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

Tourism Recovery Planning

Tourism Recovery Planning: How to get started

By Nicole | May 20, 2020

The signs of recovery are starting to bubble up. Which means that for tourism businesses and organizations, it’s time to…

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Working Through a Pandemic in the Travel and Tourism Industry

Working Through a Pandemic in the Travel and Tourism Industry

By Nicole | March 11, 2020

We are not in control. That is what creates the fear that drives panic and hysteria when something like the…

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Borrowing from the Tourism Marketing Playbook: Why Agencies Collaborate

Why Agencies Collaborate: Borrowing from the Tourism Marketing Playbook

By Nicole | February 14, 2020

When solutions to our clients’ business issues require disciplines outside of our expertise, we borrow from the tourism marketing playbook and look for ways to collaborate with other agencies to deliver better results.

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[Cover Image} 20 tourism marketing trends for 2020 with a black and white background of a car driving up the coast

20 Tourism Marketing Trends for 2020

By Nicole | January 29, 2020

There are so many tourism marketing trends that our team has their eye on this year, I thought it would…

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Proving Relevancy and ROI: Key Takeaways from the first Destination on the Left Virtual Summit

Proving Relevancy and ROI: Key Takeaways from the first Destination on the Left Virtual Summit

By Nicole | January 22, 2020

At Break the Ice Media we are committed to ongoing professional development of our team within tourism marketing. Each year,…

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Creating your Tourism Marketing Strategies and Plan

Creating Your Travel and Tourism Marketing Strategies and Plan

By Nicole | November 15, 2019

We recently released a 5-part video series on how to create your tourism marketing plan for the new year. The…

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