President & Chief Creative Officer
A native of Northern Virginia, media maven Kyle Schmitz made her way back to the DC area in 2010 after spending almost 10 years living and gaining invaluable experience working in New York City – the culinary capital of the world and number one media market in the country.
A Cum Laude graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, she earned a BA in Communications with concentrations in public relations, advertising, television production, and journalism. Kyle began her career in media working as a producer in some of the country’s most respected newsrooms including Lester Holt Live at MSNBC and Good Day New York at Fox 5 WNYW-TV. She transitioned into public relations after accepting a position with one of the most prestigious public relations agency’s in New York City, Rubenstein Associates, where she worked with some of the nations most powerful brands and personalities including: NYC & Co., Tribeca Film Festival, BMW of North America, Autism Speaks, David Blaine, XM Satellite Radio, Amazon.com, and Maxwell House to name a few. She further developed her experience at two notable boutique agencies in Manhattan representing celebrated chefs and prestigious hotels on both a national and international level. Notable hospitality clients included: Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa (Spa Toccare, Bobby Flay Steak, SeaBlue, Forneletto, Izakaya, Wolfgang Puck American Grille, Old Homestead, MIXX, Mur. Mur., The Water Club at Borgata (Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, Immersion Spa), Savor Borgata, The NY Chocolate Show, Jackson Hole Media Marketplace, Cooperstown, NY, Chef Pichet Ong, Chef Jehangir Mehta of Graffiti Food + Wine Bar, Chef Anita Lo of Annisa, The Central Park Boathouse, Tour De France Restaurant Group, Kittichai, Chef Roy Yamaguchi, and Chef Ralf Kuettel of Trestle on Tenth, amongst others.
Following her move back to the DC area in spring 2010, Kyle signed on with an established boutique hospitality agency and worked with local DMV powerhouse clients such as Bryan Voltaggio of VOLT, BLT Steak, Trummer’s on Main, Co Co. Sala, Eola, Occidental Grill & Seafood, and Taste of the Nation Washington DC/ Share Our Strength, to name a few.
A seasoned award-winning media relations professional, Kyle is the proud owner and founder of KONNECTED Media Group, and has continued to consistently secure high-profile media exposure on behalf of her clients in top-tier local, regional, national, and international media outlets such as The New York Times, New York Magazine, Tasting Table, Serious Eats, Forbes, Popular Mechanics, National Geographic Traveler, Food Republic, Thrillist, The New Yorker, Food Network Magazine, GQ, Town & Country, NBC’s Today Show, Food & Wine. Saveur, Bon Appetit, CNN Eatocracy, The Guardian, Fox 5 Good Day DC, NBC Washington, CNN.com, The Washington Post, Rachael Ray, Bloomberg, Wine & Spirits, Wine Enthusiast, Men’s Journal, Esquire, Washington City Paper, Huffington Post, Condé Nast Traveler, CBS Sunday Morning, Fox & Friends, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNBC, Edible (DC & Manhattan), NPR, WTOP, The Kojo Show, Garden & Gun, PBS, The Telegraph, Huffington Post, The Food Network, Cooking Channel, Associated Press, Washingtonian Magazine, Southern Living, Travel + Leisure, Northern Virginia Magazine, and Arlington Magazine, amongst many others. Highly creative, innovative, and strategic, Kyle specializes in local, regional, and national, print, online and broadcast media exposure and has also made a name for herself in both NYC and DC as a pro-active force in social media. Kyle currently resides in Washington DC and is an avid gourmand with wanderlust. She believes in her community and doing everything in her power to encourage her clients to connect and contribute to powerful causes and personally volunteer for those causes herself. Kyle is currently an active member of Smithsonian often contributing ideas for original content for high-profile culinary-driven events, a proud supporter of DC Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table, and newly inducted member of Les Dames d’Escoffier Washington, D.C.
Twitter & IG: @KyleKONNECTED