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The Mach 1 Group is a nationally-recognized, award-winning Austin-based firm serving organizations and individuals whose interests are in the public realm. We are a certified Historically Underutilized Business (HUB), being 100 percent female-founded and -owned.

Our goal is swift and excellent service to clients who require expert communications counsel to achieve their business goals.

Whether defense or offense, the Mach 1 team has decades of experience successfully navigating media attention, crisis response, reputation management, branding, legislative and regulatory initiatives, and campaigns.

In the age of the 24-hour news cycle, communications experts at your leadership table are a must. Contact our team today to see how we can serve you.

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Public Affairs & Media

Whether playing offense or defense on a legislative or regulatory issue, we draw on decades of experience in campaigns and government to build the winning game plan for smart organizations.

Crisis & Reputation Management

On good days, we help inoculate against a potential reputation crisis. On bad days, we parachute in to handle some of the toughest crises organizations can face, managing and mitigating reputational assaults, stabilizing and rebuilding.

Executive Positioning & Thought Leadership

Executive positioning, thought leadership, speech preparation and media relations are in high demand for C-level corporate leaders. Those skills have never been more of an asset than they are today as organizations communicate across multiple platforms and need effective brand& mission ambassadors.

Public Opinion Research

How does your key audience feel about your mission and your goals? Step 1 to successful campaigns and communications efforts is doing the homework.

Events

Building a newsworthy and effective event – whether live or virtual – is both an art and a science. From large-scale campaign events to capitol press conferences, wise organizations invest in projecting the message that matches their goals.

Media Training

Practice, practice, practice. That’s what makes effective communicators, candidates and mission ambassadors.

Katherine McLane

Founder & CEO

Katherine McLane – named PR Professional of the Year by Public Relations Society of America, Outstanding Communicator of the Year by Women Communicators of Austin and an Austin Business Journal Profiles in Power Finalist – is a media, crisis communications and public affairs expert.

After a career spent in the toughest communications trenches imaginable – political campaigns, press secretary podiums, and crisis war rooms - McLane founded the Mach 1 Group nearly a decade ago in Austin. Her vision was to build a firm that provides the best in strategic communications, media and public affairs counsel and she recruits out of newsrooms and the halls of government to give clients the award-winning service they enjoy.

Today, the Mach 1 Group serves the best-known brands and organizations operating in Texas.
Under McLane’s direction, Mach 1 has successfully advanced some of today’s most closely followed legislative and regulatory causes, managed major media crises for some of America’s best-known brands, and rebranded leading nonprofits.

Before founding Mach 1, as Vice President for Communications & External Affairs for the LIVESTRONG Foundation, McLane served as the organization’s chief communications and crisis management architect during years of global media attention surrounding its famous founder, and successfully steered a course that kept the Foundation’s vital mission front and center.

McLane served as press secretary for the U.S. Department of Education under Secretary Margaret Spellings in 2006 and 2007, promoting President Bush’s signature bipartisan education law, No Child Left Behind. She led crisis communications and rapid response for the Department and created successful strategies to promote the Education Department’s policies and practices.

From 2003 to 2006, she served as a key member of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s campaign team and communications staff. As Deputy Communications Director and Deputy Press Secretary, she shaped the Governor’s public outreach efforts and led media relations in the areas of education, military affairs, homeland security, federal relations, emergency response, and the environment.

McLane’s career began in Austin at Public Strategies, Inc., a public affairs and crisis communications firm, where she produced and consulted on comprehensive campaign plans for leading technology, transportation, and entertainment industry clients.

She earned the Female Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2021 at the 18th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and was also named one of Insight Success’ Most Disruptive Women Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2021. McLane is honored to serve as a pro bono PR partner for Keep Austin Fed. She is former chairman of the Ann Richards School Foundation Board of Directors and serves on the Capital Area Council of the BSA, formerly Boy Scouts of America.

She is a graduate of Texas A&M University and she and her husband Brett are proud parents to Jack and Ian. In her spare time, she serves as an under-appreciated driver for her two school-age children, an amateur chef, an avid critic of crisis media handling and a reader of anything by Bernard Cornwell.

Mary Bell Love

Partner & Chief Operating Officer

Mary Bell Love is a public affairs expert with extensive expertise in media relations, political strategy, crisis management and strategic communication.

Love manages a wide breadth of clients for Mach 1 – from higher education institutions and non-profits to trade associations – and, as the director of the firm's natural resource practice, specializes in oil & gas, water and electric industry communications. Before joining the Mach 1 Group, Love served as Director of Special Projects and Public Affairs, respectively, for the Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC). Notably, Love is one of the only recent Railroad Commission executive staffers to work in public relations.

During her time at the RRC, Love served as the primary author of the Eagle Ford Shale Task Force Report to the 83rd Texas Legislature—a comprehensive, first-ever analysis of an oil and gas shale formation. These shale plays and the extraction techniques applied to them changed fossil fuel production throughout the world.

Love was nominated for Outstanding Women in Texas Government in 2015. She has represented executive state leadership at national and international meetings and conferences, including as an official delegate for Texas' 2016 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Trade Mission to the Philippines, Singapore, and Burma (Myanmar). In 2018, former City Council Member Ellen Troxclair (District 8) appointed her to serve as a Commissioner for the City of Austin's Water and Wastewater Commission.

