our team

At mdg, experienced event and association professionals, strategy gurus, branding experts, digital dynamos, creative geniuses, research nerds, multi-linguists and other uniquely qualified marketing and public relations professionals work together to achieve positive results for event and association clients.

Agency Management

  • Allyson Larson
    Allyson Larson
    accounting manager
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    Allyson Larson
    Allyson Larson
    accounting manager

    Allyson has extensive experience in the accounting field through working with over 30 companies in multiple industries as a consulting accountant. She holds a bachelor’s degree and award for outstanding academic achievement in economics and accounting from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She also holds a California Single Subject Mathematics Credential that allows her to bring a unique approach to her collaboration and management style. Allyson brings her positive energy, passion for numbers, commitment and discernment to further the growth and development of the mdg accounting team. When she’s not in the office, Allyson is indulging in the “FunFitFoodieSD” side of herself with her husband in the beautiful, sunny San Diego weather. On weekends, you can find her at San Diego’s festivals, Padres games, exercising, trying new restaurants, bowling or playing games.

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    • Jacquelyn Wells
      Jacquelyn Wells
      senior vice president
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      Jacquelyn Wells
      Jacquelyn Wells
      senior vice president

      Jacquelyn joined mdg in 2007 as a member of the account services team. She’s since earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of San Diego and has been instrumental in driving and managing the agency’s exponential growth. In her current role, she consults directly for and leads teams serving event clients in myriad industries, from food and beverage to technology, healthcare, and more. Specifically, she has developed campaigns to acquire, engage and retain attendees for clients such as the International Baking Industry Exposition, AUVSI XPONENTIAL, and World of Concrete. Jacquelyn has lived, studied, and worked overseas and is currently leading an initiative to streamline the onboarding and training of new agency employees.

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      • Jenn Brennecke
        Jenn Brennecke
        talent acquisition and HR manager
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        Jenn Brennecke
        Jenn Brennecke
        talent acquisition and HR manager

        Jenn has extensive experience in the human resources field within the hospitality and non-profit industries. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication from University of California, Santa Barbara and specializes in talent acquisition. She has a true passion for finding amazing talent to join the mdg family. Jenn is a San Diego native, and when not enjoying the beautiful California sunshine, she can be found on her mat, practicing yoga.

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        • Kimberly Hardcastle-Geddes, CEM
          Kimberly Hardcastle-Geddes, CEM
          president
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          Kimberly Hardcastle-Geddes, CEM
          Kimberly Hardcastle-Geddes, CEM
          president

          With 18 years of event marketing experience, a Master of Science in Business Administration and an uncanny ability to switch from left-brain to right-brain thinking (and back again), Hardcastle blends focus and discipline with innovative thinking and creativity to craft unique solutions for agency clients. She’s a CEM faculty member, a Krakoff Leaders Institute alumna, the editor of mdg’s marketing newsletter, a presenter of industry seminars on strategic marketing planning and, most importantly, an integral collaborator for several prominent association and event clients across in the country. She’s also a mom, runner, reader, lover of east coast cities and west coast beaches and is known to eat lunch at her desk as early as 9:15 a.m.

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          • Rogers Young
            Rogers Young
            staff accountant
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            Rogers Young
            Rogers Young
            staff accountant

            Rogers Young has been in the accounting space for over 20 years supporting technological, nonprofit and government contracting industries. In his spare time, he enjoys raising his beautiful daughters, indulging in all of what life has to offer and in constant pursuit of trying to procure the latest limited-edition sneakers.

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            • Stacy Schmeltzer
              Stacy Schmeltzer
              traffic manager
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              Stacy Schmeltzer
              Stacy Schmeltzer
              traffic manager

              With a diverse work background, Stacy has been involved in marketing and advertising for many different industries: motorcycles, crafting supplies, and commercial real estate, just to name a few. Her progression into a traffic management role was a natural one because she enjoys daily multi-tasking, detailed organization, and having her hands on projects that flow through every department of the agency. When she’s not at work, she loves anything related to the ocean and taking pictures. Her perfect San Diego afternoon would include fish tacos and a cold beer by the water.

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              • Stephan Ringer
                Stephan Ringer
                director of marketing operations
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                Stephan Ringer
                Stephan Ringer
                director of marketing operations

                Stephan’s philosophy of “be a better you today than yesterday” is at the heart of his approach to operations optimization. By focusing on the needs of individuals, he’s helped organizations in both the B2B and B2C arenas maximize performance and achieve goals related to quality control, resource management and fiscal responsibility. At mdg, he ensures that all clients receive best-in-class service—and that internal teams work collaboratively to achieve the highest level of success. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling abroad and listening/dancing to all genres of music.

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                • Sveta Pyntikova
                  Sveta Pyntikova
                  agency sales and marketing coordinator
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                  Sveta Pyntikova
                  Sveta Pyntikova
                  agency sales and marketing coordinator

                  With a degree in Theatre and German from NYU, Sveta’s experience living in multiple countries and speaking multiple languages brings a global-cultural aspect to her work at mdg. Her fine arts background infuses her marketing work with empathy and storytelling, from content creation and project management to data analysis and multi-channel strategy. Outside of work, you can find her teaching dance, reading like her life depends on it, hand lettering, and exploring nature and the arts and culture scene.

