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H-P NAMES PR TRIO FOR $40M
Hewlett-Packard has officially
consolidated its $40 million worldwide PR account at Burson-Marsteller,
Hill & Knowlton and Porter Novelli, completing an overhaul
of its communications strategy that was triggered by finalizing
its acquisition of Compaq Computer last May.
Tim Marklein, director
of corporate media relations, said H-P last August invited
a dozen firms to pitch the account. Seven firms were ultimately
considered for the account, including Applied Comms., Weber
Shandwick, The Hoffman Agency and Golin/Harris International.
B-M, which had handled
Sun Microsystems and IBM's PR business, assumes H-P's enterprise
systems and services groups.
H&K, which had worked
for Compaq, will continue to handle the personal systems
group. The shop has added corporate communications duties.
PN retains command of H-P's flagship imaging and printing
Marklein noted that the
combined H-P/Compaq entity dealt with more than 100 PR firms
worldwide. He feels the consolidation will enable H-P to
"leverage its communications dollars."
SAUDI ARABIA ADDS TO PR FIREPOWER
Saudi Arabia has given the lobbying firm, headed by the
former national finance co-chairman of the George W. Bush
for President committee, an $840K government relations and
trade development contract.
Former Texas Republican Congressman Tom Loeffler, founder
of Loeffler Jonas & Tuggey, also served as Texas co-chairman
of Bush for President (1988) and was national advisor to
the 1992 Bush-Quayle White House run. He also worked in
the Reagan Administration, serving as principal coordinator
for Central America.
LJ&T is based in San Antonio, and has offices in Austin
and Washington, D.C. Its contract with the Royal Embassy
calls for LJ&T to establish and maintain "close
working relationships" with key members of Congress,
the Administration and "quasi-governmental and non-governmental
The firm reports to Adel Al-Jubeir, the Saudi spokesperson
who doubles as foreign policy advisor to Crown Prince Abdullah.
The Kingdom spent $14.6 million for ad/PR services at Qorvis
Communications during the six-month period ended Sept. 30.
F-H PICKS UP $1M POTATO BOARD
Fleishman-Hillard has picked up the nearly $1 million U.S.
Potato Promotion Board account from Omnicom sister agency
Ketchum, according to John Segale, senior VP and GM of F-H's
Sacramento office, which will handle the account.
"Our goal is to increase usage and encourage consumption"
of spuds, he told this website.
The F-H account team headed by Susan Mesick will do consumer
PR, media relations, special events, nutritional outreach
and Hispanic communications for the Board. Segale added
that the shop is to carve out new consumer niches for potatoes,
such as "empty nesters" who are prime targets
of new and smaller packaging of potatoes.
Asked whether F-H will tackle childhood obesity concerns
relating to children eating too many french fries, Segale
said that may be an issue handled somewhere down the road
by the Omnicom unit.
F-H's offices in Miami, St. Louis and Washington, D.C.,
also will deliver the potato pitch.
Ketchum retains the Board's foodservice PR.
US AIRWAYS GETS CHAPTER 11
US Airways has hired Burson-Marsteller's lobbying wing
BKSH & Assocs. and its well-connected chairman Charlie
Black as its Washington, D.C., representative.
The Arlington, Va.-based airline has issued a "fast-track"
voluntary plan that it hopes will enable it to emerge from
Chapter 11 in March.
That restructuring program is contingent upon US Airways
receiving final approval for $1 billion in loan guarantees
from the Air Transportation Stabilization Board, plus a
raft of cost-cutting initiatives from its rank and file.
The nation's No. 7 airline eyes a Jan. 16 hearing at the
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
to rule on the adequacy of its reorganization plan.
Black was an advisor to former Presidents Reagan and Bush,
and most recently a damage control spokesman for ex-Majority
Leader Trent Lott.
He is assisted on the US Airways account by M.B. Oglesby,
who was a chief of staff at the Office of the U.S. Trade
Representative, and Jeffrey Weiss, who counts transition
PR for John Ashcroft's ascension to the Attorney General
position among his career highlights.
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MORGAN FIRES QUOTED EMPLOYEE
Morgan Stanley has fired
another employee ostensibly for being quoted in the press.
Anthony Feld, 32, an equity
salesperson for Morgan, was quoted in the Wall Street
Journal in November 2002 about his fondness for $3,800
tailored suits. The article was about the buying habits
of well-to-do consumers.
