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O'Dwyer's Newsletter - Nov. 21, 2011 - Vol. 44 - No. 45 (download PDF version)

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First Street Research Group, the research arm of Washington-based CQ Press’ “political intelligence” First Street unit, launched a new website for showcasing its reports and analysis of the lobbying industry, first

The site, previously housed on the First Street web-site, includes new research reports and analysis, as well as archived material.

The First Street platform covers congressional and federal staffers, registered lobbyists, clients of registered lobbying organizations, FEC PACs, congressional and federal organizations, and registered lobbying organizations with contact information and profiles.


Patino Associates, the Washinton, D.C.-based executive search firm focused on the PR and IR sectors, has brought in San Diego-based Russell Reynolds Associates recruiter Jennifer Pennell.

With the hire, Patino establishes an outpost on the West Coast in San Diego.

Michael Patino, managing director and CEO of the firm, said the sluggish economy has “done little to slow” the need for strategic communications hires, particularly in tech, a sector which he said is growing nearly four times that of any other industry.

She was previously director of PR at SMG, a sports marketing firm.


Primrose Schools and agency Jackson Spalding took home top honors at the Georgia Chapter of PRSA's annual Phoenix Awards this month.

The agency and client won the Best of Phoenix Award for the "Primrose School Family Dance-off" antiobesity campaign at the event at the Cobb Energy Center in suburban Atlanta.

Among the individual honorees was Mickey Nall, managing director of Ogilvy PR Worldwide in Atlanta, who was inducted into The Order of the Phoenix, the Chapter's highest honor. Nall was recently elected to be PRSA's 2013 national chair and CEO.

Other honorees included Judy Wicks, VP of Fiserv, who was named Radiant Star, the chapter's award for a member with more than 20 years of experience. Julie Ralston, comms. director of the Atlanta Regional Commission, was awarded the George Goodwin Award recognizing a chapter member for significant contributions to the community through volunteer service.

BRIEF: Doyle Albee president and COO of Metzger Associates, was named a strategic advisor for PitchEngine, the social news dissemination platform. “I continue to believe they’re helping to lead PR’s evolution from a one-way push to a two-way dialog,” Albee, an Adolph Coors Co. vet, said of PitchEngine.

EVENT: Wed., Nov. 30, 8:45 - 10:00 a.m., EPPS-NY and the International Cinematographer’s Guild host a panel discussion on entertainment friendly news shows. Info:

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Harry-Jacques Pierre, deputy press secretary for Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley from 2007 to this year, to Rasky Baerlein Strategic Communications, Boston, as associate VP of its issues management practice.

Bruce Ginsberg, who led business development for ClickFire Media, to Emanate, New York, a unit of Omnicom’s Ketchum, as director, growth catalyst. He previously led bizdev for Ryan Partnership, EURO RSCG Impact, and US Concepts/CoActive Marketing.


Benet Wilson, online managing editor for business aviation, Aviation Week, to the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Frederick, Md., as director of media relations. She was airports and security editor for Aviation Daily and was formerly senior manager for media relations at Delta Air Lines in addition to posts with Rolls-Royce and Mesa Air Group.

Kevin Briody, who handled social media marketing at Ignite Social Media, to Pace Communications Greensboro, N.C., as director, digital strategy.


Kim Sammons, VP for the cause alliance firm For Momentu, to senior VP and deputy director of the Atlanta office of GCI Health. She will focus on expanding the firm’s work to support the patient advocates, including traditional and online influencers. Sammons is a former senior VP at Porter Novelli and VP of PR for the Arthritis Foundation.

Kevin Russell, global director of PR & strategic communications, Ernst & Young, to Newedge, Paris, as managing director and global head of brand & communications, based in its London office.


Mayang Schreiber, VP, IndoPacific Edelman, to Burson-Marsteller, as CEO and market leader of its Indonesian operation based in Jakarta. She reports to Bob Pickard, president & CEO of Burson B-M Asia-Pacific. She succeeds Daisy Primayanti, who left the firm and was formerly marketing comms. manager of the Ethical (Rx) Department for Roche Indonesia and served at Ogilvy PR Indonesia.


Nicole Summer, A/M, Elizabeth Kidder to A/E, and Katherine Morrison to A/E, Goodman Media International, New York.

Gina Maffei, to senior associate, Widmeyer Communications, Washington, D.C., in the firm’s higher education practice. Nora Kubach was upped to producer and project manager in its digital & creative group and Brittnie Mabry was promoted to senior A/E and Brandon Thomas, who took part in Widmeyer’s fellowship program, was hired as an A/E; both are on the PreK-12 education team.

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