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                  • Taylor Lavelle
                    Taylor Lavelle
                    hr generalist
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                    Taylor Lavelle
                    Taylor Lavelle
                    hr generalist

                    Talk to Taylor and you will immediately notice her passion for one of mdg’s biggest assets—the people! With a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology and prior agency experience, Taylor has developed a strategic approach to HR, focusing on creating talent strategies that align with our overall business needs. Taylor specializes in talent programming and policies that foster employee engagement and retention, create an inclusive workplace and attract top talent. When not at work, you will find Taylor (with her dog) playing board games, attending concerts, watching reality TV competitions or rooting for the Washington Capitals.

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                    • Vincent Polito
                      Vincent Polito
                      managing director
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                      Vincent Polito
                      Vincent Polito
                      managing director

                      With more than 20 years in senior leadership positions in the industry, Vincent is generally recognized as a content development and execution specialist. During his career, he’s had two international postings, launched events on five continents and developed highly specialized conferences in technology, life sciences and healthcare. Vinnie is also the past Chairman of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE), the leading organization in the conference and trade show industry.

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                      Chicago Account Services

                      • Meg Falat
                        Meg Falat
                        account manager
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                        Meg Falat
                        Meg Falat
                        account manager

                        Meg’s background in marketing stretches from campaign planning to post campaign analyses and everything in between, including market research and social media management. She’s served higher education, nonprofit and Fortune 500 companies with energy, creativity and attention to detail. Meg grew up in Northwest Indiana, close enough to Chicago to have always been able to call it home. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Ball State University.

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                        • Sierra Buechler
                          Sierra Buechler
                          account director
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                          Sierra Buechler
                          Sierra Buechler
                          account director

                          With several years of agency experience, Sierra brings a great combination of creativity, analytical backing and omni-channel thinking to her clients’ campaigns. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a concentration in Advertising from Bradley University. Out of the office, Sierra is a practicing foodie, which serves as the perfect way to get to know her new city of Chicago.

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                          DC Account Services

                          • Abbey Dahlin
                            Abbey Dahlin
                            account manager
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                            Abbey Dahlin
                            Abbey Dahlin
                            account manager

                            With a degree in organizational communication studies from James Madison University and roots in Hawaii, Abbey possesses an aloha spirit as well as a philosophy that obstacles are just opportunities in disguise. Abbey began her journey with the Freeman family, where she expanded her skills in event production and strategic brand management. Since joining mdg, Abbey’s innovative communication skills and passionate approach to account services consistently lead to client success. When she’s not working, you can find Abbey sipping coffee, traveling and SUPing off the coast of Oahu.

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                            • Angelique Sargent
                              Angelique Sargent
                              account coordinator
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                              Angelique Sargent
                              Angelique Sargent
                              account coordinator

                              With experience working for a diverse range of brands, Angelique brings a well-versed knowledge of social media, print and digital marketing to mdg. Obtaining a bachelor’s in business administration from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School serves as one of many milestones in her career. She’s known for her on-point organizational skills, knack for problem-solving and passion for storytelling. While she’s a native Washingtonian, Angelique loves finding new ways to rediscover her city.

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                              • Cassandra Young
                                Cassandra Young
                                account director
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                                Cassandra Young
                                Cassandra Young
                                account director

                                Cassandra has a nearly insatiable curiosity and an entrepreneurial spirit where she is driven by those “aha!” moments, the feeling you get when you discover or execute new marketing methodologies that are truly epiphanic. This has led her to a mix of agency and in-house corporate marketing experiences, where she’s marketed everything from security and casino gaming to federal IT, pop culture, book publishing and more. Cassandra is a high-energy, passionate people person and believes that a flexible balance of creativity, attention to detail, collaboration and strategy is recipe in delivering the mdg brand promise to her clients. Originally from Connecticut, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family, being outdoors and channeling her inner-Martha Stewart.

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                                • Chereen Zaki
                                  Chereen Zaki
                                  account director
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                                  Chereen Zaki
                                  Chereen Zaki
                                  account director

                                  Chereen is a gregarious and energetic marketer who takes pride in her precision, and “extra mile” approach when it comes to maximizing growth for her clients at mdg. She has a master’s degree from Georgetown University in Culture, Communication, and Technology. Her professional experience includes a decade of domestic and international work in omnichannel marketing and content strategy and development. From Dubai to New York, Chereen has lived and worked around the world, producing viral-content for Forbes and working with clients ranging from Sheikhs to global pharmaceuticals. She has a passion for taking on cooking challenges and exploring different cultures with guests on her podcast.

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                                  • Christine Johnson
                                    Christine Johnson
                                    director of content
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                                    Christine Johnson
                                    Christine Johnson
                                    director of content

                                    Christine is laser focused on driving results for her clients, working with the mdg team to blend data-driven strategies with impactful creative to achieve measurable goals. With a bachelor’s degree in Marketing Communications from Emerson College and a background in digital and content marketing for clients including Panera Bread, Chevrolet, Hitachi, TBS, and GED Testing Service, Christine is a constant learner who holds herself to a high standard of excellence. Outside the office, you can find her curled up with a good book and her Boston Terrier, Miss Moneypenny.

