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KRUPNICK JOINS MASTERCARD
Krupnick, VP of global communications at Publicis' Bcom3
unit, has joined Mastercard International, Purchase, N.Y.,
as senior VP of global communications, succeeding David
Ruth, who left the company earlier this year after seven
Gamsin is VP-PR at Mastercard.
was previously senior VP, corporate communications, New
York Life, and president of Dewe Rogerson, from 1997-98.
She was at Bcom3 unit Manning, Selvage & Lee before
joining the holding company in 2001. Earlier, Krupnick was
at Aetna and Prudential Insurance.
Huberman Assocs. handled the search.
SCOTTS PLANTS PR AT EDELMAN
The Scotts Co., the leader
in the $5.8 billion do-it-yourself lawncare market, has
selected Edelman PR as its agency because of its environmental
and financial savvy, Jim King, director of IR and corporate
communications, told this NL.
"We have used a significant
number of PR firms in the past, and some were considered
in the process," said King, preferring not to name
the other firms involved in the pitch.
King feels Scotts had
done a "remarkable job" in advertising brands
but has fallen somewhat short when it comes to informing
people how gardening is good for the environment. He also
wants more buzz on Wall Street for Scotts, which earned
$107 million on $1.6 billion in nine-month revenues this
Edelman's offices in Chicago,
Los Angeles, London and Washington, D.C., will work on the
MEYER LANDS AT LAWSON
Scott Meyer, a founding
partner of Mona Meyer McGrath & Gavin (today's Minneapolis
office of Weber Shandwick) and 25-year PR veteran, has joined
Lawson Software in St. Paul as chief marketing officer.
He reports to CEO Jay Coughlan. Meyer was chief strategy
officer for WS, and CEO of Shandwick International prior
Huberman Assocs., New York, is handling the following
searches: VP-PR for TD Waterhouse; deputy dir. of PR for
Vanity Fair; publicist, The New Yorker; PR
dir., Aventis Pasteur; PR mgr., Bourjois Cosmetics; SVP,
Financial Dynamics; VP, PR21, and consumer VP for Weber
M/P CONNECTS WITH VODAFONE
McGrath/Power PR has edged
three other finalists to handle PR in the U.S. for Vodafone,
the mobile telecommunications behemoth based in the U.K.
The firm began work last
week as Vodafone inked a deal with Microsoft to develop
mobile Web services standards and other projects. It is
the company's first U.S. PR firm of record.
Fifteen firms were invited
to pitch for the PR work, a field which was narrowed to
M/P CEO Jon Bloom confirmed
the win and told this NL Vodafone, which operates in 35
countries, is looking to carve out some space in the U.S.
market. He said the account "made the year" for
CASSIDY POWERS RR'S NAVY PITCH
America has hired Cassidy & Assocs. to ensure that it
gets a chunk of the $100 billion that the U.S. Navy wants
to spend in developing its next-generation DD (X) family
of destroyers, cruisers and littoral (near-shore) combat
Former Marine Corps General Terry Paul, who heads C&A's
defense unit, is leading RRNA's charge. He is supported
by Michael Silvestro, a former Army captain, and Shawn Edwards,
Senate Armed Services staffer under the late Strom Thurmond
and John Warner, who was former Navy Secretary.
RRNA won a $25 million
contract in February to deliver gas turbine "demonstrator"
engines to Northrop Grumman in Philadelphia. NG has a $2.9B
contract to design, construct and test the DDX. Raytheon
is systems integrator. The Navy wants to begin production
of the 70-member DDX fleet in 2005.
RR employs 8,000
of its 39,000 employees on this continent, and recently
won a contract to supply two Royal Navy aircraft carriers
C&A is part of Interpublic.
WATSON DEPARTS IPG IR POST
Susan Watson, Interpublic's
senior VP-IR, has left the company, according to Vanessa
Schwartz, of The Financial Relations Board unit. Schwartz
is now handling financial inquiries regarding IPG and setting
up one-on-one interviews with executives. She does not know
of Watson's whereabouts.
Watson was recruited
with great fanfare by former IPG CEO John Dooner on Oct.
13, 2000. She was VP-IR at PepsiCo, and heralded as IPG's
first IR head. Dooner now is CEO of IPG's McCann-Erickson
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Fitz-Pegado, the former Hill & Knowlton exec who worked
for the Kuwaiti government in the build up to the Gulf War
in 1990, is promoting the pending release of Because
Each Life is Precious: Why an Iraqi Man Came to Risk Everything
for Private Jessica Lynch for her Livingston Group colleague,
Mohammed Odeh al-Rehaief.
