Heather Cmiel, APR has joined Prior Lake-based Bellmont Partners Public Relations as an account director, bringing more than 11 years of strategic communications and brand marketing experience to the agency.
Before joining Bellmont Partners, Heather served as Account Director at Weber Shandwick where she developed and implemented strategic communications, consumer education and media relations programs for some of the most recognizable brands in the country including State Farm, Amway, Kemps and 2010 U.S. Census.
“Heather joins Bellmont Partners at an especially exciting time for the agency, as we experience tremendous growth and momentum,” says Brian Bellmont, Bellmont Partners president. “We’re thrilled to have her as part of our team, and look forward to adding her expertise and strong leadership skills to an already solid team as our agency moves to the next level.”
Cmiel graduated from Augsburg College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a public relations emphasis. After receiving her degree, she joined Minneapolis-based PR firm Maccabee Group, where she honed her skills on accounts including OfficeMax, Hazelden, Kemps, Cigna and Tastefully Simple. Cmiel has received numerous awards recognizing her outstanding work. Award recognition has included Minnesota PRSA Classics, PRWeek Awards, PR News Digital Awards and RACies.
An accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America, Cmiel currently serves as director of programming on the Minnesota-chapter board. She is also the co-founder of the Alphabet Bash, Minnesota’s marketing, communications, public relations and advertising communities’ premier networking event. Cmiel also serves on the board of the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.
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