Duffey juices up DC focus with L&A buy

WASHINGTON, DC: Duffey Communications has ramped up its Washington presence by acquiring Lokmer & Associates (L&A) and incorporating the agency into its DC office.

WASHINGTON, DC: Duffey Communications has ramped up its Washington presence by acquiring Lokmer & Associates (L&A) and incorporating the agency into its DC office.

President and founder Stephanie Lokmer will be the only member of L&A to stay with the firm.She will serve as the office's managing director.

While Duffey has been in DC since 1997, increased administrative and creative responsibilities forced the agency to hire stronger day-to-day management. Duffey SVP Eric Tanenblatt, head of the agency's public affairs and healthcare divisions, had been dividing his time between the agency's flagship Atlanta office and DC, and will continue to cast an eye over the office's operations.

Another reason behind Lokmer's hiring is her expertise in the wireless and cable practice areas. Over the 15-year history of L&A, she helped to manage international business development for the telecom firm of Startec Global Communications and worked on behalf of QVC/ COMCAST International in its efforts to start up cable operations in Germany, Mexico, and the Pacific Rim. Additionally, Duffey is the AOR for CenturyTel, the nation's ninth-largest telecom firm.

L&A once boasted three other principals and a network of strategic partnerships, though the firm's other principals have left for various reasons over the last few years. 'Stephanie brings a network with her,' said Tanenblatt. 'She was the logical choice to run the office.'

Over the recent past, Duffey has grown rapidly, opening an office in San Francisco and acquiring the Atlanta-based design firm of Russell Moore Design. Its corporate services and tech practices were beefed up recently with the arrival of two key executives, Cohn & Wolfe veteran Paul Ellen (VP of corporate services and consumer brands) and Mickey Long (VP of technology).

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