Stomping The Divots In 2014.

Polo is one of the very few sports that invites spectators to interrupt – and enjoy – its match at halftime.  The tradition is known as “Stomping of the Divots.”  Made a bit more famous by Julia Roberts in the movie Pretty Woman, our annual celebration of the sport in Scottsdale is perhaps the best way to kick off our assessment of the first half of 2014, albeit a couple of weeks late.  Thank you to all who played a part and invested their confidence in us to make a difference on their behalf whether it was for public relations, crisis communication, elections or public affairs.  Last year was our company’s second best since starting it in 1996.  We are on pace to match or exceed that so far this year.  We don’t share that to feed our ego.  We do so because we get stuff done. And appreciate you allowing us to help.

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Not An Unlucky '13. Thank You. Here's To A Remarkable '14.

It’s the season for sharing and gratitude.  To our public relations, public affairs, crisis communications and elections clients, thank you and sincere appreciation. This may be our best year ever and such results and opportunities wouldn’t happen without you.

We finish the year pleased to announce some superb new clients like McLaren Scottsdale, Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, Ice Den, Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale and Taylor Morrison Homes. And thanks to our great team we were nominated for 7 different “Best Of” marketing and public relations categories by Arizona Foothills Magazine.

Thanks to you, and with you, we are able to work smartly and collaboratively for the betterment of brands as well as the community with insight and innovation. And there were just a few memorable stories along the way.  Yes, we will never forget Amy’s Baking Company for those six crazy days.  Oh what might have been with the press conference they canceled?  No matter, we wish them, you and all a terrific holiday season.  Here are a few of the highlights for the last half of 2013, for your reading pleasure, or insomnia cure.

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2012: Quite a Year
It’s that time of year for reflection and we are extremely grateful to all of our clients for helping make 2012 one of our finest years. We’ve had a gratifying run, only some of which we’ve listed below. Thank you for all you have done to be part of our efforts to swing for the fences.

It’s nearly public relations halftime for 2013, and a good time to say thank you to all public relations, public affairs, political consulting and crisis communications clients and the great team we have here on a fun, effective first half of the year. Without your support and confidence 2012 would not have been the second best year in our PR company’s history, and helped us launch into 2013 with momentum. Indeed, we want to thank the Arizona Capitol Times for recognizing our team, hard work and results with three “Best of the Capitol” nominations this year for Best PR Person, Best Public Relations Company and Best Twitterer.

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It’s Time For Some More Good News In Scottsdale

Desert Stages Theater.

It’s one of those neat, special Scottsdale places just north of Scottsdale Fashion Square.

And before entering it off of Goldwater one sees a little street sign. It’s conspicuous. It wouldn’t typically be there. But there it sits, calling out “Gerry Cullity Way,” to honor the late founder of Desert Stages and his commitment to youth.

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Let’s Never Take Arizona Tourism & Special Events For Granted
The state’s largest industry is and likely always will be tourism. All economic development efforts in times like these are important but tourism is often taken for granted. But it should never be forgotten as the critical economic engine it is from the Grand Canyon in the north to a nationally known gem show in the south.

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Connect Don’t Disconnect
Our proposal to connect the Indian Bend Wash with Papago Park, perhaps with an elevated trail down the middle of McDowell Road culminating with an outdoor amphitheater near the Desert Botanical Garden, has created some robust commentary.

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