Saxum Public Relations Announces Tulsa office, Hires GM

Saxum Public Relations, an integrated public relations, strategic marketing and creative firm, today announced it is opening an office in Tulsa and has hired Christopher Payne, APR, to serve as vice president and general manager of the Tulsa office.

“As a Tulsa native, I am excited to announce that we will be opening an office in my hometown,” said Saxum President and CEO Renzi Stone. “We already have an existing client base in the area, and we see tremendous potential for growth.”

Payne comes to Saxum with more than 20 years of public relations and strategic communications experience. He previously served as senior manager of corporate communications for Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc., a global corporation and one of Saxum’s newest clients. Payne worked at the company for nearly 17 years, having started as a manager of corporate communications for the Thrifty Car Rental brand. Prior to joining Thrifty, he spent four years working for public relations and political consulting agencies in the Dallas area, leading a number of regional and national accounts.

He is a past board president of Susan G. Komen for the Cure (the Tulsa affiliate) and serves as the accreditation chairman for the Tulsa Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. Payne previously served as president of the Tulsa Chapter PRSA. He has a Master of Arts in mass communications from the University of Oklahoma.

“We are thrilled to add Chris to our Saxum team,” Stone said. “He is a longtime Tulsa resident who loves the city, understands the agency business and brings a strong strategic marketing and public relations background to this position.”

The Tulsa office is on schedule to open in the second quarter of 2010, and the company currently is hiring additional staff.

Stone founded Saxum in 2003 and has since grown the company to 19 full-time employees with a local, regional and national client base covering a variety of industries. The Saxum team focuses on creating lifelong client relationships through proactive communications that are customized, multi-dimensional, strategic, team-focused and results-driven.

Saxum offers a variety of public relations services to its clients, including strategic counsel, corporate communications, crisis communications, media relations, social media and training workshops. Saxum’s wholly owned creative company, Maxus Creative, offers a host of creative services, including print and brand identity, Web and interactive design and video and motion graphics production.

The company is a member of IPREX, one of the world’s largest international public relations networks. Saxum has been recognized three years in a row as one of the fastest-growing companies in the greater Oklahoma City area, and Stone has been named one of Oklahoma’s and the industry’s top leaders under the age of 40 by multiple organizations.

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Updated 02-23-2010

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