Noreen Heron, President
In 2000, Noreen founded and has built the award-winning Heron Agency into one of the nation’s leading lifestyle communications agencies, named one of the “Top 200 PR firms in the Country” by Forbes Magazine in 2021. Heron is a one stop shop offering services from Public Relations, Social Media, Crisis Communications, Advertising, Digital Marketing, Event Planning and more. An innovator of new communication and digital technologies, Noreen ensures that Heron Agency is always on the cutting-edge of the media industry and its trends. Her entrepreneurial mindset has garnered her dozens of prestigious industry awards, and her reputation of consistently delivering fully integrated marketing campaigns that improve a client’s bottom line and profitability is well known. Throughout her career, she has represented countless lifestyle brands including over 40 hotel brands, more than 1000 theater productions including national tours, 400 restaurants, numerous retailers and countless events including the Taste of Chicago, the Race to Mackinac, the Jeff Awards, the Grand Chefs Gala, the Randolph Street Market, the Highland Games, the Chicago Boat & RV Show, and the One of a Kind Show. She has managed corporate campaigns for Paper Source, Luna Carpet, Smirnoff, Massage Envy and others. She has represented numerous celebrities in Chicago and around the country including Prince, Jerry Seinfeld, Dan Aykroyd, the Beach Boys, and Jewel, among others. Her agency has represented product launches, sports teams, franchises and more.
A self-made professional, Noreen never worked at an agency prior to owning one, developing infrastructure and systems she knew her clients would need from her time on property working for large, iconic hospitality clients. For 5 years, she served as the Director of Public Relations at Hyatt Regency Chicago, Hyatt’s largest property and Chicago’s biggest hotel, where she also was a member of the Executive Committee. Prior to Hyatt, Noreen served as the Director of Public Relations for Candlelight Playhouse/Forum Theatre, the 1025-seat dinner theater venue where she started as an usher at 14 years old, moving up to House Manager, Season Subscription Manager and eventually managing the theater’s PR.
Noreen has served on numerous boards and planned dozens of charitable fundraisers, receiving many awards (listed below). Considered one of Chicago’s most networked individuals, possessing strong relationships with media, politicians, and the city’s tastemakers, she is a specialist at using her connections to the benefit of her clients and linking them to each other to build productive relationships. In 2021, she led a successful campaign calling on the Chicago Park District to install life rings and safety equipment along the city’s lakefront. She has taught classes on Communications at Northwestern University, DePaul University, Roosevelt University and Kendall College. She lives in Lincoln Park and is the mother to Connor, a Sophomore at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, and Ava, a Junior at St. Ignatius College Prep.
Press and Features
Press and Features
PR Couture chats with Noreen Heron as one of their “PR Girls We Love!”
“To say Noreen Heron knows Chicago is quite an understatement,” Lux and Concord selects Noreen to share her perfect day in Chicago!
“With Irish blood in her veins, Noreen runs a strong team of female PR ladies in Chicago, USA.” Orlagh Claire chats with Noreen for #GirlBossMonday!
Noreen Heron, busy working woman and mom shares with Chicago Woman Magazine what she does to drive away the stress of the week.
Noreen Heron shares with CBS Radio her five secrets to stay connected with her children through the use of technology and apps.
Meet Noreen Heron, who Voyage Chicago selected as a Woman We Love!
“No one knows how much the meetings business has changed in Chicago over the past decades more than Noreen Heron” –Connect Magazine
“Chicago Business Journal announces its 2016 class of Women of Influence” which includes Heron President Noreen Heron.
Talk Theatre In Chicago with Noreen Heron, about how publicists help theaters sell tickets, and her background in theater beginning with Candlelight Playhouse.
Heron Agency President Noreen Heron on WGN Radio on the Frank Fontana Show. Frank describes Noreen as “Wonder Woman”! Listen here
“Publicist Noreen Heron’s efforts behind the scenes generate the buzz that gets people into the seats of Chicago-area theaters.” UIC Alumni Magazine
“Painting the Town Red for Heron’s 15th Anniversary.” Inside Publications (click to read)
“Veteran Chicago publicist Noreen Heron, one of the best in the business, is rebranding the communications firm that bears her name.” Robert Feder
“How one PR firm maintains a fresh —and effective — outlook after 15 years in the trenches.” Lewis Lazare, Chicago Business Journal
“Noreen is a ball of energy with a contagious big smile and powerful contacts.” Special Events Chicago
“From mainstream media to social media to e-newsletters and local blogs, Noreen Heron & Associates, Inc. has a tenacious reputation for getting the word out for its clients.” NWI Times, OFFBEAT: Publicist’s Chicago firm celebrating a decade of stage and client connections
“The promotions and events that I have created over the years helped fill theater seats and hotel beds, and hopefully kept other employees in the hospitality industry working!” Where Chicago, American Airlines Someone Special Award
“I try to act on every piece of paper that I get immediately so as to reduce clutter. This is true in all areas of my life.” Chicago Tribune, Got a minute? She’ll save you hours
“There’s a bunch of goodies on Noreen Heron’s desk.” Chicago Tribune, Oh, Goody, Goody
“You know the ones. They’re successful. Admired. Magnetic. They’ve got ‘it.’” Today’s Chicago Woman, Meet Chicago’s “It Girls”
“I’ll slow down when I’m dead. I”m always at warp speed.” Crain’s Chicago Business, The Business of Life
“Impeccable taste. It’s not a matter of money, but an issue of style.” Today’s Chicago Woman, Chicago’s Most Fashionable Women
“There are many reasons why more and more young people are making time to volunteer. While there’s a social aspect to volunteering, the primary driving force is the opportunity to give back.” Today’s Chicago Woman, The New Philanthropists
“I am able to combine my career with my social conscience,” Heron said. “That’s an opportunity that not many people are given in their professional life, and I’m fortunate to have been given that opportunity.” University of Illinois (UIC) Alumni Magazine, “Be my guest”
“Noreen Heron talks about her passion for marketing and finding joy in shining the light on her clients.” The Power of PR, The Climb Podcast
VIP Award for Advocacy – 2022 – Friends of the Parks, 2022
Ragan Communications and PR Daily’s Top Women in Communication “Dynamic Doer” Award, 2020
National Customer Service Association, “Service Excellence to the Community”, 2019
Daily Herald Influential Women in Business Honoree, 2018
PR Couture Bespoke Award Winner, The Maven Award (Judges’ choice) Career Achievement: Noreen Heron, 2018
PR Couture Bespoke Award Winner, PR Campaign of the Year, 2018
Professional Irish Women of Chicago 2017 Professional Marketing & Events Award, 2017
Chicago Business Journal Women of Influence – Noreen Heron, 2016
PR News Agency Elite Award– Nonprofit Category, 2016
Massage Envy “Streetfighter of the Year” (Person recognized who did more for Massage Envy’s brand than any other over the calendar year), 2014
“Entrepreneur Award, Outstanding, Business Achievement” Special Events Chicago Magazine, 2001
Today’s Chicago Woman Magazine, Noreen Heron named one of “Chicago’s Top 100 Women Making a Difference”, 1999
Where Chicago Magazine/American Airlines “Someone Special” Award” (Voted on by peers in the industry), 1999
NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) Corporate Woman of Achievement Award, 1998
Named one of Chicago’s “Top 100 Young Leaders“, Public Allies, 1993