Clients That Matter
“We've enjoyed working with Blast PR. They have helped us successfully scale our business and provided us with industry expertise allowing us to be nimble as we evolve our business and go-to-market products.”— Cindy Brown, CRO of ViralGains
“Blast PR has helped us to create a voice through bylines, analyst engagements and press interviews. They’ve helped us to build notoriety, allowing us to parlay that into stronger customer relationships that have endured.”— Ray Kingman, CEO and Founder of Semcasting
“Blast has been a terrific partner of our company. Their team’s been diligent, hard working, always available and has developed a public relations strategy to help position our company as a market leader.”— Clem McDavid, VP of Marketing at Babel Street
“Blast PR’s strong understanding of the industry, organizational skills and strategic guidance have been valuable assets as we’ve collaborated on mergers, key events and elevating our clients’ success stories.”— Leah Kim, CMO of MightyHive
“Blast PR’s ability to understand our company, its nuances and priorities is a key strength. Armed with this keen understanding, they give meaningful voice to our offerings.”— Vicki Brakl, SVP, Marketing, Training & Development at MNI Targeted Media
“Blast PR has helped us raise awareness and credibility for our brand – establishing and growing our position within the U.S. market and publicly leveraging the acquisitions we’ve made to distinguish us from our competitors.”— Sharon Reisner, CMO of Tremor International
“AdColony has been working with Blast PR for the better part of a decade and they’ve been with us every step of the way. Through thick and thin, in good times and bad, Blast PR has provided outstanding PR, content, and awards support. We couldn’t be happier with the results we’ve seen, and continue to see, from this incredibly long and fruitful partnership. We look forward to working with the Blast PR team for many years to come.”— Jonathan Harrop, Senior Director - Global Marketing & Communications, AdColony
“Working with Blast has been fantastic!”— Liz Murphy, Director, Marketing, Digilant
“Your team has been instrumental in our success this year.”— Mark Kaefer, Senior Director, Marketing RhythmOne
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Previous to founding Blast, she was an early entrant to the internet and is considered an internet oldtimer. She was with Engage when they went public in the late 90’s and used it as a jumping point to found the agency in Raleigh NC.
Kat graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a BA in Zoology. She makes her home in the mountains of Santa Ynez CA. She owns and operates an animal rescue ranch and has saved countless horses, chickens, and dogs.
Don is a 25+ year veteran of media and advertising strategy, marketing and business development. He was also an event organizer for several advertising conferences around the globe. Within this period, Don led an 18M digital marketing conference franchise, and launched countless business development deals.
Don’s passions include tinkering with and collecting vintage audio gear, motorcycles and wristwatches. Don currently operates the Blast San Francisco office, where he lives with his wife and 2 boys.
Prior to joining Blast, he was recruited to oversee Yahoo! B2B PR at DKC Public Relations, where as vice president, he helped create LinkedIn Marketing Solutions PR and worked with companies large and small -- Criteo, Conduit, SapientNitro, Time Warner Cable Media, Viggle, and YANGAROO -- while being the agency’s go-to for all things advertising-related.
Matt holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in History from Binghamton University (SUNY). Since the late aughts, he has made regular appearances in the media -- TV, print, and online -- as a “person on the street” or as an expert “early adopter.” Matt, his wife, and daughter are foodies who have great tips on where to dine in New York City and he photographs almost everything he eats on Instagram.
Prior to diving deep into digital media, Hollis interned at McKinney, a full-service advertising agency, working on the Audi and Travelocity accounts. She is also passionate about art, film and fashion.
After graduating from North Carolina State University with a BS in Mass Communications, Public Relations, Hollis moved to Santa Barbara in 2011 to support the operations and establishment of Blast’s west coast presence. When not fielding breaking news, you can find Hollis running the beaches or traveling the world with her husband and baby girl.
Prior to Blast PR, Brook developed an extensive marketing background. She has worked with clients in a variety of industries including advertising, art, education, publishing, sports, tech, and toys, and has worked with household names like Crayola, NFL, Wikipedia and more.
Brook has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Born and raised in Santa Barbara, CA, Alexis graduated from Boston University’s College of Communication with a BS in Mass Communication and an emphasis on Public Relations. She’s passionate about healthy living, cooking, oenology, and seeing the world with her husband.
Earning her degree from UCLA, Nancy excelled in office management, with a number of New York companies. She later established her own business services firm.
