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.



Patrick McGloin

Patrick McGloin has spent the last decade providing communications, public policy and public opinion research services to clients at the local, state and national level. Before joining Gaffney Bennett, Patrick ran an independent consulting firm, PFM Consulting. His experience includes grassroots advocacy, strategic communications, public opinion research and referendum and political campaign management. Prior to starting his consulting firm, Patrick served as a project manager in public opinion research at the University of Connecticut’s Center for Survey Research and served as a policy aide for Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives Moira Lyons. Patrick also worked on the Washington staff of U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and for Vice President Al Gore’s 2000 Presidential Campaign. Patrick earned a bachelor’s degree in Politics from St. Anselm College and a master’s degree in Survey Research from the University of Connecticut.





Justin May

At Gaffney Bennett Public Relations, Justin utilizes his strong writing and communications background to serve a wide range of clients, from labor unions and utilities, to senior living communities and industry associations. Justin works with clients to execute targeted media outreach campaigns and has secured opportunities and placements with key media outlets, including major daily newspapers, radio and television stations, and national trade publications. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Justin gained valuable experience while serving as the Visiting Writers Series Specialist for the University’s Creative Writing Program and as nonfiction editor for the Long River Review, UConn’s student-run literary and art journal. Justin also taught creative writing at the Kent School Summer Writers Camp and worked in broadcast as a producer and host of radio programs in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Justin earned his B.A. in English with a concentration in Creative Writing.




Nicole Vasile

Nicole Vasile has seven years of experience executing full-service PR campaigns for a diverse set of clients across various industries including healthcare, agriculture, aviation, technology and the non-profit sector. Nicole began her career in PR at Rosica Public Relations in Paramus, New Jersey, where she spent several years conducting media relations on behalf of various consumer brands, and non-profit organizations including United Way of Essex & West Hudson and Boys & Girls Clubs of New Jersey. Nicole later joined Cooney/Waters Group (CWG) in Manhattan, agency of record for sanofi pasteur, the vaccines division of sanofi-aventis Group, where she worked on national campaigns for the National Meningitis Association (NMA), the National Association of School Nurses (NASN), the National College Health Association (NCHA) and Moms on Meningitis (M.O.M.s). Prior to joining GBPR, Nicole served as an account executive/media specialist at Maloney & Fox in Manhattan, a Waggener Edstrom company. At Maloney & Fox, Nicole conducted national and regional media outreach on behalf of PhotoWorks, owned by American Greetings, eMusic, the number two music download site behind iTunes, Starwood Hotels and Microsoft. Nicole holds a Bachelors degree in Social Work from the University of New Hampshire in Durham.


Christina Griffin

Christina Griffin joined Gaffney Bennett Public Relations after four years in the local news business in Connecticut. Most recently, Christina worked as a producer of the award-winning morning show for WFSB, Channel 3 Eyewitness News. Christina was responsible for writing and producing the 4:30 a.m. show, which became the highest-rated local news show shortly after its debut in September 2010.

Christina’s prior responsibilities at WSFB included Associate Producer and writer for the station’s news and lifestyle program, “Better Connecticut.” Prior to her position at Channel 3, Christina worked with various news outlets across the state including NBC Connecticut 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. During her time at UConn, Christina served as anchor/reporter for the college television station, promoted literacy and nutrition through the HUSKY Reads program and spent a semester studying literature and art history in London.

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