At 28, Whitney Mares ’02, an account executive at Padilla Speer Beardsley in Minneapolis, was the youngest public relations professional featured in PR Week’s “40 under 40” list of 2009.
“Recently, Mares has led Jim Beam bourbon through four product launches and created an industry-leading, user-generated content campaign,” they wrote. That’s in addition to winning 10 awards in one year alone.
“I just love seeing the fruits of my labor,” says Mares, who majored in journalism at Ithaca. And with big-name clients like McDonald’s, Nintendo, and Guinness, the results of her work are everywhere.
“It’s nice to see all of your hard work come together into something that you can just sit back and look at and pat yourself on the back for,” she says.
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