Velda Hughes

Owner & CEO

More than 35 years experience in public relations, marketing, event planning and advertising

Started the Hughes Agency in 2001, and is now one of the most recognized public relations specialists in the South

Graduate of the University of North Carolina

Daughter of a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist

Brandy Humphries

Chief Operating Officer

Responsible for all agency operations and client accounts

More than 20 years experience in media relations, crisis and corporate communications, event management, consumer and B2B marketing

Managed press relations for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau and Six Flags Over Georgia

University of Georgia graduate with B.A. in Journalism

Anna McNinch

Senior Vice President

More than 20 years’ experience in marketing, community and public relations and event coordination

Specializes in the corporate banking and non-profit industries

Graduate of Clemson University with a B.A. in Speech & Communications and Journalism

Elise Nichols

Senior Vice President

Leads a team of Senior Account Executives specializing in event management and production for corporate and non-profit clients

More than 12 years experience in event management, marketing, media and community relations

Clemson University graduate with B.A. in Communications Studies

Jennifer Ashe

Media Director

Responsible for all advertising planning, buying and analysis

More than 20 years experience in media research, strategy and analysis for print, broadcast, online, out-of-home and SEM programs

Managed international, national, regional and local multi-media initiatives for both Consumer and B2B Clients

Syracuse University graduate with B.A. in Psychology

Eliza Bostian

Senior Account Director

More than a decade of experience in public and media relations for B2B and consumer-facing clients

Manages strategic direction and day-to-day execution of client work

Has worked with top-tier technology, hospitality and non-profit organizations

Honors graduate of Furman University

Sandra Brockman

Office Manager

Responsible for day-to-day business and administrative operations

More than 40 years’ experience, including 25 years as administrative assistant to the publisher at The Greenville News

Graduate of Greenville Technical College in Business Administration

Catherine Eberly

Graphic Design Coordinator

Design Specialist for Hughes Agency and clients

Graduate of Clemson University with a B.S. in Graphic Communications

Previous design and marketing experience with COAST Apparel and Aspen Heights

Augusta Fox

Junior Account Executive

Supports account executives in servicing clients around the development of marketing strategies and public relations activities

Assists with advertising research, plan implementation and analysis

University of South Carolina graduate with a B.A. in Psychology

Bill Fox

Senior Account Director

More than 30 years experience as a journalist

Most recently served as Managing Editor of The Greenville News

Pulitzer Prize finalist and two-time South Carolina Journalist of the Year

Graduate of Northwestern University with bachelor and master degrees in journalism

Rachael Greathouse

Director of Avenue

Responsible for Avenue and supports the Hughes Agency events team.

More than 13 years of experience in event coordination, club management and food and beverage.

Western Carolina University graduate with a B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism.

Amanda Long

Senior Account Director

Responsible for leading marketing strategies for multiple clients

More than 20 years' experience comprised of advertising, branding, word-of-mouth marketing, media relations, and events

Has managed clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies, top 25 public universities to small businesses and non-profits

Wake Forest University graduate with a B.A. in Psychology, minor in Studio Art

Lauren Neely

Senior Account Executive

Responsible for event coordination, non-profit fundraising and producing key marketing strategies

Nearly 15 years of experience in marketing, event planning and advertising

Clemson University graduate with a B.S. in Marketing

Ana Parra

Senior Account Executive

More than 15 years of experience in marketing, communications, development and community relations for nonprofit and for-profit organizations

Former print reporter and current freelance writer who has contributed to publications throughout the Southeast

University of South Carolina graduate with B.A. in Journalism

Emily Scott

Account Executive

Responsible for agency social media engagement and public relations efforts for multiple accounts

Nearly five years’ experience in marketing and communications with an emphasis in digital media, social media and client communications

University of South Carolina honors graduate with B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications specializing in Public Relations

Katie Smith

Senior Account Executive

More than six years’ experience producing turn-key fundraising events in size from 300 to 1,300 attendees

Manages media relations for non-profit and corporate clients

University of South Carolina graduate with B.S. in Marketing and Management

Michelle Walker

Director Of Finance & HR

More than 17 years’ experience in accounting and finance

Responsible for all accounting, financial reporting, and human resource functions

Graduate of Dallas Baptist University