Annie Schwartz Brown
Co-founder of Bruno RedStar Communications, LLC is a public relations and marketing professional with more than twenty-five years experience in business, from startups to nonprofits to major corporations. Her background includes business development, digital marketing promotions, market research, fundraising, sales management, public relations, branding strategy and event planning.
She has conducted in-house publicity for a variety of industries, including book publishing, natural foods and nonprofits all of which allow her to bring to the table creative insights and offer unique solutions for clients. Annie has also worked as a media analyst specializing in tracking, monitoring, interpreting and summarizing traditional and social media trends for Dow Jones. Her client list included multi-national companies such as Schlumberger, Ford, Bayer Health Care, Merck and Toyota. She continues to work within the field of organic farming, food and research, through a partnership with The Rodale Institute, a 67-year-old nonprofit that is considered the birthplace of the American organic movement.
Annie graduated with honors from Kalamazoo College and completed a post-graduate publishing course at Stanford University. She was on the board of Women in Natural and is an active member of Naturally Boulder. In addition, she recently was invited to join The Women’s Council, an affiliate of The Leeds School of Business at The University of Colorado. When she’s not mountain biking, trail running or hiking in the Boulder foothills, she can be found in her kitchen dreaming up way-too-healthy (according to her children) vegetarian meals for her husband and two daughters.
Douglas Bruno Brown
With more than 23 years of experience writing and editing for daily newspapers and magazines, Doug delivers rare talents and insights for Bruno RedStar clients. Given his broad experience as a journalist, he handles a wide variety of writing projects. In addition, he understands how reporters and editors think: what kinds of pitches make news, how best to work with media professionals, and what kinds of strategies deliver the most potent media coverage. He is adept at media training, too, helping clients prepare for television and other media interviews. For any business hunting for valuable relationships with media outlets, Doug is a treasure.
He served as Washington Bureau Chief for several magazines, covered the White House and Capitol Hill, wrote about technology for national magazines, and was an award-winning food and features writer and blogger for The Denver Post for nearly a decade. His blogging won a national EPPY Award in 2013 for best food blog; newspapers around the country vie for EPPY Awards, which mark triumphs in digital media. He still does journalism when he finds time, and in 2014 was a finalist for a national magazine writing award, along with Time Magazine, for a piece he wrote about recreational marijuana in Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley.
He graduated from The American University in Washington, DC with degrees in history and literature, and finished all coursework for an M.A. in journalism from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
When he’s not cooking on his Big Green Egg (an outdoor oven and grill), you can find Doug running on mountain trails around his Boulder house, puttering in the gardens, or flailing on his guitar; the latter seems to please his wife, two daughters, and dogs. But they are awfully polite.