Kymberly Brantigan grew up in motorsports as the daughter of a race track owner/promoter, attending her first sponsorship meeting at the age of 14. Working summers with her Mom and involved in organizing promotions and events, hosting sponsors, writing press releases and assisting with press conferences, Brantigan has spent nearly her entire life in the business of events, promotion and public relations.
After earning a degree in marketing and management from the University of Dayton and interning at NASCAR while in college, Brantigan started with Performance PR Plus in 1995 where she was hired as a hospitality coordinator. By midyear she started training and quickly advanced to publicist for four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon. Brantigan was hands-on through the explosion of Gordon’s career and NASCAR’s rise in popularity and is very savvy with the media, executives and celebrities. She has never been in a position to provide anything less than high-level, turnkey VIP services for clients.
Brantigan was the first to land a NASCAR driver on the covers of national mainstream publications including FORBES, TV Guide, USA Weekend and in Reader’s Digest, Rolling Stone and Esquire Magazine.
Brantigan worked her way up to vice president, then president and partner of the agency and as Charlotte grew in leaps in bounds as a city that attracted Fortune 500 companies, became the second biggest banking city, won the bid for the NASCAR Hall of Fame and was attracting more convention business, she saw an opportunity to expand the business. The Charlotte Destination Group was created by Brantigan to provide the same high-level, marketing-driven services that she had been providing to corporate racing clients nationwide, right here at home to organizations that choose Charlotte to host meetings, events, conferences and conventions.
With the help of a highly experienced staff, Brantigan has grown the business filling the niche of the Charlotte agency that takes a marketing approach to destination and event management, providing high-level VIP services and creating distinctive and memorable experiences. Clients include the Democratic National Convention Host Committee, Advanced Auto Parts, Wheels, Inc., GE Capital, The Charlotte Knights, and numerous trade associations.