Cooksey Communications has promoted Colby Walton and Jason Meyer to Executive Vice Presidents and Partners in the firm. Both had been serving as Senior Vice Presidents and Account Managers, and have been integral parts of the company’s leadership team.
At the same time, Karen Berlin Cooperstein was promoted to Executive Vice President.
“As our company continues to grow and we enter our 21st year in business, it’s critical to have a long-term ownership plan for our company,” said Gail Cooksey, founder, president and CEO of Cooksey Communications. “Both Colby and Jason, along with Karen, are vital members of our team and represent the future leadership of the company.”
In her role as agency president, Cooksey remains deeply engaged in providing experienced counsel to the firm’s prestigious clients and in continuing to lead the firm’s general operations and strategic planning activities.
Walton, who has been with Cooksey for more than 17 years, is a seasoned communicator specializing in strategic communications, business development, media relations, brand awareness and crisis communications for professional services firms and business-to-business organizations. He also has significant experience working with municipalities, advocacy groups and regional planners.
He earned his B.A. from Duke University in public policy studies and history, and completed his J.D. at the University of Virginia School of Law. He serves on the board and executive committee for Leadership Fort Worth, and is a past president of the Duke University Alumni Club of North Texas.
Meyer, who joined Cooksey in 2011 after working for a leading advertising and public relations agency and the Keller Independent School District, has developed integrated marketing efforts for some of the region’s most recognized companies. He specializes in strategic communications, media relations, advertising and public policy.
Meyer earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of North Texas and is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. His early career was spent in politics serving as an aide to elected members of the U.S. Congress. He currently serves on the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce’s Government Relations Committee and the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Public Policy Committee, in addition to other civic and philanthropic activities.
Cooperstein joined the Cooksey team nearly 10 years ago, bringing a unique skill set to the firm, having previously worked in management, strategic planning and fundraising. Her focus at Cooksey is developing strategic communications campaigns for public-policy or issues-related clients in areas such as transportation, education, energy and economic development.
She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from Dartmouth College. She is active in the DFW community, including serving on the boards of the Dallas Stars Foundation and Irving Cares, and is an active member of the Dartmouth Club of Dallas.