JohnstonWells adds new team member
Wednesday, 05 May 2010 21:47

JohnstonWells recently added Teresa O’Brien as an associate to its growing team.

Prior to joining JohnstonWells, Teresa coordinated public relations for One Tribe Creative, a Fort Collins-based branding and marketing firm. She has also worked as a marketing intern for Association for Student Activity Programming at Colorado State University and a web design intern for the Colorado State University College of Liberal Arts IT office.

Teresa volunteers for the Denver Rescue Mission and the Mile High Down Syndrome Association. She is also a member of the Colorado State University Alumni Association and the Public Relations Society of America.

She earned a B.A. in journalism and technical communication, with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in Spanish from Colorado State University.

Faegre & Benson LLP in the news
Wednesday, 28 April 2010 17:50

For Faegre & Benson LLP, JohnstonWells helped position its New Energy, Clean Technology and Climate (NECTC) practice through a column in ColoradoBIZ’s April issue. The column was co-written by two Faegre partners and shared their environmental expertise with business leaders statewide.

Doors Open Denver...A Success!
Friday, 23 April 2010 21:52

JohnstonWells opened its Rocky Mountain Seed Company building headquarters to more than 100 visitors during the annual Doors Open Denver tours this past Saturday.

It was JohnstonWells’ first year participating in Doors Open Denver, the local annual celebration of Denver's most treasured architectural gems, which was hosted by the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs and the Denver Architectural Foundation.

This year's theme, "Denver Redo: Buildings with a Second Life” was very fitting for the Rocky Mountain Seed Company, as JohnstonWells’ transformation of the 132-year-old building has given a completely new purpose to what was home to a local seed company for 87 years. Many of the visitors who toured the Rocky Mountain Seed Company were just as excited to see the whimsical folk art collection that decorates JohnstonWells’ offices, as they were about the renovation of the historic building.

Teens, Trends, Twitter and Tips
Wednesday, 21 April 2010 20:37

More than 40 judges, attorneys and court advocates for youth came together for a presentation by JohnstonWells’ Diane Amdur and Breanna Deidel, offering insight into the world of social networking and teens.

Attendees learned more about five of the major social media applications that this key audience is utilizing, as well as the potential risks and topical issues surrounding these online communities.

Some of the information shared included:

  • Teens are not accessing applications like Twitter nearly as much as MySpace and Facebook.
  • “Hanging out” often means chatting on Facebook and/or MySpace.
  • In the case of cyberbullying, teen victims have a lack of escape from cruel comments in cyberspace due to advances in technology.
  • Despite warnings and safety tips, teens are still over sharing on social networking sites.

Attendees not only earned CLE credits, they walked away with a better understanding of teens and social networking.

The Doors Are Open!
Monday, 22 March 2010 20:23

Giving the entire community a chance to see our award-winning building and folk art collection, JohnstonWells is participating in Doors Open Denver, an event sponsored by Mayor John Hickenlooper, the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs and The Denver Architectural Foundation.

Doors Open Denver will take place the weekend of April 17 and 18. Guests will have the opportunity to explore buildings throughout the city, including the historic Rocky Mountain Seed Company Building, the home of JohnstonWells.

The event is free to the public. JohnstonWells, located at 1321 15th Street, in the historic Rocky Mountain Seed Company building, will be open for tours Saturday, April 17, 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and Noon.

Visit for more information about the event.

Ernst & Young LLP seeks Rocky Mountain Region’s exceptional entrepreneurs
Wednesday, 17 February 2010 16:49

Nominations open for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2010 Award

Ernst & Young LLP today announced the open nomination period for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2010 Awards in the Rocky Mountain Region. The deadline for applications is March 19, 2010, with the awards ceremony scheduled for June 24,, 2010 at the Grand Hyatt in downtown Denver.

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards program, now in its 24th year, is recognized as the most prestigious business award program in the country.  Award winners are selected by a panel of independent judges, including local business owners – many of whom have won the award in the past – as well as area leaders from civic organizations and academic institutions.  

“Ernst & Young has recognized leading entrepreneurs for their contributions to society for nearly a quarter of a century,” said Larry Haynes, Americas Director of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® program.  “These entrepreneurs create jobs, bolster the economy, drive innovation and revitalize their communities.  We are proud to support them.”

