TESTIMONIALS

CASE STUDIES

   
 

The Blaine Group’s Testimonials

 
     
  “I have known Devon Blaine and The Blaine Group for over seven years.  As a 30-year commercial lender, I have rarely seen a professional of her caliber.  Devon is hardworking, sensitive to client needs, creative and honest.  Devon is one of the most connected and well regarded public relations firms in Los Angeles.  I can offer my unhesitating recommendation and endorsement of Devon and The Blaine Group’s services.”  
  —Douglas C. Spencer
President/CEO
Gilmore Bank
 
     
  "I hired Devon and her team when I was heading up legal and development at a mergers and acquisitions firm. She gave us wonderful advise and aided us in creating our logo and related collateral. The Blaine Group also did the graphic design and printed our collateral that we used with great success nationwide. I have repeatedly referred clients to her and I have never had qualms about doing so."  
  —Mark Burton, Managing Director
    Los Angeles Consulting Group
 
     
  "Over the 15 years and multiple company engagements during which your services were retained, expectations were consistently exceeded.  You and your staff collectively projected a genuine advocacy for each engagement. I can unequivocally endorse the services of The Blaine Group.”  
 
—Gary E. Lotzer, Former Pres/CEO, ICX Electronics
 
     
  “I was referred to The Blaine Group by a colleague who had previously worked with Devon Blaine on a financial board.  Our company’s goal was to recreate and upgrade a restaurant brand for introduction into the organic retail market. We found Devon and her staff immediately grasped the essence of our mission and thereafter were always two steps ahead of us, anticipating our needs and structuring an innovative public relations and branding program.  We worked directly with Devon, a seasoned professional who not only facilitated press coverage, events and entre to key financial players, she was an amazing strategic thinker and team player with the other partners in this venture.  Devon worked around the clock with a finesse that seemed effortless. To this day, two years after the conclusion of the project, I remain in communication with Devon on a regular basis.”  
 
—Laura Gaines, President,
Soul Vegetarian
 
     
  “The Blaine Group is an exceptionally competent and effective communications service provider.  I've known Devon Blaine for 20 years, and retained the services of her firm during both good and bad economic times.  In all cases, my expectations have been exceeded.  I have found all of the staff of The Blaine Group to be responsive and talented.  The Blaine Group not only delivers results, they also have the unique capability of making each client feel as though he/she is the most important client, not with flattery or platitude, but with hard-work, friendly and engaging demeanor, and timely attention to client needs and points of view.  I can recommend The Blaine Group without reservation, and will continue to use their services myself!”  
  —John R. Nelson, Managing Director
California Capital Partners, L.L.C.
 
     
  “The Blaine Group is proactive and imaginative, often uncovering overlooked and fresh promotional opportunities while also responsive to our needs and efficient with our resources.  We feel Devon and her staff are professional in every respect and as dedicated as we are to achieving our goal of success.”   
  —-Stephen D. Ferrone, J.D., CEO,
Immunosyn Corporation
 
     
  “Calling Devon Blaine just a public relations professional would be like calling Tiger Woods a ‘weekend golfer.’  Devon’s instant grasp of our offering, combined with the powerful campaign, contacts and compassion she has brought to our partnership, has created value far beyond heightened visibility for our new network.”   
  —DMA, President & CEO of The CLIC  
     
 

"It's been a LONG time since Devon did any PR work for me, but when she did, it was good enough for me to retain her month AFTER month AND feel good that I was paying her.

One thing more about Devon (actually, two):
1. She hires smart people and manages them well, and
2. She does what she says."

—Jeffrey Ullman
Founder of Great Expectations, now
Executive Producer, UV Entertainment
Division of UV Enterprises

 
     
  “Devon Blaine is the Queen of Public Relations for small businesses and corporations and entrepreneurs on the West Coast. No one is more expert or effective than Devon at disseminating information to the public through the media on behalf of owners of private enterprises.”  
 
