WASHINGTON: Makovsky is opening a Washington DC office led by EVP Andy Beck.
The agency's Washington office, its first branch outside of New York, will formally open in July. Beck, EVP of the energy and sustainability practice at Makovsky, will serve as GM in Washington.
Makovsky decided to open a Washington office in response to client needs, Beck said. Agency president Ken Makovsky often made trips to the city.
“There are a number of clients down here, especially in healthcare,” Beck said. “[Ken Makovsky] has always seen the DC market as a real opportunity for growth… it's a critical market.”
The Washington office will open with a few staffers and make further hires once business starts coming in, Beck said.
Makovsky hired Beck in October to bolster the firm's energy offerings and eventually manage a Washington office. Prior to joining the agency, Beck was CCO at Lighting Science Group, a maker of lighting products. He was previously SVP and head of MWW's energy and environmental practice in Washington DC.
Beck also held roles as director of public affairs for the US Department of Energy, senior communications and outreach advisor to the head of the US Environmental Protection Agency, and senior communications official at the US Department of Transportation.
“Having worked in the upper echelons of government and the private sector in communications, there are few communications professionals in the country that understand DC as well as [Beck],” Makovsky said in a statement, adding that Beck has also “developed a reputation as one of the nation's most innovative specialized communications strategists in energy.”
Makovsky has reached a “critical mass” in obtaining energy business, largely in the green building space, Beck said. Lighting companies Soraa and Hubbell Lighting are clients in the sector.