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards in Rocky Mountain Region
Last year, seven entrepreneurs from the Rocky Mountain Region were selected as Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® award winners from nearly 60 nominations.  Select past award winners have included Yvon Cariou, Dynamic Materials Corporation; Roy Dimoff, ViaWest; Kim Jordan and Jeff Lebesch, New Belgium Brewing; Steve Ells, Chipotle Mexican Grill; Dan Caruso, Zayo Group, Mo Siegel, Celestial Seasonings; Craig Clark, Forest Oil; and Julie Aigner Clark, Baby Einstein. 

“This program honors the outstanding entrepreneurial minds in our local area,” said James Wilson, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Program Director for Rocky Mountain Region “Entrepreneurs are nominated and evaluated by those in the region, bringing regional business, academic and community leaders together to celebrate achievements that make a real difference.”

Regional award winners are nominated for the national Entrepreneur Of The Year® awards.  Additionally, venture-backed companies that win an Entrepreneur Of The Year® award regionally are also eligible for the Venture Capital Award of Excellence on a national level. 

All honorees are invited to the national Entrepreneur Of The Year® gala, hosted by Jay Leno, on November 13, 2010 in Palm Springs, California.  The gala is the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.  For more information on the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, please visit

Awards Criteria
Awards are given to entrepreneurs who have demonstrated excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.  Self-nominations are encouraged, and there is no fee.  Application forms must be received by March 19, 2010.

To be eligible for consideration, the nominee must be an owner/manager of a private or public company who is primarily responsible for the recent performance of the company and an active member of top management.  Additionally, the nominee's company must be at least three years old.

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. 

In the Rocky Mountain Region local sponsors include Faegre & Benson, Clifton Gunderson, Denver Business Journal and JohnstonWells.

Contact Information
For more information and nomination forms contact:  Courtney Story,  Program Manager, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® Rocky Mountain Region Awards, at 720-931-4411 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Information is also available at

About Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year®
Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award makes a difference through the unique way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 135 cities in 50 countries.

About Ernst & Young
Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. Worldwide, our 144,000 people are united by our shared values and an unwavering commitment to quality. We make a difference by helping our people, our clients and our wider communities achieve their potential.

For more information, please visit

JohnstonWells Public Relations Recognizes Breanna Deidel and Lee Bley with Promotion
Wednesday, 10 February 2010 18:45

Breanna Deidel and Lee Bley have been promoted to counselor and senior associate respectively at JohnstonWells Public Relations. 

Deidel’s promotion reflects more than six years of comprehensive public relations experience. As a counselor, Deidel will continue to lead client account teams, including BERNINA of America and Goodwill Industries of Denver, while also assisting with the firm’s business development and marketing efforts.

Deidel is on the board of directors for Denver Urban Gardens (DUG), sits on the public relations and marketing committee for DUG’s 25th anniversary celebration, co-chairs the marketing committee for the Women’s Vision Foundation 2010 Walk, is a “Big Sister” and volunteers for the Little Sisters of the Poor at Mullen Home.

Bley’s promotion reflects more than two years of public relations experience at JohnstonWells. As a senior associate, Bley will continue to be an intricate part of all client teams. She also will continue her role on the firm’s social media team.

Bley is the 2010 co-chair of LoDo District’s Events Committee, the 2010 co-chair of the Denver Debutante Junior Patrons Committee and is an active member of LoDo Young Professionals.

New Product Innovation and Technology Utilization at SysTest Labs Fueled by Addition of Benjamin Ray
Tuesday, 09 February 2010 20:15

Benjamin Ray has joined Denver-based SysTest Labs as the vice president for strategic services.  Ray’s new roll focuses on new product innovation, sales, marketing and utilizing new technology avenues to expand SysTest’s offerings and capabilities in software testing.

"Ray brings a combination of entrepreneurial spirit and creative thinking that will allow us to expand beyond our traditional testing and quality management suite of services," said Glenn Truglio, president of SysTest Labs. “SysTest is continuously looking for ways to grow in new areas and Ray will take charge of this effort. His track record for developing new products and opening new markets is in line with our aggressive growth strategy."

Ray’s focus prior to SysTest has been in digital branding and reputation management where he helped companies effectively promote their brand in the age of social media. The Digital Reputation Management tool, designed by Ray at AlchemicGORILLA, which he founded in November 2009, will help SysTest’s clients manage the ways in which their information is collected and distributed over the Internet. Prior to AlchemicGORILLA, Ray co-founded Xylem Digital and INDenverTimes.

