Meet Nicole Mahoney

CEO, Break the Ice Media
Host, Destination on the Left podcast

The backstory

You might say being an entrepreneur is in Nicole's DNA. As a student, she worked for her dad at the family's audio and car stereo shop, eventually taking on their annual Sound Off event held in their store parking lot. The natural marketer in her took over, and the event grew to mini-festival size, attracting up to five thousand people on a Sunday. When her dad told her to "A to Z" a project, she learned to do every step of business development, marketing strategy, PR, and branding while working her way through college and her Masters.

Professional path

With a talent for creating special events, Nicole went on to work in sports marketing at Frontier Field in Rochester, and as the executive director of the internationally known Lilac Festival. Later on she headed the Canandaigua NY BID. There were projects for Visit Rochester as well.

In 2009, she founded Break the Ice Media, with more than 20 years experience in tourism marketing.

As a business owner, Nicole knows what it takes to be successful. She founded BTI to help businesses tell their brand story through public relations, digital and traditional channels. She has the ability to uncover unique marketing opportunities, and develop marketing and public relations initiatives that help clients build long-term success.

Inside the office she loves:

Working with clients to understand their marketing needs, developing plans and executing those plans. Leading and nurturing her team. (You might call her The Founding Mother.) Watching results happen for clients.

Outside the office she loves:

Her family (husband and four daughters). Traveling on family vacations. Maine. Playing euchre with her long-time girlfriends every month. Living in wine country (and drinking that wine!).

Nicole Mahoney

"We're about doing what's best for clients. We're not territorial - there are no 'egos' here."

Posts from Nicole

invisible obstacles to collaboration

Invisible Obstacles to Collaboration

By Nicole | June 28, 2022

Communication is a key ingredient to being a successful collaborator. Honing your presentation and listening skills will make a difference.…

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5 Ways to Keep a Forward-Thinking Mindset

By Nicole | April 26, 2022

I first wrote down these five steps to keeping a forward-thinking mindset in the fall of 2020. The future was…

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Commitment: Creating World-Changing Collaborations

Commitment: Creating World-Changing Collaborations

By Nicole | April 4, 2022

This is the last post in a series introducing a 3-part framework for creating world-changing collaborations. This framework is based…

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Commonality Creating World-Changing Collaborations

Commonality: Creating World-Changing Collaborations

By Nicole | March 28, 2022

In the last blog, I shared a 3-part framework for creating world-changing collaborations. The 3Cs framework is a crowd-sourced framework…

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Communication: Creating World-Changing Collaborations

By Nicole | March 21, 2022

As we start to look toward the future and recovery for our industry, we have a tremendous opportunity to rebuild…

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Becoming More Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive – Small Steps Add Up

Becoming More Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive – Small Steps Add Up

By Nicole | February 16, 2022

Equitable is one of our core values and in 2020 my team decided to lean into this value. We started…

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