What do they really think of me? It’s the question that keeps people up at night. For businesses and institutions, that question is just as fundamental. At Devine + Partners, we help organizations quantify and shape, launch or adjust their brands. It’s about answering the question of what people think — definitively, affirmatively and once and for all. And, ultimately, it’s about sleeping better at night. We call it being able to Rest Easy.View Services
"Partnering with Devine + Partners over the past four years has helped me to get KeyBank’s name out in the marketplace, ensuring we were visible both in the marketplace and in business publications."
"D+P’s tourism expertise was just what we were looking for as we raise the visibility of Montgomery County as a destination and gain awareness for our tourism and convention brands. What’s more, they work collaboratively as an extension of our team."
"Over the past three years, Devine + Partners has been a great partner in developing and executing campaigns that have significantly increased awareness of the Circuit Trails network and its countless benefits to the region. They are an essential component of our team in generating the earned, owned and shared content that helps us engage folks #onthecircuit."
"Devine + Partners has become like family to the Mann. They care about what we do; they understand the complexity of what we do. With D + P, it’s a home run every time."
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Jarek RutzView Bio
SIC is not a word that most people would associate with Jay Devine but in this case it fits. Why? Because, at D+P, SIC stands for Strategist-in-Chief. Jay provides the communications strategy behind most, if not all, of our client work. As a 30-year veteran of the strategic communications world, he has seen how public relations is being transformed into contact management, brand journalism or owned content. This transformation is occurring almost right before our eyes and Jay is helping clients embrace the change for the better. That doesn’t mean that we are leaving traditional print and broadcast media behind. We use that too. The ultimate and best strategy is the one which blends both the new and the tried and true together. Jay knows how to do that masterfully and thus is one SIC fellow.
Jay founded D+P in 2003 and gave it a fresh start in 2011. Today, D+P represents respected companies, brands and institutions like Comcast Spectacor, Deloitte, the William Penn Foundation, Drexel University and the Philadelphia Zoo among many others.
D+P prides itself on creating long-term relationships with its clients. These relationships are the result of aggressively listening to clients’ needs, developing research-based messaging and flawlessly executing creative strategic communications programs. The firm specializes in award-winning public relations, issues management and digital communications.
Before D+P, Jay was the general manager of Tierney Communications. He joined Tierney in 1989 as one of its founding members. Way, way back, he started his career with Porter Novelli in Washington, D.C.
Jay is a proud Hoya and graduated from Georgetown University. In May 2013, he and his wife, Bridget, received an honorary Doctor of Laws from Neumann University. He is a board member of Neumann University, the Philadelphia Charity Ball, the Brent Celek Take Flight Foundation and Greener Partners. In 2015, he was appointed Vice Chair of the World Meeting of Families Communications and Marketing Committee.[ x ] Close Bio
Voted most likely to be spotted giving directions to visitors.
Sue joined Devine + Partners 10 years ago and leads the firm’s Travel + Tourism division. She offers creative program development, national and international media relations, promotions and event planning services to hospitality clients, including tourism destinations, museums and attractions, hotels and events.
She is assisting the Parkway Museums District with the planning of their Centennial celebration in 2017-2018, Pittcon with awareness of their science convention, the National Constitution Center with announcements of their exhibits and programs, and Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board with the promotion of Montgomery County, Pa.
Sue has more than 25 years of marketing and communications experience, including 16 years with the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, most recently as director of international marketing. She was part of the team responsible for promoting Philadelphia as a tourism destination in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, The Netherlands and Ireland.
There, she also served as director of marketing communications for Philadelphia 2000, the host committee for the 2000 Republican National Convention. She chaired the Philadelphia Host City’s marketing communications committee for the ESPN X Games. She was instrumental in creating The Photo of the Century project, which, on July 4, 1999, gathered in Philadelphia more than 100 people born on the Fourth of July, one from each year from 1900-1999, and at least one from each state. The event drew international attention and earned a PR Week award for the best publicity stunt of the year.
Sue graduated with Honors from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications with a degree in advertising. In 2001, she was named Outstanding Young Alumni. She serves as co-vice chair of the Foundation Board of Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and co-chair of Magee’s Night of Champions fundraiser for patient programs including wheelchair sports and art and horticultural therapy. She is a member of the Family Advisory Council for St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Like many on the D+P team, she loves running, and she has completed seven marathons.[ x ] Close Bio
At a loss for words? I can help.
