PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — The Seacoast’s own Michelle Firmbach Nadeau has been named to the 2012 Class of the New Hampshire Union Leader’s top 40 Under Forty, an award that recognizes successful and emerging business leaders in the Granite State under the age of 40.
Nadeau is the founder and CEO of Aqua Communications– a strategic public relations and marketing agency based in Portsmouth, NH. Aqua provides public affairs counsel and high-quality professional services to a wide range of clients from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and individuals.
The New Hampshire Union Leader and the Business and Industry Association honored Nadeau and her colleagues at a ceremony in mid-March. Nadeau brings more than 13 years of public affairs, marketing and journalism experience to the public relations practice founded in 2006. The company has a proven track record of implementing effective strategies to achieve even the most challenging business objectives. Aqua offers the expertise and results of a large corporation at a small, close-knit public relations practice where clients can expect individual attention and support on a realistic and frugal budget.
Nadeau, 34, is an award-winning professional, a former journalist, and the former head of US public affairs and international marketing media relations for an international energy company. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of New Hampshire in Durham. She is working towards a master’s degree in strategic public relations at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Currently, Nadeau serves as a principled advocate for clients, an effective spokesperson and author of editorial pieces.
Nadeau applies her experience, ingenuity and media savvy in designing targeted campaigns and compelling content for her clients. Most recently, Nadeau was hired by Star Island Corporation to publicize its Third Annual Gosport Regatta set for Sat., June 9, 2012. Nadeau is working closely with the nonprofit to boost awareness and inspire community involvement and support for its historic buildings and landscapes including the Oceanic Hotel.
In addition, Nadeau is actively engaged in the New Hampshire community as a Trustee of Strawbery Banke Museum (SBM) in Portsmouth, NH. Nadeau volunteers her business expertise to design and co-direct the museum’s largest annual fundraiser — Vintage & Vine.
Nadeau’s husband, Justin P. Nadeau, was honored with the 40 Under Forty award in 2011.