In some news that hits close to home — and by home, we mean the mediabistro.com family — FishbowlDC co-editor Matt Dornic has joined D.C.-based agency Quinn Gillespie & Associates as Director.
QGA will absorb Dornic’s company 3 Dog Agency. All employees will be making the move, along with 3 Dog clients that fit with QGA’s caliber of clients and billing structure.
Dornic told PRNewser today that agency namesake Jack Quinn is a personal friend and mentor and that he was ready “to not be the owner of an agency anymore.”
“I was sick of being bogged down with things like IT and HR, so this is perfect opportunity for me to grow what I loved about 3 Dog at Quinn Gillespie & Associates,” he said.
Quinn formerly served as White House Counsel to President Bill Clinton and Chief of Staff to Vice President Al Gore.
Agency namesake Ed Gillespie left in 2007 to serve as counselor to President George W. Bush. He had previously served as Chairman of the Republic National Committee.
After Gillespie’s departure, QGA became more government relations focused, and the deal with Dornic and 3 Dog Agency is part of a push to ramp up the agency’s strategic communications expertise.
Dornic will continue to co-edit FishbowlDC. Full release after the jump.
Quinn Gillespie & Associates Names Matthew Dornic director, QGA Communications
Public Affairs Firm Embarks on Major Expansion of Strategic Communications Practice With Integration of 3 Dog Agency
(Washington D.C. February 1, 2010) – Quinn Gillespie & Associates (QGA) announced today that Matthew Dornic has joined the firm as a director in the QGA Communications practice. The addition of Dornic to the firmâ€™s leadership team is part of a major expansion of QGA’s strategic communications and public affairs capacity, which includes the integration of 3 Dog Agency, the media strategy boutique founded by Dornic in 2007.
QGA Chairman Jack Quinn said, “It’s a major coup to add Matt and 3 Dog Agency to the QGA team. His energy, expertise in emerging media and deep relationships with both national and Washington press will strengthen and diversify our firmâ€™s practice and capabilities.â€
Matthew Dornic has over ten years of experience in entertainment, news and online media. As president and founder of 3 Dog Agency, Dornic was responsible for business development, agency operations and acted as account director for Web and entertainment clients such as how-to video site, MonkeySee.com; DIY website giant, Webs.com; online shopping portal, Ebates.com and TriBeCa award-winning feature film, War Child.
Before 3 Dog Agency, Matthew was the manager of media relations and creative services for Anystream Inc. where he spearheaded client, partner and corporate communication initiatives with organizations like MTV, MLB.com, IFC, Temple University, CNN, Arizona State University, Verizon and Case Western School of Medicine. Dornic guided the company through two corporate acquisitions, multiple product launches and several business unit rebranding initiatives. He is a former broadcast journalist, the co-editor of mediabistroâ€™s FishbowlDC blog and a columnist for Capitol File magazine.
“Jack Quinn is a phenomenal mentor and I have great admiration and respect for QGA,” said Dornic. “As a new director at the firm, I look forward to working with a remarkable roster of clients and the talented team of people, responsible for QGA’s ten successful years as a top public affairs firm in Washington.”
For more information about Quinn Gillespie & Associates, visit www.qga.com.
Quinn Gillespie & Associates (QGA) was founded in 2000 by Jack Quinn, former White House Counsel to President Bill Clinton and Chief of Staff to Vice President Al Gore, Ed Gillespie, former Republican National Committee Chairman, and Jeff Connaughton, former Clinton White House lawyer and staff assistant to Senator Joe Biden. The firm provides public affairs counsel to leading corporations, coalitions, trade associations and public entities. One of the only Washington firms to thoroughly integrate government relations and communications services, QGA’s team of nearly 30 professionals bring a bipartisan, multi-disciplinary approach to helping clients successfully manage public policy challenges.