Stoorza President Spelich Departs; Hallisey Promoted
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Stoorza President Spelich Departs; Hallisey Promoted

Less than a year after he was hired as director of public relations, John Spelich is leaving San Diego-based Stoorza Communications for a position with San Diego City Schools.

Paul Holmes

SAN DIEGO—Less than a year after he was hired as director of public relations, John Spelich is leaving San Diego-based Stoorza Communications for a position with San Diego City Schools.
 
The departure of Spelich—who joined Stoorza from Gateway Computers following the resignation of agency president David DePinto—marks the continuation of a tumultuous year for Stoorza, which in July decided to spin off its Sacramento and Riverside offices, as well as its San Diego-based political campaigns and public affairs group.
 
“On behalf of our team, I want to thank John for the energy and creativity that he has put into navigating us through rough waters in 2001,” said Gail Stoorza-Gill, chair and chief executive officer of the firm. “We are sorry to lose him, and we wish him and his family well in his new endeavor.”
 
“Leaving any job is tough, especially when it is a situation that you really care about, but this is a special opportunity that is impossible to pass up,” said Spelich. “I feel confident that Stoorza Communications will continue to prosper because of the solid team of professionals and quality clients currently in place.”
 
To strengthen its leadership team in the wake of the latest departure, the firm has named David Hallisey senior vice president with overall day-to-day responsibility for the firm. Hallisey joined Stoorza in 1997. During his tenure at Stoorza, he has directed award-winning campaigns for clients in a variety of industries, including technology, health care and financial services. Clients have included Scripps Clinic, St. Bernard Software, Fluor Corp., Gateway and HNC Software, among others.
“David is a very skilled and well-respected communicator who has headed our successful technology and corporate communications practice for the past year,” Stoorza-Gill said.  “In this new role, David will be able to build on the momentum we have acquired this year and will enable us to roll into 2002 with a lot of energy and excitement.”
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