SOURCE: Tier One Partners, LLC

February 26, 2008 11:00 ET

Tier One Partners Adds DDB Veteran to Management Team; Expands Presence in Pacific Northwest

Ann Marie Ricard Brings Strong Tech and Business-to-Consumer Experience to "All Senior" Public Relations Agency

BOSTON, MA, CHICAGO, IL and SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - February 26, 2008) - Tier One Partners, LLC, a full-service public relations agency that offers "all senior talent, all the time," today announced Ann Marie Ricard, a veteran of DDB and Porter Novelli, has joined the agency's management team. Ricard will be based in Seattle and will help to expand Tier One's presence in the Pacific Northwest region.

"We're delighted to add a senior practitioner with Ann Marie's breadth of client experience to the Tier One team," said Andrea Roesch, managing partner for Tier One Partners' West Coast region. "During her agency career, Ann Marie has managed an impressive roster of tech and consumer brands, as well as helped start-up companies gain market leadership in their industries. We believe the Pacific Northwest holds enormous potential for expanding Tier One's business and we're looking forward to Ann Marie's help in increasing our presence in the area."

About Ann Marie Ricard

Ricard brings to Tier One more than a dozen years of public relations and crisis management experience, counseling clients ranging from multi-national corporations to fast-growing start-ups. Before joining Tier One, Ricard was with the Seattle office of DDB, where she serviced technology, financial services, and travel/tourism clients including ShareBuilder, Real Networks, Dell, InfoSpace, Allrecipes, and the cruise lines Holland America Line and Majestic America Line.

Prior to DDB, Ricard was with Porter Novelli in San Francisco, focused on the HP account. She worked extensively on product launches and high-profile media events, including the launch of a breakthrough digital camera at the Grammy Awards. Ricard also worked with the agency's food team, supporting clients such as Olive Garden restaurants, Baskin-Robbins and the Sun-Maid Growers of California.

Ricard graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.A. in English. Following graduation, Ricard spent a year in Poland teaching English and traveling throughout Eastern Europe.

About Tier One

Tier One Partners, LLC is a full-service public relations and marketing communications firm comprised of partners with deep experience in the technology, consumer technology, professional services and consumer retail markets. Tier One uses its experience to infuse its programs with knowledgeable insight, proven strategies and creative solutions that get results. From Business-to-Business to Business-to-Consumer communications, the firm provides its range of services through a virtual team environment that enables it to deliver premium PR talent and results at highly competitive rates. For more information, please visit

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