According to sources quoted
by the New York Post Dec. 29, Feld was "promptly
canned" by Morgan.
A Morgan spokesperson
confirmed that Feld left the firm and also that the Morgan
"Code of Conduct" has a statement forbidding employees
from using the company name to media without permission
of the corporate communications department.
The spokesperson said
individual employee matters are confidential and would not
comment specifically about Feld.
A similar story about
Morgan appeared in the Oct. 20, 1997 New York Times.
Philip G. Potter, a security
analyst at Morgan, told the Times he was an "uber-consumer"
who bought $800 suits and had a $3,500 watch. The next day
he was fired, said the NYT.
An unidentified spokesperson
at Morgan confirmed the firing was related to the article,
according to the NYT. It quoted the Morgan code as saying:
"You should not be identified as a Morgan Stanley employee
or use the firm's name in any way without first clearing
it with Corporate Communications."
CLS&A WORKS ON PIPELINE
Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter & Assocs. is handling PA
duties for the controversial Transportadora de Gas del Peru
gas pipeline project. Environmentalist and human rights
groups have expressed concerns about the impact construction
of the 400-mile pipeline will have on the Amazon rainforest
and indigenous groups in the region.
TGP is owned by a consortium of energy groups based in
the U.S. (Hunt Oil), Argentina, Peru, Algeria and South
Peter Schechter, a CLS&A partner, heads the TGP account.
He is joined by managing director Maria Cristina Gonzalez
Noguera, who formerly worked at Ted Turner's Better World
Fund and Puerto Rico's Banco Popular, and senior VP Shannon
CLS&A is a unit of Gavin Anderson & Co., which
is owned by Omnicom.
PFIZER'S BAGGER BAGS N.J.
Richard Bagger, who was recently promoted to senior VP/government
relations and public affairs at Pfizer, is resigning as
a New Jersey state senator.
The current deputy Republican whip said he would not have
time for the part-time legislative post and his new job
at Pfizer. He plans to step down Jan. 15.
Bagger, 42, began his political career in Westfield, N.J.,
where he spent eight years as councilman, mayor and planning
board chairman. He served five terms in the Assembly before
winning the Senate seat.
KEAN GOES BACK TO FKH
Marcia Kean has returned to Ogilvy PR Worldwide's Feinstein
Kean Healthcare unit as CEO. She had left the pharmaceutical
and biotechnology operation for a post at Ardais Corp.,
a privately held clinical genomics company.
Kean had been managing director of FKH's corporate communications
practice for a dozen years. Ogilvy CEO Marcia Silverman
asked Kean to return because of her "strong track record
for attracting, growing and retaining executive talent."
Kean also has served as VP-corporate communications at
Damon Corp., and was manager of financial relations at SmithKline
CORPORATE TRUST IS SEMINAR
Mercy College business Prof. Robert Schachat, author of
The Seven Conditions of Trust, will chair an 8 a.m. to 5:30
p.m. conference Jan. 29 at the college's New York building
at 66 W. 35th st. Mercy College is based in Dobbs Ferry,
Registration fee for the event is $795 (914/674-7759; fax:
674-7395; [email protected]).
Schachat has counseled more than 200 businesses worldwide
on trust issues, said Mercy College. He also consults with
Jonathan Herman, partner and chief litigator, Dorsey &
Whitney, will give a luncheon address on complying with
the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. S-O, passed last summer, gives the
Federal government increased powers over corporate behavior
which has largely been subject to state rules and regulations.
Exploring trust issues in a Socratic dialogue will be:
-John Barkat, president, The Ombudsman Assn.
-Robert Fraum, clinical psychologist and executive coach.
-Steve John, head of global organizational effectiveness,
-Frank McCluskey, fire chief and author, Burning for
-Keith Mullin, CEO of Lincolnshire/Mullin & Associates.
-Joyce Newman, The Newman Group.
-Ronald Ries, American Express Tax & Business Services.
-Randy Williams of Redmond, Williams & Associates, and
former ombudsman, American Express.
The afternoon will include hands-on breakout workshops
covering trust assessments, identifying the trust leaders
of an organization, and what it takes to be an effective
"There are few things more important in American business
today than trust," said Schachat.
The Center for Continuing Education at Mercy offers a program
of training, certification and education courses in health
science, law, technology, and workplace issues. Its classes
and seminars are offered at company sites and at Mercy facilities
in Westchester and New York.
