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This is a listing of PRConsultants Group members in top U.S. markets to date.
If you don’t see a member in your area, please let us know via the contact form
and we will be happy to refer you to a PR professional.

  Alabama • Alaska • Arizona • Arkansas • California • Colorado • Delaware • Florida • Georgia
Hawaii • Idaho • Illinois • Indiana • Iowa • Kansas • Kentucky • Louisiana • Maine • Maryland
Massachusetts • Michigan • Minnesota • Mississippi • Missouri • Montana • Nebraska • Nevada
New Hampshire • New Jersey • New Mexico • New York • North Carolina • North Dakota • Ohio
Oklahoma • Oregon • Pennsylvania • Rhode Island • South Carolina • South Dakota • Tennessee
Texas • Utah • Vermont • Virginia • Washington • Washington D.C. • West Virginia • Wyoming

 

Alabama

Melanie McCraney
McCraney Communications
3803 Glencoe Drive, Birmingham, AL 35213
P: 205.870.8652
F: 205.870.7213
melanie@mccraneypr.com
www.mccraneypr.com
Twitter: @melaniemccraney

Melanie Berry McCraney is founder of McCraney Communications, a public relations and marketing firm that helps clients increase their visibility and build business through creative public relations , dynamic message development and targeted media strategies.  With more than two decades of expertise in media management, brand development and corporate communications, Melanie blends proven PR strategies with social media marketing and a healthy dose of creativity and fresh ideas.

Melanie has a passion for helping clients tell their stories and develop focused messages that resonate with target audiences. She shares “inside- out” media  knowledge with her clients ; she opened McCraney Communications in 2001 following a successful career in broadcast journalism.  Broadcast credits include numerous Associated Press awards and reporting for NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered”. 

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Alaska

Kristin Helvey, APR
Helvey Communications
18755 Second Street, Eagle River, AK 99577
P: 907-952-9985
Khelvey@helveycommunications.com
www.helveycommunications.com


Kristin Helvey, MBA, APR, is principal of Helvey Communications, a full-service public relations firm in Anchorage, Alaska. Inspired by the potential strategic communication has to effect positive change, Kristin works across community sectors to assist organizations and individuals to improve both internal communications and their community standings.

Born and raised in Alaska, Kristin returned home after finishing her bachelor’s degree in public relations at Oklahoma State University. To ensure a keen understanding of communication as related to business priorities, she completed her master’s in business administration from Alaska Pacific University, where she now teaches marketing.
 
Kristin’s teams have received multiple awards for event planning, communication materials and campaign design. Working for nearly a decade in the Alaska Native Community, Kristin also specializes in multicultural communications.
 
Kristin serves on boards of directors for Public Relations Society of America Alaska Chapter and Beyond Borders. She is accredited in public relations from PRSA.

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Arizona

Barb Harris
teamworks communication management
1 W. Citation Lane, Tempe, AZ 85284
P: 480.491.5712
barb@teamworkspr.com
www.teamworkspr.com
Twitter: @harris_barb
Facebook: www.facebook.com/teamworkspr

teamworks communication management is led by Barb Harris and Sharon Kreher – PR pros who each have 20+ years of communications experience, both at major PR agencies and with our own firm. Our strengths lie in sound strategic planning and our ability to effectively develop and manage the execution of communication projects in markets throughout the United States using teams of local market experts. 

With offices in Phoenix and St. Louis, teamworks has experience in the retail, food & beverage, non-profit, and consumer products industries.  We develop and coordinate communication campaigns with elements that include communication strategy, message development, materials production, radio promotions, community engagement, media relations (traditional and social) and results reporting.

A founding member of PRConsultants Group, we have used members to provide solutions for national clients, including Make-A-Wish Foundation/Macy’s Believe Campaign, Cold Stone Creamery, Relax The Back, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and Barnes & Noble.com. With each of these clients, we brought together top-notch pros in the markets needed and managed the process from start to finish.

 

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Arkansas 

Natalie Ghidotti, APR
Ghidotti Communications
509 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72201
P: 501.837.0206
natalie@ghidotticommunications.com
www.ghidotticommunications.com
Twitter: @ghidotti

Natalie Ghidotti, APR, is principal of Ghidotti Communications, a public relations consulting firm in Little Rock. She specializes in strategic planning, media relations, special events planning and community relations. Current clients include P. Allen Smith, ORLocate, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects, First Security Bank, Mitchell Williams Law and more. Prior to opening her own firm, Natalie worked as a senior PR account executive with a local agency and as a consultant with Acxiom Corp. She is a former editor and reporter in Texas and Arkansas and is immediate past president of the Arkansas PRSA Chapter. She has garnered numerous statewide PRSA and national journalism awards. Natalie, a graduate of Texas Christian University, is an Arkansas Business “40 Under 40” honoree, Leadership Little Rock graduate and a board member for Centers for Youth and Families. She and her husband, Jason, live in Little Rock with their 2-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son.

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California

• Los Angeles

Lisa Vega
CIM Incorporated
9107 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 450,
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
P: 310.461.1949
F: 310.461.1901
lisa@cimincorporated.com
www.cimincorporated.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CIMIncorporated

Lisa Vega has years of PR experience spearheading campaigns for high profile clients in entertainment, lifestyle, consumer and corporate communications.  Lisa is working with CIM Incorporated as the exclusive sub-contractor for the Los Angeles Market.

Over the last 20 years, Lisa’s imaginative campaigns and ability to track trends are well known in the industry, earning her a place on many a superstar’s “dream team.” She's worked closely with pop culture’s most influential icons.  From rock superstars (David Bowie, The Eagles, Frank Sinatra, Fleetwood Mac, Duran Duran, Steven VanZandt, Ozzy Osbourne and The Osbournes) to this generation’s most important rock festivals (Lollapalooza, Ozzfest) to admired consumer products (Rolling Stone Magazine, US Magazine, Rolling Rock Beer, Brahma Beer, Becks Beer) to high profile charity events (Sharon Osbourne Colon Cancer Foundation Benefit, Frank Sinatra Celebrity Golf Tournament, and USA For Africa) – Lisa has brings her extensive background in communications and brand imaging to every project.  Although her primary emphasis has been on entertainment, Lisa has brought her unique perspective to the corporate / lifestyle arena via her association with InBev USA,  Anheuser Busch and NARM (National Association of Recording Merchandisers).

 

• Sacramento

Ann Bouchard
Bouchard Communications Group, Inc
1430 Blue Oaks Blvd., Suite 290, Roseville, CA 95747
P: 916.783.6161
F: 916.783.5161
ann@bouchardcommunications.com
www.bouchardcommunications.com
Twitter: @bouchardcomm

In 1994, after a decade in corporate communications, Ann Bouchard founded Bouchard Communications Group – an award-winning  marketing, advertising and public relations agency. Ann works with clients in the areas of marketing and public relations strategy, media relations, crisis communications, social media, product development, branding, target marketing and segmentation. Her reputation for leading-edge marketing expertise has resulted in frequent speaking engagements to a variety of groups including the American Marketing Association, the Marketing Association of Credit Unions, the California Academic and Research Librarians Association, Leadership Rocklin and the Financial Institutions Marketing Association as well as numerous local chamber and business groups.

Bouchard has a long and varied list of local, regional and national clients including UC Davis Health System, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Electronic Systems & Software, River City Bank, California Department of Transportation,  JTS Communities, Cold Stone Creamery, California Pharmacists Association, Home Team Pest Defense,  Paul Martin’s American Bistro and many more. Ann currently serves on the UC Davis Children’s Hospital Executive Advisory Board, the Children’s Miracle Network Business Council and the Rocklin Educational Excellence Foundation board.

 

• San Diego

Marisa Vallbona, APR
CIM Incorporated
8677 Villa La Jolla Dr. PMB 1105, La Jolla CA 92037
P: 858.467.7990
F: 858.777.9009
marisa@cimincorporated.com
www.cimincorporated.com
Twitter: @mvallbona
Facebook: www.facebook.com/CIMIncorporated

Marisa Vallbona, APR, Fellow PRSA, knew she was made for PR when she was 12 and fried an egg on the sidewalk on a super hot Texas day. It was the perfect weather story so she called TV news crews to come out and cover it.

A seasoned strategist with an eye for her clients’ bottom line, Marisa has worked with top businesses, health care providers, retailers, individuals, major brands and authors on strategic communications, community relations, new product launches, special events, radio promotions, crisis communications and business strategy. She is co-founder of PRConsultants Group and is the Southern California regional member of the organization.

Marisa is fluent in Spanish and has a Hispanic division in her company to serve clients wishing to reach this growing population.

