HONOLULU – Bennet Group Strategic Communications, one of Hawaiʻi’s premier public relations agencies, recently announced the promotion of Pono Suganuma and Catherine Coleman, who will both serve as senior account managers at the firm.

“As emerging leaders in the community, Pono and Catherine consistently provide the highest quality of service to our clients. Their exemplary storytelling skills, unrelenting enthusiasm and commitment to making Hawaiʻi better always deliver results,” said Joan Bennet, president and CEO of Bennet Group. “We look forward to their continued growth with our firm as they deliver strategic communications counsel to our clients and partners.”

Prior to joining Bennet Group, Pono served as a Legislative Aide for Hawaiʻi State Representative Nicole Lowen, whom she supported by drafting government resolutions, certificates, and constituent communication materials. She previously worked as a Digital Content Producer for Hawaiʻi News Now, where she produced a variety of high-performing multimedia content for its digital and social platforms. Pono graduated with her bachelor’s degree from Utah State University in 2018 and Kamehameha Schools Kapālama in 2015.

Before joining the firm, Catherine held internships with various companies in Hawaiʻi, including Hawaiian Airlines, Becker Communications, The Tea Chest Hawaiʻi and more. Through her positions, she applied her communication skills to multiple industries in Hawaiʻi. She received her master’s degree from the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University and a bachelor’s University of Miami, and graduated from Kamehameha Schools Kapālama in 2014.

Both are members of the Public Relations Society of America – Hawai‘i Chapter, and Catherine currently serves as the vice president of communities for the American Marketing Association – Hawai‘i Chapter and will start a new role as president-elect in the summer of 2022. Outside of work, the pair support the Blood Bank of Hawai‘i, Friends of the Library of Hawai‘i, Project Vision Hawaiʻi and other nonprofit organizations. ​

In their new roles as senior account managers, Pono and Catherine will continue delivering impeccable service to clients, strategizing and operationalizing initiatives and programs that benefit Hawaiʻi now and in the future. Their collective skills will further elevate Bennet Group as a thoughtful, forward-thinking communications partner for clients nationwide.