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MORE NEWS IN
New York Times, which became the sole owner of the Paris-based
International Herald Tribune on Jan. 2, plans to
increase the paper's news coverage of European and Asian
topics, particularly business.
reached an agreement to buy The Washington Post's
50% stake in the IHT for about $70 million.
of the IHT, which had consisted of mainly articles and editorials
from both papers, will become increasingly from the news
department of the Times in New York.
executive editor of the Times, who will oversee the
news operations of the IHT, said eventually the paper will
become part of the Times' strategy to make its journalism
available in a variety of formats, including local and national
editions, as well as TV, radio and the Internet.
we are moving toward is a kind of integrated New York
Times report that is carried in a variety of media,
including The International Herald Tribune,"
there were no plans for staff changes at the IHT, which
has about 335 employees.
Walter Wells, a former managing editor of the IHT, was named
acting managing editor.
editorials will now be written by Times staff members,
with some done exclusively for the international paper.
senior foreign policy editorial writer, David Unger, is
shifting his hours to provide timely copy for the Paris
most of the content of IHT will be produced by the staff
of the Times, and the international paper's own staff,
the paper will publish fewer articles from The Washington
Post, its former partner, and other papers in the U.S.
A memo to
the foreign staff-signed by Roger Cohen and Glenn Kramon,
who are business editors at the Times in New York-said
the paper will immediately begin a 24-hour news operation
in New York.
is to make the Tribune "fresher and timelier
and therefore more important, and to serve our growing Internet
readership," the memo said.
will also be reinforcing our presence in Europe and Asia,"
and deadlines are being changed to make sure that stories
are filed in time for the IHT.
and business news desks will move to a 24-hour operation
with the appointment of David Rampe as joint overnight editor.
Rampe, a senior editor, will make assignments and be available
for consultation and guidance during the Asian and European
be long-term increases in news staffs in Europe and in Asia.
The Toyko bureau is being reinforced with a third staff
member, and Hong Kong with a second staffer.
looks to hire a number of new stringers, with responsibility
primarily for business coverage elsewhere in Asia, with
an eye toward China and Geneva.
AP MAY RELOCATE
Associated Press may move its headquarters in New
York to a new location when its lease expires in September
The AP, which
has been at 50 Rockefeller Center since 1938, is negotiating
to lease the top three floors of a building at 450 W. 33rd
st., which also houses The New York Daily News.
Mexico City's only
English-language paper, The News, was shut
down on Dec. 31, along with Novedades, its sister
Spanish-language publication, for economic reasons.
The News had been published for 53 years. Novedades
had been around for 65 years.
Co., the McLean, Va.-based publisher of USA Today
as well as 93 other newspapers, may start a cable TV network
that would repackage news generated by its 22 TV stations
across the country.
as the channel would be called, would be aimed at travelers
across the U.S. who want to get news from home.
+ Jahr USA publishing has mailed test copies of
Flash to 500,000 potential subscribers.
which features articles and photos of celebrities, lifestyle
shopping and sex, is targeted at the 20-something market.
editor-in-chief of Fitness, is overseeing the magazine.
news continued on next page)
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PR PRO PICKS
'MOST DUBIOUS STORIES'
"obesity epidemic" was picked by publicist
Alan Caruba as one of the "Most Dubious News Stories
of the Year."
He said the
"drumbeat of news about an 'obesity' epidemic stayed
in the news much of the year.
attack on the fast-food industry was greeted with joy by
trial lawyers, the only people to actually benefit from
idiotic lawsuits," said Caruba.
cited by Caruba included a lawsuit against major chocolate
makers for failing to warn consumers against the alleged
danger of infinitesimal amounts of lead and cadmium; the
Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers'
defense of toxic sludge dumping in the Potomac River on
the grounds it may "actually protect the fish";
Greenpeace's claim that New York and Shanghai among other
coastal cities could be underwater because of the rise in
water levels, and coverage of the International Dark-Sky
Assn.'s efforts to reduce nighttime lighting to "save
the night skies."
PLACEMENT DEAL WITH FOX
Labatt USA brands will be featured in program segments
throughout the year on "Best Damn Sports Show Period,"
which runs five nights per week on the Fox Cable Sports
Jan. 7, the three beer brands-Labatt Blue, Rolling Rock
and Dos Equis-will be featured via signage and in branded
features built into the program. BDSSP talent will do selected
segments of the show each week from a bar. The segment is
called "Labatt USA Bar." Brands will rotate on
a monthly basis.
to on-set nightly branding and positioning visibility, the
Labatt brands will sponsor three weekly BDSSP features focusing
on topical sports highlights.
each weeknight at 8-10 p.m. and repeats at 11:00 p.m.-1
is a blend of sports and comedy with an irreverent tone.
