Summer always seems to see crisis blooming at PR companies. Leading independently owned Boston-based PR firm Regan Communications sued their IT service provider, Endeavor Services Group for $150,000 in damages according to The Boston Globe. They claim Endeavor hacked their network after being fired by Regan.
The court filing alleges George Regan was insulted via emails, and the IT provider also made “..unwanted, inappropriate, and unprofessional overtones” with sexual innuendos to Regan’s female employees.
The lawsuit further claims Endeavor retaliated by deleting “….the company’s active user directory, along with “hundreds of thousands of files relating to client work.” When that was not enough for Endeavor, they shut down the firm’s entire network, according to the suit.
A day and a half without email access for a PR firm equals eternity, a lot of pacing, angry phone calls and no end of frustration.
They pressed charges against the person at the IT company who hacked their system – and he was arrested and pled guilty. Unfortunately, a day and a half of eternity can never be replaced. Sigh!
But here’s a bit of good news … Regan Communications was founded in 1984 by George Regan and employs about 65 people. Their headquarters are in Boston, but they also have offices in New York City, Providence RI, New London and Hartford CT, Washington DC, Cape Cod, and Florida. They work with clients in the retail, financial industries, higher education, corporate, and hospitality sectors.
George K. Regan, Jr. is the founder and CEO of Regan Communications. It’s come a long way since 1984 and currently claims the number one spot of privately-owned PR firms in New England and 6th largest in the U.S. George started his career when he was just 17, working as a reporter for the Boston Globe, earning his first byline when he was 18.
Later he became a top administrative worker for Boston’s Mayor, Kevin White – serving for 10 years as Press Secretary and moving up to Director of Communications for the city. He spent some of his career working on presidential campaigns for Jimmy Carter, Michael Dukakis, and a couple others.
George enjoys the chance to give back to the community, and uses that opportunity often as a strong supporter of several charitable organizations including Carroll Center for the Blind, Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital and Franciscan Hospital for Children, The American Liver Foundation, Urban College of Boston, the Sports Museum, and Perkins School for the Blind.
He’s also proud to say he’s an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America – another organization he supports – Way to be prepared (and doing good deeds) George.