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Auburn PR Grads in High Demand :: William Mills Agency, Atlanta

Special to Auburn Family from William Mills Agency.

ATLANTA, Oct. 22, 2012 – William Mills Agency, provider of financial public relations, marketing and creative services announced tremendous growth over the past quarter with the addition of nine new clients to its client roster and five new public relations and marketing associates to its staff: Hayley Thrift; K.T. Mills; Kalyn Ballard; Michael Graul; and Lauren Schuster.

Thrift, Ballard and Schuster are all alumni of Auburn University.

Thrift (photo, left) was born and raised in Seneca, S.C. "I knew I wanted to go to school somewhere that wasn't close to home. After touring Auburn's campus, I was in love," Thrift said.  She graduated in Fall 2011 with "a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations and a concentration in political science and business management."  Thrift's previous experience was with the Attorney General's Office in South Carolina and in the U.S. House of Representatives managing constituent relations for former Congressman Gresham Barrett, SC-3.

Schuster (photo, right) graduated in Spring 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations.  She was a member of the Marketing and Membership team in the Auburn Alumni Association. After graduation, Schuster spent a year doing sales and travel public relations for The Walt Disney Company in Orlando, Fla. After that, Schuster worked with Kleber & Associates in Atlanta.

Ballard (photo, left) graduated in Spring 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations. She worked with V3 Media group in Opelika, Ala., an interactive web design firm. Her previous experience was with Wilbanks Agency in Birmingham, Ala. and the Cotton Duck Company in Opelika, Ala.

Last year, Mills hired Auburn alumni Stephen Sprayberry (photo, right), yet another Bachelor of Arts graduate in public relations.  Sprayberry, originally from Newnan, Ga., graduated from Auburn University in December 2011.  While working with William Mills Agency, Sprayberry has put his public relations, journalism and marketing experience to work in their substantial PR program.  He works in a wide variety of areas, including client contributions from research, writing and campaign planning to media relations and speaker submissions.

In other hires, supporting the agency’s public relations teams, Graul is a graduate of Brigham Young University. Mills is a graduate of the University of Georgia who has joined the agency’s Marketing Services team.

“All of these individuals embody our ideal characteristics of dedication to professionalism and client service and are already making positive impacts to our company,” said Scott Mills, APR, president of William Mills Agency. “We are honored to count them among our team and excited for the future as we continue to grow.”

About William Mills Agency

William Mills Agency is the nation’s largest independent public relations and marketing firm to the financial services industry. Founded in 1977, the Atlanta-based company has established its reputation in the industry through the successful execution of media relations, marketing services and crisis communications campaigns for hundreds of companies ranging in size from entrepreneurial start-ups to large, publicly traded corporations throughout North America, Europe and India. For more information, please visit

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