Akoya Works with GWPC on Induced Seismicity Primer

gwpcAkoya worked with the Groundwater Protection Council (GWPC) on the Induced Seismicity Primer report (www.statesfirstinitiative.org) released September 28, 2015. The report provides a timely and valuable overview of state-of-the-art technical understanding of induced seismicity related to Class II disposal wells. The publication was prepared by the StatesFirstInitiative, a collaborative effort between GWPC and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) aimed at facilitating multi-state collaboration and innovative regulatory solutions for oil and natural gas producing states. Akoya provided editorial structuring, copy editing, and document layout.

Akoya Awarded Contract to Support DOE Solid-State Lighting Program

DOE EERE logoThe National Energy Technology Laboratory has selected Akoya to support the Department of Energy’s Solid-State Lighting (SSL) Program to provide program and communications strategy and implementation services. The SSL Program works with academia, industry, and the lighting user/specifier community to drive the lighting market to realize the full energy efficiency potential available in SSL technology. Having supported the program since 2003, Akoya will support DOE and industry scientists and engineers in articulating and communicating the evolving progress and emergent challenges of the next wave of SSL innovation.

Akoya Now a Qualified Vendor for PA Department of General Services

paemarketThe Pennsylvania Department of General Services has approved Akoya as a qualified vendor for the Bureau  of Procurement’s Creative Advertising, Audiovisual, and Interactive Production Services (Creative/AV/Production SRVCS) schedule. Akoya will offer creative services in public relations, marketing communications, web, and video production. Our new contract number, 44000149, can be accessed on PA e-marketplace.

Akoya Partners with Atlas Research on HHS Contract

HHS logoAkoya partnered on a five-year U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) contract recently awarded to Atlas Research. Atlas Research selected Akoya and several other companies for their team to provide the HHS Program Support Center with a variety of services, including communications support. Services will be tasked on an as-needed basis. The contract is administered by HHS and the Human Services Program Support Center, but can be used by other government departments or agencies to procure services.

HRSA Hospital Campaign Reaches New Heights

hrsaCertgraphicPhase IV of the Hospital Organ Donation Campaign, coordinated by Akoya and sponsored by HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration, recently concluded—with double-digit percentage increases in both participation and recognition levels. The campaign enlists hospitals nationwide to promote organ donation awareness and registration. It has added more than 350,000 donor enrollments to state registries around the country since launching in 2011. Phase V begins this fall. For more information, visit the Hospital Campaign web page.

Sign up today as an organ, eye, tissue donor.  #LetLifeBloom  organdonor.gov

GSA Contracts Combined

GSA logoAkoya has successfully migrated its existing GSA contract schedules (AIMS, MOBIS) to a new GSA Consolidated Schedule (00CORP) award that allows Akoya to offer both communications services and program support services under one contract vehicle through 2020. The newly awarded contract number is GS00F162CA, which can be accessed on GSA eLibrary.

Akoya’s MHS Team Welcomes New Staff

DaisyKAkoya’s Military Health System (MHS) team welcomes writer Daisy Ridgway Khalifa. Daisy comes to us with 20 years of experience in strategic planning, marketing, and journalism. As part of the MHS team, Daisy plans and produces content on preventive health, health IT, and global health readiness, working closely with MHS subject matter experts to ensure consistency across Department of Defense program offices.

ValleySteve Valley joins our MHS team as Senior Communications Advisor. Steve has his finger on the pulse of all strategic communications for the Defense Health Agency (DHA). Among his many duties, he facilitates and provides coordination between the DHA and MHS, supports oversight of both strategic and tactical communications planning, tracks project implementation and completion, assists in management of special events, and integrates communications functions across the MHS. Steve comes to Akoya as a seasoned communications and public relations professional with senior-level experience working with military clients.  

Akoya Expands Client List

logosAkoya is working with some new and returning clients this summer:

Tyson Foods, Inc., called on Akoya’s creative team to cook up some naming concepts for two institutional prepared food product lines.

The Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC) a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of U.S. ground water supplies, recently enlisted Akoya to provide editorial and design services for a technical guideline to advise state regulators and lawmakers. GWPC has turned to Akoya for several similar services since 2010.

Akoya was recently engaged to support Carnegie Mellon University’s Disruptive Health Technology Institute (DHTI). We are proud to help advance DHTI’s unique model and groundbreaking work to revolutionize healthcare delivery.

See Akoya’s past and current client list.

Genna Cavanaugh Named Akoya Partner

GennaAkoya is pleased to announce that Genna Cavanaugh has been promoted to company partner. Together with President and Chief Financial Officer Holly Wray and Chief Creative Officer Nancy Reese, Genna will contribute to Akoya’s strategic direction and business development.

Genna joined Akoya in 2008 as a writer, bringing solid and proven experience in both journalism and communications. Over the last three years, she has advanced into a leadership role, serving as account manager for clients such as Military Health Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, and H.J. Heinz Company. She has also been instrumental in helping Akoya acquire new clients in both the federal and commercial sectors. Genna will continue her dedicated client support and vital creative input across all accounts.

“Nancy and I are thrilled to welcome Genna as a partner,” says Holly. “With Genna’s increased involvement in the strategy, leadership, and daily operations of the company, we are confident that we’ll see continued revenue and client growth and maintain the high-quality work that we have come to be known for over the past 15 years.”

Congratulations, Genna!

Au Revoir, Diane

dianeAkoya recently bid farewell to senior project manager Diane Allard, who retired after an accomplished career in strategic marketing and communications. During her nine years at Akoya, Diane spent the bulk of her time working with the Department of Energy’s Solid-State Lighting program, providing comprehensive communications support, conference and event planning, media relations, and so much more. And while it’s true that we’ll miss her outstanding work for Akoya, we’ll also miss our friend, who gamely dresses up at Halloween; who shares funny stories of her dog, Chase; who makes sure that the solid-state lighting workshop team has enough chocolate; and who approaches new challenges with alacrity, aplomb, and kindness. Akoya’s loss is her family’s gain, and we wish her well on the many adventures that go along with sending a daughter off to college, learning a second foreign language, singing in her rock band, and keeping up with the latest LED lighting technology. (Because old habits die hard, right, Diane?)

Akoya Supports DOE SSL R&D Workshop in San Francisco

Wendy Graves interviews LED lighting pioneer Dr. George Craford for an upcoming video Akoya will produce for DOE’s Solid-State Lighting program.

Wendy Graves interviews LED lighting pioneer Dr. George Craford for an upcoming video Akoya will produce for DOE’s Solid-State Lighting program.

In late January, a team of Akoyans traveled to San Francisco to provide event support for the U.S. Department of Energy Solid-State Lighting program’s 12th annual R&D Workshop. Six months of planning and preparation culminated in the 3-day workshop attended by 300 lighting leaders. In a first for the workshop, a Nobel Prize winner kicked off the activities—2014 Physics Laureate Dr. Shuji Nakamura.

From agenda and tour planning to speaker coordination, from materials development to marketing e-blasts, and from video recording to live tweeting, Akoya played a critical part in ensuring the workshop’s success. But the team won’t rest on its laurels long—as an integral part of the SSL program’s communications efforts, there is year-round marketing support to be done, and the planning for the fall Market Development Workshop is just around the corner.