Founder & President
Kelly Kirkendoll, President of Thrive PR, is an accomplished communications, public relations and marketing expert with more than 20 years of experience. Her career started in corporate marketing, and then she spent 6 years as the Director of PR/Marketing for a start-up company, where she was on the core team that took the company public. In 2003, she founded Thrive PR, where she and her team work with business owners, nonprofit leaders and associations across a broad range of industries. She specializes in telling clients’ stories in ways that help them expand their reach, attract the right customers and grow.
During her career, Kelly has worked closely with business owners and nonprofit leaders in a wide variety of industries, including: restaurants, professional services, nonprofits, associations, the arts, construction, travel, retail, roofing, beauty, sports, telecommunications, franchises and banking. Her experience spans virtually every facet of PR and marketing, including strategy, branding, media relations, marketing communications, social media, influencer relations, email marketing, advertising, product marketing, competitive analysis, pricing analysis and more. She and her team use this experience to manage clients’ ongoing public relations, brand management, social media and marketing communications needs, allowing them to focus on what they do best: running their businesses.
One of Kelly’s specialties is media relations, and her PR credentials include gaining media coverage for her clients by CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fortune magazine, Dallas Morning News, Good Morning Texas, BusinessWeek, Chicago Tribune and more. In the past, she has also worked as a regular contributing writer to 2 magazines and has been included in the National Directory of Editors and Writers, featuring America’s top editors and writers for hire. Kelly was also a founding board member of Cuisine for Healing, a Fort Worth-based nonprofit organization that prepares and delivers nutritious, delicious food to cancer patients in need.
In recent years, Kelly has also become a food blogger/influencer at Kitchen Gone Rogue, a food photographer and the food columnist at TheaterJones.com. These experiences ensure that we remain at the forefront of trends and marketing strategies for our restaurant and other food industry clients.
Kelly received her BBA in Marketing from Ohio University, summa cum laude, speaks to local and national organizations and has called various places in the Dallas/Fort Worth area (including McKinney, Fort Worth and Addison) home for the past 20 years.
Director, Branding & Graphic Design
Laura is an award-winning graphic designer and an experienced marketing and communications expert. Early in her career, Laura worked in advertising — on the other side of the camera — as a model with the prestigious Manhattan-based Eileen Ford Agency. For 10 years, she travelled the world, working on a team with the world’s top advertising agencies, cosmetic companies, clothing designers, magazines, layout artists and photographers to get the best shots for ad campaigns or editorial features. Later in her career, she has served as the Marketing Director for a municipal Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and as VP of Communications, PR and Government Relations for the fastest growing city in the USA ( McKinney, Texas) and as Vice-President of Marketing and Communications for DFW Spa Importers. In these positions, she managed everything from graphic design to branding, advertising, marketing communications and public relations. She has also served as Art Director for numerous magazines in the health/beauty/spa industry.
In 2006, Laura struck out on her own and created metro-grafix, now one of Thrive PR’s partners. Laura loves beautiful visuals, but fully understands that just “making something pretty” doesn’t mean it’s going to get results. Great marketing requires business experience and an understanding of the relationship between good design/marketing/communications and the bottom line! Laura holds a degree from the George Washington University and lives in Texas in a Historic home with her husband and beloved dogs.
Coleen brings 30 years of business experience to her role at Thrive PR. After spending the first 20 years of her career in the corporate world, Coleen struck out on her own in 2002 and then joined the Thrive PR team several years ago. Her background includes everything from marketing support to project management, public relations, human resources and payroll management.
With her broad experience, entrepreneurial spirit, creative problem-solving skills and gifted knack for organization, Coleen is an invaluable member of the Thrive PR team. She manages the author/speaker booking process for Thrive PR’s clients and assists with public relations, email marketing, project management, invoicing and more. Coleen lives in Fort Worth and enjoys spending time with her family.
Additional Team Members
As an independent PR and Marketing agency, we add select contractors to our team as needed for specific client projects. This allows us to partner with vetted, experienced specialists for any project or ongoing client work.