 

• San Francisco

Dawn Stranne
Dawn Stranne & Associates
20 Oliva Drive, Suite A, Novato, CA 94947
P: 415.893.1780
F: 415.209.6504
dawn@pr-dsa.com
www.pr-dsa.com
Twitter: @dawn_sf_pr
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DawnStrannePR?ref=hl

With more than 20 years of experience, Dawn Stranne is an award-winning public relations counselor and president of Dawn Stranne & Associates.  Dawn and her team have developed successful results-oriented marketing and public relations campaigns for clients in a variety of industries--retail, entertainment, media, consumer products, travel and hospitality, meetings, fitness, restaurant, non-profits, food and beverage.

Clients include Pacific Coast Builders Conference, Blockbuster, Garden Conservancy, Buckelew Programs, Casa Allegra Community Services, KFOG-FM and 107.7 The Bone. In addition, Dawn Stranne & Associates works with national PR agencies to manage Bay Area media and community relations projects for their national brands. With numerous travel writer contacts, Dawn has garnered coverage for the Gardens of Alcatraz, Timber Cove Inn, Pacifica Hotels, the State of Washington and more. Dawn graduated with honors from Western Washington University in journalism, broadcasting and political science.

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Colorado

Elizabeth Edwards
Volume PR
1745 Shea Center Drive, Suite 400, Denver, CO 80129
P: 720.529.4850
elizabeth@volumepr.com
www.volumepr.com
Twitter: @volumepr
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/volumepr

As president and founder of Volume Public Relations, Elizabeth Robinson Edwards leads the nations premier communications agency delivering marketing, PR and corporate communication programs rooted in the principles of cognitive science.

Creating “More Awareness, More Customers, and More Results” is Volume Public Relation’s mantra, and Elizabeth and her team achieve this by implementing PR campaigns developed with scientific precision rather than just a marketing expert’s conjecture.

Prior to founding Volume PR in 2001, Elizabeth was deeply entrenched in the practice of building technology and consumer brands from her tenure with Ogilvy Public Relations and The Boeing Company, including supporting Boeing’s Rocketdyne Propulsion & Power brand and projects such as the International Space Station.

Elizabeth attended Pepperdine University with a full scholarship from New York Times Bestselling author Tom Clancy, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication and an emphasis in business administration. Elizabeth has been twice awarded the International Association of Business Communicators’ (IABC) Bronze Quill award, the League of American Communication Professionals (LACP) Spotlight and Magellan Awards on six occasions, been recognized by PR Week Magazine for achieving the most cost effective B2B PR results in the US, and has grown Volume PR to be named one of the fastest growing private businesses in the state of Colorado by the Denver Business Journal.

Elizabeth has also been celebrated by her community and peers in the pages of the Denver Business Journal when named to their prestigious “40 Under 40″ list, which highlights the rising stars of Denver’s business community, and ColoradoBiz Magazine when noted as a rising star of GenXYZ.

When not busy building her clients brands and bottom lines, Elizabeth can most likely be found working in her family’s year-round heirloom garden, or camping somewhere in the beautiful wilds of Colorado.

 
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Delaware

Amy Smith
Write Ideas, Inc.
10320 Southard Drive, Beltsville, MD 20705
P: 301.294.2424
F: 815.642.8658
amy@writeideas.com
www.writeideas.com
Twitter: @writeideasPR
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/AmySmith

Founded by Amy Smith, Maryland-based Write Ideas, Inc., has two decades of experience in public relations. The firm has managed a broad range of public relations and promotions projects for dozens of major brands including 7-Eleven, Blockbuster, Make-A-Wish, Girl Scouts of America, Glaceau/Vitamin Water, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, MCI, and more. Smith's expertise in retail marketing and PR has been successfully demonstrated through projects for Macy’s, Ruth's Chris, Cold Stone Creamery, Marriott, Barnes&Noble.com, and more. The firm led a PRConsultantsGroup campaign for international porcelain manufacturer Lladro, which generated significant media exposure for its multi-market media tour. Write Ideas uses a proprietary and well-developed database of media contacts in its markets.  In addition, Smith created a micro brand by launching a parenting website, is a national wire columnist, and frequently leverages social marketing tactics for her clients.  Featured on The Today Show and a repeat guest on FOX, CBS, and NBC News, Smith incorporates social marketing tactics to add a powerful viral marketing component to many of her clients' campaigns. Smith is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and created/launched PRCG Powerlines, the online magazine/blog for the Public Relations Consultants Group.

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Florida

Coming soon!

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Georgia



Melissa Libby
Melissa Libby & Associates
1425 Ellsworth Industrial Dr., Suite 10, Atlanta GA 30318
P: 404.816.3068
F: 404.816.5011
melissa@melissalibbypr.com
www.melissalibbypr.com
Twitter: @MelissaL

Prior to founding Melissa Libby & Associates (MLA) in 1992, Melissa Libby enjoyed a successful career in hotel public relations, promoting upscale and casual restaurants, beverage outlets and room nights. Since starting MLA, Melissa has opened more than 150 restaurants and served hospitality and retail clients through publicity, event planning and implementation, marketing, strategic planning and crisis communications.

Melissa is also active in the community. She is on the Executive Boards of Les Dames d'Escoffier and Adopt A Golden Atlanta, is an Advisory Board member of the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, and is a member of the American Institute of Wine and Food, Georgia Organics, James Beard Foundation, National Restaurant Association, Public Relations Society of America, and Greystone Garden Club. Melissa has produced two cookbooks featuring local Atlanta chefs, Atlanta Cooks (2001 Longstreet Press) and Atlanta Cooks at Home (2006 CityBooks Publishing).

Melissa graduated from the prestigious Buckhead Business Association leadership program and has been recognized as one of Atlanta's rising stars. She received the Crohn's & Colitis "Citizen of the Year" award in November 2007. Melissa is an original member of PRConsultants Group, a nationwide group of PR consultants providing public relations and marketing communications services to a wide range of clients.

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Hawaii



Barbara A. Hastings
Hastings & Pleadwell: A Communication Company
1109 Bethel St. Suite 410, Honolulum HI 96813
P: 808.538.0797
F: 808.959.0228
C:808.987.7799
bah@hastingsandpleadwell.com
www.hastingsandpleadwell.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/hastings.pleadwell
Blog:  www.hastingsandpleadwell.com/blog
Twitter: @HandP | @hawaiibah 

Hastings & Pleadwell: A Communication Company was founded by Barbara A. Hastings and Barbra Pleadwell in 1996 to provide customized outreach strategies for clients.

With offices in Honolulu and Hilo, Hastings & Pleadwell serves both private and public sectors statewide with sophisticated, appropriate communication strategies. The partners are skilled at issues management and crisis communication consultation.

H&P understands the complex and culturally mixed market of Hawai‘i and works with clients to produce fresh communication. From social marketing aimed at behavior change to corporate campaigns, the firm has a portfolio of award-winning work.

H&P is a boutique firm with a holistic approach to image and message.  We use common sense to define client messages and advance imaginative strategies to communicate them to target audiences. H&P promotes good corporate citizenship for the firm and its clients.

Hastings has 40 years’ experience in communication in journalism & PR; Pleadwell has nearly 20.

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Idaho

 

Tony Harrison
COMMposition Public Relations
11623 Lake Shore Drive, Nampa, ID 83686
P:208-880-9814
Tony@COMMposition.biz
www.COMMposition.biz
Twitter: @TonysTweets
Facebook: www.facebook.com/tony.harrison

Tony has worked for 26 years as a PR counselor and copywriter at renowned agencies in New York City, Phoenix, and Boise, representing such clients as Anheuser-Busch, Catholic Health Initiatives, Extended Systems, First Interstate Bank, Genentech, HP, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Idaho Power, J.R. Simplot Company, MPC Computers, The NutraSweet Company, Ore-Ida Foods, St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center, RedBuilt (and its predecessor Trus Joist), Shore Lodge, and the regional public transportation authorities for Phoenix and Idaho’s Treasure Valley.

He opened his freelance PR and copywriting firm COMMposition in January 2007, where he has worked for such tech firms as HP, The Reuseum, and Obtainium Technology Recyclers, as well as University of Phoenix Idaho Campus and marcom agencies Stoltz Marketing Group and [wire] stone.

Tony’s work has received numerous accolades, chief among them two PRSA Bronze Anvils. A fourth-generation Idahoan, he boasts extensive connections throughout the Gem State.

