Meet Jenny Barker

Vice President

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It’s not short for anything. 

It’s just Jenny. And much like her name, she’s a straight-to-the-point kind of gal. As Vice President at RPR, Jenny drives company growth by managing the account team and overseeing all PR and marketing strategies for our clients. 

Before joining RPR, Jenny was part of the executive team at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center where she implemented communication plans that helped achieve record financial performance for the property. That’s what we like to call measurable results. 

Her tenure at the hotel led her to manage a plethora of other interesting projects including Gaylord Opryland’s award-winning “A Country Christmas” celebration and two presidential visits in which she coordinated with the White House press team and the U.S. Secret Service. 

After years in the industry and earning her APR accreditation in 2008, Jenny’s expertise lies in branding, media relations, social media and crisis management. She prides herself on bringing a levelheaded perspective to every situation––regardless of the pressure––and attributes her success to staying agile and action-oriented. 

Turns out that’s a good approach, and Jenny’s got the awards to back it up. She has been named on the Nashville Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list, received the Nashville Emerging Leaders Award from the Nashville Chamber of Commerce and the Rising Star Award from the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI)––to name a few. Please see her trophy room for a complete tally of accolades. 

Fun fact: Her left cheekbone and eye socket are titanium, which basically makes her a bionic woman. Second fun fact: John Stamos made an appearance at her 35th birthday party, which basically makes her best friends with Uncle Jesse. 

Jenny has always had an ambitious streak. The first day she met her husband, she asked him to be her prom date with a houseplant (that’s a good story––ask her to tell it to you). She later graduated from college, got married and started her first full-time job all within the same month.

A little crazy, but what can we say? We like go-getters. 


Feb 28

During Black History Month (February), our team worked with McDonald’s of Kentuckiana to recognize outstanding students in the area. What our client got in return from this scholarship program was much more than media coverage and community goodwill. Through the program and the commitment of the owner operators of McDonald’s in the Kentuckiana area, we saw firsthand how giving back can change lives and make a difference.

For 15 years, McDonald’s Black History Makers of Tomorrow program has celebrated diversity and young leaders in Kentuckiana by awarding scholarships to local high school seniors who demonstrate exceptional leadership, character, scholarship and community service. This year, McDonald’s Restaurants of Kentuckiana awarded the largest group yet by giving a dozen students scholarships totaling $18,000. RPR was given the opportunity to coordinate a ceremony that honored the recipients and raised awareness for McDonald’s contributions within the local community.

The 2019 event was the most well attended by the organization and its employees to date and featured Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Reverend and President of Simmons College Kevin Cosby and Dawne Gee, news anchor with WAVE 3. Twelve young people from high schools throughout Kentucky and Southern Indiana were awarded scholarships. Each of their entries was so outstanding that winners were separated by just tenths of a point.

From creating the scholarship entry and judging process to recruiting community leaders to speak and finalizing all event logistics and details, it became evident to our team that the future is bright for future generations in Kentuckiana.

By Jenny Barker