YOUR TEAM. BEYOND PASSION. RELENTLESS DEDICATION.

At Hawkins International, we take pride in our team of innovative, experienced, and down-to-earth professionals. Thanks to our mix of varied and complementary backgrounds, we specialize in making the most impact for all of our clients, no matter the brand, sector or challenge. Ultimately, we excel at making the connections that make you shine.

Meet Our Execs

Jennifer Hawkins

Jennifer Hawkins

President

Founder and President Jennifer Hawkins is a public relations and communications specialist with expertise earned promoting some of the finest hotels, resorts, and hospitality brands in the world. Her combined passion for travel, media, and entrepreneurship drives Hawkins International, which has grown steadily over a decade while offering insight and innovative services to meet client needs. Jennifer’s talent for trend spotting, embrace of digital and social media, and solid leadership have fostered loyalty among top editors and hospitality brands.

Since launching Hawkins International on her own in 2002, Jennifer has focused on building a strong client list while growing the firm. Even as Hawkins International’s portfolio blossomed, its office expanded, and its staff increased to 30+ professionals, she has steadfastly maintained the firm’s boutique stature — the better to maneuver, innovate, and personalize services in ways more sizable public relations agencies cannot. She has further positioned Hawkins International as a go-to resource sought by key media influencers for trends and keen insight on the travel industry and other luxury sectors. 

Jennifer fell hard for travel as a youngster while backpacking through Europe with her father. Her continued passion has taken her to more than 50 countries across 6 continents. (One of these days she’ll make it to Antarctica.) Prior to Hawkins International, she headed public relations in the US for Orient-Express Hotels, helping the company achieve new heights of media awareness. A graduate of the University of California, Irvine with a degree in Social Ecology, Jennifer is socially committed to her community and in her spare time works with the Girl Scouts, Urban Dove and others. Likewise, many Hawkins International staffers regularly join efforts to enrich their communities and support local and national causes. Jennifer lives in Chelsea with her husband, Jon, their two kids, and their beloved dog, Sunny.

Where do you want to travel next and why?

I’d love to go to Mali and Burkina Faso in Western Africa but that might have to wait a while. I’d love to take my family on an adventure in Costa Rica and explore cloud forests, wildlife and volcanoes. I also want to go to Hawaii since the first and last time I was there was on a business trip that lasted just 24 hours. Next time, we’re doing a family surf camp that lasts a week!

Corey Finjer

Corey Finjer

Chief Opeerating Officer

During her 10 years with Hawkins International, Corey Finjer Bennett has risen from account executive to the firm’s second-ranking executive. As the first-ever Chief Operating Officer for the top-tier global PR firm specializing in travel, lifestyle, and spa/wellness brands, she is responsible for day-to-day operations including general management, financial performance, client services, new business development, and talent management.

Since joining the firm in 2006, she has overseen the launch of several client projects, from the re-branding of Le Guanahani in St. Barth to the re-launch of Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris. She has also overseen PR and digital campaigns for top luxury hotel brands such as Dorchester Collection, independent boutique properties such as XV Beacon in Boston, as well as start-ups like Flytographer.

Corey was integral to Hawkins International’s embrace of digital marketing: As head of the firm’s Digital Division from 2013 to 2016, she provided strategy and guidance for a wide range of clients, changing the way hotels and travel companies reach and connect with their audiences. 

She graduated with honors with degrees in communications and psychology from Boston University, and currently resides in Manhattan with her husband and daughter.

What is your most memorable travel experience?
I will never forget driving 12+ hours from Costa Rica’s Cloud Forest to the Caribbean coast – more than double the time anticipated due to some tropical storms and road conditions. It was a harrowing, curving, detour-filled experience that was worth every life-threatening turn.

