Tricia Bennett | Senior Director of Communications
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Tricia Bennett brings more than 15 years of public relations experience to GFM, where she develops strategy and oversees media relations and visibility programs for a variety of consumer clients. Among her current and previous clients at GFM are Brassica Protection Products, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Division, Children's Hospital Colorado, James Avery Craftsman, Molson Coors Brewing Co., Morton’s The Steakhouse, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Thought Equity Motion, USA Cycling, VICORP Restaurants (parent company of Village Inn and Bakers Square restaurants) and Wild Divine. Her GFM teams won several PRSA Gold and Silver Picks for creative program development and execution of events and programs for Qdoba Mexican Grill and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Division.
Before joining GFM, Tricia worked at Ogilvy Public Relations, where she drove successful public relations programs for a variety of consumer clients such as Case Logic, Celestial Seasonings, Echostar Corp., eToys.com, General Motors Co., Johnsonville Sausage, Jones International University, Pizza Hut, Quiznos Restaurants, Orange Glo International, Verizon Wireless and Warren Miller Films.
Before joining Ogilvy Public Relations, Tricia served as a public relations executive and copywriter for DNA Advertising in Denver and managed several consumer accounts, including PageNet Pagers, Culligan Mile-Hi Water Systems, Boulder Gear Ski and Outdoor Apparel and Ellen Tracy Private Eyes Sunglasses.
Tricia received a bachelor’s degree in public relations with a minor in marketing from Marquette University in Milwaukee. She enjoys hiking, skiing, biking and taking long walks with her husband and two children.
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It’s a good thing Tricia Bennett has a great sense of humor because before joining the ranks at GFM in 2004, she worked her share of less-than-glamorous jobs. For example, she willingly worked at a Milwaukee, Wis., dental office charged with identifying the remains of Jeffrey Dahmer’s victims. Before that, she had bitten off more than she could chew (sorry) by signing on for the late shift at a Big Boy truck stop. As you can imagine, this place attracted a very interesting clientele in addition to some unique co-workers. She still recalls, with a shudder, the night that two of the “Big Busboys” locked her in the walk-in freezer until she screamed. She braved this job for, oh, about three months.
But like everything in her life, she takes it all in stride and chalks it up to “life experience.” Regardless, we’re just glad she’s experiencing life on the Front Range because it seems to suit her well. Whether it’s camping, skiing, hiking, biking or traveling, just pepper in a little family and friends and she’s happy. Add a splash of wine and a sprinkle of chocolate and it probably couldn’t get any better for her.
A hard-working wife and mother of two, Tricia has come to admire the absolutely crazy yet somehow completely organized lifestyle that she and others like her have carved out for themselves. Why? Because she’s so good at it. But even with her hectic schedule, she still manages to make time to check out the indie-rock scene with her husband, who - after Tricia’s previous jobs - you might be surprised to learn is a dentist. But you can rest assured that she still avoids truck stops whenever possible.
On the iPod: Fleet Foxes, Cut Copy, Flaming Lips, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Cat Power
Pet Peeve: Phony, superficial people
Collections: Photos, concert tickets, letters, old toys and kids’ art
Guilty Pleasure: Jumpy-castles
The Inside Scoop: Fear of clowns and mimes