Walker Sands Hires New Account Director, Promotes from within PR Team

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Tory Patrick joins company’s Chicago headquarters as an account director, bringing eight years of experience in technology and clean tech public relations.

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Walker Sands, a public relations agency for B2B and technology companies, announced today the recent appointment of Tory Patrick as an account director in its growing Chicago headquarters.

In her role at Walker Sands, Patrick will apply her extensive public relations experience to managing a team of eight employees. She will lead strategic planning efforts for clients, blending traditional PR with social and search to achieve results that align directly with business goals. Her client roster at Walker Sands includes AbsolutData, Acquity Group, Dotcom Distribution, Empathica, hybris, Infinite Convergence, KSC Kreate and ThreatMetrix.

“Tory’s account management skills will boost our ability to deliver exceptional and forward-thinking results for our clients,” said Christine Pietryla, senior vice president of public relations for Walker Sands. “Tory brings expertise in the technology and clean tech industries. Coupled with my experience with B2B and utility clients, Walker Sands is able to better scale our PR client base to include technology providers in emerging industries like energy.”

Prior to Walker Sands, Patrick served as account director at Vantage Communications in Washington, D.C. Patrick is a graduate of DePauw University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications.

PR team promotions

Several members of the public relations team received promotions at the beginning of 2013. Former senior account executives Andrew Cross, Dave Parro and Will Kruisbrink now serve as account directors, managing PR teams and developing creative campaigns for clients across the B2B and technology industries.

Walker Sands has grown rapidly over the past two years, increasing revenue by 131 percent since 2011 and expanding nationally by opening an office in San Francisco. The PR agency has increased its headcount six-fold since 2008, and was named to the Brill Street list of 2012 Top 50 Employers for Gen Y Emerging Talent in Chicago.

For more information about Walker Sands’ forward-thinking communications solutions and career opportunities, visit walkersands.com.

About Walker Sands:

Walker Sands Communications is a full-service marketing and public relations firm specializing in media relations for B2B and technology companies ranging from startups to enterprise-level. With offices in Chicago and San Francisco, Walker Sands was founded in 2001 to provide marketing and public relations support for a wide array of companies with the business mission of providing best-in-class communications counsel and services. In 2012, Walker Sands was named a PR News and Bulldog Reporter finalist for Small Agency of the Year. To learn more, visit http://www.walkersands.com.

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