Sports and entertainment celebrities visit in-studio to
discuss the day's topical sports stories with the BDSSP
cast, which includes actor Tom Arnold, former Philadelphia
Phillies first baseman John Kruk, ex-NBA star John Salley
and three-time Super Bowl winner Michael Irvin. Chris Rose
CNN DROPS 'PINNACLE'
CNN has cancelled
"Pinnacle," a weekend business show. Three
or four people who worked on the show were also dropped,
according to the Atlanta-based network.
CNN said Pinnacle will be replaced by another business
Separately, at least three veteran on-air reporters were
cut for economic reasons.
Leaving are Mark Potter, in Miami, Brooks Jackson in Washington,
and Allan Frank, who was a reporter on "Moneyline."
Frank, who won a Gerald Loeb award last year for stories
on the financing of the Sept. 11 attacks, told The Miami
Herald that CNN is "getting rid of anybody whose
contract is up who is not a superstar anchor or a 25-year-old
willing to be paid in Canadian dollars."
Matthew Furman, CNN spokesman, said this is not a "round
of layoffs by any means."
"The company can put any spin on it they want to attempt,"
Frank said. "But if you stay tuned, you will see veteran
CRAINS HIRES THREE FOR N.Y.
editor of Crain's New York Business, has hired the
following staffers: Cynthia
Gold, and Christina
Riggs was appointed special sections editor; Gold is a
general assignment reporter, and Merrill will cover law,
accounting, and telecommunications.
Two current staffers were given new beats to cover. David
said Tom Frederickson, who covers the New York economy,
also will cover the banking beat, replacing Heike Wipperfurth,
who recently left.
Lisa Fickenscher, a general assignment reporter, was assigned
to cover technology, replacing Judy Mussina, who also left
Riggs, who was managing editor of CNYB when she left two
years ago, will rejoin the paper the second week of February.
Gold was previously a senior writer at Institutional
Investor, and Merrill had been a freelancer.
was named editor-in-chief of Renovation Style, a
quarterly magazine that takes readers through the entire
Brandsen was previously editor of Country Gardens
and garden editor for Country Home magazine. She
started at Meredith as an intern at Grandparents magazine
associate editor of Traffic World magazine, was elected
to the 14-member board of governors of the National Press
Club, in Washington, D.C.
VP of FSA PR, in Louisville, Ky., was elected president
of the International Foodservice Editorial Council.
executive editor of Nation's Restaurant News magazine,
in New York, was elected VP; Laura
Yee, food editor of Restaurants and Institutions
magazine, Oak Brook, Ill., was elected secretary, and Don
Odiorne of Idaho Potato Commission, in Boise, was
elected to a second term as treasurer.
IFEC is a 250-member association of foodservice communications
professionals. It is headquartered in Hyde Park, N.Y.
managing editor of CBS News, will address the annual Overseas
Press Club Foundation's scholarship luncheon on Jan. 23
at the Yale Club.
Dr. Michael Guillen,
a former science editor at ABC News, is heading a panel
to determine whether a girl born to an unidentified American
woman is a clone of her mother.
who was editor of Chase's Calendar of Events from
1998 through last year, is now editor of On This Date:
A Day-by-Day Listing of Holidays, Birthdays and Historic
Events and Special Days, Weeks and Months, published
by Contemporary Books.
While birthdays make up about half of the 2,000 entries,
the date book includes events created by PR firms and trade
The food category lists 28 of these contrivances, such
as Baked Beans Month, and another 87 dates are devoted to
health-related causes, such as Pediculous Prevention Month.
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WAR, ECONOMY ON MINDS OF PR
The economy, spending,
and a possible war with Iraq top the list of concerns of
PR pros in 2003, according to an informal survey at a recent
industry holiday party.
Members of the Entertainment
Publicists Professional Society, Hispanic PR Assn., National
Black PR Society, and PR Society of America/L.A. attended
the joint event at NBC in Burbank, Calif., to benefit United
in Harmony, a charity for homeless children.
Greg Waskul, president
of Waskul Worldwide Comms., told this NL one of the biggest
challenges he sees for 2003 is the current economic slide,
with no apparent recovery in sight. He said, as a result
of that slump, clients are looking for outstanding work
at a relatively low cost. "At a certain point, you
reach a point of no return in being able to provide great
work with less resources," he said.
