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am:pm pr



AM:PM PR is a family-owned PR agency, co-founded by Pat and Allison McCormick to help organizations tell their stories, manage issues, market products and services, understand key audiences and execute effective communications strategies. Pat has 40 years of communications experience, and has provided counsel to the region's largest industries and national brands. He has been honored with a lifetime achievement award from PRSA's Portland chapter, is a member of the Counselors Academy and recently completed a term as President of the City Club of Portland. Allison is an accredited PR professional who has worked alongside her father for more than 20 years, earning international awards and recognition for her work with consumer and issue management clients. She has counseled clients in healthcare, education, natural resources, technology, manufacturing, land development and hospitality industries.

OFFICE:  503 348 9511     info@ampmpr.com     www.ampmpr.com     @AMPMPR     

laurie archbold



Laurie Archbold is principal of Encore Public Relations, a PR marketing and communications firm. With more than 25 years of experience, Laurie is a skilled listener and strategist keeping the big picture in mind with a focus on integration of disciplines. Her work has earned her two Bronze Stevie Women in Business Awards for PR Campaign of the Year and Video of the Year, and has earned a Ragan and PR Daily ACE Honorable mention for Digital Video career professional. Since 2004, Encore PR has provided seamless integration of public relations, marketing, and communication needs developing content strategies with laser sharp execution on tactics that optimize timing, audiences and channels. Encore PR specializes in corporate marketing & communication, internal & stakeholder communication, media relations, corporate social responsibility, crisis & issue communication for a variety of industries including; legal, financial, not for profit, life sciences, education, arts and entertainment. 

heather atherton


Sacramento, Reno & Northern Nevada

Heather Atherton has spent her entire 20 year career in PR, first with Ketchum and other agencies, before opening her own shop in 2003. Her passion for media strategy and outreach is palpable and has led her to work with creative clients in various industries and have the opportunity to prove additional talents in developing strategic marketing partnerships and product placement in a major Hollywood movie. She has provided PR strategy and outreach brands including: Feld Entertainment, Wizard World Comic Cons, IMAX, Tres Agaves Tequila (and restaurants), California Pizza Kitchen, Buca di Beppo, HINODE Rice, BareBonesWorkwear, PoshPuppyBoutique.com, Stage Nine Design (museum exhibits), Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation and various films by Phoenix Rising Productions (Criminal Activities with John Travolta and 4 Minute Mile with Richard Jennings) including a Kickstarter campaign for an upcoming film. Though her expertise in media event management, she helped nationally renowned movie critic, Mark S. Allen, win a Guinness Book World Record. She was part of a PR team with Ketchum that received the Public Relations Society of America’s prestigious Silver Anvil Award. She has also set up media tours for many celebrities, notables, actors, artists, filmmakers and authors. She is also a Mission Mom and passionate volunteer for the March of Dimes.

OFFICE:  916 316 4568    heather@athertonpr.com    www.athertonpr.com    @athertonpr

carson stoga communications



Founded in 1999, Carson Stoga Communications is a boutique PR agency made up of only senior-level professionals who deliver marketing & communications expertise to its clients. Their team is experienced in all areas of PR, and involved in every aspect of each client. Carson Stoga's Principals, LeJane Carson and Susan Stoga, bring nearly 50 years of combined experience to the firm. LeJane oversees client services, cause marketing programs and event management, and has represented a broad array of clients in a number of industries, including hospitality, consumer products, entertainment and senior living. Susan manages media relations and social media programs for the agency, and is a frequent speaker on crisis communication and the importance of managing brand reputation. She has been recognized by IABC, PRSA and the Publicity Club of Chicago for her work. 

OFFICE: 847 884 0000     lejane@carsonstoga.com     www.carsonstoga.com     

jim crooks



Jim Crooks is Principal of JC Power Strategic Communications. Founded in 2006, Jim has grown a startup PR agency into a bustling, full-service communications consulting firm. JC Power synchronizes the full spectrum of outreach under one umbrella from PR, to direct marketing, web and creative design. Specializing in PR and political communications, Jim also divides his time between JC Power and being an elected official in a Cleveland area suburb. JC Power Strategic Communications account executive Gabe Host manages the agencies day-to-day relations with USPR. 

