VINCENTOWN, NJ. – Stokes Creative Group, Inc., with offices in New York City, New Jersey, Florida and Maryland and a certified woman-owned business (WBE/DBE/SBE/WBENC), is proud to announce the selection of Valerie Burnette, APR as Vice President Public Outreach.

“We are pleased Valerie has joined the Stokes team,” said President Joanne Stokes. “Her creativity, extensive experience and expertise  in transportation and communications make her a tremendous asset for Stokes and our clients. She is a strategic thinker and problem solver and brings an entirely new perspective on projects and client services.”

Burnette recently retired with more than 29 years of public service and has a successful 24-year career as Director of Communications with the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration. She led the agency’s media relations, project outreach, social media and website management, strategic planning, customer experience, internal communications, marketing and branding efforts. During her career, she directed the communications for all phases of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge project, a $1.4 billion megaproject between Maryland and Virginia and Intercounty Connector/ICC/MD 200 project, a $2.4 billion, 18-mile toll road north of the Capital Beltway. She was a critical part of the launch of Maryland’s Traffic Relief Plan, which includes a Public/Private Partnership to add express toll lanes to I-270 and I-495 in the Washington, D.C. region.

“I am excited about the opportunity to work with Stokes, which has a stellar reputation in the industry and continue my career in the transportation and construction fields,” said Burnette. Valerie previously served as the Vice-Chair of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Special Committee on Communications and was a long-time member of the executive committee of AASHTO’s Innovation Initiative. She holds accreditation by the Public Relations Society of America and a member of WTS Baltimore.


About Stokes Creative Group, Inc.

Stokes Creative Group, Inc. is a full-service marketing firm with more than 30 years in business, specializing in the transportation, construction, and pharmaceutical industries. Their staff’s diverse expertise allows them to provide unique approaches to achieve the specific business objectives of their clients. Additionally, their goal is to help clients tell the story of their successes and triumphs as the inspiration to develop a story that will set them apart from their competitors, or help the company grow.

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