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Firsts with Durée & Company Vice President Chrissy Cox


Durée & Company’s Vice President Chrissy Cox is a transplant to South Florida from Chicago with more than 15 years of both agency and in-house experience working with lifestyle brands. For the second installment of our “Firsts” series, we sat down with Chrissy and gained some insight into her career and her most memorable moments.

First Client Event: “My first client event was a media brunch for journalists at SushiSamba Rio in Chicago. I made the mistake of inviting an anonymous journalist, and she gave me an earful over the phone when I called to follow up! I never made that mistake again.”

 First National Hit: “One my most significant national hits was putting a client on the Today Show, for a summer grilling series. The chef I worked with did a segment on grilled Greek food. It was outside on the plaza, and the food styling was insane! I will never forget this guy who came out with a paintbrush to evenly “scatter” sea salt on the demonstration table.”

 First PR Gig: “My first public relations job was at Wagstaff Worldwide in Chicago – a boutique hospitality-focused agency with a few offices across the U.S. It was my first agency experience and the valuable insight I learned there still stays with me today.”

 First event: “It was actually during a summer internship during college! I was a brand management intern at Unilever HPC-USA and was assigned to the Salon Selectives hair care brand for its re-launch in the new millennium. I was in charge of selecting the party site. I was given a huge amount of responsibility and advised the internal team on a few site options, including Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, where we ended up having a wonderfully successful launch event.”

First Bit of Advice Received: “A little confidence can go a long way! Always trust your gut and make sure to only put forth your best work.” 

About Durée & Company

Durée & Company, Inc. is an award-winning full-service public relations, marketing and special events firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Aspen, Colorado. The firm serves the corporate, agency and non-profit arenas for local, national and international clients focusing on public relations for real estatepublic relations for restaurantspublic relations for law firmspublic relations for charitiespublic relations for healthcare, and many more. Durée & Company services include Public RelationsSocial MediaMarketingAdvertisingSpecial Events, and Radio Promotions and Outreach.

Firsts with Durée & Company President and CEO Durée Ross


Durée & Company’s President and CEO Durée Ross was recently profiled by the University of Miami Alumni Association and shared the important lessons and experiences she had as a UM Hurricane! In honor of this feature, we sat down with Durée to kick off our new series “Firsts” and gained some additional insight into her career growth.

First Job: “I started working at 14 years old as a bag girl at the world-famous Epicure Gourmet Market in Miami Beach. Looking back, this was the first job where what I call the ‘gift of gab’ allowed me to connect with the range of customers shopping at the market. This gift continues to allow me to connect and find touch points with new people and markets.”

First Client Event: “One of my first events was the grand opening of Planet Hollywood. It was my first time working with celebrity guests, and it was nerve wracking. While at first I was star struck when meeting our VIP guests, I learned that they can be valuable assets for an event’s success.”

First National Hit: “One of my most memorable and first national hits was securing a cover story in the Chicago Sun-Times – of our client Jose Cuervo’s bottle shaped air balloon on the cover of the Chicago Sun-Times – while I was just an intern and still studying at the University of Miami! At the time, it was unheard of to have liquor on the front cover of any publication!”

First PR Gig: “I was pursuing a career in broadcast journalism at UM, and I worked multiple jobs during my college years. I stumbled upon a bulletin board and a job posting for a PR gig caught my eye. I knew nothing about the PR field at the time, but during my internship, I learned the impact of PR in driving stories in the media, and found a life-long passion!”

About Durée & Company

Durée & Company, Inc. is an award-winning full-service public relations, marketing and special events firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Aspen, Colorado. The firm serves the corporate, agency and non-profit arenas for local, national and international clients focusing on public relations for real estatepublic relations for restaurantspublic relations for law firmspublic relations for charitiespublic relations for healthcare, and many more. Durée & Company services include Public RelationsSocial MediaMarketingAdvertisingSpecial Events, and Radio Promotions and Outreach.

Durée & Company Looks Back at National Award-Winning Year in Public Relations


As 2017 comes to a close, we are looking back at the record-breaking and spectacular year Durée & Company has had! The agency’s 17th year of incorporation was marked by significant national awards our team received. Let’s take a look back at four of our awards from 2017:

  1. PR News’ Top Women in PR

We kicked off the year with an extraordinary national honor awarded to President and CEO, Durée Ross! PR News’ Top Women in PR list is comprised of the most influential women in PR from around the country – the ones who are innovating in their companies and in the industry. Durée received the award in New York City surrounded by fellow national industry leaders.

  1. Bulldog Awards’ Small Agency of the Year

The D&Co dynamos were awarded silver in the Small Agency of the Year category from Bulldog Reporter, a leader in industry media intelligence focusing on the public relations industry. Bulldog Awards honor the best and brightest globally, and they recognized our rock star team!

  1. Stevie Awards’ Entrepreneur of the Year

Durée Ross founded this agency in 1999 and has created and implemented numerous inventive public relations and marketing campaigns for an extensive client roster. As a testament to her years of experience and ingenuity, she was awarded the bronze award for Entrepreneur of the Year at The Stevie Awards for Women in Business hosted in New York City in November. The Stevies are the world’s premier business awards for female entrepreneurs, executives, employees and the organizations they run.

  1. Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Honoree

Giving back is an integral part of the Durée & Company DNA and our company regularly volunteers and sponsors events in the community. This year, Durée Ross served as honoree during Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s 8th Annual Comedy Night. The foundation raises funds towards finding a cure for the painful and debilitating digestive diseases affecting more than 1.6 million children and adults across the United States.

It’s incredible to see how far Durée & Company has come, and these honors are an indication of our agency’s dedication and passion. Thank you to our incredible team and clients for supporting us. Here’s to 2018 and what the future holds!

About Durée & Company

Durée & Company, Inc. is an award-winning full-service public relations, marketing and special events firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Aspen, Colorado. The firm serves the corporate, agency and non-profit arenas for local, national and international clients focusing on public relations for real estatepublic relations for restaurantspublic relations for law firmspublic relations for charitiespublic relations for healthcare, and many more. Durée & Company services include Public RelationsSocial MediaMarketingAdvertisingSpecial Events, and Radio Promotions and Outreach.