Job Title: Principal and founder

Organization: CKP Group

Degree(s): Bachelor's degree in French horn performance and master of music

Carey Kirkpatrick, principal, founder, is a veteran marketing and public relations specialist. She attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where she participated in the Arts Leadership Program, a create-your-own-curriculum program that allows students explore the administrative side of the music industry through business classes and internships. Ms.Kirkpatrick graduated in May 2000 from Eastman with a bachelor of music degree in French horn performance and a certificate in arts administration. In 2004, she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a master of music. Ms.Kirkpatrick's professional career in marketing and public relations began in 1999 with a Catherine Filene Shouse fellowship in marketing and public relations with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in Rochester, New York. In March 2001, she relocated to Miami Beach, Florida, to serve as public relations manager for the New World Symphony. Following her graduate work, the Houston Symphony recruited her to serve as marketing manager in August 2005. In 2008, she was promoted to director of marketing. in 2009, she joined a then unknown media startup,, as director of marketing and helped see the site through launches in Houston, Austin and Dallas. The media network experienced exponential growth under Kirkpatrick’s communications leadership, with network readership reaching approximately 750,000 unique visitors per month a mere two and a half years after launch of the flagship Houston site. In 2013, she joined On the Mark Communications as senior account director, working with clients in industries ranging from hospitality to commercial real estate to international luxury brands. Ms. Kirkpatrick now utilizes her diverse communications background to concept and execute creative and strategic integrated communications campaigns for clients through CKP.

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