Kate Finley, CEO, Belle Communications
Harnessing her exceptional success as a media relations expert, millennial entrepreneur Kate Finley has built a rapidly growing agency from a small practice to a national team of eight with international clients in just over two years. Kate is an entrepreneur, blogger, speaker and PR influencer who founded her virtual agency at the young age of 28 to empower brands with the tools and exposure they need to thrive. Kate has worked with more than 50 brands, some of which include: Panera Bread, Sbarro, the University of Notre Dame, the Alzheimer’s Association and other leading CPG, nonprofit and lifestyle brands. She has also been featured as a source and contributor to top media and PR outlets like CNNMoney, Shape, PRDaily, Cision and Spin Sucks.
A world-class art hotel in Columbus, Ohio was in need of public relations, event and media relations support leading up to their hotel launch. There was a tight timeline, with media coverage needing to be secured in the first two weeks of working together. They enlisted Kate to execute public PR, event and media support for their soft launch and launch events. Due to the short timeframe, Kate’s team had to hit the ground running, securing coverage around the Christmas holiday and into the New Year on a local and national level. The team crafted a strategic news release that was put on the wire and orchestrated numerous interviews with outlets like NPR, Capital Style magazine and Architectural Digest.