Karen Moraghan – President
Kristen Hunter – Vice President
Ed Vyeda – Senior Account Executive
Doug Thompson – Senior Writer
Carol Godwin – Senior Editor
Kerry Maveus – Asset Manager
Corrin Sullivan – Media Database Manager
KAREN MORAGHAN President,
is a seasoned expert in hospitality and golf-marketing strategy, a longtime producer of national sporting events and one of the golf industry’s leading media-relations specialists. She works out of HPR's East Coast office in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
Widely known and respected by industry leaders, the media and golf executives, Karen’s media-relations strategies have enhanced profits and visibility for her clients and propelled Hunter Public Relations · Special Events to the forefront of the worlds of hospitality and golf.
Karen has extensive experience and expertise in positioning and opening properties, including 12 hotels and 47 golf courses since starting her career in 1981. In the last few years, she has expanded HPR’s capabilities into the wellness categories, launching niche-specific initiatives and a spa consultancy (www.wellstyles.com).
Under Karen’s leadership, HPR has organized and managed some of the nation’s most momentous special events, including the Reunion of U.S. Open Champions at the 100th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach (2000), followed the next morning by the memorable and emotional Payne Stewart Memorial Service on the 18th green of Pebble Beach Golf Links.
For the USGA’s Centennial Celebration in 1995-96, six major events were undertaken, including star-studded galas in New York and Los Angeles, the launch of a book and film series, a traveling exhibit, a national media campaign and the creation of a speaker’s bureau and member outreach program.
Prior to forming Hunter Public Relations · Special Events in 1990, Karen was Vice President of Marketing for Pebble Beach Company, where she spearheaded global marketing campaigns for The Lodge at Pebble Beach, Pebble Beach Golf Links, The Inn and Links at Spanish Bay, Spyglass Hill and Del Monte Golf Courses, and scenic 17-Mile Drive. She started her career with Sheraton Hotels in the southwest region public relations office, based in Los Angeles.
Karen is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers, and she serves on the boards of the Raritan Headwaters Association, the Executive Women’s Golf Association and the Wellness Advisory Board of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).
Raised in both Michigan and California, Karen is a graduate of UCSD.
KRISTEN HUNTER Vice President,
manages Hunter Public Relations • Special Events’ West Coast office, located in Carmel on California’s Monterey Peninsula.
Kristen spearheads publicity programs and special events for a number of HPR’s clients. She is responsible for the creation and oversight of production timelines for all events, as well as staff and vendor management. Kristen has overseen numerous corporate golf outings, golf course openings and special events during 21 years with HPR, including the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation Golf Classic and the California Golf Writers and Broadcasters Association Banquet.
For the past 12 years, Kristen has managed the media center at the prestigious AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, overseeing a core staff of volunteers and managing the needs of more than 400 media from around the globe.
Prior to joining HPR, Kristen worked in the communications departments of Nutrilite Products, Inc. and the Northern California Golf Association.
Kristen is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America and Public Relations Society of America. She is a graduate of Michigan State University.
ED VYEDA Senior Account Executive,
joined HPR in January 2005, after an award-winning journalism career as a writer and editor in sports, features and entertainment.
Ed initiates media contact for HPR’s resort and golf accounts and is a contributing writer and editor for client publications. Ed frequently coordinates on-site media outings and is a key member of the media center management team during the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and The First Tee Open, a Champions Tour event at Pebble Beach.
Ed has covered every type of major sports event from the Super Bowl to the World Series to the Summer Olympics, and he has written extensively about golf for the past four decades. He was a driving force behind the Monterey County Herald's award-winning newspaper coverage of the 2000 U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach, and continues to contribute to several publications and websites.
A member of the Golf Writers Association of America, Ed is Vice President and a board member of the California Golf Writers Association. He has won numerous writing awards, was named the CGWA’s Media Person of the Year Award in 2001, and was honored by the United States Junior Golf Foundation for his editorial content on youth golf.
Ed and his wife Karen live near Santa Cruz, on the northern side of Monterey Bay, not far from where he grew up. An enthusiastic (if not extremely gifted) golfer, Ed finally made his first hole-in-one in 2006—appropriately at a media event he coordinated for a client.
