Marketing and PR new hires and promotions

Celtic, Inc., Brookfield, has hired Jacquelyn Hribar as an account executive. She formerly worked at Caffeine Communications in Wauwatosa.

Nelson Schmidt Inc., Milwaukee, has hired Amanda Baronas as account coordinator and social media specialist in its public relations department. Baronas has been a member of the Nelson Schmidt team for nearly two years. She started as an intern with the agency and her enthusiasm and professionalism earned her a permanent position.

Primum Marketing Communications, Milwaukee has added Ashley Cobert as a public relations account executive. Prior to joining Primum, Cobert worked in public relations at another Milwaukee agency and at FIS, formerly Metavante Corporation.

Milwaukee-based Nelson Schmidt Inc., has hired Jason Mazurek as interactive developer in its Milwaukee office. Mazurek will be responsible for programming and development of client websites and applications. Previously, he worked at Kalmbach Publishing in Waukesha as a Web developer.

PKA Marketing, Mequon, has announced that Wade Kohlmann has been hired to the position of vice president of strategic services. Wade brings a wealth of experience with some of the leading agencies in Milwaukee, serving business-to-business, health care, not-for-profit and educational clients.

Milwaukee-based Nelson Schmidt Inc. has hired Brendan Kennedy as senior copywriter in its Milwaukee office. Kennedy will be responsible for producing written communications for the agency’s clients, which include but are not limited to advertising campaigns, sales brochures and website copy. He has more than seven years of experience in business-to-consumer and business-to-business writing. He previously worked at Bader Rutter in Brookfield. 

Mueller Communications, Inc., Milwaukee has hired Megan Sullivan as an assistant account executive. Prior to joining Mueller Communications, Sullivan worked as an account coordinator at BVK.

Social business agency 7Summits, Milwaukee, has hired Rob Murray as senior vice president. Murray joins the 7Summits team from Jive Software, where he established himself as the Chicago market leader. In addition to his experience at Jive, Murray also held leadership roles with RightNow Technologies, HP, Mercury Interactive, and Business Objects. He joins 7Summits with more than 20 years of software, solutions, and business leadership.

Boelter + Lincoln Marketing Communications, Milwaukee, has promoted Garth Cramer to associate creative director. He was previously a senior copywriter and producer at the agency.

Scheibel Halaska, Milwaukee, has added Brittany Dorfner as account coordinator. Prior to joining Scheibel Halaska, Dorfner gained experience managing accounts and participating in the planning and execution of campaigns at a niche PR firm, where she also developed and managed social media initiatives.

Milwaukee-based social business agency, 7Summits, has added Behrooz Rezvani to its board of directors. Rezvani is an industry-leading visionary and serial entrepreneur who brings innovation in effective mobile and social network communications to the board.

Scheibel Halaska, Milwaukee, has added Nick Abadie as senior art director to help produce creative advertising and marketing vehicles for the agency’s expanding client base. He has  nearly 10 years of experience. Prior to joining Scheibel Halaska, Abadie was an art director for Walzak Marketing Communications.

Milwaukee-based Gravity Marketing has added Barb Esser as senior account manager and Dustin Wales to its team of researchers. Esser joins Gravity after serving as director of marketing for The Rauser Agency and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Bader Rutter & Associates, Brookfield, has promoted Claire Keyes to team leader in the agency’s public relations department. She previously served as a senior account executive at the firm. Melissa Kintop was also promoted to team leader in the account management department, where she previously served as a senior account executive, and Griffin Bungener has been promoted to the position of team leader in the account management department.

Waukesha-based Brown & Martin, Inc. has named Leslie Bonk, APR as its new president. Bonk succeeds Dale Brown, who will move into a new role as chairman and chief executive officer of the marketing, public relations and IT solutions firm. Bonk joined Brown & Martin in 1986 and held several positions in the company before being promoted to senior vice president in 1994. She also earned Accreditation through the Public Relations Society of America.

Mueller Communications, Inc., Milwaukee, has promoted Phill Trewyn to senior account executive. His responsibilities will include managing client teams and execution of communications plans as well as assisting with business development initiatives. Prior to joining Mueller Communications, Trewyn worked in the newspaper industry for 15 years in a number of different reporting and editing positions. 

Milwaukee-based 7Summits agency has added three new executives to its firm. They include: Chris Taylor, business development manager; Roguen Keller, project lead and senior developer and Jason Kobs, senior designer.

Vollrath Associates Inc., Milwaukee, has promoted Jessica Vollrath to vice president.  Vollrath joined the firm in 2005.  Prior to joining Vollrath Associates, Vollrath handled media planning for several consumer clients at a Chicago advertising agency. 

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