- The Washington Times - Monday, August 20, 2001

D.C. PR firm promotes new media specialist

Technology is supposed to make people's lives simpler, but often, professionals are left wondering how they fit into the new media revolution.

That is where Maggie FitzPatrick comes in. Ms. FitzPatrick, 35, was recently promoted to senior vice president and director of APCO's technology public relations practice.

"Maggie has made significant contributions to out growing technology public relations portfolio," says B. Jay Cooper, senior vice president and director of strategic communications at APCO. "Her understanding of business trends has helped new and existing clients position themselves in a competitive marketplace."

APCO is a D.C. public affairs and strategic communications firm, with offices in North America, Asia, Africa and Europe.

As vice president and director, Ms. FitzPatrick will be making sure her company becomes more familiar with computer-based forms of communication, such as online press rooms and online press announcements.

"I think that's really changing the PR industry," Ms. FitzPatrick says. "The Internet and new media have created new markets that make media professionals' jobs more challenging."

Ms. FitzPatrick has been with APCO for the past four years, and was promoted to her new position at the end of July. She had previously been the vice president of Internet positioning at the company. Before coming to APCO, Ms. FitzPatrick worked as an account supervisor at Porter Novelli International, a global public relations firm that specializes in fields such as consumer marketing, health care and technology.

"She has a clear understanding of what we do," Mr. Cooper says. "She doesn't just talk the talk."

Ms. FitzPatrick lives in the District.

Kate Royce

ADVERTISING, MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS

• Marilyn Schnider joined Crosby Marketing Communications, Annapolis, as media director. Prior to joining Crosby, Ms. Schnider was vice president, media director at the Baltimore office of Weber Shandwick Worldwide.

• Beth Saunders joined Slay Public Relations, Richmond, to head up the Champion Mortgage account as account supervisor. Most recently, Ms. Saunders was an associate media director at the Martin Agency.

• Amy Kirkman joined Craig Shirley & Associates, Alexandria, as account executive. Most recently, Ms. Kirkman was an assistant publicist at Ruder Finn's Planned Television Arts in the District.

• Laughlin, Marinaccio & Owens Advertising, Arlington, promoted Kendria Perry to account executive.

• Moorea Marketing, Towson, Md., named Alicia Adams marketing manager. Ms. Adams joined the firm from the Texas-based Field Source, where she acted as their promotional manager in Delaware and Maryland.

Kathleen Brennan joined Moorea Marketing as senior account manager. Ms. Brennan was associate director of communications and development at United Cerebral Palsy of Central Maryland.

ARCHITECTURE, CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING

• Bechtel Telecommunications, Frederick, appointed Ilona Modly Hogan, a former Frederick County commissioner, to head a global team as program manager for right-of-way and site acquisitions for the company's network development projects.

• Bovis Lend Lease, Bethesda, promoted Stephen H. Skinner to executive vice president, director of operations for the Americas; Mike Bellaman, senior vice president, principal in charge, D.C. office; and Wayne Harrell, principal in charge, Virginia office.

• Bury+Partners added James Cook III as managing principal of the Virginia, Maryland and D.C. office.

• The Korth Cos. Inc., Gaithersburg, promoted Kurt Anders to director of field operations. Phil Durity joined the company as superintendent.

• Dewberry & Davis LLC, Fairfax, promoted Dennis H. Kwiatkowski, disaster services client manager, to vice president.

ASSOCIATIONS, GOVERNMENT & NONPROFITS

• The American Health Lawyers Association, headquartered in the District, named Douglas A. Hastings president of its board of directors for 2001-02. Mr. Hastings is a senior partner in the D.C. office of Epstein Becker & Green PC.

• Daniel B. Kohlhepp, regional vice president of Crescent Resources LLC, was named to the board of directors of the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership Inc.

• Kim Keenan Solomon, senior trial lawyer at the D.C. malpractice law firm Jack H. Olender & Associates, was elected vice president of the National Bar Association.

• The International Society on Hypertension in Blacks re-elected Charles L. Curry a member of the board of trustees. Dr. Curry is a J.B. Johnson professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases at Howard University College of Medicine.

• Maryland Technology Development Corp. (TEDCO), Baltimore, appointed Heidi Sheppard program manager of business incubation programs. Prior to joining TEDCO, Ms. Sheppard was executive director of Loudoun County Small Business Assistance Center.

• The board of directors of the National Fair Housing Alliance, based in the District, elected Lisa Rice to a second term as president. Ms. Rice is concurrently executive director of the Toledo Fair Housing Center.

• Donna Akers Harman, an 11-year veteran of Champion International's D.C. office, was named vice president for congressional relations of the American Forest & Paper Association in the District.

• The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs appointed Angela De Rocha Republican communications director. Ms. De Rocha joined the Banking Committee from the office of Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Texas Republican, where she was the deputy director of communications and senior writer.

• The Freedom Forum, Arlington, appointed Constance V. Aguayo vice president of human resources. Most recently, Ms. Aguayo was with Geico as director of corporate quality.

• Jim Richeson of the District was installed as president-elect of the Academy of General Dentistry. Dr. Richeson has served as the Academy's vice president and treasurer.

• Patty Tracey, membership director of the Prince William County-Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce, was elected to the board of directors for the National Association for Membership Development.

• The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) Employee's Retirement System board of trustees elected M-NCPPC Commission George H. Lowe Jr. chairman of the board. Commission Lowe replaces Commissioner Arthur Holmes Jr., who was appointed chairman of the Montgomery County Planning Board and chairman of the Commission.

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission's Montgomery County Planning Board elected Commissioner Wendy C. Perdue of Silver Spring as vice chairman of the board.

• Patty Tracey, membership director of the Prince William County-Greater Manassas Chamber of Commerce, was elected to the board of directors for the National Association for Membership Development.


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