Pinkston Announces Acquisition of Pliris Strategies, Expanding the Company’s Strategic Communication Capabilities in a Context of Rapid Growth
FALLS CHURCH, Va., December 10, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Pinkston, a strategy and communications consultancy based in the DC metro area, today announced the acquisition of Pliris Strategies, a messaging and communications company based in Oklahoma City. Acquisition enables Pinkston to serve its rapidly growing customer base with the immediate onboarding of experienced communications professionals and expands Pinkston’s presence in the south United States with an office in the city center Oklahoma City.
“We are delighted to welcome the Pliris team to the Pinkston family,” said Christian Pinkston, founder and partner of Pinkston. “Donelle has built an incredible practice during some of the most difficult years of starting a business in recent history. His success is a testament to his reputation, expertise and passion for effective messaging and storytelling. She and her team bring a broad and in-depth perspective that will fuel our continued growth and help us make a greater impact for and through our clients. “
Harder will join Pinkston as senior vice president. Prior to joining Pinkston, Harder held senior positions in the United States House of Representatives and Senate, for members of Congress and on committees of the United States Senate. She moved to Oklahoma City in 2017 for the position of vice president of the Oklahoma Oil & Gas Association, representing one of the state’s largest industries, and soon after joined the Stitt for Governor 2018 campaign, where she spent several years in various advisory roles to the governor Kevin stitt and the Oklahoma State.
At Pliris Strategies, Harder advises CEOs and leaders in the private and public sectors to communicate complex issues and ideas that generate maximum buy-in among critical audiences. From perfecting word choices to rebranding and restructuring internal marketing and communications teams, Harder draws on deep expertise to solve its clients’ big challenges.
“In today’s environment, communicators cannot hide behind brands, whether those brands are businesses, nonprofit groups or government agencies,” Harder said. “The challenge facing all entities is to identify the message that their most critical audience needs to hear and how to communicate it effectively.
“I have observed from afar that Pinkston has grown tremendously in recent years, adapting to the ever-changing communications landscape and expanding its customer base to serve some of the world’s largest and most impactful brands. I am delighted to join now to help accelerate this growth.
Harder will be joined at Pinkston by his existing Pliris team, including Account Managers Kelly Hugues, Baylee lakey and Hannah davis, and content creator Jessica Cockroft. They will remain based in the city center Oklahoma City, where Pliris has offices.
Pinkston is an international strategic communications consultancy that offers an integrated collection of acquired and owned media capabilities, including strategy, messaging and writing, media relations, social media, video production, development Web, digital marketing and graphic design. Founded in 2001 and based in the Washington DC region, Pinkston serves a wide range of clients including Fortune 100 companies, innovative tech startups, national nonprofits, international industry associations and many New York Times bestselling authors. Learn more about www.pinkston.co.