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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Job - Amcom Software - Marketing Intern

Peter Shankman speaking at the 3rd Annual ADHD Conference in Minneapolis

Keynote: Peter Shankman, social media expert & entrepreneur will discuss ADHD and social media in his address, “Creativity + ADHD = Explosion”. Shankman has been described as “a spectacular example of what happens when you merge the power of creativity with ADHD and a dose of adventure, and make it work to your advantage.”
This daylong event also includes over 20 breakout sessions, an ADHD bookstore, exhibits featuring services and products for children and adults with ADHD, and a chance to network with parents, adults and professionals. 
Doubletree Park Place Hotel, 1500 Park Place Boulevard,
April 21, 2012 from 8:00am - 4:30pm
Register online at or call

Friday, March 30, 2012

34th Annual PRSA Classics Winners

The Minnesota chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) celebrated the best public relations campaigns of 2011 during the 34th annual Minnesota PRSA Classics Awards, held last night at Windows on Minnesota in downtown Minneapolis. The awards banquet, emceed by KARE 11 reporter Jana Shortal and Joel Swanson, president of Risdall Public Relations, was attended by more than 250 public relations and communications professionals from area agencies, corporations and nonprofit organizations, as well as independent practitioners.

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“The Minnesota PRSA Classics Awards recognize the best of the best in the field of public relations here in Minnesota,” said Brant Skogrand, APR, president of Minnesota PRSA. “We have an extremely talented community of local professionals who exemplify the quality of the profession. This year our winners stand out for their creative strategic planning and professionalism. 

The Classics Awards are divided into two categories: Elements and Programs. Elements Awards honor the best program tactics, while Programs Awards honor the best overall public relations campaigns. The highest scoring entries in the Programs Awards category were eligible for the top honor of the evening – Best of Show.

This year’s Best of Show award was presented to Caribou Coffee and Exponent PR for “Caribou Coffee Plants Hope with Amy’s Garden.” Caribou Coffee, the nation’s second-largest premium coffeehouse, has a very personal connection to breast cancer. Amy Erickson, one of Caribou’s original roastmasters, lost her battle with breast cancer in 1995. In her honor, Caribou created Amy’s Blend and brings it back every October to help raise money for a cure. To offset “pinkwashing,” Exponent PR leveraged Caribou’s personal connection to breast cancer and executed a comprehensive, events-led, cause-related program to help find a cure. In 2011, Caribou presented Susan G. Komen with the single largest company donation in Caribou Coffee’s history.

Donald G. Padilla Distinguished Practitioner Award
At the awards ceremony, the organization also honored David Kostik, APR, president of Kostik Associates Inc., with the Donald G. Padilla Distinguished Practitioner Award.
Kostik founded Kostik Associates Inc. in 2007, and provides public relations, fundraising and strategic planning counsel to a variety of corporate and nonprofit organizations. Much of Kostik’s work supports organizations committed to ending homelessness in the Twin Cities by increasing the availability of affordable housing and providing people who are experiencing homelessness with pathways to self-sufficiency.
Prior to launching his firm, Kostik held key public relations positions in a number of organizations including service with the Crosier Fathers and Brothers, Minnegasco (now CenterPoint Energy), Northern States Power Company (now Xcel Energy), Hennepin Parks (now Three Rivers Park District), and Padilla Speer Public Relations (now Padilla Speer Beardsley). Kostik began his career in public relations during his service with the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1972.

Kostik has been a member of of PRSA (and the Minnesota Chapter of PRSA) since 1975, and he earned his Accreditation in Public Relations in 1986. He just completed a three-year term of service as Board Ethics Officer for Minnesota PRSA. He also served on the board of the Minnesota Chapter from 1988-1992, including his role as chapter president in 1991. He is a co-coordinator of a network of past presidents of Minnesota PRSA.
Young Professional Award

In addition to honoring the top public relations campaigns and seasoned industry professionals, Marnie Anderson of Padilla Speer Beardsley was honored with the Minnesota PRSA Young Professional Award. In her work as an account executive at the firm, she serves as a core team member on two large agricultural accounts. Also, Anderson’s work organizing and staging the inaugural Minnesota PRSA John Beardsley Lecture in 2011 showcased her ability to lead a cohesive community of talented professionals. 

