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CoreMessage Adds Two New Key Staff to PR Team

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

CoreMessage Inc., a leading Florida public relations and grassroots advocacy firm, today announced the addition of two new key staff members. In their roles as Account Managers, Sarah Hansford and Patrick Gillespie will be responsible for developing and implementing strategic communications plans on behalf of the firm’s clients. Hansford is the former Chief of Staff to First Lady Ann Scott, and Gillespie joins CoreMessage from the Department of Environmental Protection where he served as the agency’s press secretary.

“We are thrilled to have Sarah and Pat join our team at CoreMessage,” said CoreMessage President and 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 joins CoreMessage from the Florida Department of Education (DOE) where she served as Director of Special Projects since last year. Prior to her role in the DOE, she was Chief of Staff to First Lady Ann Scott where she managed the day-to-day operations of the First Lady’s office including scheduling, press inquiries, event planning, and social media efforts. Previously, she was the Deputy Director of Scheduling in the Governor’s Office and also was Special Events Coordinator at the Florida State University Foundation. Hansford also spent time as Project Services Coordinator for the World Triathlon Corporation in Tampa. She has a degree in Public Relations from Florida State University.

Gillespie has been the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Press Secretary since 2012. In that role, he was responsible for statewide media inquiries regarding department policies, permits and initiatives, while leading a staff of four. While at DEP, Gillespie created a campaign to recognize Florida businesses for outstanding recycling efforts around the state. He is a former journalist having worked as a court reporter for The News-Press in Fort Myers, Florida, and as a criminal reporter for the Ledger-Enquirer in Columbus, Georgia. Gillespie has a degree in Journalism from the University of Texas at Arlington with a minor in Communication Technology.

“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.

Founded in 2001, CoreMessage, Inc., is a full service public relations and grassroots advocacy firm representing a diverse group of businesses and organizations throughout Florida and the nation. Visit for the latest client and industry news or follow us on Twitter.



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