People News in Brief (March 24, 2008)
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Holmes Report

People News in Brief (March 24, 2008)

New people in new positions at Morrissey & Company, Current Life, Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Dresner Corporate Services.

Paul Holmes

BOSTON—April Wildermuth, former deputy press secretary for Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (D-Mass.), has joined Morrissey & Company as its newest associate. While working with Congressman Lynch, Wildermuth maintained the congressman’s official website, arranged interviews with national and local media, drafted speeches and opinion pieces, and wrote press releases. 


CHICAGOCurrent Lifestyle Marketing has named Darrell Jursa vice president, specializing in word of mouth and influencer outreach. Jursa was most recently director of marketing at Goose Island Brewery. He also ran his own WOM agency for six years with top-tier beverage clients including Coca-Cola, Pabst Blue Ribbon and other spirits. He began his career working in the advertising agency world as an account director at Foote Cone & Belding, and later as a vice president for Omnicom’s digital media agency Red Sky Interactive.


PASADENA, CAThe Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau has appointed John Kearns as director of communications. Kearns will oversee the PCVB’s public relations efforts and e-marketing strategies to advance the image and awareness of Pasadena. Prior to joining the PCVB, he served as the public relations manager for Wescom Credit Union, the 12th largest credit union in the nation where he managed corporate communications for the company. He has also served in executive positions with Technicolor and public relations agency Manning Selvage and Lee.


CHICAGO—Dresner Corporate Services has promoted David E. Gutierrez to senior vice president, public relations, from vice president, public relations. Gutierrez joined Dresner in 2005 as vice president, public relations and has played a role in expanding the firm's PR services as well as expanding its client roster. Prior to joining Dresner, Gutierrez was associate director of public relations for Rhea & Kaiser Marketing Communications.

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