San Diego Marketing and Public Relations Agency J. Walcher Communications has announced the promotion of two staff members and a new hire.
Ashley Bendas has been promoted from Senior Account Executive to Account Supervisor. Bendas first joined the agency in 2013 as an intern and returned in 2015 as an account coordinator. He will continue to manage a number of clients from real estate, hospitality, nonprofit organizations and professional services. Bendas graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in journalism.
Olivia Stafford has been promoted from Account Executive to Senior Account Executive. Stafford joined JWC in 2015 after working at Focuscom, a San Diego public relations and public relations firm. She graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a BA in Spanish and a specialization in writing and public relations.
McKenna Ryan joined JWC as an account coordinator after interning at Havas Formula, a San Diego public relations agency. JWC said it will help professional services, retail, hospitality, and non-profit clients. Ryan graduated from California State University Chico with a BA in Journalism and an emphasis in Public Relations and a minor in Marketing.
“Ashley and Olivia have proven to be excellent client campaign managers and continue to demonstrate excellent results for our clients. They both express and maintain a wealth of experience across multiple industries, ”said JWC President Jean Walcher. “And McKenna has already demonstrated a willingness to be involved in a wide range of clients and projects.”
Celebrating 20 years in business this year, JWC was recognized in November 2020 by Forbes magazine as one of America’s Best Public Relations Agencies for 2021. Forbes’s inaugural list included 200 agencies across the county. The list was developed in partnership with market research firm Statista, which surveyed more than 12,700 experts and 20,500 clients who nominated more than 5,000 firms. Self-nominations were not considered.
Sarah Beavins, American Council on Exercise Sales Director
the American Council on Exercise, based in San Diego, has named Sarah Beavins Vice President of Sales and Marketing. He has more than two decades of marketing experience in higher education agencies, nonprofits, and advertising.
ACE said Beavins will oversee and drive ACE’s marketing of certification and education products and sales teams. He will also be responsible for global oversight of marketing strategy development, planning and management of marketing activities, including market research, competitive analysis, and sales support.
“ACE is delighted to have Sarah on the ACE team,” said Scott Goudeseune, CEO of ACE. “With proven success in team leadership, brand management, and marketing communications, Sarah plays a key role in developing and executing ACE’s marketing strategies to position ACE as an industry leader in education. , certification and participation of exercise professionals and health coaches “.
“Every day, more than 90,000 ACE-certified exercise professionals and health trainers help people live happier and healthier lives,” said Beavins. “I am honored to lead the efforts that will grow ACE’s family of certified professionals and provide the resources necessary for them to have an even greater impact.”
Before joining ACE, Beavins led commercial and marketing efforts for various organizations. Most recently, he spent the past two years leading digital marketing strategy at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas. Previously, she also spent seven years as the Director of Digital Product Marketing at the Graduate Management Admission Council, as well as five years at TMP Worldwide and two years at the Performance Communications Group.
Beavins completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Miami and earned his master’s degree in marketing from Johns Hopkins University.
Healthcare communicators award scholarship to UCLA student
the Southern California Healthcare Communicators, a group of regional networks, has presented a $ 2,000 scholarship to San Diegan Bryan Cheng, who is enrolled at the University of California at Los Angeles and studies molecular, cellular and developmental biology. Cheng graduated from Canyon Crest Academy in Carmel Valley.
AMN Healthcare of San Diego sponsored the scholarship. High school and college seniors planning a career in healthcare and enrolled in a San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles school district were eligible for the scholarship.
“Bryan personifies the exact reason we are offering this scholarship,” said Christina Campo, president of HCCSC. “Their goal is to help communities where access to medical resources is limited or non-existent. Throughout high school, he volunteered on medical mission trips throughout San Diego, including a pop-up clinic in Tijuana, Mexico, and at Tenwek Hospital in Bomet, Kenya. We couldn’t be more pleased to award him this scholarship and help him achieve his goals for a healthier world. “
HCCSC members include communication professionals working in the healthcare, wellness, biotechnology, medical device, medical information technology, and pharmaceutical industries in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Orange counties, as well as the Inland Empire. Information is available at www.hccsc.org.
IABC to discuss crisis communications
the International Association of Business Communicators The San Diego chapter will host “Crisis Communication: Managing the Message,” an in-person network mixer and program beginning at 6 pm, Thursday, September 30, at AleSmith Brewing, 9990 AleSmith Court. Networking begins at 5pm
The cost of attendance is $ 20 for members, $ 30 for non-members, and $ 5 for students. Attendees will receive two tickets for drinks. For more information about the event, visit http://sandiego.iabc.com/.
The speaker will be San Diego public relations veteran David Oates, director of Public relations security, who will discuss his recent work with Plum Healthcare, operators of more than 50 skilled nursing facilities during COVID-19. Oates has more than 25 years of strategic public relations experience in military, government, corporate, charitable and startup environments. He has served as a US Navy public affairs officer, Director of Corporate Marketing, and President of a nonprofit organization.
Rick griffin is a San Diego-based marketing and public relations consultant. His MarketInk column appears weekly on Mondays in the Times of San Diego.