Howard, Merrell & Partners' Kipp Bodnar Named One of PR News' "15-to-Watch"

Raleigh, NC (PressExposure) December 02, 2009 -- PR News recently recognized Kipp Bodnar as one of its "15-to-Watch" among young public relations professionals in the United States. Bodnar, social media marketing manager at Howard, Merrell & Partners, received the award for his leadership and creativity in communications, specifically in the area of social media.

Bodnar is well-respected in business-to-business social media circles through his work with Howard, Merrell & Partners and his blog, He speaks regularly at social media events and co-founded the Triangle Social Media Club, Social Media Breakfast Raleigh, Triangle Twitter Meet-ups and Ignite Raleigh.

"Kipp has a keen sense for emerging trends in public relations and has proven to be a thought leader in social media," said Stephanie Styons, senior vice president of public relations and social media at Howard, Merrell & Partners. "Kipp was instrumental in starting up the agency's Social Media Marketing practice, and since then we have been providing strategic counsel and ongoing social media support to our clients large and small."

Bodnar serves as the social media account lead for Georgia-Pacific Professional, advancing the brand through platforms like Facebook and Twitter to improve customer engagement with the company's enMotion™ and DIXIE™ brands. He also developed a product blog for BASF Plant Science's NutriDense® brand and has participated in crisis communications and issues management for Butterball, LLC.

"Kipp has the amazing ability to keep audiences engaged with social media," said Jim Cobb, president and CEO of Howard, Merrell & Partners. "He has built our social media practice through strategic guidance and a consistent high level of client service."

Bodnar will be featured in a special issue of PR News and will be honored at PR News' PR People Awards luncheon on December 1, 2009.

About Howard, Merrell and Partners

Raleigh, NC-based Howard, Merrell & Partners Inc., specializes in linking business and communications strategies to yield higher levels of financial performance for its clients. Founded by Jack Howard in 1945 and later reorganized as Howard, Merrell & Partners under Mac Merrell’s leadership, the agency is a pioneer in understanding and applying the power of emotions to develop more effective business and communications strategies. Agency service offerings include brand development, creative development and production, consumer insight research, public relations, media asset services, event planning and management, social media, interactive services and strategic planning.

Recent clients include BASF, Butterball, Canvas on Demand, Central Aquatics, CHD Meridian Healthcare, Cisco, Colonial Bank, Doctors Vision Center, Georgia-Pacific Professional, Hewlett-Packard, Interton, INVISTA, NC Beautiful, O2 Fitness, Oliver
Twist Restaurant, ReSound, THOR•LO, UltraPet, and Zilla. The agency’s work has been recently honored by, the Telly Awards, the Addys, Graphis, The London International Advertising Awards, The Communicator Awards, and the North American Precis Syndicate. For more information, visit

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Howard, Merrell and Partners is a full-service advertising agency including marketing and public relations services.

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