WASHINGTON: The public affairs firm founded by National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) chairwoman Marion Blakey has been bought by lobbying shop Chamber, Colon %26 Hartwell (CC%26H), creating a full-service agency with formidable transportation credentials.
Blakey was forced to sell her firm, formerly known as Blakey & Associates (B&A), when she accepted a nomination from President Bush last summer to become chairwoman of the NTSB. Her two partners, Jeff Agnew and sister Leslie Blakey, will remain with the firm, now renamed Blakey & Agnew.
CC&H, a 20-person, nonpartisan lobbying shop that offers some PR services, represents mostly railroads and transit authorities. B&A, a 10-person PR shop that does some lobbying, represents such groups as the Airport Council, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Century Council, and the Corridors and Borders Coalition, a collection of highway and infrastructure interests.
Keith Hartwell, founding partner at CC&H, said he and his partners sought the purchase of B&A because its PR capabilities would allow them to not only attract more transportation work, but to execute it on their own.
Blakey served as administrator of the Highway Safety Administration from 1992 to 1993 under former President Bush.