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Marguarite Clark is a seasoned public relations veteran with nearly 20 years of public relations and related marketing experience in the areas of hospitality, luxury products and specialty services. She launched her own firm in 2005 and manages client public relations needs for her esteemed roster of high-end resorts/hotels, spas, golf facilities and restaurants including; Cap Juluca in Anguilla; Royal Davui Island Resort in Fiji; Island Hotel Newport Beach; Montpelier Plantation & Beach in Nevis; and L’Auberge Del Mar in Southern California. In addition, she has executed highly successful media campaigns for the luxurious Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach; The Grand Del Mar and its signature restaurant Addison in San Diego; The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation in Georgia; and introduced Ratua, a privately owned island in the South Pacific to the U.S. market.

Previously, Marguarite opened Montage Laguna Beach and its signature restaurant Studio as corporate director of public relations in 2003 and helped launch Montage Hotels & Resorts into the marketplace. She was also regional director of public relations for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, overseeing public relations strategies and programs for The Phoenician, Scottsdale’s premier luxury resort, and The Wigwam Resort, a historic property outside of Phoenix. In addition, she was regional director of public relations for Loews Hotels, supervising public relations, special events and community outreach for Loews Coronado Bay Resort and Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. She served in a similar capacity for the Bel-Air Hotel Company where she helped reposition L’Auberge Del Mar Resort & Spa, as well as several boutique properties on the west coast of Mexico.

A member of Les Dames d'Escoffier and the Public Relations Society of America, Marguarite is also a certified sommelier.

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Kurstin Christie

As a Los Angeles public relations pro and a scuba diving, sky diving thrill seeker, Kurstin works with MCPR on all accounts. This creative MCPR associate specializes in bridal publications, online food, lifestyle, parenting and travel blogs and LA regional press. She also specializes in trips to French Polynesia, dirty martinis and all things Dolly Parton.

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Lacy Colley Yamaoka

Arnold Toynbee’s quote “The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play” certainly describes Lacy’s career as an accomplished travel writer and blogger. With 30,000 social media followers primarily focused in the luxury travel arena, Lacy (@theexpate) is the perfect match for MCPR’s clients. She’s lived throughout the Caribbean, Canada, the U.S. and the Hawaiian islands. Although she loves to spend time with her husband on the Amalfi Coast, she sometimes secretly dreams of getting cooking tips from Anthony Bourdain. 

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Ingrid Culbert

A media pro and self-proclaimed "grammar maven," Ingrid Culbert has more than 15 years of public relations experience, combining her love for research, editing and all things media to help garner glowing attention for clients. At MCPR, Ingrid researches and qualifies media opportunities, edits copy with a discerning eye for detail, develops targeted media lists and tracks client media coverage from print, online and broadcast journalists. She’s also pretty witty when it comes to developing engaging social media content on behalf of the firm’s clients. With two teenagers under the roof, down time is a luxury, but when she does find herself with a few minutes, she’ll pick up the latest New York Times Best Seller, or knit something cool and unique. Her vacation dreams include jaunts through the European countryside.

Laura Lehrman

Laura Lehrman has her finger on the pulse of all things food and beverage and is MCPR’s eyes and ears in NYC. She specializes in publicity, promotion and integrated marketing for food-related entities, including restaurants, chefs and specialty food companies and works with MCPR on all culinary-related projects. Her personal foodie favorites include a perfectly concocted gin and tonic, fresh lobster and cooking up a feast in her own kitchen.

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Sydnie Moore

MCPR’s San Diego associate, Sydnie Moore, is literally on the run every morning and plugged into her Fitbit before she starts her day. Sydnie is an experienced writer and editor and writes a range of PR materials including press kits, press releases, social media content, media talking points and blogs for all MCPR clients. In addition, she represents MCPR in the San Diego market, as well as works with meeting trades, real estate and business reporters. She spends her downtime building the perfect Spotify playlist and planning her next visits to San Luis Obispo and Eugene, Oregon, to visit her college-aged boys.

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Kathy Siefert

Based in Atlanta, Kathy Siefert is a creative and tenacious public relations/corporate communications strategist with 17 years of experience in both corporate and agency environments. For MCPR she helps develop and implement strategic public relations/media relations and social media programs for all clients, and assists with crisis communications. A mom of two pre-teens, relaxing is a luxury. But when time allows she’s off to the Caribbean with her favorite book. One day she plans to spend a molto tempo in Italy.

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Margaret Thomas

Located in Los Angeles (but dreaming she was in Cabo San Lucas doing yoga on the beach), super dedicated Margaret works with top-tier journalists on story ideas and identifying important leads from editors and writers in both print and broadcast media, as well as developing strategic plans. Her areas of expertise include travel, lifestyle and real estate. And if In ‘N Out ever started serving Moscow Mules and playing James Bond movies on a loop, she might never leave.

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Kristi Turek

Armed with coffee and dark chocolate, Kristi can and does anything for MCPR and has so for more than seven years. She works closely with Marguarite in the office on all account management activities facilitating client needs and media correspondence and organizing media visits, photo/film shoots and events. Kristi is the previous director of public relations for St. Regis Monarch Beach in Dana Point, Calif. Once at home she chills with her family, shows (off) her daughter she can hold a handstand longer than she can and sips a nice Pinot Noir.