NewmanPR Team

Stuart Newman

Stuart Newman

Founder, CEO

Stuart is a former “Fort Lauderdale News” (“South Florida Sun-Sentinel”) reporter. He was chapter president of Public Relations Society of America; vice president of American Public Relations Society; chairman Society of American Travel Writers’ Associates Council; president, Society of Professional Journalists Miami Chapter; and as a member of the University of Florida College of Journalism Public Relations Advisory Council.

Andy Newman

Andy Newman

Senior Vice President

Andy is the immediate past PR Committee chair for the Visit Florida tourism promotion organization and is a member of Society of American Travel Writers, Florida Outdoor Writers Association and Outdoor Writers of America. He was managing editor of the daily University of Florida newspaper, a news editor for the “Miami Beach Sun Reporter,” a photojournalist for United Press International and spent three years with Miami’s NBC television affiliate, WTVJ.

Buck Banks

Buck Banks

Executive Vice President

Buck has extensive experience as a writer and editor of magazines, business publications and newspapers, among them the in-flight magazines of USAir and United Airlines. In addition to covering both the retail and wholesale travel industry for five years as an associate editor, he was cruise editor of “ASTA Agency Management” magazine — the monthly publication of the American Society of Travel Agents — for three years.

 Julie Ellis

Julie Ellis

Vice President

Julie joined the cruise industry in 1996 and has both shipboard and shoreside experience. Prior to joining NewmanPR, she served as public relations manager for Cunard Line where she spearheaded the media effort for the launch of Queen Mary 2. Responsibilities include writing press releases and marketing copy, managing social media and blogs, organizing and hosting press trips and fulfilling media requests. She holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism.

Carol Shaughnessy

Carol Shaughnessy

Senior Account Executive

Carol resides in Key West and handles daily activities for the agency’s longest ongoing account — the Florida Keys & Key West tourism council. She has more than 20 years’ experience writing about and publicizing tourism, entertainment and special events. She wrote the nonfiction book “Diving into Glory,” and co-directs the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition with Ernest Hemingway’s granddaughter, author Lorian Hemingway.

Julie Botteri

Julie Botteri

Account Representative

Julie lives in Marathon and handles agency activities for the Upper and Middle Keys regions for the Florida Keys & Key West account and serves as Web editor for the official site of the tourism council, www.fla-keys.com. An experienced diver and seasoned freelance writer, she has published articles in cruise, adventure travel and lifestyle magazines, as well as authored two travel career guidebooks.

Lauren Morris

Lauren Morris

Account Coordinator

Lauren works on the Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line and Banana Coast accounts. Her roles include compiling media coverage reports, writing social media content, helping to plan and executive special events and writing press materials. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida International University.

Laura Myers

Laura Myers

Account Executive

Laura Myers is account executive for the Florida Keys & Key West, with responsibilities of executing media coverage, promotions and press trips for the unique destination. She is a seasoned journalist with experience in travel trade and cruise magazines, newspapers and television. Laura has lived bicoastal in greater Seattle and Key West, working for Reuters and other media, covering daily breaking news and features. Laura belongs to SKAL International Miami and Society of American Travel Writers. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana State University and an editing certificate from University of Washington.

Katie Fraguela

Media Relations Manager

Katie Fraguela, media relations manager for the Florida Keys & Key West, is originally from New York City and holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Tulane University. Katie is a recent graduate whose responsibilities include coordinating individual and group media trips, answering media requests and writing press materials.

Ashley Serrate

Ashley Serrate

Media Relations Manager

Ashley K. Serrate, media relations manager for the Florida Keys & Key West, is a media professional with both in-house and agency public relations experience. Prior to joining NewmanPR, she implemented PR campaigns for various hospitality clients and has also served as the PR representative for Jungle Island, one of South Florida’s longest running attractions. She coordinates individual and group media trips, facilitates media requests and writes press materials. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida International University.


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