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Name: Nancy Rebek
Hometown: Elmhurst, IL, just outside of Chicago
Resident: 22 years
Education: Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ
Profession: Soon to be president of NRPR, Nancy Rebek Public Relations after 15 years of being the Director of Media and Marketing for Denver Center Attractions.
Story by: Julie Hullverson
As the Director of Media and Marketing for Denver Center Attractions (DCA) Nancy Rebek shepherded over 100 traveling shows through Denver and while she’s seen almost every Broadway hit and numerous nights of unforgettable theater, she’s decided that after 15 years, it is time to embark upon her next great production – NRPR, Nancy Rebek Public Relations, which has just opened its doors at 90 Madison in Cherry Creek.
Over the years, Nancy has cultivated an extensive client list ranging from the Havana Cigar Store in Cherry Creek to the opening night of the national tour of the “Lion King.” Although she welcomes all sorts of new clients to her new PR firm, she really loves working in the entertainment industry.
Nancy is currently representing Australian producer Harley Metcalf nationally, for both of his shows- “Burn the Floor” and “Dame Edna”- and she’s producing the Denver portion of a traveling lecture series called “Unique Lives and Experiences,” for the fifth year in a row. “Unique Lives and Experiences” is a monthly lecture series hosted by such notable women as Madeline Albright, Maya Angelou, Sally Field, Candace Bergen, Cokie Roberts and Leslie Stahl. “I’m pleased and proud to be involved with this series,” says Nancy “Of the 11 markets in the US that the series travels to, Denver has most ticket sales.”
Nancy grew up in Elmhurst, Illinois just outside of Chicago and describes her childhood as truly “Ozzie and Harriet. “ After college, Nancy moved to Denver and held several jobs before landing at DCA including a brief stint as a bartender, ten years in radio broadcasting and held the Director of Publicity position with music promoter Barry Fey.
Nancy is excited about the future and being her own boss. “I’m an independent spirit and I’ve always wanted to work for my self. It isn’t about getting rich, it’s about freedom and autonomy.” She says. “But while change is necessary and exciting, it can also be kind of scary. A friend said to me you have to look at your life, and are you doing the same five things every day, or five new things every day? I realized that for a long, long time I’d been doing the same five things every day for 15 years so I took a chance and I’m hoping the new company will allow me to do new things and take on new challenges.”
Favorite Clothing Stores: Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue in New York
What gives a woman/man style: Attitude and humor, and polished shoes help.
Favorite Restaurant: Mizuna and Il Cantanori in New York
Who is the most interesting celebrity you ever met? I have worked with so many “celebrities” during my career that’s it hard to choose just one. Those outside traditional entertainment, especially journalists are always the most interesting to me. I really enjoyed Cokie Roberts, and Leslie Stahl because they’re smart and can talk about things other than themselves.
Who is your hero and why? My parents, because they raised five girls who turned out to be reasonable healthy women and they should get a medal for that.
If a movie were made of your life, who would play your part? I’d like to think Tina Turner, but realistically I’ll say Ethel from I Love Lucy.
Saturday night at midnight is most likely to find you: Happily in dreamland
Do you have any Pets? No
When you move, what will your home tell its next owner about you? I wasn’t there very much.
What is the greatest gift you have ever given? A surprise 25th anniversary party for my parents. My four sisters and I conspired and they were blown away and completely surprised. The party was made even better because it was held in their home, and about 100 of their oldest, dearest friends and a couple of us had flown in from around the country to be there with them.
What is the greatest gift you have ever received? A man I was seeing played "Nancy With The Laughing Face" on his horn--and left that--and only that, no words---on my cell phone while I was vacationing thousands of miles away. I think experiences are far greater gifts than things so I'd rather give or receive memories than stuff.
What one-word/ words describe you best? High Energy
What word/ words would you like others to use to describe you? Fun, smart and challenging
What was your first job? I was a shampoo girl in a hair salon in Arlington Heights, IL in the days when women had their hair washed every 10 days, so you’d never know what you’d find, and the 25 cent tips I got really added up!
What word or expression do you use too much? Friggin. I say it too friggin much.
If there were one thing you would change about yourself, what would it be? I wish I were athletic
What is your greatest indulgence? Travel and spas, I’ll do either on a moments notice.
What or who is the greatest love of your life? My friends and family are the greatest loves of my life.
Which talent would you most like to have? Any athletic talent
What is your current state of mind? Curious
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Success in my career. I’m really happy with the career I’ve made for myself, I came to this town not knowing anyone and I’ve been fortunate and connected enough to now have my own company.
What is your most treasured possession? A wristwatch I wear everyday that my grandparents gave my dad for his high school graduation in 1937.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Tolerance, because we are all entitled to be cranky once in a while.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Being out of wine on Sunday.
What is the quality you most like in a man? Intelligence, kindness and humor and not necessarily in that order.
What is the quality you most like in a woman? Honesty and silliness
Favorite books / Writers? Mans Search For Meaning by Max or Victor Frankle and I love the guilty pleasure of a beach novel like the Nanny Diaries.
What is the best advice you have ever received? The only thing constant in life is change. My dad told me that and he was so right.