Press Releases

Joanna Puglisi-Barley Named PR Manager for The Simon Group

Joanna Puglisi-Barley has recently been appointed Public Relations Manager for The Simon Group to help service the agency’s growing client base. With nearly 20 years of marketing and public relations experience, Joanna is no stranger to The Simon Group, having freelanced for the company since 2002. She will be working closely with the agency’s diverse clientele, implementing various PR programs and strategies in an effort to increase market exposure and product awareness throughout the industrial, high-tech and electronics sectors.

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The Simon Group Hires Jena Stauffer as Marketing Specialist

Jena Stauffer - Marketing SpecialistJena Stauffer has recently taken on the role of Marketing Specialist, specializing in expanding the company’s online marketing programs, including online advertising, social media outlets and other web venues. Jena enters this position after initially joining The Simon Group as an intern in May 2008. She will also continue to provide account support for all areas of marketing, such as strategic planning, research, advertising, public relations, collateral, direct mail and new business development.

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Beth Smith Appointed to Vice President of PR

Beth Smith - Vice President of PRBeth Smith was recently appointed Vice President of Public Relations in response to the extensive growth of PR among the agency’s diverse account base. As more clients look to increase market exposure in their target industries without the relatively high cost of advertising, PR becomes an increasingly cost-effective marcom tactic. Beth will continue to lead our internationally renowned PR department, while expanding her role in the development of PR programs and their increasing strategic impact on our clients’ business.

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David Lesser: President of The Simon Group

The new year brought in a new president to The Simon Group. David Lesser replaces Marty Simon, who will remain involved in the agency’s account service and creative functions as CEO. Lesser’s extensive knowledge of the company, the clients, and the industry will help him to move the company forward as the agency grows and evolves. He will oversee the company’s internal operations as well as account services, including public relations, advertising, media and marketing. Lesser’s appointment will preserve The Simon Group’s determination to provide superior quality service for its clients, while also expanding opportunities for success in the growing areas of marketing.

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The Simon Group Ranks in Top Five of Philadelphia Area Public Relations Firms

The Simon Group Inc. was ranked fourth out of the 25 top Philadelphia public relations firms by the Philadelphia Business Journal. The listing is part of the reputable Book of Lists, published annually by the Journal, that provides more than 100 rankings in key industries and professions in the greater Philadelphia area.

The listing includes PR revenue billed out of local offices, number of PR employees and total number of employees, the percentage of income derived from PR and the number of clients serviced by each company. The Philadelphia Business Journal ranked the firms based upon the 2007 PR revenue billed.

The Simon Group was the highest-ranking full service agency on this prestigious list, acclaimed as the “area’s business bible” by Philadelphia Business Journal publisher Lyn Kremer.

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