Ken Scudder Training & Consulting is moving from Philadelphia to the Washington, DC metro area. The firm, which offers media, presentation, and crisis training and consulting, along with writing and editing services, will set up shop in DC in September. In 1990, Scudder co-founded media training firm Virgil Scudder & Associates. Prior to starting his own practice, he was the communications director for Reps. Alan Grayson (D-FL) and Mike Honda (D-CA) and the minority staff of the U.S. Joint Economic Committee. He has trained business leaders, politicians, heads of not-for-profits, and “regular folks” to handle media interviews, speeches, hearings, one-on-one meetings, crises, and other forms of interpersonal communication. “My business truly is nationwide,” Scudder said, “so I will still be able to work with my clients at their location or mine after this move.”
Leon Communications, a strategic communications consultancy focused on the financial and professional services sectors and fintech in the Asia Pacific region, is launched by Tim Williamson, who was most recently managing director, Asia Pacific at Singapore-based Telum Media. Williamson previously worked at the BBC, Bloomberg and Brunswick, was APAC managing director at Cognito Media and led the financial services practice for strategic consultancy WATATAWA. Leon Communications will offer corporate communications services that include strategy and messaging, reputation management, media relations, integrated communications and media training. The agency will be headquartered in Singapore and will be supported by a network of senior independent communications experts and partners in APAC and globally.
Vendilli Digital Group acquires inbound marketing agency Horseshoe & Co. Horseshoe & Co.’s four agency team members, including founder and CEO Andrea Moxham, will join Vendilli Digital Group. Horseshoe clients who will now be served by Vendilli include software firm Trainual; CAPA: The Global Education Network, which assists institutions of higher education in building programs to meet their goals for learning abroad; and POWER Engineers, an employee-owned engineering, and environmental consulting firm. Vendilli founder and CEO Chirs Vendillin said that the acquisition “enables us to expand our capacity and capabilities for both new and existing clients who are interested in the HubSpot CRM, website CMS, or marketing automation tools."