 

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Illinois



Toni Antonetti 
PR Chicago
510 N. Prarie, Mundelein, IL 60060
P: 847.949.0097
toni@prchicago.com
www.prchicago.com
Twitter: @prchicago
Facebook: www.facebook.com/prchicago

Toni Antonetti started PR Chicago back in 1987 after stints at some major Midwest PR and ad agencies and a trade magazine.  Her work in consumer and B2B PR includes projects and campaigns for hundreds of top U.S. corporations. Among other things, she’s done case history interviews at construction sites, the behind-the-scenes media relations work for a now-historic product crisis and PR for the Chicago Marathon.

When she’s not thinking of clever ways to get her clients noticed, she’s admiring the latest techno-development and figuring out how it can help to streamline operations. 

Toni is a director of PRConsultants Group and member of the Public Relations Society of America and the Word-of-Mouth Marketing Association.

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Indiana

• South Bend


Toni Antonetti
PR Chicago
510 N. Prarie, Mundelein, IL 60060
P: 847.949.0097
toni@prchicago.com
www.prchicago.com
Twitter: @prchicago
Facebook: www.facebook.com/prchicago

Toni Antonetti started PR Chicago back in 1987 after stints at some major Midwest PR and ad agencies and a trade magazine.  Her work in consumer and B2B PR includes projects and campaigns for hundreds of top U.S. corporations. Among other things, she’s done case history interviews at construction sites, the behind-the-scenes media relations work for a now-historic product crisis and PR for the Chicago Marathon.

When she’s not thinking of clever ways to get her clients noticed, she’s admiring the latest techno-development and figuring out how it can help to streamline operations. 

Toni is a director of PRConsultants Group and member of the Public Relations Society of America and the Word-of-Mouth Marketing Association.

• Indianapolis

Kelly Young
Baise Communications
520 Dorman St., Indianapolis, IN 46202
P: 317.753.3258
kelly@baisecommunications.com
www.baisecommunications.com
Twitter: @BaiseComm
Facebook: www.facebook.com/baisecommunications

Kelly Young is a veteran public relations professional, with a passion to serve nonprofits. She has worked in nearly every capacity of PR in the past 20 years. After working for two of Indianapolis’ top PR agencies, she launched Baise Communications to advise nonprofits on their communication strategies and execute strategic communications programs and campaigns.

Kelly brings a fresh perspective – and passion – to her clients. She brings the knowledge and skills to help nonprofits achieve their communications objectives through strategic planning, aggressive media relations, community relations, social media, and event management. She provides an organized, efficient and affordable approach to PR.

Kelly fuses strategic thinking, strong writing and creativity to deliver successful results. She is a creative storyteller and a creative thinker who provides strategic counsel and senior-level tactical support to advance the communication goals of her clients.

Kelly has been recognized by her peers for her professional and personal accomplishments and has been awarded Indy’s Best & Brightest and the Edna B. Lacy Community Service.

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Iowa


Deborah Trivitt, APR
Trivitt Public Relations, Inc.
900 Farnam St. #204, Omaha, NE 68102
P: 402.598.7804
F: 402.573.8460
deb@trivittpr.com
www.trivittpr.com
Twitter: @debtrivitt
Facebook: www.facebook.com/trivittpublicrelationsinc

Deborah Trivitt, APR, specializes in media and community relations, and marketing communications in Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, and North Dakota.

In business since 1997, Deborah, has worked in public relations for corporate, educational, medical and non-profit organizations. Current clients include: Countryside Village, Investors Realty Inc., Broadmoor Market, Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers, Dr. Jim Logan, distinguished speaker and advocate for ingenuity, Bishop Business, Rebuilding Together-Omaha, BODIES…The Exhibition, Omaha

Through membership in the PRConsultants Group, Trivitt Public Relations has been involved with the Cabot Cheese Great American Voter Trek, Cold Stone Creamery, Best Buy Reward Zone events, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the March of Dimes, and Barnes & Noble.com.

Deborah is an accredited member of PRSA, the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, UNL’s Cather Circle, the Radio Talking Books Board of Directors, OMMRS’ Public Relations Committee, and is the Clerk of SID 373.

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Kansas

• Kansas City


 

Alex Greenwood
AGPR
751 East 63rd Street, Suite 213, Kansas CIty, MO 64110
P: 816.416.8002 | 913.907.4426
alex@alexgpr.com
www.alexgpr.com
Twitter: @a_greenwood
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AlexanderG.Public.Relations

Founded in 2010, AGPR (formerly AlexanderG Public Relations) specializes in strategic PR, Social Media Strategy and Crisis Communications.

AGPR clients benefit from an experienced team that utilizes public relations and social media strategies to connect with the media, customers, employees and other stakeholders critical to your success.

Certainly, we’re a public relations company, but many of our clients have come to view us as valued members of their management team.

We have the judgment and experience to guide you through a rapidly emerging crisis. Our team will understand your business as our background includes work in diverse fields, including healthcare, higher education, financial services, manufacturing, retail, broadcasting and more.

Let us put our diverse experience, integrity and proven strategies to work for you.

 

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Kentucky



Nicole Candler
Nic Creative Public Relations
1617 Tartan Way, Louisville, KY 40205
P: 502.550.0252
F: 502.448.9371
nic@niccreative.com
www.niccreative.com
Twitter: @NicCandler
Facebook: www.facebook.com/NicCreativePR

Armed with an MBA from the University of Louisville and a multitude of media relations experience, Nicole Candler launched Nic Creative in 2006. Based in Louisville, Kentucky, Nic Creative perfectly employs Nicole’s wide-range of communications expertise in strategic campaign development, media relations, fundraising, and public affairs.

Nicole received a certificate of accreditation in public relations from the Universal Accreditation Board in 2008.

As Marketing & Communications Manager for the American Cancer Society's Kentucky ACTION and Smoke Free Louisville initiatives, she led communication and media relations for special interest campaigns, helping to create smoke-free workplaces and increase the tobacco excise tax. In a fundraising and marketing role with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, she developed and coordinated special events and promotions—while also adding nearly $200,000 to the organization’s annual revenue.

Nicole earned her B.A. in public relations from Eastern Kentucky University in 2001.

Nicole also advances the public relations profession as the 2008 President of the Public Relations Society of America, Bluegrass Chapter and as an Executive Committee member of the national PRSA Independent Practitioners Alliance. She also is a member of the Kentucky Chapter of International Association of Business Communicators, Advertising Federation of Louisville, Leadership Louisville Center and Young Professionals of Louisville. She was a finalist in the Advertising Federation of Louisville’s Hot 10 Under 30 competition.

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Louisiana



John Deveney
Deveney Communication
1582 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
P: 504.949.3999
hello@deveney.com
www.deveney.com
Twitter: @deveneynola
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DeveneyCommunication


Deveney Communication is a full-service public relations firm with expertise in a comprehensive suite of communication and marketing tactics, including strategic planning, media relations, crisis communication, media training, community relations and internet marketing. The firm, named one of the top five boutique public relations firms in the United States by PRWeek, garners an average $15 million to $400 million of coverage annually for clients such as Starbucks, Ruth's Chris Steak House, the Louisiana Office of Tourism, the March of Dimes and the New Orleans Museum of Art.

John Deveney, founder of Deveney Communication, has some 20 years of professional public relations experience. He topped PRWeek's list of the profession's "brightest stars" and "ambassadors that are heroes," and was selected as PR News as "Agency Executive of the Year" less than a decade after making its first list of "15 to Watch." He has earned the highest national and international honors and awards in the communication profession, including the Jake Wittmer Research Award, numerous Bronze, Silver and Gold Quill Awards and Silver Anvils.

John is accredited by the International Association of Business Communicators and the Public Relations Society of America. He honed his media relations experience through senior positions with The Mayor's Office/City of New Orleans, Loyola University New Orleans and United Press International before founding the firm in 1996. John is heavily involved with the Public Relations Society of America and the International Association of Business Communicators. Additionally he has served as a board member on numerous boards for organizations such as Loyola University New Orleans, Young Leadership Council and New Orleans Public Library to name a few.

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Maine


Felicia Knight
The Knight Canney Group
11 Sylvan Road, Scarborough, ME 04074
P: 207.831.5676
F: 207.510.8014
felicia@Knightcanney.com
www.knightcanney.com
Twitter: @FeliciaKKnight

An experienced hand at media strategy, politics, public relations, and public policy, Felicia is exactly who you want guiding your company, organization, agency, or issue.

Felicia followed her award-winning broadcast journalism career with a decade in Washington, DC, first as Director of Communications for US Senator Susan Collins of Maine.  After five years with Senator Collins, Felicia was appointed Director of Communications for the National Endowment for the Arts under Chairman Dana Gioia. There, she oversaw national earned media campaigns for multi-million dollar programs including Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience, NEA Jazz Masters, Shakespeare in American Communities, and The Big Read. 