Livingston Group hired al-Rehaief, a 33-year-old Iraqi lawyer,
in May, after he was granted asylum in the U.S. for tipping
U.S. Marines to Lynch's whereabouts. He sold his story to
HarperCollins for $500K.
has not yet answered a request for comment regarding the
book, which was released Oct. 17.
own book is slated for a Veteran's Day (Nov. 11) release,
although she has told doctors she does not remember much
from her capture during the Iraq invasion earlier this year,
according to reports.
principal at TLG who handles the firm's external communications
and media relations, Fitz-Pegado, while at H&K, promoted
and aided in 1990 the riveting testimony of a 15-year-old
girl who told the UN Security Council and Congress she saw
Iraqi soldiers toss babies from incubators in Kuwait.
story has been widely questioned and criticized as propaganda
- H&K was working or a front group of exiled Kuwaiti
royals called Citizens for a Free Kuwait - to push the U.S.
toward intervening in Iraq, and the girl, Nayirah, was later
outed as the daughter of Kuwait's Ambassador to the U.S.
NPR TAPS KLORES FOR BIAS PROBE
National Public Radio,
which has been accused of holding an anti-Israel bias, has
been using Dan Klores Communications for "community
outreach on the Mideast conflict," Rodney Huey, VP-communications
at the network told this NL.
Andrea Levin, executive
director of CAMERA, Committee for Accuracy in Middle East
Reporting in America, launched a broadside in an opinion
piece in the New York Post.
In her piece, Levin charges that NPR "amplified Arab
perspectives and those of fringe Israelis critical of the
Israeli government, while slighting mainstream Israeli or
Huey said NPR's stories
on the Mideast are "praised by some and criticized
The radio network dialed
up DKC's expertise to gauge what "observations made
by critics are legitimate."
NPR is not out to favor
one side or the other, according to Huey, who spent 10 years
as VP-PR at Feld Entertainment-owner of Ringling Bros. and
Barnum and Bailey Circus and Disney on Ice- before taking
the NPR post in March. The network is looking for "middle
of the road" programming, he added.
Huey said NPR's six-month
contract has just expired. NPR is examining whether there
is a need to go forward with a PR firm," said Huey.
CASTE-RIDDEN NASA FAULTED
The National Aeronautics
and Space Administration has "all the trappings of
communication (but) you don't actually find communication,"
the Atlantic Monthly was told in researching the
disaster of the Columbia shuttle that cost eight astronauts
their lives this past Feb. 1.
Hal Gehman, retired four-star
admiral, headed the $28 million investigation into the tragedy.
NASA administrator Sean
O'Keefe, who will address the PRSA conference in New Orleans
Oct. 28, wanted to be on the investigating team, along with
others involved in the flight of the Columbia. But Gehman
complained to Congress and O'Keefe disbanded his "Mishap
Investigation Team." Ham and another manager, Ralph
Roe, "reacted badly" to being barred from the
investigation, according to the article.
O'Keefe's role is questioned
by the article, saying that his ignoring the danger of the
foam strikes while proceeding "at full speed"
in the program focused attention on "the limitations
of leadership without vision, and the consequences of putting
an executive like O'Keefe in charge of an organization that
needed more than mere discipline."
O'Keefe, a former congressional
staffer and budget specialist and a "longtime protege"
of Vice President Dick Cheney, according to the article,
had been at NASA one year when the accident happened. His
role was said to be "to bring discipline to NASA's
budget and performance."
Gehman said NASA claimed
to have a open culture in which anyone could voice a criticism.
But he said that in actuality there was a "very strict
informal chain of command...so even though they've got all
the trappings of communication, you don't actually find
communication." What "caste" a complainant
is in can make all the difference, Gehman told the magazine.
The article lays the blame
for blocking of the picture-taking at the feet of Ham, who
is described as coming to "embody NASA's arrogance
and insularity in many observers' minds."
MARTIN SUCCEEDS DROBIS AT
Tom Martin, senior
VP and director of corporate relations at ITT Industries,
has been elected president of the Arthur Page Society. He
succeeds Ketchum chairman Dave Drobis--who has served two
one-year terms--in January.
Martin handles PR,
brand management, government affairs, community relations
and internal PR at ITT. He was previously VP-CC at Federal
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ARMY HALTS MEDIA
least 11 small and large newspapers from Massachussetts
to California published identical letters to the editor
from soldiers in the 503d Airborne Infantry Regiment, stationed
in Kirkuk in northern Iraq.
