For Immediate Release:
June 14, 2011
JEN WENK, APR, SIGNS UFC® LEGEND AND FORMER CHAMPION RICH “ACE” FRANKLIN
Las Vegas, Nev. – Jen Wenk, APR, today announced that her firm, StarPR Las Vegas™, has signed a deal to with UFC® legend Rich “Ace” Franklin to serve as his public relations representative and counsel. Franklin is a former UFC Middleweight Champion, and is one of the most popular UFC fighters in the history of the sport.
StarPR Las Vegas™ will provide public and media relations services for Franklin to further expand his presence in the sports industry, while developing media strategies to support his future endeavors and professional pursuits.
“Rich Franklin is a legend, a champion, an ambassador for the sport, and simply one of the most respected athletes in the business,” said Jen Wenk, President, StarPR Las Vegas. “Over the years, he has helped the UFC crossover into the mainstream and become the fastest growing sport in the world, and it is absolutely my honor to work with him.”
“I have worked with Jen Wenk since 2005, and I know her track record and what she accomplished for the UFC through public relations,” said Rich Franklin. “I am excited to have Jen on my team, and I look forward to a long and successful relationship with her and StarPR Las Vegas.”
Rich “Ace” Franklin (28-6-0-1) is one of the most competitive fighters to ever step into the Octagon™. He made his professional fight debut in 1999, running off an undefeated 12-0 streak before entering the UFC. In his first bout with the promotion at UFC 42, he vanquished the late Evan Tanner. After a 7-1 run, Franklin earned a middleweight title shot against Tanner, setting up an anticipated rematch between the two. “Ace” enjoyed arguably the crowning achievement of his career when he stopped the title-holder in the fourth round of their bout, becoming the new UFC Middleweight Champion.
During his time in the sport, Franklin has faced the virtual “who’s who” of top fighters, including Lyoto Machida, Anderson Silva, Dan Henderson, Wanderlei Silva, Vitor Belfort, Chuck Liddell, and Forrest Griffin. There is much more to “Ace” than what happens within the confines of the cage, however. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, as well as a master’s degree in education, and is a former high school math teacher. Franklin, along with associate Jeff Adler, created the Keep It In The Ring Foundation, a non-profit organization that advocates non-violence and builds character in youth. “Ace” also made his film debut when he starred in Cyborg Soldier in 2008. In addition, he has served as the spokesperson for the Disabled American Veterans organization since 2008.
In his next fight at UFC 133, Rich will face off against light heavyweight Antonio Rogerio Nogueira as the featured co-main event of the night.
Through StarPR’s existing client, Authentic Sports Management, Jen Wenk also represents “Suga” Rashad Evans, who competes in the main event of UFC 133 against Phil Davis. StarPR is excited to represent fighters in both the main and co-main events of UFC 133 taking place August 6th in Philadelphia. In addition to Rich Franklin and Authentic Sports Management, StarPR also represents the national mouthguard maker Jawzz, Inc. and “The FightDentists” Dr. Silva Battaglin and Dr. Adam Persky.
For more information on Rich Franklin, please visit his website at http://www.richfranklin.com/ or follow Rich on Twitter @FollowAce.
About StarPR Las Vegas™ LLC – Starprlasvegas.com
StarPR Las VegasÔ LLC was founded by Jen Wenk, APR, long-time public relations director for the Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization. After six years of record accomplishments with the fastest growing sport in the world, and 10 years of practicing public relations in New York, Wenk started her own firm in Las Vegas. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English and History from Hunter College in New York City and an APR (Accreditation in Public Relations). Wenk is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and serves on the board for the Caring Place, a non-profit organization in Las Vegas committed to helping those with cancer or who are touched by cancer. She resides in Las Vegas with her son, Jalen. Follow Jen on Twitter @jenwenk.
Jen Wenk, APR
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