Denise Blackburn-Gay, APR, President and CEO of Marketing Strategies, Inc. in Myrtle Beach, SC has earned designations from the Public Relations Society of America as both a Certified Crisis Communicator and a Certified Reputation Specialist.

Blackburn-Gay who is accredited in public relations (APR) is one of only two PR professionals in the state of South Carolina to receive the designations.

“The question is not if a crisis will occur, but when,” said Blackburn-Gay. “Effective crisis communication can help organizations maintain trust, inspire consumer confidence and build competitive advantage. Recently we have seen a myriad of businesses, nonprofits and government entities suffer irreparable damage to their brand due to crises that were poorly managed.”

As a specialist, Blackburn-Gay is uniquely qualified to handle a broad range of issues that deal with reputation management and, most importantly, help organizations maintain the trust of those who matter when it matters most.

Denise Blackburn-Gay, APR has more than 30 years’ experience in public relations and works with clients throughout the country. She can be reached at 843-692-9662 or via email:

About Marketing Strategies

Marketing Strategies, Inc. is a full-service marketing and PR firm offering an integrated approach to marketing, advertising, public relations, and interactive and social media.  Recognized nationwide for their award-winning print and digital campaigns and PR activities, they have twice received the nation’s most prestigious public relations award, the Herbruck-Fritsche Award, as well as the Dave Wilson award recognizing excellence in consumer advertising.  Marketing Strategies has been honored as “One of the Southeast’s Ten Most Reliable Web Design Firms” for five consecutive years.

For more information on Marketing Strategies, Inc. visit them online at or call (843) 692-9662.

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