provides expert public relations counsel to many of Central Ohio’s strongest brands, particularly in the areas of real estate development, retail and related businesses. We are a boutique agency with decades of experience in developing proactive and crisis communication programs that help elevate and define brands.
Founder and President
Lisa Hinson is president and founder of the firm. Before launching Hinson LTD in 1999 she served in a variety of public relations roles at L Brands for over a decade.
Lisa is a Buckeye for life and actively supports her alma mater as a member of The Ohio State University Foundation Board and The James Cancer Hospital Foundation Board. She is also engaged in Columbus advocacy efforts having served as the former board chair of Experience Columbus, which promotes Columbus- area travel and tourism, and serves as a member of the Governing Committee of The Columbus Foundation. She is co-founder of Girls with Gears, a grassroots peloton that has raised nearly $700,000 for cancer research at The James.
Hinson is married to residential real estate agent Alan Hinson. They have two children and reside in New Albany, Ohio.
Ellis Johnstone is a graduate of University of Cincinnati and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Public Relations. Throughout her time at Cincinnati, Johnstone was highly involved in volunteering at surrounding afterschool programs assisting immigrants of all ages in learning the English language and developing basic mathematic skills. She was vice president of Lambda Pi Eta, an honors fraternity for communication majors. In 2018, Johnstone received the Leader of the Year award within Lambda Pi Eta, and graduated Cum Laude from the University. Johnstone is overjoyed to be working at Hinson Ltd in the city where she was raised.
Special Events Manager
Kelley Chretien is Hinson Ltd’s newest employee joining the team in 2012. A graduate of The Ohio State University, Chretien received a master’s degree in immunology from Write State University and started her career in medical research.
She eventually became a retail entrepreneur, owning and managing a stationery, printing and personalized gift business that included multiple storefronts, online sales and event planning services. With Hinson Ltd, she leverages her event planning and fundraising experience as well as her vast involvement with community organizations, including sitting on the board of the Junior League and the Childhood League Center.
Lesley Sowle, Office Manager. Sowle joined Hinson Ltd in 2000 and currently manages the daily a airs of the company, including budgeting and planning for both the company and clients. In addition to this role, Sowle also assists in the planning and execution of the firm’s events and is responsible for overseeing all finance and human resource functions. Prior to joining Hinson Ltd Sowle served fifteen years as administrative assistant to the President of Store Planning at Limited Brands. She also previously held the role of executive assistant at Nationwide Corporation. Sowle is a staunch advocate of cancer research funding and a fervent Pelotonia participant.