"Becoming part of an accomplished, focused and quality-driven organization that is on a high-growth trajectory will allow me to apply my entrepreneurial drive in helping SysTest achieve its goals," said Ray. "I look forward to using my skills in strategic planning and new product innovation to help fulfill the company's vision for pursuing growth opportunities both here in the U.S. and internationally.”

2010 PR Prediction
Thursday, 14 January 2010 17:19

Click here to read Gina Seamans’ 2010 PR forecast featured among a collection of other predictions on Denver PR Blog.

JohnstonWells Public Relations Recognizes Elizabeth Jumel, APR, with Promotion
Wednesday, 06 January 2010 22:18

Elizabeth Jumel, APR, has been promoted to senior counselor at JohnstonWells Public Relations.

Elizabeth’s promotion reflects more than 11 years of comprehensive marketing and public relations experience. As a senior counselor, Jumel will continue to lead client account teams, while also assisting with the firm’s business development and marketing efforts. She will continue in her role as social media manager, blending traditional client programs with social media strategies and tactics.

She earned her accreditation in public relations (APR) in October 2008 and is actively involved with the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Colorado Chapter. In 2010, she will chair the PRSA Colorado APR committee and continue as a co-chair of the Mile High Million marketing committee, an initiative of the City of Denver’s Greenprint Denver program. Elizabeth is also active in the community, volunteering for multiple organizations through the Metro Volunteers program.

Videos for SBIRT & CCGC Help Promote Wellness
Wednesday, 06 January 2010 18:30

A series of videos are being featured by SBIRT Colorado (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment) and CCGC (Colorado Clinical Guidelines Collaborative), to help illustrate how SBIRT and motivational interviewing can help health care providers work with patients to create a greater awareness about America’s number one preventable health issue – substance abuse.

Hosted on the SBIRT Colorado and CCGC Web sites, these short videos explain the SBIRT process and provide mock scenarios in which SBIRT and motivational interviewing are used with patients. CCGC is a nonprofit coalition of health plans, physicians, hospitals, employers, government agencies, quality improvement organizations, and other entities working together to improve health and health care in Colorado.  This organization created the SBIRT guidelines, which are being distributed to primary care providers across Colorado. SBIRT Colorado is an initiative funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to the Office of Governor Bill Ritter, Jr., administered by the Division of Behavioral Health and managed by Peer Assistance Services, Inc.

Wells Rejoins JohnstonWells as Senior Counselor
Monday, 21 December 2009 19:03

Longtime communications and marketing executive Michele Wells will rejoin JohnstonWells, a leading Denver public relations and marketing firm, as a senior counselor starting in January.

“Michele and I have sustained a friendship and maintained a working relationship these past several years,” said Gwinavere Johnston, who returned to her role as CEO of JohnstonWells following the departure of former CEO GG Johnston.  “We’ve talked about working together again and now is the perfect time. It will be great to have her energy and experience.”

Wells said, “I’m jazzed at the prospect of working with JohnstonWells again.  I know many of the staff members and greatly admire them.”

Join the Cause!
Thursday, 03 December 2009 18:11

Goodwill Industries of Denver has launched its Do Some Good Cause on Facebook. The Do Some Good Cause channels all the good you do into resources to help those who need it most in our community.

Join the Cause today to hear inspiring stories from people in our community, participate in contests and become a part of the movement to help others in need find the will to support themselves and their families.

Learn more about the Do Some Good Cause here.

JohnstonWells Says Goodbye to GG Johnston
Thursday, 03 December 2009 15:09

Goodbyes are seldom easy and JohnstonWells saying goodbye to president and CEO, GG Johnston, is no exception. For 15 years GG has been an integral part of JohnstonWells, and her contributions have been significant and numerous.

“My decision to leave JohnstonWells and venture into the world outside family business is both exciting and sad for me,” says GG Johnston. “For 15 years, I have worked alongside Gwin and the talented team at JW. I am grateful for every minute of time I’ve spent here. I am well-prepared for whatever adventures are coming my way. I’m excited about what’s next for all of us.”

Founder Gwin Johnston has been actively involved in the firm for 38 years and will step back into her former role as president and CEO at the start of the New Year. She is supported by a top-notch team of 10 employees who are committed to a seamless transition.

“I believe that everyone deserves choices and the opportunity to pursue his or her own dreams, and I support GG in pursuing hers,” says Gwin Johnston. “These are challenging times, to be sure. But I’m not daunted because I’ve managed through challenging times before and have always come out stronger. We have a terrific staff and some very exciting projects in the works. We’re looking forward to 2010.”

