Jamie B. Estes, President
Jamie B. Estes is president of Estes Public Relations, a company that focuses on relationship marketing to establish its clients as leaders in their fields. With offices in Louisville and Chicago and a geographically diverse client list, Estes Public Relations is a far-reaching and established name in culinary and lifestyle public relations. Renowned culinary stars like Rick Tramonto of Tru in Chicago, Marcel Desaulniers of the Trellis in Williamsburg, Va., Bob Kinkead of Kinkead’s in Washington, D.C. and Sibling Rivalry in Boston have entrusted their publicity to Estes.
With two decades of experience, Jamie Estes has made a career out of establishing and maintaining the reputations of some of the top names in the industries she serves. Whether placing a human interest story in the local news or coordinating features in national publications, Estes exercises a keen sense for market trends and public interest, which generates relevant and effective coverage for her clients.
Prior to opening her own firm, Estes created FSA Public Relations, a division of FSA Group, which she managed for nearly 10 years. During her tenure at FSA, she created promotions that included such renowned chefs as Emeril Lagasse, Martin Yan, Wolfgang Puck, Julia Child, and Jacques Pépin. In addition, she has worked with several James Beard winners and handled more than 40 chef appearances at the James Beard House. Estes’ extensive network of media contacts has secured her clients coverage in Food & Wine, Garden & Gun, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Southern Living, Bon Appétit, Saveur, Food Network Magazine, Washington Post and Esquire. She has also secured spots for many clients on CNN, the Today Show, Good Morning America, the Food Network, and Travel Channel.
Estes earned her bachelor’s degree in public relations at the University of Alabama and her master’s degree in communications from the University of Kentucky. She has served as president of the International Foodservice Editorial Council and was a founding board member and chairman of the American Institute of Wine & Food’s Kentucky chapter. Other professional affiliations include the Southern Foodways Alliance, the International Association of Culinary Professionals and the James Beard Foundation. She is also very actively involved in the community, serving on the University of Kentucky Jefferson County Alumni Board, the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft Bourbon Ball Committee, Junior League of Louisville, the Younger Women’s Club and the Clifton Center Board.
Awards & Accolades
Estes has earned both local and national accolades for her work, including the “40 under 40 Award” from Business First newspaper in Louisville. She has also won numerous national awards from such organizations as the Public Relations Society of America, International Association of Business Communicators and the Hospitality, Sales and Marketing Association International. In 2008, Estes was honored by the National Association of Women Business Owners as a Woman Business Owner of Distinction. She has been featured in articles in the Louisville Courier-Journal, Business First, Today’s Woman, StyleBlueprint and Southern Living.