Charissa Acree Named Vice President

RunSwitch Public Relations, Kentucky’s largest full-service public relations and public affairs firm, has promoted Charissa Acree to Vice President. Acree joined the firm in early 2014 as Account Director and quickly made an impact serving a wide range of the firm’s clients. She is an experienced communications professional with a background in journalism. At RunSwitch, she focuses on public relations, marketing and nonprofit development for clients including Amazon, Your Community Bank, Dare to Care Food Bank, Norton Commons and Isagro USA.

“Charissa serves our clients with creativity, reliability and excellence,” said Gary Gerdemann, Partner and Co-Founder of RunSwitch. “One of Charissa’s distinguishing qualities is a practical, get-it-done mindset. She serves our clients well and delivers results on a daily basis.”

An honors graduate from Murray State University, Acree is an award-winning strategist and creative communicator. Before RunSwitch, Acree served as the Manager of Public and Donor Relations at The Cabbage Patch Settlement House; Director of Marketing and Communications for the Academy of Preachers and Account Supervisor at Peritus.

“It is an honor to work alongside a team of talented professionals and colleagues at RunSwitch PR and accomplish great things for our clients,” Acree said. “This is a formative time for the communications industry, and we are challenged to consider how to deliver meaningful results for our clients on a daily basis. In this new role, it is my goal to seek out the best communications solutions and continue providing our clients with unmatched service.”

RunSwitch PR was recognized as the largest PR firm in the state of Kentucky by Louisville’s Business First and is one of the fastest-growing full-service PR firms in the nation, providing a range of services to an impressive list of local, national, and international clients. The firm was founded by Steve Bryant, Gary Gerdemann, and Scott Jennings—seasoned communications and political professionals with more than 60 years of combined experience in issue advocacy, media relations, and political consulting. The firm provides a range of services including public affairs, public relations, and political consulting services to clients based in Kentucky, Seattle, Dallas, Washington D.C., New York, Switzerland, Canada and Italy. The firm represents eleven Fortune 500 companies and such notable clients as Amazon, Pfizer and Phillip Morris International.

For more information about RunSwitch PR and its team of professionals, visit or follow the firm on Twitter and Facebook.


Posted on April 1, 2015 in News

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