Smart Grid Executive Forum Celebrates Third Anniversary, Eclipses 4,000 Member Mark

ATLANTA (May 29, 2012) – The Smart Grid Executive Forum (SGEF), an exclusive LinkedIn group founded by The McDonnell Group, Inc., surpasses the 4,000-member threshold this month as it enters its fourth year. SGEF is a free, non-commercial forum for the open exchange of ideas, information and news among senior energy technology leaders.


Don McDonnell Joins Goshen Valley Boys Ranch Board of Trustees

McDonnell to serve on nonprofit's leadership board

ATLANTA - April 17, 2012 – Don McDonnell, managing director of the McDonnell Group, Inc., an energy-focused, strategic communications firm, has joined the Goshen Valley Boys Ranch Board of Trustees. McDonnell, who will serve a one-year term along with the board's five current members, will provide executive oversight and support for the ranch's mission of nurturing and supporting young men from the Georgia foster care system.

Goshen Valley Boys Ranch is home to 34 boys and young men between the ages of 9-21. The ranch offers six houses on 300-acres of land in Waleska, Ga., which is nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Founded in 2002, Goshen provides a family residential setting and embraces each child with the principles of faith, scholarship, character and effort. Whether aiding in adoption efforts, family reunification or providing support through transitional stages, Goshen offers the ideal environment for a young man to learn, grow and enjoy spending time with his peers.

"I have been impressed by the work of the Goshen Valley Boys Ranch over the past decade," McDonnell said. "I wanted to do more to further the positive impact that the staff at Goshen Valley has made on these young men. Goshen Valley not only gives these boys a home; it gives them a chance to shape their own futures."

McDonnell's enthusiasm is echoed by John Blend, Goshen Valley Boys Ranch founder and board chair, notes, "The Goshen Valley Board of Trustees is very fortunate to have Don join us. Don's long-standing leadership in the Atlanta business community, along with his decade-long commitment to the boys at Goshen Valley, makes him an invaluable resource to the Goshen ministry."

Learn more about Goshen Valley Boys Ranch and the annual Goshen Golf Classic fundraiser at or call 770-796-4618.


About Goshen Valley Boys Ranch

Goshen Valley Boys Ranch is a faith-based, long-term residence for boys and young men ages 9-21. The ranch provides a family residential setting while supporting boys through adoption efforts, family reunification and other transitional stages. Home to 34 boys, Goshen offers a foundation for young men to shape their futures. Find out more about the Goshen Valley Boys Ranch and its mission at

About The McDonnell Group, Inc.

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GridMaven Utility Solutions Names The McDonnell Group, Inc. PR Agency of Record


Smart grid specialist firm to support launch of global giant's utility telecom solution

ATLANTA – January 16, 2012 – Leading energy public relations firm The McDonnell Group, Inc. has been named agency of record by GridMaven Utility Solutions. GridMaven is a division of mobile technology and wireless solutions provider SK Telecom Americas (SKTA).

The McDonnell Group will use its proven communications strategies and strong media relations to support GridMaven. Paul Moon, SKTA vice president of corporate development and strategy, said: "We view The McDonnell Group as a strong asset to GridMaven. We believe that their understanding of our intent to provide products that validate the promise of smart grid combined with their deep knowledge of the people, technology, and challenges facing utilities today will deliver favorable results for our company."


KEMA Names The McDonnell Group PR Agency of Record


ATLANTA – January 11, 2012 – Acclaimed energy strategic communications firm The McDonnell Group (TMG) today announced that it has been named agency of record by global energy consulting, testing and certification firm KEMA for its utility-focused strategic communications services.

KEMA ( is a leading supplier of high-quality consultation services, sustainable products and performance solutions in the fields of electricity, gas and heat. As KEMA’s selected public relations firm, The McDonnell Group will develop tactical business-to-business communications and strategic media relations to better market KEMA’s consultation services as well as its high-profile smart grid initiatives.


TMG's Nancy Broe Earns Accreditation in Public Relations

Nancy_Broe_cATLANTA — January 9, 2012 — Nancy Broe, senior account manager at Roswell-based public relations firm The McDonnell Group, Inc. (TMG)  has successfully completed the Examination for Accreditation in Public Relations, entitling her to use the APR professional designation. The announcement was made by the Universal Accreditation Board (UAB), a consortium of nine professional communication organizations that directs this competency certification program.  


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