Hurd and Hound join SW Team

Terri Linn Hurd recently joined the Sturges Word team as brand manager. Terri brings years of professional experience in media and marketing to her new role.

She also brings Sunflower (or Sunny), the service/guide puppy in training.


Terri began her career as an award-winning reporter and editor, holding leadership roles with the Kansas City area’s two largest newspaper publishers, Sun Publications and the Kansas City Star, for more than a decade.

Sunny was born into her career on June 21 at Kansas Specialty Service Dogs in Washington, Kansas. KSDS is a non-profit organization that promotes independence of people who are visually impaired or physical handicapped by providing highly-trained canine assistance and support.

In 2003, Terri joined another strategic communications firm where she served as Director of Client services.  In that role she was responsible for oversight and management of the client service function and was accountable for the long-term health of the firm’s client relationships. Terri has expertise in an array of communications activities, including strategic planning, branding, media relations and issues management.

Sunny’s expertise includes sit, off, no, down, no, shake, leave it, drop it and no.

In 2006, one of Terri’s largest CCG clients hired her as their Vice President of Marketing. She was responsible for all aspects of marketing and communications for this $1 billion asset bank and its 10 banking locations.

Terri is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and the winner of PRSA Prism Awards for media relations and special events.

Sunny will soon be winning the heart of every client, delivery person, and maintenance worker who walks through our front door. Treats are welcome.

Though a native of St. Louis, Mo., Terri has lived most of her adult life in Kansas City. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Management and Human Relations at Mid-America Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas.

Sunny will graduate and earn the right to become a life partner for a blind or disabled person … if Terri does her second job well.  And though success means giving up Sunny at the age of 20-24 months, we’ll all be proud, even as we shed some inevitable tears.