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Leader of award-winning Austin-based crisis communications and public affairs firm recognized as a top industry influencer in Central Texas

AUSTIN, TX (JULY 26, 2022) – The Mach 1 Group (Mach 1) announced today that top executive Mary Bell Love is a nominee for Austin Business Journal’s (ABJ) 2022 Women in Business Award, which celebrates Central Texas “women who are at the top in their industry.”

Love – who oversees operations for the nationally recognized, award-winning firm – is honored alongside distinguished business owners and leaders, who according to ABJ, “have something to offer the next generation of women leaders… have made a difference in their communities, blazed new trails and are leaving a mark on Central Texas business.”

Love is a public affairs expert with extensive expertise in media relations, political strategy, crisis management and strategic communication. Under her direction, the boutique firm has served some of the best-known brands and organizations in the U.S. and has grown its reputation of hard work, drive and excellence.

“In the small community of Austin public affairs teams, Mach 1 stands out as one of the finest thanks to Mary’s experience, business development skills and outstanding client services,” said Mach 1 founder & CEO Katherine McLane. “Mary has become an authority in public relations – not just in Austin but across the state and country – and she’s proven that hard work and a specialized skill set makes a boutique agency just as valuable as a large agency. Her work has changed the way companies think about public relations and its impact on their business. They now see it as an integral part of their business strategy. They aren’t just looking for someone who can do press releases – they want people with leadership skills that will help them grow sustainably.”

Love manages a wide breadth of clients for Mach 1 – from higher education institutions and non-profits to trade associations – and, as Director of the firm’s natural resources and energy 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.

For more information about The Mach 1 Group, visit www.themach1group.com.

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