CLEVELAND: Golin/Harris has finally decided to open an office in Cleveland.
CLEVELAND: Golin/Harris has finally decided to open an office in
Last year, the agency formally affiliated itself with Temple Rocks
Marketing, a small three-person Cleveland firm, and ran it out of its
Citing a rich PR climate, Golin will expand the operation with at least
three new hires in coming months.
The firm kick-started the process by hiring Karin Korpowski, a former
senior PR rep at Cleveland’s SeaWorld who lost her job because of
comments made to PRWeek (PRWeek, Oct. 18 and Nov. 1). Korpowski will
work on PR for cable superstation TBS’ NBA Monday night basketball
games, according to Patti Temple Rocks, the SVP running the Cleveland
Rocks had read Korpowski’s comments in PRWeek and was impressed with her
enthusiasm. When a recruiter brought her Korpowski’s name, Rocks
interviewed her and offered her the job almost immediately.
Rocks is currently searching for a 10- to 15-year industry veteran who
will be responsible for developing new business out of the Cleveland
She’s also hoping to find another SAE-level pro who boasts three to four
years’ worth of experience.
Rocks, formerly a Golin client when she headed PR for Dow Chemical, had
been leading Temple Rocks Marketing until its eventual affiliation with
Golin last year.
’The more I was able to educate some of the people about Cleveland, the
more a larger presence there made sense to Golin,’ she said. Added
Chicago office GM Keith Burton, ’We see Cleveland, as we do many cities
in the Midwest, as a market for expansion.’ Rocks and her two former
co-workers now formally work for Golin.
Rocks sees opportunities for Golin to do consumer PR in Cleveland, a
city whose agencies have traditionally specialized in
business-to-business work. She also sees the office expanding its reach
outside the region - the TBS account, for example, is based in
Golin’s decision to hang a shingle in Cleveland makes it the second
international firm to come to the city in the past nine months,