Michele Wells, President
Michele Wells is a seasoned public relations and marketing professional with more than 30 years’ experience in public relations, executive media training, marketing communications, crisis communications, sales management and business management. Wells’s career has focused on professional service businesses, high technology, food products, hospitality/food service and issues management in a variety of industries.
Her professional experience includes media relations and community relations work for Lockton Companies, LLC, Kamlet Shepherd & Reichert, LLP, the Colorado law offices of Hogan & Hartson, the Denver Newspaper Agency, Arthur Anderson (Denver), Hein & Company, Prudential Property Company and La Salle Partners. She has also developed and implemented national public relations and marketing programs for IdentiGEN, Ltd., Panorama Meats, Inc., Haystack Mountain Goat Dairy, Creekstone Farms Premium Beef, Coleman Natural Products, Meyer Natural Angus, Westin Hotels, Intrado, Head Sports, StorageTek, Exabyte Corporation, Miller Brewing and R.T. French Company.
Projects she has managed have won more than 40 awards from the Public Relations Society of America, including a Silver Anvil for Employee Communications, the organization’s highest national award, for her work for the Denver Newspaper Agency related to the combination of the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post in 2001.
She started her career in the big-agency world of Burson-Marsteller, then ran her own public relations firm from 1983 to 1993, when it merged with The Johnston Group to form JohnstonWells, one of Denver’s leading PR firms. After a four-year stint in Denver’s fine-dining restaurant business, and a year’s residence in Amsterdam, where she consulted with Burson-Marsteller’s office in The Hague, Wells returned to Colorado and re-started her consulting business.
Wells is currently on the Board of Directors of the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. She is a past board member of the Women’s Bean Project in Denver, the Boulder chapter of the Slow Food International Association, the Colorado chapter of the American Institute of Wine and Food and Boulder County’s food bank, Community Food Share. She also served on various committees with the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. Wells holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Diane Amdur, Senior Counselor
Diane Amdur has 25 years of experience providing strategic public relations counseling to every size company. She has established a unique agency/consultant perspective, working with national firm GolinHarris (Chicago) and regional leader JohnstonWells Public Relations (Denver), as well as independent firms, including Wells Communications.
Her professional experience includes work with consumer products and food companies, including Campbell Soup Company, The Pillsbury Company, Celestial Seasonings, Coleman Natural Beef, Rudi’s Bakery, DowBrands, Ralston Purina and others.
Diane is a decisive leader with a results-driven philosophy and a history of proven successes. From product launches to awareness and cause-related marketing campaigns, she has helped clients in restaurant, consumer products, technology, healthcare, professional services, franchise and entrepreneurial industries achieve their communication goals and shape public opinion.
Diane specializes in reaching multiple targeted audiences through smart, effective strategies and solutions. She has led public relations programs for national and local companies, providing strategic planning, brand and corporate positioning, media relations, crisis communications, business-to-business outreach and community relations to meet specific business needs.
Diane has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.