Her love of travel takes her all over the world, but Oaxaca, Mexico holds a special place in her heart. She is a lover of the arts, and an avid reader in her spare time.
After more than 20 years in tourism PR, Lorene joined the team of Blast in the fall of 2012. She quickly grew within the company, and was instrumental in starting the content creation department.
Lorene graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a B.A. in Communications. A Midwest native, she has made her home in the Teton Mountains for over 20 years. She alternates her passion for running and hiking in the summer with her love of downhill and nordic skiing in the long Rocky Mountain winters. She shares her passion for skiing and the outdoors with her husband, daughter and their Idaho shaggy dog, Corbet.
Shelley excels at Blast PR through her adaptability, attention to detail and communication skills. She has led a number of company and product launches, including the entrance of NYIAX, an advanced contract management platform and upfront marketplace, which resulted in earning the brand more than 95% of target pre-briefings and coverage in more than 20 outlets, such as Business Insider, WSJ, Reuters, and others.
Shelley graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her daughter and husband in downtown Raleigh at local restaurants.
Prior to her work at Blast, Katie found joy as a teacher in preschool classrooms and working as a caregiver for children. She was eager to find her next challenge and PR was the calling she answered, with a cross-country move to help establish Blast’s west coast operations in 2010.
Katie has since relocated back to the East Coast with the Raleigh team, where, outside of work, she can be found tending to her garden, exploring the local food scene, or at home making cocktails with her husband Fernando and their dog, Soup. Katie graduated from East Carolina University with a BA in Theatre Arts and a minor in Sociology.
A boomerang Blaster, Lacy began with Blast PR in 2011. She quickly carved out a role for herself leading the efforts to elevate clients’ thought leadership profiles through speaking engagements and award wins. She has supported more than 60 clients in the digital media space throughout her career, including The Trade Desk’s successful IPO. Over her brief stint away, Lacy supported Syngenta communications during its $43B acquisition by ChemChina.
Lacy graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication and Political Science. She is known amongst the team for her love of jam bands, especially Phish, and lives in Raleigh with her husband and their beagle.
Prior to joining Blast in 2012, Caty worked and interned at several nonprofits as well as large corporations in NY and VA. She was also a graduate teaching fellow while completing her master’s degree.
Caty holds a B.A in Communication with a minor in Business from Lynchburg College and a M.S in Corporate and Professional Communication from Radford University. Caty is a New York native, but now calls Virginia home. In her free time, Caty enjoys traveling, cooking, spending time with her husband, daughter and stepson, and of course her two dogs, Neville and Leia.
Prior to Blast, Kristen served as an executive assistant at Vista Equity Partners, a market-leading investment firm focused on enterprise software, data and technology-enabled businesses, where she worked closely with multiple senior-level executives to ensure all administrative needs were met.
To carry on her family's legacy that spans across three generations, Kristen graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Public Relations and a Business Foundations Certificate. Outside of the office, you can find Kristen catching up on the latest episodes of her favorite reality TV shows, exploring Austin's newest cuisine with her husband and friends and maintaining an active lifestyle by attending various dance and fitness classes.
Prior to joining the team full-time, Kaitlyn was an intern at the Blast PR Raleigh office. Through Blast PR’s internship program, Kaitlyn found a passion for public relations.
Kaitlyn graduated with a BA in Fashion Merchandising as well as an MBA with a Certificate in Marketing. She is zealous for health and fitness and traveling to new locations. Outside of the office, Kaitlyn can be found exploring Raleigh or enjoying coffee on the front porch of her new home with her husband Mike and their Pomeranian Hollie Belle!
Following her success as an intern and part-time employee at Blast, Stacee was awarded a full-time role on the team in May 2019. She also interned at a variety of PR firms in Austin, including Mercom Communications and Paula Biehler PR.
She graduated with high honors from the University of Texas at Austin and holds a B.S. in Public Relations. In her free time, Stacee enjoys discovering new music, playing the Super Nintendo and exploring Austin with her dog Odie.
Prior to Blast, Jayasree interned within a communications role at Go Global NC and the UNC Charlotte Office of Enrollment Communications.
Jayasree graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a BA In Communication Studies (Public Relations). During her time at UNC Charlotte, she also earned the Epley Undergraduate Certificate in International Public Relations. In her free time, Jayasree can be found curled up with a good book, working on craft projects, or exploring new places with her friends.