The words you use to inform, educate, persuade and protect matter. With more than 25 years of public relations experience in both corporate and agency environments, Christine has developed the exact words, messages, positioning and strategies that advance business objectives for organizations and individuals. Her experience covers crisis management, issues management, brand journalism and owned content, strategic communications and media/presentation training.
Christine has provided corporate communications counsel to clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to entrepreneurial start-ups across consumer and B2B spaces and advised on sustainability communications strategies for community-based non-profits and professional service clients. Some examples of clients past and present include Deloitte Philadelphia, Drexel University, Peapod, Comcast Spectacor and Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals.
Prior to joining the firm, Christine offered her services as an independent communications and media training consultant. Previously she was vice president with Tierney Communications and was responsible for some of the agency’s marquee accounts.
Christine holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland College Park. She is currently a community board member for the Maternity Care Coalition. She has previously served on the boards of Cradles to Crayons Philadelphia and the American Diabetes Association of Greater Philadelphia.[ x ] Close Bio
Moving hearts, minds and markets
Over the course of his journalism and corporate communications career, Kevin has done all three. As Business Editor of The Associated Press and The Star-Ledger in Newark (NJ), he produced stories about some of the biggest events of our time, from 9/11 to the Great Recession. As Chief Communications Officer at Delta Air Lines, he created the U.S. airline industry’s first true News Hub, marrying journalistic techniques to corporate goals and helping propel Delta to soaring consumer satisfaction scores. As the CCO of the Knights of Columbus, one of the nation’s largest charities and a $25 billion insurance company, he led a surge in social media audiences and won a regional Emmy Award as the executive producer of a documentary on the organization’s Warriors to Lourdes program.
Whether in the newsroom or the C-suite, Kevin has always believed that the art of good communications starts with this: “Tell me a story.” Topics come and go. New techniques are developed. There are good times and bad. But the one thing that never changes is that your audiences want to hear a story. Your story.
A native of Tucson, Arizona, Kevin graduated with honors from Hillsdale College with a double major in history and political theory. His journalism career began at a weekly newspaper in North Carolina, with one of the all-time great names: The Gold Leaf Farmer. From there it was on to The Chapel Hill Newspaper, The Tampa Tribune and Bloomberg News, before joining The Star-Ledger and then eventually leaping the Hudson River to Manhattan and the AP.
When it comes to PR, he has deep experience in counseling CEOs, crisis communications and issues management, but it’s telling those stories that move hearts, minds and markets that are his greatest passion. That and his never-ending quest to break 80 on the golf course.
If it’s a history book, Kevin will read it. If it has a scoreboard, he’ll watch it – whether it’s the Philadelphia teams, Ivy League basketball or his Arizona Wildcats. He has served on the Boards of Directors of the Society of Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) and the Georgia Foreign Trade Zone and the finance committee of St. Ignatius parish in Yardley.[ x ] Close Bio
I’m the write guy for you.
As Senior Account Executive, Mylin Batipps Jr. brings his experience in media relations, journalism, and corporate communications to D+P. He leads and supports key clients through storytelling and persuasive language on multiple platforms to further elevate their brands.
This isn’t his first time joining the D+P team, Mylin was a D+P intern in 2015. He most recently served on the member relations and communications teams for the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs (PICPA), assisting in the promotion of the accounting profession. Mylin graduated from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) with a major in journalism/professional writing and a minor in linguistics. He has contributed to publications such as the Pennsylvania CPA Journal, The Times of Trenton, and South Jersey Magazine.
When not in the D+P office, Mylin spends his time writing puns, juggling objects, and playing drums. He plays marching bass drum for the Hawthorne Caballeros Drum & Bugle Corps based in Hawthorne, NJ, and is a percussion instructor for the Eastern High School Marching Band.[ x ] Close Bio
When Twitter gives you character limits, post a video instead.
In her role as Senior Account Executive and Digital News Producer, Alyssa provides client strategy and support, manages social media pages, and engages in media outreach, strategic communications, event planning, in-depth research and video content creation.
Before joining the D+P team, Alyssa interned in Maryland and Virginia at organizations including 522 Productions and the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland. Her experiences in these different industries increased her desire to help organizations utilize visual storytelling and define their brands through video.
