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Determined about a dream
Angela Brown ’98

When it comes to dealing with clients, Angela Brown ’98 contends with the best. Founder of OmniMedia Consulting, the young entrepreneur has acquired a list of clientele that can only be described as impressive. Managing accounts from Sunoco to the late diet guru Dr. Atkins, Brown has proven her PR skills and established a name for herself and her business.

Yet, there was a time when Brown’s professional life didn’t look so promising. First enrolled at a college in Virginia, she dropped out to marry and start a family. But resettled in New Jersey and determined to continue her education, she enrolled in Rowan’s communications program with a minor in African American Studies. Brown found inspiration in professor Tony Fulginiti and the late African Studies professor Gary Hunter. “They were both mentors to me,” she said. “Fulginiti was an excellent teacher—one of my favorites. So was Gary Hunter; he took me under his wing.”

Upon graduation, Brown landed a job with a major firm in New York City. “It was wonderful, but the commute was long and became hard on me and my family.” She then moved to MWW Group in East Rutherford but, still not keen on the commute, Brown founded her own firm, OmniMedia Consulting in 1999. Located in Pennsauken, OmniMedia specializes in media relations and event planning.

A representative for the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, Brown was also the non-partisan committee host for the 2000 Republican National Convention held in Philadelphia. Working with Philadelphia 76ers president Pat Croce, they set out to recruit 10,000 volunteers in an area where Democrats have long dominated. “The campaign was phenomenal,” she said. “We exceeded our goal and recruited about 12,000 people.”

Brown also arranged successful media coverage for the Regional Performing Arts Center’s construction of the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts. In April 2002, she acted as event coordinator and arranged publicity for the Amistad Port visit to the Camden Waterfront, which attracted more then 13,000 visitors. “There was a great turn out,” she said. “It got so crowded we actually had to start turning people away.”

Residing in Voorhees with her husband and two children, Brown keeps in mind how fortunate she is to have achieved so much and remains determined to continue her successes in the PR field and life. “There was a time when I had to put some of my goals on the back burner,” she said. “But they didn’t die, they were just back there. When it came time that they made it to the front burners, I pursued them. You can’t let anything keep you from your dreams.”


 
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