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 a diverse array of communications experience, with an emphasis on food and beverage, lifestyle, travel and hospitality. Jordan comes to Broussard Communications after managing Public Relations in Washington, D.C. for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. 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 strategy, chef launches, restaurant openings, events and creative partnerships.
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, hiker and wine enthusiast. She lives in Portland with her husband and adopted dog Georgia.
About Jordan Johnson:
Jordan’s career in hospitality media began at Broussard Communications, working as the firm’s Account Coordinator for two and a half years. The role ignited a passion for her; telling the stories of the hard-working, creative, and courageous folks behind Portland’s culinary renaissance was electrifying. Her time at Broussard inspired Jordan to start @DrawnHungry, an artistic project that celebrates figures in the culinary world through digital portraits of chefs, farmers, food media icons, and illustrations of their delectable dishes. Jordan’s @DrawnHungry work has been featured in Bon Appetit online, Star Chef’s Magazine, and Fresh Cup Magazine, the last of which she served as Associate Editor for two years.
As Associate Editor of Fresh Cup, a specialty coffee and tea trade publication, Jordan gained invaluable insight into food and beverage media production. She wrote weekly news coverage of the industry, organized and proofed a monthly print magazine, created educational illustrations, wrote feature articles, managed the company’s social media presence, and produced a waste-reduction seminar focused on café spaces. When she has free time, Jordan loves to bake, spend time with her family in Yamhill, Oregon, and hang out with her pet rabbit, Willie Nelson. Jordan is thrilled to bring her experience in unique multi-media storytelling to the Broussard Communications team once again.