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Linhart Public Relations Welcomes Kelly Janhunen As Partner



Naming of fourth partner advances goal of

retaining top talent by broadening employee ownership


DENVER, Colo. Feb. 5, 2009 – Linhart Public Relations today announced Kelly Janhunen, account supervisor at Linhart PR, will join Sharon Linhart, APR, founder and managing partner; Paul Raab, APR, senior vice president and partner; and Carri Clemens, chief financial officer and partner; as a fourth partner in the firm. 


Janhunen joined Linhart PR in November 2003 and currently leads work on several of the firm’s consumer accounts, including Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. and Chipotle Mexican Grill.  The new appointment is part of Linhart PR’s evolution toward broader employee-ownership of the firm.


“Attracting and maintaining the best talent in the industry enables us to provide excellent service to our clients,” said Linhart. “One way we plan to retain top-notch talent, like Kelly, to continue building on our outstanding growth and success is by inviting employees to become partners, a position that enables them to have part ownership in our firm.” 


Janhunen has nearly 10 years of experience in public relations and marketing communications and currently specializes in strategic counsel, media relations, special event planning, and cross-functional integrated approaches to brand-building.  Since joining Linhart PR, Janhunen’s leadership has helped the agency win PRSA Colorado Gold Pick awards for Red Robin, Chipotle, Colorado Department of Transportation, the Commission on Family Medicine and Rocky Mountain Clothing Co.


“One of the most satisfying things about my role is the strong relationships and resulting teamwork and collaboration with clients as we work together to build their brands,” said Janhunen.  “I’m proud and honored to become a Linhart PR partner, as I’ll have the opportunity to impact the firm as it grows into the future.”


Janhunen joined Linhart PR from ClarusPR in Denver, where she handled campaigns for High Sierra Sport Company and Devil’s Thumb Ranch. Prior to ClarusPR, Janhunen worked at Johnson Communications in Denver, and at Boston-based Lois Paul & Partners, where she managed initiatives for Lotus Development Corp.


In addition to the partners at the firm, Linhart PR vice president Dawn Doty, APR, also is a member of the firm’s management team.


About Linhart Public Relations

Linhart Public Relations, a Denver-based public relations and corporate communications counseling firm, serves national, international and regional clients in a variety of industries, including restaurants, building products, natural and organic products manufacturing and retailing, energy and renewable energy, financial services and investments, footwear, engineering and construction, and health care. 


PRWeek, a highly respected PR industry trade publication, selected Linhart PR as a finalist for the 2009 Boutique Agency of the Year and an honorable mention winner for its 2008 Small Agency of the Year award. Linhart PR also has earned national honors from The Holmes Report, another respected PR industry publication that recognized Linhart PR as the Boutique Agency of the Year in 2007, and as one of the best PR firms to work for in the U.S.


Founded in 1996, Linhart PR is headquartered in a restored 19th century candy factory in the downtown Denver Theatre District. For more information, visit Linhart PR online at www.linhartpr.com.


Linhart Public Relations

1514 Curtis St. Suite 200

Denver, CO 80202