BALTIMORE GRAND PRIX ROLLS RFP
The company hired to produce the Baltimore Grand Prix IndyCar race over the next five years is calling for proposals from agencies as it considers outsourcing marketing, advertising, social media and similar efforts.
Baltimore held its first grand prix race in 2011, drawing more than 150,000 people and the interest of NBC Sports, which will broadcast the 2012 race. The city fired the company that ran the first race after it left a trail of debts to vendors, the city and state, and last week tapped Downforce Racing LLC to manage the event over the next five years.
The Leffler Agency and EdieBrown & Associates, handled advertising and PR for last year's race.
Dan Reck of Downforce Racing ([email protected]) is handling the agency search. Proposals are due March 2.
The Baltimore Business Journal first reported the RFP.
PENTAGON PA CHIEF TO EXIT
Pentagon public affairs chief Doug Wilson plans to retire at the end of March, after two years in the top post and a long PA career.
Wilson sees it as “time to get off the merry-goround for a break,” adding he will "recharge and look forward again to serving the country in another way."
Wilson was tapped by Obama and approved by the Senate in late 2009 as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, serving through the end of combat in Iraq, the ongoing war in Afghanistan, and the NATO-led campaign in Libya.
He was previously with the Defense Department during the Clinton administration and on the Hill. He started out as a Foreign Service Information Officer, including a London posting during the Iran hostage crisis.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta praised Wilson as a “trusted advisor.” A successor has not yet been nominated and requires Senate confirmation.
Panetta, on moving to the Pentagon last summer, brought his top CIA PA aide George Little as a deputy/press secretary under Wilson, along with Navy Capt. John Kirby as deputy/director of media operations.
ANOVA LOOKS FOR PR FIRM
Anova Technologies, a Chicago-based engineering company that develops systems to link global trading venues, is looking for a PR firm with strong contacts to the press, specifically the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. The goal is to bolster the status of its “bestin-class exchange connectivity.”
Anova, which was founded by CEO Michael Persico, expects to select a trio of finalists. The chosen firm will have the best relationships with reporters/editors at those newspapers and a strong track record for getting ink.
A PR budget has not yet been determined. Final presentations are slated for early April.
Denise Heitz ([email protected]) is the contact person at Anova.