Marisa Vallbona is President at CIM Incorporated, a Public Relations firm with over two decades of expertise working with 90 companies from 20 different industries.
Marisa Vallbona, APR, Fellow PRSA, knew she was made for PR when she was 12 and fried an egg on the sidewalk on a super hot Texas day. It was the perfect weather story so she called TV news crews to come out and cover it. That’s all it took for her to get hooked and her career was born. Since then, she’s gotten local, regional and national media exposure for just about everything. If it’s newsworthy, she can get it in the news.
A seasoned strategist with an eye for her clients’ bottom line, Marisa has worked with top businesses, health care providers, retailers, individuals, major brands and authors on strategic communications, community relations, new product launches, special events, radio promotions and business strategy. She is the co-founder of PRConsultants Group Inc., a renowned national network of PR firms with offices in every major market and Puerto Rico.
Marisa is accredited in public relations by the Universal Accreditation Board. She also has been inducted into the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) College of Fellows – a prestigious distinction awarded to a very small percentage of PR practitioners. She has won four Silver Anvil awards from PRSA (the Oscars of the PR industry) and a Silver Anvil Best of Show. San Diego Business Journal named her “Women Who Mean Business” in PR and she’s won countless other awards.
Her work is showcased in PR textbooks and she’s been featured in business books, national business magazines and she’s frequently quoted in the media. She serves on the national board of PRSA, as well as the board of directors of the San Diego Ad Club, and as professional advisor to the PRSSA chapter at San Diego State University.
Marisa was graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in journalism/public relations and minors in Spanish and French. She also attended L’Université de Dijon in France where she studied intensive French language, translation, culture and history. She speaks Spanish and French fluently.
When she’s not strategizing for clients, she’s with her family, out surfing or snow skiing. Since recently taking her first surf lesson, she’s surfed in Costa Rica, Mexico and Kauai, but still finds her favorite spot is La Jolla with the leopard sharks.