Neuger Communications Group, a full-service strategic communications firm specializing in marketing and public relations, announced that Richard Esse has been promoted to vice president. Esse, who now holds the title of vice president and senior communications counselor, has been a member of the Neuger Communications Group team since 2009.

As a member of Neuger Communications Group’s senior leadership team, Esse has served a vital role in guiding several of the firm’s local and regional accounts, including those in the heavy equipment, agriculture, manufacturing and financial services industries. To go along with those duties, he is also instrumental in developing relationships with prospective clients and contributing to the strategic goals of the firm.

President and CEO David Neuger said, “Rick joined us with an excellent reputation. Since then, I have witnessed firsthand the breadth and depth of his experience. He has helped us expand our communications reach in a number of industries and shows tremendous leadership in delivering excellent creative and strategic services. His relationships with clients and contributions to their success sincerely reflect our firm’s values of integrity, excellence and success, and we are thrilled to have a person of his caliber representing our firm and its ideals on a daily basis.”

Esse said, “Neuger Communications Group is a great place to work. The leadership is top-notch. I have fantastic coworkers surrounding me on a daily basis, and the clients we serve are diverse and truly fun to work alongside. I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve the firm in a new way and I’m eager to face the fresh challenges it will provide me.”

Esse graduated from St. Olaf College with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and philosophy. He began his communications career as the director of advertising for the Northfield News and spent many years as an independent communications consultant. Altogether, he has nearly 30 years of communications experience.

Esse lives in Northfield, Minn., with his wife, Pam. He has one son, Alex, and a dog, Churchill. When he’s not working, Rick enjoys reading, golfing, cheering on the Minnesota Twins and Vikings, and a home improvement project every so often.

Neuger Communications Group, founded in 2002, is a full-service strategic communications firm that specializes in marketing communications and public relations. The company was founded to provide comprehensive marketing and communications services that blend main street values with innovative and traditional communications tools and methods.