Andrea Obston

Andrea brings three decades of experience in public relations and marketing to her accounts.  She founded the firm in 1982 to offer mid-sized clients the kinds of marketing advantages that enable large corporations to gain a competitive edge. Since its inception, Andrea has handled local and national accounts ranging from insurance products to publicity for an astronaut.

Before starting her own firm, Andrea worked at a large advertising firm heading up the PR Department. Among the accounts she handled were Advest, Union Trust, 7-UP, the Farley Company and the Connecticut State Lottery.

Prior to that, she was an internal marketing consultant for The Travelers Companies. One of her programs, marketing financial services to women, was responsible for a 95% increase in business in this market segment.

In 2005, Andrea was named the outstanding Connecticut Woman Business Owner of the Year by the Connecticut Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). She was also honored by The Greater Hartford Chamber of Commerce, when she was named the 1998 Small Business Leader of the year.

Andrea is a contributing author to the 2012 book Media Magnetism – How to Attract the Favorable Publicity You Want and Deserve. Andrea is an adjunct professor in the public relations department of Quinnipiac University’s School of Communication.  She is an active public speaker and has presented programs for the American Waterworks Association, the Connecticut Bankers Association, the Connecticut Association for Home Care & Hospice, the Connecticut Bar, the Connecticut Association of Nonprofits, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, University of Connecticut MBA program and Hartford College for Women, Greater Bridgeport and Waterbury Foundations and Progressive Business Conferences.

She has an MBA in marketing from the University of Connecticut and her bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) in public relations and public communications from Boston University.

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bj flagg, nurenu brand marketingBJ Flagg
Nurenu Brand Marketing – Web Partner Affiliate

BJ Flagg is a 25-year marketing and communications veteran. Her first foray into the internet was in 1989, explaining how the internet would change the world. She owns Nurenu Brand Marketing a web-centric design agency affiliated with our firm.

BJ combines her depth of knowledge of the marketing industry with a passion for creating interactive solutions that leverage a company’s brand. Her robust team provides full web-centric design, development and maintenance services to clients with a high level of technical knowledge. Whether it’s a simple site or one with extensive backend needs such as multi-lingual, blogging, e-commerce, the team has the range of development capabilities to make it happen. They also provide many other online marketing solutions such as email marketing and digital advertising.

She is a frequent speaker at marketing industry events, blogosphere contributor, and Twitterer. BJ’s specialty is building and maintaining brand strength through listening to the needs of the client and translating those needs into creative, brand-building web solutions.

Jenny Smith
Account Manager

Jenny has more than 20 years of public relations and marketing experience. She partners with Andrea Obston Marketing Communications to provide account management and tactical support. She was formerly director of public relations for The Pita Group, located in Connecticut. There she handled the development and implementation of public relations and marketing communications strategies for not-for-profit organizations.

Prior to that, Jenny served as vice president/account supervisor at Durazo Communications, an L.A.-based public relations agency active in the Hispanic/Latino market. While there, she led initiatives to assist the California Department of Health Services educate the state’s Latino communities about the health hazards associated with tobacco use.

Jenny also served as communications director for the United Way of Puerto Rico (Fondos Unidos de Puerto Rico) and the Gales Ferry, Connecticut-based United Way of Southeastern Connecticut. In her time as director, Jenny developed and implemented various public relations programs, planned and managed events, and supported volunteer allocations committees.

Jenny has an MBA in international marketing from Rensselaer Polytechnic University’s Hartford campus and a BA in journalism from Ohio Wesleyan University. The Public Relations Society of America’s Connecticut chapters named Jenny Public Relations Practitioners of the Year in 2008

MaryLou Cadwell
Graphic Designer

MaryLou has been providing clients with strategically focused and results-driven marketing materials for more than 20 years. She began her career working in two large Hartford area advertising agencies as an art director. Since opening her own studio in 1984, she has had the opportunity to provide graphic design and marketing solutions to a wide variety of small and large clients. Her medical/health background includes such clients as: The Town of Madison’s Ambulance and Fire Departments; The Hartford Collaborative; The Old State House; ProHealth Physicians, Inc., Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center; Allied Health Rehabilitation; and The Connecticut Center for ADHD.

MaryLou offers clients a fresh and clean approach to the creation of communications and marketing materials, always with the goal of presenting a clear message in a creative manner that will achieve results. Services provided include: design and art direction of advertising and collateral materials, corporate identity development, copywriting, annual report development, signage, direct mail campaigns, electronic file preparation, supervision and coordination of all facets of production, including estimation and printing, and photography.

bob-brenoBob Breno
Creative Director/Illustrator

Bob has more than two decades of experience as a graphic designer working in many artistic mediums. In addition to serving as art/creative director for with several major advertising agencies, including Mintz & Hoke in Connecticut and Leo Burnett in Chicago, Bob is an illustrator and has had his cartoons published in the Saturday Evening Post and Utne Reader.

Since opening his own studio in 1996, Bob has designed websites and interactive projects for a diverse client base, including Workforce Alliance, Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center, Axis Logistics, Seacrest Retirement, Co-Efficiency, KeepMeHome, Action Nurses, Envelopes and More, and Gorvello Café. He has also received a host of awards for his design work, including a CLIO, Communication Arts Annual, Design Magazine Annual, and Connecticut Art Directors Club. To visit Bob’s website, go to

Carol Walters
Business Manager

Carol brings more than 25 years of administrative, customer service, and research experience to Andrea Obston Marketing Communications. Prior to joining the firm, Carol worked at the Prosser Public Library in Bloomfield, CT where she conducted public relations initiatives and provided customer service and research assistance to patrons.

Carol has also worked in the financial services division of a major Hartford-based insurance corporation and in the underwriting department of a major bank. In addition to a strong financial services background, Carol’s outstanding customer service and people skills were also an enhancement in her position as credit supervisor for a national telecommunications company.

Carol graduated at the top of her class from Quinnipiac University’s College of Professional Studies with a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership.

danielle murrayDanielle Murray
Associate Account Executive

Danielle brings public relations, social media, website and journalism experience to Andrea Obston Marketing Communications, LLC. Before her time at AOMC, she interned with RAINE Magazine, a fashion and technology magazine based out of New York, NY. While with this publication she had four of her articles published. Her web-based skills include maintaining and editing websites along with using social media to promote various clients. She is the creator and author of “The Millennial Principle,” an AOMC blog that focuses on marketing to the Millennial generation.