Agency News in Brief (February 8, 2010)
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Agency News in Brief (February 8, 2010)

ABS Nautical Systems has named Hill & Knowlton its official agency of record for communications, plus new business at Weber Shandwick, Greentarget, Merritt Group, Laidlaw Group, and Fish Consulting.

Paul Holmes

HOUSTON—ABS Nautical Systems has named Hill & Knowlton its official agency of record for communications.  The account will be led out of the Houston office where the company is based. ABS Nautical Systems is a fast-growing provider of integrated fleet management software for the maritime industry.


MINNEAPOLIS—The Minneapolis-St. Paul office of Weber Shandwick has selected Partners for Violence Prevention, an organization dedicated to promoting peace, reducing the incidence and impact of violence and building the capacity for violence prevention in the community, as its pro bono client for 2010. In the past year, PVP has directly served more than 9,000 people through a variety of programs in the areas of youth development and school support, educational training, community education and awareness, and facilitation/coordination.


NEW YORK—Greentarget has been appointed by two companies, C/G Electrodes, a global manufacturer in the steel industry, and CAM Technologies, an industrial controls company, to provide strategic public relations counsel and program.

RESTON, VA—Merritt Group has added Vangent and Critical Information Network to its government practice. Vangent, a global provider of information management and strategic business process services, will work with Merritt Group to drive communications and public relations initiatives that raise its brand awareness and advance services and business with the U.S. federal government; CiNet delivers eLearning and workplace training solutions to customers in the public safety, healthcare and industrial operations amd will look to Merritt Group to design and execute communications and marketing campaigns that help raise the company’s profile amongst police officers, firefighters, emergency medical responders.


BOSTON—Laidlaw Group added Waves of Gratitude Jewelry & Apparel and Kristin Paton Interiors to its client roster at the end of last year and in the first month of 2010 has added Novations Group and Smith Dentistry.


FT. LAUDERDALEFish Consulting has added new clients Jiffy Lube International, Checkers Drive-In Restaurants and Maid Brigade to its franchising portfolio. Fish also works with franchising industry clients including Dunkin’ Donuts, Baskin-Robbins, Edible Arrangements and Sylvan Learning.

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