PR Boutiques International Elects Officers and Board for 2016

Global Agency Network Selects Berlin for 10th Annual Meeting in June 2017

SAN FRANCISCO – July 8, 2016 – PR Boutiques International™ (PRBI), a global network of 38 boutique PR firms in 12 countries, has elected its board of directors and officers for 2016-17.

Serving as president is Lee Weinstein of Weinstein PR in Portland, Oregon, a 15-year Nike veteran and 8-year boutique PR agency owner. Judith Huss of Huss PR Consult in Munich, Germany, will serve as vice president. Debbie Hagen of Hagen and Partners in Leawood, Kansas, is secretary. Joy Scott, of Scott PR in Los Angeles, will continue as treasurer, and Paul Furiga, WordWrite Communications, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is at large.

“PR Boutiques International provides great learnings for owner-operated boutique PR firms,” said PRBI President Lee Weinstein. “We are a growing, exciting organization, having added three new members – from Southern California and Tokyo – in just the first half of 2016. This past year, we’ve also added a monthly members ‘jam’ session to share best practices and ideas, and for members to ask questions to improve their businesses.”

Elected to the board are: Julia Labaton, RED PR, New York, New York; Jessica Nuñez, TruePoint Communications, Dallas, Texas; Pawel Osowski, Warsaw Consultants, Warsaw, Poland; David Eichler, Decibel Blue, Phoenix/Denver; Caraline Brown, Midnight Communications, Brighton, United Kingdom; Jeanette Darnauer, Darnauer Group Communications, Aspen, Colorado; and Vivian Li of Geni-Plus PR Consulting Company in Beijing, China.

PRBI held its ninth annual meeting of members in San Francisco in May, focusing on “Delivering Value in 2016 and Beyond.” The program focused on what defines value – great work, efficient use of resources, client experiences – and how agencies can best deliver and best present that value.

Digital content marketing was a prominent focus with a visit to Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, and speakers including Jason Miller, Global Content Marketing Leader at LinkedIn; Forbes Top 50 Social Media Influencer Steve Farnsworth; and Michael Pranikoff, Global Director, Emerging Media, PR Newswire. Former San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos also spoke, as did Gail Lopez, Founder/CEO of G1ve a Buck Fund.

PRBI’s 10th annual meeting will be held in June 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

 PRBI members are headquartered in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

About PR Boutiques International:

PR Boutiques International™ (PRBI) is an international network of boutique public relations firms. The principals of member firms are experienced practitioners who have held senior positions in large PR agencies and/or corporations and now put service first and work directly with clients. PRBI members excel in meeting a wide range of client needs in a large number of industries. Members’ services including corporate public relations, consumer PR, health care PR, crisis management, business‐to‐ business PR, economic development PR, not‐for‐profit, academia, government, financial, technology, legal, multicultural and international PR and investor relations. Member practitioners have won the highest levels of professional awards, with qualifications ranging from PhDs to former top journalists. They also represent memberships in the most noteworthy international public relations and business associations.


Contact: Lee Weinstein

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