Former PRSA Maryland President Lisa Brusio Coster has joined Pennsylvania-based boutique branding and communications agency Gavin as public relations director.

According to a news release, Brusio Coster comes to Gavin with a demonstrated history of achieving sound communications goals working with local, regional and national organizations in a variety of industries. As founder and president of the former Maryland-based Coster Communications, Ltd. for more than 20 years, she is a public relations strategist and marketing and communications expert.

Her role at Gavin is to oversee major client accounts and direct a staff of media relations managers, project coordinators and interns, while working strategically with the leadership team to guide Gavin into the next decade of business growth.

“As we approach a decade in business, we’re enthusiastic about having a pro like Lisa on our public relations team to support our continued growth of public relations and crisis communications services, especially as the agency’s clients continue to be met with rapidly changing communications in the market,” says Gavin President/CEO Mandy Arnold. “As we look ahead, we’re anticipating our clients’ needs continuing to evolve and have built a team of diverse perspectives to tackle complex communications issues.”

Along with Brusio Coster, Gavin has hired John Buffone, senior media relations manager in the PR department. It has also promoted The Adlibber host, Jay Scott, to senior media relations manager, and Emily Vanaskie to senior public relations coordinator.

Based in York, Pa., Gavin is comprised of nearly 30 employees across the country providing a comprehensive suite of services, including brand strategy, public relations, digital marketing, design and integrated marketing.

The Maryland Manufacturing Extension Partnership announced that Marjie Cota has joined the organization as director of business development and marketing. In this role, she will further MD MEP’s ongoing efforts to strengthen manufacturing in Maryland by identifying motivated small- to medium-sized manufacturers across the state and connecting them with MD MEP services to help meet their growth goals. Previously, Cota was the vice president of business development and strategic partnerships at Harbor Designs and Manufacturing, where she worked with local entrepreneurs and helped develop market strategies to bring new products to market in the health care, transportation and consumer spaces.

Alex. Brown Realty, Inc. announced that Topher Brewer will be joining the firm as Chief Marketing Officer. Brewer’s primary responsibilities include strategic communications, marketing, and fundraising. Prior to joining ABR, Mr. Brewer was a Director at Sands Capital Management and Partner at Brown Advisory.  “We are very pleased that Topher will be joining the ABR Team,” commented Tom Burton, ABR’s Senior Managing Director and CIO. “We believe his vast marketing and fundraising experience will prove instrumental to our current and future fundraising efforts.”

Atkinson Strategic Communications, a Baltimore-based public relations firm, hired Haley Chitty as the new Communications Associate, where he will help a growing number of clients effectively tell their stories to diverse audiences through engaging content. “We are excited to welcome Haley to our growing team,” said Atkinson Strategic Communications President and CEO Bill Atkinson who started the firm in 2020 after 15 years in the public relations business and 21 years as a newspaper reporter in Baltimore. “Haley’s unique and extensive communications experience will help us meet the evolving needs of current and future clients. He is having an immediate, positive impact helping clients increase and strengthen their voice and reputation.” Chitty brings more than 15 years of public/media relations, marketing and communications experience to Atkinson. Over his career he has built and run communications departments at nonprofit trade associations in Washington, DC. At the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) he led the redevelopment of websites and launched their social media presence, helping the associations engage and persuade diverse audiences.

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