Hey Hey Hey – #HAPPO Day

February 19, 2010

Here’s to a great morning of interesting Tweets and Facebook updates that help connect job seekers find a job in public relations.  Here’s more information on the event.

Here are some opportunities in the Phoenix area:

ALS Arizona

Partnership for a Drug-Free America, Arizona Chapter

City of Scottsdale

Thinking about moving?  Here’s one in Minneapolis.

Padilla Speer Beardsley

And if you have strong non-profit management experience, here’s one that can work from anywhere in the US.

American Jewish Press Association

I’ll be posting updates throughout the morning, so be sure to follow me on Twitter for the latest and the greatest.  Good luck everyone.

January PRSA Media Breakfast

December 15, 2009

New Year – new hot location for the media breakfasts! Please join us for the first PRSA media breakfast of the year where we will be hearing from some of the Northeast Valley’s top publications including Scottsdale Airpark News Magazine, So Scottsdale Magazine, Scottsdale Health Magazine and the Scottsdale Republic while enjoying a scrumptious breakfast from Paradise Bakery. Each panelist will talk about how their publications are evolving in 2010 – new editorial opportunities abound! They will also discuss how they are marketing their editorial content in the social media world and have plenty of time for questions and networking. If you, your brand, your clients or your company have any ties to the Northeast Valley, this event is for you.

Panelists include:

  • Kimberly Hudley, editor of Scottsdale Airpark News Magazine
  • Michelle Glicksman, editor of So Scottsdale Magazine and Scottsdale Health Magazine
  • Reporter TBD, Scottsdale Republic

Date: Thursday, January 14 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Location: Paradise Bakery at Gainey Village – 8777 N. Scottsdale Rd. in Scottsdale

Cost: $15 for members, $20 for non-members who RSVP in advance. $20 for members, $25 for non-members at the door.

You can register here.

PRSA Holiday Mixer 2009

December 11, 2009

This morning we HMAers walked into the office a little tired from the FABULOUS Phoenix PRSA holiday mixer last night.  Originally scheduled at the (outdoor) pool and bar at the Hotel Valley Ho, our party was moved into a swanky seventh-story penthouse that overlooked Camelback Mountain.  Not too shabby!

The guests enjoyed yummy drinks and snacks like sliders (which were more like full size burgers – yum!), and people got silly with the party favors at each table.  During announcements, current Phoenix PRSA president Karl Gentles closed out the year with a healthy report for our chapter, and handed the reins over to incoming president to our very own Abbie Fink.  Event organizer Kari Mather gave away prizes for the raffle, in which proceeds will go into the PRSSA scholarship fund.

All in all, the party was a bubble-blowing, glove-wearing, hot tub-filling, sparkly top hat-wearing good time.  It was a great way for Valley PR pros to unwind, enjoy the company of friends and colleagues and close out a great year for the Phoenix chapter.  Now, on to 2010!

Many thanks to Kari for organizing such a fantastic event, and to everyone who could attend!

For more pictures from the mixer, click here.

2010 Predictions

December 8, 2009

David Landis, president of Landis Communications Inc. in San Fancisco (a member of the Public Relations Global Network), poses this question to other members of the PRGN: “What’s new for 2010?”

HMA’s own Scott Hanson weighs in.  Read the blog post here.

The Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of NATAS and the House of Broadcasting co-hosted their holiday mixer at the House of Broadcasting Museum in Scottsdale.

The museum features a tremendous collection of all kinds of photographs, awards, cameras, editing and lighting equipment.   There is also costuming and classical memorabilia from Buck Owens, early news attire from Mary Jo West, Marty Robbins, Frank Pollack, Karl Eller, Tom Chauncey and others.  I happened upon former Good Morning Arizona stalwart Dan Davis, in cardboard living color!

The Museum is free to the public. It is located at 7150 E. Fifth Ave. in Scottsdale.  The hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, except holidays. It is closed on Sunday.

The House of Broadcasting Museum is a passion for, among others, long-time Valley media buyer Mary Morrison.

It is definitely worth visiting.

Mixing it up with PRSA

December 3, 2009

Last night, mentor volunteers from the Phoenix Chapter of PRSA and president-elect Abbie S. Fink got together with their mentees for a special networking event at my house. I’ve been out of college for six years now, but I still sometimes get nervous going to events like these, so I really take my hat off to the students who not only attended – but participated in all the fun (and learning!). I really don’t know that I would have been so brave six years ago.

The students who attended learned some things very quickly – PR folks like to talk, like to eat and are masters at ice breaker games! Case in point, we played an icebreaker bingo of sorts where we had to learn random facts about each other for fabulous prizes. During the game, no one had a choice but to be out of their shells.

Below – just some of the fun facts we learned about each other!