1321 Celebrates Community Preservation Award
Friday, 30 October 2009 18:55

JohnstonWells’ new home at 1321 15th Street (the former Rocky Mountain Seed Company building), received recognition from Historic Denver, Inc. last week with a Community Preservation Award.

The award presented jointly to JohnstonWells and building owner, Jerry Glick, celebrates the preservation of one of Denver’s historic buildings and its unique architectural heritage.

Mayor John Hickenlooper presented the honor at this year’s Annual Awards Dinner at the Brown Palace Hotel & Spa. Check out the evening’s video.

Take a virtual tour of JohnstonWells’ space, or better yet, drop in for a visit!

Gina Seamans in today's Denver Business Journal
Friday, 30 October 2009 18:48

One benefit of Gina Seamans’ role as PRSA Colorado chapter president this year is the invitation to contribute columns to the Denver Business Journal. Today, the DBJ’s “Strategies” section features Gina’s latest column, “Act now; don’t wait for economic turnaround.” Gina describes three steps for how business leaders can create the brain space needed to think about creating the future, rather than waiting for the future to just happen.

JohnstonWells featured in Holmes Report PR Agency Report Card
Wednesday, 28 October 2009 18:30

JohnstonWells Public Relations is profiled in the 2009 Holmes Report PR Agency Report Card, amongst the leading public relations consulting firms in North America.

Highlights of JohnstonWells profile include the shift in leadership from founder, Gwin Johnston, to her successor (and daughter) GG Johnston, a track record that spans more than three decades, a steadfast reputation of stability and experience, agility in response to industry change as well as award highlights over that past couple of years.

Additionally, the 2009 PR Agency Report Card ranked JohnstonWells 26th amongst the best U.S. agencies to work for.


The New Sews Up Everything in One Place
Wednesday, 28 October 2009 18:24

A Google search of “sewing tips” reveals roughly 8.7 million results. Without a doubt, there are plenty of online resources for machine sewing, quilting and embroidery enthusiasts. Now it’s easier to find the best of the best at, an online hub developed by JohnstonWells that aggregates the “best of” blogs, Facebook pages, Twitter handles, Flickr feeds and how-to videos.

The WeAllSew program is BERNINA of America’s inaugural integrated social media effort.  One of the most innovative and helpful features of is “Sew to Serve,” which connects site visitors to philanthropic sewing and quilting projects and organizations, and encourages all visitors, regardless of their experience level or machine brand, to sew to serve. Other site offerings include new ideas, free downloads and great deals.

To keep the site fresh and relevant, the “best of” links will be updated weekly. Additionally, machine sewing, quilting and embroidery enthusiasts can connect with BERNINA of America and with each other via social media channels, including the @weallsew Twitter handle and the Facebook fan page.

Happy birthday, to us...
Friday, 09 October 2009 20:18

JohnstonWells Public Relations is proud to celebrate its 38th anniversary this October! Founded in 1971 by Gwinavere Johnston, JohnstonWells has seen a lot of exciting changes, economic shifts, business triumphs and transformations over the years.

We’re proud to be part of such a vibrant community and to look back on 38 years of smart and innovative clients. Perhaps the best part of 38 years in Denver is running into JW alumni nearly everywhere we go!

Check out our Facebook page with fun birthday wishes from friends and family of JohnstonWells.

A few of our favorite shared highlights include:

  • Homer the Hedgehog’s wagon parade from Writer Square to the Denver Press Club
  • The new rooftop patio celebrations
  • The guy caucus

We appreciate all the birthday wishes, and can’t wait to celebrate another 38.

Party on.

Pennies for Peace
Wednesday, 09 September 2009 00:00

This fall JohnstonWells is working with Pennies for Peace, an international service-learning program with tens of thousands of participants around the globe. JohnstonWells will help promote the “Journey of Hope” benefit concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater on Sept. 20. Find out more about the event and purchase tickets at:

House of Jazmin
Thursday, 03 September 2009 22:53
JohnstonWells’ client, BERNINA of America’s finest sewing machine, the BERNINA 830, will appear on MTV’s newest hit show – “House of Jazmin,” documenting the exciting life of young fashion designer Jazmin Whitley as she prepares for Los Angeles Fashion Week. Check it out!
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