—John Charnay
   Charnay & Associates
 
     
 

"We just wanted to let you know how much we really appreciate working with you. We have worked with other companies in the past to schedule celebrities, authors and other talent radio interviews and have been left very disappointed with their un-professionalism, last minute cancellations and incorrect times and date. Your company and your clients are very professional, timely and personable. We had a great experience working with your company and look forward to working with you again because of our great experience. Thank you for everything!"

—Velicia Alston-Director
All Talk Radio Network

“The Blaine Group is an incredibly valuable asset to our company.  They have the knowledge that comes with hands on experience and resources that extend our management team's reach to move our business forward.  We appreciate their commitment to our success.”

—Dennis Calvert, President, Nuway Medical, Inc.

"It has been my pleasure and good fortune to use the public relations and communication consulting services of Devon Blaine for more than 20 years. I regularly recommend to corporate clients their retention of The Blaine Group as I have found Devon to be; well connected, energetic, motivated, experienced and imaginative.”

—Arthur Lipper, Chairman, British Far East Holdings Ltd.

“ Devon is a great provider of Financial and Investor Relations and the principal of the LA-based The Blaine Group. I have known and worked with her for many years and I cannot speak more highly.”

—Michael Brennan, President & CEO of Digital Color Press

“When we launched the LawFund Management Group, things didn’t really take off until we retained The Blaine Group. Devon Blaine heads our marketing team and supervises and coordinates a well-honed, focused, marketing effort that brings LFMG to the attention of all of our target markets. We made the right choice in selecting The Blaine Group.”

—Herb Dodell, consultant, LawFund Management Group

“The Blaine Group started doing our public relations in 1980. I could hardly believe the way our corporate image became known by customers and the public at large. It wasn't long before the name of Medevac was associated with quality paramedic ambulance service in California and Nationwide. I would highly recommend Devon Blaine and her team at The Blaine Group to make your company’s image in the mind of others the same that is in your mind.”

—Joe Dolphin, President, Medevac Inc.

“The Blaine Group did the book promotion of my McGraw-Hill published book, Finance for Non-Financial Managers, because as we all know major publishers only print, they don’t market. Well, The Blaine Group does market, and their efforts got me a full-page feature article in the Los Angeles Business Journal and a radio talk show interview that broadcasts right to the market where I sell my services. AND the book is now in its second printing, less than a year after first going on sale. That’s what I call effective marketing.”

—Gene Siciliano, CMC, CPA, Financial Management Consultant,
Western Management Associates – Your CFO For Rent®

“Our firm has worked with The Blaine Group for many years and due to their expertise, our business has increased tremendously! They are the best!”

—Leo H. Thomas, LUTCF, Managing Director, Price Raffel Browne

“Please accept our heartfelt thanks and deep gratitude for your part in the Van Nuys Diamond Jubilee 75 th Anniversary. As we reflect back over our ambitious and challenging 75-day celebration, we realize that this complex undertaking was made possible only by the commitment of dedicated people like you. Without you, we couldn’t have done it! The Diamond Jubilee celebration was started because we were proud of our community and the people in it. Now that the activities are done, we are even more convinced that Van Nuys and its citizens and businesses are truly special. Again, thank you. With your continuing enthusiasm, we hope to keep… ‘Van Nuys – a Vital Part of the Past, and a Vital Part of the Future.’”

—Ken Worthen, President, Van Nuys Diamond Jubilee 75th Celebration
—Bruce D. Ackerman, Executive Vice President, Van Nuys Diamond Jubilee 75th Celebration

“As you know, two years ago we retained The Blaine Group to develop an ongoing trade public relations campaign, targeted to expanding Electrolizing’s base of business. Due to anticipated cutbacks in the aerospace industry, which we knew would significantly impact our business, our goal was to further penetrate other market areas such as medical devices, job shops, etc. Your advice and implementation of a program to disseminate one press release each month to nearly 200 applicable trade publications has not only resulted in exposure in numerous outlets on a monthly basis but also has been responsible for us receiving new business inquiries each week. The purpose of this letter is to let you know how much we appreciate your efforts, concerned follow through, and effectiveness. Should you ever need a reference, it will be my pleasure to provide one.

