Recent Ketchum merger expands Dallas operation

DALLAS: Ketchum Public Relations' fast-growing Dallas office has picked up three new staff members following a recent merger with Wheeler Ridlon Communications.

DALLAS: Ketchum Public Relations' fast-growing Dallas office has picked up three new staff members following a recent merger with Wheeler Ridlon Communications.

Ketchum plans to announce the merger officially next week, although the deal was finalized November 16.

Wheeler Ridlon Communications is a two-year-old firm founded by Bob Wheeler, now a Ketchum vice president. 'It seemed like a perfect fit,' said Wheeler about the deal.

Wheeler gained clout in sports public relations through his successful 1984 effort to restore an Olympic gold medal to Native American Jim Thorpe, which was won in the 1912 Olympics. Thorpe was stripped of the award because he had played semi-professional baseball as a teenager.

In addition, Michael Ares was named vice president and director of Ketchum's Dallas office this week.

Ares, who had worked for Edelman in Dallas and Macovsky in New York, joined Ketchum in June to build its local technology practice. Since then, the office has grown from two to ten staff members. The Dallas branch focuses on sports, technology and entertainment

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