Team B

Team B

Jordan Blakesley

Jordan Blakesley

Principal

Jordan has nearly 15 years of experience in public relations – the majority within the industries about which she is most passionate – hospitality and tourism. She has a successful track record of building positive client awareness that translates into sales for the regionally, nationally and internationally-recognized brands she’s worked with across North America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

After graduating with a B.A. in Communication and Public Relations from the University of Wyoming, and working in the University’s media relations department, she moved to Colorado, where she honed her skills managing consumer, hospitality and real estate accounts at two national PR agencies before co-founding B.

Over the course of her career, she has led local, national, regional and social media campaigns for a variety of clients, ranging from luxury guest ranches and boutique hotels, to internationally-known and celebrity chef-driven restaurants, to yacht clubs and resort communities supported by Olympic athletes, and for acclaimed brands like The Ritz-Carlton, Renaissance Hotels, Frontier Airlines and Capella.

She’s particularly passionate about media strategy and brand launches, crisis preparation and management, and social media integration. A bulldog publicist, she has placed clients in Robb Report, CNN Money, Every Day with Rachael Ray, The Today Show, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, Worth, Elle Décor, Travel + Leisure, Live! With Kelly & Michael, InStyle, Vogue, Town & Country and many more.

Jordan was named the Public Relations Society of Colorado’s 2016 PR Person of the Year. A foodie and wine lover to the core, she is a Certified Level II Sommelier by the International Wine Guild, on the board of Les Dames d’Escoffier Colorado, a rooftop urban gardener and an enthusiastic home chef. She’s also on the board of The Kareem Jackson Foundation, on the advisory board of MaxFund No-Kill Animal Shelter & Adoption Center, and a member of Entrepreneurs’ Organization.

Merideth Hartung

Merideth Hartung

VP, Social & Digital Media

With more than a decade of experience in digital media and strategy development across a diverse portfolio of hospitality brands, Merideth’s passion for marketing has led to numerous successful social media campaigns, influencer collaborations, rebranding initiatives, property and restaurant openings, hotel acquisitions and more. A New England native, Merideth holds a B.S. in Marketing and a Masters in Business Administration, both from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Merideth joined B Public Relations in 2015 to launch the agency’s social media division and has since grown the team to six full-time employees. Today, she oversees day-to-day initiatives, content development, community management, brand positioning across a variety of channels, influencer campaigns and paid social media strategy execution.

Prior to joining BPR, Merideth specialized in social media research at UMass Dartmouth’s Center for Marketing Research, analyzing how Fortune and Inc. 500 companies utilized digital channels to support their marketing goals. From there, she acted as marketing manager for Massachusetts-based Lafrance Hospitality, where she developed and managed all facets of strategic marketing campaigns for hotels, restaurants, event venues and catering departments. Most recently, Merideth managed social media and e-commerce for Stonebridge Companies, a leading hospitality management and development company based in Denver. She has extensive experience marketing a variety of limited and full-service brands under the Hilton, Marriott, IHG, Choice and Starwood umbrellas, and has also executed marketing campaigns for multiple independent hotels and restaurants.  

Despite her family owning a boutique distillery in Maysville, KY, Merideth is a wine lover at heart and a Certified Level I Sommelier by the International Wine Guild. Having grown up moving every three years (#NavyBrat), she fulfills her need to be on the road with long weekends in the mountains or quick trips to various cities, and hopes to pass her love of travel on to her daughters, with her oldest reaching 28 flights before her second birthday.

April Ingle

April Ingle

Account Director

Living by the phrase, “traveling leaves you speechless and then turns you into a storyteller,” April has spent her career helping her clients tell their stories. With more than 10 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry, April has strong understanding of her clients’ business needs and how to develop results-driven PR strategies which support them.

A graduate of the Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University with focus on Public Relations, April began her career at Destination Cleveland. After working for nearly five years in-house, April pursued a lifelong goal of moving to Denver. Here, she has worked for national agencies where she’s led international, national and regional media, as well as integrated marketing accounts.

Over the course of her career, April has utilized her skills in media relations, influencer relations, strategic planning and account management for a variety of destinations and hotel clients. She has a breadth of expertise working with clients including international hotel chains in Mexico and the Caribbean, state DMOs, urban cities and charming mountain towns. April employs targeted PR strategies and media outreach tactics to deliver results, having secured national placements in The New York Times, The LA Times, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure, SHAPE, Men’s Journal, and many more. She is a proud member of the 2020-2021 Colorado Tourism Office’s Leadership Program.

A Midwesterner at heart, April enjoys exploring each of Colorado’s four beautiful seasons either in the mountains or soaking up the sun on a brewery patio. When she’s not busy exploring new destinations, April loves to keep active so you’ll probably find her in a Crossfit gym, snowshoeing or hiking with her sweet labradoodle, Barley.

