• Mary Patton, President of Patton Public Relations

    Mary Patton, President of Patton Public Relations

    Biography

    Mary Patton is a seasoned communications practitioner specializing in media relations and public relations. She manages a variety of public relations and marketing initiatives including the creation, development and promotion of:  press releases; media pitches; web sites; marketing materials; special events; and, event publicity.

    Founded in 2001, Patton Public Relations, Inc. has successfully managed projects for numerous clients including:   44 Steel, Capital Acceleration Partners, Coakley Real Estate, Goldfarb Weber Creative, The Human Fund, inPLAY EVENTS, Liberty Bank, N.A., Ohio Geese Control, Perspectus Architecture, Todd Associates and Terrapin Ridge Farms, to name a few.

    Prior to starting Patton Public Relations, Mary was Director of Public Relations for FutureNext Consulting, Inc., a Virginia-based e-business consultancy, where she managed the company’s media relations efforts on a national level and secured placement in many top technology and business publications. Mary coordinated publicity efforts with FutureNext’s partners, wrote case studies about client success stories, and served as the company’s liaison with the major research firms.

    In the late 1990s, Mary was Director of Public Relations and Account Manager for one of Cleveland’s pioneer Web development firms — Vantage One — which was sold to FutureNext in 1999. Vantage One received widespread recognition in regional and national business publications as a result of Mary’s PR efforts. Mary also had extensive experience leading the development of Web sites for many companies and non-profit organizations in Northeast Ohio.

    Prior to Vantage One, Mary served as an Account Executive with David L. Hopcraft & Associates and as a Communications Specialist with the Greater Cleveland Growth Association (now the Greater Cleveland Partnership). She has done pro bono PR work for many local non-profit organizations, including MedWish International.

    PROFESSIONAL & VOLUNTEER INVOLVEMENT:

    Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) – Member

    Press Club of Cleveland – Board Member

    Independent Practitioners Group – Member

    Diana Hyland Miracle Fund – Friend of the Fund and Publicist

    Heights Youth Theatre – Advisory Board

    John Carroll University Entrepreneurs Association – Member; serves on Communications Committee

    John Carroll University Alumni Association – Former Board Member

    Achievement Centers for Children – Former Board Member

    Beaumont School – Former Board Member

    AWARDS & RECOGNITION:

    John Carroll University Alumni Medal – 2005

    John Carroll University Alumni Volunteer Service Award

    EDUCATION:

    Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio