Padilla Speer Beardsley Inc., an independent public relations consulting firm with offices in Minneapolis and New York, announced today it has hired seven new employees, enhancing key practice areas including: agribusiness, consumer marketing, interactive and creative services, manufacturing, technology and public affairs.
The additions include directors Wanda Blair and Kim Isenberg, account supervisor Theresa Skillrud, senior account executive Kurt Zellers, senior graphic designer Zion Wu Anderson, account executive Muriah Keith and assistant account executive Heather Johnson.
Blair joins the firm as a director in the firm's consumer marketing practice. She will be responsible for developing media relations strategies, national publicity opportunities and media training for clients Capella University, GE and General Mills.
Skillrud and Keith join the firm's manufacturing and technology practice. Skillrud will supervise work primarily for client Rockwell Automation. Account executive Keith will serve a variety of clients, including Aveso and Rockwell Automation.
Isenberg and Zellers expand Padilla Speer Beardsley's public affairs practice. As director, Isenberg will prepare clients for a broad range of public affairs challenges, including congressional and state legislative inquiries and regulatory development and enforcement. Senior account executive Zellers is currently a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives and a former director of public affairs.
Wu Anderson rounds out the Padilla Speer Beardsley creative and interactive services practice as the firm's senior graphic designer. Her areas of concentration include print collateral, corporate and brand identity, advertising, layout, photo direction and packaging design.
Johnson joins Padilla Speer Beardsley as an assistant account executive in the firm's consumer marketing practice area. She will assist clients Cub Foods, General Mills, Metropolitan Airports Commission and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.