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Choice Media & Communications is a boutique media and communications business dedicated to providing clients in the entertainment and lifestyle space with quality public relations. Choice helps brands, influencers and authors create a clear communications plan, gain media coverage and receive guidance they won’t get anywhere else.

With more than two decades of high-level professional communications experience across varying industries and with many of today’s tastemakers and thought leaders, Choice Media & Communications Founder Heather Adams created a public relations business marked with warmth and enthusiasm, strategic development, clear communication, detailed execution and thorough reporting.

At Choice, we believe that your voice matters and that you deserve to be heard. We are here to help you do just that.

Our clients are guaranteed work delivered with passion, industry savvy and a personal touch. By entrusting us with your media and communications goals, you can expect: regular communication from our team, accountability to our commitments, enthusiasm for your business and an unrelenting passion for delivering results for you.

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HEATHER ADAMS

FOUNDER & CEO

Heather Adams has a reputation. The founder and CEO of Choice Media & Communications is known for working with high-profile clients that are both soulful and interesting; drafting effective strategies; and her warm professionalism. Impressive as they are, those defining truths aren’t what first comes to mind when people who know her think of her. When today’s most respected journalists, editors, producers, authors, and other personalities think of Adams, what first comes to mind first is genuine, long-term friendship.

“It’s never gotten me in trouble––being kind to someone and showing compassion and general interest in them personally,” Heather says, laughing. “Kindness has never served me wrong. I want the people I work with to know that I care about them and want a relationship with them that goes beyond securing a four-minute segment on a TV show.”

A self-proclaimed pop-culture junkie, Adams is the communications whiz who leads Choice’s impressive team of women as they serve preeminent voices in publishing, government, lifestyle, entertainment, business, and faith-based arenas. A sincere focus on connecting with people has resulted in a diverse list of past and present clientele that reads like a who’s who of contemporary thought leadership and compelling characters: Rev. Billy Graham, President Jimmy Carter, Dave Ramsey, Jen Hatmaker, The Bachelor’s Sean Lowe, Ernie Johnson, Robin McGraw, the Johnny Cash family, Rick Warren, Marcus Buckingham, WWE Hall of Fame Shawn Michaels, John Maxwell, and Max Lucado, among others, have all called on her. Adams has played an instrumental role in helping more than 100 authors land spots on The New York Times best-sellers list by customizing and then spearheading multifaceted publicity campaigns. She has secured clients coverage in elite national media including “The TODAY Show,” “Good Morning America,” TIME, The New York Times, People, ESPN, Redbook, HuffPost, Southern Living, USA Today, Forbes, and comprehensive television packages across all major networks.

Prior to founding Choice, Adams was head of Heather Adams Consulting, a branding, communication, and public relations firm she launched after serving as Director of Publicity at Thomas Nelson Publishers, a division of HarperCollins.

A proud alumna of the University of Georgia, Adams is an avid supporter of the university through her service on the Grady Society Alumni Board, which fosters prosperous relationships between the college and its graduates. Whenever her beloved Dawgs are playing in Athens, she’s easy to find, decked out in red and black and hosting lively tailgating parties.

Adams lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, with her husband Matthew Adams, and their two young sons, Dixon and Thackston, who keep her thrilled and busy cheering from the sidelines of either a baseball field or basketball court. Her boys are proud of her and help drive one last but equally important purpose for Adams. “One thing that keeps me moving forward as a working mom is the way my boys look at and speak about me being a business owner,” she says, smiling. “They are so encouraging. ‘Mom, you’re the boss!’ they’ll say. I think it will color the way they look at women in their classrooms and women who serve alongside them in their future careers. At home, they see a female who is strong, leading another group of women, and serving an extraordinary group of clients who are making significant impacts in the world.”

Kerry Gardner

VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS

Kerry Gardner joined Choice Media & Communications as a Senior Publicist just after the company’s launch. After spending two years helping lay the foundation of the business through outstanding client account management, media relations and social media strategy, she was named Director of Publicity. During her time at Choice, she has played a key role in marquee publicity campaigns including three-time Sports Emmy Award winner and host of TNT’s “Inside the NBA” Ernie Johnson, Jr., New York Times bestselling author Jen Hatmaker, Simplified Planner creator and author Emily Ley, America’s favorite Bachelor Sean Lowe and Olympic diver David Boudia.

Prior to joining Choice, Gardner entered the public relations world by interning and then working for two years as a Client Services Advisor for Jarrard Phillips Cate & Hancock, one of the nation’s top 15 healthcare public affairs firms. In this position, she crafted and implemented strategic communications plans including on-site media management, crisis communication and social media outreach for one of Middle Tennessee’s largest hospital systems. A self-proclaimed political news junkie, Gardner interned at the Nashville office of U.S. Sen. Bob Corker prior to joining Jarrard.

While earning her journalism degree from Middle Tennessee State University, Gardner wrote for “The Murfreesboro Pulse” and earned her social media certification from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. She lives in Knoxville with her husband, Jake, and their dog, Lola.

Devin Lee Duke

Publicist

Devin Lee Duke serves Choice Media & Communications as a Publicist.

Since joining Choice, she has helped raised the visibility of multiple companies and clients including former NFL player and New York Times best-selling author Rashad Jennings and world-renowned wedding planner Rhiannon Bosse. She has secured coverage in national and local media outlets, including “Redbook,” “Enterprising Women,” BuzzFeed, MichaeLA – CNN, CBS Sports Radio Network and others.