OFFICE: 216 965 2559     jim@jcpowerllc.com     www.jcpowerllc.com


elizabeth davis


Vermont & New Hampshire

Elizabeth Davis is the Principal of Boardman Davis Communications, a marketing firm she founded in Waterbury, VT in 1996. Boardman Davis provides strategic marketing, social media and public relations services to clients in a broad range of industries. Davis has more than 25 years of experience in the marketing industry, with a wealth of experience in education, green energy, specialty food and specialty products. She is an accomplish strategist who brings vision and organization to her working relationships.

OFFICE: 802 598 7155     edavis@boardmandavis.com     www.boardmandavis.com


kathy day



Kathy Day, founder of Kathy Day Public Relations Virtual, has more than 25 years of PR experience in Alaska. An accredited and seasoned pro, Kathy specializes in PR strategic planning, client counsel, copywriting, collateral development, media relations, media training and crisis communications. Kathy has been recognized as one of Alaska's "Top 40 Under 40," and was inducted into the Anchorage Chamber Athena Society for her support of other women in business and for giving back to the community. She is a former president of PRSA's Alaska Chapter, and has received numerous awards for her work.

OFFICE: 907 229 2470     kathy@kdprvirtual.com     www.kdprvirtual.com     @kathyvirtual        

robert deigh


Washington, D.C. & Northern Virginia

Robert Deigh is a communication professional with more than 25 years of experience in PR and journalism. He has helped hundreds of organizations large and small win visibility and succeed by helping them create strong and positive relationships with the press and other audiences. Before starting RDC Public Relations, LLC, 15 years ago, Deigh was communication director of two divisions of America Online and the PBS television network where -- for seven years -- he was also PBS's chief national spokesperson. He was communication director for online education company Blackboard Inc. and senior vice president of a PR firm in DC. Deigh spent more than a dozen years in print and broadcast journalism. Before joining PBS, he was an associate editor of U.S. News & World Report magazine. He is author of the PR book How Come No One Knows About Us?, which won three national awards for excellence in business writing. Deigh is a frequent speaker to business groups and handles a wide variety of writing assignments. He is also a U.S. Army veteran.

OFFICE: 703 401 6339     robert@rdccommunication.com     www.rdccommunication.com    

duxin com



Duxin Com is one of France's leading Tourism Marketing and PR agencies. Founded by Hervé Duxin in 1999, the company represents no less than 12 U.S. state offices of tourism, as well as top travel and tourism companies, such as Eagle Rider and Loews Hotels and Resorts. Our services include trainings and presentations to tour operators and retail travel agencies; assistance to product managers in developing itineraries to our destinations; set-up and escort of sales missions; familiarization trips and press trips; English to French translation services; and assistance to top French media outlets in developing story ideas. Our dedicated team provides daily travel information to consumers and distributes collateral material for our clients. Founder and President, Hervé Duxin grew up with a passion for the U.S. and the “American Way of Life." After returning to France, he became the official representative of Rocky Mountain International. That was the start of Duxin Com. Since then, Hervê has grown the firm into one of the premier agencies in France. Olivier Barthez, Senior Account Manager, has an extensive background in the travel marketing and the PR profession, and puts his airline, travel and marketing skills to great use making Duxin Com one of Europe’s most respected travel and PR agencies. Emmanuelle Blondin, Account Executive at Duxin Com, has more than 10 years experience with major French travel groups and serves as Duxin’s expert to Rocky Mountain International, Capital Region USA and Top of New England.

OFFICE: 33 0 1 70 23 06 00     olivier@duxin.com     www.duxin.com

alex greenwood


State of Kansas & Kansas City, MO Metro

Companies that partner with AGPR benefit from an experienced team that utilizes creative public relations, management improvement and social media strategies. AGPR's service extends beyond 'PR' into social media strategy and online community management, crisis communications, strategic planning, management consulting, marketing and business development. The AGPR team has more than 80 years combined experience with C-Suite executives, university presidents, non-profit executives, municipalities, business owners and community leaders in helping their organizations prosper. Previous and current AGPR clientele operate in diverse fields including healthcare, higher education, financial services, manufacturing, retail, broadcasting, professional associations, publishing and entertainment. The firm was named a "Smart Company to Watch" by Thinking Bigger Business magazine in 2015. Founder and Principal Alex Greenwood is an award-winning public relations professional and writer. He has served as an officer of his local IABC chapter and is a sought-after speaker and trainer on the topics of communication, social media and crowdfunding.