An excellent writer and communicator, Felicia has worked with local, state, national, and international public officials, artists, musicians, actors, and authors as well as major corporations and foundations.

Well traveled, well read, and well rounded, Felicia Knight is a seasoned professional who inspires confidence in all her endeavors.

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Maryland



Amy Smith
Write Ideas, Inc.
10320 Southard Drive, Beltsville, MD 20705
P: 301.294.2424
F: 815.642.8658
amy@writeideas.com
www.writeideas.com
Twitter: @writeideasPR
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/AmySmith

Founded by Amy Smith, Maryland-based Write Ideas, Inc., has two decades of experience in public relations. The firm has managed a broad range of public relations and promotions projects for dozens of major brands including 7-Eleven, Blockbuster, Make-A-Wish, Girl Scouts of America, Glaceau/Vitamin Water, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, MCI, and more. Smith's expertise in retail marketing and PR has been successfully demonstrated through projects for Macy’s, Ruth's Chris, Cold Stone Creamery, Marriott, Barnes&Noble.com, and more. The firm led a PRConsultantsGroup campaign for international porcelain manufacturer Lladro, which generated significant media exposure for its multi-market media tour. Write Ideas uses a proprietary and well-developed database of media contacts in its markets.  In addition, Smith created a micro brand by launching a parenting website, is a national wire columnist, and frequently leverages social marketing tactics for her clients.  Featured on The Today Show and a repeat guest on FOX, CBS, and NBC News, Smith incorporates social marketing tactics to add a powerful viral marketing component to many of her clients' campaigns. Smith is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and created/launched PRCG Powerlines, the online magazine/blog for the Public Relations Consultants Group.

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Massachusetts


Julie K. Dennehy, APR
Dennehy Public Relations
45 Village Street, Medway, MA 02053
P: 508.533.8311
julie@dennehypr.com
www.dennehypr.com
Twitter: @dennehypr
Facebook: www.facebook.com/dennehypr

Julie K. Dennehy, APR, is an accredited, award-winning public relations counselor with over 20 years of experience "creating a buzz" in New England. From beer to BTB, Dennehy PR has provided PR support to large and small organizations, primarily retailers/shopping centers, hotels/restaurants, nonprofits, and special event planners.

Dennehy founded her boutique agency in 1996 providing results-oriented publicity, broadcast promotions, word of mouth marketing, and event planning consulting services after years in radio, advertising and PR.  Recent clients include Blockbuster, 7-Eleven, T.G.I. Friday’s, Red Mango, the Bay Colony Dog Show, Quebec City Summer Festival, and the Ellie Fund’s Oscar Night America.

Julie serves as a co-director of PRConsultants Group and held regional leadership positions with the Publicity Club, PRSA, and local nonprofit boards and is a member of WOMMA and Boston’s Social Media Club.  After years of entering and winning awards, she now enjoys judging award programs and consulting.

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Michigan

 

Jason Brown
PublicCity PR
24300 Southfield Road, Suite 101, Southfield, MI 48075
P: 248.252.1687
jbrown@publiccitypr.net
www.PublicCityPR.net

Jason Brown, a public relations executive with 12+ years of media and community relations experience, founded PublicCity PR in October 2008. Jason launched PublicCity so companies could have an efficient, affordable, reliable and seasoned professional solution driving their public relations and publicity needs.
Prior to founding PublicCity, Jason gained considerable experience working at various Detroit-based public relations agencies, where he functioned as a media relations specialist.


He has developed and managed communications programs and projects for leading companies, such as Dunkin’ Donuts, eBay and Microsoft and also spent significant time working on various General Motors project work. Jason leverages his vast network of media and community contacts to benefit his existing clients.


Jason is a graduate of Michigan State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. He currently resides in Beverly Hills, Mich. with his wife and co-owner Hope, daughters Eliza and Libby, and dog, Maddie.

 

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Minnesota

• Minneapolis


Gary Young
Gary Young Ink
7499 Kimberly Lane, Eden Prairie, MN 55346
P: 952.937.9859
F: 952.937.9859
gary@garyyoungink.com
www.garyyoungink.com
Twitter: @gdyoung
Facebook: www.facebook.com/gary-young-ink

Gary Young founded Gary Young Ink in 2004 after building a public relations portfolio spanning more than 25 years. In addition to heading up PR operations at marketing communications agencies Kerker, Riley Hayes and Fat Frog, Gary has served in PR management capacities at United HealthCare, Colle + McVoy and Minnesota AAA.

Gary's specialty areas include strategic communications counsel, branding, trade and consumer media relations, copywriting, newsletters, special events, internal communications, speechwriting, and beyond.

A past board member of the Minnesota chapter of IABC and committee chair for PRSA, Gary has lent his PR expertise in support of various causes including the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities, the March of Dimes Information Council, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, American Red Cross, Minnesota Film & Television Board, among others.

GYI's industry experience includes: food/restaurant; home products; entertainment; energy; consumer packaged goods; home products; financial services; technology; health care; travel/tourism; and cause-related.


• Rochester

 

Laura Archbold
Encore Public Relations, LLC
P.O. Box 6565, Rochester, MN 55903
P: 507.202.2652
laura@encorepublicrelations.com
www.encorepublicrelations.com

Founded by Laura Archbold, Encore Public Relations, LLC, has more than two decades of experience as a steward of stories that impact brand, reputation and lives. Encore PR tells stories and crafts messages across paid, earned and owned media. Our integrated marketing and communication work seeks to educate, create value, inspire and have lasting impact.

Specialties: Corporate Marketing & Communication, Internal Communication, Media Relations, Special Events, Community Relations, Crisis & Issue Management, Litigation Support, Digital Communication, and Video Production.

Clients include: Mayo Clinic, Mayo Clinical Trials, Mayo Medical Laboratories, and Macy’s. The firm led a PRConsultants Group campaign with the Preeclampsia Foundation, which garnered more than 96 million media impressions with story placement of magazines, blogs, tweets, radio talk shows and national newspaper and television outlets. The campaign also secured PSA placements of more than 200 radio and television outlets across the country. Archbold is a member of the Public Relations Society of America.

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Mississippi



John Deveney
Deveney Communication
2406 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70117
P: 504.949.3999
F: 504.949.3974
jdeveney@deveney.com
www.deveney.com
Twitter: @deveneynola

Deveney Communication is a full-service public relations firm with expertise in a comprehensive suite of communication and marketing tactics, including strategic planning, media relations, crisis communication, media training, community relations and internet marketing. The firm, named one of the top five boutique public relations firms in the United States by PRWeek, garners an average $15 million to $400 million of coverage annually for clients such as Starbucks, Ruth's Chris Steak House, the Louisiana Office of Tourism, the March of Dimes and the New Orleans Museum of Art.

John Deveney, founder of Deveney Communication, has some 20 years of professional public relations experience. He topped PRWeek's list of the profession's "brightest stars" and "ambassadors that are heroes," and was selected as PR News as "Agency Executive of the Year" less than a decade after making its first list of "15 to Watch." He has earned the highest national and international honors and awards in the communication profession, including the Jake Wittmer Research Award, numerous Bronze, Silver and Gold Quill Awards and Silver Anvils.

John is accredited by the International Association of Business Communicators and the Public Relations Society of America. He honed his media relations experience through senior positions with The Mayor's Office/City of New Orleans, Loyola University New Orleans and United Press International before founding the firm in 1996. John is heavily involved with the Public Relations Society of America and the International Association of Business Communicators. Additionally he has served as a board member on numerous boards for organizations such as Loyola University New Orleans, Young Leadership Council and New Orleans Public Library to name a few.

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Missouri

• Kansas City

Alex Greenwood
AGPR
751 East 63rd Street, Suite 213, Kansas CIty, MO 64110
P: 816.416.8002 | 913.907.4426
alex@alexgpr.com
www.alexgpr.com
Twitter: @a_greenwood
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AlexanderG.Public.Relations

Founded in 2010, AGPR (formerly AlexanderG Public Relations) specializes in strategic PR, Social Media Strategy and Crisis Communications.

AGPR clients benefit from an experienced team that utilizes public relations and social media strategies to connect with the media, customers, employees and other stakeholders critical to your success.

Certainly, we’re a public relations company, but many of our clients have come to view us as valued members of their management team.

We have the judgment and experience to guide you through a rapidly emerging crisis. Our team will understand your business as our background includes work in diverse fields, including healthcare, higher education, financial services, manufacturing, retail, broadcasting and more.

