Ben Finzel celebrated the fifth anniversary of his agency, RENEWPR, at the George Town Club in Washington, D.C. The  Honorary Host Committee for the event included leaders of several D.C.-area communications, marketing and public affairs firms: Anthony Shop and Thomas Sanchez of Social Driver, Laura Taylor of Silverline Communications, Lisa Fels Davitt of Succession Communications, Ingrid Duran and Catherine Pino of D&P Creative Solutions, Chris Kelley Cimko, Taylor Gross of The Herald Group, Bob Witeck of Witeck Communications, Wes Combs of Combs Consulting Services, and Scott Widmeyer of Finn Partners.  In addition, Finzel invited alumni from each of the three firms he worked at earlier in his career: Edelman, FleishmanHillard and Widmeyer.  (Pictured above: Thomas Sanchez, Brian Bond, Joe Fuld,  Adam Shapiro and Ben Finzel.)

Reston, Va.-based Heart+Mind Strategies announced  the appointment of Mike Dabadie to the position of CEO of the company. He had previously served as co-CEO with Dr. Dee Allsop. Dr. Allsop will be on 18-month sabbatical beginning in 2020 to serve a mission for his church. He will return to Heart+Mind Strategies in early 2022.  Dabadie is a founding partner of Heart+Mind Strategies and, states a release, he brings to his role extensive expertise as a marketing executive on the client side as well as a long history in research and consulting management.

JPA Health added Kate Paxton to its D.C. office as a senior vice president. Paxton brings more than 20 years of experience managing global and regional health communications campaigns. Paxton joins from Ketchum where she was Managing Director, London Health; SVP of Washington, D.C. Health;  and senior vice president.


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