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.
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.
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.
Practice, practice, practice. That’s what makes effective communicators, candidates and mission ambassadors.
McLane formerly served as Vice President for Communications & External Affairs for the LIVESTRONG Foundation. She is a veteran of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration and a former Press Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education during the George W. Bush administration. McLane’s roots are in Texas where she began her career at Public Strategies, Inc.
McLane has built a reputation both locally and nationally as an innovative content creator, insightful and compassionate business owner and steadfast community advocate. She was named to the Top Women in PR, Business Entrepreneurs list by PRNEWS (’23), PR Professional of the Year by Public Relations Society of America (’13), Outstanding Communicator of the Year by Women Communicators of Austin (’22), an Austin Business Journal Profiles in Power Finalist, the Female Entrepreneur of the Year award at the 18th Annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business (’21), and was also named one of Insight Success’ Most Disruptive Women Entrepreneurs to Watch (’21). McLane is a proud pro-bono PR partner for Keep Austin Fed, member of the Austin Women’s Symphony League, former chair of the Ann Richards School Foundation Board of Directors, and serves on the Austin Business Journal Leadership Trust and Capital Area Council of the BSA, formerly Boy Scouts of America.
McLane is a graduate of Texas A&M University and she and her husband Brett are proud parents to Jack and Ian.
Before joining the Mach 1 Group, Love served as Director Public Affairs for the Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC), where she was nominated for Outstanding Women in Texas Government.
Love’s experience and savvy has earned her an award from the Austin Alliance for Women in Media for Agency Planner of the Year (’23) and a nomination for Austin Business Journal’s Women in Business (’22), which celebrates Central Texas women at the top of their industry.
A 7th generation Texan, Love is passionate about sharing her talents to serve her local community. She is the co-founder and Vice President of the American Energy Institute and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Pink Granite Foundation and Women’s Symphony League of Austin. She’s a former board member of the Austin Alliance for Women in Media and KLRU Community Advisory Board. In addition, she serves on the Austin Business Journal Leadership Trust and is an active member of Women Communicators of Austin and the Public Relations Society of America.
Love earned both her Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts degree from Texas State University. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling the world with her husband Jarod.
Her quick rise in the public relations world has been recognized nationally, earning her a spot as a PRNEWS Rising Star (’23) and Ragan Communications / PR Daily Rising Star (’23).
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 degree in communications studies from Texas State University and attended the University of Texas at Austin’s Lyndon B. Johnson Women’s Campaign School.
She 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. In 2021, she was appointed to the City of Austin’s Minority-Owned Business, Women-Owned Business, Small Business Enterprise Procurement Program Advisory Committee.
Glynn earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Marquette University.
Transitioning to the public relations industry at Mach 1, she now helps clients achieve the media coverage and impact they desire. Glynn was recently recognized as a Finalist for the Austin Alliance for Women in Media Awards, Rookie of the Year (’23).
MacInerney attended Creighton University and holds a Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of Texas.
At Mach 1, MacInerney’s policy expertise helps clients develop effective messaging and reach descision-makers to achieve their public affairs goals.
Claiborne’s impressive knowledge of city and state government and strong media connections across Texas helps Mach 1 clients target their messaging and achieve their public relations goals.
Claiborne is a graduate of Oklahoma State University, adoring wife to Casey and mom to little boys Carson and Henry.
Her exceptional skill set makes her an invaluable asset to Mach 1 and its clients. With a profound understanding of Texas politics after numerous regular and special sessions in the Texas Legislature, Hutcherson possesses a wealth of knowledge concerning the intricacies of state government. Hutcherson drives successful campaigns that includes crafting compelling messaging, coordinating media interviews and executing impactful social media campaigns.
Young is a graduate of the University at Buffalo. In her personal time, she enjoys exploring Europe with her husband Brian and three little kids — Harrison, Adeline and Amelia.
After several years with Mach 1, Young consults on client projects, national outreach and helps run marketing for the firm.
The entire team at Mach 1 was supportive and professional and essential in helping WGU Texas maintain its relevancy and reputation. As a strategic partner, they always had our best interests in mind and their attention and time was focused on our success. They were essential in maintaining positive media and visibility.
– Linda Battles, WGU Regional Vice President, South Region
I’ve worked with the Mach 1 Group for years on various public relations initiatives – from state and local advocacy efforts to digital strategies. They are a top tier group of PR professionals – and on a personal level, they are a pleasure to work with. I would recommend them for anything related to crisis management, strategic communication and public affairs at the local, state and national levels. They’re experts in media training too!
– Carol McGarah, Chief Executive Officer
Blackridge Governmental Affairs Consultant
I have worked with Mach1 on multiple projects and am consistently impressed with the success they help to achieve for mutual clients through their professionalism and ability to move and adapt quickly. Mach1 is unparalleled in developing targeted content, getting stories placed with the appropriate outlets, and moving the needle in public opinion. They are the “go to” experts in public relations and crisis training, and I highly recommend them for all of your PR needs!
– Michelle Wittenburg, President
Wittenburg & Associates LLC
My team and I worked with Mach 1 for a public relations rollout of a very technical initiative, and their ability to make a complex subject understandable and interesting is very impressive. This is a one-of-a-kind team of PR pros that I’d recommend to anyone in Austin, Texas and the rest of the country.
– Carlos Espinosa, VP Strategic Communications & Marketing
Texas Bankers Association
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Mach 1 for years, and their work is exceptional. Everyone on their team is a high-level public relations expert: creative, diligent and professional, with a remarkable ability to secure meaningful state, local and national press for our clients.
– Cassie LaMere, Founder and Creative Director
Cassie LaMere Events
Katherine and the Mach 1 team are best in class when it comes to strategic communications, public policy, community engagement, and public relations. They focus on building plans and relationships that are best positioned to achieve the outlined goals.
Mach1 delivers results by planning and executing strategies that are wholistic in nature and not transactional. It has been a pleasure to work with the team over many years and the results have been transformational.