Anderson is the first winner of this new award, which will be given annually to a young professional from the chapter who has made an extraordinary contribution to their organization and also to the public relations community and profession as a whole through their work and service.

34th Annual PRSA Classics Winners

Pet Slim Down
Nestlé Purina with Exponent PR
Coca-Cola Goes Around the World in a Day
Coca-Cola with Fast Horse
Annual Reports (Business/Industry)
2010 Annual Report, Focused on Growth
St. Jude Medical with Blue Hot Creative
Annual Reports (Government/Nonprofit)
Transformation – Minnesota Zoo Annual Report
Minnesota Zoo
Pro Views: A View From Andersen Windows
Lemke Anderson with Andersen Windows
Magazines (External)
Innovations – Starkey Hearing Technologies
Starkey Hearing Technologies
Media Relations (Business/Industry - Budget Less Than $75,000)
SweeTango’s Bumper Crop Dances Off Shelves
Next Big Thing with Fast Horse
Media Relations (Business/Industry – Budget More Than $75,000)
Inspiring a Generation of Beautiful Minds
DSM Nutritional Products with Carmichael Lynch Spong
Media Relations (Government/Nonprofit)
An Uphill Ride for Awareness
Bikes Belong with Exponent PR
Feature Writing
Pediatric Nurses Make Cancer Less Scary
IBA Particle Therapy with Exponent PR
Technical Writing
Drilling for Thought Leadership
Rockwell Automation with Padilla Speer Beardsley
Speech Writing
Changing the Game, One Bowl at a Time: Malt-O-Meal CEO Presents at Carlson First Tuesday
Malt-O-Meal with Kohnstamm Communications
Engaging Boomers to Explore and Elevate Their Brain Health Online
DSM Nutritional Products with Carmichael Lynch Spong
Measuring a Recipe for Success
Land O’Lakes with Exponent PR
Social Media
CITGO: Fueling Good One Mile at a Time
CITGO with Carmichael Lynch Spong
Creative Tactics
Remember Memorex? It’s Back and Streaming Live!
Memorex with Padilla Speer Beardsley
Community Relations (Business/Industry)
Preparing Parents to be More Effective Driving Instructors
State Farm with Weber Shandwick
Community Relations (Government/Nonprofit)
Fixing a Hole in Minnesota Music Education
Vega Productions with Fast Horse
Institutional Programs (Business/Industry)
Brewing Hope with Amy’s Garden
Caribou Coffee with Exponent PR
Institutional Programs (Government/Nonprofit)
IEEE Increases Understanding for How Engineering Benefits Humanity
IEEE with Weber Shandwick
Special Events/Observances (Less than Seven Days - Business/Industry)
Mr. Bubble’s 50th Birthday Bubble Bash
The Village Company with Axiom Marketing Communications
Special Events/Observances (Less than Seven Days - Government/Nonprofit)
Carmichael Lynch Spong Helps Celebrate Made in MN & Its Homegrown Heroes
The Page Education Foundation with Carmichael Lynch Spong
Special Events/Observances (More than Seven Days - Business/Industry)
Caribou Coffee Plants Hope with Amy’s Garden
Caribou Coffee with Exponent PR
Special Events/Observances (More than Seven Days - Government/Nonprofit)
Oink Outings – Ask a Farmer. Feed a Family
Minnesota Pork with Weber Shandwick
Public Service (Business/Industry)
Engaging Consumers to Support Their Favorite Non-Profit: State Farm Go to Bat
State Farm with Weber Shandwick
Public Service (Government/Nonprofit)
Donate Life Minnesota Hospital Campaign
LifeSource/Minnesota Hospital Association
Public Affairs (Business/Industry)
Power of the Pint Delivers a Toast for Surly
Surly Brewing with One Simple Plan
Public Affairs (Government/Nonprofit)
Vaccination FACTS: Raising a Voice for Minnesota Children
Children’s Hospitals/Clinics of MN with Weber Shandwick
Marketing Services (New - Budget Less Than $75,000)
Tilia - Setting a Table for Success
Tilia with Fast Horse
Marketing Services (Established - Budget More Than $75,000)
Save-A-Lot Hits the Road to Show How to Fuel Your Family for Less
Save-A-Lot with Carmichael Lynch Spong
Marketing Products (New - Budget Greater Than $75,000)
The Music of American Girl: Partnering in Perfect Harmony
American Girl with Weber Shandwick
Marketing Products (Established - Budget Greater Than $75,000)
Remember Memorex? It’s Back and Streaming Live!
Memorex with Padilla Speer Beardsley
International Public Relations
Raising IEEE’s Profile from Sao Paolo to Shanghai
IEEE with Weber Shandwick
Crisis/Issues Management (Business/Industry)
Defending the SweeTango
Pepin Heights Orchard with Fast Horse
Crisis/Issues Management (Government/Nonprofit)
Averting a Clash of Religion and Rock ‘n’ Roll
Basilica of St. Mary with Padilla Speer Beardsley
Integrated Communications (Products)
Jennie-O Creates Turkey Burger Converts One Switch at a Time

