New York & Massachusetts

360PR+ is an award-winning, independent agency, recognized as one of the most creative agencies globally. With offices in New York City and Boston, the agency brings expertise in marketing and communication strategy, with a focus on brand storytelling via content marketing, earned media, executive thought leadership, experiential events, influencer marketing and issues management. Ranked as a Top-50 U.S. PR firm, 360PR+ has been recognized by The Holmes Report for "rolling out campaigns on behalf of its clients that stop consumers in their tracks, created by a team that powers up, and buckles down, working hands-on with clients, partners and co-workers in accordance with the firm's 'All In' mantra." At 360PR+ we know success is never a given. It's earned. Through the dogged pursuit of achieving a single-minded goal. The unabashed optimism for overcoming a big obstacle. The high that comes from achieving what others considered impossible. We believe in ideas that inspire a love affair with brands. Blue-chip brands. Challenger brands. Brands large and small in size. All of them having one thing in common: deserving of affection, trust and loyalty. 360PR+ believes that great brands don't get to be great brands by thinking small. That's why we're as picky about the clients we represent as our clients are in choosing their outside agency partners. Working hand in hand with our clients, we make the world a better place. Rachel Huff, Director of Business Development at 360PR+, leads the agency’s new client onboarding and brings more than a decade of experience developing, managing and executing integrated communications campaigns for nationally-recognized brands including DraftKings, John Hancock, Verizon and Ocean Spray.

OFFICE:  617 585 5787     rhuff@360PRplus.com     www.360pr.plus    @360PRplus


debbie anglin



Complex topics made understandable for real people. Anglin PR specializes in finding and connecting businesses that have unique or difficult challenges to those whose opinions matter most. Since 1999, Anglin PR has brought clients success in finding their unique voice, implementing new and better ways of communicating with customers, constituents, employees and partner organizations. Anglin PR has specialties in research and planning, crisis communication, science and technology and higher education. Anglin PR is woman owned and has Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) status. We have only senior executive experience, crisis communications certification, and senior staff holding their National Accreditation in Public Relations (APR).

OFFICE:  405 840 4222     danglin@anglinpr.com     www.anglinpr.com     

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     


elizabeth boineau


South Carolina

E. Boineau & Company offers a high-level, hands-on approach to strategic marketing communications, PR and crisis communications for substantive companies and organizations with a story to tell. The goal is always to build and manage brand image, reputation, credibility and position in the marketplace. Elizabeth has over 35 years of management experience in marketing communications and public relations, specializing in both business-to-business and consumer marketing. The firm, initially founded in 1990, and based in Charleston and Edisto Island, S.C., offers overall brand development and brand management to include verbal and visual branding, including media relations, crisis communications planning, media training, marketing research, logo/brand identity, internet marketing, website development and social media support to corporate and non-profit entities, primarily in the southeast region. Before re-establishing E. Boineau & Company in Charleston in 2002, Elizabeth served in senior management positions (1996-2002) with the three largest communications firms in the world: Omnicom for Fleishman Hillard in Atlanta, Interpublic Group for Weber/Shandwick in Atlanta and Miami, and WPP for Hill & Knowlton in Los Angeles. In these roles, she offered strategic communications planning, insight and counsel to develop and build the brand identity, awareness and reputation of leading companies and organizations across the U.S. 

OFFICE: 843 224 1106    eboineau@boineauandco.com    www.eboineauandco.com    @eboineau    

bps marketing



BPS Marketing Inc, founded 1987 in Indianapolis by Terry and Sally Bonneau, is a full-service marketing communications firm with special emphasis in PR. We have the privilege of serving a diverse roster of local, regional and national accounts which has honed our skills in a variety of PR and marketing tactics including media relations, generation of earned media, promotion, event planning & management, community partnership development, social media, and – if and when the going gets rough – crisis communications. Our firm also offers award-winning video & audio production, scriptwriting and copywriting, corporate identity design & development, web design & maintenance, media planning & placement, and more. Among our clients are American Dairy Association Indiana; Purdue University-based Indiana Wine Grape Council; Juncos Racing, and the Eagle Creek Park Foundation. Among other clients are IndyVet Emergency & Specialty Hospital, Marion County Fair, Applegate Elder Law, Church Brothers Collision Repair, and multiple producers of large, annual consumer shows including Suburban Indy Shows, Ft Wayne Home & Garden Show, Coliseum Productions, Maryland Home & Garden Shows, and Equestrian Promotions, producer of Pennsylvania Horse World Expo.   

