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Michelle McKenzie Appointed Account Manager

Michelle McKenzie Appointed Account Manager

Oct. 13, 2022 – Ball Consulting Group, LLC, a full-service, award-winning strategic communications firm, has announced the appointment of Michelle McKenzie as Account Manager. She will help lead the firm’s growing nonprofits and human services practice.
McKenzie is an experienced communications professional who has worked as a journalist and editor as well as in the fields of marketing and public relations. Prior to joining Ball Consulting Group, she served as the Communications and Business Development Specialist for the behavioral health nonprofit North Suffolk Mental Health Association, leading internal and external communications efforts.
As Communications and Public Policy Manager for the Providers’ Council, the largest human services trade association in New England, McKenzie was responsible for external communications including weekly newsletters, website content, a monthly newspaper, press releases and social media.
“Michelle brings a strong and varied public relations background to our firm, and her deep experience in the human services sector positions her perfectly to help lead and grow what is a rapidly expanding practice area for our firm,” said David A. Ball, president and founder of Ball Consulting Group. “Human services providers are facing immense workforce and reimbursement challenges and Michelle’s subject matter expertise allows her to get right to work telling that story.”
McKenzie began her career as a sports reporter for The Enterprise newspaper of Brockton, eventually becoming the Suburban Editor and directing coverage of 31 cities and towns south of Boston. She left in 2009 to pursue opportunities in public relations and marketing, specializing in the nonprofit sector.
McKenzie holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. She loves sports, rescue animals, books and craft beer.
Ball Consulting Group, located in Newton, on Boston’s western border, provides a broad array of communications services including public and media relations, marketing communications, and crisis planning and management and specializes in the health care, nonprofit and education sectors.  For more information, visit www.ballcg.com.

Ball Consulting Group Wins Bell Ringer Award

Ball Consulting Group Wins Bell Ringer Award

June 16, 2022 – Ball Consulting Group, LLC won a Silver Bell Ringer Award from PR Club, which honored and celebrated the outstanding work of PR, communications and marketing professionals in New England during the 54th Annual Bell Ringer Awards ceremony.
The company earned the “Silver Bell” for its series of media placements calling attention to the human services workforce crisis in Massachusetts, including a front-page story in the Boston Globe.
 

David Ball Featured on ‘PR’s Top Pros Talk’ Podcast

David Ball Featured on ‘PR’s Top Pros Talk’ Podcast

Dec. 29, 2021 – David Ball, founder and president of Ball Consulting Group, recently joined the PR’s Top Pros Talk podcast to discuss the advantages of working with a boutique public relations agency.
The podcast –hosted by Doug Simon and produced by his firm D S Simon Media and PR industry publication O’Dwyer’s – features top PR executives sharing valuable insights and strategies during these challenging times. Ball, who also serves as president of PR Boutiques International, a global collaborative of independently owned boutique PR firms, highlighted smaller firms’ ability to be nimble and adapt to clients’ needs.
To listen to the podcast, please click here.

A Crisis Communications Lesson From ‘Succession’

A Crisis Communications Lesson From ‘Succession’

Oct. 5, 2021 – David Ball’s expertise in crisis management was featured in a recent article published by PR News, a leading source of information for public relations pros, agencies and other organizations.
The thought leadership piece provides a crisis communications lesson from HBO’s popular drama series “Succession,” noting that threats rarely work as a PR strategy against media outlets that are about to publish a negative story. Addressing bad stories directly, promptly and truthfully is really the best route to take.
Please click here to read the article in PR News.

David Ball Elected President of PR Boutiques International

David Ball Elected President of PR Boutiques International

July 23, 2021 – David Ball, founder and president of Ball Consulting Group, was elected president of PR Boutiques International (PRBI), a global collaborative network of independently owned boutique public relations firms.
Ball leads a diverse slate of new executive committee and board members from PR firms in locales ranging from Chicago and Los Angeles to India and Latvia. Ball Consulting Group has been a member of PRBI since 2017.
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David Ball’s Take on White House Press Secretary’s Debut

David Ball’s Take on White House Press Secretary’s Debut

Jan. 22, 2021 – Ball Consulting Group President David Ball penned a blog post for O’Dwyer’s magazine about the debut of the new White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, on Inauguration Day.
“Her handling of that [first] briefing signaled to the media and the world that change had come to the White House,” wrote Ball, noting that the role is “the world’s toughest public relations job.”
Please click here to read the blog post, “Five Takeaways from Psaki’s First Day.”

Forbes Quotes David Ball on U.S. Capitol Crisis

Forbes Quotes David Ball on U.S. Capitol Crisis

Jan. 8, 2021 – Ball Consulting Group, LLC President David Ball was quoted in a Forbes article exploring the crisis management lessons from this week’s U.S. Capitol siege.
“The first thing to remember about crisis management is that preparation can, in fact, avert many crises,” said Ball. “The protest—which became an insurrection—had been planned for weeks. A stronger line of defense could likely have prevented the breach.”
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