When she’s not at 1700 Market, Alyssa enjoys dancing, staying up to date on the latest pop culture trends and watching too many TV shows to keep track of. Born and raised in the Greater Philadelphia area, Alyssa is very passionate about Philadelphia sports, especially the Philadelphia Eagles, the 2018 Super Bowl Champions!
Alyssa is a proud graduate of the University of Maryland where she double majored in communication and marketing, with a focus in public relations, and was a sports management fellow.[ x ] Close Bio
Telling your story through a different lens.
As an Account Coordinator and Asst. Digital News Producer, Grace combines traditional and digital public relations to support senior staff. Grace specializes in media relations, strategic communications, and event planning, while bringing your brand to a digital space through social media and video content creation.
Grace graduated from Temple University where she studied public relations and digital marketing. During her time at Temple, Grace interned at Allied Integrated Marketing and PRowl Public Relations. Her experiences in these organizations fueled her interest for story telling through media relations, event planning, and producing digital video content.
Refusing to leave Philly post-grad, Grace can be found exploring new cafés around her neighborhood in Queen Village, catching a stand-up comedy show at Good Good Comedy Theater, or cheering the Eagles on every Sunday.[ x ] Close Bio
Live. Create. Tell the story. Repeat.
In her role as Account Coordinator, Emma supports multiple client account teams, working directly with senior public relations professionals to assist efforts in media relations, digital content creation and strategic communications.
Emma majored in communication and social influence with minors in public relations and business at Temple University. While studying in the heart of North Philly, she had the opportunity to intern in Center City at various agencies and nonprofits, including Garfield Group, Penn Environment and Braithwaite Communications. By developing practical skills in public relations and studying social influence, she grew a passion for helping organizations share their stories and missions by navigating today’s changing media landscape.
Outside of the D+P office, Emma loves to stay active, whether it is going on runs and walks around the Greater Philadelphia area, heading to the gym, learning new dance styles, or attending yoga sessions. She also enjoys exploring and taste testing the various cuisine and coffee shops the city has to offer.[ x ] Close Bio
Open your eyes and let me open your mind.
As an Asst. Digital News Producer and an Account Coordinator, Jarek combines traditional and digital public relations to support senior staff. Jarek specializes in video production, writing and interviewing in a strategic manner to expand brands through content creation and digital news.
Jarek graduated from Temple University in 2021 with a B.A. in journalism and a B.A. in political science. During his time at Temple, Jarek worked part-time as a producer for CNN/SiriusXM radio and TV host Michael Smerconish. He also was very involved with Temple Television and The Temple News. His passion for writing and social awareness drove him to the field of media.
Outside of the workplace, Jarek is a music geek, a huge Philly sports fan and an avid outdoorsman, who hopes to spread his passions with the world.[ x ] Close Bio
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D+P has partnered with the Mann Center for the Performing Arts since 2007 to drive awareness of the Mann as the Philadelphia region’s summer destination for great entertainment. Working as an extension of the marketing department, we manage media relations around the summer season of pop, orchestral and classical shows, the annual Party in the Park gala, and the Mann’s year-round educational and community programming. See our results:[ x ] Close Case Study
Comcast Spectacor was preparing for the rebrand of one of its core businesses, Spectra. We provided a strategic communications campaign including customer and employee communications, national and local media relations, digital and social communications and thought leadership programs. See our results:[ x ] Close Case Study
KeyBank (formerly First Niagara) looked to promote brand awareness in the Southeastern Pennsylvania region. We provided a strategic communications plan including thought leadership positioning, corporate responsibility outreach and a brand-building media relations campaign. See our results:[ x ] Close Case Study
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy sought to raise the visibility of the Circuit Trails, ultimately a 750-mile trail system through nine counties in the greater Philadelphia region. Together, we developed a three-year campaign effort consisting of a rebrand, new website and the development of owned content, shared and earned media. See our results:[ x ] Close Case Study
D+P is committed to giving back by supporting our community as volunteer board members and offering charitable support when we can. Everyone is encouraged to get involved in causes they believe in. Each year we contribute almost $100,000 in volunteer time and contributions to these non-profit boards and organizations. Here is just a sampling of the causes we support: