PAUL BYRNE

Paul Byrne began his career with public relations agencies Manning, Selvage and Lee and Cohn & Wolfe in Atlanta where he managed accounts including Paris Las Vegas Casino Resort, Marriott Hotels, Atlanta Brewing Company and Major League Baseball. In 2000 Byrne joined Anheuser-Busch where he held several positions including manager of the company’s international communications. In this role he was responsible for managing communications for the introduction of Budweiser and other brands into South Africa, Australia, Poland, Malta and the UK.

Later Byrne served as director of Marketing Communications where he was responsible for communications for all Anheuser-Busch brands. He managed communications for major brand introductions; publicity for the company’s award-winning Super Bowl advertising; and publicized the company’s Here’s to Beer initiative. In 2007 Byrne became brand manager for several of Anheuser-Busch’s import and craft brands including Stella Artois, Shock Top, Hoegaarden and Leffe. In this role he was responsible for developing and overseeing advertising, media, experiential marketing, public relations, social media, sales promotion and retail programs as well as new SKUs, brand and packaging innovation.

Byrne left Anheuser-Busch in 2011 to launch Byrne PR. Byrne earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Missouri and an M.B.A. from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis.

Aimée DeVoll

Aimée DeVoll oversees the development and execution of a broad range of public relations and communications activities for Byrne PR clients including AB Mauri, Purina, GolfBeer and Drury Hotels among others. Aimée has immense expertise in employee engagement and employee value proposition development and activation. In addition, Aimée is a proven project manager who is capable of organizing and directing multiple project components while managing and motivating a cohesive team. Aimée brings more than 18 years of corporate, employee engagement and consumer communications experience.

As a director at Weber Shandwick, she led teams for Samsung, Beech-Nut, Energizer and Bank Midwest, and she served as one of the chief writers for the 2010 Census consumer materials. For Samsung, Aimée was instrumental in leading the global brand positioning work, which included driving communications strategy and developing content for an internal communications initiative aimed at engaging employees and building brand equity. She has overseen corporate rebranding initiatives, CSR campaigns and employee programs. She is experienced in developing a wide-range of corporate communications materials, internal communications and digital communications (online and social).

Prior to joining Weber Shandwick in 2006, Aimée worked as a healthcare communications professional. During her tenure in healthcare, she managed various marketing and communication initiatives at the hospital, health system and health association levels. Her work has been recognized on both local and national levels within the healthcare and communications industries. Aimée holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Loyola University, New Orleans.

Patrick Barry

Patrick Barry joined Byrne PR in July 2014 to manage media relations for a variety of Byrne PR clients with focus on social media engagement. During his time with Byrne PR, Patrick has successfully developed, pitched and managed several television, print and digital placements with local and national outlets including CNN, Fox Business, Golf Digest, Chicago Tribune and numerous trade publications. In addition to media relations, Patrick manages several social media accounts for clients that have consistently outpaced the industry average for engagement and reach.

Prior to joining Byrne PR, Patrick worked as a project manager for 14 years at Owen Financial Services, a St. Louis-based real estate development company. During his tenure, he was the main point of contact for over 225 commercial and residential tenants.

Patrick got his start in communications in the office of the president at Saint Louis University. After working in the office full-time as an undergraduate, Patrick was promoted to staff assistant to President Lawrence Biondi, S.J. During Patrick’s time in the President’s Office, he drafted numerous speeches, press releases and official university correspondence on behalf of the president. Patrick holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Saint Louis University.

Kristin Byrne

Kristin joined Byrne PR in January 2015 to manage company operations as well as special projects assigned by the Byrne PR team. In her role, she is responsible for account management, financial reporting and day-to-day operations of Byrne PR.

Prior to joining Byrne PR, Kristin spent more than 20 years in the meetings and incentive travel industry as a Senior Travel Director, Travel Program Manager, Proposal Development Manager, and Corporate Trainer with Maritz Travel Company and most recently as a Global Sourcing Manager with Experient. With a strong focus on site selection and contract negotiations on behalf of a wide variety of Fortune 500 companies and not-for-profit organizations, Kristin brings tremendous attention to detail and exceptional customer service to the operations of Byrne PR.

With extensive domestic and international destination knowledge, event management and program operations, Kristin’s role at Byrne PR continues to grow as the agency takes on more hospitality industry clients.

Kristin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from the College of William and Mary.

Jessica Ring

Jessica Ring joined Byrne PR in February 2016 to help develop and execute a variety of public relations initiatives on behalf of its clients. Jessica brings nearly 16 years of experience managing and supporting consumer brand marketing and corporate reputation programs across the communications, retail and food & beverage industries. She specializes in strategic communications planning; the management of complex communications programs across multiple teams and organizations; and content creation including corporate, brand, media and employee-focused materials.

As a senior vice president in the consumer marketing practice group with FleishmanHillard, Jessica spent more than 12 years supporting her primarily client, AT&T. She managed the launch of the company’s texting and driving awareness campaign, the brand transition from Cingular to AT&T following the SBC-BellSouth merger and was part of the war room team that launched the first iPhone in AT&T stores nationwide. She also managed AT&T’s corporate reputation efforts through its executive speakers’ bureau, tradeshow, and enterprise-focused customer publicity programs. During her last two years with the agency, she shifted into an operational role assisting with staffing, team oversight, budgeting and financial management of the AT&T account.

Jessica also spent several years managing and supporting various media relations and consumer education programs for the Walmart, Walmart.com, Target, Great Wolf Lodge, ConAgra’s Healthy Choice and P&G’s Pampers accounts, among others. In addition, she helped launch several new products during a short period with Anheuser-Busch. Jessica holds a bachelor’s degree in English/journalism and a minor in art history from Miami University of Ohio.