OFFICE: 317 846 8965     sally@bpsindy.com    www.bpsindy.com

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     



San Antonio, El Paso, Corpus Christi & Permian Basin

CKP is an independent, woman-owned, Texas-based integrated communications firm led by CEO and Founder Carey Kirkpatrick. We develop smart strategies, create award-winning ideas and deliver results. We're creative storytellers, detail-oriented data crunchers, and dogged researchers. Our research-driven approach provides the laser-focus to develop strategic action plans that elevate your brand awareness. CKP operates across four service verticals—marketing and branding, public relations, content marketing and creative services—overlapping for an integrated service model. From hospitality to energy, we collaborate with individual entrepreneurs, regional businesses and global brands. CKP has been recognized by the American Marketing Association, Public Relations Society of America and the Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals for client work across all communications verticals. Our people-first approach has landed us on several Best Places to Work lists, including being recognized by the Houston Business Journal as #6 on the Best Places to Work annual survey. Our culture of winning and success earned us the honor of PRSA Houston Agency of the Year in 2018 and in 2019, plus the Grand Excalibur best-in-show award for integrated communications. CKP is a certified woman-owned business, as recognized by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.

OFFICE: 832 930 4065     info@theckpgroup.com     www.theckpgroup.com     @ckpgroup


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 founded  Kathy Day Public Relations Virtual (KD/PR) in 2000. She has more than 27 years of PR experience in the Alaska market. Kathy leads a virtual team that specializes in crisis communications, media relations, collateral development, strategic planning and social, digital and print marketing. Kathy is a former president of the PRSA Alaska Chapter and won a Silver Anvil for her work in crisis management in 2017. Kathy also is the Content Coordinator for South Anchorage Hillside Living magazine. Her passions include mentoring youth and other women small business owners and being the biggest fan at her boy’s hockey and baseball games.

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    

Joanna Adamiak

Joanna Adamiak

face it!



FACE IT! is a Polish public relations agency, founded in 2012, by partners with more than 20 years of experience in PR. We focus on out-of-the-box thinking and customized solutions to offer our clients the most effective PR activities that produce the best results. No challenge is too big for us – we are ready to FACE anything. To create the strongest possible media coverage, we use a wide array of PR tools across many media platforms. We engage with bloggers, celebrities and influencers, as well as  web designers, graphics experts, SEO specialists and marketing strategists. We have many well-established contacts throughout all branches of media.  We work with successful event managers and opinion leaders to deliver a perfectly crafted mix of solutions, exceeding clients’ demands and reaching targeted audiences to achieve real PR success. We work with large, well-respected international companies, including TV channels ARTE, France 24, Romance TV, as well as the movie network Cinema City (Cineworld Group), and many Polish clients from various market segments: showbusiness, fashion, beauty, travel & leisure, FMCG, real estate, finance and others.

OFFICE: +48 22 241 12 36    faceit@agencjafaceit.pl    www.agencjafaceit.pl


susan friedman


Dallas-Fort Worth

Lead publicity technician, logician, and magician, Susan Friedman is the founder and owner of Friedman Marketing and Public Relations (FMPR) and has worked magic for over 20 years in media relations, promotions, special events, marketing, social media, and consumer outreach. FMPR works with a variety of lifestyle clients, from hotels and award-winning spirits brands to festivals and charity galas to exotic car rental dealerships and doctors. Susan has served as Publicity Chair of AIDS Services of Dallas’s No Tie Dinner & Dessert Party for the last seven years, volunteers with Refugee Services of North Texas, and has been involved with numerous organizations to help elevate and amplify their causes, messaging, and fundraising efforts.

