Lovio George Communications + Design added two rising stars to its ranks in Midtown.
The boutique communications and design agency hired one of its interns, Megan Ewend, and local public relations veteran James Canning. The 32-year-old firm now has a staff of 13 employees and 1-2 interns.
"We try to (hire interns)," says Christina Lovio-George, CEO of Lovio George Communications + Design
. "It's been one of our traditions since the beginning because we immerse them in client work."
Canning has become a well-known face of numerous Detroit-centric institutions over the last decade. The Wayne State University graduate and native Detroiter got his start at Berg Muirhead and Associates
in New Center. He went onto serve as a spokesman for former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick for four years before launching Canning Communications in 2008. He has served as the spokesman for Paxahau
, Detroit Restaurant Week
, M-1 Rail
and Tour de Troit
Lovio-George worked with Canning for years before deciding to pull the trigger on bringing him on as Lovio George Communications + Design’s
director of public affairs.
"I kept saying we ought to make this connection more official," Lovio-George says. "We talked about it for years. ... I think he is a rising star. I really do."
Source: Christina Lovio-George, CEO of Lovio George Communications + Design
Writer: Jon Zemke
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