Let us put our diverse experience, integrity and proven strategies to work for you.

 

• St. Louis


Sharon Kreher
teamworks communication management
16040 Autumn Oaks Circle, Ellisville, MO 63021
P: 636.207.9888
sharon@teamworkspr.com
www.teamworkspr.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/teamworkspr

teamworks communication management is led by Barb Harris and Sharon Kreher – PR pros who each have 20+ years of communications experience, both at major PR agencies and with our own firm. Our strengths lie in sound strategic planning and our ability to effectively develop and manage the execution of communication projects in markets throughout the United States using teams of local market experts. 

With offices in Phoenix and St. Louis, teamworks has experience in the retail, food & beverage, non-profit, and consumer products industries.  We develop and coordinate communication campaigns with elements that include communication strategy, message development, materials production, radio promotions, community engagement, media relations (traditional and social) and results reporting.

A founding member of PRConsultants Group, we have used members to provide solutions for national clients, including Make-A-Wish Foundation/Macy’s Believe Campaign, Cold Stone Creamery, Relax The Back, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and Barnes & Noble.com. With each of these clients, we brought together top-notch pros in the markets needed and managed the process from start to finish.

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Montana



Margaret Nathan
Strategic Communication, Inc.
1554 Aerie Drive, Park City, UT 84060
P: 435.658.2875
F: 415.873.1660
margaret.nathan@strategiccommunication.com
www.strategiccommunication.com
Twitter: @tightlines

Margaret Nathan has 25 years of experience in a wide variety of communications disciplines, including political affairs, corporate communications, marketing, investor relations, merger and acquisition, crisis communications, and retail and consumer products. Ms. Nathan's unique expertise and accomplishments enabled her to build one of the premier public relations/public affairs firms in Dallas, Texas. She is now a principal in Strategic Communication, Inc., based in Utah, with her husband and business partner Kevin Kruke. They also maintain a Washington, D.C. based lobbying practice.

Ms. Nathan has served as public relations counsel to Exxon Corporation, DF&R Restaurants, Inc., Chaparral Steel Company, Thai Airways International, Texas Monthly magazine, SuperShuttle, NationsBank and Price Waterhouse, LLP. She has represented leading Texas law firms and several investment houses including Haas, Wheat & Partners and Cardinal Investments. Ms. Nathan was also a member of the public relations team for Dow Chemical Company on the breast implant issue.

Strategic Communication, Inc. maintains a stable of senior level counselors across the U.S., with subject matter expertise including broadcast journalists, transportation specialists, and federal lobbying. Strategic Communication is best known for building expert public relations teams for clients and along with membership in the PRCG, also is the Utah affiliate for Manning, Selvage and Lee.

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Nebraska


Deborah Trivitt, APR
Trivitt Public Relations, Inc.
900 Farnam St. #204, Omaha, NE 68102
P: 402.598.7804
F: 402.573.8460
deb@trivittpr.com
www.trivittpr.com
Twitter: @debtrivitt
Facebook: www.facebook.com/trivittpublicrelationsinc

Deborah Trivitt, APR, specializes in media and community relations, and marketing communications in Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, and North Dakota.

In business since 1997, Deborah, has worked in public relations for corporate, educational, medical and non-profit organizations. Current clients include: Countryside Village, Investors Realty Inc., Broadmoor Market, Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers, Dr. Jim Logan, distinguished speaker and advocate for ingenuity, Bishop Business, Rebuilding Together-Omaha, BODIES…The Exhibition, Omaha

Through membership in the PRConsultants Group, Trivitt Public Relations has been involved with the Cabot Cheese Great American Voter Trek, Cold Stone Creamery, Best Buy Reward Zone events, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the March of Dimes, and Barnes & Noble.com.

Deborah is an accredited member of PRSA, the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, UNL’s Cather Circle, the Radio Talking Books Board of Directors, OMMRS’ Public Relations Committee, and is the Clerk of SID 373.

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Nevada



Solveig Raftery
The Firm Public Relations & Marketing
6157 S. Rainbow Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89118
P: 702.739.9933
F: 702.739.9779
thefirm@thefirmpr.com
www.thefirmpr.com
Twitter: @thefirmpr
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/CWCo/183845314971898

Since its inception in 1993, The Firm Public Relations & Marketing has established itself as a strategic business partner to its clients, providing consultative services focused on results. Founded by native Las Vegan Solveig Raftery, The Firm has played a role in many successful public relations and marketing campaigns, including work with clients such as Boyd Gaming Corporation, the Palms Casino Resort, Trump International Hotel & Tower Las Vegas, Global Gaming Expo, Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada, Nevada Public Radio and Canyon Ranch SpaClub at The Venetian and at The Palazzo.

Other high-profile nationally recognized clients who have entrusted their reputation and image to The Firm include: Bally Technologies, Blockbuster Video, 7-Eleven, KB Home and Whole Foods Market, just to name a few.

The Firm is a founding member of PR Consultants Group.

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New Hampshire



Julie K. Dennehy, APR
Dennehy Public Relations
45 Village Street, Medway, MA 02053
P: 508.533.8311
julie@dennehypr.com
www.dennehypr.com
Twitter: @dennehypr
Facebook: www.facebook.com/dennehypr

Julie K. Dennehy, APR, is an accredited, award-winning public relations counselor with over 20 years of experience "creating a buzz" in New England. From beer to BTB, Dennehy PR has provided PR support to large and small organizations, primarily retailers/shopping centers, hotels/restaurants, nonprofits, and special event planners.

Dennehy founded her boutique agency in 1996 providing results-oriented publicity, broadcast promotions, word of mouth marketing, and event planning consulting services after years in radio, advertising and PR.  Recent clients include Blockbuster, 7-Eleven, T.G.I. Friday’s, Red Mango, the Bay Colony Dog Show, Quebec City Summer Festival, and the Ellie Fund’s Oscar Night America.

Julie serves as a co-director of PRConsultants Group and held regional leadership positions with the Publicity Club, PRSA, and local nonprofit boards and is a member of WOMMA and Boston’s Social Media Club. After years of entering and winning awards, she now enjoys judging award programs and consulting.

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New Jersey

 

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New Mexico


Tom Garrity
The Garrity Group
4110 Wolcott Avenue NE Suite B, Albuquerque, NM 87109
P: 505.898.8689
F: 505.294.5919
tom@garritypr.com
www.garritypr.com
Twitter: @tom_garrity

The Garrity Group is a New Mexico-based public relations firm that helps small businesses to be heard and large organizations to be understood.  The firm’s founder and president, Tom Garrity specializes in public relations, issue management and public affairs for businesses and organizations in the public and private sectors.
 
The firm’s Garrity Perception Survey gauges favorability of 17 industries, trust of 14 professions and provides insights on how residents access news and information, is a great resource for clients.  It also provides the foundation of the firms four-step public relations process (research, planning, execution and evaluation).
 
Generating results since 1997, The Garrity Group’s work has been honored with two PRSA Bronze Anvils and four New Mexico PRSA Best of show awards, the most recent in 2013 for the firms social media work for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

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New York

Carrie Waible
CW&Co.
152 Madison Avenue, Suite 906, New York, NY 10016
P: 212.379.4024 ext 101
F: 646.390.8044
carrie@cwandco.com
www.cwandco.com
Twitter: @cwaible
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/CWCo/183845314971898 

ABOUT CW&Co.
Lauded for an energetic approach grounded in strategic thinking, our team harnesses the power of media and special events to create experiences that invite consumers to access the signature offering of a brand, connect in support of a cause, or pursue the life they dream of in style. Utilizing expert media relations skills, effective message development and raw promotional talent, CW&Co. leverages the power of traditional & non-traditional media to build brands, drive awareness and effectively reach target audiences.

ABOUT CARRIE WAIBLE, FOUNDER/PRESIDENT
With nearly two decades of experience managing high-profile marketing, PR & event programs for clients ranging from start-up companies to household names, Carrie has a true understanding of what makes great campaigns click. She started her career in fashion and red carpet publicity and event production for the entertainment industry, where she honed her media relations skills and ease with influencers ranging from leading celebrities to heads of state. To complement her early experience in PR and events, Carrie moved on to work with leading branding and advertising collective before founding her own agency in 2003. With offices in New York City and Sag Harbor, NY, CW&Co. provides a full range of marketing, events and public relations solutions to clients including Nobu Restaurants, Regulator Marine, Waterkeeper Alliance, the National Marine Manufacturers Association and more.

