Patrick A. Thomas has joined W.S. Adamson and Associates Inc., a Salt Lake-based public relations and advertising firm, according to Bruce D. Whitehead, president. He succeeds Robert F. Alkire, executive vice president, who died a month ago.

Before joining Adamson, he worked in creative positions with Miller & Associates and Brown and Company. He has been manager of corporate communications for Northwest Energy Co. and an associate account executive with Carl Byoir, New York City.He was director of communications for the United Mine Workers of America health and retirement funds, Washington, D.C., and was a reporter and editor for Crain Communications, New York City.