Cooksey Spotlight | Spring 2017
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Why Entering Award Competitions is Good for Business

Let’s face it, everyone wants to be, or work for, a winner. No matter the size or type of your organization, you can enter a business or industry award competition. There are all kinds of awards from local to national, industry-based and those for certain types of projects or individuals.
Cooksey can help you determine which competitions to enter, and we frequently assist clients in preparing and submitting winning entries. We've recently assisted clients with nominations for the Dallas Business Journal’s 2017 Minority Business Leader Awards, the Dallas Business Journal’s 25th Annual Best Real Estate Deals,
D CEO Magazine’s 2017 Commercial Real Estate Awards, D CEO Magazine’s 2017 Financial Executives Awards, the Best Companies to Work for in Texas and the Fort Worth Business Press 2017 Forty Under Forty Awards.
You can find more insights in our recent blog post, “Award-Winning Nominations Worth the Effort,” in which Cooksey Communications' Vice President and Account Manager Michelle Hargis gives four compelling reasons to enter award programs.

New Clients Enlist Cooksey's Expertise

Calling All Golf Fans: Mark your Calendars for the
LGPA Texas Shootout April 26-30

The Volunteers of America Texas Shootout is the only LPGA Tour event in Texas, and represents one of the premier showcases for female professional athletics in the region. Located at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving April 26-30, this tournament is a must-see event – as it attracts 19 of the Rolex Rankings’ top 20 players and an international television broadcast. Cooksey is helping with media relations, social media, advertising and creative services.

Leaders Talk Retention Strategies, Public Transit Needs at Plano: The Intersection of Opportunity Breakfast

Business executives and city officials spoke about Plano’s transformation
Feb. 21 at the sold-out “Plano: The Intersection of Opportunity” event held at Gaedeke Group’s One Legacy West Tower. There was much discussion about employee retention strategies, forthcoming public transit needs and other factors that are fueling the city’s dynamic economic growth. Cooksey partnered with Plano Economic Development and the Dallas Business Journal to coordinate the event. Read more.

More than 600 Attend 8th Annual
Northeast Tarrant Transportation Summit

The 8th annual Northeast Tarrant Transportation Summit was held Feb. 17 at the Hurst Conference Center. This has become one of the largest transportation events in Texas, and this year’s program showcased a variety of speakers and panels discussing the future of transportation in Tarrant County, statewide and nationally. Cooksey helped the Office of Tarrant County Commissioner Gary Fickes with marketing, speakers, program content, logistics and media relations.
Read more.

The Irving Music Factory at Las Colinas
Takes Shape as Construction Progresses

Construction on The Irving Music Factory at Las Colinas is rapidly progressing with the shape of the amphitheater and other buildings taking clear form. As the team begins to shift some of its attention toward interior construction, Cooksey partnered with Skanska and ARK Group to conduct a hard-hat tour Feb. 2 for local media to get an early view of the structures that soon will be occupied by office, retail, restaurant and entertainment tenants. Cooksey secured participation by approximately 20 dignitaries and media representing The Dallas Morning News, Dallas Business Journal, D CEO Magazine, WFAA-TV, KTVT-TV, KDFW-TV, the Greater Irving – Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce and the City of Irving, among others. Tours were led by Eric Bunner of Skanska, the project’s construction manager, and Noah Lazes of ARK Group, the project’s developer. Read more.
After taking a one-year hiatus to serve with the Dallas Police Department, Loren Bolton has rejoined Cooksey Communications as an account executive. His experience managing client relationships, building and implementing strategic plans and overseeing all brand communications makes him an ideal member of the team. Read more.
Jonathan Silverberg has been promoted from graphic designer to senior designer. He joined Cooksey in February 2015 and assists clients with graphic design, logo development, advertising, collateral, annual reports, brand identity, direct mail, packaging, website production, exhibit design, tradeshow marketing and video/motion graphics. Read more.
Founder and President Gail Cooksey moderated a panel for the Society for Marketing Professional Services Southern Region Conference Feb. 2. The topic was “Joining the Leadership Table – Creating a Viable Path
for Marketers.”

Wishing You a Bright and Happy Spring

Adopted as the
“State Flower of Texas,”
bluebonnets generally begin blooming in mid-March and continue into April.
About Cooksey Communications
Founded in 1994, Cooksey Communications Inc. is a Dallas/Fort Worth-based strategic communications consulting firm that specializes in issues management for transportation, water resources, energy and economic development clients and strategic communications for professional services firms and retail/hospitality clients. In addition to winning the national “Blue Ribbon Small Business Award” from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Cooksey Communications has repeatedly been named one of the Top 10 public relations agencies in the D/FW Metroplex by the Dallas Business Journal. For more information, visit
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