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Matter Communications Strengthens Management Team in Response to Continued Growth

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Newburyport, Mass. –Matter Communications, Inc., a full-service public relations and marketing communications agency specializing in technology and business-to-business markets, today announced that the company has addressed its continued rapid growth by promoting several management-level professionals to senior positions. Patty Barry, formerly senior vice president was named agency principal. Colleen Sheehan was promoted from vice president to senior vice president. Andy Meltzer was promoted from director to vice president.

“These well-deserved promotions recognize the accomplishments of each individual, and are directly aligned with our operating philosophy – to service client accounts with teams led by experienced senior-level professionals who contribute both strategically and tactically to program success,” said Scott Signore, Matter Communications principal. “This approach not only delivers outstanding results, it fuels our company’s success. Patty, Colleen and Andy help their clients achieve business and communications objectives, while also making significant contributions toward sustained agency growth. They are among the very best in the business.”

Currently experiencing a growth trajectory that includes many new clients and an expanding team of PR practitioners, Matter Communications offers strategic and tactical know-how informed by years of experience on both sides of the client/agency relationship. In addition, the company has created a positive, learning-oriented work environment with minimal staff turnover, resulting in a higher degree of knowledgeable client service. The people whose achievements have been recognized with promotions are:

Patty Barry – A founder of Matter Communications, Patty has held senior positions at some of the world’s most respected public relations agencies, including Golin/Harris International, Hill & Knowlton, FitzGerald Communications and The Weber Group (now Weber Shandwick). She has worked closely with large and small clients in a wide range of industries, from enterprise hardware and software to consumer electronics. Patty’s strategic counsel on client messaging, product launches and media relations has helped drive communications success for such companies as Compaq, Texas Instruments, Bekaert, SAS Institute, Sybase Inc. and others.

Colleen Sheehan – With more than 10 years of experience, Colleen was also a founding employee of Matter Communications. She leverages her expertise as a key driver of brand- building programs for major consumer electronics and high-tech brands to provide outstanding results. Colleen has been a recipient of the PR industry’s prestigious Bell Ringer Award.

Andy Meltzer – Before joining Matter in 2004, Andy served as account director for Stauch Vetromile and Mitchell (SVM), a full-service PR andmarketing agency in East Providence, RI, and FitzGerald Communications, a Boston-based high-tech public relations agency that is part of the Omnicom group of companies. In addition to his many client-related activities, Andy currently manages the Matter Communications Providence office.


As evidenced by these internal advancements, Matter maintains a commitment to two guiding principles: clients for life and employees for life. Matter’s PR services include company/product launches, product reviews, analyst and media relations, crisis communications and thought leadership campaigns. Marketing communications services include collateral design and production, direct marketing campaigns, website development and corporate branding programs.

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