New year. New name.

As 2017 kicks off in earnest, we’ve already seen at least one change on the marketing and communications front here in Idaho. On January 1st, the Gallatin Public Affairs office in Idaho was acquired by Portman Square Group.

Portman Square Group is led by Emily Baker, who was previously Managing Partner of Gallatin’s Boise office.

Job Opening at Gallatin Public Affairs

Gallatin Public Affairs in Boise has an opening for an Executive Assistant. From the job listing on LinkedIn:

Gallatin Public Affairs is seeking an Executive Assistant to provide administrative support to the office managing partner and our growing team of consultants in the firm’s Boise office. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, calendar management for the office managing partner and the Boise team, office management and general receptionist duties, maintenance of office equipment, and creating and drafting electronic and print document. Candidate will serve as liaison between Gallatin’s other offices to coordinate billing, calendars, meetings, conference calls and administrative support projects. Assist with client and corporate assignments when applicable.

Full details and how to apply can be found here. But hurry, the deadline to apply for the position is July 13th (yes, I know that’s today — sometimes we all have to work on short notice).

New Partner at DaviesMoore

DaviesMoore recently announced that they are beefing up their capabilities with the addition of Isaac Squyres as an equity partner.

Prior to joining DaviesMoore, Isaac was most recently a Partner at Gallatin Public Affairs in Boise, and also spent nine years with McNeely Pigott & Fox Public Relations. He is a graduate of Davidson College in North Carolina, holding a BA in Political Science.

Congratulations Isaac.

New Hires at Stoltz Marketing Group

Stoltz Marketing Group has added to their staff with two new hires:

First, Sydney Sallabanks has joined the agency as Public Relations Director to lead the agency’s strategic communications and public relations practice. with two decades of public relations experience, Sydney has particular expertise in media relations, crisis mitigation, public affairs, strategic communications, campaigns and signature events.

Prior to joining Stoltz Marketing Group, she was most recently was principal at Gallatin Public Affairs, where she was responsible for developing and implementing strategic communications plans and managing media relations for a diverse group of clients including the University of Idaho, Friedman Memorial Airport and Idaho Public Television. Before Gallatin, she was director of communications at University of Idaho, Boise where she served as regional press secretary to the university president and managed internal and external communications.   She is president of the Idaho delegation of the Public Relations Society of America and a board member and lobbyist of the Idaho Press Club.  She is a longstanding volunteer with local charitable organizations including Junior League Boise and Big Brother/Big Sister. A graduate of Leadership Boise, Sydney has also been honored as “Woman of the Year” by the Idaho Business Review and recognized as one of Boise’s “Accomplished Under 40.” She is a graduate of the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism.

The second new hire or note is, well…me.

No, this is not some belated April Fool’s Day joke.

I’ve joined Stoltz Marketing Group as Interactive Services Manager.  I’ll be working with a variety of key accounts, and will be involved with a number of client and agency initiatives in the online space.  Long-time readers of the Idaho Ad Agencies blog are familiar with my past experience and history, so I’ll spare you the details here.

But fear not, dear readers — the Idaho Ad Agencies blog will continue much as it has in the past.  Like the industry, it has evolved over time, and will continue to do so into the future.