Brenda Thompson Communications celebrates 14th anniversary

Happy 14th anniversary to us! And thank you to our wonderful clients, colleagues, friends (and pets), many represented in the collection of photos below dating back to 2003.  Read more

Austin’s first family of lingerie featured in the Austin American-Statesman

Austin’s first family of lingerie have owned and operated Petticoat Fair for a half-century, serving women at all stages of life with expert fitting services and an incredible selection of intimate apparel. Check out the story by Michael Barnes and photos by Deborah Cannon in the Austin American-Statesman: http://atxne.ws/29TsV3H.

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Meet our new administrative assistant, Eric Moe!

Eric is a design major at the University of Texas, and new to the world of public relations. We’re excited to have Eric working with us. Get to know him through this brief Q&A.

Where are you from?

I have lived in Austin, Texas my entire life! I love this town and am almost adjusted to the heat and traffic, so I figure I may as well stick around.

Why did you choose to study design?

Even as a little kid I loved art— specifically fulfilling drawing requests from fellow classmates. I have always been drawn to the idea of taking the beginning of an concept and developing it to completion. When I realized there’s an entire profession dedicated to this concept, I had to go for it! Plus. I have a deep love for typefaces and typography.

How do you make the transition from design to public relations?

Well, in a strange way I don’t think they are all that different. You have to create appealing content for a client that reaches a large number of people in both scenarios, right? I have decided the best way to make that transition is to stay flexible and open to learning new things.

What do you do in your spare time?

I probably spend more money weekly on Barton Springs than the average college student spends on coffee! Other than that, I always have a personal art project to work on or a library book to read.

What is your favorite social media site?

Someone once told me Instagram is the most pleasant social media site, and I think that’s pretty accurate as far as my experience goes. At the very least, it is the photography, type, and cute animal fix in my life!

Where do you take people who are new to Austin?

I like food trailer parks because everyone can get something different and sometimes you will find a food truck that features the Austin take on a traveler’s favorite. After that, I like to do something outside like hiking the greenbelt, swimming at Barton Springs, or paddleboarding on Town Lake.

What was the most interesting art project you’ve ever completed?

I made a replica of a Greek statue out of cardboard for my sculpture class. Never again! One hundred hand-cut pieces assembled in six hours— next time I will just draw a Greek guy on the cardboard.

What is your dream job?

I like to say that I want to be as famous as Milton Glaser (which is only funny to design nerds who know that he came up with the I ♥ NY logo). I would be thrilled to be a renowned designer or art director. Another dream job would be to Photoshop fake pictures for The Onion, but they haven’t returned my emails.

Welcoming our newest client, Freedom Solar Power!

We’re excited to announce our newest client, Freedom Solar Power. Read more

Austin’s top chefs featured at Farm to Plate, May 11

SFC adds brand new VIP Hour experience hosted by Juniper to popular annual fundraiser; Tables on sale now!

More than 30 of Austin’s most acclaimed chefs will serve samples of their culinary creations at Sustainable Food Center’s ninth annual Farm to Plate on Wednesday, May 11 from 7- 9:30 p.m. at the historic Barr Mansion.

Farm to Plate focuses exclusively on locally grown and produced food. All of the participating chefs have shown a commitment to using food from local sources, in line with SFC’s mission. Read more

HRC Austin announces honorees for 2016 Gala 

Austin’s first transgender police officer Gregory Abbink to receive Visibility Award; Scandal’s Guillermo Diaz to be honored

Gregory AbbinkCelebrating its 21st year, the Human Rights Campaign Austin’s annual Gala has been one of the most successful in the country, raising record funding to support civil rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people, and receiving national recognition. The black-tie event will be held at the J.W. Marriott on Saturday, January 30th, at 7 p.m., with approximately 700 people expected to attend.

This year’s theme, On the Shoulders of Giants, is intended to recognize every person who helped make 2015 a banner year for LGBT equality, according to co-chairs Lyn
n Currie and Matt Smith.
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Emancipet and Animal Trustees of Austin explore merger

If completed, merger will take place by end of 2015

Two of Austin’s most respected, loved, and effective animal welfare organizations are formally exploring a merger that will serve their complementary missions and ultimately serve more pets and the people who love them. Read more

Meet our new intern, Erin Andary

A journalism-turned-PR major, Erin will be with us until she graduates this December. We’re excited to have Erin working with us. Get to know her through this brief Q&A.
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Advice for intern candidates

By: Allison Baron

We’ve all had that gut-wrenching feeling when you realize you’ve made a mistake on a document just as you’re hitting the send button. Making a mistake on your cover letter or resume is a whole other enchilada.

Your cover letter and resume are supposed to show employers how well you express yourself, and showcase your qualifications and skills. A good cover letter and resume might earn you an interview. Typos or poor writing will disqualify you immediately from almost any position, and certainly for an internship at a public relations firm, where writing is an enormous part of what we do.

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BTC now accepting fall intern applications

We’re hiring a PR intern for the fall!

Here’s the 411: 

  • Approximately 10-15 hours per week
  • Prefer junior/senior public relations major who has had at least one other internship and/or office experience; however, will consider freshman/sophomore public relations majors with no prior internship experience
  • Location: Mueller/Hyde Park
  • Duration is through the end of fall semester; however, strong preference given to candidates who are available for spring semester as well
  • Prefer someone who can be available on a set weekly schedule
  • Some work can be done from home via email correspondence
  • Casual dress is fine 99 percent of the time
  • Must love dogs
  • Pay will be determined based on experience and on projects completed, and will be discussed during the initial interview
  • We obtain criminal background checks on finalists for this position

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