News Service first reported the form letters were not written
by the soldiers who signed them, but instead by senior officers
seeking to insert a more positive message in the Iraq war
coverage by media.
Army spokesman said the unit was ordered to stop the PR
soldiers fill out a form for the Hometown News Release Program
listing their high school, local newspaper, and other information
that is used by the San Antonio-based operation to write
up a short news story that is then sent to the local print
this case, about 400 or so form letters were attached to
the soldiers' HNRP form.
FREE NEW YORK CITY DAILY DEBUTS
amNew York made
its debut on Oct. 10.
In an editorial, the paper
said it was aiming for a young readership used to getting
its information for free from websites and cable TV. It
said it hoped to snag readers where they have no Internet
hookup-on subways and buses.
"In 20 minutes, we'll
update you on the most important news of the day,"
the editorial said.
The paper, which is distributed
free in Manhattan, will be published Mondays through Fridays
with regular features including an opinion page, a daily
column and political cartoon. It also has weekend, entertainment
and sports sections, and TV listings.
Joins as Editor
Alex Storozynski, 42,
formerly at The New York Daily News for 7.5 years
where he wrote editorials, is editor. Marcus Baran and Pete
Catapano are news editors and Piers Parlett is assistant
amNew York is at 2 Park
ave., 18th flr., 10016. 212/448-2970; fax: 448-2950; [email protected].
ODE PUBLISHES NEW U.S. EDITION
and founder, Jurriann Kamp, has started a new U.S. edition.
Kamp, 44, the former chief economics editor of NRC Handelsblad,
a Dutch daily, started the magazine in 1995 with his wife
and private investors.
The first issue of the
U.S. edition has a cover story "Crisis? What Crisis?"
on job angst-and the search for meaningful work, around
Davia Temin, whose New
York-based PR firm is handling publicity for Ode, said the
magazine's editorial staff reads hundreds of publications
every month to find new ideas and stories to showcase.
"The focus is on
ground-breaking solutions to global problems, such as terrorism,
environmental crises, political corruption, and even the
fight against cancer," said Temin.
TV STATION OFFERS PAID PLACEMENTS
WFLA-TV, the NBC affiliate
in Tampa, is charging a fee of $2,500 to get four to six-minute
placements on a new morning program, called "Daytime."
follows the "Today" show, looks like a regular
morning show, with NBC's peacock logo and a "News Channel
8" insignia at the bottom of the screen.
No mention of payment
is made during the interviews. The words "the following
segments were paid advertisements" appear in small
type on the screen for about four seconds.
Adam Handelsman, who runs
a New York-based PR firm, tipped off The Washington Post
about the paid placements. He said he was offered a "sponsored
segment" when he tried to set up an interview for a
When he asked if it were
possible for his client to be interviewed without making
the $2,500 payment, a salesman told him it was at the producer's
Eric Land, WFLA's president/general
manager, told The Post he sees no problem with the payments
from an ethics standpoint because "Daytime" is
not a news program, nor is it operated by the news department.
It is a separate entertainment program.
WFLA, which is in the
nation's 14th largest market, is owned by Richmond, Va.-based
Media General, which also owns 25 other stations in 12 states
and 25 newspapers, including The Tampa Tribune and
Lou Nabhan, a spokeswoman
for Media General, said other Media General stations are
looking at the concept. but none have begun offering such
a program as of yet.
New York Business
will publish a "Guide to Growing a Business"
on Nov. 10.
Last year's guide featured
four real life stories about small businesses who solved
problems thanks to the organizations in the New York metro
area who offer services such as: advice and education, disaster
relief, small business development centers, local development
centers, local development corporations, financial assistance,
and women and minority assistance.
Eric Ipsen, deputy managing
editor of CNYB, is editor of the guide. 212/210-0211.
which has been redesigned, has added two new sex
columns, a new style section and a six-page fashion spread.
It also expanded its "Fast Track" section to include
more brief items of information and trivia.
Peter Sikowitz, the new
editor-in-chief, said the magazine will take a broader look
at total fitness.
There will be expanded
coverage of sports and fitness-related adventures and more
advice on careers, money, travel, appearance and other areas.
news continued on next page)
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TILIN JOINS BUSINESS 2.0 AS
Quittner, editor of Business 2.0 magazine, has named
Andrew Tilin a senior editor, and promoted writer/reporter
Nancy Einhart to associate editor.
who is a former senior editor at Outside, and contributing
editor at Wiredmagazine, has also freelanced for several
publications, including The New York Times, Worth,
GQ, Rolling Stone, and Details.