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North Carolina


Kim McKeeman, APR
McKeeman Communications Group, Inc
12305 Canolder Street, Raleigh, NC 27614
P: 800.806.0977
F: 800.806.0977
kim@mckeemanpr.com
www.mckeemanpr.com
Twitter: @mckeemanpr

With more than 17 years of experience practicing public relations, Kim has learned the subtleties of communications that produce results. Counseling clients in both good times and times of crisis, her expertise as a big-picture strategist who rolls up her sleeves and gets the job done has earned her the reputation of a solid communications counselor among clients like McDonald's Corporation, Blockbuster Video, Sprint PCS, XM Satellite Radio and Starbucks Coffee Company. Before establishing McKeeman in 1994, Kim counseled clients as a group manager at Price/McNabb, Inc., in Raleigh. Prior to coming south, she planned and developed communications materials and public awareness campaigns as assistant director of marketing and communications at the Greater Toledo Area Chapter of the American Red Cross. Kim graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in journalism from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.

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North Dakota


Deborah Trivitt, APR
Trivitt Public Relations, Inc.
900 Farnam St. #204, Omaha, NE 68102
P: 402.598.7804
F: 402.573.8460
deb@trivittpr.com
www.trivittpr.com
Twitter: @debtrivitt
Facebook: www.facebook.com/trivittpublicrelationsinc 

Deborah Trivitt, APR, specializes in media and community relations, and marketing communications in Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, and North Dakota.

In business since 1997, Deborah, has worked in public relations for corporate, educational, medical and non-profit organizations. Current clients include: Countryside Village, Investors Realty Inc., Broadmoor Market, Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers, Dr. Jim Logan, distinguished speaker and advocate for ingenuity, Bishop Business, Rebuilding Together-Omaha, BODIES…The Exhibition, Omaha

Through membership in the PRConsultants Group, Trivitt Public Relations has been involved with the Cabot Cheese Great American Voter Trek, Cold Stone Creamery, Best Buy Reward Zone events, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the March of Dimes, and Barnes & Noble.com.

Deborah is an accredited member of PRSA, the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, UNL’s Cather Circle, the Radio Talking Books Board of Directors, OMMRS’ Public Relations Committee, and is the Clerk of SID 373.

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Ohio
• Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton


Melinda Kruyer
Kruyer & Associates
6509 Oregon Pass, West Chester, OH 45069
P: 513.755.1818
F: 513.777.1567
melinda@kruyerpr.com
Twitter: @mkruyer

Kruyer & Associates specializes in public relations, integrated marketing, special events, and consumer promotions. Melinda Kruyer started the Cincinnati-based business in 1991.  Clients include: The Procter and Gamble Company, the Do Downtown Restaurant Group, go Vibrant and Blockbuster Inc. 

Melinda is in the current class of Leadership Cincinnati, serves on the Board of Trustees of the Greater Cincinnati Sports Corporation, the areas sports marketing and management organization that represents the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureaus.  She is an officer of the Cincinnatus Association, an association that provides civic leadership to shape public policy and improve the long-term vitality of the region.

Prior to creating Kruyer & Associates, Melinda worked for WKRC-TV and WRRM-FM, Cincinnati, and CBS Sports, New York City. She is a member of Public Relations Society of America.
• Cleveland


Heidi Langer
Langer Marketing & Communications
321 Bay Village, OH 44140
P: 440.892.7084
Heidi@langermarketing.com
Twitter: @heidilanger

Heidi Langer launched Langer Marketing & Communications after having devoted 15 years to the corporate marketing and communications field.  When her employer relocated offices, it was the perfect time to leave the corporate world and become an Independent Practitioner.  

Fifteen years later, Langer Marketing has become a thriving, profitable business with a varied client base of companies, associations and non-profit organizations.  Langer Marketing provides a diverse array of services including:  media relations, community relations, special event management, internal communications, public relations, media research, association management, market research, advertising sales, and copywriting.  

Heidi Langer is a cum laude graduate of Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio with a major in marketing and minor in communications.  She has received numerous awards for community involvement and volunteerism and resides in Bay Village, Ohio.

 
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Oklahoma



Brenda Jones
Jones Public Relations
228 Robert S. Kerr Avenue, Suite 500, Oklahoma City, OK 73102
P: 405.516.9686
F: 405.516.9685
brenda@jonesprinc.com
www.jonesPRinc.com

Jones Public Relations is a national firm located in America’s heartland. Our highly seasoned professionals are results-oriented. We aim to be our clients’ full-scale communications partner so they can be heard anywhere to reach their target audiences – local, regional or national. The team comprises of two former White House officials, a national journalist, professional sports media expert and a social media innovator who is widely recognized by the business community as the local trend setter on emerging technologies.

Founded in 2001, the firm has expertise in aerospace, architecture, automotive, banks and investment firms, entertainment, food and restaurants, healthcare and hospitals, energy and renewable energy, professional sports, and technology sectors.

The firm was the official public relations agency for the Oklahoma Centennial celebration and has worked with over 100 celebrities from “All Century” catcher Johnny Bench to Olympic Gold gymnast star Nadia Comaneci, from Garth Brooks to Carrie Underwood, five Miss Americas, Broadway and Opera stars, four Heisman Trophy winners, and several television and movie stars.

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Oregon


Stacia Kirby
Kirby Communications, Inc.
16757 32nd Avenue, NE Seattle, WA 98155
P: 206.363.1492
F: 206.363.6281
stacia@speakeasy.net
www.kirbycommunicationsinc.com
Twitter: @kirbycmu

Stacia Kirby has a background that combines media and public relations experience. She has developed a professional, aggressive and successful approach to PR in a rapidly expanding marketplace. Her capabilities include a full range public relations and marketing communications services ranging from traditional PR to the social media landscape and everything in between.

Prior to starting her own company in 1992, Stacia was Director of Media Relations for Publicis in Seattle. At the agency, Stacia was primarily responsible for launching Starbucks onto the national scene. Earlier, she was a publicist promoting best-selling authors and successful books.   In media, she worked for Paramount Pictures, ABC-TV and Turner Broadcasting System-TBS as well as the Mutual Broadcasting System and  Bon Appetite magazine.

Stacia has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington in Broadcast Journalism.

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Pennsylvania


Leigh Fazzina
Fazzina & Co. Communications Consulting, Inc.
303 E. 9th Ave, Conshohocken, PA 19428
P: 215.821.7466
C: 610.316.4126
lfazzina@fazzinacommunications.com
www.fazzinacoummincations.com
Twitter: @LeignFazzina
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/leighfazzina

Leigh Fazzina is award-winning public relations counselor with over 20 years of experience in helping organizations build awareness through traditional, digital and social media communications. She is best known for her work in the healthcare industry working with various healthcare organizations (pharma, biotech, clinical trial/patient recruitment, medical devices, medical journals, hospitals, and health systems) on global, national and regional programs and campaigns. With a bevy of industry awards and a lineup of well-known clients she’s helped dozens of satisfied clients strengthen their names, enhance their images and build their businesses.

Leigh’s has also worked on the corporate, big agency and non-profit sides and her experience includes brand communications, media relations, social media communications, media training, broadcast communications, speech writing, event planning/management, crisis/advocacy communications and measurement. She founded Fazzina & Co. Communications Consulting in 2009 to help mid- to small-sized companies with their public relations and social media communications needs at competitive rates.

Leigh serves as a Director-at-Large for the Philadelphia Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). She is also a past president of PRSA’s Health Academy and served in a Board-of- Directors position with the organization for 9 years from 2003-2012.

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Rhode Island


Julie K. Dennehy, APR
Dennehy Public Relations
45 Village Street, Medway, MA 02053
P: 508.533.8311
julie@dennehypr.com
www.dennehypr.com
Twitter: @dennehypr
Facebook: www.facebook.com/dennehypr

Julie K. Dennehy, APR, is an accredited, award-winning public relations counselor with over 20 years of experience "creating a buzz" in New England. From beer to BTB, Dennehy PR has provided PR support to large and small organizations, primarily retailers/shopping centers, hotels/restaurants, nonprofits, and special event planners.

Dennehy founded her boutique agency in 1996 providing results-oriented publicity, broadcast promotions, word of mouth marketing, and event planning consulting services after years in radio, advertising and PR.  Recent clients include Blockbuster, 7-Eleven, T.G.I. Friday’s, Red Mango, the Bay Colony Dog Show, Quebec City Summer Festival, and the Ellie Fund’s Oscar Night America.

Julie serves as a co-director of PRConsultants Group and held regional leadership positions with the Publicity Club, PRSA, and local nonprofit boards and is a member of WOMMA and Boston’s Social Media Club.  After years of entering and winning awards, she now enjoys judging award programs and consulting.

