Montclair-based public relations firm Violet PR has hired David Margolis as account director to help lead its economic development division.

Most recently, Margolis served as principal at Conway PR & Marketing, where he oversaw economic development public relations and marketing campaigns across North America, Europe and Asia, according to a Violet PR press release. Specifically, Margolis helped cities, states and countries raise their respective profiles to attract business investment.

“We are thrilled that David has joined our team, bringing two decades of expertise managing media relations and international business development campaigns for economic development organizations,” president of Violet PR April Mason said in the release. “David’s skill set and track record of success will help us grow our international practice as we continue to expand in 2022.”

Margolis’ clients have included the states of Oklahoma, Louisiana, Georgia and Rhode Island, the cities of Paris and Dijon, France, and Tampa, Florida, and the countries of Thailand, Malaysia and Scotland. He has secured top-tier media coverage for clients in news outlets including CNN, Bloomberg, CNBC, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company as well as industry-focused media outlets like Aviation Week, Automotive News and Site Selection, according to the release.

“I’m excited to join Violet PR, a highly respected and renowned communications agency within the economic development space,” Margolis said in the release. “As a publicist, one of the most meaningful aspects of my day-to-day work is being able to help locations market themselves to attract companies and grow their respective economies."