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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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
FOUNDER & CEO
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.
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..
hastings & pleadwell
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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).
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.
lou hammond group
New York City
Lou Hammond Group (LHG) 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, LHG 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.
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.
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.
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 | Social Media specialist Sara Hinds, worked at Fleischman-Hilliard in St. Louis prior to returning to her home state of Nebraska. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications.
o'brien et al. advertising
Southern & Central Virginia
O’Brien et al. Advertising is a preferred advertising and public relations firm based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The agency provides strategic planning, brand positioning, market research, media planning and placement, public relations, web design, marketing and creative services. Kevin J. Gaydosh, APR is director of public relations and strategic planner for the firm. Kevin's expertise in integrated marketing strategy, crisis communication and reputation management is honed from more than 30 years’ experience of providing management counseling through natural disasters to stakeholder unrest to labor issues. Gaydosh has worked with a diverse client list ranging from municipal governments and non-profits, to B2B and B2C companies within the health care, tourism, sports and event marketing, manufacturing and financial services sectors. An award-winning PR professional, Gaydosh is Accredited in Public Relations (APR), and remains active in PRSA at local, district and national levels. He is also a member of a surfing hall of fame.
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.
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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.
FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
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.
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.
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.
Dallas & North Texas
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 launched dozens of entrepreneurs’ dreams as well as strengthened established brands from across the country.
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.
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.
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