Personnel note: CoreMessage adds two key players as account managers

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One of Florida’s leading public relations and advocacy agencies announced today the addition of two key players, both of whom will yield high profile governmental experience to the Tallahassee-based firm.

CoreMessage has appointed Sarah Hansford, former Chief of Staff to First Lady Ann Scott, and Patrick Gillespie, a previous press secretary for the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The two new Account Managers will be responsible for developing and implementing strategic communications plans.

“We are thrilled to have Sarah and Pat join our team at CoreMessage,” said CoreMessage founder Cory Tilley. “They both will bring valuable experience, issue expertise and a proven track record of results to CoreMessage. Sarah and Pat will be critical new assets to our client base.”

Hansford had most recently served as Director of Special Projects for the Florida Department of Education (DOE). Before entering the DOE, she was Chief of Staff to First Lady Ann Scott, where she was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the First Lady’s office, such as scheduling, press inquiries, event planning, and social media efforts.

She also acted as Deputy Director of Scheduling in the Governor’s Office and Special Events Coordinator at the Florida State University Foundation, as well as Project Services Coordinator for the World Triathlon Corporation in Tampa. 

Gillespie served as press secretary for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) since 2012, where he was responsible for statewide media inquiries regarding department policies, permits and initiatives. While at DEP, Gillespie created a campaign recognizing Florida businesses for outstanding recycling efforts. He is a former court reporter for The News-Press in Fort Myers and a criminal reporter for the Ledger-Enquirer in Columbus, Georgia.

“These two talented professionals will enhance our ability to provide first-rate service to our clients, and will undoubtedly contribute to the continued growth and success of the company,” said CoreMessage Vice President Jennifer Fennell.  

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