Chelsea Coe

Chelsea Coe

Account Supervisor

A graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder, with a B.S. in Journalism and an emphasis in Public Relations and Political Science, Chelsea has a deep passion for travel, food and beverage and the outdoor industry.

Chelsea prides herself on the meaningful connections she makes with media on behalf of her clients, and the proven results of her effective messaging strategies. She specializes in traditional media relations, and has seven years of experience in the tourism, hospitality and F&B industries, having worked with clients such as New Belgium Brewing and the town of Pagosa Springs, Colo., before joining BPR in the fall of 2015.

Chelsea has secured placements in numerous local, regional and national media outlets on behalf of her clients, including USA Today 10Best.com, AFAR, SELF, Readers Digest, “Daily Blast Live” and more.

Chelsea’s passions outside work include hiking, fly fishing, camping and drinking and studying craft beer. She is a Certified Beer Server through the Cicerone® Certification Program.

Nicolle Montgomery

Nicolle Montgomery

Associate Director, Influencers & Strategic Partnerships

A graduate of Arizona State University, with a B.A. in Communication and a minor in Tourism Management, Nicolle has more than 15 years of experience utilizing partnership development, marketing and event planning to successfully build brands and foster relationships between businesses and consumers.

Throughout her career, Nicolle has led the development of events and strategic marketing campaigns for organizations in the hospitality, arts and design industries.  Prior to joining B Public Relations, she was the Director of Marketing for Renegade Brewing Company, where she specialized in branding, marketing strategy, social media and developing a unique slate of events that drove awareness with consumers. She also spent a decade producing events and forming partnerships for the Colorado Restaurant Association and the American Institute of Architects Colorado, where she led the creation of the Colorado Restaurant Show, the expansion of the Denver Food + Wine Festival and led the local marketing and event activations for the AIA 2013 National Convention hosted in Denver.

An avid traveler and foodie who dreams of winning the Powerball so she can visit all 50 of the World’s Best Restaurants in the same year, Nicolle is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier Colorado and participates as a volunteer annually in the No Kid Hungry Chefs Up Front gala and the Flatirons Food Film Festival. When not seeking out the next foodie adventure on her bucket list, Nicolle can be found in a movie or live theater, playing board games, watching Bravo, crushing it in pop culture trivia, snuggling with her dog and planning both creative date nights and the next place she will see the world with her husband.

Sarah Hoffner

Sarah Hoffner

Senior Account Executive

A true introvert, Sarah finds joy in the written form of storytelling and meaningful interpersonal relationships. She prides herself on crafting compelling messages and thoughtful communication – with both clients and journalists – which lead to impactful media placements.

Sarah is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado, with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications and an emphasis in Public Relations and Advertising. Prior to joining BPR in 2017, she lived in the San Francisco Bay Area working for KQED, the Bay Area’s largest public media station. There, she worked on several multi-platform marketing initiatives and public relations efforts for the station’s foodie programs, including Emmy-nominated Jacques Pépin Heart & Soul. She began her career at boutique public relations agency, Allyson Conklin Public Relations, focusing on beauty, home and lifestyle brands.

Sarah is particularly passionate about the health and wellness industry, that which goes beyond outward appearances and is, instead, inclusive, connection-based and rooted in science, especially within the travel landscape. She has secured media placements in local, regional and national publications, including The Denver Post, 5280 Health, Shape, Yoga Journal, Condé Nast Traveler, Departures, Outside, The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Esquire and many more.

Outside of work, Sarah’s a sucker for a good sweat (hey, High Ride Cycle!), time with her family, sinking her teeth into political podcasts or watching anything Mike Schur has written on repeat.

Sam DuBois

Sam DuBois

Senior Manager, Social Media & Influencer Relations

Sam believes that a good story has the power to connect people across the world. Over the course of her career, she has worked with nonprofits and mission-driven companies to strengthen their digital storytelling.

After graduating from Boston University with a degree in International Relations, Sam’s passion for travel and storytelling led her into international development.  As communications coordinator for World Education, she led the organization’s first website redesign and foray into corporate social media.

Eager to experience development work firsthand, Sam moved to Nicaragua in 2015 to manage digital communications for the volunteer-driven organization Global Brigades. While there, she visited projects across Nicaragua, Honduras and Panama, and implemented Global Brigades’ first social media strategy, highlighting the bond between volunteers and community members. Before joining B, Sam gained additional experience managing corporate social media and communications in the higher education and healthcare tech fields.

