Breaking Limits LLC is a boutique, integrated public relations, event management and sponsorship consulting agency.
We offer a modern, comprehensive approach to public relations, experiential marketing and sponsorship.
We’re dynamic, creative and relentless. From ideation to activation to measurement, Breaking Limits is driven to succeed.
Our team has more than 144 combined years of experience with the media and industry contacts to show for it. Our backgrounds vary from traditional public relations to sports marketing to broadcast journalism.
Our clients range from multi-billion dollar corporations to household brand names, athletes and community foundations.
Bobby Labonte, President & Founder
It’s all about winning for Bobby Labonte – on and off the track. He drives fast, pedals hard and works harder. He’s committed to providing Breaking Limits clients with the most outstanding public relations, event management and sports sponsorship professionals out there.
Bobby founded Breaking Limits in 2007 as part of Bobby Labonte Enterprises, which includes the Bobby Labonte Foundation and Longhorn Chassis. He’s also owned a Dirt Late Model team, Busch Grand National Team, built the North Carolina Quarter Midget Track for kids seeking a start in racing and also co-owns a Red Mango frozen yogurt franchise on the Duke University Campus.
Bobby is the 1991 Busch Grand National Champion and 2000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, so he expects to win in business, too. He ensures Breaking Limits clients get the best talent, tools and strategy to meet their needs. You can also catch Bobby weekly on FS1’s Race Hub or RaceDay, providing expert NASCAR analysis.
Bobby’s interests include running, cycling, hunting and working on his farm.
Kristin Labonte, Chief Strategy Officer
Always finding the greatest satisfaction in helping others reach their full potential and find success, Kristin has taken an active role in the strategic direction and growth of Breaking Limits.
As Chief Strategy Officer, Kristin is part of the agency senior leadership team, advising on overall direction and growth opportunities for the firm. Kristin has 24 years of experience in marketing, media and advertising and specializes in strategic direction for the agency's growth and overall client management. Her client experiences range from consumer goods and services to professional sports to entertainment and her focus is always on the consumer and how to maximize their experience with the client brands and products.
As a retired professional cyclist and the 2012 Masters Time Trial World Champion, Kristin has been a dedicated member of some of the most successful bicycle racing teams in America. It is from her experiences as a professional athlete that she derives her focus, dedication and passion.
There is nothing better to Kristin than being a part of a winning team.
Ken Cohn, Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Officer
Ken oversees day-to-day business operations for Breaking Limits, and heads up the agency’s sponsorship consulting. Ken has been deeply involved in the sports and entertainment marketing landscape for nearly 25 years, with diverse expertise across properties, teams and agencies.
Over the past 15 years, Ken's sweet spot has been Motorsports, building upon years spent working with clients and sponsors, and/or on promotional marketing programs within Minor League Hockey, Action Sports, Major League Baseball and College Sports, to name a few.
Ken's client-centric, results-based approach remains squarely focused on offering strategic counsel, property evaluation, concept development, program implementation and platform measurement expertise.
Ken’s interests include family, fitness, and sports.
CURRENT/PAST CLIENTS: Gatorade, General Motors, M&M's, True Value, Kraft/Nabisco, Sunoco, State Farm, XM, Makita, IDG, Pepsi, Office Depot, General Mills, AutoZone, Sylvania, FDP
Mark Hughes, Chief Financial Officer
You could call him Bobby's right-hand man. Mark is the financial executive that keeps Bobby Labonte Enterprises and its subsidiaries on strategy and moving forward.
With more than 20 years experience at Fortune 200 companies, Mark brings the business savvy and financial leadership that a growing agency needs. A licensed certified public accountant in the state of North Carolina, Mark has worked with Bobby since 2006, managing all of his personal holdings and interests.
Mark enjoys sports, spending time in the mountains and his dog, Sally.
Jeff Dennison, VP, Communications
Jeff is a media and public relations veteran, having spent the past 15 years connecting countless clients with the right outlets to get their message delivered. He learned the ropes in a traditional, old-school public relations world, and still applies those values in his work today.
With the wheels in his mind always spinning, Jeff is constantly generating unique ideas to create media opportunities for clients. His contacts are extensive; he has working relationships with nearly every national news outlet in print and broadcast media, and he is a trusted source for journalists and clients alike.
When Jeff is at home, he enjoys spending time watching college athletics, running and watching his favorite TV shows with his wife.
CURRENT/PAST CLIENTS: Smithfield Foods, Richard Petty Motorsports & Petty’s Garage, David Ragan, UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team, General Mills, Aflac, Front Row Motorsports, Phoenix Racing, HVM Racing, Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing, Alli Owens, Ali Kern
Faye Shroff, Director, Brand Communications
Faye is a storyteller by nature. She spent nearly a decade on the news desk at TV stations across the country and five years as a communications and digital marketing consultant. Faye joined Breaking Limits in 2015 and specializes in brand communications, executing public relations events across the country.
