PR firm coming to Indy

McDougall Communications announced recently that it will open an office in Indianapolis next month, complementing its Rochester, N.Y. headquarters as the communications firm continues to expand globally and domestically.

Firm Vice President Angela Howland Blackwell, a native of Carmel, Ind., and a graduate of DePauw University, is returning to Indiana with nearly three decades of corporate communications experience to lead the office. The new location will immediately begin serving major medical device, life sciences and technology clients in addition to building a portfolio of regional business. Note: Blackwell is now a member of the PRSA Hoosier Chapter.

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“The Midwest, and specifically the greater Indianapolis area, is seeing growth in life sciences, renewable energy, manufacturing, health care, beverage, and education sectors,” said Mike McDougall, APR, president of McDougall Communications. “In determining where to expand, we also searched for a region that shared the lifestyle and family-friendly aspects of Rochester, which are incredibly important in how we operate.”

Founded in 2011, McDougall Communications offers strategic public relations, crisis management and reputation management counsel, internal communications development and social media management to a range of organizations from start-ups to some of the world’s best-known national and global brands. The firm maintains active programs in the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific.

Blackwell has built a career focused on strategic corporate communications programs with global and domestic expertise in the life sciences, beverage, agriculture, consumer, and technology industries. She brings her collective communications experience to the Indianapolis area after almost two decades in corporate roles with Genencor International (formerly NASDAQ: GCOR), a $700 million global industrial biotechnology company and Constellation Brands (NYSE: STZ), the world’s leading premium wine company with annual revenues of $6 billion. Prior to her work in communications, Blackwell was an award-winning journalist.

“Angela’s years of experience make her the perfect choice to lead our expansion,” McDougall added. “I couldn’t be happier for Angela and her family to relocate home, to be near family and friends while growing our business – and those of our clients – in Indiana and beyond.”

The firm’s offices will be located at 7 Launch Way, Suite 860, Fishers, Ind., 46038; phone +1-317-537-7899.

— release courtesy of http://www.mcdougallpr.com/

Borshoff announces top leadership changes

INDIANAPOLIS – Borshoff, a leading advertising, brand development and PR agency based in Indianapolis, recently announced top leadership changes. Susan Matthews, managing principal with a 30-year career at Borshoff, will step down at the end of 2015 but stay connected to the agency as a consulting principal. The other two principals, Jennifer Dzwonar and Karen Alter, will assume new roles. Dzwonar will become managing principal and Alter will assume responsibility for agency-wide operations.

In addition, long-time employees Katherine Coble and Jennifer Berry have been named principals with ownership stakes in the agency. Coble will oversee account services and will play a major role in growing and developing talent for the agency. Berry, who has served as Borshoff’s lead creative strategist for many years, will focus on growing and expanding agency services and oversee the development of customer engagement strategies for clients.

“A member of IPREX, an international partnership of independent communications firms, Borshoff consistently serves as a model agency, with strong programs such as its ‘Bring Your Baby to Work’ opportunity for new parents and its nationally acclaimed diversity boot camp for college students,” said Nicholas Vehr, IPREX Americas president and president of Vehr Communications. “It also sets an example with its intentional succession planning. I have no doubt Susan and the other Borshoff partners thought through these leadership changes well in advance.”

As a locally owned Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) with clients throughout the Midwest and beyond, Borshoff has and will continue to evolve to meet the demands of an ever-changing market. The agency built its reputation on crisis communications and public relations expertise and, in the years since, expanded its capabilities within its robust creative services department to include advertising, brand development, web and digital media, video production and motion graphics.

The agency serves more than 70 clients in a variety of industries and geographies and receives new business calls every week, but it doesn’t rest on its laurels. “We are constantly nurturing relationships as we grow our business,” said Dzwonar. “The legacies of Myra Borshoff Cook and Erik Johnson, principals emeritus, live on.”

“I’m excited about Borshoff’s future,” said Matthews, “Our agency is on a positive trajectory, and I look forward to watching and helping the agency continue to flourish.”

— release courtesy of Borshoff

The PRSA Hoosier Chapter would like to thank Borshoff for its countless volunteer hours to support our chapter and the profession.