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Deane Smith Expands Team

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Lesli Gentry named new director of accounting services

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – May 5, 2014 – Deane | Smith – a leading public relations, marketing, advertising and branding agency based in Nashville, Tenn. – has named Lesli Gentry director of accounting services as the firm continues to grow nationwide.

Gentry previously worked for the firm, and she will bring valuable expertise, talent and experience that will position DS&P for the future.

“We are excited about having Lesli join our team to help us take client service to new levels as we continue to grow our firm,” said Silas Deane, founder and chief executive officer. “Lesli’s ability to network on behalf of our clients is very valuable in the PR and marketing world.”

Gentry has more than 20 years of industry experience in marketing, accounting and management. Before joining Deane | Smith, Gentry was human resources director and manager of accounting services for Medical Reimbursement of America (a Clayton McWhorter Company). Gentry also worked on the government relations team of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. She earned a degree in marketing from Murray State University.

Deane | Smith has had significant growth recently. Last year the agency partnered with Mad Genius, a full-­service design, print, digital and video production branding firm based in Jackson, Miss. to leverage growing business across the Southeast and throughout the nation. The two firms now have more than 30 employees in four offices nationwide to serve a growing roster of clients. Deane | Smith also opened a Jackson, Miss. office, to better serve its clients in Mississippi’s capitol and across the state.

“As we position our agency for a rapidly evolving, digital world, we are thrilled to enhance our team with the unique skills that Lesli brings the firm,” said Todd Smith, president and chief communications officer of Deane | Smith. “We have progressively expanded our agency to meet the needs of tomorrow’s brands, and this move is a big part of our growth vision.”

Deane | Smith – which creates strategic branding campaigns for numerous clients – was founded in 1999 by Washington, D.C. political and media veterans, Silas Deane and Todd Smith. Major clients include the Butler Snow law firm, Waggoner Engineering, The National Foundation for Cancer Research, Electrolux, the Hutton Hotel, Healthcare Information Management Systems Society, Baden Supply, The Buffkin Group, Cybera Inc., Microsoft Health and the Sumner County (Tenn.) Board of Education.

Deane | Smith has established itself on the leading-­edge of the industry through a multi-­faceted branding strategy that aligns company vision, defines goals and delivers results. The company is consistently ranked among the Top 5 PR firms and Top 10 advertising agencies in the Nashville market.

About Deane | Smith

Deane | Smith is a Nashville-­based, award-­winning, full-­service public relations, marketing strategy, advertising, branding, design, and technology agency with an emphasis on creating and executing highly targeted marketing programs. The firm specializes in the legal, retail, health care, medical, hospitality and technology marketplaces. Deane | Smith utilizes an integrated marketing approach that includes traditional public relations, marketing communications, advertising, social media, e-­marketing and other digital strategies for clients across the country. In 2013, Deane | Smith affiliated with Mad Genius, a full-­service design, print, digital and video production branding firm based in Jackson, Miss., to expand expertise, grow market share and leverage future expansion. The two firms have more than 30 employees in four offices nationwide. For more information, please visit, follow us on Twitter @deanesmith, like us on Facebook, and join us on LinkedIn.