OFFICE: 816 945 2477    alex@alexgpr.com    www.alexgpr.com    @a_greenwood


susan hamburg



Susan Hamburg has more than 25 years of experience in the fields of public relations, marketing and promotions. She founded Susan Hamburg Marketing & Public Relations Consultants in 1995. She has provided statewide promotional and PR efforts for 7-Eleven, Blockbuster and Cabot Creamery. Susan also has worked on projects for Walmart, TGI Friday's, Bailey Banks & Biddle Fine Jewelers, Labatt USA, Coldstone Creamery and MADD, among others. Susan has served on the Board of Directors for the Central Florida PR Association, is a member of the Public Relations Society of America and served on a Panel of Experts for the U.S. Department of Labor, consulting in the areas of PR and marketing for the U.S. Employment and Training Administration. She has also worked for the Central Florida Zoo and several non-profit organizations in the areas of communications and development. Susan has a satellite office in Miami and manages PR and marketing efforts throughout Florida.  

OFFICE: 407 696 7825     CELL: 407 810 6737     susan@hamburgmediagroup.com     www.hamburgmediagroup.com

hastings & pleadwell

charter member


Hastings & Pleadwell: A Communication Company has provided customized outreach strategies since 1996, using vehicles beyond PR to deliver messages successfully. Pacific Business News ranks Hastings & Pleadwell among the top ten Hawaii PR firms. H&P uses its understanding of complex and culturally mixed markets to produce appropriate and fresh strategies. From social marketing aimed at behavior change to corporate campaigns, the firm has an award-winning portfolio. Competencies include community outreach and education about technology, alternate energy, health or development, and issues management. Barbara A. Hastings and Barbra An Pleadwell formed Hastings & Pleadwell as a boutique firm with a holistic approach to image and message. H&P team members are expert communicators, experienced in outreach programs, public awareness and crisis communication, shaping media strategy, implementing multi-media campaigns and brand-building. Nationally, H&P worked with a consortium of federal agencies and high-tech companies to develop strategies to keep people safe on line—Stop. Think. Connect—and orchestrated a national campaign to reach college-age internet users about online safety. The team has worked with publicly traded companies, private for-profit and not-for profit organizations and government agencies. Hastings has been a journalist and professional communicator in Honolulu and on the Mainland for 40 years. Pleadwell began her communication career working as a journalist in Guam and Hawaii before her transition to PR in the ’90s. 

OFFICE: 808 538 0797     bah@hastingsandpleadwell.com     www.hastingsandpleadwell.com     @handp


karen houchens


Northern New Jersey, Northeast Pennsylvania & Pittsburgh

Karen Houchens, founder of Metro Marketing Concepts, has more than 20 years of marketing, PR and communications experience. Since 2005, her firm has been offering clients a unique, turnkey approach in the areas of brand consumer marketing, specializing in event management. She also holds a Guinness World Record.

james korenchen


New Mexico

James Korenchen Public Relations (JKPR) is a full-service consultancy that specializes in business-to-consumer public relations and reputation management. The company focuses on strategic planning followed by intensive media relations and tactical implementation. The JKPR team provides clients with high-level strategic counsel, while delivering superior results. Team members have worked with the world’s largest corporations and organizations including TripAdvisor, Siemens, Microsoft, Lycos, Coca-Cola, GE, Twentieth Century Fox, HBO, One & Only Resorts, Kodak, Compaq/H-P, Virgin, Nestle, Unilever, P&G, Versace, Rocco Forte, Hyatt Corporation, NBC, Cirque du Soleil, National Cancer Institutes, TomTom, the Gathering of Nations, and many others. James is the founder of the firm, and has more than 30 years of experience in public relations. Before opening JKPR, he ran a North American media relations division, a pan-European practice and a New York office for one of the world’s largest PR firms. He left New York seeking “browner pastures” and established JKPR in Albuquerque in 2005. JKPR is now one of New Mexico’s largest PR firms.

OFFICE: 505 797 6671    james@jameskorenchen.com    www.jameskorenchen.com    


rachel leone


Massachusetts, Connecticut & Rhode Island

Rachel Leone is the founder of Leone Marketing Solutions Inc., dedicated to creating and implementing marketing, PR, customer service and event planning strategies, and improving customer service and sales training programs. Her client list includes a number of notable brands, including BELD Broadband, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Green Mountain Coffee, Dragon Direct Marketing, Full Channel and Make-A-Wish Foundation. Prior to founding her company in 2004, Rachel worked for more than 15 years as a marketing executive for top Massachusetts-based companies.

