Meet the Gaffney Bennett Public Relations Team

Hank Spring

margin: 7px;Hank Spring draws on more than three decades of experience as a senior executive in government, industry and professional services to counsel clients across the full range of public relations and marketing disciplines. Before joining Gaffney Bennett Public Relations, Hank served as senior vice president and led the corporate practice at Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide/New York. His team provided media and investor relations, brand management, and crisis communications programs for global leaders in the financial services, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications, and legal markets. Previously, Hank was a partner at Brunswick Group, an international financial communications firm, where he provided media relations, crisis management and strategic counsel on a range of transactions. From 1983 to 1997, Hank held a variety of management positions at Pitney Bowes, Inc. in Stamford, CT., including Executive Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs. Before joining Pitney Bowes, Hank served as chief of staff for U.S. Congressman Stewart B. McKinney. He earned his B.A. from Fairfield University, and completed post-graduate executive training at the Wharton School.

Patrick Kinney

Patrick Kinney has over 20 years of experience designing integrated communications programs on behalf of some of the world’s most respected brands. He joined Gaffney Bennett Public Relations from Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide/New York, where he was a senior vice president in the Corporate Practice. His responsibilities at Ogilvy PR included designing, implementing, and directing stakeholder communications, crisis communications, corporate branding, and public relations programs for a variety of clients. Among them were: Deloitte & Touche LLP, BP, and Qwest Communications. Prior to joining Ogilvy PR, Patrick served as a manager/public affairs for UST, Inc., a Fortune 500 consumer products company. During his seven-year tenure at UST, Inc., he was responsible for directing public affairs and cause-related marketing programs for the company’s prime subsidiaries, which include the United States Smokeless Tobacco Company, the world’s leading marketer of moist smokeless tobacco, and Stimson Lane Wine and Spirits, Ltd., a premium winery. From 1987 to 1990, Patrick served as legislative liaison to Governor William A. O’Neill, D-CT, coordinating the legislative agendas of more than 60 state agencies. Patrick earned his B.A. at Villanova University.


Justin May

Justin May has over five years of experience executing full-service PR campaigns for a diverse set of clients across various industries including healthcare, financial services, energy and utilities, technology, trade associations, construction and labor, and the non-profit sector. At Gaffney Bennett Public Relations, Justin May utilizes his strong writing and communications background to execute targeted media outreach campaigns and has secured opportunities and placements with key media outlets including major daily newspapers, radio and television stations, online outlets, and national trade publications. Justin earned his B.A. in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from the University of Connecticut.


Christina Griffin

Christina Griffin has been with Gaffney Bennett Public Relations for three years after spending four years in the local Connecticut news business. Christina utilizes her knowledge of reporting, local news procedures and newsroom contacts to provide clients with a unique industry perspective that has proven extremely valuable when managing media relations for clients.

She now executes full-service PR campaigns for clients in a variety of industries including energy and utilities, healthcare, financial services and broadcast/entertainment.

Prior to joining GBPR, Christina served as the morning show producer for the inaugural 4:30 a.m. broadcast at WFSB, which quickly became the highest-rated local news show in that time slot following its debut in September 2010.

Christina’s other responsibilities at WFSB included updating the station’s website and social media platforms and writing for the station’s news and lifestyle program, “Better Connecticut.” Prior to her position at WFSB, Christina worked with various news outlets across the state, including NBCConnecticut and Waterbury’s daily newspaper, the Republican-American.

A native of Connecticut, Christina earned a dual B.A. in Journalism and Communication Sciences from the University of Connecticut.


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