Our Team

The people responsible for turning great ideas into results that matter.

 
 
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Rose McKinney- APR, Fellow PRSA
Founder & CEO

Rose believes in the power and potential of brand and reputation. A recognized leader in the national public relations community, she has generated results that matter for hundreds of organizations from entrepreneurial startups to international conglomerates to vital non-profit groups. Clients aren’t the only ones who love to learn from Rose - she’s a natural teacher and has been an adjunct professor at Metropolitan State University since 2005.

Core Strengths: Maximizer, Relator, Activator, Responsibility, Self-Assured


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Cassie Roman
Account Executive

For Cassie, it’s all about the adventure. Weekends find her rock climbing. Weekdays find her rocking client service, media relations, copywriting and generating results that matter. An advertising major at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Cassie discovered she preferred public relations. She joined Pineapple in 2014 and is an active member of Minnesota PRSA.

Core Strengths: Individualization, Ideation, Input, Strategic, Learner


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Margaret Ann Hennen - APR, Fellow PRSA
Senior Communications Consultant

Margaret Ann offers a combination of fresh insights and best practices to Fortune 500 and nonprofits alike. She’s served in key communications roles for Fortis, Fairview, American Public Media, the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation and more. An accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America, Margaret Ann is a member of its prestigious College of Fellows, and has served the industry nationally and locally – most recently as ethics officer for the Minnesota chapter.

Core Strengths: Maximizer, Strategic, Ideation, Responsibility, Intellection


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Michelle Willinganz
Graphic Designer

It’s not uncommon for Michelle to design more than 100 materials, logos and visual identity elements each year for Pineapple clients. When it comes to capturing the desired look and feel for our clients’ brands, Michelle is a key contributor to our “always fresh” promise.

Core Strengths: Ideation, Relationship Building, Empathy, Relator,
Self-Assured


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Hudson Smith
Assistant Account Executive

A Texas native, Hudson relocated to Minnesota in 2016 and brings his southern charm to building relationships with clients and their key stakeholders. His passion for communication transcends through attitude, commitment and performance. He is an active member of the Minnesota chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and joined Pineapple in 2018. When he’s not copywriting, blogging, posting social content or pitching media, you will find Hudson playing the piano and spending time with his fiance, Taylor, and their new puppy, Windsor.

Core Strengths: Restorative, Developer, Responsibility, Connectedness, Positivity


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Duke
Office Dog

Tropical Dream Vacation: Waikiki Beach, Hawaii, to see the statue of my namesake Duke Kahanamoku

Favorite Pineapple Recipe: Pineapple? Peanut butter is more my thing.

Core Strengths: His hula-like wiggle, chasing ardillas, giving the double paw, announcing visitors and hanging out at the office



Careers & Opportunities

Pineapple gets it – there’s work and there’s life. Career opportunities with Pineapple are abundant and ripe for fulfillment of your professional and personal passions.

Employment or contract work? We offer a variety of work arrangements to grow your career and cultivate positive reputations for our clients.

We’re always looking to connect with copywriters, art directors, graphic designers, PR specialists and consultants, social media specialists, brand strategists and client-service managers. If you’re interested in a fresh approach to reputation management and if you are all about generating results that matter, send us your resume and let’s get acquainted.

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