Gambel Communications Promotes Gretchen Hirt Gendron to Senior Communications Strategist


Gretchen HirtNew Orleans, LA (January 25, 2017) – New Orleans based public relations firm Gambel Communications announces that Gretchen Hirt Gendron has been promoted to senior communications strategist of Gambel Communications, effective immediately.

Gendron joined Gambel Communications in 2012 and most recently held the position of communications strategist. As senior communications strategist, Gendron handles media relations, social media, special events and community relations for her clients. Currently, Gretchen leads a variety of accounts including Dependency Pain Treatment Center, Greater New Orleans Foundation, John McDonald Realty, New Orleans Women & Children’s Shelter, Ocean Conservancy and Preservation Resource Center. She has yielded millions in media impressions nationwide in publications including The New York Times, Washington Examiner, CNN, Politico and Southern Living Magazine.

“Gretchen is an established communications professional who excels in telling her clients’ stories in new and exciting ways,” said Betsie Gambel, president of Gambel Communications. “Her desire to look at the big picture in life drives her ability to keep up with current trends and be a thought leader in the work she produces.”

A graduate of Loyola University New Orleans, Gendron received her Bachelor of Arts in theater and mass communications with a concentration in public relations. She currently serves on the board of the Public Relations Association of Louisiana – New Orleans Chapter as vice president of programming/president-elect and has most recently served on the 2016 Southern Public Relations Federation board, the 2015–2016 Public Relations Association of Louisiana – State Chapter board and the 2014–2016 Jefferson Chamber Foundation board. Gendron graduated from the 2013 Bryan Bell Metropolitan Leadership Forum, the 2014 Junior League of New Orleans’ Get on Board Training Program and the 2015 Leadership Jefferson program. She is a current member of the 2016 New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (NORLI).

Gendron was named the Rising Professional of 2015 from the Public Relations Association of Louisiana (PRAL) – New Orleans Chapter and a 2015 Award of Excellence recipient from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) – New Orleans Chapter. For her work in public relations, Gendron has received a Silver Anvil Award from PRSA; as well as an Award of Excellence, a Lantern Award and Best in Show from the Southern Public Relations Federation. She is a frequent speaker at local universities and professional organizations discussing topics including PR and social media; and is regularly seen on WVUE-TV (Fox8) sharing social media and app trends and tips with viewers.

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Gambel Communications is a full-service public relations agency specializing in communication strategy; media, community and government relations; issue management; special events, social media and marketing/branding. With offices in New Orleans and Mandeville, Gambel Communications forges relationships with clients, complementary industries, nonprofits and businesses through traditional media, social media and networking/grassroots initiatives. Our passion is putting people and ideas together to forge great connections.