OFFICE: 781 740 3171     rachel@leonemarketing.com     www.leonemarketing.com

lou hammond & associates


New York City

Lou Hammond & Associates (LH&A) is an award-winning integrated marketing communications firm headquartered in Manhattan with full-service offices in Charleston, S.C, Miami and Los Angeles. With more than 30 years of experience in the industry and the resources of a global network, our team of 40+ experts delivers unmatched service and impactful results by putting clients first. We’re not a faceless corporate machine – we are an entrepreneurial, independent and family-owned business with unsurpassed industry expertise. We demonstrate our commitment to quality by “never running out of time for our clients,” leading to one of the highest retention rates in the industry. Lou Hammond and the senior leadership team are personally involved in all accounts and accessible 24/7. Our dedicated in-house division, Hammond Digital+, is focused on delivering effective digital strategies for clients while integrating seamlessly with PR efforts. As a global communications leader, LH&A reaches people worldwide with smart PR and marketing campaigns provided at a reasonable cost. We provide round-the-clock communications, delivering your message in any language and across any boundary. We recruit savvy associates who understand and respect world cultures, and the agency collectively has the ability to communicate in six languages.


OFFICE: 212 308 8880     lha@louhammond.com     www.louhammond.com     @LouHammondPR


kim mckeeman


North Carolina & Tennessee

Kim McKeeman, principal of McKeeman Communications, has more than two decades of integrated marketing communications experience and has loved every day of it. If you’re looking for a traditional agency model and approach – show the shiny thinking in the presentation process, and then transition the work to inexperienced team members - then Kim and her team aren’t your answer. If you’re looking for seasoned, open-minded communications professionals who work alongside new, fresh-thinking talent – with a “once-around-the-table” approach to creative communications solutions, that’s a different story. If that’s the case, we might be your company’s – and you might be our company’s – best fit. Kim divides her allegiance between offices in Raleigh, NC and Nashville, TN.

OFFICE: 919 696 7239    kim@mckeemanpr.com     www.mckeemancomm.com    @McKeemanComm

jamie meredith

charter MEMBER


Jamie F. Meredith founded The Meredith Group, Inc. more than 10 years ago to provide world-class PR and marketing communications consulting services to corporate and non-profit clients globally. The Meredith Group offers clients a high-quality alternative to supplement in-house resources for PR and marketing communications services. In addition to engagements with major global brands, The Meredith Group has extensive domain expertise working with the technology, education, and healthcare industries. Jamie is an active member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and served on the Executive Committee of PRSA’s Independent Practitioners Alliance (IPA) for 8 years (including 2010 Chair of IPA). Additionally, Jamie provides thought leadership in PR through industry speaking engagements across the country and published scholarly work including The Journal of Promotion Management. In 2009, Jamie was recognized as one of the “Top 40 under 40 Business Leaders” by The Business Report & Journal.

OFFICE: 703 217 2352     jamie@meredithinc.com     www.meredithinc.com

jennifer moser



With nearly 20 years of experience in marketing, event planning and public relations, Jennifer Moser continues to be a leader in her industry and within the greater Phoenix area. After years growing another organization, Jennifer left her executive position to open her own company, PRIME 3, in 2005. In their first year, PRIME 3 received numerous awards for their launch of the Arizona Diamondback’s new team colors, logo and uniforms nationally.  This continued as they serviced a variety of notable clients in industries including restaurant, retail, non-profit, sports, hospitality, technology, healthcare, corporate, celebrity and business individuals. In October 2010 Jennifer Moser and Jason Rose announced they were joining forces and created Rose+Moser+Allyn Public and Online Relations.  The Scottsdale based firm provides public relations, event planning, crisis management and public affairs, handling some of the most high profile clients and events.  In 2014, SO Scottsdale Magazine featured Jennifer as the “marketing powerhouse” in the valley. Jennifer also spends much of her time working with non-profits throughout the valley and is the current President of Trends Charitable Fund, Vice Chairman of Make-A-Wish Arizona, Secretary of the executive board for Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Athletics Club and Chairman of Stewardship and Events on the general board, as well as Phoenix Children’s Hospital Leadership Circle.  She has been on numerous other boards, committees and chaired some of the most well-known galas in town.

