“In two short years, Choptank helped lead our domestic and international marketing efforts, introduced a PR strategy that has produced stellar results, and creatively crafted multiple promotions that have been game changing.”
Tracy L. Tyler, CEO, Cambridge International

Choptank Communications is a full-service marketing and public relations agency. We specialize in destination marketing, economic development, higher education and business branding. Informed by decades of experience – and inspired by exceptional people, products, and places – we deliver outstanding results for our clients.

Our Team

Andrea Vernot

Andrea Vernot
President & Managing Partner

After graduating from the University of Maryland, I began the career I still enjoy today: Promoting places, people, and experiences. From the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and Governor’s Office on Volunteerism to the Maryland Department of Commerce, I’ve earned a reputation as a creative strategist and effective communicator.

I launched Choptank in 2012 to harness my destination and business marketing experience. I’m proud of our work to build brand awareness for clients including Dorchester County Economic Development and Tourism offices, Hoopers Island Oyster Co.,  Cambridge Architectural, Chesapeake College, Beach to Bay Heritage Area and the Worcester County Department of Tourism, Economic Development and Recreation. Together, Brent and I enjoy life on the Choptank, while delivering results-driven communications for business, economic development, home-builders, healthcare, tourism, and higher ed clients.

Brent Burkhardt
Partner & PR Director

For 31 years, I’ve provided strategic communications expertise to a diverse range of organizations including Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, government agencies and nonprofits. I understand how to take nascent businesses and place them in the national media spotlight to become thriving industry categories on their own. I also understand the importance of local clienteles and have built brand awareness for businesses and organizations large and small in communities throughout the U.S.

In addition to Choptank, I’m in my 27th year with Baltimore-based TBC where I lead the PR team for MinuteClinic, the nation’s largest provider of retail medical clinics in 1,050 CVS pharmacies. I have received numerous PR awards including the prestigious Silver Anvil from the Public Relations Society of America.