Agency People News in Brief (May 26, 2008)
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Agency People News in Brief (May 26, 2008)

CRT/tanaka adds three in New York, plus new people in new roles at Hart-Boillot, DW Turner, Carmichael Lynch Spong, Beckerman PR, Coyne Public Relations, and Rousso/Fisher.

Paul Holmes

NEW YORK—CRT/tanaka has added three new hires in its New York office, including Pia Mara Finkell, who has been hired as an associate vice president in the agency’s consumer practice. Finkell brings a background in wine and food public relations to CRT/tanaka and will be working with clients such as Wines from Rioja (Spain). Prior to joining the agency, she was the North American spokesperson and brand manager for Louis Bernard Winery at Boisset America. The firm also added Gabrielle Maple and Genevieve Gaddy as account executives.


WALTHAM, MA—Hart-Boillot, an advertising and public relations agency specializing in medical, clean-tech, high-technology and educational markets, has named Dawn Sullivan as managing director of public relations. Sullivan joins Hart-Boillot from Schwartz Communications, and will be charged with growing the company's public relations practice.


ALBUQUERQUE, NM—DW Turner, a full-service public relations, public affairs and strategic communications firms, has hired J. Barry Bitzer as senior vice president. Bitzer’s job will include developing new corporate and client partnerships, creating new business opportunities and managing the day-to-day business of the firm. Prior to joining DW Turner, Bitzer served as chief of staff for Albuquerque Mayor Martin J. Chávez. He has worked as deputy secretary of the New Mexico Human Services Department and director of Child Support Enforcement; deputy superintendent and communications director of the state’s Regulation & Licensing Department; Washington, D.C. director and press secretary for the late Congressman Steve Schiff; and communications director for Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.


MINNEAPOLIS—Kelley Shoemaker has been named director of operations at Carmichael Lynch Spong, based out of the Minneapolis office. Shoemaker, who brings 13 years of experience in the financial field to the agency, will manage financial operations. She was previously the director of finance and human resources at Ultra Creative in Minneapolis. Prior to that, Shoemaker was a senior financial analyst at the Minneapolis office of Fleishman-Hillard.


BEDMINSTER, NJ—Beckerman Public Relations has promoted Fred Feiner to vice president. Feiner joined the firm in April, 2007, as an account supervisor and has 20 years of media relations experience, with particular expertise in environmental, healthcare and real estate development communications. He previously served as communications director for the Far Hills-based New Jersey Conservation Foundation. The firm has also hired Suzanne Kimelman as vice president and head of the residential division. She joins from a position as assistant vice president at Coyne Public Relations and previously worked at MWW Group.


PARSIPPANY, NJ—Coyne Public Relations has hired Mark Martin as chief financial and administrative officer to help strengthen its operational infrastructure. Martin brings over 20 years of PR and advertising agency experience and joins Coyne PR after spending 14 years at Manhattan based PR firm Makovsky & Company.  Prior to that, he worked within the Dentsu, Young & Rubicam network and began his career at Touche Ross & Co.


LOS ANGELES—Rousso/Fisher Public Relations has hired Carl Larsen as vice president of publicity. Working closely with agency principal, RJ Rousso, Larsen will not only help grow RFPR’s client base but also increase the capabilities of the Los Angeles office and oversee the publicity department. Larsen brings to RFPR more than eight years of experience in public relations and marketing communications. Prior to RFPR, Larsen spent close to five years at JS2 Communications, most recently as an account supervisor and senior media specialist.

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