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The Katie Brand Communications team started as a public relations and communications consulting agency. It has evolved into a full-service marketing and communications agency with the addition of Production Consultant, Tessa Schutz of Kranbox Productions, and  Alex Hurtado, Communications Consultant and Social Media Strategist. 

Katie Brandenburger
Founder & 
Communications Specialist
Tessa Schutz
Production Consultant & Video Magician 

My passion for writing and appetite for excellence has molded me into a multifaceted, yet charismatic writer, communications specialist and public relations practitioner. I believe all things are a work in progress, for there is always room to grow. My personal motto is this: "Tell me something can't be done, and I'm happy to find a way it can." 

Katie began her career working at The Walt Disney company, holding positions within the Sales and Travel Operations Public Relations department, and Communications team. A few of her specialties include project management, content writing, social media marketing and management and crisis communications.

Some of Katie's past work and accomplishments include:

  • Two-time guest speaker as a social media marketing expert at Chapman University

  • Freelance writer, consultant and social media specialist for: The Walt Disney Company, Ford Motor Company, award-winning director Bruce Logan, San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood, Kranbox Photography and Video Production, Matt Mauser, Tijuana Dogs, Sinatra Big Band, International Drone Marketing, Transparent Insurance Solutions, Family Review Guide, and Westly Properties

  • Website, blog and social media content manager (including Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, Google+ and two Twitter accounts), for the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau (now "Visit Anaheim")

    • While managing the Anaheim blog, there was an 89 percent increase in readership over one year, and it received two prestigious awards: Platinum Hermes Creative Award and Platinum Travel Magellan Award 

Want to learn more? Connect with Katie on LinkedIn


What a formal bio won't tell you about Tessa Schutz: "can't" is not a word in her vocabulary. Katie has known Tessa for more than 10 years and has yet to encounter a more intelligent, talented, savvy or driven professional. 


Her specialties include videography, video production, video editing, project management, photography and marketing.

Some of her past work and accomplishments include:

  • Implementation of marketing plans for the Anaheim Convention Center expansion, the Visit Anaheim company re-brand and the official Visit Anaheim destination video 

    • The destination video won the Poppy Award for Best Content Marketing Campaign in 2016, and the 2016 Communicator Award: Gold Award of Excellence

  • Print and web advertising, advertorials, direct marketing, cooperative marketing campaigns, email marketing and in-depth reporting in her role as Integrated Marketing Manager at Visit Anaheim   

  • Project manager and marketing consultant for San Bernardino County First District Supervisor, Robert Lovingood

  • Numerous marketing videos and professional photography for clients (past and present): Nissan, Kia, Toyota, Mazda, Visit Anaheim, NACUFS, New Hope Network, Hyatt House Anaheim, HDO, Apple Valley Chamber, San Bernardino County First District Supervisor, Robert Lovingood, The Amanda Castro Band, Liberty Utilities & more.


Click here to connect with Tessa on LinkedIn.


Intern Needed!

Student who can receive college credit preferred

Alex Hurtado
Consultant &
Social Media Strategist

Alex and Katie worked together at the Anaheim/Orange County & Visitor Bureau (now "Visit Anaheim") a few years back. Alex is a talented social media strategist, research guru, and project manager. She keeps our team organized and efficient, and has a sharp eye for detail. Alex is also a wiz at content marketing and has a knack for creating compelling content.


Alex's previous experience includes roles with Newport Beach Film Festival, Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau, Mobi PCS and Hawaii's Better Business Bureau. 

Click here to connect with Alex on LinkedIn.

If you or someone you know is looking for an internship in a fun, fast-paced environment with the possibility of telecommuting, please send a cover letter with your qualifications and resume to with the subject line: "Internship at KBC." We're looking for someone with: 

  • A great working knowledge of social media outlets (mainly Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn) 

  • A positive attitude who can work well both on their own or in a group setting

  • The ability to jump right in and partake in meetings, events or team pow-wows 

  • A high level of interest in social media, communications, marketing and/or public relations in a business capacity 

  • Creative writing skills and a quick wit 

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