Jennie-O Turkey Store with Carmichael Lynch Spong/BBDO/Proximity/PhD
Integrated Communications (Services)
Save-A-Lot Hits the Road to Show How to Fuel Your Family for Less
Save-A-Lot with Carmichael Lynch Spong
Industry Campaign of the Year (Consumer Products)
SweeTango: A Bumper Crop of Buzz
Next Big Thing with Fast Horse
Industry Campaign of the Year (Consumer Services)
Save-A-Lot Hits the Road to Show How to Fuel Your Family for Less
Save-A-Lot with Carmichael Lynch Spong
Industry Campaign of the Year (Technology)
IEEE Increases Understanding for how Engineering Benefits Humanity
IEEE with Weber Shandwick
Industry Campaign of the Year (B2B)
7 Billion Reasons for Science-Powered Innovation
DuPont Crop Protection with Exponent PR
Industry Campaign of the Year (Health Care)
Inspiring a Generation of Beautiful Minds
DSM Nutritional Products with Carmichael Lynch Spong
Industry Campaign of the Year (Nonprofit)
Pedaling to Mainstream
Bikes Belong with Exponent PR

About Minnesota PRSA      
Minnesota PRSA is the 10th-largest chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the world’s largest organization for public relations professionals with nearly 32,000 professional and student members. PRSA is organized into more than 110 chapters nationwide, including 19 professional interest sections and affinity groups. Minnesota PRSA is comprised of nearly 400 members who represent business and industry, agencies, independent practitioners, military, government, associations, hospitals, schools, professional services firms and nonprofit organizations.

Job - Social Media Specialist Job

Job - Wells Fargo - Intern (Team Member Communications & Engagement Programs)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Job - Two jobs at Beehive PR

    Wednesday, March 28, 2012

    Job - Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare - Interactive Graphic Designer

    Tuesday, March 27, 2012

    Job - McNally Smith - Webmaster/Copywriter Position (Full-Time)

    Job Opening: Webmaster/Copywriter Position (Full-Time)

    Job - Ultralingua - Marketing Communications Intern

    Job - Imation - Web Content Writer Intern

    Silicon Valley Descends on Duluth for #Zenith Social Media Conference

    Online marketing agency aimClear and the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce announce that they will host the inaugural Zenith Social Media Conference May 23, 2012, in Duluth, Minnesota. The conference is designed for marketers, advertisers and public relations professionals looking to conquer the social media space, boost online engagement, increase social market share and avoid wasteful social media campaigns. The Zenith Conference is a locally hosted national conference designed to empower Duluth, Twin Cities and regional social media marketers at all levels.

