Brenda, President of Jones PR, is a rarity – especially in America’s heartland. She has 35 years of public relations experience at the highest levels in Washington, D.C. politics, European diplomatic relations and with Fortune 500 companies.
In Washington, D.C., Brenda was a writer in the White House West Wing for President Ronald Reagan Administration, who later appointed her to the Foreign Service. She served at the American Embassy in Switzerland coordinating ambassadorial-level diplomatic events and developing public outreach initiatives to advocate free enterprise and democratic principles. During President George H.W. Bush’s term, Brenda served on a Presidential Commission at the U.S. State Department that advised the President on foreign aid structure.
After 15 years in Washington, D.C. and Europe, Brenda became Vice President of Public Relations for the Southwest’s sixth largest advertising agency, Ackerman McQueen, where she planned and coordinated campaigns for the Dallas Cowboys and Six Flags.
Chip is the V.P. of Corporate Communications & Business Development of Jones PR, leading both the corporate business-to-business accounts as well as the firm’s marketing efforts. He joined Jones PR in 2013, bringing more than 20 years of experience in public relations, public affairs, community relations and strategic communications across several business sectors, including politics and government, real estate development, aerospace and investment management.
Chip’s community involvement includes serving as a member of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence’s Board of Trustees, the Economic Club of Oklahoma, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s Board of Advisors, Christ the King Catholic Church’s Parish Council and the Quail Creek Community Foundation Board.
As the Associate Editor of The Oklahoma 100, Jake works to identify and create interesting and influential editorial content from around the state to be featured on The Oklahoma 100. Additionally, Jake develops the project’s editorial calendar, produces online multimedia components and coordinates The Oklahoma 100’s social media and promotional strategy.
Jake earned his bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and a minor degree in Public Affairs & Administration from the University of Oklahoma. While in college, Jake was a member of the President’s Leadership Class and Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. Additionally, he served as the Interfraternity Council (IFC) President where he led the fraternity community, which consists of 19 chapters and 2,400+ men.
Taylor serves as Senior Account Executive and Director of Integrated Media for Jones PR, managing the consumer marketing accounts, along with the agency’s digital and social media activities. She uses her experience and knowledge of online media and social media to provide clients strategic campaigns and plans to help increase their online influence and awareness.
Taylor graduated from Oklahoma Christian University with a B.S. in Mass Communications, Public Relations & Advertising. During her free time Taylor enjoys reading, crafting, sewing and helping her husband who coaches soccer at a local high school in OKC. The two recently welcomed their first child, daughter Selah Grace.
Deby Snodgrass currently serves as the Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce and Tourism in addition to her duties as Executive Director of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. Snodgrass is responsible for 32 state agencies, boards and commissions in addition to her duties as Executive Director.
Snodgrass has more than 30 years experience in marketing and public policy in the private sector. Prior to accepting the Executive Director’s post at the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, Snodgrass served as Senior Director of Public Affairs for Chesapeake Energy. In that role, she developed and executed strategic political and public policy initiatives, managed both state and federal political action committees and monitored federal, state and local issues. She has been a frequent guest speaker and has taught policy and strategy at various national and international venues.
Bob L. Blackburn, a native Oklahoman, has served as Executive Director of the Oklahoma Historical Society since 1999. He joined the OHS in 1980 as editor of The Chronicles of Oklahoma and became deputy director for agency operations in 1990. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Oklahoma State University. Bob published several articles and his first book while still in graduate school and has since written or co-authored 18 books and numerous articles, journal entries and screen plays. He is a steady source of historical information to the media and has appeared numerous times on the History Channel.
Bob has served on numerous national and regional boards and committees, including the Western History Association, Oklahoma Association of Professional Historians, American Institute of Architects and Leadership Oklahoma City.