Industry News In Brief (February 18, 2013)
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Industry News In Brief (February 18, 2013)

A new member for PROI; new public affairs firms in Tallahassee and New York; and a travel PR industry veteran passes.

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MINNEAPOLIS—PROI Worldwide, a leading partnership of independently owned marketing and communications agencies, has added Gage as a partner to represent PROI’s interests in Minneapolis and Minnesota. Founded in 1992, Gage is a digitally-driven integrated marketing and communications agency with 125 employees and US$30 million in billings. Services include interactive, promotion, games management, loyalty, social media, mobile, public relations and marketing automation. Its clients include some of the world’s most recognized and respected brands, such as 3M, Best Buy, BMW, Coca-Cola, Thomson Reuters, United Health Group, Walmart and Microsoft.

TALLAHASSEE, FL— Chuck Cliburn, most recently senior vice president for Xerox Services, where he served as the state client executive for Florida, has launched New Capitol Consulting, a governmental business development consulting and lobbying firm that specializes in helping companies in the information technology industry do business with Florida government. Prior to joining ACS/Xerox in 2005, Cliburn spent more than 20 years with Unisys, most of it in Tallahassee. The new firm will have a strategic business alliance with Barney Bishop Consulting, a strategic public affairs firm also based in Tallahassee.

NEW YORK— Veteran political operatives Barry Caro, Brad Gerstman, Jeff Guillot, and Alex Voetsch have partnered together to form a new political consulting firm, Millennial Strategies. The firm will have offices in New York, Albany, and Long Island and will serve political and non-profit clients. “We are extremely excited about the opportunity to help elect a new generation of progressive leaders and help champion ideas worthy of support,” says Guillot.

NEW YORK—Robert “Bob” Finch Miller, editorial director at travel public relations specialist M Silver Associates for the past 22 years, died suddenly of a heart attack on January 28. He was 68. Miller began his career as a manager of trade media relations for the American Society of Travel Agents and later reported on the travel industry for publications including Travel + Leisure and Christian Science Monitor. He is survived by his wife, Carol, his three children, Benjamin, Emma Rose, and Timmy, and three grandchildren, Megan, Jack, and Lindsay.

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