2013 PR People to Watch: Blair Latoff Holmes

Blair Latoff Holmes, Executive Director of Media Relations, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Blair Latoff Holmes leads a team of media relations professionals tasked with advancing the interests of more than three million American businesses. Her expertise at advancing the Chamber’s key messages has enabled her to land exclusives with top-tier publications, such as the recent profile of U.S. Chamber President- CEO Thomas J. Donohue that ran on the front page of The New York Times’ Sunday edition’s “Business Day” section.

She also handled the media surrounding the recent announcement that a deal had been reached between the Chamber and AFL-CIO to develop a temporary worker program as well as the ensuing debate as the full bill moved through the U.S. Senate.

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