Dan Orsborn, president
of The Orsborn Co. and a former Porter Novelli exec in Los
Angeles, said large firms are watching and waiting. "From
the big agency perspective, we were all waiting and hoping
and holding onto the idea that things were going to turn
around in the fourth quarter, and they really haven't,"
HPRA president Brenda
Mendoza noted media will be tough to pitch if the U.S. goes
to war. "[A war] will impact spending, the economy
and especially how we handle media relations," she
said, noting that air time and column space becomes limited,
providing a challenge to the industry.
"If we go to war,
we're all going to have to look for different avenues and
creative outlets for our work," said Rita Tateel, president
of Celebrity Source and a PRSA/L.A. board member, who chaired
the event. "The reality is that the public's attention
is somewhere else and that provides great challenges ahead
creatively, intellectually and financially."
Many firms scaled back
or cancelled holiday parties this year, as they did last
year following the Sept. 11 attacks, a sharp contrast from
the boom days of 2000 and the lavish events held across
the country in the industry.
GROUPS TO HOST PR SUMMIT
Sixteen IR, PR and public affairs groups have planned a
Jan. 14 summit to discuss "societal trust" in
corporations and ways to restore public confidence in business.
James Murphy, global managing director of marketing for
Accenture and immediate past president of Arthur Page Society,
is coordinating the one-day event, titled "Trust: Models
for Action." Reps from the Arthur Page Society, PR
Society of America, Council of PR Firms, IABC, PA Council,
National IR Institute and the Institute for PR are among
those organizing the summit under the group name, Public
Murphy said in a release that the groups will share experiences
and thinking, with a goal of singling out the half dozen
ideas which can help businesses move forward in the face
of public "distrust." He said the groups want
to provide advice to the majority of ethical business leaders
who are charged with regaining the public trust.
Murphy said the coalition hopes to publish position papers
on views from the meeting.
In other organization news, Matthew Shaw has joined the
Council of PR Firms as VP, replacing Sarah Drennan, who
moved to Chicago following a maternity leave. She gave birth
to a baby girl and continues as a consultant to the CPRF.
WOODS, S.WILLIAMS ARE TOPS
IN SPORTS PR
Tiger Woods and Serena Williams are the most attractive
spokespersons among athletes, according to a survey conducted
by Alan Taylor Communications, which specializes in sports
PR pros and marketing executives from various sports leagues
and companies were asked which male and female athletes
would best represent them if they were launching a new product
Woods was an overwhelming choice at 28%, with Derek Jeter
(13%) second and both Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan (7%)
Williams got 20% of the votes for women, beating Mia Hamm
(17%), last year's top choice. Serena's sister, Venus, was
third at 15%.
Anna Kournikova was chosen as the most overexposed athlete
(20%), followed by Jordan at 18% and Woods at 14%.
Baseball's highest paid player, Alex Rodriguez, was selected
as the most underexposed, followed by Falcons quarterback
Michael Vick and Spurs forward Tim Duncan.
SC NAMES PR HITS, MISSES
Mariah Carey's comeback was picked by Stanton Crenshaw
Communications as one of the year's most successful PR campaigns.
In its year-end report of "PR Hits and Misses,"
the firm said Carey's comeback was "exquisitely orchestrated,
projecting both honesty and a little bit of 'tude that one
would expect of a true diva."
Other successful PR efforts cited by the New York-based
PR firm were campaigns for Apple computers, Jet Blue, the
National Hockey League, Atkins Diet and the Compaq/Hewlett
ABC's handling of the David Letterman negotiations was
at the top of SC's list of PR blunders.
"The network shot itself in the foot when news leaked
that [Ted] Koppel's time slot was being dangled to lure
David Letterman to ABC. Its failure to address and resolve
the situation quickly-coupled with David's ambivalence-angered
the news elite and made ABC executives look inept,"
the firm said.
Also on the "miss" list were: Harry Belafonte,
America West, Hootie Johnson, and the cruise ship industry.
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PR pros, as indicated by
remarks made at the holiday meeting of PRSA/Los Angeles
and other groups,
are worried about the future after two years of a recession
in ad/PR without any signs of relief. They find that clients
have cut budgets almost to the point of "no return."
A highly possible war with
Iraq is making the future even more uncertain.
