Montieth & Company joins with Strategic Public Relations Group to launch Montieth SPRG, a Hong Kong-based agency. The new company will provide fully integrated, cross-border communications strategies. Core offerings include marketing communications and media relations, issues and crisis management and financial communications/IR. In its initial phase, Montieth SPRG will serve clients from the Americas and EMEA that seek to penetrate new markets in Asia-Pacific and expand across the region. The two agencies have collaborated since 2006. “SPRG’s depth of experience and expertise in the region is invaluable. This is an opportunity for Montieth & Company to serve our North American and EMEA clients in some of the world’s fastest growing economies,” said Montieth & Company CEO and global managing partner Monteith Illingworth.


Vested starts up VestEd, a free financial marketing/comms education center. VestEd offers readers news, data and perspective spanning such topics as market movement, banking trends and the future of fintech. Programming on the platform includes VestEd Interest, a curated email focusing on brand and reputation coverage as well as financial storytelling; VestEd Suggested, a compilation of long-form reads shared from the agency’s weekly editorial meetings; and The Week Ahead, a Sunday afternoon snapshot of international, developing financial news. The agency says that the center’s goal is to make the resources provided to the Vested team available to the agency’s clients, industry friends and peers.


Motion launches its Women of Impact Award, which will honor trailblazing women in the Chicago area across marketing, public relations, advertising and media. “Chicago is home to some of the most talented, passionate and fierce communications professionals, and we want to celebrate their accomplishments and continued commitment to elevating the industry,” said Motion founder and CEO Kimberly Eberl. Those interested in applying or nominating someone for the award can complete the web form, which will include a 300-word entry about the impact nominees have had in their career, community and organization. Award nominations are being accepted through Friday, Feb. 19. Motion will select three finalists, to be announced on Wednesday, Feb. 24, and winner will be announced on Monday, March 8 in a recorded, virtual event.

Eric Dezenhall
Eric Dezenhall

Dezenhall Resources CEO Eric Dezenhall has written a novel that incorporates his experience in crisis communications into a story that gives readers an account of the events surrounding a public figure’s sexual assault allegations. "False Light" tells the story of a reporter who was asked to leave his paper following a disciplinary investigation, and is asked for advice from a friend whose daughter has been assaulted by her boss. "His portrait of what a savvy operator can do in a crisis is as real as this vehicle for talking about the battles between good and evil,” says Six Days of the Condor author James Grady. To pre-order the book, which will be released on Feb. 23, click here.