Who We Are

From national industry leaders and Dallas-Fort Worth’s largest companies to start-ups and growing enterprises, Cooper Smith Agency provides public relations and social media services to a wide variety of businesses, largely within the business-to-business and professional services industries, with a particular emphasis on AEC and real estate firms, as well as for many of America’s best-known building products brands.

We can’t wait to learn more about you and your business. In the meantime, a glimpse at our agency leadership…

Cooper Smith Koch

Cooper HeadshotCooper Smith Koch is the principal of Cooper Smith Agency, the successful Dallas public relations firm he founded in 2002. Through his work at Cooper Smith Agency and in the years prior to his PR agency’s start, Cooper has provided media and community relations services to a number of high-profile companies and organizations, including the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, Ben E. Keith Co., Southwest Airlines, Dal-Tile Corporation, Turner Construction Co., Cirque du Soleil, American Cancer Society and Citigroup.

In 2011, Cooper was recognized as a Dallas Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under Forty” honoree, which is given once a year to executives and entrepreneurs who are at the top of their game professionally, and personally and have demonstrated a commitment to the North Texas community.

Cooper is a proud alumnus of Southern Methodist University, where he earned an undergraduate degree in public relations and corporate communications. His unquenchable curiosity about the world around him led Cooper to also study German, Spanish and anthropology while at SMU.

In 2005, Cooper was honored by SMU’s Division of Corporate Communications & Public Affairs as the year’s “Rising Star,” an award recognizing outstanding young alumni of the university.

An active member in the community, Cooper supports a number of non-profit organizations, including AIDS Arms, Human Rights Campaign and the SMU Alumni Association. Cooper sits on the advisory board to the public relations program at SMU, on the Governing Committee for the DFW Federal Club, and on the Board of Directors for Texas Ballet Theater. He has previously served on the board of SMU’s Young Alumni Associates.

Cooper is also an ardent fan and supporter of the visual and performing arts, oftentimes offering his PR agency’s resources in support of local artists and performance groups.

Arden Elliott

ArdenBorn and bred an East-coaster, Arden left the Big Apple for Dallas to be closer to her niece and nephews as well as football games at her alma mater, Texas Christian University. Go Frogs! Arden joined Cooper Smith Agency as an Account Manager after working at Hundred Stories PR, a boutique public relations agency in New York City that specializes in real estate. At Hundred Stories PR, her clients included top developers, brokerage firms and fully integrated companies that own, operate and develop premier residential and commercial real estate. Specifically, Arden worked with Elad Group, the developer of The Plaza Hotel, Taconic Investment Partners, Stonehenge Partners and Houlihan Lawrence, to name a few.

Prior to joining HSPR, Arden worked in one of New York’s most prestigious financial and corporate communications firms, Joele Frank. During her time at Joele Frank, Arden assisted numerous fortune 500 companies with internal and external communications for crisis and special situations, including bankruptcy, proxy fights and mergers and acquisitions. Arden’s clients included Yahoo!, OfficeMax, Motorola Solutions, Barneys New York, Ralcorp, Martin Marietta, BMC Software,  and The Jones Group.

Arden graduated from TCU with a degree in Public Relations and a minor in Business.

Maggie Montgomery

Maggie HeadshotBringing her optimistic and caring attitude to the table, Maggie joined Cooper Smith Agency as an account manager in April of 2015. She serves a wide-range of accounts, including commercial building, real estate and home product clients. Prior to joining the agency, she worked as a public relations assistant for a public affairs agency in Dallas. Maggie graduated from University of Oklahoma with a degree in public relations and a minor in enterprise studies.

After graduation, Maggie made a move to Los Angeles to further life and career experience by pursuing an internship with Golin, an international public relations agency. She served as the sole intern for the Toyota account and assisted with the 2015 Sienna campaign launch, leveraging national influencers and media exposure. With Texas calling her name, she chose to bring it home and continue working the agency life.

Having lived in Dallas for a year, Maggie still finds the city to be new and exciting with its urban restaurants and social living. She’s also keen to pack her bags for a weekend getaway in Texas and Oklahoma visiting family and friends.

Mina Vu

Mina headshotMina joined Cooper Smith Agency as a community manager in June 2012. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in public relations and has a knack for all things social. With a hefty list of college experience under her belt she brings a well-rounded skill set to the team.

The agencies Mina has worked with are all across the board, from the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau where she focused on generating new sales leads, to Wyatt Brand where she assisted in red carpet press coverage for the Austin Film Society Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards and SXSW Interactive. Mina then made her way to Alpheus Media and helped the documentary film production studio launch a branding initiative with a heavy push on social efforts.

Upon graduation, she decided she had kept Austin weird enough and was ready to make her way back to Dallas where she was born and raised.

When she’s not glued to the computer, you can find Mina glued to the TV indulging in her guilty pleasure of watching Bravo’s lineup of the Real Housewives. But when the weather is pleasant she enjoys a few games of tennis or taking her dog Mac on a walk through the Arbor Hills Nature Preserve.

Nina Koch

Nina HeadshotNina, who joined Cooper Smith Agency in September 2005, hails from North Carolina, where she earned a degree in Public Relations from UNC Charlotte. Her experience includes developing newsletters and business development materials for a Charlotte investment firm and assisting with product launches and dealer communications for NASCAR-branded merchandise.

At Cooper Smith Agency, she is responsible for our successful product placements business for our building/design clients with national television shows, print and showhouses. She also helps with our day-to-day graphic design needs for all of our clients, including web design, newsletters, print/web ads, invitations, annual reports, business cards, retail signage and much more.  In 2006, CSA was honored with a platinum and a gold award from MarCom Creative Awards for two separate projects – both of which Nina designed.

Outside of the office, Nina is an accomplished cyclist. She was nationally ranked in mountain bike racing  She enjoys photography, house projects, playing with her niece and nephew and has a successful auto detailing business.