Mary Rowley

Strongpoint Marketing

Mary Rowley, APR, counts her first communications job as gossip columnist for her junior high newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. A college theater major, Mary discovered she enjoyed directing and stage-managing more than performing. Even more, she could build attendance through coverage in the local newspaper. Completing a bachelor’s in communications at Augsburg College, Minneapolis, she returned to Ohio to work as a reporter, copy editor and photographer for a small daily newspaper.

Moving to Phoenix in 1979, Mary accepted a job in the marketing department of The Arizona Republic, where she worked her way up to the highest-ranking female department head, running marketing, community relations and market research.  Marketing management roles at the San Diego Union Tribune and the Greater Baltimore Committee followed, after which Mary founded Rowley Communications in Wilmington, DE.

After moving to Tucson in 1998, Mary joined the Nordensson Group as Vice President and then founded Strongpoint Marketing in 2003, expanding the firm’s work in marketing and research to California and Delaware. She earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix and taught undergraduate courses there, and is nationally accredited (APR) by the Public Relations Society of America.

Mary was a member and officer of the Phoenix AD2 and member of Phoenix Ad Club. In Tucson, she joined the American Advertising Federation of Tucson and served as President from 2008-2009 and played a key role helping Tucson establish its AD2 Chapter. She currently serves as First Vice President/Treasurer for the Tucson Advertising Federation Education Foundation.

Her volunteer work includes leadership with numerous non-profit organizations in Southern Arizona.

Mary’s many awards include the Tucson Metro Chamber’s Sonoran Spirit Award, Governor’s Award as an Arizona Woman of Achievement in Communications, Women on the Move from the YWCA, the AAFT Golden Pen Award and a finalist for the Athena award.