DOUG THOMPSON Editor-at-Large/Senior Writer,
boasts 24 years of experience in the public relations industry, including serving as editor-at-large/senior writer for Hunter Public Relations (HPR) since 1997.
Doug was editor, and later publisher, of The Carmel Pine Cone, the weekly newspaper based in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, from 1994-97. During his tenure, the newspaper rose to new heights and won six California Newspaper Publishers Association awards for editorial excellence.
Following the sale of the newspaper in 1997, Doug moved from working for the media to working with the media. He opened his own public relations agency and attracted a diverse client base, which has been augmented by his affiliation with HPR and its national clientele.
Each February, Doug returns to his native Monterey Peninsula to work with HPR client, the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, where he serves as the liaison between the tournament’s participating celebrities and both the print and electronic media.
Though raised in the shadow of Pebble Beach, Doug quickly learned that golf didn’t come easily. While he still occasionally tees it up, and savors even the smallest successes, he is a devoted runner who has completed nine marathons, including the 2004 Boston Marathon.
Since 2001, he has resided in Bend, Oregon, with wife, Jean, and daughter, Paige.
CAROL GODWIN Senior Editor,
is an award-winning travel journalist and seasoned public relations executive with more than 30 years’ experience in the travel, tourism, and hospitality industries. From her base in Washington, D.C. she assists HPR on special media outreach and writing projects requiring high-level travel expertise.
Carol’s previous experience includes the position of area director of public relations for The Ritz-Carlton Hotels of Washington, D.C. Prior, she was public relations manager at The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, Virginia, focused on its Hospitality Group, which includes five hotels, ten restaurants, and three golf courses.
Her public relations and media expertise has supported Omni Bedford Springs Resort, Wintergreen Resort; Reynolds Plantation; National Trust for Historic Preservation Historic Hotels of America; Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest; Hershey Entertainment & Resorts; and Marriott International. Contributing writer to Bethesda, Md.-based Chief Executives Organization Compass magazine, her writing skill is evident in collateral and Web content.
Among Carol’s placement achievements are multi-page features in Architectural Digest, Bon Appetit, and Southern Living magazines, Travel Channel “Great Hotels” one-hour feature, MarCom Creative Awards and Gold Quill for Media Excellence Award. She is recipient of two, Southeast Tourism Society Travel Writer of the Year Awards; published in numerous national and international publications; co-authored the Dothan, Ala. Chamber of Commerce business history book, and taught travel marketing at Southeast Tourism Society Marketing College.
Carol is a member of Society of American Travel Writers, Public Relations Society of America, and Capital Speakers Club of Washington, D.C. Inc. A graduate of the Greater Washington Board of Trade Small Business Academy, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.
KERRY MAVEUS Asset Manager,
for both HPR’s East and West Coast offices, is responsible for client services, including project timelines and management, image, article and record databases, as well as office administration.
She helps oversee media outings and special events for resort and golf course clients, while handling the company website and social media.
Having a golf professional for a husband, Kerry has been immersed in the golf industry for more than 20 years.
Kerry attended Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, for two years, then received her Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University.
She lives with husband Chad, head golf professional at Forest Dunes Golf Club, in Roscommon, Michigan.
CORRIN SULLIVAN Database Manager,
for HPR, working from her home in Florida. She is responsible for the maintenance and management of HPR’s media databases, as well as client press release distribution and editorial leads.
Prior to HPR, Corrin worked at the LPGA Foundation, part of the Ladies Professional Golf Association. Her accomplishments include growing scholarship programs; building and maintaining the database of records and statistics for more than 5,000 LPGA-USGA Girls Golf members, 200 Girls Golf programs, and the directors and volunteers associated with the programs; managing and enhancing the matching grants program; and spearheading creation of marketing materials.
Corrin also worked closely with Vice President of Professional Development Dr. Betsy Clark on numerous projects, including the very successful LPGA Professional Athlete Forum: “Phenoms to Professionals—Successful Transitions.”
Before that, Corrin worked at Sprint, where she was named Indirect Account Associate of the Year in 1999 for her management of more than 180 local third-party and national accounts.