  • Josee LaFleche has an unusual hobby – she is an ice skater! She also has the designation of speaking another language (we didn’t count Spanish) – French.
  • Sophia Fuka is crazy about her bunnies.
  • Christie Lowey was pretty much the only non-ASU alum – however, she did attend about five schools across Florida.
  • During an internship, Aaron Baer acted as a spokesperson – for Bob Evans and its home-style cookin’. Oh, he was also a cheerleader – sort of – as he was the mascot of his high school!
  • Beth Wilkinson was also a cheerleader in high school, which you already know if you’ve seen her TGI Friday’s commercial!
  • Both Emily Bratkovich and Abbie S. Fink are natives of Minnesota.
  • Effie Moore writes column for AZ Weekly Magazine, while Brian Camen writes a blog that has been picked up by the Huffington Post on occasion.
  • Zac Atherton, Brian Camen and Alison Bailin (me!) are all left-handed.
  • While several party-goers played a musical instrument, Sommer Caraway blew us all away by playing FOUR instruments – including the harp! Sommer was also the most excited with her prize – a holiday Pez dispenser!

 Next on our plates – the PRSA Holiday Mixer next week!

Ken Bennett

December 1, 2009

The Master Practitioners group of the Phoenix PRSA Chapter welcomed Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett as its guest speaker, recently.

Bennett, who served eight years in the state senate, his last four as its president, provided a practical explanation about Arizona’s current budget crisis.   

Among his comments that resulted in heads nodding in agreement was:  “How you respond early in a crisis is key.” 

The Grand Canyon State is just one of 41 states with deficits, however, Arizona has one of the largest shortfall percentages.   Arizona’s budget faces a $3 billion shortfall, compared to California, which has a $26 billion deficit looming.

Here are some of the facts:  Overall, Arizona spends $33 billion per year.  The highest allocations are for K-12 education, $11 billion, and for health and welfare, such as AHCCCS, $10 billion.

The Arizona general fund is expected to receive $7.6 billion in revenue this year, with expected expenditures of $10.7 billion.  Essentially, that’s where the $3 billion gap is.

You can check out a version of his presentation by clicking here. It’s pretty basic and highly informative.

November 24, 2009

The Master Practitioners group of the Phoenix PRSA Chapter welcomed Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett as its guest speaker, recently.

Bennett, who served eight years in the state senate, his last four as its president, provided a practical explanation about Arizona’s current budget crisis.   

Among his comments that resulted in heads nodding in agreement was:  “How you respond early in a crisis is key.” 

The Grand Canyon State is just one of 41 states with deficits, however, Arizona has one of the largest shortfall percentages.   Arizona’s budget faces a $3 billion shortfall, compared to California, which has a $26 billion deficit looming.

Here are some of the facts:  Overall, Arizona spends $33 billion per year.  The highest allocations are for K-12 education, $11 billion, and for health and welfare, such as AHCCCS, $10 billion.The Arizona general fund is expected to receive $7.6 billion in revenue this year, with expected expenditures of $10.7 billion.  Essentially, that’s where the $3 billion gap is.

You can check out a version of his presentation by clicking here. It’s pretty basic and highly informative.

GlobalPost

November 19, 2009

It was interesting to hear Charles M. Sennott, executive editor and vice president for GlobalPost, an on-line voice for global news, talk about the growing void in solid, unbiased international news reporting.

Sennott addressed the Public Relations Global Network (PRGN) membership during the organization’s recent meetings in New York.  His resume is impressive, having worked nearly 25 years as a reporter covering the front lines of wars and insurgencies in 15 countries from the jungles of Colombia to the deserts of Iraq.  He has covered a wide range of stores from the papal transition in Rome to the oil industry in Saudi Arabia.

He told the PRGN that with the decline of newspapers’ ability and desire to have foreign correspondents, international reporting has become somewhat of a rarity.  Sennott aims to create a place for such reporting with GlobalPost, an online international news source.

Sennott says his staff of in-country correspondents, who adhere to the highest standards of journalism, bring readers unique, in-depth, on-the-ground insights on important social, political and economic international issues. He adds that the publication’s balanced, objective and accurate reports from the field help readers measure the impact of international events on their lives.

It’s an interesting concept.  GlobalPost’s goal is to surpass 1 million subscribers by the end of the year.  I’d say it’s got more than a fighting chance.

New Members, eh?

November 18, 2009

The Public Relations Global Network (PRGN), an international alliance of the world’s leading independent public relations firms, has further strengthened its global presence with the addition of two new international affiliates.  The new members are Fantail Communications Inc. of Toronto, Canada and cometis, a financial communications firm in Weisbaden, Germany.

As a founding member of PRGN, HMA Public Relations takes great pride in the quality of the firms that are part of the international network.

Jim Warrington, president and strategy leader for Fantail, along with managing directors Michael Diegelmann, Ulrich Weihle and Henryk Deter of cometis, all presented their agency’s strengths during the recent PRGN meetings in New York.

Each is a talented communicator with an exceptional sense of humor, which helped each agency gain unanimous support on their entry into the PRGN.