2.0 is headquartered in San Francisco.
ANTUNES JOINS FORTUNE AS EXEC
Xana Antunes, former editor
of The New York Post, joined Fortune magazine
as an executive editor.
Antunes, who worked on
newspapers in London before joining the Post in 1995 as
deputy business editor and then editor from 1999 to 2001,
will be one of the three executive editors at Fortune who
work on editing the front of the book and special feature
Politi was named a correspondent in the New York
bureau of The Financial Times, covering acquisitions,
bankruptcies and private equity deals.
New Jersey news editor for The Associated Press, was named
correspondent in Pittsburgh, replacing Todd
Spangler, who resigned.
Lopez, whose sister is singer/actress Jennifer Lopez,
has joined WCBS-TV in New York, as a correspondent, covering
fashion, celebrity news and pop culture trends.
The Lopez sisters are
developing a daytime talk show with Universal TV Enterprises.
Kramer, a managing editor and columnist at The
New York Daily News, left the paper along with Pete
Hamill, another columnist.
Most, 35, senior editor in charge of features for
Boston magazine, is joining The Boston Globe
as editor of the paper's Sunday magazine.
He will oversee the March
relaunch of the magazine. New sections will provide added
coverage of food, fashion, home, personalities, and the
Kamenske, 75, who was chief editor of Voice of America
from 1974-81, died Sept. 25.
McNulty, a contributing editor since 2000, was named
theater editor of The Village Voice, a weekly paper
in New York.
Moore, a celebrity stylist, has joined Vibe magazine
as fashion director. 212/448-7313.
Conlin, former CEO of tech publisher International
Data Group, Boston, and a former business reporter for The
New York Times, was named CEO of Primedia, New York.
Colorado-based bimonthly magazine devoted to "living
green, living well," wants to feature more homes in
the Midwest and on the East Coast.
Started four years ago
by Interweave Press Publications, Loveland, Colo., NH has
a total paid and requested circulation of 89,000, and has
grown in page count from 88 pages to 120 pages.
Linda Ligon, president/publisher,
said NH is read by well-educated woman in their late-30s
to mid-40s who have a healthy income and fairly liberal
social and political beliefs.
Robyn Lawrence, a 39-year-old
Boulder, Colo., mother of two, is editor-in-chief of NH.
She works from her home.
Connecticut Public TV
and American Public TV are in the process of sponsoring
a magazine format version of NH, set to get underway by
the end of 2004. Lawrence, who will have an editor's spot
at the end of the show, said the show will go on location
to homes, showing viewers how these homes are put together,
and what makes them "green."
Restaurant Review," which made its radio debut
on Sept. 14 on WBIX-AM, Boston, will feature a 13-week series
of one-hour discussions with New England restaurateurs and
chefs about the concept behind their establishments, food
presentation, wine selection and the latest trends in food
Guests will also discuss
upcoming food and restaurant events in and around Boston,
new restaurant openings and other timely subjects.
Stu Taylor, a national syndicated radio talk show host,
hosts the program. Producers and co-hosts, Pia Proal and
James Ringrose, both successful entrepreneurs and food and
wine afiocionados, will help conduct interviews.
Program information can
be found at www.restaurantreview.biz.
Management Services, a publicity firm run by Marsha
Friedman in Clearwater, Fla., is offering for a limited
time 50 interviews for $125 each and no start-up fees.
For nearly seven years,
Friedman has offered an introductory service, consisting
of 15 interviews on talk radio shows around the U.S., for
$6,250 ($350 per interview-plus a $1,000 start-up fee).
Friedman can be reached
at 727/443-7115 ext. 201, or [email protected].
the home-remodeling TV show,
is becoming a product placement dream for equipment manufacturers.
ShopBot Tools of
Durham, N.C., was featured in an episode that was aired
"I just cannot
believe the versatility of this tool. This is awesome,"
said Ty Pennington, the "carpenter about town"
on Trading Spaces.
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PRSA/GEORGIA IS NO. 2 CHAPTER
has become the second largest chapter in the Society with
about 800 members.
York, the No. 1 chapter for most of the Society's history
until it was surpassed by National Capital in the 1990's,
has slipped to third place with paid membership of 552 as
of Sept. 30.
chapter expects to have a total of 650 paid members by the
end of the year. There are 830 PRSA members in the New York
chapter area but about 180 do not belong to the chapter.
