For more than 17 years, Blast has delivered strategic PR and marketing services to digital innovators, leading consumer and B2B brands, top organizations and worthy non-profits. Need to grow your audience? Blast has the brains, talent and experience to help.

Meet our team

Kat Butler

Founding Principal

Kathleen ‘Kat’ Butler founded Blast PR 17 years ago, and has been providing solid strategic counsel and creative direction across the client base ever since. She brings unbridled energy and passion and has led strategy and execution throughout the agency.

Kat’s passion and work ethic extends to her love for the animals on our Earth. She has personally rescued cats, dogs, horses and even a few reptiles and fishes. She calls the sunny hills of the Santa Barbara mountains her home, which she shares with her beloved pets and adorable son Cyrus. When she’s not busy with Blast, she can most certainly be found on the back of one of her horses, exploring the multitude of trails in the surrounding area.

Kat sits on the board of the Montecito Trails Foundation, where she spends countless hours working tirelessly to manage and preserve the miles of public trails in Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria.

Don Knox

Managing Partner

As Managing Partner, Don manages Blast’s operations, financial and technology initiatives.

Don is a 25+ year veteran of media and advertising strategy, marketing and business development. He was also an event organizer for several advertising conferences around the globe. Within this period, Don led an 18M digital marketing conference franchise, and launched countless business development deals.

Don’s passions include tinkering with and collecting vintage audio gear, motorcycles and wristwatches. Don currently operates the Blast San Francisco office, where he lives with his wife and 2 boys.

Matt Caldecutt

Senior Vice President

Matt brings more than a decade of public-relations experience with clients in a variety of industries – advertising, architecture, art, design, marketing, media, photography, publishing, technology, and real estate – and a continuing interest in leveraging emerging digital channels.

Prior to joining Blast in 2013, Matt was a vice president at DKC Public Relations, Marketing & Government Affairs , where he worked with several prominent advertising and marketing as well as consumer-facing technology clients, including Yahoo! B2B, LinkedIn Marketing Solutions, Criteo, Conduit, SapientNitro, Time Warner Cable Media, Viggle, and YANGAROO. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in History from Binghamton University (SUNY).

His penchant for being an early adopter has led to Matt being profiled in The New York Observer and Advertising Age’s white paper “Shiny New Things ,” and he keeps informed of what’s on the horizon by attending major local events like the NY Tech Meetup. An avid social media user, he posts regularly on Facebook, Twitter (more than 3,400 users follow @mcaldecutt), tweeting about advertising, media, consumer technology and social media trends daily, and he regularly shares updates on places he visits in Forest Hills, Queens – where he lives with his wife and daughter – on Swarm and tips about each on Foursquare.