Anne Cecile

Anne Cecile

Vice President

With over eight years of experience in public relations, Anne-Cecile joined Hawkins International to help implement strategic public relations campaigns and initiatives. As Vice President, Media Relations, Anne-Cecile oversees several high level accounts on a day-to-day basis—from handling client relations and mapping out their strategy and public relations programming to securing feature stories in target publications. In her role, she also spearheads the agency’s trend spotting team, ensuring we’re first to know shifts and changes in the media industry and relevant trends to share with clients. Her diverse experience has led her to secure premier placements and increased exposure for clients encompassing luxury boutique hotels, brand portfolios, destinations and tour operators.

Prior to joining Hawkins International, Anne-Cecile handled public relations for Myriad Travel Marketing, where she served as Public Relations Manager for the Kenya Tourist Board in the United States and Canada. In this role, she proactively established relationships with properties, property portfolios, internal and international airlines, ground operators, and non-profit organizations to assemble newsworthy pitches and press trips, as well as develop creative and strategic public relations partnership initiatives. In addition to her work with Kenya, she also handled media relations for the Samoa Tourism Authority, Papua New Guinea and the Cook Islands.

Anne-Cecile received a bachelor of arts in writing, literature and publishing from Emerson College. She is originally from Paris, France and speaks fluent French. She currently lives in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.

Martha Carrera

Martha Carrera

Vice President

Martha Carrera has over a decade of travel and lifestyle public relations experience and a passion for the hospitality industry. During her career, Martha has cultivated in-depth relationships with the most influential media contacts in the consumer and travel trade industry, and has secured media placements and television shoots in target media outlets including the Associated Press, Conde Nast Traveler, CNBC, Fox Business Network, Food & Wine, and more.

As Vice President, Martha contributes to program development, oversees the execution of the media relations program, and ensures that client’s goals are being met, while also staying in front of industry news and trends. Martha has executed communications programs for a variety of hospitality brands, including NetJets / Marquis Jet, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, and the Guerlain Spa at the Waldorf Astoria She also developed and supported national public relations campaigns, including re-launching Turnberry Isle Miami, unveiling both Halekulani and The Lanesborough’s namesake suites, One&Only Resorts’ fashion partnerships with Alice Temperley and Christian Louboutin, as well as Sandals Resorts’ Luxury Included™ re-branding. In addition, she played an instrumental role in the opening of The Cove, Atlantis. 

A native New Yorker, Martha is a graduate of the University of London with a BA (Honors) in History with Politics.

Kristin Boehm

Kristin Boehm

Digital Director

Kristin Boehm joins Hawkins International from DKC, where she modernized the PR firm’s approach to digital storytelling and content amplification. She is overseeing Hawkins Digital’s strategic growth in the realms of social media, influencer marketing and brand journalism.

Kristin’s 20-year career began on the editorial side in print news before evolving to digital and social media as the industry shifted. From Online Editor at New York Post to Editor-in-Chief of People.com, overseeing the brand’s digital footprint across all platforms, Kristin focused on diversifying coverage, strategic partnerships and audience growth and engagement. She is an avid traveler and has lived across the globe, but feels most at home in the buzz of NYC. Her annual visits back to Boulder to meet with communications students at her alma mater Colorado University also serve as a great excuse to see a football game and get some fresh air.

What is your most memorable travel experience?
Lucky enough to get assigned a four-month stint in Australia while a journalist, I took every advantage of being across the globe to sail Sydney Harbour and the Whitsunday Islands, camp on both remote Frasier Island and luxe Hamilton Island, get bitten by crazy bugs, surf Byron Bay and experience the cities of Brisbane and Melbourne as well, making memories to last a lifetime.

Amelie Bruzat

Amelie Bruzat

Account Director

A recent addition to the Hawkins International PR team, Amelie Bruzat is excited to bring her decade of PR experience and passion for travel and hospitality brands to Hawkins International.

Over the past 10 years, Amelie has worked with restaurants, wine, spirits, luxury hotels and international properties. She has built strong media relationships with top travel, culinary and wellness media, and has secured feature coverage in top tier outlets, including Town & Country, Robb Report and Food & Wine.

