November: Normally Known For Falling Back, But I’m Only Looking Forward

November marks my 1st anniversary at Kirvin Doak Communications. When I look back on the last year, I can’t help but feel a surge of emotions. Not only have I come so far in my personal life, I’ve also grown so much in my work life. This year has been full of changes, challenges and turning points and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I can’t think of a better place to be a publicist than in the eccentric city of Las Vegas. I’ve seen 300 chefs break the Guinness World Record for the most wine bottles opened simultaneously, held hands with Kelly Rowland as I walked her down the red carpet and commemorated the centennial of the most famous ship ever, RMS Titanic. I’ve watched (very nervously) the great Eli Roth carry a chainsaw down the red carpet at the opening of Goretorium, Vegas icon Wayne Newton judge our office costume contest and Wolfgang Puck celebrate his 20th anniversary at Spago.

Yes, these were amazing highlights during my first year, but nothing can compare to the relationships I’ve made. When my personal life was crashing, my Kirvin Doak family helped me pick up the pieces. Despite living more than 200 miles away from my parents and sister, I’ve never felt alone. I don’t think I could have accomplished as much as I have this year without the amazing support that I’ve received. Kirvin Doak has introduced me to some of the hardest working, determined, intelligent and sincere people I’ve ever met. I feel incredibly lucky that they surround me on a daily basis.

As the year comes to an end and I reflect on my time at Kirvin Doak, I feel extremely blessed. I can’t wait to see what the next year brings!

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˜Sheena Martin





A Record Breaking Toast to Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit

How do you announce programming for Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appétit? Well, if you’re in Vegas, you gather more than 300 chefs, sommeliers, and hotel staff members from Bellagio, Caesars Palace, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, and Mandalay Bay to break the Guinness World Record for most bottles of wine uncorked simultaneously. The occasion not only announced additional programming for the 6th annual food festival, but also offered the only moment in Hubert Keller’s life when he was nervous to open a bottle of wine. I was also able to catch a rare glimpse of Adam Rapoport’s, Bon Appétit’s Editor in Chief, nervous side when he nearly shattered the record attempt by dropping his bottle moments before the countdown. Fortunately, the wine never met pavement but everyone was obviously doing their best to steady their hands as the air filled with a mix of anticipation and apprehension. Anticipation for the impending record breaking attempt and apprehension because everyone was hoping to avoid becoming part of the small and special group who couldn’t pop their cork in time.

To the outsider, the event came off flawlessly with 308 people, perfectly positioned on Bellagio’s Grand Terrace, successfully uncorking a bottle of wine within the 30 second time limit and breaking the previous record of 252. To the PR insider, months of brainstorms, research, preparation, conference calls, meetings, emails and walkthroughs had finally met their culmination in the single moment when the Guinness adjudicator announced the group’s success. From coordinating the live shots in front of The Fountains with Jason Smith, Adam Rapoport, Bradley Ogden, Jose Andres and Rick Moonen, to the distribution of the MNR, this was one event that will go into my PR record book for having the best bouquet (if you’ve never been around to take in the aroma of 308 bottles of freshly opened Cabernet Sauvignon, I highly recommend it).

˜Claudia Balfe-Taylor

Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appétit receives Guinness World Record Certificate

 *Photo Credit:  Jason Schmidt