    The conference will feature an impressive lineup of local and experienced speakers from around the globe, representing business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) organizations and agencies, including Siemens, SEOmoz, 3M, Mall of America, Channel Intelligence and more. Marketers will have the opportunity to harness knowledge from panelists with extensive experience working with companies of all sizes from Fortune 500 to small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

    “This full-day event offers three track levels to meet the needs of all marketers, from the novice or small business owner looking for a crash course in social media, to the experienced marketer who wants to sharpen their skills and dominate the social scene,” said Marty Weintraub, CEO of aimClear.

    Sequenced by aimClear, the three track levels include the introductory-level Boot Camp Track, intermediate-level Channels Track and the Advanced Track for cutting-edge marketers. In addition, all attendees have the opportunity to learn from top-ranked attorney Jamie Nafziger, partner at Dorsey and Whitney, on how to navigate the tricky, unchartered waters of social during the Social Media & The Law Round Table.

    Marketers’ social toolkits will swell with courses and topics that cover:
    ·         Social return on investment (ROI)
    ·         Reputation monitoring and community management
    ·         Key performance indicators (KPIs)
    ·         The integration of social, local and mobile online marketing
    ·         Targeting techniques and tips
    ·         Sponsored stories, ads, PPC and more

    “The caliber of talent for this event is remarkable. We’ve tapped some of the best minds in the industry, including keynote speaker Rand Fishkin, CEO and co-founder of the web’s most popular SEO software provider SEOmoz,” said Weintraub. “Fishkin will be in excellent company at the Zenith Conference, alongside other speakers Stefan Heeke, Lisa Grimm, Molly Solberg and Brian Kenney. This powerhouse crew stays abreast of the ever-changing social landscape, and will arm attendees with top-shelf tactics and actionable takeaways.”

    The Zenith Social Media Conference will be held in collaboration with Premiere Business Supporter Charter Business and Creative Partner Swimcreative, with all proceeds benefitting the chamber’s business outreach programs.

    Registration is now open. For more information on the Zenith Social Media Conference, local accommodations or to register, please visit

    Monday, March 26, 2012

    Job - Snap Social Media - Assistant Account Manager

    Sunday, March 25, 2012

    Job - Data Sciences International - Marketing Intern

    Saturday, March 24, 2012

    Job - Thomson Reuters - Marketing Coordinator Intern

    Friday, March 23, 2012

    Job - Bethany House - Summer Internship

    MIMA - No Boundaries: The Rapid Evolution and Diversification of Digital Marketing

    The biggest annual marketing and technology conference in the Midwest, presented by the oldest interactive marketing association in America. Join us as we mark the 11th Anniversary of the MIMA Summit. Since 2001, we’ve been getting to share the latest in digital thinking, and over the years our community has become a world leader in all things interactive marketing (and development). But we’re not bragging.
    Join MIMA and more than 1,000 of the brightest minds in the Midwest to become more inspired about the many amazing innovation that are taking place in the digital space.

    Look who we’ve got this year for keynotes!
    • Guy Kawasaki, co-founder of, an “online magazine rack” of popular topics on the web, and founding partner of Garage Technology Ventures.
    • Jane McGonigal, Creative Director, Social Chocolate. Author of The New York Times best seller, Reality Is Broken.
    Registration is now open! The first 50 MIMA members to register lock-in last year’s early bird rate of $395. Register by August 17 and save with our Early Bird Pricing!

    Please contact the if you are looking to purchase a Corporate Table.

    Thursday, March 22, 2012

    Job - Maxus - Media Planning Internship

    Job - Padilla Speer Beardsley - Intern, Agribusiness

    RFP - City of Brooklyn Park - Cultural Video Production

    RFP - City of Brooklyn Park - Cultural Video Production

    Wednesday, March 21, 2012

    Job - Henry Schafer Partners – Public Relations Intern

    Job - Armada Medical Marketing - Social Engagement Coordinator

    Tuesday, March 20, 2012

    Job - Fast Horse Launches Summer Internship Campaign on Facebook

    Job - United Way - Event Planning Internship

    Job - United Way - Online Communications Internship

    Monday, March 19, 2012

    Job - Medtronic - Library Science Intern Job

    Friday, March 16, 2012

    Karwoski & Courage Hires Robinson as Digital Production Artist

    Karwoski & Courage Public Relations has hired as a digital production artist.