Some PR pros say they are only doing "consulting"
now, setting up turn-key publicity and PR programs that
clients can handle themselves. Specific projects rather
than longterm programs with 60 and 90-day cancellation clauses
are more salable
The firing of another Morgan
ostensibly because the employee gave a quote to a newspaper
and identified his employer, is a case of corporate overkill.
It makes Morgan look like a heartless company. No doubt
many other companies have this same rule, written or not.
Get the company's name in the press without permission and
you're history. This exerts a chilling effect on all communication
and makes life especially difficult for PR pros who have
to deal with the press. Each time they pick up the phone,
they put their jobs on the line.
Job creation (or lack of
it) is one area of weakness in the Bush Administration.
While President Clinton averaged 230,000 new jobs a month
during his eight years, President Bush has averaged a loss
of 69,000 jobs monthly, according to government statistics
quoted in the New York Times Jan. 3 (1.5 million
jobs have been lost in the two years of Bush).
counter that a Clinton-inspired recession was starting just
as Bush took office.
The NYT (Jan. 3) charged
that Bush is withholding too many records
that had been public. In the year to Sept. 30, 2001, 290,978
documents were withheld, up 18% from the previous year.
NYT also feels Presidential press secretary Ari Fleischer
is too tight with information (Oct. 14, 2002).
have escalated far beyond the inevitable grousing between
press secretaries and journalists," said the article.
While on the subject of
the NYT, it has bumped
up its price 33% from 75 cents to $1 daily making the cost
$9 a week ($3 for the Sunday NYT) or $468 a year.
paper, which used to be two sections, is now frequently
eight sections for which the readers are now being asked
APR zealots at the PRSA
Assembly Nov. 17 in San Francisco,
using disruptive tactics, citing a questionable "poll,"
and making a possibly improper motion to table when the
main motion was already on the floor, blocked a move to
"decouple" Assembly membership from APR.
The transcript of the meeting shows that PRSA president
Joann Killeen three times pleaded with the delegates to
"please sit down."
motion to table the decoupling proposal, made after Killeen
said three times that the main motion was to be voted on,
was made by an unidentified woman, a violation of Roberts
Rules which say a "mover" must be identified.
is no record of a second. Up until that time, speakers had
to identify themselves. Some delegates left their seats
and caused disorder as the proposal to decouple neared a
had blocked even discussion of such a motion for years.
parliamentarian Mary Barber, who also pleaded with the delegates
to "sit down," ruled that the motion to "refer"
was the last question "stated by the chair." But
the last "question" by Killeen was asking for
a vote on decoupling, which had been properly moved and
of this possibly improper vote to table, which was influenced
by a questionable "poll," a new Assembly should
be convened and a proper vote taken.
"poll" was cited by Mary Pat Adams of the Colorado
chapter who said it showed her chapter members were opposed
the e-mail poll violated many rules of a legitimate poll.
It said the chapter board was against decoupling. The exact
results of the "poll" have never been revealed.
Opponents of decoupling were centered in the Northwest.
Besides Adams, anti-decoupling speakers included Gina Seamans
of Colorado, Rebecca Brandt, Portland, John Kvasnosky, Puget
Sound, and Cary Greenwood of Oregon Capital. In the disorder
that took place when a vote on decoupling neared, at least
four people spoke without identifying themselves.
the Assembly was recovened after a break, Killeen, after
again asking the delegates to sit down three times, said
she felt like a "schoolteacher," implying the
delegates were behaving like children.
is not the first time we have seen delegates become disruptive.
In 1996, the Assembly was supposed to have received a report
from the board on charges by 12 authors that PRSA illegally
copied and sold their articles.
the board, not waiting to report to the Assembly, took its
own action by apologizing to the authors while refusing
to admit anything illegal was done and refusing to pay the
authors any royalties. Nancy Wolfe, a professor at Elon
College, asked for a discussion of the topic at the close
of the 1996 meeting. President Luis Morales said a motion
to adjourn had been made and had to be voted on first. He
asked for a voice vote but ruled it was so close a standing
vote was needed.
scene became one of confusion as delegates left their seats
and non-delegates came into the voting area. Without taking
a count, Morales ruled that a majority favored ending the
Here are New Year's resolutions
for four business "professions":
accountants should go back to keeping straight books; analysts
should analyze and stop recommending stocks; PR people should
deal with the press and stop trying to be ad people, and
IR people should stop addressing just Wall St. and start
addressing the general public.