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Deane, Smith & Partners Expands Team

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Feb. 26, 2014 – Deane, Smith & Partners, a leading public relations, marketing, advertising and branding agency based in Nashville, Tenn., has added Lesli Gentry and Allison McDowell as the firm continues to grow nationwide.

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

“We are excited about having Lesli and Allison 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 & marketing world, and Allison is a gifted writer, creative thinker and innovative team member,”said Deane.

Gentry joins the agency as director of accounting services. She has more than 20 years of industry experience in marketing, accounting and management. Before joining DS&P, Gentry was HR director and manager of accounting services for Medical Reimbursement of America (a Clayton McWhorter Company). Gentry graduated with a degree in marketing from Murray State University.

McDowell joins DS&P as an account executive. She brings more than 10 years of experience in marketing and event management to the agency. McDowell previously worked as a freelance marketing consultant and event manager in Nashville, Tenn. and Greenville, S.C. She has worked with numerous clients, including campaign fundraising with the Thomas Lindsey Group in Nashville, marketing and event coordination for the Clement Railroad Hotel Museum in Dickson, Tenn., and media event support for BMW North America in Greer, S.C. McDowell graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degreein journalism and mass communications.

DS&P 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. DS&P 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 and Allison bring the firm,” said Todd Smith, president and chief communications officer of DS&P. “We have progressively expanded our agency to meet the needs of tomorrow’s brands, and this move is abig part of our growth vision.”

DS&P – 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.

DS&P 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 & Partners

Deane, Smith and Partners 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. DS&P 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, DS&P 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.