romeatrius moss



RNM Consulting is a full-service PR and strategic communications consulting firm. With a focus on health promotion and disease prevention, RNM Consulting works with agencies and community based organizations to provide services that promote awareness of chronic disease management and prevention in underserved populations. RNM Consulting promote the careers of health professionals by generating publicity and brand promotion through press releases, scheduling radio and TV interviews, arranging speaking engagements, nominations for boards, awards and committees, etc. President & CEO Dr. Romeatrius N. Moss, an award-winning health professional, speaker, community celebrity, and active duty Air Force Nurse, Dr. Moss has created hundreds of health focused programs and projects over the last 20 years. Originally from Chattanooga, TN, Dr. Moss began her work with non-profits at the age of 15, serving as the youngest board member for United Way of Greater Chattanooga.

OFFICE: 800 766 0374    romeatrius@gmail.com    www.romeatrius.com    @Romeatrius

barbara nash



Barbara Nash, APR is President of Barbara Nash & Associates LLC where she leads an organizational positioning firm in identifying, developing and executing fully integrated strategic communications, business development and market engagement strategies. Barbara’s efforts further client business goals to impact the bottom line for both large and small businesses as well as governmental agencies, non-profits and international enterprises. Barbara has more than 25 years in the field of strategic communications, PR, crisis mitigation and business development, and has amassed multiple local, state, national and international honors and awards. She is a member of PRSA and holds Universal Accreditation in PR. She is also a member of PRSA’s Counselors Academy, PRSA of Alabama, the Independent Practitioner’s Alliance and Rotary International.

OFFICE: 256 656 7039     barbara@bnashassociates.com     bnashassociates.com

new west



Founded in 1971 as the Wenz-Neely Public Relations firm, New West became one of the largest African-American owned marketing communications companies in the country in 2012 and is owned and operated by New West Principal/CEO Carl Brazley. New West’s strength is the ability to develop and execute innovative programs that use any or all forms of communication to help our clients succeed. We provide all the services you expect from a full-service agency and then some. Led by Andrea Brady, Director of Public Relations, our PR group is among the most recognized in the region for generating publicity, managing issues, and developing public involvement programs and large scale events. Our advertising and creative services group designs everything from award-winning advertising campaigns to websites, audio/video productions, branded environments and social media platforms. Although we work within a variety of industries for clients large and small, we are probably best known for our work on behalf of government agencies and healthcare providers. As the creators of the successful Kentucky Unbridled Spirit brand and campaign, we designed a first-of-its-kind program that has become a model for other states. We are also the only agency in the region to have developed branding and communications programs for both university research and healthcare systems – University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky.

obi creative



OBI Creative is an innovative advertising agency that connects companies and customers with what they need and love. Our consultants have varied experience and backgrounds. This affords our customers insights and strategies built from creative thinking and varied perspectives. Ann Pedersen, director of Public Relations and Strategic Communications, spent 25+ years in broadcast news in Omaha and Minneapolis, MN, before transitioning to agency work. She is often called on to provide media relations and crisis communications counsel for OBI clients. She is a former board member of the Omaha chapter of PRSA and an inductee of the Omaha Press Club Journalists of Excellence Hall of Fame. Emily Jetter, social media strategist, has more than six years’ experience in digital marketing. Whether it is developing a comprehensive SEO strategy or targeted tweet, her goal is to strengthen our clients’ online brand presence. PR coordinator Delaney Schenk, was named one of 19 young graduates as future PR rock stars, nominated by PR professors. Delaney was president of the University of South Dakota chapter of PRSSA.

OFFICE: 402 493 7999    apedersen@obicreative.com    www.obicreative.com    @OBI_Creative

jeffrey ory


Louisiana & Mississippi

A full service PR and marketing firm, il Stratega has extensive experience in creating and implementing integrated marketing and communication strategies to solve problems and advance business goals for a diverse group of clients, including national leaders in tourism/hospitality, food/beverage, retail, healthcare, banking, education, technology, as well as nonprofit organizations across the Gulf Coast region, including Louisiana and Mississippi. il Stratega founder and owner, Jeffrey Ory, has more than 20 years experience in the communications industry. His work has earned over 100 awards for its success including all three of the highest recognitions in the communication profession: The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Gold Quill Award and Jake Wittmer Research Award plus Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) Best of Silver Anvil. Jeffrey is one of only two professionals dually accredited in communication and public relations by the PRSA and IABC in Louisiana. Jeffrey is a highly sought after speaker/presenter for professional development organizations internationally and universities/colleges throughout the region. He has also served on the International Board of IABC, a past chair of the organization’s Gold Quill Awards and is the current Chair of the Travel & Tourism Special Interest Section of PRSA.

