16 Oct Derek Danziger joins Katz & Associates as New President
We are thrilled to announce that Derek Danziger will join K&A as our new President. He will be responsible for oversight and strategic direction for the firm’s three offices and 40 employees.
Danziger has more than 20 years of strategic public relations, marketing and communications experience, primarily in the public sector, and is well-known in the San Diego business community. He most recently served as a vice president at Nuffer, Smith, Tucker (NST), where he successfully developed the firm’s Public Outreach and Community Relations practice. Prior to his work with NST, Danziger served as vice president of marketing and communications for the former Centre City Development Corporation, media center director for LEGOLAND California, director of media & public relations for the Super Bowl XXXII Host Committee, and a manager in SeaWorld San Diego’s education department. He is currently a board member on the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and an alum of LEAD San Diego. Danziger is a graduate of UC San Diego.
“Our leadership team made a strategic decision to realign the president role to focus on growth and strategic market position,” said Sara Katz. “We are already known for our communication expertise in water, transportation, energy and environmental projects, and we want to strengthen that position as well as diversify our portfolio more broadly. Derek’s experience and network will serve us well as we look to expand into other private sector areas that complement our public sector practice areas,” said Katz. “In addition, Derek’s management style is in alignment with ours and as such, will be a great addition to the firm.”
“I’m excited to help lead and grow a well-established team. I enjoy the opportunity to help organizations strategically tell their story, manage their brand, and interact with the public across many sectors of business,” said Danziger. “I also look forward to working throughout the state with the K&A team as their presence and client roster is impressive.”
Danziger succeeds Lewis Michaelson who assumed the leadership roles of chief operating officer and president in 2012 after being with the firm for 13 years. During his tenure he helped the firm achieve steady growth, improve internal operations, increase profitability and transition to an employee-owned company. He made the decision to step down as President, allowing him more time for other interests such as traveling and to work on authoring a book. Michaelson will remain with the firm, continuing to provide strategic counsel, training and lead facilitation for existing and future clients. He will also continue as part of the firm’s management team.
Derek begins his new position full-time on November 6th.