Governor's Former PR Chief Joins Pennsylvania PR Firm
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Governor's Former PR Chief Joins Pennsylvania PR Firm

Tim Reeves, press secretary and director of communications to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, is joining one of the state’s largest communications agencies, the Neiman Group as president of its public relations division.

Paul Holmes

  HARRISBURG, August 24—Tim Reeves, press secretary and director of communications to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, is joining one of the state’s largest communications agencies, the Neiman Group as president of its public relations division, Neiman Communications, and a member of the parent company’s executive committee.
 
Neiman Group is an integrated communications agency with 39 employees and $32 million in capitalized billings. Its public relations division has 10 employees.
 
“Tim Reeves could have gone anywhere,” says agency founder and CEO Steven Neiman. He pointed out that Governing magazine recently singled out Reeves for the magazine’s cover story. The story called Reeves “one of the most consistently effective image makers in any state government in the country.”
 
Reeves has served as press secretary to the Governor since the Ridge Administration began in January 1995. Since August 1997 he has also served as director of communications. Prior to joining Ridge, Reeves was a reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
 
According to Tony May, Neiman Group executive vice president and himself a former communications advisor to two Pennsylvania governors. “We’ve been building Neiman Communications to be the premier public affairs firm in the state. With Tim Reeves leading the team, I think we can legitimately lay undisputed claim to that title.”
 
The agency’s billings have tripled in the past four years, as it has evolved from a local advertising company to an integrated communications agency with regional and national clients. Recent new clients won through brisk competitions include Sheetz Convenience Stores, Fulton Bank, Capital Blue Cross and the National Civil War Museum.
 
Says Reeves, “My charge from my Neiman partners -- Steven, Tony, Frank Coleman and Rudy Banny—is this simple: to make Neiman Communications the undisputed leader in issue and crisis management, and corporate and consumer public relations in Pennsylvania and the mid-Atlantic region. And that's exactly what we're going to set out to do. I can't wait to get started.”
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