Happy Anniversary, HMA!!

December 30, 2009

Times flies when you’re having fun! And boy have we had some fun.

That’s right, 2010 marks the 30th anniversary of HMA Public Relations! To celebrate, the HMA team will be doing 30 major “things” throughout the year that involve our clients, our community and our friends to acknowledge this important milestone.

So stay tuned to our blog, be sure to become a fan of HMA Public Relations on Facebook, and follow our team on Twitter (Scott, Abbie, Alison, Beth) to be the first to know what’s going on. 

You just never know – might be some fun contests, opportunities to join us as we give back to the community or even a shout-out or two to some of our friends and family.

But, before all that, let’s take a look back through the years in photos…Enjoy!

Scott - circa 1980 with NAU buddy and now famed KMLE FM personality, Tim Hattrick


Abbie - circa 1980 as a Shadow Mountain Matador


Alison - circa 1980 she was in the delivery room with her mom (Alison was born Sept. 26, 1980)

Beth - circa 1980 she was still but a sparkle in her dad, Pete's, eyes. So, here is Pete circa 1980!



April 5, 2009

What a weekend! I meant to send one last post last night as the event concluded, but my feet were begging me to walk them to the car by midnight.

Below are just a few more photos – including my VERY favorite. It’s the one with the four people who make the event happen, Kevin, Jan, Ken and Carolyn. Well done friends! When do we celebrate?


The brains and brawn behind the event - Kevin, Jan, Ken and CarolynHMA's own Scott and Susan Hanson spotted in VIP area

Red Bull Wake Lab winner Parks Bonifay

Red Bull Wake Lab winner Parks Bonifay


Hello world! We here at HMA are lucky enough to have friends in high places…

Michael Ging, famed photographer and 37-year-veteran (!!!) of the Arizona Republic, attended the festival yesterday and was nice enough to bring his camera.

Enjoy our HEFTY slide show here and (shameless plug alert!) feel free to contact Michael if interested in any photos or if you are looking for a great freelancer here.

dscf1385A tip of the hat to HMA friend and restaurateur extraordinaire Craig DeMarco, who held a pre-grand opening fundraising celebration at his newest restaurant, Postino Central, over the weekend that raised more than $11,000 for the nearby St. Francis Xavier Elementary School.
Nearly 200 guests attended the event, with nearly half arriving at the bike and pet-friendly restaurant on bicycles or on foot.

Postino’s goal is to be an integral part of its surrounding community. Postino Central, for example, was given two beach cruisers – a black one for men and a pink one for women – by St. Francis supporters during the fundraiser to encourage members of the community to head to the restaurant and grab the bikes for a quick lap around the bridal path or the light rail route any day of the week.

dscf1384“Both bikes will remain at Postino’s Central and will be available to all members of our new community,” said DeMarco.

Check out video of DeMarco and the kids from St. Francis Xavier here.

Photo of the Day

April 17, 2008

It has been quite the busy April for HMA, especially with this past weekend’s Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. We are proud to call the Subway Restaurants in the Phoenix market our client, and even prouder of the fabulous children’s event – The Subway Freshest, Fittest Tailgate Party of the Year – they worked with us to put on our at PIR just before the race.


Congrats to the winning kids, their classes and organizations.


Abbie S. Fink, Scottsdale resident and vice president/general manager of HMA Public Relations, and Donna Dubowsky of Las Vegas, formerly of Phoenix, were in Israel last month as part of a Young Israel/Aish Las Vegas mission.  In addition to time spent in Jerusalem, the group toured Hebron, Tiberias and Zafat.  Pictured here is the visit to the Tel Dan Nature Reserve. The Tel Dan Reserve covers only about 120 acres but because of its location and unique environmental conditions, the reserve contains plants and animals from a variety of worlds. 

Photo provided by Abbie S. Fink

Pictured left to right, Abbie S. Fink and Donna Dubowsky

Rubbing Elbows…

January 31, 2008

dan-obrien.jpgThe FBR Open is known for its people-watching and business networking opportunities, as well as some outstanding golf.

The Arizona Chapter of EO, of which I am a member, utilizes its tent in corporate village in brilliant fashion:  the tent serves as a venue to bring in speakers that provide an educational component for its members and guests as part of the EO experience.

This year, 1996 Olympic and 1998 Pan Am Games gold medal decathlete Dan O’Brien visited the EO tent to speak to the organization’s members.  O’Brien is the current world record-holder in the decathlon – track and field’s most demanding competition.

O’Brien shared his mental approach to success.  In his quest to become the world’s greatest athlete, he said he had to accomplish it in his mind first, before he could do it on the field.  He stressed that such a philosophy applies to athletics, business and personal lives.

He said there are three levels of champions:  non-champions, which is self-explanatory; champions, who prepare for success and attain it; and true champions, what we should all strive to be in all facets of our lives.

O’Brien had several other key points.   “You must think like a champion,” he said.  “When I expected success, I got it.” 

Nice to be able to mix in some professional development with the golf, socializing, etc. 

Oh, and can you name the 10 events that comprise the decathlon?

Photo of the Month!

January 10, 2008

headshots-007.jpg Photo of the Month!

Each month, we’ll be posting some of our favorite HMA pics on the job and beyond, like the picture above, when Alison braved a man-eating snake in 2007 to help provide a visual for a Circle K Tempe Music Festival live remote with Ch. 3.  The things we do for a good story!