Kathleen Rooney brings three decades of communications and marketing experience – from integrated promotional campaigns to product launches, crisis communications, public affairs, arts and culture, and destination marketing. While on the management team at one of Upstate New York’s premiere marketing and PR firms, she supervised an account group that serviced a wide variety of corporate, non-profit and special event projects including Walmart, Taste of Buffalo, Medaille College, Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, Upstate New York Transplant Services, American Red Cross, Time Warner Cable, Visit Buffalo Niagara, Dunkin’ Donuts, Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Unshackle Upstate, Meals on Wheels, Catholic Health, Burchfield Penney Arts Center, Marketplace Events, NYS Podiatric Medical Association, Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors and Rich Products.
Kathleen Rooney Communications was launched in 2011, and since then its roster of clients and projects across the state have included the Alzheimer’s Association of Rochester & the Finger Lakes, BarkerGilmore, Buffalo Navy Week, Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Cirque du Soleil, DreamWorks, Erie County Industrial Development Agency, Greater Niagara Region Tourism, Hodgson Russ LLP, New York State Podiatric Medical Association, Orleans Renaissance Group, Shakespeare in Delaware Park, SoftLips, Ted Pietrzak & Associates, Western New York Ovarian Cancer Project, WS Development, Unshackle Upstate and Visit Buffalo Niagara.
Over the course of her career, Rooney’s work has received numerous awards from the Public Relations Society of America, including several Best of Show; multiple awards from the Advertising Club of Buffalo; GOLD ACE Award for Communications Excellence from the International Association of Business Communicators’ New York Chapter; and a Telly Award. Kathleen served as director of communications for the Mental Health Association of Erie County and the American Red Cross Greater Buffalo Chapter, as well as director of public relations and marketing at Artpark, New York State’s only park dedicated to the visual and performing arts. She served on the board of Torn Space Theater and was a mayoral appointee to the Buffalo Arts Commission. She previously served on the Allentown Association board of directors as well as several arts and cultural boards including the Kenan Center, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center and the Irish Classical Theatre Company.