Team B

Team B

BrieAnn Fast

BrieAnn Fast

Principal Partner

With established expertise in the hospitality, destination and adventure travel industries, BrieAnn has led international, national and regional media campaigns, developed successful thought-leadership and influencer outreach strategies, supported international crisis communications, integrated celebrity-seeding initiatives, organized and implemented special events and developed corporate social responsibility programs over the ten plus years she has been in the PR industry.

Throughout her career, BrieAnn has led strategic PR initiatives for destinations such as Mexico’s Riviera Maya and Estes Park, Colorado, branded hotels such as Banyan Tree, Viceroy and Four Seasons, adventure travel outfitters including REI Adventures, destination clubs and luxury boutique hotels. Her results-oriented focus has translated to high profile coverage in The Today Show, The New York Times, Elite Traveler, The Miami Herald, Entrepreneur, Luxe Interiors & Design, Men’s Journal, Robb Report, Travel + Leisure, Departures, Interior Design and countless others.

BrieAnn fostered her love of travel as a child, living in a variety of destinations around the globe from Spain and Singapore, to Texas and California. With a B.A. in Spanish for International Business and a minor in Marketing from the University of Colorado at Boulder, BrieAnn parlayed her passion into her career, working with the public information office for NAFTA in Washington D.C., where she assisted in managing communications between businesses in the U.S. and Mexico. She then worked for two different public relations agencies, leading national and international accounts for clients within the travel and hospitality industries, prior to co-founding B Public Relations in 2011.

BrieAnn is a member of the core planning team for Tedx RiNo, directing PR efforts for the event, and remains an avid traveler, putting her Level II Wine Sommelier Certification to good use wherever she finds herself.

Jordan Blakesley

Jordan Blakesley

Principal Partner

A seasoned executive, Jordan has more than a decade of experience in public relations – nearly all within in 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 international-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.

A foodie and wine lover to the core, Jordan 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 of MaxFund No-Kill Animal Shelter & Adoption Center, and obsessed with her French bulldog, Henry.

Merideth Hartung

Merideth Hartung

Director, Social & Digital Media

With years of experience in digital media and strategy development across a diverse portfolio of brands, Merideth’s passion for marketing within the hospitality industry has led to successful social media campaigns, rebranding initiatives, property openings and hotel acquisitions. 

Prior to joining B Public Relations, Merideth was marketing manager for well-known Eastern hospitality company 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.  

A New England native, Merideth holds a B.S. in Marketing and a Masters in Business Administration, both from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She is a self-proclaimed “weekender,” who hopes to complete her goal of traveling to all 50 states within the next seven years.

When she is not working or planning her next travel adventure, Merideth enjoys hiking, cooking and spending time with her husband, their two daughters and their two dogs. 

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 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 breath 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 L.A. Times, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure, SHAPE, Men’s Journal, and many more.

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.

Meg Sessions

Meg Sessions

Account Supervisor

After five years in The Windy City, Meg relocated to Denver, bringing with her years of experience and a passion for media relations, influencer programs, reputation management and event coordination.

Meg began her career in public relations with Edelman Chicago, working in the food & beverage sector for major brands such as Kellogg’s and Jim Beam. From there, she gained experience with influencer programs, working on Research in Motion’s BlackBerry Elite program, a global advocacy program for BlackBerry super-users. Channeling her personal love of travel, Meg then moved to the Hilton account at Edelman where she wore many hats during her four years on the team – from community manager of the Hilton Honors social channels to founding member of Hilton’s creative newsroom. Her strategic thinking and understanding of the media landscape has resulted in coverage for her clients in Forbes, The Huffington Post, Travel + Leisure, AFAR, POPSUGAR and more. In her last year on the Hilton team, she supported the nearly century old company’s rebranding, including the rebranding of their loyalty program and roll-out of industry-first perks.

A native of Tucson, Meg graduated Cum Laude from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Science in Strategic Communications and a double minor in Sociology and Film, Television and Digital Media. She continues to feed her wanderlust with adventures around the globe with her travel-loving family and husband. A self-proclaimed foodie and Certified Level I Sommelier, Meg not only loves searching for the next hottest restaurant, but also enjoys entertaining and gourmet cooking at home.

Catie Mayer

Catie Mayer

Senior Account Executive

Catie believes that “pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” She is not only passionate about travel and hospitality, but also fostering meaningful relationships with her clients and media. She brings a strong public relations and editorial background, and her results- and detail-oriented nature has led to strong media relationships, and repeated client exposure.

Catie is a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder, with a B.S. in Journalism and an emphasis on Public Relations. Prior to joining the BPR team, Catie worked for Blake Communications, assisting with public relations efforts for the Cherry Creek Arts Festival. She also worked as Communications Coordinator for BOCO Fit, a Lagree Fitness studio in Boulder. Her work included media and client relations, event planning and social media management.

She has secured placements in numerous national, regional and local media outlets, including Food & Wine, Redbook, Men’s Journal, Travel + Leisure, Shape, Tasting Table, Wine Enthusiast, the Dallas Morning News5280 and many more.

