John Buscher
John Buscher

JGB & Associates announces a strategic partnership with Cornerstone Government Affairs. JGB was launched by former Forbes Tate and Holland & Knight partner John Buscher, who specializes in the areas of surface and air transportation, technology, banking, taxation, tech/IT, labor, appropriations and homeland security, and has an expertise in judiciary issues. He has served as a liaison between clients and Democratic members of Congress, congressional staffers and special interest groups. JGB will work with Cornerstone on a variety of projects and client engagements.

Liza Gallardo Walton, Israel Kreps

Miami Social Marketing merges with Kreps PR & Marketing (a BrandStar company) and rebrands as KrepsSocial. Miami Social president and founder Liza Gallardo Walton will serve as president of KrepsSocial, joined by her staff of five. The merger expands Kreps PR’s offerings throughout South Florida and the Northeast, adding in-house social media to BrandStar’s TV and film production capabilities. “Liza and her team have been our go-to agency to provide social media services for our clients, so it made perfect sense to share our resources to the benefit of both organizations,” said Kreps PR chief executive officer Israel Kreps.


Mari + Gold, which will work with clients in the hospitality, tourism and lifestyle industries, launches. The new firm will be a sister agency to San Diego-based Raindrop, and its ownership includes Raindrop CEO Jacques Spitzer, COO Adam Wagner and CCO Carrie Jones. Nicole Bushnell, a former Raindrop client, serves as Mari + Gold’s president. It is launching with nearly 20 employees, many of whom are coming from Raindrop. Its client roster includes Jazzercise, Inc., Del Mar Racetrack, T S Restaurants, the San Diego Symphony, Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Brigantine Restaurants and Rubio's.