At the end of Main Street in Telluride a majestic mountain looks down on the beautiful town: Ajax Peak. After vacationing in the community for many years one of our company’s co-founders decided this was the year to summit. And so it was. Along the route, a lot of effort was undertaken. That’s not unlike the public relations business. Or public affairs. Or crisis communications. Or elections. Or producing large events. These are all of the things we do. And our entire team did them well enough to call 2015 our best year ever. Aggressive mountaineers like to lay claim to “bagging peaks.” Aggressive communications professionals prefer to help clients get to the top in another way. We’re proud to report these many instances for the last half of 2015. Thank you to them and all, as always, for the privilege to represent such exceptional people, brands and causes.
In the past we’ve regaled with tomes totaling thousands of words. This time we’ll be a little more succinct, but not much. If you can’t figure it out, give us a call. We’ll help translate, just as we can with an enhanced approach to communications.
Public relations and public affairs in support of a successful approval for what would be the first Ritz-Carlton Resort built in North America. In a decade. In Paradise Valley …
- Helping one of our longest-standing clients, Barrett-Jackson, with key political and communications issues as the “World’s Greatest Collector Car Event” readies to celebrate its 45th Anniversary.
- There are few things more beautiful than Andrea Bocelli’s voice, or his effort to lend a hand to Celebrity Fight Night and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center. Accentuating such via media relations work led by Jennifer Moser and Jennifer Parks was one of the year’s highlights.
Just hired by the Governor Ducey-led Proposition 123 and Campaign Manager J.P. Twist for a little campaign pomp and circumstance.
- Strategizing, overcoming and ultimately celebrating for our client Camelot Homes and neighbors who had turned the company’s project into a North Scottsdale civic cauldron until an innovative approach led to a “win-win.”
- The Southwest’s largest contemporary art auction is organized by downtown Scottsdale’s Larsen Gallery. Completing its third year just two months ago, sales were up 50% from the previous year. The only thing better than being able to provide public relations services for such a distinct event is the integrity of its owners.
From the largest contemporary art auction to PR for the largest automobile park to be built in the U.S. in years, and the largest ever on tribal lands. Working with the Chapman Automotive Group, Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community and Mullin360, December 4th was a memorable groundbreaking to great fanfare.
- Litigation Support. Providing key communications to hot legal issues is something we have become quite adept at for clients. Some big issues settled recently, although agreements don’t allow us to talk much about them! Shhh.
- Another long-standing client Turf Paradise is celebrating its 60th year. Star Wars opened. Solar wars continue in Arizona – and around the country. It’s a shame really. When has innovation not been the answer? Fortunately, and just as Nixon went to China, some unexpected leaders appear poised to posit more peace and less war.
Led by Jen Moser, we once again helped Larry Fitzgerald raise money for his foundation this past August at his Fitz Supper Club dinner, hosted by Dominick’s Steakhouse. A record amount of money was raised by the sold out crowd and we look forward to working on a new golf tournament for Larry this April. More details on this celebrity filled two day event to come soon.
Not only has Dominick’s Steakhouse seen their numbers continue to rise, but its sister restaurant Steak 44, is also still exploding and remains one of the hottest spots to be seen. It’s expanding into Houston, TX this spring. There will only be one original Steak 44 though…be sure to look up Steak 48 outside of Arizona. In addition to Houston, plans are underway for Dallas and Chicago, with more big announcements in the near future.
- One of the Valley’s hottest home builders, Cullum Homes, with new projects in just about every cool location in the Valley does cool events too. More are upcoming but one happened in September. Shutting down a street to celebrate the opening of some of the most expensive homes per square foot in Arizona. That was the “56th Street Festival.” The next one up? The First Annual S.M.A.R.T. Party, January 31st on location at The Village at Mountain Shadows.
Speaking of great sales and summiting you can’t get any higher when it comes to residential real estate sales than Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty. They’re #1 in real estate sales by a mile, as demonstrated in this ad we created for them and placed throughout Arizona.
- Some Scottsdale Stuff . . . As Mayor Jim Lane’s re-election consultants we worked with the best fundraising consultants in the land to help organize the most successful political fundraiser in Scottsdale history .. . the Scottsdale Firefighter’s Association Annual Dinner was better than ever with keynote speakers Amy Van Dyken and Juliann Ashcraft . . .
- And speaking of politics U.S. Senator Marco Rubio was back to Arizona in November for his inspiring presidential run where we again provided key fundraising support, and otherwise provided political support with Lincoln Strategies to the campaign.
- Real estate redeveloper mogul and philanthropist Michael Pollack always keeps life interesting, and did again, as he/we engaged some Chandler officials who thought dropping a light rail line possibility down Arizona Avenue to be a good thing . . . without a public vote. That’s not going to happen.
Horse Hockey & Even The NFL Needs Heroes. We believe in our skills. That’s why we have put up millions of dollars to produce two terrific events in recent years. The 5th Annual Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships saw its best year ever October 24th at WestWorld of Scottsdale. Now the most attended polo event in the United States and most interesting one in the world, it will return with more panache than ever November 5, 2016. Scottsdale success may lead us to export the platform to Aspen in 2017. And then there’s the Fiesta Bowl Rugby & Balloon Classic, entering its third year, with new changes and elements to be announced for April 23rd at Scottsdale Stadium.
- The Mother Theresa of Arizona wildlife is Linda Searles at the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center. Privilege doesn’t begin to describe being able to represent this noblest of causes as it tries to beat back inanity. It’s a story you are going to be hearing a lot more about. Promise.
- And finally, go see the musical Hamilton. We like to pride ourselves on incomparable creativity in what we do, but to see that level of creative pioneering is to have revealed the summit. It’s a place we hope to get to, as we unveil our own musical in Fall, 2017 with some of the Valley’s brightest lights. Stay tuned. Just as if you want to stay on track, or perhaps jump ahead in business a little more.
We know how the show works. And in 2015 thank you for making our’s the best one yet.