Written and submitted by Nicole Cieslak
WebNotes turns the spotlight on member Moneé Cottman, national public relations manager for Visit Baltimore. In this Member Focus, you’ll get to know Moneé, hear about her public relations journey and discover what inspires her.
In addition to managing public relations for Baltimore tourism, this Charm City native keeps busy by leading more than 65 industry professionals as chair of the Mid-Atlantic Tourism Public Relations Alliance (MATPRA). When she’s not at work, you can find Moneé hiking around Maryland. Learn more about Moneé in this Member Focus.
Currently reside: Baltimore, Md.
Education: I graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations.
Job responsibilities: I am responsible for generating positive news coverage about Baltimore’s tourism offerings on a national level. Having worked with everyone from mommy bloggers to the Today Show, my goal is to familiarize and educate the media on Baltimore’s charm and tourist attractions.
Why PR?: In college, I took an elective “introduction to public relations” course while I was a marketing major. Instantly intrigued by the various avenues I could explore — from healthcare, government and nonprofit to corporate, agency and special events — I took one more public relations class after the other. I switched my major to PR that summer and never looked back.
Why PRSA?: PRSA helps me to stay connected to PR colleagues locally and nationally. The PRSA Travel and Tourism section has been the most beneficial to me as I have been able to learn from fellow industry public relations professionals from around the country. These invaluable relationships will stay with me throughout my career.
Role model: One of my PR heroes is Mindy Bianca. Mindy is a seasoned professional who has an incredible knowledge base of the industry and the media. When she speaks, the room listens. She’s well-respected by colleagues, resilient and loves life. There are 50 more adjectives I could use to describe her, but I’ll just say this: I’m proud to call her a friend and unofficial mentor.
Passions/interests/hobbies: I recently discovered hiking. It’s my new obsession. What have I been doing with my life? It’s amazing!
Best piece of advice received: A PR colleague once told me, “A setback is never a bad experience, just another one of life’s lessons.”