Aarch Communications today announced the formation of a new strategic communications firm that combines the diverse talents of three highly accomplished public-affairs professionals. Matt DeCample, President of Aarch Communications, Ben Noble, President of Noble Strategies and Grant Tennille, President of Bering Strategic Advisors, have created a partnership that will provide a pioneering and efficient blend of services.
“Communications strategies must adapt to succeed in today’s hyper-connected environment,” DeCample said. “Internal communications, external communications, public relations, investor relations, community affairs, governmental affairs and marketing are converging like never before. We’ve built a team that can deliver results and stability across the full spectrum of clients’ communications needs.”
DeCample, whose experience includes more than six years as an award-winning television news reporter and 12 years as spokesman and communications director for former Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe, will provide daily management of the Aarch Communications team in partnership with Strategic Directors Ben Noble and Grant Tennille.
Noble Strategies, recently named by Southern Political Report as one of Arkansas’s best public-affairs firms, has government relations as its core business.
“We represent a broad range of organizations in Washington D.C., in state capitols and internationally,” Noble said. “Clients constantly approach us with perceived political problems that are actually communications challenges outside the halls of government. Aarch Communications will provide these clients with the full range of services they need.”
In his 20-plus year career, Tennille has counseled organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, non-profits and government officials and agencies. Most recently, he served as the Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and Deputy Chief of Staff to Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe.
“Ben, Matt and I recognize that new technologies and communications channels are transforming the fundamentals of public affairs,” Tennille said. “Matt and his team at the Governor’s Office implemented a holistic communications strategy that produced unprecedented success. Ben knows how to assess a client’s needs and deliver the services required to win on their issue. I understand how government, economics and communications connect. Aarch Communications blends those core strengths into one toolbox that will produce value and results for our clients.”
Aarch Communications will provide media relations and strategic communications services, but will also work in new media and Web design, crisis response, government policy analysis, polling and soft skills training. The rest of the Aarch team includes:
Cyrene Quiamco, Director of Social Media: Cyrene is a Web and graphic designer who is a nationally recognized online expert for her social-media work. Her artistic ability and unique marketing style has been utilized in national campaigns by Walmart, Disney/Pixar, Burger King, Jolly Rancher, MTV and Samsung. She has been profiled by the Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, Cosmopolitan and Business Insider.
Lauren Waldrip, Director of Client Services: Lauren’s ability to understand the client’s needs and deliver results was first showcased while serving as the special initiatives coordinator for the University of Arkansas Razorback Foundation. There, she began the Collegiate Member program which increased foundation membership by more than 20% within two years. Waldrip has an M.A. in Communications from the University of Arkansas and has significant experience within the agribusiness sector.
Jillian Hicks, Director of Public Affairs: Jillian provides the experienced link between communications and government policy. A former associate with Arkansas’s largest public relations firm, Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods (CJRW), she is an attorney who most recently served as a senior health-policy adviser for the Arkansas Department of Health. She also has extensive experience analyzing proposed state legislation while serving in government for both Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) and Governor Mike Beebe (D).
For more information about Aarch Communications, please visit www.aarch.team.