AKHIA, a Hudson, Ohio, PR firm and full-service public relations and marketing communications agency, recently announced the promotions of the following employees in its full-service creative department: Candis Hecking and Jessica Hartney.

“Candis and Jessica have both been instrumental in the growth and success of AKHIA’s creative department, as well as the agency as a whole,” said Jan Gusich, AKHIA’s founder and president. “They consistently produce exceptional work and are invaluable to the agency and to our clients.”

Candis Hecking was promoted to Director, Creative Services, managing the daily flow of projects through the agency’s full-service creative department as well as providing creative design and strategic guidance for the agency’s branding efforts.

Jessica Hartney was promoted to Senior Designer and Production Manager, managing all production traffic while continuing to provide creative design for print ads, brochures, e-communications, logos and other collateral and corporate identification pieces.

“We’re fortunate to have some of the best and brightest talent in the industry who always strive to exceed our clients’ expectations,” Gusich says. “These promotions are much deserved, and we’re looking forward to seeing Candis and Jessica grow in these new roles.”

Founded in 1996, AKHIA, Public Relations and Marketing Communications has offices in Hudson, Ohio and Atlanta, Georgia. Headquartered just south of the Cleveland area, the 30-person organization was founded on a philosophy of message integrity and best in class account service. Today, that philosophy remains in the form of the agency’s dedication to strategic execution for its 30 clients spanning a wide range of industries in the business-to-business, service and consumer sectors.