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South Carolina


Kelly J. Davis, APR
Riggs Partners
750 Meeting Street, West Columbia, SC 29169
P: 803.799.5972 ex-623
C: 803.479.0411
Kelly@riggspartners.com
www.riggspartners.com
Twitter: @riggspartners and @davispr
Facebook: www.facebook.com/riggspartners

Riggs Partners is a full-service marketing consultancy that offers brand strategy, creative development, digital marketing and public relations. Kelly’s focus areas are strategic communications planning, brand management, issues management and consumer marketing, particularly in the areas of public health, public policy and grassroots advocacy.

Kelly has been recognized with more than 40 industry awards for effective public relations campaigns and tactics, including four Best in Show Awards from the South Carolina Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (SCPRSA). She has served PRSA as a director on the PRSA National Board of Directors, an officer of the Southeast District of PRSA and in many capacities in the South Carolina Chapter, including past president. She is also a member of the PRSA Counselors Academy.

In addition to her work at Riggs Partners, Kelly is an adjunct professor of public relations in the University of South Carolina’s College of Information and Communications.

Riggs Partners is the founder of CreateAthon (www.createathon.org), a 24-hour pro bono marketing marathon model. Since the program’s inception in 1998, it has engaged more than 100 agencies and organizations in delivering more than $20.5 million in free marketing services to more than 1,600 nonprofit organizations worldwide.

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South Dakota


Deborah Trivitt, APR
Trivitt Public Relations, Inc.
900 Farnam St. #204, Omaha, NE 68102
P: 402.598.7804
F: 402.573.8460
deb@trivittpr.com
www.trivittpr.com
Twitter: @debtrivitt
Facebook: www.facebook.com/trivittpublicrelationsinc 

Deborah Trivitt, APR, specializes in media and community relations, and marketing communications in Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, and North Dakota.

In business since 1997, Deborah, has worked in public relations for corporate, educational, medical and non-profit organizations. Current clients include: Countryside Village, Investors Realty Inc., Broadmoor Market, Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers, Dr. Jim Logan, distinguished speaker and advocate for ingenuity, Bishop Business, Rebuilding Together-Omaha, BODIES…The Exhibition, Omaha

Through membership in the PRConsultants Group, Trivitt Public Relations has been involved with the Cabot Cheese Great American Voter Trek, Cold Stone Creamery, Best Buy Reward Zone events, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), the March of Dimes, and Barnes & Noble.com.

Deborah is an accredited member of PRSA, the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, UNL’s Cather Circle, the Radio Talking Books Board of Directors, OMMRS’ Public Relations Committee, and is the Clerk of SID 373.

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Tennessee 

 


Susan Hart, APR, Fellow PRSA
Hart Public Relations and Communications LLC
335 Canton Stone Drive, Franklin, TN 37067
P: 615.642.0800
shart@hartpr.com
www.hartpr.com
Twitter: @susanhartPR

Susan Hart, APR, Fellow PRSA, has worked in media and public relations 25+ years, managing her independent practice since 2001. Beginning her career as a journalist, Susan brings a fresh, objective and
big picture perspective to clients' business and communication needs. By integrating strategic planning, target marketing, effective tactics and measurable results, Susan helps clients better tell their story to those who can positively contribute to the client's business goals. Susan has extensive experience in strategic planning, from statewide health care campaigns to employee change programs; branding development, from longtime businesses to new product launches; media relations, from executive training to crisis communications; and professional writing, from CEO speeches to industry blogs.

Prior to founding Hart Public Relations, Susan worked in agency, nonprofit and corporate communications, including an international NYSE-traded company. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Auburn University. She has been recognized for her leadership and work by the Associated Press, the International Association of Business Communicators, the Public Relations Society of America, the Health Care Marketing Awards, among others. She is accredited (APR) by PRSA International and is one of only 300 members throughout the world who has been accepted in the prestigious PRSA College of Fellows, the highest professional designation in the industry. 

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Texas


• San Antonio

Kay F. Floyd, APR
Kay F. Floyd & Associates PR
4047 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209
P: 210.824.7837
F: 210.824.7987
kffloyd@sbcglobal.net
www.kayfloydpr.com

Kay F. Floyd, APR, has more than 25 years experience of providing public relations consultation in the areas of strategic planning, corporate communications, communications audits, research, media relations, special events, promotions, merchandising and special programs targeting the Hispanic market.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in public relations and journalism from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Kay has been associated with large agencies in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.

A member of the Public Relations Society of America, she was accredited by the national organization in 1986 having successfully completed an extensive written and oral examination. The APR following her name reflects this official designation.

Kay established her own firm in 1984, and has enjoyed rewarding relationships with a wide variety of clients representing travel and tourism, finance, packaged goods, service, medical and sports.

• Austin

Brenda Thompson
Brenda Thompson Communications
P.O. Box 300908, Austin, TX 78703
P: 512.461.5644
brenda@brendathompson.com
www.brendathompson.com
Twitter: @brendathompson

Brenda Thompson Communications provides strategic public relations counsel and services to a broad range of organizations in the corporate, retail, higher education, and nonprofit sectors. The company focuses on coming up with fresh approaches to tough PR challenges, developing smart solutions, and seeing them through.

Brenda Thompson began her public relations business in 2003 after leading account service teams at one of the top 25 public relations firms in Texas, with clients including Austin’s largest hospital system, the transportation authority, and institutions of higher education. Prior to her agency career, Thompson was vice president of one of the nation’s most successful United Ways, and served as public relations director for the state’s fifth-largest private university where her responsibilities included leading the institution’s overall marketing and communications programs.

Thompson graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and was a newspaper and magazine journalist before changing her focus to public relations. An enthusiastic and energetic advocate for her clients and causes, Thompson is an active community leader. She is a co-founder of the national Social Media Club, a founding member of the board of the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, and a member of the board of directors for Leadership Austin.

 

• Dallas/Ft. Worth

Lisa Faulkner-Dunne
Faulkner-Dunne & Associates
6314 Duffield Drive, Dallas, TX 75248
P: 972.407.1969
lisa@lisafd-pr.com
www.lisafdpr.com
Twitter: @Lisafd

Lisa Faulkner-Dunne has more than 20 years of experience in public relations,  the past  15 heading her own firm. A stint in the Dallas Mayor’s office led to several years as Director of Public Relations for the Volunteer Center of Dallas County, before she decided to focus on her own clients.

Her agency specializes in community relations and consumer products. From action adventure movies to healthy frozen yogurt, and conservation programs to educational initiative programs, she knows how to tell a client’s story and get results

When not rescuing dogs from the side of the freeway or spreading her client’s messages, Lisa keeps busy with volunteer activities. A Leadership Dallas graduate, Lisa is a board member of the Pearce Community Women’s League, and Vice President, Public Relations for the Richardson Independent School District Foundation. She cooks once a month at Ronald McDonald House, and at least that often for her husband and two college age sons. A director of PRConsultantsGroup, she earned a Matrix Award from Women in Communications, two Silver Anvils from PRSA. and a PTA Lifetime Membership Award. Lisa has a B.A. from The University of Kentucky and an M.P.A from Southern Methodist University.


• Houston/Galveston

Jennifer Evans
JL Evans Communications
21431 Wild Jasmine Lane, Katy, TX 77450
P: 832.692.7615
jen@jlevans.com
www.jlevans.com
Twitter: @jlevans

Jennifer Evans, Principal of JL Evans Communications, is an inherently curious, “neurotically productive” community advocate who has invested more than 16 years in business and community to better understand why people and businesses make the investments they do and how to guide them to fruitful relationships. Her practitioner and academic background in public relations, media, marketing and CSR/philanthropy demonstrate how she has been tested in a variety of settings. She also believes in social media as a business tool. JL Evans Communications represents clients across many industries including professional services, non-profit, energy, health, retail and consumer products. Strengths include general/strategic PR, corporate communications, events and philanthropic/community initiatives.

Jennifer received her M.A. in Communications/PR Studies at University of Houston, where she has also served as an adjunct professor. A Public Relations Society America (PRSA) member for more than 10 years, she recently served as the Vice President of PRSA’s Houston Chapter Board. Her professional leadership with winning teams includes a PRSA Bronze Anvil, as well as a Crystal Award from AMA.

