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Owner // President
With more than 20 years of public relations and marketing experience, Al Sommers offers strategic communications services designed to help clients reach their respective audiences. He orchestrates campaigns for small to large-sized associations, businesses, corporations, government entities and non-profit organizations. Services include media relations, community outreach, social media, grassroots campaigns, special events, government relations and crisis communications.
Sommers’ experience includes work for diverse regional and national brands representing the civic, energy, entertainment, financial, government, health care, non-profit, retail, real estate, sports and transportation sectors.
Prior to forming the agency, Sommers served as Vice President of Account Management for Elizabeth Christian & Associates Public Relations (formerly Christian-Hubble Media & Communications).
He also served as Senior Account Executive and later Public Relations Manager for Denver-based Barnhart/CMI Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations. Additional experience includes account service positions with the Denver office of The Jefferson Group, a Washington, D.C.-based government relations and public relations firm as well as Shirley Barr Public Relations and Vollmer Public Relations, both in Houston.
In the community, Sommers is involved with various civic and professional organizations, including the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and The University of Texas Ex-Students’ Association (Texas Exes).
Sommers graduated with honors from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Journalism degree, emphasis Public Relations. He is recognized as an Accredited Public Relations (APR) practitioner.
Chelsea Pattillo is a graphic designer and photographer with a Bachelor's degree in Advertising & Graphic Design. Her speciality ranges from branding, logo design, typography, and anything print design, to creative photography and illustrations.
She is beyond excited to get plugged into the Austin community with the Sommers Marketing + Public Relations Team. Whoooop!
She spends most of her free time catching Vitamin D and going on adventures to greenbelt with her dog, Sheila.
Junior Designer & Developer
Gabriel Walker is a graphic designer born and raised in Houston, TX. He is avid about using design principles to strengthen brands on both print and web.
He graduated with honors from Texas State University with a BFA in Communication Design. His schooling has propelled him to create clear design that communicates effectively to its audience.
When he has spare time, he enjoys writing jokes, watching basketball, playing video games, golfing, and rock climbing.
Junior Account Executive
Kara Wheeler is a public relations practitioner who has a passion for communication. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Texas State University. She has recently joined the Sommers Marketing + Public Relations Team and is ready to see what her future holds.
She spends most of her time playing with her dog, Bentley, cooking and taking hikes. She is looking forward to moving to Austin with her fiancée to start their adventure in the big city.
Karin Dreyer is a multi-disciplinary visual communications designer. Her studies and experience are in web-communications, visual and graphic design and photography. Karin believes design should be a consistent brand style across all media platforms. She uses the latest design trends with the newest marketing technology.
Karin is thrilled to have become part of the Sommers Marketing + Public Relations team. She is originally from South Africa and moved to Austin in 2004. She spends her free time playing with her two cats, Maya and Sahara, and also takes time to travel with her husband.
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