Ashlene Larson is now Public Relations Director at Planit, joining from Early Light Media where she was Director of Marketing and Client Development. She was an independent consultant from 2014 to 2017 and was account supervisor at GKV from 2010 to 2014.

Feats, an event strategy, design and production agency specializing in higher education engagement, has changed its name to August Jackson. The Baltimore-based Feats, founded in 1985 by Paul Wolman and known as P.W. Feats, was acquired in January by August Jackson and operated as a stand-alone entity within the agency. The company is based in Bethesda with offices in Baltimore, New York City and Chicago.

Cameron Barry, who held the position of Planit PR Director from 2005 to 2008, and most recently was at Feats as brand communications director, has started a short- and long-form print and digital writing business in Rodgers Forge, Words Count, LLC.

Greg Novik, known as “Mayor of Belvedere Square” and for his shop Greg’s Bagels, died Oct. 12 of pancreatic cancer, according to an obituary in The Sun. Prior to Greg’s Bagels, Novik was in the advertising business, including working for Hutzler’s department store in the 1970s as coordinator of broadcast advertising, and later as a freelance copywriter. From 1984 to 1988 he was creative director for Image Dynamics.

Kellie Elmerraji, previously Digital Marketing Director at The Cyphers Agency in Annapolis, is now Director of Digital Strategy at Red Thinking.

Mindgrub has been awarded Baltimore Innovation Week’s Design/Dev Firm of the Year. The Baltimore Innovation Week awards, organized by Technically, are determined by an annual online vote honoring standout performances in tech.

Global digital marketing agency Jellyfish was named Performance Agency of the Year at the Drum Search Awards. The agency also took home top honors for Best Use of Data in recognition of work with CARFAX and Best e-Commerce Campaign with Total Wine.

Compiled by Baltimore editor Jeffrey Davis, managing partner of Baltimore PR firm Van Eperen.

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