Prior to joining Choice, Duke was at Ramsey Solutions, working with major national finance, business and lifestyle speakers, influencers and authorities, including Dave Ramsey. While at Ramsey Solutions, Duke managed the strategy and implementation of social media campaigns, organized and executed promotional events, pitched and secured media and worked on multiple book publicity campaigns, all of which landed on national best-seller lists.

Duke is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, where she was extremely active in leadership roles, including Student Government Senator and worked as a Student Ambassador and a Student Orientation Leader. She currently serves on the MTSU Young Alumni Board.

Duke lives in Murfreesboro, Tenn., with her beloved goldendoodle, Wagner and jolly husband Jeremy. On the weekends, you can find her mastering the art of creating healthy alternatives for Jeremy’s favorite unhealthy dishes. Every Tuesday she attends girl’s night with her best friends to find out who received a rose on the latest episode of “The Bachelor.” As native of Pittsburgh, she loves cheering on her hometown teams – the Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins and Pirates.

SARAH TUTTLE

PUBLICIST

Sarah Tuttle serves Choice Media & Communications as an Associate Publicist.

Prior to joining Choice, Tuttle was at Knight Eady Sports Group as a Marketing and Communication Assistant. While at Knight Eady, Tuttle assisted with client management, event planning, media relations, branding and publicity for clients such as the USGA, the Lutzie 43 Foundation and Elevate the Stage.

Tuttle has also served in roles at Country Living Magazine, MP&F Strategic Communications, StyleBlueprint and Starnes Publishing. Her vast variety of media experience and clients have helped her jump into her role at Choice.

Tuttle studied Journalism and Mass Communication at Samford University where she concentrated in Public Relations, Advertising and Sports Media. She served as a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America Bateman Team as well as competing in the American Advertising Federation’s national student competition. During her time at Samford, Tuttle studied photo-journalism in London combining her beloved passions of travel and photography.

When she’s not busy working, you can find her cycling or in a CrossFit class, trying out new recipes, cheering on her treasured Boston Red Sox and hitting up every new movie at the theater.

Maddie McGarvey

Social Media Manager

Maddie McGarvey serves the Choice Media & Communications team as a Social Media Manager.

Prior to joining Choice, McGarvey was an Account Executive for The Andrews Agency in Nashville. In this role, McGarvey managed public relations campaigns, media relations, event planning and social media for clients such as Battle of Franklin Trust, The Jones Company of Tennessee, Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, Chukkers for Charity, Frist Gala, Dunkin Donuts of Tennessee and Five Points Pizza.

McGarvey has also served in roles for United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties, the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum, QTEGO Auction Technologies and The Ohlmann Group. These experiences have allowed her to master skills in a variety of industries and markets.

She studied Public Relations and Marketing at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana and her Honors College curriculum allowed her to study literature abroad in London. Working for Cardinal Communications, a student-run strategic communications and media sales agency, McGarvey was exposed to client work at an early stage in her education, which laid the groundwork for her future.

Outside of the office, she is always traveling to visit friends and family across the country. When she’s in town, you can find her spending time outside with her fiance Tanner and Goldendoodle Murphy, checking out a new workout class or trying a new restaurant.

Emory Burkhead

Business Development Associate

Emory Burkhead serves Choice as a Business Development Associate.

Burkhead is a Junior at the University of Georgia, majoring in Marketing with an emphasis in Professional Selling and Digital Marketing. On campus, she is the Public Relations Vice President for her sorority Gamma Phi Beta and a New Member Mentor in the Business organization Pi Sigma Epsilon.

This Dawg fan grew up in Gainesville, Georgia, but has loved the switch to Athens. When she isn’t studying or planning her sororities social platforms, Burkhead can be found trying local Athens eateries, hanging with friends, or organizing a weekend trip out of town. Post-grad, Burkhead hopes to work in a space and city she loves while doing something she is passionate about. She is delighted to be working with such an empowering, all-female team here at Choice.

Skyler Brown

Publicity Intern

Skyler Brown serves Choice as a Publicity Intern.

Brown is a Senior at The University of Alabama, majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Communication Studies. On campus, she serves on several different committees for Public Relations Student Society of America and Public Relations Council of Alabama.

She is from Hoover, Alabama and spent the summer living in Nashville, Tennessee. Brown’s favorite activities include cheering on The Tide, traveling, and reading. After graduating, Brown hopes to be living in one of her favorite cities working for a public relations agency as an account coordinator. She could not be happier to be interning with Choice this semester and looks forward to learning more from their incredible team!

Brooke Willett

Publicity Intern

Brooke Willett serves Choice as a Publicity Intern.

Willett is a senior at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Business from the Haslam College of Business. Along with academics, she is also heavily involved in many campus organizations and serves as an executive board member for the National Greek Panhellenic Council as Vice President of Academics and Scholarship. She also loves being a leader in her sorority, Chi Omega, serving on leadership for Reformed University Fellowship, advocating for diversity and inclusion on campus, and volunteering with the Knoxville chapter of YoungLives: YoungLife for Teen Moms.

She is a proud Franklin, Tennessee native and loves spending time with her loved ones listening to live music and talking about Jesus, the enneagram, or Taylor Swift over a glass of red wine. After graduation, Willett dreams of working in publicity in the Nashville area while also serving as a leader for YoungLife. She also dreams of one day serving overseas sharing the Gospel with women survivors of sex trafficking.

She is excited to have been given the opportunity to learn from and work with the wonderful women at Choice and grow in her understanding of public relations and publicity but also develop relationships with like-minded women in the field.