Ann Keeling, president of the newly founded Cristofoli-Keeling Marketing Communications Management firm in Cincinnati, says she often gets mistaken for Sharon Stone. Hey, that makes two of us! What an incredible coincidence.
Ann Keeling, president of the newly founded Cristofoli-Keeling
Marketing Communications Management firm in Cincinnati, says she often
gets mistaken for Sharon Stone. Hey, that makes two of us! What an
Tell us something interesting or amusing about your agency. Something
interesting: it’s brand new! Something amusing: two cats and one dog are
currently part of the staff.
What has been your greatest achievement? Personally, my greatest
achievement has been a wonderful marriage leading to an incredible
husband and a truly amazing son. Professionally, my proudest moment just
happened recently - having the guts to quit my job and start my own
What was your most embarrassing moment? As if I would tell the whole
world my most embarrassing moment.
How did you get into PR? Completely by accident. I volunteered to take
responsibility for some personnel releases for a month or two. That was
over three and a half years ago.
What would you do if you didn’t do what you do? Be a race-car
What is the best invention of all time? The convertible. How else can
you experience flying without wings?
What would you like to change about the PR industry? Nothing. What I’d
like to change is the mindset of corporations who believe that investing
significant dollars in advertising is the best way to reach their
audience. I mean, how blind are they?
What will be the next big thing to hit PR and why? The proliferation of
’free agents.’ There are too many outstanding PR professionals who are
starting to realize the contribution and money they could make if they
were on their own. Clients are beginning to realize it, too.
Who do you look like? I’ve been told by numerous people (mostly
strangers) that I look like Meg Ryan or Sharon Stone.
Do you have a secret daily pleasure? Candy of any kind, at least three
times a day.
What is your best/worst habit? Best: being organized. Worst: spending
Who put the ’bomp’ in the ’bomp shoo bomp shoo bomp’? Austin Powers,
baby - yeah.
What are your hobbies? Shopping on Michigan Avenue, weight training and
leisure driving. Basically, doing anything creative.
Name one thing about your past that people would be surprised to learn.
I was a cat in my former life.
Bill Clinton: hero or fool? I guess he ended up being a hero, didn’t
What will you do when you retire? Live.