There are also about 830 members in the Georgia area.
records show Georgia had 685 paid members as of mid-October
vs. 764 for PRSA/NY.
numbers include members who are up to three months past
their renewal date. As of July 1, this grace period has
been cut to two months.
members, told this, said they feel their chapter is about
100 paid members larger than N.Y.
Gary McKillips, PRSA/Georgia president, said the chapter
has grown because of "innovative programming, a very
aggressive membership committee led by Kim Englehardt and
Hillary Harwick, and the dynamism of Atlanta."
chapter's monthly luncheons draw from 125-250 and "Ask
the Media" luncheons draw 300.
Once Had 1,000+
the 1960's and early 1970's, PRSA/NY drew more than 350
people to its monthly luncheons in the Waldorf-Astoria.
Membership was 1,000+.
chapter has one luncheon a year now at which its "Big
Apple Awards" are presented. It also puts on about
30 programs yearly. It was housed at PRSA h.q. for 40 years
until 1992 when it was asked to leave. It hired its own
service firm, The Charles Group, which charges about $100K
h.q., formerly located in midtown at 845 Third ave., moved
to 33 Irving place in 1988. Its library, previously open
to members and non-members, is open to members with an appointment.
PRSA/NY members said that without supervision by the local
members, staff costs have soared at PRSA, growing from 29%
of revenues in 1989 to 42% in 2002.
costs rose 60% in 2002 to $275,736.
PRSA in 2003 applied to the IRS for a new 401(k) profit
sharing plan which would provide for a 3% of pay contribution
by PRSA in addition to discretionary Society contributions.
PRSA previously did not make contributions to the plan.
Catherine Bolton, working under a four-year contract to
12/31/04, was paid $236,500 in 2002 plus a bonus of $23,380.
Pension payment was $20,830.
Robinson, chief marketing officer of the Society, is currently
on a three-month family leave coincident with his wife having
a girl several weeks ago.
six percent of new fathers take three months off for paternity
leave, according to babycenter.com. Taking no days or less
than a week are 29% while 41% take one to two weeks.
KEITH IS NEW MUG OF MR. COFFEE
Hill & Knowlton and
sister WPP Group ad unit J. Walter Thompson are rolling
out country singer Toby Keith as the new pitchman for Sunbeam's
Mr. Coffee product. Joe DiMaggio was the first face of Mr.
Coffee in 1974.
The firms, in an alliance
called BrandStruck, are running ads in publications from
People to Country Weekly, radio promotions,
online contests and a national mall tour with coffee tasting
and screening of Keith's videos.
Keith was named country
music's "Entertainer of the Year" and earned seven
Country Music Award nominations this year, leading a radio
format that counts 77 million listeners in the U.S.
Keith was at the center
of radio rallies to support the Iraq invasion earlier this
year when his post-9/11 song, "Courtesy of the Red,
White and Blue (The Angry American)," was played as
a pro-war anthem. The singer has said he wrote the song
about the invasion of Afghanistan and was unsure about invading
MORAN WAS NOT A SPY, SAYS
Paul Moran, the Australian
killed in Iraq by a suicide bomber in March, was not a CIA
spy, his wife told Australian Broadcasting Corp. on Oct.
The former staffer of The Rendon Group was on assignment
for ABC, and was murdered by the Ansar al-Islam group-which
is said to have links to Al-Qaeda-a day after a U.S. missile
attack on one of its bases.
Moran had worked at TRG
during the `90s when the firm represented the CIA and supported
its effort to prop up the Iraqi National Congress as a viable
opposition group to Saddam Hussein.
John Rendon, CEO of TRG,
attended Moran's funeral in Adelaide on April 2. Rob Buchan,
a close friend of Moran, told the Australian media that
Rendon's presence "illustrated the regard for Moran
at the highest levels of the U.S. government."
TRG was hired by the Defense
Dept. in the aftermath of Sept. 11. It also worked for the
Citizens for a Free Kuwait during the Persian Gulf War.
McGINN GUIDES INAMED
The McGinn Group,
an Arlington,Va.-based crisis PR firm that has advised AOL
Time Warner and General Motors, has been guiding Inamed
Corp. in a push to gain Food and Drug Administration approval
for silicone breast implants after an 11-year ban.
Those efforts apparently
paid off last week when a general and plastic surgery advisory
panel to the FDA recommended approval of Inamed's application
to market implants.
VP Rod Young heads
the work at McGinn.
The company, with
McGinn's help, outlined its case in a two-day hearing before
the panel, along with presentations from FDA staff and people
on both sides of the argument for approval.