Sam now enjoys using her passion for travel to support B’s clients, whether it’s captioning the perfect Instagram post or partnering with a top influencer to create wanderlust-worthy content. Outside of work, Sam enjoys teaching weekly yoga classes, writing fiction and kicking butt as a Krav Maga orange belt.

Savannah King

Savannah King

Senior Manager, Social & Digital Media

Over the course of her career, Savannah has devoted herself solely to the digital marketing space and brings a passion for all things social media with her to B Public Relations.

She began her professional experience working with internationally-known footwear Crocs before moving to the luxury side of the fashion spectrum with fine jewelry retailer Shane Company. She then spent time at the Amélie advertising agency, where she built the company’s first social media program while promoting safety and health campaigns. While there, she was a part of the team that garnered one of Ad Age’s Gold Small Agency of the Year Awards. Over the course of her career, Savannah has had the opportunity to participate in everything from hyper-local to international campaigns, as well as work with top influencers.

A Denver native, Savannah first attended Colorado State University for her bachelor’s degrees, then headed to the University of Denver for her master’s degree in strategic communications. She currently lives in the Berkeley neighborhood with her husband and their two Yorkies. While Savannah is a terrible cook, she makes up for it by being fantastic baker and frequently undertakes baking classes and creating cake masterpieces for fun. She is also a Level 1 Fine Spirits Sommelier, certified by the International Wine and Spirits guild, and regularly seeks out the best tequila she can find. Travel and history are huge passions of hers, so you can usually find her counting down the days to her next whirlwind European adventure.

Leigh Baldwin

Leigh Baldwin

Photographer & Social Media Manager

Living by the motto “never stop exploring,” Leigh ventured from New Mexico to attain her B.A. in Interpersonal Communications at Pepperdine University. When she wasn’t studying on the beach in Malibu and by glacial lakes in Switzerland, she was busy creating strategic communications plans for campus departments and leading relationship-building workshops for students.

Leigh’s early career took her to Crested Butte to work in social media and email marketing with Adaptive Sports Center and program development at Oh Be Joyful Church. She then moved to Tacoma, Washington to hone her strategic marketing, social media, photography and event planning skills with nonprofit and tourism clients at JayRay Ads & PR.

She recently returned to Colorado to join the B Public Relations team, bringing her passion for exploration and relationships to fuel her approach to telling clients’ stories. She believes that each travel and culinary experience is steeped in adventure and works to portray clients’ unique offerings through thoughtful photography and social media strategies.

Leigh spends her time outside of the office concocting delectable meals, sweating on her yoga mat or in the gym, documenting her musings on vital living on her blog and planning her next trip with her husband.

Brianna Buffo

Brianna Buffo

Account Executive

A natural and creative communicator, Brianna is passionate about building awareness for travel, hospitality and lifestyle brands through strategic campaign planning, storytelling and media relations. She enjoys collaborating with clients and journalists to develop newsworthy stories for impactful media placements.

After graduating from the University of Colorado Boulder with a B.S. in Strategic Communication and an emphasis in Public Relations, Brianna moved back to the San Francisco Bay Area where she held positions at two national PR agencies. She has worked with a variety of clients ranging from family businesses to global companies, including Healdsburg Tourism Improvement District, Hotel Yountville, Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort and Santa Clara Marriott. Driven to secure hard-earned media coverage, Brianna has placed clients in local, regional, and national publications such as Forbes, Conde Nast Traveler, San Francisco Chronicle, Hotel Management and JustLuxe.com.

Born and raised in Sonoma County, Brianna vastly understands and appreciates the hospitality and tourism industry. She recently returned to Colorado and joined the BPR team, where she’s excited to utilize her skills to create experiences and generate news that connects purposeful brands to their target audiences. Outside of her career, Brianna’s deep sense of wanderlust and curiosity lead her to exploring the outdoors, getting lost in a new book, cooking new recipes and meeting every dog she sees.

Abbey Ogden

Abbey Ogden

Account Executive

A graduate of Syracuse University, with a B.S. in Communication and Rhetorical Studies, Abbey has a passion for storytelling and a curious mind for creative communication.

A New York-native and recent transplant, prior to joining BPR, Abbey worked at Nicholas & Lence Communications, a public relations and government affairs firm in New York City. Abbey has experience with a range of clients from restaurants and resorts to non-profits and business improvement districts. With a passion for hospitality, travel and wellness, Abbey loves putting her creative skills to work to help raise awareness and build buzz around brands through strategic storytelling and media relations.

Abbey has secured placements in a variety of local, regional and national media outlets including Good Morning America, Forbes, Time Out, Thrillist, Eater, USA Today and more.

Abbey loves being active, whether that’s exploring the great outdoors or trying the latest fitness class. She also has a strong love (some may say obsession) for dogs, and can be spotted petting any that come her way.