Jackson Spalding Hires Five Professionals

ATLANTA (April 14, 2011) – Jackson Spalding, the Atlanta-based public relations and marketing firm, has hired five new professionals in 2011 to support expanding communication and creative services.

“Our new hires bring strong backgrounds and talent to our account teams,” said Bo Spalding, co-founder. “We are fortunate that we continue to attract exceptional individuals.”

Atlanta native Matt Scofield joins Jackson Spalding after serving as a Senior Account Executive at Hope-Beckham, Inc., an Atlanta-based public relations agency, for five years. Prior to that, he assisted with business communications and management at McKenna Long and Aldridge LLP in Atlanta. Matt will bring his knowledge and expertise to multiple accounts including Rogers Electric, McKenna Long and Aldridge, Western Pest Services, and Cousins Properties. Mr. Scofield graduated summa cum laude from the Grady College of Communication at The University of Georgia.

Ashton Staniszewski, a native of Sarasota, Florida, joined the firm full-time after serving as a Jackson Spalding intern. Ashton graduated from Berry College with a degree in communications. In addition to his work on the Orkin Residential account, Ashton serves as the firm’s first in-house photographer, shooting events, headshots and products. He is also a talented videographer who will assist the production team with client multimedia projects.

The Jackson Spalding Athens office continues to grow with the addition of Eleanor Sams to its creative team. Eleanor is a seasoned graphic designer whose clients have included some of the most recognizable brands in Atlanta and NE Georgia. She will bring her years of experience in graphic design to JS Creative. Eleanor is a native of Rome, GA who graduated cum laude from The University of Georgia

Jonathan McGinty joins the communications team in Athens full-time after freelancing with the firm. His prior experience includes work for UGA’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the Georgia Museum of Art. Earlier, he was the Assistant News Editor for the Athens Daily News & Banner Herald. He will work on teams supporting the University of Georgia’s (UGA) College of Public Health, the Stadion Classic at UGA and several golf product lines. Mr. McGinty is a native of Augusta who also graduated from The Grady College at UGA.

The Jackson Spalding Dallas office has also expanded with the addition of Erica Martinez to its public relations team. She comes to Jackson Spalding after serving as the public relations manager for The Fairmont Dallas, growing media relations outreach and implementing a social media strategy for the luxury hotel. Prior to this, Erica worked for Expedia, Inc. as the customer marketing coordinator and hotel evaluator. She will work on a number of accounts in the Dallas office, including Primrose Schools, Chick-fil-A and The Fairmont Dallas. Erica graduated from Texas Tech University and earned her Master of Science in public relations from Texas Christian University.