Blast PR was built to serve companies advancing how brands reach audience, and the Blast Advisory Board was built to extend and celebrate these connections and find ways to elevate the industries we serve.

John Durham

A true industry veteran, most recently Durham served as executive vice president, business strategy at Carat Fusion for Carat’s offices across the country, including New York, Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Before his stint at Carat Fusion, Durham was a founder of Pericles Communication, a political digital firm that helped advocacy and political groups tap into interactive marketing. Durham handled the online advertising strategy for five candidates, including the presidential and four senatorial races.

Jane Hanson

Jane Hanson

Emmy award winning television journalist and coach Jane Hanson has spent over 30 years helping people communicate better. Among her diverse array of media and presentation training clients are top tier leaders spanning the fields of finance, insurance, startups, technology, education, design, fashion, FinTech, media, & pharma. She is also a contributor to; hosts programs on cable channels and private streaming broadcasts. And she is a frequent speaker, emcee, and panel moderator.

Michael Pratt

Michael Pratt is the Co-founder and CEO of Panamplify, a company using artificial intelligence to automate report building for marketing agencies. Panamplify was born out of insights identified while running Extra Sauce, the marketing agency he founded in 2010. In a previous life, he ran the trading desk at Goldman Sachs for 10 years before forming the statistical arbitrage hedge fund Modulus Capital in 2005. Bored with typical conference panels, Michael created the popular event Digital Fight Club. He has a degree in aerospace engineering from the United States Military Academy and after serving in the Army he received an MBA in finance from Duke University. Michael currently resides in Dallas with his wife Erica and sons Harry and Jack.