Catie is a Certified Level I Sommelier by the International Wine Guild, and shortly after joining the industry, Catie was the recipient of the Public Relations Society of America Colorado Chapter’s “Rookie of the Year” award. A Colorado native, Catie’s enthusiasm for exploring Denver and its surrounding areas is unfaltering, and she is an avid traveler. She considers herself a breakfast food enthusiast, and she loves airports, coin-style margaritas and scoring last-minute concert tickets.

Chelsea Coe

Chelsea Coe

Senior Account Executive

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 five 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.

Sam DuBois

Sam DuBois

Manager, Influencer Relations & Digital Media

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 how they tell their stories in various mediums.

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

Eager to experience development work firsthand, Sam moved to Nicaragua in 2015 to manage digital communications for the volunteer-driven organization Global Brigades. During the course of her year-long contract, Sam visited projects across Nicaragua, Honduras and Panama, and implemented Global Brigades’ first social media strategy, highlighting the bond between volunteers and community members. Sam has additional experience managing corporate social media and communications strategy in higher education and healthcare tech.

She runs a weekly travel newsletter with a friend, and enjoys using her passion for travel to support B’s clients. Sam recently earned her 200-hour registered yoga teacher certification. Outside of work, she enjoys teaching and practicing yoga while also kicking butt as a Krav Maga yellow belt.

Nicolle Montgomery

Nicolle Montgomery

Manager, Influencers & 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 two dogs and planning both creative date nights and the next place she will see the world with her husband.

Savannah King

Savannah King

Manager, Social & Digital Media

Strategy, storytelling and audience experience: These are the components that Savannah believes will build an optimal social media program. For the last five years she has devoted her career solely to the social media space and brings a passion for all things social with her to B Public Relations.

Savannah began her career working with internationally-known footwear staple Crocs before moving to the luxury side of the fashion spectrum to work with fine jewelry retailer Shane Company. Most recently, she worked at the Amélie advertising agency where she built the agency’s first social media program while promoting Colorado safety and health campaigns. Here, 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 she has had the opportunity to participate in everything from hyper-local to international campaigns, as well as work with top influencers such as Tyler Oakley, GloZell Green and Michael Buckley.

A Denver native, Savannah attended CSU for her bachelor’s degrees, then DU 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. Travel and history are also huge passions of hers, and you can usually find her counting down the days to her next whirlwind European adventure.

Sarah Hoffner

Sarah Hoffner

Account Executive

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, Sarah prides herself on conscientious communication and building meaningful relationships. She has a background in several client-facing roles in public relations and marketing.

Prior to joining the BPR team, Sarah spent two years in the San Francisco Bay Area, working for KQED – the Bay Area’s largest public media station – assisting with multi-platform marketing initiatives and public relations efforts for the station’s foodie programs including Emmy-nominated Jacques Pépin Heart & Soul. She’s also been an assistant account executive at boutique public relations agency, Allyson Conklin Public Relations, focusing on beauty, home and lifestyle brands.

She has secured placement in local, regional and national publications including The Denver Post, Westword, Eater Denver, Zagat Denver, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and more.

When she’s not in the office, you can find Sarah seeking out a chocolate chip cookie, a dog to pet, a sunny patio to enjoy a beer and probably daydreaming about pizza.

Carson Denbow

Carson Denbow

Assistant Account Executive

An East Coast native turned Denver transplant, Carson graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in Communication and a minor in Business. With a passion for public relations and marketing, Carson thrives on enhancing company strategy and problem solving through creative and efficient means. She believes the key to successful campaigns is through developing strong relationships with her clients.

Prior to joining B Public Relations, Carson was an associate at Denver-based Novitas Communications, where she specialized in crisis communications and media strategy. She has also spent time as an assistant associate at Warschawski, a Baltimore-based marketing and branding agency.

Carson has secured media placements in numerous local, regional and national media outlets on behalf of clients, including Bloomberg, Forbes, The Denver Post, Denver Business Journal, and more.

Outside of the office, you can find Carson discovering new restaurants and breweries in her new-found city, exploring the mountains, and traveling to visit family and friends all over the country.

Morgan Kennedy

Morgan Kennedy

Manager, Influencers & Partnerships

A graduate of the University of New Mexico with a BBA in Marketing, Morgan finds passion in building brands and developing connections between clients and customers. With a strong background in social media, partnership development and influencer relations, Morgan loves to facilitate creative and strategic story-telling through the work she does.

Prior to joining Team B, Morgan worked for the Regional Whole Foods Market office on location in Albuquerque, NM, managing marketing and community outreach initiatives for the New Mexico Metro. She has developed marketing, event, and influencer strategies to drive sales and tangible results for clients and partners alike.

With family roots that run in deep in the Colorado Mountains, Morgan moved to Denver after realizing she spent more weekends in the neighboring state than at her actual home. Outside of the office, you’ll typically find Morgan behind her laptop writing, on a patio eating apps, or searching out the best London Fog in town.