    Robinson comes to the agency after several years as a freelance designer, working for clients including Ameriprise, Allen Interactions and Fingerhut. Robinson also brings agency experience, having previously worked as a flash designer at MRM Worldwide and an art director at Campbell Mithun. Her wide-ranging skills encompass both print and interactive design, with experience in corporate branding, logos, banner design and more. Robinson holds a degree in graphic design from the Art Institutes International Minnesota, and also studied at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

    At Karwoski & Courage, Robinson will apply her skills for clients in a range of industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, and architectural design.

    “The nature of ‘public relations’ is changing every day, and our clients are looking to us to provide a growing range of services,” said Glenn Karwoski, managing director. “Liz’s work is helping us answer client needs more effectively and more creatively.”

    Fleishman-Hillard today announced the addition of Sheriff as senior vice president

    Fleishman-Hillard today announced the addition of Heather Sheriff as senior vice president.
    Sheriff brings broad experience working with a variety of companies on marketing communications, new product launches, reputation-building and thought leadership initiatives, issues management, executive positioning and content development.

    Most recently, Sheriff was based in the Atlanta office of Fleishman-Hillard and provided fulltime, onsite support for one of the agency’s largest clients, driving communications for a suite of consumer technology products, helping to craft the company’s “core stories” and supporting the corporation’s strategic announcements.

    Sheriff previously worked at Fleishman-Hillard’s headquarters in St. Louis, where her responsibilities included support for global companies across many sectors, including retail, food and technology.

    “Heather is a terrific addition to our team,” said David Hakensen, senior vice president and general manager of the Minneapolis/St. Paul office. “Her versatile skill set and experience working at other FH offices will be a great asset to our growing client base.”

    Sheriff holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Missouri State University.

    Job - Spotlight Media Relations - Media Relations Account Coordinator

    Thursday, March 15, 2012

    Job - SCHERMER - Project Manager

    Job - Haberman seeking Media Relations Manager

    (Re)Introducing Minnesota PRSA: Warm-Up Before Next Week’s Classic Awards

    Ever wondered what the Minnesota PRSA Business Community Outreach Committee is responsible for? Or thought about fine-tuning your event planning skills as a member of the Classics Committee?

    Join PRSA for the first Meet & Mingle of 2012 at LaBreche on Thursday, March 22 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. As a primer for the Minnesota PRSA Classics Awards, representatives of each Minnesota PRSA committee will be on hand to provide an overview of their respective committee, highlight opportunities for involvement and answer any questions.

    Hosted by LaBreche, this event will provide an opportunity for networking with fellow PR professionals while also learning more about Minnesota PRSA.

    Twitter hashtags: #MeetMingle and

    This event is sponsored by LaBreche. For more information about LaBreche, visit
    If you are looking for a chance to kick back with fellow professionals, discuss the challenges and highlights of your day, or gain a new perspective from another member, Meet & Mingle Networking Events are a “can’t miss” networking opportunity. These informal gatherings are designed to “advance the professional” and offer added value to our members.
    See more Meet & Mingle events »

    Wednesday, March 14, 2012

    Job - Risdall Public Relations - Internship

    Job - Beehive PR Internship (March – September 2012)

    Job - Dominium Management Service - Marketing Internship

    Tuesday, March 13, 2012

    Journey to My Job: Jim Accurso

    This post of "Journey to My Job" features Jim Accurso, Media and External Relations Manager for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Accurso started his position in January.

    1. Tell me about your career path so far, and how you found each of your jobs.

    My current PR career path began in 1997 when I volunteered to write the departmental newsletter for the China Accelerated Management Training Program (CAMP) while working as a contractor for Motorola University in Beijing. I was soon offered the Year2000 Communications Coordinator position with Motorola China in 1999. After repatriating in 2000, and with no vacancies in the Motorola corporate PR department in suburban Chicago, I returned to school to earn a Master of Science in Managerial Communications (MSC) degree from Northwestern University. As this was a weekends-only, executive program, I was free to immerse myself in volunteer PR work for my Catholic parish and school.