OFFICE: 504 458 5866     jeffrey@jeffreyory.com   

profiles, inc.



For more than 25 years, Profiles, Inc. has been implementing creative, innovative, strategic and carefully executed communications programs, to help bring their clients more patrons, more donors, more believers, more business, more success - no matter how they measure success. Their range of services includes branding, messaging, earned media, social media, strategic planning, special event planning, marketing, advertising and crisis management, and they have developed unique relationships with media, elected officials, gatekeepers, business and community leaders, influencers, and community members throughout Maryland and beyond. Their expertise on behalf of businesses, organizations and foundations spans a number of industries including healthcare, education, nonprofit, real estate, tourism, arts and entertainment, food and beverage, accounting and law. Amy Elias is the founder and CEO of Profiles, Inc., and has more than 30 years of PR and marketing experience. As President, Amy Burke Friedman spearheads the firm’s business development program while also playing an active role in account management.

OFFICE: 410 243 3790     afriedman@profilespr.com     www.profilespr.com     @ProfilesBMore


jon pushkin

charter MEMBER


Jon Pushkin founded Pushkin PR in 1997, and with his candid, proactive approach to public relations, has become one of Denver's most widely respected PR professionals. Pushkin PR has designed and implemented dozens of successful integrated strategic communications programs, tackling issues including workforce recruitment, flu shot awareness, uninsured health coverage and hospital mortality. Jon is Accredited in Public Relations by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), and is a past president of the Colorado Chapter of PRSA. His work has been recognized with awards from PRSA, Colorado Healthcare Communicators and the American Marketing Association.

OFFICE: 303 733 3441    info@pushkinpr.com     www.pushkinpr.com     @Jon_Pushkin

rinck advertising



Rinck Advertising is an award-winning full-service marketing, promotions and PR firm offering a variety of strategic planning, management and  services. Katie Greenlaw, MBA, APR is Director of PR at Rinck, and has extensive PR experience in a number of areas, including consumer packaged goods, higher education, government, small business and non-profits. In her extensive experience, Katie has served as editor-in-chief for a quarterly magazine, prepared speeches for politicians and actors, coordinated large-scale events across the nation, organized press conferences and distributed thousands of press releases. She has won numerous awards for her work, and heads up BlogBeat Digital Word-of-Mouth service for Rinck, harnessing the power of more than 2,000 influencers across North America.

OFFICE: 207 755 9470     katie@rinckadvertising.com     www.rinckadvertising.com     @RinckAd


bob schiers


Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey & Delaware

RAS Associates, LLC founder and owner Bob Schiers has more than 30 years experience in the communications industry, having served a wide range of retail, industrial, medical, technical and financial clients throughout the greater Philadelphia region. RAS Associates is a full-service PR, marketing and communications firm, specializing in media relations, community relations, event planning, product publicity, crisis communications, planning and research, content creation and targeted customer relations. Bob's received dozens of PR and communications awards, ranging from investigative news reporting, to feature writing for local and regional publications, to national marketing and advertising campaigns. 

OFFICE: 609 267 4861     CELL: 856 905 7851     bob.schiers@raspr.com     www.raspr.com     @BobSchiers


teresa siavrakas

charter member


Teresa Siavrakas is the founder of Social T Media. With more than a decade of experience in consumer and entertainment PR, she has worked on a variety of local, regional and national PR campaigns for small businesses, nonprofits, national retail chains, authors, large outdoor festivals and more. She specializes in media relations, event publicity, PR strategy and social media management. Her client work includes 7-Eleven, Blockbuster, TGI Fridays, Cold Stone Creamery, Country Fresh, Detroit Marriott, Broadway in Detroit, Detroit Institute of Arts, Ford Arts, Beats & Eats, Meridian Winter Blast, Detroit Goodfellows, Hospice of Michigan, Image Skincare Michigan, Italian Film Festival USA Metro Detroit, Huerto Restaurant & Tequila Bar, HealthPlus of Michigan and Blue Amber Medical Spa & Wellness.