As Account Director, she leads program development, oversees the execution of the media relations program, ensures that goals are being met, while also staying on top of industry news and trends. Amelie has developed successful public relations campaigns for a variety of travel and hospitality brands, including Westin Hotels & Resorts, The Ritz-Carlton Hotels of New York, Ski Utah, Chatham Bars Inn, The Little Nell, Colonial Williamsburg, Charlie Bird and Pasquale Jones restaurants.

Growing up outside of Paris, Amelie began exploring many different cultures at an early age, which quickly bred a strong love for food and travel. She graduated with a marketing degree from MBA Institute, a Paris-based French-American business school, and developed a passion for the state of Florida after her exchange program at University of Florida.

Where do you want to travel next and why?

My sister and I have been planning a trip to Argentina for our 30th birthday for over 2 years now! We want to explore Buenos Aires, Iguazú, Salta, and the wine region around Mendoza, and discover the beautiful landscapes that make up the northern part of the country. I’m in awe of the massive size of Argentina and the cultural diversity of its people. We’re postponed the trip twice but we’re definitely going next year!

Jamie Goldstein

Jamie Goldstein

Account Director

Account Director Jamie Goldstein has been with Hawkins International PR since 2012, spearheading award-winning PR campaigns for luxury hotels and resorts and hospitality brands. During her career, Jamie has cultivated relationships with influential media in top travel, culinary, wellness and travel trade industry publications to secure feature placements for clients in top-tier media outlets including Departures, Travel + Leisure, VOGUE, Robb Report and SHAPE. As Account Director, Jamie is responsible for client counsel, developing and overseeing the execution of PR strategies and account team management.

Since joining the agency, Jamie has facilitated launches for clients such as Conrad New York, Hyatt Regency Atlanta, and Montage Hotels & Resorts. Jamie has overseen public relations campaigns for hotel brands and boutique hotels including Enchantment Resort, Dolder Grand, Lungarno Collection in Italy and Carillon Miami Wellness Resort.

While at Hawkins International, Jamie has spearheaded the strategy for some of the world’s top spa and wellness centers.  As the in-house spa and wellness expert, Jamie has secured feature coverage in national media outlets including The New York Times, USA Today, American Spa, Organic Spa and Town & Country magazines for Enchantment Group’s Mii amo, a Destination Spa and the renowned Dolder Grand Spa.

Prior to joining Hawkins International, Jamie worked at Quinn PR, where she assisted in pitching clients to various media outlets and writing press releases. Jamie spent a semester in Rome, which sparked her love of travel and desire to work in the travel PR industry. Jamie graduated from Pennsylvania State University and received a BA in public relations and a minor in international relations and sociology.

What is your most memorable travel experience?

I will never forget my two-week honeymoon in Bali. This was my first experience outside of my usual European vacations and my first time in Asia. The culture, the people and the unbelievable hospitality we experienced was nothing like I’ve witnessed in my travels before. The landscape was beautiful and the food was fantastic. My favorite day was visiting the elephant preserve in Ubud and getting to bathe and feed the elephants — they are remarkable animals!

Catherine Colford

Catherine Colford

Account Director

Familiar to media as our in-house trendspotter through her work with Hawkins International’s Media Intelligence team, Catherine Colford’s role as Account Director sees her overseeing account teams, offering strategic client counsel, developing and managing relationships with client agencies and partners, and more.

Hired to launch the Media Intelligence team in September 2012, Catherine still runs the now-five-person team responsible for cultivating and growing the agency’s media relationships and elevating all of the agency’s clients through trend and seasonally-driven media strategies. She also leads a variety of hospitality and start-up accounts including Oasis, Box House Hotel Group, The Shelbourne, Tradewind Aviation, Spaces, The Loren, The Darcy and the Nines.

Catherine is never without a magazine in her bag and a trip on her calendar.  

Where do you want to travel next and why?

I’m dreaming of a road trip through Corsica with plenty of swimming breaks on hidden beaches and leisurely lunches overlooking the mountains

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