    Jim Accurso
    The PR jobs I’ve held began with recommendations from peers, co-workers and friends. I learned of the Marketing Communications Director position I had at Holy Family Parish in Inverness, Ill., from a friend; a co-worker there alerted me to the Assistant Director of Media Relations opening at the Archdiocese of Chicago; a fellow networker clued me in to the fact that the U.S. Census Bureau was looking for experienced media relations pros to fill Media Specialist opportunities for the 2010 Census; called to ask if I knew anyone interested in the Communications Director opening with the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. I replied, “Yes, me!” and she saw that my resume was soon in the retiring director’s hands. Two months and four interviews later, I was offered the job I now have.

    2. Describe what you do in your current position at the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

    As the archdiocese’s Media and External Relations Manager, I handle all media inquiries; pitch stories; write releases, talking points, Q&As, statements and letters; provide advice and counsel on crisis situations and media opportunities, including interviews, articles and op-eds; contribute to the look, feel and content of the archdiocesan website; interact with my peers at local Catholic universities and agencies; and co-lead a newly-formed archdiocesan communications user’s group.

    3. What worked well for you in your most recent job search?

    In-person networking, and a willingness to meet and help others on their terms, worked best in my recent job search. In mid-October, I met a retired gentleman who very pointedly encouraged me to commit to meeting two people in person each day in addition to the myriad job search activities I was also engaged in, which included multiple job-networking groups, online job boards, and working with job coaches.

    4. What would you have done differently in your most recent job search?

    I would have jumped in feet-first — and been willing to meet more people face-to-face for coffee, etc. — much sooner in my recent job search. That said, relocating here from Chicago in April brought with it its own challenges, so I think I didn’t do all bad, especially when considering I was a finalist for two very good media relations jobs with Mayo Clinic and St. Paul Public Schools in June and August respectively.

    5. What advice do you have for job seekers today?

    The best advice I can give job seekers today is to keep all options on the table including volunteer, contracting, part-time and job-sharing opportunities. Also, seek out as many meetings as possible with fellow PR pros who are currently working; don’t be unwilling to pick up the phone or e-mail those you want to “talk shop” with; you’ll be surprised at how many positive responses you get.

    Connect with Accurso through or .

     -- / Skogrand PR Solutions, LLC

    Job - Lynn Hazan and Associates - Communications Manager-Professional Services

    Monday, March 12, 2012

    Job - Morries Automotive Group - Social Media Intern

    Job - Minnesota Lynx - Public Relations Assistant

    Friday, March 09, 2012

    Maccabee has promoted Milanowski to the new role of Social Media Director and Account Supervisor

    Minneapolis-based public relations agency Maccabee has promoted to the new role of Social Media Director and Account Supervisor. Milanowski now directs social media strategies for all Maccabee clients, including online campaigns involving YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, blogs and content-driven search optimization programs. 

    At the same time, Maccabee promoted Abra Williams to Account Executive. Williams, who came to Maccabee after serving as a PR intern with Barcelona Deluxe in Barcelona, Spain, serves agency clients including GNP Company, RedBrick Health and Hazelden.

    Job - Graco - Marketing Internship

    Cegla Joins Bellmont Partners as Assistant Account Executive

    Bellmont Partners Public Relations has added assistant account executive Tara Cegla to its growing team. Cegla brings experience in media relations, writing and social media to the full-service agency.

    Prior to Bellmont Partners, Cegla worked as a public relations intern for the 2011 Minnesota State Fair. There, she gained valuable experience in writing news releases, coordinating interviews, developing media kits, and managing social media. Cegla is also an active member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

    Cegla is a 2011 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in mass communication with an emphasis in public relations. Cegla was a copy editor and section editor for UW-Eau Claire’s campus newspaper, The Spectator. Her first PR role in college was when she helped plan one of Eau Claire's largest events, the Eau Claire Jazz Festival. She also served as public relations manager for UW-Eau Claire's student radio station, WUEC 89.7 FM, and was a public relations director for UW-Eau Claire's American Marketing Association chapter.