OFFICE: 248 941 0294     teresa@socialtmedia.com     www.socialtmedia.com     @SocialTMedia


katy sweet

charter member

Los Angeles & Southern California

Since 1991, Katy Sweet & Associates, one of Los Angeles' most experienced boutique PR companies, has created a select group of sophisticated clients, for whom the brand values of substance, style and attitude are critically important. Her company has a respected history publicizing global luxury goods, specialty retailers, destination resorts and high-end lifestyle consumer products. Katy's ties to the greater Los Angeles business, social and entertainment communities are robust, having served on the Executive Board of the Rodeo Drive Committee as well as on the Board of Directors of the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce and Civic Association.

OFFICE: 310 479 2333    katy@katysweetpr.com    www.katysweet-pr.com    @katysweetPR


team soapbox



Christine Stepherson is the founder of Team Soapbox, a Seattle-based issues advocacy agency that changes the way people think and feel about issues that matter. Christine comes from an agency background, having worked at DDB and Harris and Smith before co-founding Team Soapbox in 2001. She asked herself, why not provide the same level of service and expertise that she was providing big corporations to organizations and agencies that were focused more on changing the world than adding to their bottom line? And with that Team Soapbox was born. Christine and her team create communications strategies for non-profits, governments, and organizations doing good in the world by using media relations, social media, legislative outreach, advertising, message development, visual marketing, video production, and strategic communications planning. Soapbox brings issues to the forefront on healthcare, social justice, education, transportation, safety, and other issues. Clients include the City of Seattle, The Prosperity Agenda, SkillUp Washington, MomsRising, Seattle Department of Transportation, American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific, Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority, and more. Team Soapbox is invested in the health of our community and has spent 15 years focused on building awareness and amplifying the work of groups that are making our community a better place to live. As we like to say, step up on the box. Have your voice be heard. 

OFFICE: 206 528 2550    christine@teamsoapbox.com    www.teamsoapbox.com 


jef tingley


Dallas & North Texas

Jef Tingley, founder of Jef Tingley Communicationsfirst fell in love with the power of communications during his career as the producer for the “Gene & Julie Morning Radio Show.” Since that time, he has worked in a variety of marketing-related fields, and in 2006, founded his own marketing, PR and social media consulting firm. Outside of his professional career, Jef serves on the Steering Committee for Resource Center’s Capital Campaign. He has also served on the board for Attitudes & Attire and volunteered as the Marketing Director for 2006 OUT TAKES Dallas Film Festival, as the President of the Dallas Zoo Docent Society and as a Steering Committee Member for Entrepreneurs For North Texas' Freedom Day.

OFFICE: 469 235 6396     jef@tingleycomm.com    www.tingleycomm.com     

torchia communications



TORCHIA Communications (pronounced “Tork-ya”) is a highly regarded strategic communications agency in Canada. Family-owned, it has been for decades and continues to be a trusted partner to organizations seeking PR programs that nurture strong stakeholder relationships and long-term value. The Torchia team is committed to customer service, proactive counsel, measurement and demonstrating the role PR plays in the success of our clients – but also society as a whole. With offices in Canada's two biggest cities, Toronto and Montreal, and with extensive North American and global experience, the Torchia team delivers integrated and ad-hoc PR programs/services to leading organizations, small and large. The agency’s edge lies in its people, corporate culture and commitment to the profession and the broader community. Torchia Communications is one of Canada's leading PR agencies. The Agency also owns and operates Centrik Translations, a wholly-owned and Quebec-based translations division that has successfully completed thousands of translation assignments in virtually every language and sector.

sherry treco-jones



Treco-Jones Public Relations, Inc. is an established strategic PR and marketing communications consulting practice. President Sherry Treco-Jones is known for her work in healthcare, business and nonprofit arenas. The firm's areas of expertise include strategic planning, PR and marketing programs, media relations, branding, crisis communications, litigation support and media training. Sherry counsels executives on reputation management, strategic planning and communications strategies, and has particular expertise in helping clients with complex and/or sensitive issues. She is an international agency veteran, having worked at Fleishman Hillard and Ketchum Communications, and her work has won numerous awards over the years. She is an active volunteer in her community and her industry, having served as president of PRSA Georgia Chapter and as a member of the national board of PRSA.

