Oregon & Washington
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Elizabeth Evans has spent her career working in PR and communications, and has enjoyed all aspects of the field. She has staged media events at the famed Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center, managed ecotourism press tours for writers from National Geographic Traveler and The Washington Post and facilitated a timely interview for a client on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” She was part of a PR team with Ketchum Worldwide Public Relations that received the Public Relations Society of America’s prestigious Silver Anvil Award. Over the years, Elizabeth has supervised national PR campaigns for the Virginia Beach Department of Convention & Visitor Development, “The Lost Colony” Outdoor Drama, Kitty Hawk Kites and the Navy SEAL Foundation. In addition, she’s directed strategic regional campaigns for 7-Eleven, Inc., Hair Cuttery, askHRgreen.org and the Alzheimer’s Association, and handled writing assignments for Huntington Ingalls Industries and the Virginia Tourism Corporation, among others. She was the editor of Outer Banks Traveler, a Wayfarer’s Guide to North Carolina’s Outer Banks and Sound Country.
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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.
Northeast Pennsylvania & Northern New Jersey
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Jef Tingley, founder of Jef Tingley Communications, first 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.
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.
cheryl van tessier
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.
Austin & San Antonio
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.
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 Arrangement 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.
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