OFFICE: 214 559 0122    susan@friedmanpr.com    www.friedmanpr.com    @FriedmanPR

alex greenwood


State of Kansas & Kansas City, Missouri 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

tony harrison

Charter Member

Idaho & Montana

Tony Harrison has worked for 30 years as a PR counselor and copywriter and boasts extensive experience in the food-and-beverage, technology, healthcare, hospitality, and building products industries. He began his career working for renowned PR and advertising agencies in NYC, Phoenix, and Boise, and for the last ten years, has maintained his own PR practice, COMMposition. In addition, Tony acquired a media-monitoring and issues-management agency in September 2016. Tony has renamed it Intermountain Media Pulse (IMpulse for short). His work has received numerous awards, chief among them two PRSA Bronze Anvils for press kits. Plus, a month-long clean-air campaign Tony helped conceive and execute called May in Motion earned top honors in the American Public Transportation Association's 2004 AdWheel competition..  



OFFICE: 208 880 9814     tony@commposition.biz     www.commposition.biz     @tonystweets

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


erin jones



Erin Jones is the principal of in.Mode Marketing LLC, a PR, marketing and communications firm based in Louisville, Kentucky. Her 20+ years of experience, along with her passion and commitment to the world of PR and marketing, began immediately upon her graduation from Western Kentucky University. As the Broadcast Coordinator and Press Officer of the ESPN X Games at ESPN, Inc., she coordinated media appearances for all staff and participating athletes, when the medium of alternative sports was just emerging, then exploding, onto mainstream culture. From there she joined The Kentucky Derby Festival as the Director of Publicity and Communications Manager. Whole Foods Market then enlisted Erin as their Louisville Regional Marketing Specialist, and she eventually became Director of Sales at Metromojo, LLC. She founded in.Mode Marketing in 2010, where her in-depth knowledge of the ever-evolving world of modern day marketing is distinguished. Her strategic expertise in communications – PR, marketing, social media strategy, and event marketing  – enhances the awareness of her diverse client base, which encompasses everything from philanthropy to consumer goods. Also an accomplished speaker, Erin also has a notable resume of public speaking engagements at keynote marketing-related events throughout the country.



MOBILE: 502 774 0767    erin@inmodemarketing.com    www.inmodemarketing.com    @inmodeerin

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    


chris kuban



Chemistry PR and Multimedia is a St. Louis based, full-service Public Relations and multimedia firm founded in 2009 by Chris Kuban with the vision that brands require a formula of multiple messages in multiple media thus creating a successful return on investment. This philosophy stems from taking both artistic and scientific approaches to producing results the company represents. The team, mostly consisting of experienced senior leadership has a strong history of engaging, coordinating and overseeing a diverse team of local and national suppliers, vendors and employees. Our focus encompasses representing high-profile organizations, including actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise’s foundation, The Gary Sinise Foundation, media events with professional sports teams, the NFL Network and more. We work with clients in both non-profit and for-profit organizations by providing services of media relations and PR, high-profile event management, video production and social campaigns. Chemistry PR and Multimedia holds to the highest ethical standards, morals and a determination to work hard on behalf of our partners.


linda landers


Los Angeles & Orange County

Linda Landers, founder and CEO of Girlpower Marketing, is a recognized leader in consumer branding and lifestyle marketing. She has worked with dozens of mid-sized companies and blue-chip brands to launch new products, sustain heritage products and resurrect older products.  Accounts under her direction have included Procter & Gamble (Ivory Soap, Pampers and Old Spice), United Airlines, Hilton Hotels, Kashi, Heritage Foods, Seneca Farms, Disney Interactive, Barnes & Noble, Dell, American Suzuki and BabyFirstTV. Before launching Girlpower Marketing, Linda was a Managing Partner with PainePR (now CitizenRelations), considered one of the nation’s most creative consumer public relations firms. At PainePR she chaired the women’s practice, recognizing early on the vital role that women play in business and consumer spending. She’s been quoted in Brandweek, Adweek, PRWeek, and USA Today, and speaks frequently on the purchasing power of women. She is the recipient of numerous national public relations industry awards, including the “Best of” Silver Anvil.


