Member Spotlight: Kasey Brennan

1. First news publication you read in the morning?
Does social media count? I follow a number of publications on Facebook and Instagram and like to skim the headlines as I’m waking up in the morning.

2. First public relations job?
My first job in PR was as a copywriter for a public relations agency. My degree is in English, so it was a natural fit for my skill set and allowed me to learn the industry from down in the trenches.

3. Most important career mentor, and why?
My grandfather – who built a successful company that is now under its third generation of family leadership. While he loved business, everything he did was for his family, and that is something that I look up to as a business owner.

4. Top grammar, style or writing pet peeve?
Using two words where one would do – for example, writing “in a timely manner” when “quickly” will work. I think there’s a tendency to add more words to a sentence to sound more intelligent, but I think it has the opposite effect.

5. Most rewarding accomplishment in public relations?
Managing the media relations for Give Day Tampa Bay, in 2015. I’m passionate about working with nonprofits and loved sharing the stories of different organizations working to better our community.

6. Advice to new public relations professionals?
Get connected. There’s so much that you can learn from talking with other PR professionals who are facing the same challenges as you. 

7. Job you would pursue if you weren’t in public relations?
I would love to do graphic design or event planning, but those both tend to fall under the PR umbrella. So if I had to do something completely unrelated, I would be a florist. 

8. Favorite movie?
10 Things I Hate About You.

9. Favorite vacation?
My favorite vacation would have to be my honeymoon in Costa Rica last year. We spent three nights in La Fortuna, near Arenal Volcano, and three nights on the beach in Guanacaste.

10. Any three dinner guests?
Rory Gilmore (one of the main characters from the TV show Gilmore Girls), Jesus, and my grandmother.

My wedding last year.

On honeymoon in Costa Rica.




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