FleishmanHillard in D.C. added Geoffrey Basye as a senior vice president and partner in public affairs, and Jennifer Mitchell as a senior vice president in social and innovation.  Basye, stated the agency, “brings a depth of experience in public affairs and media relations through his prior work with Fortune 25 companies and in multiple capacities within the public sector, including as a White House political appointee and spokesperson for the nation’s top aviation agency”. Mitchell, most recently, was the director of social media at MGM Resorts International in Las Vegas.

Ben Finzel, President of RENEW PR, launched DC Family Communicators, a professional networking group for LGBTQ communications professionals in D.C.. The group is modeled on (and takes its name from) a similar group in Atlanta that was formed more than 15 years ago. According to Finzel, “DC Family Communicators is a professional networking group. We share job leads, highlight job promotions and help connect the LGBTQ communications community in Washington.” Any LGBTQ communicators in DC interested in joining the group can email info@renewpr.com.

REQ has been named to Inc.’s Best Workplaces of 2018. The D.C.-headquartered digital brand management and marketing company was selected from thousands of nominations for its dedication to employees through best-in-class training, year over year growth, innovative client solutions, and strong collaborative culture. This announcement, stated REQ, adds to the list of more than 75 awards the company has received since its founding in 2008. The company has also previously been named a Great Place to Work by both Washingtonian Magazine and Washington Business Journal.

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