Flynn Partners with Hughes Strategy, Named Senior Coach & Strategist

After working in partnership with Rhonda Hughes at Hughes Strategy for the past several years to provide leadership communications coaching to managers and executives at Fortune 50 corporations and many others, Hughes and Melissa Flynn, APR, have officially joined efforts to bring Flynn’s nearly 25 years of coaching and strategy experience to the Hughes Strategy leadership table. In addition to keeping Melissa Flynn PR & Marketing going strong, Flynn has been named Senior Coach & Strategist, and will be acting as a co-leader with Hughes on future client ventures.

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Our Expertise

Two decades of B2C, B2B and non-profit public relations and marketing experience

  • Strategic PR planning & counsel
  • Crisis & issues management
  • Social media & influencer engagement
  • Executive visibility & thought leadership
  • Media and community relations

  • Content developer/writer for online/print
  • New business pitch strategy
  • Idea generation, presenting
  • Media & speaking training
  • “Big idea” generator/collaborator

Melissa is the consummate PR professional…she has it all; masterful messaging, in depth media contacts, quick grasp of what is relevant and spot on strategic insights… A joy to work with….a warm team player and a great listener.

Mary Jo Dorn
Catholic Charities of Dallas

About Melissa K. Flynn, APR

Providing business-impacting strategies for corporations and non-profits


I remember always thinking ‘Melissa’s here, I can relax – whatever the challenge is, it’s going to be taken care of.’

Donna Owens Cox
VP Global Communications / MeadWestvaco Corporation

With more than two decades of experience providing strategic PR/marketing counsel and smart, business-impacting strategies for corporations and non-profits – from Frito-Lay to Georgia Regents University to MD Anderson Cancer Center – Melissa’s passion is working with B2B, B2C and non-profit organizations to drive positive, business-impacting change.

She has deep expertise in issues and crisis management, strategic planning and C-suite counsel, and is an accomplished media and public speaking trainer.


experience-companiesPrior to opening her own consultancy, Melissa was a senior leader at some of country’s top PR and integrated agencies. Most recently, she was SVP/Brand Director at Ketchum driving new business and national strategy for retail giant Frito-Lay, as well as PR programming and issues/crisis management for various hospitality and energy-related accounts.

Before that, she was a Senior PR Director at The Richards Group working across the B2B, B2C and cause spectrum – from top retail brands (The Home Depot, Honeywell Automotive – Prestone, Autolite, FRAM, Pilot Pens) to cutting edge B2B brands (Revere Security – internet security) to causes (MD Anderson Cancer, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas).

Additional senior-level agency positions included extensive experience with digital PR initiatives, cause and pro-social marketing, as well as crisis communications and issues management for clients including Nickelodeon and Spike TV, Circle K convenience stores, Fruit of the Loom, MeadWestvaco, and Piggly Wiggly grocery stores.



  • 2017 President – PRSA Dallas Chapter
  • Two-time National PRSA Silver Anvil award winner
  • Past President – PRSA SC Chapter
  • Current National PRSA Board Member; PRSA Dallas Board Member Guest Lecturer – Dallas PRSSA/Charleston PRSSA
  • Past Adjunct Professor – College of Charleston (PR)



  • BA – University of Michigan (Communications)
  • MBA – University of Tennessee
  • Accredited in Public Relations (APR)

Melissa currently serves on the PRSA National Audit Committee, the PRSA Dallas Board of Directors and is Past President of the South Carolina Chapter of PRSA. She also has a passion for helping animals in need, and has served on several boards of the SPCA and Humane Society as well as provided pro-bono PR counsel to the National SPCA. In Dallas, Melissa also serves on the Board of Directors Marketing Advisory Committee for The Senior Source.

  • Humane Society
  • PRSA
  • The Senior Source

Client Snapshot

Past and present experience with the full spectrum of B2B, B2C and non-profit clients.

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Contact Melissa Flynn PR & Marketing

Whether you are looking for fresh PR thinking and strategies, need help establishing your brand, or simply need smart strategic marketing counsel,
Melissa Flynn PR & Marketing can help.

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