    “We’re excited to welcome Tara to our growing team,” says Jen Bellmont, Bellmont Partners Vice President. “Her skills and experience have already had a big impact on our agency and clients, and we’re excited to add her expertise to our State Fair work in the coming months.”
    Connect with Tara on LinkedIn or follow her on Twitter

    Thursday, March 08, 2012


    The Minnesota chapter of the today announced its new leadership roster for 2012. Minnesota PRSA is the 10th-largest chapter of PRSA, the world’s leading organization for public relations professionals.

    “Minnesota PRSA continues to demonstrate the value of public relations to organizations that desire to advance their market presence and brand identity, and help local practitioners grow in their knowledge and advance in their careers,” said Brant Skogrand, APR, president of Minnesota PRSA. “The 2012 Board of Directors is eager to meet the challenges of the rapidly changing industry landscape and to lead the public relations industry forward.”

    Minnesota PRSA is comprised of nearly 400 members who represent business and industry, agencies, independent practitioners, military, government, associations, hospitals, schools, professional services firms, education and nonprofit organizations.

    The 2012 Minnesota PRSA Executive Committee includes:
    President – Brant Skogrand, APR, Skogrand PR Solutions, LLC
    Vice President – Tracy Carlson, APR, Padilla Speer Beardsley
    Treasurer – Anna Long, APR, Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs
    Secretary – Joel Swanson, APR, Risdall Public Relations
    Ethics Officer – Michael Porter, APR, University of Saint Thomas
    Immediate Past President – Brooke Worden, APR, Weber Shandwick
    The 2012 Minnesota PRSA Board of Directors includes:
    Heather Cmiel, APR, Weber Shandwick
    Jason Sprenger, APR, FICO
    Linda Kohl, APR
    Susan Beatty, APR, Bremer Financial Services
    Susan Buckles, APR, Northwest Area Foundation
    Theresa Skillrud, APR, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

    A comprehensive leadership roster can be found on the Minnesota PRSA website ( under Minnesota PRSA/About Us.

    Job - LaBreche - Manager, Written Content

    Job - SNAP - Social Media Marketing Intern

    Wednesday, March 07, 2012

    Job - Covidien - Marketing Communications Intern

    Job - KC Associates - PR Manager

    Tuesday, March 06, 2012

    Job - Kohnstamm Communications is seeking a smart and savvy Account Executive

    Monday, March 05, 2012

    The Hirigoyen Group launches new web site

    Public relations and communications firm The Hirigoyen Group LLC has launched a new web site,

    The site provides information on services available from The Hirigoyen Group, which include strategic communications planning, management counsel, investor relations, marketing communications, social and digital media communications and international public relations.

    The site also includes background information on the public relations firm, led by Patrick Hirigoyen, APR, principal.  Mr. Hirigoyen brings to the firm more than 25 years’ experience in corporate communications, including strategic communications management positions and deep experience in insurance and financial services.

    “In recent months The Hirigoyen Group has had several great opportunities and assignments, including work in crisis communications, media relations and investor relations,” Hirigoyen said. The site includes testimonials from some of those clients, including a partner in national law firm Watson Law Firm and officials of a Minnesota-based insurer MMIC Group, Inc.

    “As we continue to build this firm, the site will feature new content and thought leadership of interest to our clientele, and opportunities to comment and interact on current topics,” Hirigoyen said.

    Job - Yelp - Marketing Internship

    Saturday, March 03, 2012

    Job - Thrivent Financial - Internship

    Friday, March 02, 2012

    Job - Olson - Public Relations Senior Account Executive

    Job - Olson - Public Relations Account Supervisor

    Job - Olson - Account Supervisor, Social Engagement

    Thursday, March 01, 2012

    Job - Hearing Components - Digital Marketing & Customer Engagement Specialist

    Job - Weber Shandwick - Public Relations Internship

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