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Utah


Margaret Nathan
Strategic Communication, Inc.
1554 Aerie Drive, Park City, UT 84060
P: 435.658.2875
F: 415.873.1660
margaret.nathan@strategiccommunication.com
www.strategiccommunication.com
Twitter: @tightlines

Margaret Nathan has 25 years of experience in a wide variety of communications disciplines, including political affairs, corporate communications, marketing, investor relations, merger and acquisition, crisis communications, and retail and consumer products. Ms. Nathan's unique expertise and accomplishments enabled her to build one of the premier public relations/public affairs firms in Dallas, Texas. She is now a principal in Strategic Communication, Inc., based in Utah, with her husband and business partner Kevin Kruke. They also maintain a Washington, D.C. based lobbying practice.

Ms. Nathan has served as public relations counsel to Exxon Corporation, DF&R Restaurants, Inc., Chaparral Steel Company, Thai Airways International, Texas Monthly magazine, SuperShuttle, NationsBank and Price Waterhouse, LLP. She has represented leading Texas law firms and several investment houses including Haas, Wheat & Partners and Cardinal Investments. Ms. Nathan was also a member of the public relations team for Dow Chemical Company on the breast implant issue.

Strategic Communication, Inc. maintains a stable of senior level counselors across the U.S., with subject matter expertise including broadcast journalists, transportation specialists, and federal lobbying. Strategic Communication is best known for building expert public relations teams for clients and along with membership in the PRCG, also is the Utah affiliate for Manning, Selvage and Lee.

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Vermont 


Julie K. Dennehy, APR
Dennehy Public Relations
45 Village Street, Medway, MA 02053
P: 508.533.8311
julie@dennehypr.com
www.dennehypr.com
Twitter: @dennehypr
Facebook: www.facebook.com/dennehypr

Julie K. Dennehy, APR, is an accredited, award-winning public relations counselor with over 20 years of experience "creating a buzz" in New England. From beer to BTB, Dennehy PR has provided PR support to large and small organizations, primarily retailers/shopping centers, hotels/restaurants, nonprofits, and special event planners.

Dennehy founded her boutique agency in 1996 providing results-oriented publicity, broadcast promotions, word of mouth marketing, and event planning consulting services after years in radio, advertising and PR.  Recent clients include Blockbuster, 7-Eleven, T.G.I. Friday’s, Red Mango, the Bay Colony Dog Show, Quebec City Summer Festival, and the Ellie Fund’s Oscar Night America.

Julie serves as a co-director of PRConsultants Group and held regional leadership positions with the Publicity Club, PRSA, and local nonprofit boards and is a member of WOMMA and Boston’s Social Media Club.  After years of entering and winning awards, she now enjoys judging award programs and consulting.

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Virginia 


Brian Chandler
Commonwealth Public Relations
5757 Longbow Lane, New Kent, VA 23124
P: 804.221.9177
F: 804.557.3654
bchandler@commonwealth-pr.com
www.commonwealth-pr.com

A native of Virginia, Brian is an independent public relations counselor and brings to his clients more than a decade of experience. He is adept at providing public relations and strategic communications counsel for clients ranging from nonprofits to small businesses and major corporations.

Brian’s professional expertise includes all aspects of communications planning, from research to execution, with a specific focus on ROI/evaluation of his company’s efforts on behalf of their clients. He is also an expert in research, community relations, media relations, crisis communications management and planning, public affairs, social media, corporate and employee relations, nonprofit communications, and media training. Specialty areas include healthcare, human resources, medical practices and organizations, telecommunications, real estate, builders, professional services, architecture, law, restaurants and nonprofits. Brian graduated from  Emory & Henry College, Bachelor of Arts: Mass Communication and received a 2004 PRSA Mercury Award for Public Affairs.

He is a board member, Richmond Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Richmond International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), and a speaker for Rotary, Industry Trade Associations, and University Mass Communications Courses.

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Washington


Stacia Kirby
Kirby Communications, Inc.
16757 32nd Avenue, NE Seattle, WA 98155
P: 206.363.1492
F: 206.363.6281
stacia@speakeasy.net
www.kirbycommunicationsinc.com
Twitter: @kirbycmu

Stacia Kirby has a background that combines media and public relations experience. She has developed a professional, aggressive and successful approach to PR in a rapidly expanding marketplace. Her capabilities include a full range public relations and marketing communications services ranging from traditional PR to the social media landscape and everything in between.

Prior to starting her own company in 1992, Stacia was Director of Media Relations for Publicis in Seattle. At the agency, Stacia was primarily responsible for launching Starbucks onto the national scene. Earlier, she was a publicist promoting best-selling authors and successful books.   In media, she worked for Paramount Pictures, ABC-TV and Turner Broadcasting System-TBS as well as the Mutual Broadcasting System and  Bon Appetite magazine.

Stacia has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington in Broadcast Journalism.

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Washington D.C.


Amy Smith
Write Ideas, Inc.
10320 Southard Drive, Beltsville, MD 20705
P: 301.294.2424
amy@writeideas.com
www.writeideas.com
Twitter: @writeideasPR
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/AmySmith

Founded by Amy Smith, Maryland-based Write Ideas, Inc., has two decades of experience in public relations. The firm has managed a broad range of public relations and promotions projects for dozens of major brands including 7-Eleven, Blockbuster, Make-A-Wish, Girl Scouts of America, Glaceau/Vitamin Water, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, MCI, and more. Smith's expertise in retail marketing and PR has been successfully demonstrated through projects for Macy’s, Ruth's Chris, Cold Stone Creamery, Marriott, Barnes&Noble.com, and more. The firm led a PRConsultantsGroup campaign for international porcelain manufacturer Lladro, which generated significant media exposure for its multi-market media tour. Write Ideas uses a proprietary and well-developed database of media contacts in its markets.  In addition, Smith created a micro brand by launching a parenting website, is a national wire columnist, and frequently leverages social marketing tactics for her clients.  Featured on The Today Show and a repeat guest on FOX, CBS, and NBC News, Smith incorporates social marketing tactics to add a powerful viral marketing component to many of her clients' campaigns. Smith is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and created/launched PRCG Powerlines, the online magazine/blog for the Public Relations Consultants Group.

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West Virginia

Brian Chandler
Commonwealth Public Relations
5757 Longbow Lane, New Kent, VA 23124
P: 804.221.9177
F: 804.557.3654
bchandler@commonwealth-pr.com
www.commonwealth-pr.com

A native of Virginia, Brian is an independent public relations counselor and brings to his clients more than a decade of experience. He is adept at providing public relations and strategic communications counsel for clients ranging from nonprofits to small businesses and major corporations.

Brian’s professional expertise includes all aspects of communications planning, from research to execution, with a specific focus on ROI/evaluation of his company’s efforts on behalf of their clients. He is also an expert in research, community relations, media relations, crisis communications management and planning, public affairs, social media, corporate and employee relations, nonprofit communications, and media training. Specialty areas include healthcare, human resources, medical practices and organizations, telecommunications, real estate, builders, professional services, architecture, law, restaurants and nonprofits. Brian graduated from  Emory & Henry College, Bachelor of Arts: Mass Communication and received a 2004 PRSA Mercury Award for Public Affairs.

He is a board member, Richmond Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Richmond International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), and a speaker for Rotary, Industry Trade Associations, and University Mass Communications Courses.

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Wyoming


Margaret Nathan
Strategic Communication, Inc.
1554 Aerie Drive, Park City, UT 84060
P: 801.262.6340
F: 801.340.0133
margaret.nathan@strategiccommunication.com
www.strategiccommunication.com
Twitter: @tightlines

Margaret Nathan has 25 years of experience in a wide variety of communications disciplines, including political affairs, corporate communications, marketing, investor relations, merger and acquisition, crisis communications, and retail and consumer products. Ms. Nathan's unique expertise and accomplishments enabled her to build one of the premier public relations/public affairs firms in Dallas, Texas. She is now a principal in Strategic Communication, Inc., based in Utah, with her husband and business partner Kevin Kruke. They also maintain a Washington, D.C. based lobbying practice.

Ms. Nathan has served as public relations counsel to Exxon Corporation, DF&R Restaurants, Inc., Chaparral Steel Company, Thai Airways International, Texas Monthly magazine, SuperShuttle, NationsBank and Price Waterhouse, LLP. She has represented leading Texas law firms and several investment houses including Haas, Wheat & Partners and Cardinal Investments. Ms. Nathan was also a member of the public relations team for Dow Chemical Company on the breast implant issue.

Strategic Communication, Inc. maintains a stable of senior level counselors across the U.S., with subject matter expertise including broadcast journalists, transportation specialists, and federal lobbying. Strategic Communication is best known for building expert public relations teams for clients and along with membership in the PRCG, also is the Utah affiliate for Manning, Selvage and Lee.
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