—Susan Grant, President, Electrolizing, Inc.

“I wish to take this opportunity to congratulate you on our victorious project in Los Angeles. All of Medevac’s management team were impressed and delighted with the results. For the past two years, Medevac has been applying for additional permits to operate private ambulances within the City of Los Angeles. Because of anti-competitive ordinances and opposition from a handful of politically mighty competitors, these applications were never approved. This is despite the dramatic need for increased ambulance resources in the city. As we began to work together, the strategy was for The Blaine Group to utilize its contacts and relationships, to lobby elected city officials to hear and see the merits of Medevac’s proposal, to in a sense, give Medevac a fair trial. Only four months after seeking the assistance of your firm, Medevac has ended its two-year quest for permits, with the single largest award of ambulance permits in the city’s history. The Blaine Group indeed got Medevac a fair trial, and the quality of Medevac’s service won the award Thank you again for your excellent work. Without the help of The Blaine Group, there was no chance for success.”

—Glenn S. Leland, Vice President, Medevac, Inc.

“At the conclusion of ‘FORMA ’80,’ I wish to take time to express to you my appreciation for your significant contribution to the success of the show. Both the exhibitors and our Headqaurters’ officials in attendance were very pleased with the efficient handling of all P.R. activities and the media coverage obtained through your efforts. The proclamations by Governor Brown and Mayor Bradley were particularly appreciated and contributed greatly to enhance the prestige of the entire presentation. On behalf of all those involved in the project, I take pleasure in conveying to you our congratulations for a job well done and our sincere thanks.”

— Mario Castagna, Trade Commissioner, Italian Trade Commission

“On behalf of the membership of United Paramedics of Los Angeles, I wish to thank you and your staff for the work and the effort put into our campaign. Your ability to understand the issues and represent them to the public in a manner consistent with our philosophy was key to our success. Thank you again for a job well done.”

—William N. Wells, President, United Paramedics of Los Angeles

“I wish to thank you and your Group for the excellent job you are doing in promoting The Hollow Man by Richard Dokey. The publicity and talk show lineups are moving bookstores to order the books and develop their own in-store promotions to mesh with what you and Joyce Brubaker of your company are developing. I would be happy to recommend you to any publisher or author who seeks expert assistance in developing publicity and recognition for a new release. It is the life blood without which new books will seldom reach profitable sales. Delta-West Publishing and I look forward to a long and productive relationship in launching new books and especially The Hollow Man which I feel is destined to become a best seller in time.

—Jon van Geldern, Publisher, Delta-West Publishing, Inc.

 

 
   
  The Blaine Group’s Case Studies  
     
  BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS
One of our most successful business-to-business assignments was the implementation of a comprehensive public relations program for the state-wide launch of the GLENFED Business Lending Service affiliate of Glendale Federal in media outlets which targeted its potential consumer, the entrepreneur. Additionally, we obtained the Small Business Advocate/Banker of the Year nomination on our client's behalf and scheduled outreach seminars in specifically-targeted communities and industries. For this effort, we received two honorable mentions from the Public Relations Society of America (Los Angeles chapter) PRism Awards and an honorable mention at the International Association of Business Communicators (Los Angeles chapter) Bronze Quill Awards, demonstrating our expertise in assisting major corporations that want to market to small businesses.
 
     
  CONSUMER PRODUCTS
The Blaine Group was selected to generate national exposure through business, lifestyle, ethnic, and trade media for L'Image Graphics, designers and manufacturers of greeting cards and related items for ethnic consumers. As a result of this effort, L'Image increased their business 300% the first year we were on board. L'Image was founded to fill a void in the marketplace. In just a few years, with more than 200 original designs in nine collections, L'Image became the largest and most successful minority-owned greeting card company in the world. For our efforts on behalf of this unique company, we received a PRism Award for Best On-Going Corporate Communications Program from the Public Relations Society of America.
 
