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Michelle Buckalew

Senior Account Director

Michelle Buckalew is a senior communications strategist specializing in media relations, corporate communications and crisis and reputation management. In her role, she provides strategic counsel to help define, develop and implement communication plans for Sunwest’s growing list of clients.

Before joining Sunwest, Michelle led the global corporate communications team for a leading financial technology and services provider. Prior to that she held positions of vice president in the corporate communications practice for a global public relations agency and provided strategic internal communications counsel for a national retail company.

Michelle is also an award-winning journalist who began her career in television news. She served as a key member of news management teams in Austin and Dallas. She also shared her knowledge, skills and passion for the industry with future journalists while serving as a full-time instructor at Texas Christian University.

Michelle received her B.A. in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She and her husband have two children. When not shuttling between school, soccer games and dance recitals, the family enjoys travelling.