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of PRSA's Assembly delegates know this, but the Society
has been shopping for new offices and
a move is planned next year.
move could be downtown where there is cheap space or to
a midtown sublet from a failed company. Locations in the
"tri-state area" were also under consideration.
PRSA still has five years to go on its current lease.
Assembly voted twice in 1984-85 to move h.q. from New York.
Pitches, requested by the board, were made by chapters in
Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Denver, Indianapolis
board voted 7-5 on Aug. 16, 1985 to stay in New York, saying
the Assembly did not have the power to shift h.q. The 1985
Assembly, in an overwhelming show of hands, voted to ask
the board to reconsider its action. The board refused.
"search" for h.q. outside of New York was as phony
as a three-dollar bill.
was rigged from the outset because Washington, D.C., probably
the most logical contender, was barred from the contest
because it wasn't one of the initial applicants.
Ferguson, president, gave preposterous estimates of the
cost of the move. He warned in a letter to 12,000 members
Sept. 25, 1985 that a move could cost $800,000 and would
require a dues increase or an assessment of $65 per member.
He told PRSA/ Houston president Margot Dimond that costs
could go as high as $100 per member.
reason given was that the 38-member staff was threatening
to quit virtually en masse (only four said they would stay).
Hiring and training replacements would cost an initial $300,000,
members were told.
Assembly didn't buy such statements. When Ferguson told
it that savings of an h.q. outside of New York could not
be projected beyond three years, he was met with boos and
Nineteen chapters wanting a move caucused the night before
the Assembly to plot strategy. Dimond, following the put-down
of the Assembly, charged the h.q. move issue had been "railroaded
by the national board" and was "just one more
example of national's unresponsiveness to members."
was so mad it urged members not to pay their national dues.
PRSA/national, itself angered at the obstreperous Assembly,
canceled the spring Assembly in 1985 and never restored
has not scheduled any discussion of its h.q. move plans
for the Assembly Oct. 25 in New Orleans. It does not want
to awaken this sleeping monster.
the pro-movers were right in 1985. They said PRSA could
save a bundle in rent and staff costs by moving to almost
any other city.
payroll costs soared to $3,946,760 in 2002 or an average
of $82,224 for each of the 48 staffers. Such costs now eat
up 42% of revenues, a jump from 29% in 1989. The American
Soc. of Assn. Executives says payroll costs average 29%
for groups in the $5-$10 million range. Catherine Bolton,
hired as PR head at $150K in late 2000 and promoted to COO
in early 2001, was paid $236K in salary in 2002 and received
a bonus of $23,380 plus a pension payment of $20,830.
in 1987 moved from 7,000 sq. ft. in midtown to 33 Irving
pl., paying $22 per sq. ft. for 11,700 sq. ft. Costs lately
have been close to $30 per sq. ft.
as well have moved to Kansas City, as far as PRSA/NY members
new location, 25 blocks from midtown, was a continuation
of open hostility to PRSA/NY.
hostility became evident in the late 1970s when forces led
by the late Patrick Jackson, 1980 president, took over.
Rea Smith, COO from 1975-79, was shifted to the PRSA Foundation
after the appointment of Betsy Kovacs as COO on Jan. 1,
1980. Smith was ousted from h.q. and given her own office
on Madison ave.
a half dozen senior PR pros who worked at h.q. were off-loaded.
Jackson believed that association pros and not PR pros should
staff h.q. Another belief was that press relations should
be minimized. He told a PRSA ethics seminar in 1994, in
response to a question about his attitude to reporters:
"I have no problem with them for clients. We usually
duck 'em, find ways to go direct and screw 'em."
told PRSA/NY president Bob Weintraub at the 2000 national
conference: "New York is irrelevant...New York should
get out of PRSA."
after being based for 40 years at h.q., moved out in 1992
at the request of Kovacs, 1992 president Rosalee Roberts
and 1993 president Hal Warner. Chapter leaders at a meeting
with those three were told PRSA needed the space (despite
PRSA's spacious new h.q. and the fact that it later sublet
some space). PRSA/NY was happy to leave because its COO,
Debbie Butler-Clark, who died in 1991, had been treated
like a "pariah" by h.q. staffers. She was not
invited to their meetings and was given no help by them.
which once had a library that was well-used by New Yorkers,
barred visitors without an appointment. One or two a day
may visit now.
chapter, which in the 1960's and early 1970's had 1,200
members and monthly lunches drawing 350-400, now has paid
membership of about 650. It pays a service firm $100K a
year for administration.