Communications and Marketing consultant named

Former Rocky Mount city employee to serve as Communications and Marketing consultant
Posted on 10/23/2019
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Rochelle Small-Toney has announced the hiring of Dorothy Brown Smith to serve as a Communications and Marketing consultant for the city of Rocky Mount.

Brown Smith previously worked for the city as a Public Service and Public Information officer from 1988 to 1994. Before leaving in 1997, she had served as head of Public Affairs and Equal Employment Opportunity officer.

Since departing from the city of Rocky Mount, she has moved up the Corporate Communications and Marketing ladder. Some of her experiences include working as a Community Relations manager for Consolidated Diesel Company (CDC) in Whitaker, N.C.; Diversity Procurement director and director of Public Relations for Cummins, Inc. in Columbus, Ind. and general manager of Internal Communications for Armstrong World Industries, Inc. in Lancaster, Penn. While at Armstrong World Industries, Brown Smith was eventually promoted to vice president of Corporate Communications and Diversity.

Most recently, the UNC Chapel Hill graduate led the Corporate Communications, Corporate Travel and Corporate Events departments as Corporate Communications senior vice president at General Parts International, Inc. (Carquest Auto Parts) in Raleigh, N.C. from 2010 to 2014. She joined the company in 2006 as vice president, Corporate Communications.

“It is an honor to consult with the city of Rocky Mount, as I never expected my career would come full circle,” says Brown Smith. “If it was not for the experience gained while serving the city, my professional career would not have been as rewarding; therefore, I am pleased to be able to return to the city as a consultant and share the knowledge, skills and expertise I've gained over the years.”

Brown Smith has devised and implemented Communications and Marketing strategies for various organizations as a consultant since 2014. City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney is excited about what she can offer the organization.

“Dorothy Brown Smith is the consummate professional,” says Small-Toney. “With over 25 years of experience, she will help the city to continue those initiatives that have already been implemented and to develop more strategic communications and marketing efforts.”

Brown Smith, who will start Nov. 1, will lead the Communications and Marketing Office until a permanent appointment is made.