H+K Strategies in D.C. added Matthew Felling as a VP, and Patrick Ryan as a senior account supervisor.
Prior to joining H+K, reports O’Dwyer’s, Felling was strategic communications director for Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and prior to that, he was a print and broadcast journalist, working as the anchor and chief political reporter for KTVA-CBS (Anchorage, Alaska).
Ryan most recently worked at Braithwaite Communications, where he was responsible for managing media relations and crisis communications. Before that Ryan worked at the Fox Business Network as a producer, as well as CNBC Thomson Reuters.
ASGK Public Strategies, a Chicago-based firm with a D.C. office, and M Public Affairs have merged and rebranded as Kivvit. ASGK and M Public Affairs have been jointly owned since 2010. The merger and rebranding, said a release, are a result of double-digit growth (over 20% annually since 2009), new partnerships, geographic expansion and additional capabilities.
“We outgrew the ASGK name,” said Managing Partner Eric Sedler. “Kivvit provides us with a brand we will define based on our unique attributes. We’re a firm set up to work seamlessly at the national, state and local levels, with the ability to apply very distinct capabilities on behalf of our clients.”
Founded as a Chicago-based public affairs firm by Eric Sedler and David Axelrod – the “A” in ASGK in 2002, the firm opened a D.C. office in 2009. In 2010, ASGK backed Maggie Moran in launching M Public Affairs in New York and New Jersey. The Miami office opened in January this year. Managing Partners Sedler and Moran will lead Kivvit in establishing the brand and positioning the firm for the future.
Kivvit has 60 professionals across the five offices. In 2014, the combined firms booked $12.5 million in revenue and Kivvit is on track to exceed $15.5 million in revenue in 2015.
The Kivvit name is derived from an Alaskan Native word meaning “valuable” and “durable,” qualities at the essence of the firm’s identity and client relationships.