Love is the co-founder and Vice President of the Texas Natural Gas Foundation (TXNG) and serves on the Alliance for Women in Media Austin Chapter Board of Directors. In addition, she is a member of the Women's Symphony League of Austin, Women Communicators of Austin and Public Relations Society of America. She served several years on the Austin Business Journal Leadership Trust and was elected to two KLRU Community Advisory Board terms.

At the start of her career, Love served as the Marketing & Media Coordinator for the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Texas. Before that, she earned her master's degree with honors in Strategic Communication at Texas State University, where she also created, produced, and hosted the university's first-ever student-produced television series.

Brett Fey

Chief Financial Officer

Brett Fey is an operations expert with 30 years of experience managing teams big and small. His strengths in financial planning, strategy and resourcing keep Mach 1 thriving.

Talan Tyminski

Senior Vice President

Talan Tyminski is a crisis communication and public affairs expert with experience in both the public and private sectors. She has over half a decade of experience in and around Texas government and has worked on multiple local and statewide political campaigns.

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, Tyminski was at the forefront of the Texas Workforce Commission’s response. She managed internal and external communications for the agency and helped develop strategies to provide the nearly 1.4 million unemployed Texans with vital information.

Prior to joining State government, Tyminski worked in digital marketing, where she helped businesses connect with their customers online and develop innovative marketing strategies.

In 2021, she was appointed by Austin City Council Member Vanessa Fuentes (District 2) to sit on the City of Austin’s Minority-Owned Business, Women-Owned Business, Small Business Enterprise Procurement Program Advisory Committee.

Tyminski is an active member of Austin’s Young Women’s Alliance, Emerge America’s Young Leaders Cabinet, Women Communicators of Austin and the Pink Granite Foundation.

Tyminski holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Economics from Bradley University, where she was a three-time national runner up in informative and impromptu speaking. She received her Master’s in Communication Studies from Texas State University.

Jennifer Kendall

Vice President

Jennifer Kendall is a newsroom expert with extensive experience in content creation, media relations, messaging and strategy. Prior to joining Mach 1, Kendall spent more than ten years as an award-winning reporter for local news stations in Texas. She also worked on the assignment desk for Fox News Channel’s Los Angeles bureau, where she gathered news tips in 17 states and shared breaking news information with national correspondents and local affiliates. Kendall’s credentials include training behind the camera with top industry professionals.

Maggie Glynn

Vice President

Maggie Glynn is a communications expert with storytelling experience across the entire state. Prior to joining Mach 1, she served as a Capitol correspondent for 14 stations across Texas, turning content daily on the legislature along with the biggest breaking news stories in the state. Glynn was at the forefront of the coverage of the state’s response to COVID-19 and Winter Storm Uri while also landing exclusive interviews ahead of the 2022 primaries on both sides of the aisle. She’s looking forward to helping clients achieve the media coverage and impact they desire.

Dylan MacInerney

Vice President

Dylan MacInerney has an impressive background in Federal and State government with advanced crisis and policy communications experience. He started his career in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., where he served as legislative staff for Congressman Kevin Brady (TX-08) and Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (KS-02). Dylan's legislative portfolio covered Defense, Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs, Foreign Affairs and Trade & Finance, including helping organize the response to Hurricane Harvey.

After moving to Austin, Dylan received his Master of Public Affairs Degree from the esteemed LBJ School at the University of Texas at Austin. During his studies, Dylan also worked as Communications Manager for an elite government relations firm during the 86th session of the Texas Legislature.

Before joining the Mach 1 Group, Dylan served as part of the Regulatory Affairs team for the Texas Department of Insurance's Life and Health Division. During his time with TDI, Dylan managed the enactment of multiple rules and regulations, including creating the Texas All-Payor Claims Database and establishing statewide industry standards for Machine-Readable file submissions.

Dylan is a graduate of Creighton University and currently serves as a co-chair of Braver Angels Central Texas Chapter, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering communication across the political divide.

Alice Claiborne

Vice President

Alice Claiborne is a seasoned professional with a decade of experience in the media communications industry. She has worked in the public and private sector, building expertise in pitching, message development, brand awareness and targeted marketing. She began her career as a television news producer in East Texas and then transitioned to state and local political communications.

Before joining Mach 1, Alice served as Communications Director for Texas State Senator Donna Campbell, and prior to that role, as Communications Director for former Austin City Council Member Ellen Troxclair.

During her time in the newsroom Alice was responsible for coordinating two newscasts each day. Using compelling content and strong storytelling skills, she raised viewership and secured both newscasts as the top in their time slot.

A native Texan, Alice graduated from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.

Mollie Young

Senior Consultant

Mollie Young is a distinguished communications professional with experience in national cable broadcast news, federal and state government, and campaign strategy.

Mollie began her career at The Fox News Channel in New York City, where she helped produce hit cable news shows such as ‘Glenn Beck’, ‘The Five’, and ‘Hannity’. Working with political and entertainment leaders, her work was viewed by millions of Americans every night — including coverage through major events such as the Boston Marathon Bombings, Sandy Hook, Benghazi and the 2012 presidential election.

After moving to Washington, D.C., Mollie worked as a Communications Director on Capitol Hill and as the Director of TV and Radio for the National Republican Congressional Committee through the 2014 midterm elections. She continued her career in North Carolina first as the Communications Director to the North Carolina Speaker of the House, and later as the Director of Government Affairs for Governor Pat McCrory’s Department of Environmental Quality.

Prior to joining The Mach 1 Group, she was the Communications Director and Interim Campaign Manager for a Gubernatorial race in South Carolina.

Mollie is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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