Veteran Public Relations Professional to Manage Government Accounts
Fredericksburg, Va., November 9, 2011 – Spire Communications, an integrated marketing, public relations and advertising firm, today announced that it has added Christine Kerick to the firm as account director. Kerick brings 15 years of public relations and public affairs experience working for public and private organizations. She is also adept at marketing and has worked with government agencies and contractors to help them improve their outreach, communications strategies and launch successful marketing campaigns.
Kerick was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force as a captain. Prior to joining Spire Communications, Kerick oversaw all public relations activities for Telos, a $270 million federal cyber security contractor, including media and community relations. She has also worked as deputy director of public affairs for the Air Armament Center at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. In this position, she supervised a staff of 12 military and civilian personnel and was charged with performing all media relations and internal information operations for a 13,000-person organization responsible for the development, acquisition, testing, deployment and sustainment of conventional, special and directed-energy weapons. Kerick began her career as the chief of public affairs for the 341st Space Wing at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana. She provided trusted counsel to senior Air Force leaders and managed production of a 16-page, weekly commercial newspaper.
“We’re delighted to add Christine’s government and civilian experience to the Spire team,” said Ivy Eckerman, Spire Communications’ president. “The combination of her experience, her willingness to tackle even the most challenging communications scenarios, and her dynamic personality will be an asset to our team. She brings a lot to the table and our clients will benefit immensely.”
Kerick excels at defense, technology and government outreach. Her skills include public relations, new media strategy and general communications.
“I share Spire Communications’ overriding philosophy; that effective government is critical to the success and wellbeing of the country, and that government can only be effective with strong communications,” said Kerick. “I’m excited to join the team and I look forward to supporting our government and industry clients with my public relations and marketing expertise.”
Kerick received a Bachelor of Science degree in history from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She received a Master of Arts degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida. Additionally, she attended Air University’s Squadron Officers’ School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama and completed the Public Affairs Officers’ Course at the Defense Information School in Ft. Meade, Maryland.
About Spire Communications
Spire Communications is a woman-owned agency that provides public relations, advertising, Web design, graphic design and marketing consulting services. Spire has worked on some of the most commanding marketing teams in the government and the private sector. We specialize in communicating enterprise-wide technology programs in business and government. For more information, visit www.spirecomm.com.