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…

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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.

Nina Koch

Nina's HeadshotNina, who joined Cooper Smith Agency in September 2005 as Graphic Designer/Account Assistant, 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 product placements for our 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 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 in 2004. She enjoys photography, house projects, playing with her niece and nephew and has a successful auto detailing business.

Mina Vu

Mina Headshot2Mina 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.

Jenny Hancock

Jenny Hancock's HeadshotJenny joined Cooper Smith Agency as assistant account executive in March 2013. Prior to joining Cooper Smith, Jenny graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in public relations and a business minor. She most recently served as director of communications at Hari Mari, a new Dallas-based footwear brand. Jenny was born and raised in San Antonio, TX.

Jenny’s diverse work and internship experiences make her an exciting addition to the team. Her work at Hari Mari focused on building brand awareness, press outreach and organizing special events. Throughout college she pursued a heavy interest in politics where she interned in Washington, D.C. for a Texas congressman and later worked at an Austin-based political consulting firm, both times serving as the public relations and social media intern.

In her off hours, you can find Jenny letting off some steam at Katy Trail or at a pilates or Flywheel class (her latest exercise addiction). She also spends her free time exploring new restaurants with friends, feeding her online shopping addiction (hello Gilt Groupe), checking her favorite fashion and political blogs, traveling and catching up on the latest episodes of Downton Abbey, Girls and House of Cards.

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