People News in Brief (October 2, 2006)
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People News in Brief (October 2, 2006)

Elisabeth Elman Feldman and Brent Burkhardt have been promoted to senior vice president in the public relations division of Baltimore advertising agency TBC.

Paul Holmes

BALTIMORE—Elisabeth Elman Feldman and Brent Burkhardt have been promoted to senior vice president in the public relations division of Baltimore advertising agency TBC. In addition to managing the firm's New York office, Feldman provides hands-on public relations counsel for the Singapore Tourism Board, the Gaylord Hotels brand and properties and ResortQuest, the world’s largest vacation rental company. She also oversees the teams responsible for Niagara Tourism & Convention Corporation and the FDNY Stephen Siller Let Us Do Good Children’s Foundation. Burkhardt, based in Baltimore, led the TBC teams that created Dazzling Diamonds, an exhibit of rare diamonds that toured the country in celebration of Harrah’s Casinos’ Diamond anniversary and Mobile Graceland, a nationwide tour of Elvis Presley artifacts that commemorated the 25th anniversary of Presley’s death. For the past eight years, Burkhardt has overseen effort on behalf of the Singapore Tourism Board.

NEW YORK—Following the recent addition of Ryan Barr as senior vice president and director of investor relations and financial communications for Hill & Knowlton’s New York office, the group has expanded with the addition of five new professionals. Suzanne Beckmann has joined as an account supervisor from Robert Marston Corporate Communications. Ann Mangold joins as a senior account executive; Jessica Anderson as account executive; Tiffany Chan and Christine Vu as assistant account executives.

DENVER—Breanna Peters of JohnstonWells Public Relations has been promoted to senior associate. She will continue her work with clients, including McStain Neighborhoods, Qwest Communications, Monarch Center for Family Healing and SkyDex.

BOSTON—Morrissey & Company has added Aimee Charest as associate. Charest brings a background that includes editorial work at INC magazine in Boston, Domino magazine in New York, and A World of Dreams magazine in Paris and media relations experience at the Center for the Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology, where she worked as a communications assistant.

BOSTON—Bell Pottinger USA, the American subsidiary of the British strategic public relations firm Bell Pottinger, has added two new employees: Tom Nadolski comes to BPUSA from CoreBrand, a global brand consultancy, and Jessica Francisco, who brings both non-profit and agency public relations experience to the firm.

NASHVILLE, TN—Gish Sherwood & Friends, a Nashville-based advertising agency, has hired Samantha Owens as an account manager in its public relations department. Prior to joining GS&F, Owens worked with St. Thomas and Ray Bell Construction Company, as the marketing and public relations manager. In addition, the firm has promoted Rick Lewis to account executive and Tabitha Pittman to assistant a/e.

DALLAS—Publicis Dialog has promoted Kari Streiber to vice president. In her new role, Streiber will head up the team serving new client Mango Mobile, a mobile marketing technology firm, as well as existing clients in consumer health care and hospitality. She will also play an increased role in new business development efforts.

ANN ARBOR, MI—Affinia Group, a leader in the on- and off-highway replacement parts and service industry , has named Mark Trinske director of investor, public and government relations. He will serve as the primary liaison between senior management and the financial community and will be responsible for managing the flow of key financial information between Affinia, its investors and the broader financial community.
  Prior to joining Affinia, Trinske served as vice president of investor relations for ProQuest Company, an Ann Arbor publisher of information and solutions for the education, automotive and power equipment markets. Earlier he worked at Metzger Associates in Boulder, Colorado.

RYE, NY—The Institute for Advanced Medical Education has hired Linda Martin as editorial director. Most recently, Martin was director of public relations for the American Red Cross in Westchester County where she was a member of the communications team during the turbulent post-9/11 period.
   Martin will be responsible for overseeing editorial content in all of IAMEs print and electronic publications, including the IAME website. She will also manage the rollout of four sister websites covering stroke, breast disease, cardiovascular imaging and 3D ultrasound imaging.

PITTSBURGH—Ten United has named Alexandra Kelley director of corporate communications, responsible for all corporate media relations initiatives. Kelley also helps to oversee the agency’s corporate marketing efforts and fosters internal communications.

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