice president in the agency’s Washington, D.C. headquarters.

Prior to joining VOX Global, Hainen was a Communications Director for LMG, Inc., where she managed and developed media strategies for clients in aerospace, technology, entertainment and defense.

Prior to her time at LMG, Inc., Hainen worked on several political campaigns and in Congressional offices developing communications strategies for candidates and elected officials in key battleground states including Colorado, Nevada and Virginia.  She has served as spokesperson, communications director and campaign manager for several campaigns.

Hainen is a graduate of Rockhurst University and received her Master’s in Political Management from George Washington University.  (PF tipster)

September 08, 2014

DCI Group adds Zurn as Vice President of Digital Strategies

Suzanne ZurnStrategic public affairs and global issues firm DCI Group announced their recent hire of Suzanne Zurn as Vice President of Digital Strategies.

Zurn brings 20 years of experience using digital and social media to identify, recruit and engage stakeholders on public policy issues.

Zurn joins DCI Group as the firm continues to expand its digital practice. Zurn and Mark Szalay, Vice President of Technology, will head up DCI Group’s growing technology and digital offerings, moving client thinking past traditional public relations channels and generating powerful online grassroots and media campaigns.

Over the past two decades, Zurn has developed an expertise in public affairs campaigns through positions spanning the advocacy, agency and political communities. Zurn comes to DCI Group from The Prosper Group where she was general manager. Zurn’s digital campaigns have earned her many accolades including a Public Relations Society of America’s Silver Anvil for best nonprofit public affairs campaign. She currently co-teaches the Digital Strategy course at the GWU Graduate School of Political Management and is a former board member at Women in Government Relations.

Zurn earned a Master of Arts degree in Political Management from The George Washington University, and graduated cum laude from Washburn University with a bachelor’s in political science and communications. (PF tipster)

September 01, 2014

JOB OF THE WEEK: Mercury Public Affairs, Director / Vice President, Public Relations (Washington, DC)

Mercury logoPosition: Director / Vice President – Public Relations, International Division

Description: Mercury, a leading bipartisan public strategy firm, is seeking a sharp, driven, team-oriented strategist for its international team in the public relations division. The position will center on issues management and overarching strategy and messaging development as well as pitching press for all international clients.

The ideal candidate should be able to:

-Oversee multiple existing client accounts, including building strong working relationships with client leadership

-Develop connections with key media and other influencers

The ideal candidate should be knowledgeable regarding:

-Traditional and digital public relations

-Project management, including the creation and execution of communications plans

-International relations and current foreign policy issues

-Experience pitching press

The ideal candidate should have:

-5-8 years of professional experience, particularly work in an agency setting

-A bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism political science or international relations. Master’s degree in related field is a plus.

-An outgoing, outsized personality, with the desire to constantly build upon existing and create new relationships with media and secure media placements

About the firm: Mercury is a high-stakes, bipartisan public strategy firm, providing a comprehensive suite of services that includes: public affairs, federal government relations, international consulting, digital influence, public opinion research, media strategy and a grassroots/grasstops network in all 50 states. The firm has an established national presence, with offices in Washington, DC, New York, California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida and North Carolina.

TO APPLY: Send resume and cover letter to internationaljobs14@gmail.com.  Please include position in the subject line.  (PF tipster)

March 13, 2014

JOB(S) OF THE WEEK: SKDKnickerbocker, Senior Associate & Vice President

SKDKnickerbocker logoSKDKnickerbocker, a leading Democratic strategic communications firm, is looking for Senior Associate and Vice President candidates to join its rapidly expanding public affairs team in Washington, D.C.

Ideal candidates must have:

  • Previous experience working on Capitol Hill and political campaigns, in public affairs firms, for advocacy groups, and/or in journalism.
  • A proven track record of placing national print and broadcast stories.
  • A clear understanding of social media strategies for communications campaigns.
  • The ability to handle multiple assignments.
  • Strong research and writing skills.

Ideal Senior Associate candidates have 3 to 5 years of relevant experience beating deadlines, drafting great copy and anticipating the next step.

Vice President candidates have 5 to 7 years of experience that includes leading teams, managing clients and/or directing communications campaigns. We are looking for leaders who thrive off of the campaign war room pace and are focused on winning our clients’ Election Days.

This employer is an equal opportunity employer with a strong dedication to diversity.

TO APPLY: If you want to join our team of smart, amazing PR pros, send your resume to us: Jobs@skdknick.com. (PF tipster)

February 01, 2014

PR Firms Rasky Baerlein and Prism Merge

Rasky Baerlin logoRasky Baerlein Strategic Communications, Inc. (RBSC) and Prism Public Affairs announced today that they are merging two of the leading, independent public affairs firms in the country. 

Prism logoThe new firm will offer an expanded suite of services combining RBSC’s reputation management, corporate communications and bipartisan government relations capabilities with Prism’s experience in public affairs, crisis and litigation communications.  RBSC and Prism’s senior strategists boast subject matter expertise in financial services, energy, healthcare, life sciences, higher education, defense, technology and telecommunications, which is matched with knowledge of an ever-changing political, legislative and regulatory landscape.

The firms will also combine their leading-edge digital public affairs and communications services. 

The combined entity will include operations in both Boston and Washington, D.C., with a team of 55 professionals and will ultimately be known as Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications.  During the transition period, it will operate in Washington, D.C. as Rasky Baerlein|Prism and will be managed by the senior team of Mr. Leibach, Prism’s Co-Founder and Managing Director Amanda Deaver, and David Tamasi, senior vice president of Rasky Baerlein.

Combined revenue for 2013 stands at approximately $15 million, making RBSC one of the top 25 independent public relations firms in the country by revenue.  Prism’s current partners – Dale Leibach, Amanda Deaver and Rex Granum – will join the Rasky Baerlein partnership, which recently announced the addition of George Cronin, Justine Griffin and Jim Cabot to the long-time RBSC partnership of Joe Baerlein, Ann Carter and Larry Rasky.

Rasky and Leibach enjoy a long history, having worked together on presidential and congressional campaigns.  (PF tipster)

VOX Global Hires Communications Vet Maine

Holly MaineVOX Global, a bipartisan public affairs and strategic communications firm, has hired Holly Maine as Senior Vice President in the agency’s Washington, D.C. headquarters, where she will advise Fortune 500 clients on new ways to increase their efficiency when executing digital campaigns.

Prior to joining VOX, Holly was a Senior Account Executive and Regional Director with Centro, where she worked with numerous public affairs firms and advertising agencies to design and execute innovative digital campaigns.

During her tenure with Centro, Holly worked with clients to create digital strategies designed to mobilize and persuade voters, raise brand or issue awareness and drive sales revenue for consumer clients. Holly began her career as an Advertising Director at National Journal. Her work there included multi-platform selling and creating integrated advertising campaigns for Fortune 100 companies.

Holly graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a Bachelor of Arts in American Government and Politics.

Holly joins VOX Global’s Digital Public Affairs practice group, joining VOX’s leading experts on digital campaign strategy. This team brings experience and insight to organizations interested in more effectively utilizing strategic communications to achieve their missions.  (PF tipster)

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)

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