Jase Payne

Director, PR & Social


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What I’m Good At: Communication, Strategic Thinking, Social Media, Public/Media Relations, Public Speaking, Problem Solving, Networking, Tourism Marketing, and Building Relationships

What I Really Do:

Business Development
Providing results-driven marketing solutions for our clients through research and planning, digital strategies and tactics, content, branding, and event planning. We have an incredible team that I get to promote on a daily basis.

Public Relations
I help our clients through PR strategies and tactics to promote and grow their business, brand personality, develop a relationship with their customers, and build a relationship with their community.

Brands I’ve Helped:  The City of Gulfport, Gulfport Sportsplex, and Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival

During my time with the City of Gulfport, I assisted the following brands with branding and advertising through sponsorships: Island View Casino Resort, Hancock Whitney, Raising Canes, Coca Cola, Texas Roadhouse, Whataburger, and Premier Dermatology.


  • Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications, The University of Southern Mississippi


  • Marketing Manager with the City of Gulfport for three years (2017 – 2019) leading marketing, business development, and public relations for Gulfport Leisure Services including the Gulfport Sportsplex and the Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival.
  • Prior to working with the City, I worked in the film industry for three years in production management and assisting the Mississippi Film Office recruit producers and directors from across the country to Mississippi.

Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors & 2020 Communications Chair – Coast Young Professionals
  • Board of Directors & 2020 Vice-President – Public Relations Association of Mississippi Beach Chapter
  • Board of Directors & 2019/2020 President – Gulfport Gridiron Club
  • Advisory Board Member – Salvation Army of the MS Gulf Coast
  • Graduate (2018) – Gulf Coast Business Council Masters Leadership Program


  • Coast Young Professionals “CYP MVP” Award (2019)
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