     
  EDUCATION
We believe that, in order to progress in a career today, continuing one's education is essential. Our work in this area reflects this philosophy. Assignments on behalf of educational institutions and associations include a public awareness campaign for the California Association of Community Colleges in which we arranged print and electronic penetration in all major metropolitan markets of the state with the goal of educating the public about the benefits community colleges provide.
 
     
  FASHION/BEAUTY
Our assignments in the fashion and beauty industries include the creation of a comprehensive communications effort for the more than 70 showrooms in the Cooper Building, a discount center in the heart of Los Angeles’ garment district. We designed and implemented a well-honed marketing plan which incorporated advertising, public relations, and promotions. As a result, the Cooper Building became the most talked about and most shopped discount fashion outlet in Southern California.
 
     
  FRANCHISORS/LICENSORS
Our efforts on behalf of franchisors and licensors includes creating and implementing a national campaign for the world's first and largest franchised video dating service, Great Expectations, founded in 1975. In addition to representing Great Expectations Creative Management, the franchisor, we conducted local public relations campaigns on behalf of many of the 22 franchised Great Expectations Centres throughout the country. For this campaign, we received a Merit Award for best Corporate On-Going Program for the Public Relations Society of America (Los Angeles chapter) PRism Awards.
 
     
  MEDICAL/HEALTHCARE
Due to our staff's extensive expertise in this field, we have strategized and implemented communications programs for numerous companies, organizations, and practitioners, including STAAR Surgical Company, a manufacturer of products used in ophthalmological surgery. This effort was two-fold: to position STAAR based on its technological advancements and to inform the trade and the consumer about its development of the "Elastic Lens." Our strategy was based on the belief that financial coverage augmented investor relations while satisfying SEC requirements and the trades informed the ophthalmologist without creating a demand for the product which could not yet be filled because it was in FDA clinicals. For this campaign, The Blaine Group received a PRism Award for best Corporate On-Going Program from the Los Angeles chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.
 
     
  NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS/TRADE ASSOCIATIONS
An umbrella organization for eight local optometric societies, the Optometric Care Council of Southern California was founded for the sole purpose of generating positive exposure for the profession of optometry. The Blaine Group was the agency selected to perform this task. Due to this and similar assignments, we are familiar with and know how to overcome the difficulties inherent in coordinating a campaign which unites peers from various locales.
 
     
  PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
In view of statistics that indicate there are an abundance of service businesses today, there is an increasing need for agencies to address this market niche. With this trend in mind, The Blaine Group created a Professional Services Division in 1986 which responds to the specialized needs of this growing field. This division has been responsible for the strategy behind and execution of public relations efforts for numerous professional service firms, among them The John T. Lynch Company, one of the world's most respected professional investigations and security companies.
 
     
  PUBLISHING
We have created and managed national media efforts for numerous authors as well as for both book and magazine publishers.  Our work on behalf of authors includes the planning and coordination of national media tours and the development and implementation of publishing industry trade campaigns.  We are proud that four of the books we publicized became bestsellers:  Dr. Irene Kassorla’s Nice Girls Do-And Now You Can Too!, On A Clear Day You Can See General Motors, John Z. DeLorean’s look inside the automotive giant, by J. Patrick Wright, Steve Alten’s first novel, Meg, and Kevin Trudeau’s Natural Cures ‘They’ Don’t Want You To Know About.
 
     
  SPECIAL EVENTS
Throughout the years, we have conceived, coordinated, and promoted special events for a variety of organizations, including the Living History Centre's annual Renaissance Pleasure Faire, a "living legend" in California. We conducted a multi-faceted promotional campaign for the Faire encompassing national print and electronic media, radio on-air ticket giveaways, and other public relations activities. The Blaine Group received an honorable mention from the Public Relations Society of America at the Los Angeles PRism Awards for its successful efforts in generating Faire coverage.
 
     
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