Nancy K. Tao

Strategic Consultant

nancyNancy Tao, a veteran PR and marketing consultant, is a key member of the AHC Consulting team. She provides clients with thoughtful, objective-based expertise, planning, and project management to achieve top line goals. A career event producer, she has conceptualized and produced award-winning marketing and hospitality events from St. Louis to Atlanta to Beijing, China.

As the principal of Tao Communications, her recent portfolio of work includes Cloudland Station, a second-home mountain community and resort near Chattanooga, TN; ColorMuse, a smart technology color scanning tool for design professionals and DIYers; J+J Flooring Group, a commercial specified carpet manufacturer; and Accenture a management consulting firm where she provided C-level marketing strategy and tools for the communications and high tech practice group.

Nancy’s public relations career started at St Louis-based FleishmanHillard as part of the corporate and community relations team working across A-list accounts including Anheuser-Busch, Ralston Purina, Monsanto, Emerson Electric and Union Electric (Ameren). She also worked on flagship civic projects including the St Louis NLF Partnership; the Zoo Museum District and the opening of MetroLink. In 1993 she took a leap of faith and headed south to Atlanta to join the organizing committee for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. She was recruited as the first special events manager and oversaw the numerous sanctioned events leading up to the Games including the opening of the newly constructed competition venues and a surprise visit to the host city by President Clinton and Vice President Gore. More than a decade later, she packed her bags once again and moved cross continental to Beijing, China where she managed client-centric marketing programs for Accenture. She wrapped up her expat experience leading the fulfillment of the historic naming rights sponsorship of the MasterCard Center, an 18,000-seat sports and entertainment venue in the heart of the capital city. While in China she also exercised her passion for the built environment by working alongside the city’s advocate and NGO for historic preservation, by creating a unique signature event and fundraising template.

Raised in St. Louis, but based in Atlanta, Nancy’s roots remain tied to the Gateway City where she travels back regularly to see family and colleagues and to cheer on the Cardinals and the Blues. While living in St Louis she was actively involved in the community and worked closely with The Mathews-Dickey Boys & Girls Club and was invited back in 2016 to receive a mentorship award on International Women’s Day. In Atlanta she’s a volunteer marketing coach in support of Georgia’s organic farmers; a volunteer runner with Back on My Feet, a national organization that combats homelessness through the power of running; and provides volunteer marketing counsel for Swim Across America Atlanta, an open water swim and fundraiser for pediatric cancer.

A graduate from the University of Missouri, Nancy is a single, working mother of a 6th grader who is her forever inspiration. She also makes time for cooking, traveling, running, Flywheel workouts, shopping at Goodwill, and keeping up with her blog “For Better, For Worse.”

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