Staff Growth at Meridian Group

Meridian Group Marketing Communications has hired six employees. Stephanie Beaty has been named public relations counselor. She joins the Virginia Beach, Va., shop from crosstown Brickell & Partners, where she was a partner. Cynthia Benton has been installed as media coordinator for the travel and luxury team. Prior to joining MGMC, she worked in the same position at Cahoon & Cross in Chesapeake, Va. Laura Bryant has joined the agency as account coordinator for the public relations and corporate teams. Her resume includes stints at Americomm Direct Marketing in Norfolk, Va., and Dragonfly Interactive and The Marra Group in New Jersey. Erin Hagee, executive assistant, is a recent graduate of Elon University in Elon, N.C. Michelle Montgomery has been hired as a graphic production artist for the travel and tourism team. She has worked at Virginia companies such as Norfolk Southern Corp., Tempo Marketing, Printing Plus and Graphic Impressions. Brenda Rust, controller, comes from Lynnhaven Marine in Virginia Beach, where she was accounting manager.