Michelle Ellis has been working with Orapin Marketing + Public Relations since its inception in 2010 and became a partner in May 2014. She is a Colorado-native, outdoors enthusiast (who is never caught without lipgloss on) and proud mama of active boys. She has an incredible knack for storytelling and connecting people that is a true asset to the team.
Q :: What do you like doing in your free time?
A :: I love enjoying our gorgeous state with my family and friends. From hiking, boating, camping and fishing to just enjoying a craft brew on my patio – I am in my element outdoors.
Q :: Where are you from? What brought you to Colorado?
A :: I’m a Colorado native and proud of it! I was born and raised in Littleton, went to college in Fort Collins (go Rams!) and now live in Highlands Ranch. I did leave for a short stint in Oregon out of college working on-air for a CBS affiliate. I came back because I’m a Colorado girl at heart and missed the mountains and Mile High lifestyle. I do have one pretty amazing souvenir from my time out of state though, my husband Chirs!
Q :: What got you into PR?
A :: I am a storyteller at heart and started my career in journalism writing for my elementary school newspaper. I studied journalism in college with an emphasis on broadcast, but was introduced to the world of PR during that time as well working for Starz Entertainment Group during the summer. I pursued broadcast journalism after college, but couldn’t refuse an offer to come back to my homestate and work as an entertainment publicist for Starz. I learned very quickly how advantageous it is for me to have experience on both sides of the fence. At the heart of PR and journalism is a love for storytelling and people. I love doing this even moreso in my role at Orapin where I get to meet incredible businesses and business owners who are driven by a bigger purpose and striving to make an impact in one way or another through their work – this is the source of incredible stories.
Q :: What do you like most about what you do?
A :: Besides the storytelling? Being a people person and natural connector, I love the opportunities I have to meet incredible people through my work and create connections they may not have had otherwise. I also love being able to show our clients how the work we do makes a significant impact on their business. Being seen, heard and remembered by the people who matter most to your business truly does make a difference!
To learn more about Michelle’s professional experience and accomplishments, click here to read her bio.