Susan Bang + Emily Collins met almost two decades ago while working at a top New York City boutique public relations agency (Lou Hammond & Associates), which specializes in travel destinations and hotels, home furnishings and design.
Both have longstanding ties to northern Dutchess County and are committed to the area’s rural character: from its rich history, natural beauty, organic farmers, wine growers and gastronomic talent to its accomplished local retailers, entrepreneurs, noted artists, and activists.
Susan Bang has 25 years’ experience with Fortune 500 companies, mid-size corporations and organizations, as well as small and mid-size PR agencies and clients. She knows how to manage live marketing/events, handle spokespersons and develop PR disciplines, such as messaging, media relations and training, along with speech writing and crisis communications.
She utilizes precision and creativity to promote companies, products and services, as she has in these areas—culinary, wines and spirits, hotels and resorts, beauty/spa and cosmeceuticals, corporate communications, event and project management.
Susan brings proven expertise to identifying opportunities and positioning brands appropriately and effectively in the marketplace. She deftly leads clients through the process of developing and executing marketing communications and PR plans that get results.
Emily Collins has more than a decade’s worth of marketing and public relations experience in the fast-paced New York City and South Florida markets.
Hailing from New York City, Emily spent an equal amount of time in Dutchess County working for restaurants, retailers and wineries including Brick House Antiques, Cascade Mountain Winery, Millbrook Vineyards & Winery and The Wine Society of America.
In NYC, Emily handled public relations for clients in the travel and home furnishings sectors and specialized in events and coordinating press trips. In 1999, she helped launch BevAccess, a business-to-business e-commerce company that established the first communications and information exchange for the wine, spirits and beer trade.
Emily then turned to the nonprofit world and marine conservation work in South Florida for several years, supporting international relations, marketing and fundraising for the International Game Fish Association.
After relocating to Dutchess County in 2008, she co-founded Bang + Collins PR with Susan in 2009.