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ABOUT BROUSSARD COMMUNICATIONS:

Broussard Communications is a boutique PR firm representing hospitality clients - restaurants, vineyards, hotels and artisan producers in the NorthWest. Founded in July 2004, and intrigued by the "story behind the story," we work closely with clients to recognize their individual needs while communicating their story as well as their brand to target audiences.

ABOUT MELISSA BROUSSARD:

Before forming Broussard Communications, Melissa spent more than 14 years in strategic marketing communications with Apple Computer. As a communications professional, Melissa develops marketing and media relations programs for clients in the food, wine and hospitality industries, as well as offers business counsel on advertising placements, menu development, web site design, and special events. Melissa also works proactively on media relations for her clients and has placed stories in national media outlets from Food & Wine Magazine, Wall St. Journal, Bon Appétit, Splendid Table Radio show, Martha Stewart TV show, Bravo's Top Chef to Food Network Iron Chef America as well as local and regional outlets including Portland Monthly Magazine, The Oregonian, KINK Radio, Portland Business Journal and Sunset Magazine.

As the brand manager for the Powerbook Group at Apple, Melissa was responsible for international marketing for Powerbook -- a $2 billion business. She also led the global Product Introduction Group prior to Powerbook Group. A fifth generation San Franciscan, Melissa earned a BSIE degree in Engineering from California Polytechnic State University and an MBA from the University of Santa Clara. Melissa has been active in the Portland community serving on the board of the Oregon Ballet Theatre for six years, as well as assisting White Bird Dance Company and the Trey McIntyre Project with special events and communications strategies. She lives with her family in Portland.

ABOUT jordan culberson:

Jordan Culberson brings over six years of diverse communications experience, with an emphasis on food and beverage, lifestyle, travel and hospitality. Jordan comes to Broussard Communications after managing PR for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants’ seven restaurants in Washington, D.C. Prior to her experience with Kimpton, Jordan worked with ThreeLockhartsPR, a Washington, D.C. based PR firm, where she provided PR support and management for brands and restaurateurs including Shake Shack, Capella Hotels and Resorts and STARR Restaurants. She specializes in media relations, PR planning, chef launches, restaurant opening strategy, events, partnerships, social media and crisis communications.

Jordan obtained her BA in Journalism from the University of Alabama (roll tide!), serving as a staff reporter for Alabama Public Radio during her time in the south. A native of Washington, D.C. by way of the U.S. Virgin Islands and the shores of Lake Superior, Jordan is an avid traveler, runner, wine enthusiast and supporter of the arts. Jordan lives in Portland with her husband and adopted dog Georgia.

About elana swan:

A native Portlander with a penchant for the outdoors, healthy food and writing, Elana got her first taste of the PR world working for an agency called PMK*BNC, as an embed employee at Columbia Sportswear supporting the PR team. Throughout her tenure, she helped plan and execute four experiential events, pitched and coordinated product placements with top-tier outdoor, entertainment, fashion and lifestyle outlets, and helped the company reach their strongest year of PR on record.

Elana graduated from Portland State University where she earned her BA in Business Marketing, learned American Sign Language and found all the best food carts around campus. When she’s not in the office, you can find Elana snowboarding up on Mt. Hood, lifting weights at the gym, or eating at her favorite restaurants in the city. Elana lives in Portland with her boyfriend and adopted pit/lab mix, Benji.