melissa libby



Melissa Libby founded Melissa Libby & Associates (MLA) in 1992 after a successful career in hotel PR. Melissa and her team have served hospitality and retail clients through publicity, traditional and social media relations, strategic planning, social media marketing, event planning and implementation, and crisis communications. Melissa is also active in the community and has received numerous honors, including being named the Crohn’s & Colitis “Citizen of the Year.” She is a KCBS certified barbecue judge. She served eight years on the Board of Trust for the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, the last two as president. She also served two three-year terms on the Board of Directors for Georgia Organics and Adopt A Golden Atlanta. Melissa is a member of several food-focused non-profits including Les Dames d’Escoffier, James Beard Foundation and the National Restaurant Association. She has published two cookbooks featuring Atlanta chefs, Atlanta Cooks (2001, Longstreet Press) and Atlanta Cooks at Home (2006, CityBooks Publishing).


johnny little


Arkansas & Memphis

Elittle Communications Group is an award-winning emerging public relations, marketing and advertising agency designed to take advantage of the growing need for an experienced minority-owned diverse agency. President and CEO Johnny Little, Jr. has more than 16 years of communication and strategic planning experience. Currently, ELittle Communications Group has two offices; Memphis, Tennessee and St. Louis, Missouri. The agency has received MBE/DBE certifications from the cities of Memphis and St. Louis. They are also MBE certified in the states of Missouri and Tennessee and are certified to participate in the SBA 8(a) Business Development Program. Mr. Little majored in television production at Rust College in Holly Spring, Mississippi. He began his professional television career as a news producer at WJTV (CBS) in Jackson, MS. The following year, after a stint as a news producer for WBBM (ABC) in Birmingham, AL, he moved to St. Louis, and worked as a news producer for KTVI Fox 2. Little then returned to CBS as the first African American news executive producer at KMOV-TV4. Prior to starting eLittle Communications Group in 2007, he worked as the executive director of communications for Missouri’s largest school district, St. Louis Public Schools, handling public relations, marketing and advertising. Little received his master’s degree in business from Webster University in St. Louis, Mo. Little’s team assisted the City of Ferguson by creating a media relations department in November 2014. The office is responsible for issuing press releases, media sheets, media advisories, and arranging and facilitating media coverage for Ferguson officials. 


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

Connecticut & Rhode Island

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

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

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. Lindsay Scarpello, Strategic Communications Manager, brings over seven years of experience in content marketing and social strategy across multiple industries including editorial, nonprofit, financial, event production, tech and retail. She lives for strategic communications planning, be it writing the perfect social media post or building an entire inbound strategy, and prides herself on being highly organized. Just ask to see her color-coding system.

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


Pennsylvania & New Jersey

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

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.

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

jean walcher

charter MEMBER

San Diego

Founded in 2001 by Jean Walcher, J. Walcher Communications (JWC) represents local, regional and national clients in industries including real estate development, retail and hospitality, nonprofits and associations, sports/entertainment, consumer products, professional services and more. The agency team is entrenched in its clients’ markets and industries, implementing successful communication strategies based on clients’ strongest opportunities for impact. Deep experience in multiple industries enables them to bring ideas, connections and partnerships to clients – no cookie-cutter approaches here. Core service areas include media and community relations, social media, crisis communications, media training, content creation and branding. Some of JWC’s most notable successes are its long-term relationships with clients. JWC staff bring fresh ideas to the table, and depending on a client’s goals and strategies, develops stories, content, messaging, promotions and events that advance its mission. The agency is often told and hears how its results and communication skills far surpass its larger competitors. JWC has earned numerous Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) awards in areas including media campaigns, social media, special events, op-ed and annual report writing, and more.

OFFICE: 619 295 7140     jean@jwalcher.com     www.jwalcher.com


jennie whitaker


Austin & Houston

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 launch 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