If it involves communications, Faye’s done it: media relations, TV news anchoring and reporting, videography, photography and editing, web design, SEO, social media strategy and blogging. She’s a continuous learner who’s always researching, trying new things and staying abreast of trends and best practices.
Faye’s extensive list of local and national media contacts and her editorial perspective get clients the earned media they deserve.
In her spare time, Faye loves to travel, cook, run and spend time outdoors in the Southern sunshine, something she didn’t see much of growing up in Seattle. Her weekends are filled with watching her husband’s college sports broadcasts and entertaining her German Shepherd.
CURRENT/PAST CLIENTS: Smithfield Foods, The Respite, The David Hoffman Group, West Coast Fire & Rescue, Rick Hoffman for Washington State Legislature, Author Elizabeth Berrien, Mandy Bird, LPC
Leah Rubertino, Sr. Account Executive, Public Relations
Leah, a Cleveland Ohio native, brings more than 10 years of talent in communications and media relations to Breaking Limits. Her experience in broadcast journalism and “news sense” has given her the expertise to develop creative public relations events for a rich brand experience.
This sports broadcaster-turned-public relations guru hits the ground running and recognizes the importance of every touchpoint throughout each public relations campaign, because endearing a brand to its customers requires creativity and consistency across all channels.
Prior to her career in public relations, Leah worked as a sports reporter in South Dakota, Tennessee and North Carolina. Leah’s inspiration is her MVP Pony Tail Softball League trophy. Other achievements include being voted “Most Likely to be a Broadway Star” in high school and voted “Most Talkative” by her family, friends and co-workers.
In her spare time, you can catch Leah running, practicing yoga and watching trashy reality TV. And since “Cleveland Rocks”, it’s all about CLE for this die-hard Cleveland sports fan.
CURRENT/PAST CLIENTS: Smithfield Foods, Alzheimer’s Association, Estelle’s Italian Specialty Products, Training In Motion LLC, Charlotte Hornets
Hannah Meadors, Account Executive, Public Relations
Hannah began her professional career at Breaking Limits, working on the Armour and Eckrich brands. She currently helps lead the Eckrich College Football and Operation Homefront programs.
Hannah’s notable projects include several Satellite Media Tours with various celebrities such as Kirk Herbstreit and Holly Robinson Peete, as well as numerous events across the country for the Eckrich and Armour cause marketing campaigns.
Hannah attended Longwood University in Virginia where she graduated “Magna Cum Laude” and earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations. In college, Hannah completed a variety of internships, served as the founder and president of the Longwood University chapter of PRSSA, and played on the women’s volleyball team.
Hannah loves skiing but hates chairlifts (long story), so that’s a challenge. She’s an avid Duke Blue Devils fan, enjoys live music, and dining on Mexican and Italian food. She was also voted most likely to win a celebrity look-alike contest in high school (Helen Hunt).
Emily Brandt, Account Associate, Public Relations
Emily is the numbers expert at Breaking Limits, where she’s been leading the public relations team’s media reporting efforts since 2015. She also has a wealth of experience in hospitality and event management, and assists in the execution of motorsports events.
Prior to joining Breaking Limits, Emily was an account director at a public relations & marketing agency, where she managed a client’s involvement in one of NASCAR’s top three series. She also handled the driver’s travel logistics and public relations.
Emily is a graduate of the University of Virginia Charlottesville with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. She is the wife of a NASCAR crew member and the mother of a three-year-old boy that keeps her busy. She’s also an aunt to 13 nieces and nephews.
Emily is an avid sports fan, especially when it comes to NASCAR and college football and basketball. Growing up, Emily showed her enthusiasm on the field as a member of the marching band.
Lauren Visser, Account Executive, Event Management
Lauren has had an event-filled career - literally. Her experience has seen her planning track hospitality programs, golf tournaments, dinners, festivals and even a movie premiere. And she's done it for clients small and large and everything in between.
Lauren is involved with just about every event Breaking Limits manages. She has the contacts and checklists to make sure they all go off without a hitch, and with plenty of good memories for those in attendance.
She graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1999 and started as an intern at Bristol Motor Speedway, Lauren landed her first “real job” in Charlotte, and worked for the Cotter Group, Elevation, and Jurgensen & Company before joining Breaking Limits.
Lauren enjoys traveling and cheering on the Volunteers. Her latest adventures include getting married and becoming a new mom.
CURRENT/PAST CLIENTS: Eckrich/Nathan’s/Smithfield/Carando, SYLVANIA AutoZone, Sherwin Williams, Thank a Teacher, Peck Motorsports, Stopain, Bristol Motor Speedway, Lowe's, McDonald's, ElectriCities, General Mills, M&M's, Texaco Havoline