Daily Archives: May 14, 2014

You don’t say

“It’s a small blurb, but it’s still a blurb.”

Kevin Wildt, co-owner of Wichita’s Stamp Yo Face!, on getting a plug on Page 24 of O magazine’s June issue

PR News offends Kansas PRSA chapter two months after causing uproar

UPDATED — The Kansas Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America recently issued an invitation to Diane Schwartz, senior vice president and group publisher for PR News.

That’s the group that, during an e-mail appeal for more subscribers, told PR executives nationally that they can “score big” in the industry if they “Don’t be like Wichita State.” The e-mail came shortly after the ShockersNCAA tournament loss.

After much uproar in local PR circles — and with Shocker and WSU fans all over — a day later Schwartz apologized to the school.

PRSA president-elect Mary Beth Chambers says she invited Schwartz to “talk about lessons learned and best practices.”

On or about April 8, Chambers says she extended an invitation via e-mail.

“I think I gave it about a week or so before I followed up with a phone call and left a message.”

She says Schwartz didn’t return the call or e-mail.

“I said we weren’t going to tar and feather her,” Chambers says. “Maybe she didn’t believe me.”

Schwartz did return a call from The Eagle.

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Devlin Rod and Customs to double its size with new building

WICHITA — Tim Devlin first seriously considered expanding his Devlin Rod and Customs just before the economic crash of 2008.

That put things on hold, but now he’s ready to build a new place.

“Things have come back,” Devlin says.

“We’ve seen our business go through ups and downs,” he says. “We don’t build products people need. We build products that people want to have.”

Devlin is planning to build an approximately 12,000-square-foot building at the southwest corner of Douglas and Hydraulic.

“We have acquired the … old used-car lot that used to be part of Quality Chevrolet,” he says.

That’s just down from his current 6,000-square-foot space at 1811 E. Douglas.

Tim Devlin of Devlin Rod & Customs will bet moving to the southwest corner of Hydraulic and Douglas.

Tim Devlin of Devlin Rod & Customs will bet moving to the southwest corner of Hydraulic and Douglas.

Almost a decade ago, Devlin purchased RK Restorations at that property. He still does restorations, but that’s not the bulk of his business.

Devlin and his staff take old American cars and turn them into fast hot rods.

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