With 25 years of experience in the public relations and marketing industry, Sarah and her team at Connected Communications, formerly Sarah Thornton Public Relations, have represented a variety of clients both locally and nationally. Sarah’s work in media relations has garnered millions of dollars’ worth of product promotion and news placement for her clients.
Sarah’s boutique firm has grown since opening in Las Vegas in 2007. Her team works with clients in Las Vegas and other major markets including Southern California, Phoenix and Denver.
The firm specializes in working with Las Vegas-based companies in residential real estate, finance, professional services and healthcare industries. Having worked with the country’s top developers throughout her career, Sarah is one of the most experienced real estate PR experts in Nevada. Her passion for construction and development is rooted in successful tenures at Southern Nevada’s largest master plan developer and the valley’s largest construction equipment dealership. While working with Del Webb Corporation, she garnered more news coverage in her first quarter than the company had ever received, earning the company an average of 20 million news impressions per month.
Whether launching new businesses or planning community outreach campaigns, Sarah’s team is tenacious in its desire to help clients achieve their business goals.
The firm’s current clients include Ascent Multifamily Accounting, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties, Billy O’Keefe – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, FEA Consulting Engineers, Family to Family Connection, Geary Company, High Rollers Adaptive Sports Foundation, The Ivan Sher Group – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Lake Las Vegas, Naqvi Injury Law, Naylor & Braster Attorneys At Law, Reflection Bay Golf Club, studio g ARCHITECTURE, luxus DESIGN BUILD, WestCorp Management Group and Home365 Property Management.
Sarah is an active member of the community and currently serves as an advisory board member for Family to Family Connection, High Rollers Adaptive Sports Foundation and Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Las Vegas chapter. She recently concluded a two-year commitment on the Board of Directors for Kenzi’s Causes. She has also served on the board of directors for the Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) Colorado chapter and the International Association of Business Communicators’ (IABC) Las Vegas and Colorado chapters. She volunteers with the Clark County Bar Association’s Community Service committee, Cure 4 The Kids and has volunteered with the National Association of Women Business Owners- Southern Nevada. In 2011, Sarah was named Public Relations Principal of the Year at the Electronic Media Awards. Most recently, Clark County Bar Association named Sarah the 2018 Volunteer of the Year.
Sarah received her bachelor’s in communication studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and currently serves as a liaison for its Alumni Association. Sarah was awarded Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) from the Public Relations Society of America, a distinction held by only 15 percent of public relations professionals within the society’s global membership.
Connected Communications’ newest public relations specialist, Whitney Ogden, brings a wide range of experience to the firm. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and mass communication from Arizona State University in 2015. Whitney worked as a sports reporter and copy editor at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, covering sports teams that included Gonzaga University basketball, Eastern Washington University football and the Spokane Indians Minor League Baseball team. She also briefly worked as a news and sports producer for Spokane’s local television station, KREM 2 News.
Whitney offers an array of experience in digital and print content development, social media management, photography, videography and editing.
Meet our Interns
Carlee Gettman is a student of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is in her final semester of pursuing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Media Studies. Carlee is dedicated to exercising her skills in social media strategies and public relations.
Jose Ruiz Lopez is a student of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Media Studies. He is eager to gain experience and improve his skills in the field of public relations and videography.