Carmichael Lynch Spong (CLS) announced today that it has added six new employees. The firm has hired Alan Newbold as counselor, Lisa Steinmann as proofreader, Mickey Erickson as executive assistant and Ben Hande as media relations specialist. Brittini Nelemans and Jillian Beauman also have joined as summer interns.
Alan Newbold brings seven years of public relations counsel and media strategy work to his new position at CLS. Prior to joining the firm, Newbold worked for Ketchum Public Relations as a planning and business development specialist, online learning consultant and, most recently, as account supervisor in the firm’s New York Consumer Technology and Consumer Lifestyle groups. At CLS, Newbold will work on the firm’s Maytag, TRANE and Select Comfort accounts. A recent Twin Cities transplant by way of Manhattan, his roots are in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah.
Lisa Steinmann brings 15 years of experience as a teacher to her new position of proofreader. She also works as a freelance journalist, writing regularly for the Park Bugle newspaper in St. Paul. Steinmann is a native of the Twin Cities and has attended Macalester College, the University of Minnesota, and St. Thomas University. She holds a bachelor’s of arts in French literature and linguistics and a bachelor’s of science in education.
Mickey Erickson joins CLS as executive assistant, supporting the firm’s managing partner, Doug Spong. Previously, she was a commercial lender for Wells Fargo. Erickson holds a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s in business administration from St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Prior to joining CLS, Ben Hande spent a year with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx professional basketball teams as a public relations intern. In his new position, Hande is responsible for creating media lists for new product launches, mailings and media relations pitching. Hande earned a bachelor’s degree in English from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.
Brittini Nelemans joins CLS from her previous position as a freelance PR practitioner at General Mills. Nelemans will work closely with account teams for the firm’s Jack Link’s Beef Jerky and Martek accounts. Nelemans, a 2006 graduate of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, holds a bachelor’s of arts in journalism with a concentration in public relations and a minor in Spanish.
Prior to joining the firm, Jillian Beauman spent a year living in southern France, serving as a public relations consultant for international publishing house Decision News Media. In her new position, Beauman will work on the firm’s Jenn-Air and Rosetta Stone accounts. Beauman graduated in 2005 from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut with a bachelor’s of arts in public relations and a minor in legal studies.