OFFICE: 404 378 3762     stj@trecojonespr.com     www.trecojonespr.com     @tjpr

cheryl van tessier

charter MEMBER


Cheryl Van Tessier is the Principal of Finesse Public Relations LLC. Founded in 2003, Finesse PR provides strategic PR, social media and marketing communications services to business-to-business and consumer brands. Cheryl has nearly two decades of varied industry experience and a proven track record delivering results to clients in a broad range of industries including food and beverage, financial services, hospitality and higher education. A Wisconsin native, Cheryl has worked at advertising/PR and event marketing firms in the greater Madison and Milwaukee markets, delivering strategic counsel and expertise to businesses on a local, national and global basis. She is Accredited by the Universal Accreditation Board (UAB) and is a member and former Board of Director of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Madison Chapter.

OFFICE: 608 695 6510     ctessier@finessepr.net     www.finessepr.net

kim waltman



fullCIRCLE creative + coaching, LLC founder Kim Waltman combines her lifelong obsession with horses and passion for communications into a business that guides clients to be more effective verbal and non-verbal communicators. On the creative side, Kim has spent more than 20 years providing strategic communications planning, content development, media relations and crisis communications planning services to corporate and non-profit clients in the consulting, construction, financial, healthcare, veterinary and retail industries. In the coaching arena, Kim runs what is termed an “equine-assisted learning and coaching” program for individuals and teams in Central Iowa. She uses the power and intelligence of horses to help people discover personal and group-centered communication and leadership strengths and development needs. As a certified Equine Guided Education (EGE) coach, Kim has seen the power of partnering with horses—keying off their heightened and evolved sense of perception and response to human behavioral cues—to uncover strengths and gaps in people’s leadership and emotional IQ; empathy, focus, trust and respect. Kim’s community involvement spans non-profit boards and membership in various organizations. She is an agricultural “agvocate” and her peaceful place is among the remote, hilly expanses of southern Iowa land on her family’s cattle and row crop operation where her horse herd resides.

OFFICE: 515 229 0429    kim@seekfullcircle.com    www.seekfullcircle.com   @KimWaltman


jennie whitaker


Austin, San Antonio & Central Texas

Jennie Whitaker co-founded Seedling Communications with her husband, Marcus, in 2010 after working in a handful of agencies across the country from central Texas to midcoast Maine. As a full-service communications agency based in Austin, Texas, they specialize in earned media coverage, creating and implementing overall marketing strategies and developing creative content and design elements to share client stories with the intended and targeted audiences. Working in nearly every major industry, Jennie has served local, regional and national clients on countless campaigns. In the past 15 years she’s helped launched dozens of entrepreneurs’  dreams as well as strengthened established brands from across the country.



United Kingdom

WixHill is a boutique PR, brand management and international travel trade representation agency working in the UK, Ireland, Western Europe and Australia/New Zealand; created by three partners with many years experience of running large agencies (and clients) who wanted to get back to active account work, creativity and personal client liaison. Based just outside London, WixHill offers international agency thinking and experience with individual commitment, personal service, flexibility and the nimble cost structure of an owner-occupied consultancy plus a proven track record, tangible results and excellent client retention. We are strategic planners, creative thinkers, branding experts and reputation managers, experienced at issues and crises planning and management. We create news, build reputations, drive business and delight our clients. We bring strategic insight, creative thinking, great media contacts, determined execution, impactful results, proven cross-border capabilities and the need to succeed.


OFFICE: 01483 203992    hello@wixhill.co.uk    www.wixhill.co.uk    @WixHill


barbara zamost


San Francisco & Northern California

Barbara Zamost runs Zamost Public Relations, a results-driven, full-service PR firm. She has developed publicity programs for a wide range of clients including 7-Eleven, Sutter Home Winery, Boys & Girls Clubs, Minnesota Street Project, Ghirardelli Square, The Hot Flashes film, Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, The San Francisco Recording Academy, The Clorox Company, Ghirardelli Chocolate, Tesser, General Growth Properties, Beyond Differences, Rainforest Cafe, Warren Miller Entertainment, Macerich, The Animation Show, California Tree Fruit Agreement and Let the Sunshine In Concert, featuring Sting, Bob Weir and an all-star lineup. Zamost is also the author of a children's book, Handstands in the Sand.

OFFICE: 415 389 0210     barbara@zamostpr.com