What’s Happening with Hope Hicks, Finn Partners, Porter Novelli, Walker Sands, and Shiftcomm
Hope Hicks, PR is in her Blood
Hope Hicks, the 27-year-old campaign press secretary for Donald Trump may seem unlikely for the position. She was already working for the Trump organization when the rising tide pulled her into the world of national politics. But she has strong and deep ties with PR, though nothing previously with politics.
When Trump was asked if her lack of experience in politics was an asset, he responded, “No, I don’t think there’s a benefit to that, but she was able to build political experience quickly. She was very natural. She was very natural when it comes to picking it up, and a lot of people can’t pick it up, because it’s so fast-moving.”
Hick’s father, Paul was in charge of PR for the NFL – and now works at Glover Park Group in DC. Both of her grandfathers worked in PR as well. After college, Hicks joined Matthew Hiltzik in his New York PR office where she soon became acquainted with Hiltzik’s client Ivanka Trump – and then Donald Trump, ultimately shifting to a job at Trump Tower and now she’s Trump’s political PR girl Friday. So now Hicks finds herself working on her first political campaign as none other than the press secretary for the frontrunner of the GOP Presidential campaign.
University of the West Indies Sponsoring Global Giving Week
UWI Global Giving Week celebrates Emancipation Day with events in Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados – as well as some in New York City – such as a “Mix and Mingle” with UWI Vice Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles scheduled to attend and get the party started right. UWI’s theme is “Emancipate. Educate. Donate.” And will hold a fundraiser lasting between August 1-7. Hosting the event will be Finn Partners with it all happening in their Manhattan offices.
Porter Novelli Picks Up U.K. Sauce Brand Dolmio
June has proven fortuitous for Porter Novelli as they’ve just added another account. This time, it’s the U.K. sauce brand, Dolmio. Dolimio is owned by Mars, who sent out an RFP in April. PN remains a struggling, sub-par firm but maybe their days will improve.
PRSA Chicago names Walker Sands President as PR Professional of the Year
At the Chapter’s PRSA Skyline Awards over the weekend, Walker Sands PR received five awards – the top one was for their president, Mike Santoro, named the PR Professional of the Year. Santoro said, “Chicago is home to a number of incredible agencies and practitioners, and to have been singled out among them is incredible. Walker Sands has evolved dramatically over the past few years from a niche boutique agency into one of the biggest in Chicago.”
Shift Communications PDF on Snapchat
You may have seen the ads on your social media from Shift Communications offering their newest pdf about Snapchat – “Should brands SNAPCHAT? Ads, Analytics and API have an Impact.” If your brand markets to those wanting to be on top of the latest trends and millennials or even younger, than you should know about Snapchat and Shift’s offering might just be a great resource. Know that it is 24 pages, so it may take a few minutes to garner necessary information. But if you are interested, you can find it at Shift.