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                                    • Connor Williams
                                      Connor Williams
                                      account manager
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                                      Connor Williams
                                      Connor Williams
                                      account manager

                                      Connor is a graduate of James Madison University and an experienced association marketer with a strong work ethic and passion for marketing. He is the ultimate people person, priding himself on getting to know the customer and providing them with a personal marketing strategy, customer experience and targeted campaign. Connor is passionate about association conferences, where he gets to meet unique communities of people and immerse himself within the industry. In his free time, he can be found watching football and cheering on the Los Angeles Rams.

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                                      • Glenda Johnson
                                        Glenda Johnson
                                        account director
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                                        Glenda Johnson
                                        Glenda Johnson
                                        account director

                                        With a passion for storytelling and a background in journalism, Glenda has a special flair for developing narratives that captivate audiences. She brings more than a decade of experience developing brand strategy, experiential marketing and creative content for NBC Sports and the NFL—plus the skills she honed while leading social media and women’s programming at Solar Power Events—to the mdg team. While Glenda will always be a proud Washington, D.C./Maryland native, she has an undeniable love for island life, which she developed while earning her bachelor’s degree in communications at the University of Hawai’i.

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                                        • Heather Ireland
                                          Heather Ireland
                                          account director
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                                          Heather Ireland
                                          Heather Ireland
                                          account director

                                          Heather is a high-energy, passionate people person. With a mix of agency and in-house corporate marketing experience, she’s promoted everything from real estate and insurance to food service, electrical contracting and more. Heather’s strategic focus, creativity and attention to detail aid her ability to analyze situations and deliver thoughtful and unique solutions to mdg clients. She takes pride in kindling strong and trusted relationships with her clients and coworkers and being a go-to resource and collaborative partner.

                                          Heather loves to laugh, spend time with family, try her hand at cooking up new recipes, experience cultural events in DC and travel as much as possible. She also has a weakness for sweets, which she balances by teaching group fitness classes for fun.

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                                          • Ingrid Thorson
                                            Ingrid Thorson
                                            account strategist
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                                            Ingrid Thorson
                                            Ingrid Thorson
                                            account strategist

                                            Ingrid has an extensive background in trade association marketing and communications. Her skillset includes creating streamlined and thought-provoking messaging, developing creative event promotions and managing overall brand identity and reputation. Ingrid brings years of experience to mdg. Her adventure began at the Roller Skating Association in Indianapolis, then the Professional Association of Innkeepers in Philadelphia and lastly the National Golf Course Owners Association in Charleston. Ingrid enjoys exploring the city parks with her Shiba Inu dog, Kobe, in her free time.

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                                            • JC Zambrano
                                              JC Zambrano
                                              account director
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                                              JC Zambrano
                                              JC Zambrano
                                              account director

                                              With a passion for keeping up with marketing trends and a determination that drives successful campaign results, JC approaches every challenge with the mindset of an invested partner. He comes to mdg with experience developing and leading omni-channel marketing initiatives for agency clients, associations and higher education. He earned his bachelor’s degree with a concentration in international marketing from American University and his master’s in international marketing from Boston University. When not watching, writing about or attending a soccer match, JC enjoys spending time with his family, going on hikes and planning movie nights.

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                                              • Jennifer Jones, CAE
                                                Jennifer Jones, CAE
                                                vice president of strategic account management
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                                                Jennifer Jones, CAE
                                                Jennifer Jones, CAE
                                                vice president of strategic account management

                                                Jennifer helps mdg’s association clients advance a broad range of organizational initiatives. Leveraging in-depth knowledge of industries and audiences, she and her team develop and execute communication and marketing plans to increase membership, promote professional certifications and development opportunities, spark engagement, build participation in events and support sales, sponsorship and revenue objectives. She’s a proud Certified Association Executive with two “Power of A” awards from The Center for Association Leadership adorning her bookshelf – along with pictures of her husband, two sons and adorable dog Griff. Her love for association marketing is matched only by her love of sunshine, adventure and dinner parties.

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                                                • Jess Hammett
                                                  Jess Hammett
                                                  senior account director
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                                                  Jess Hammett
                                                  Jess Hammett
                                                  senior account director

                                                  Jess is an experienced association marketer who strongly believes that putting the customer at the forefront of every effort is the key to long-term growth and loyalty. She is obsessed with marketing strategy, customer experience and creating relevant, targeted campaigns for each client. Jess is happiest while on-site at association conferences, where she gets to meet unique communities of people who unite with the specific goal of sharing and learning together. Jess also loves to put her strategy skills to work at board game night or when planning unusual vacations. In her free time, she can be found on a hike with her dog or cuddled up with her cat watching bad TV.

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                                                  • Kate Frantz
                                                    Kate Frantz
                                                    account director
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                                                    Kate Frantz
                                                    Kate Frantz
                                                    account director

                                                    Functioning at the intersection of creativity and strategy, Kate brings years of marketing, communications and public relations experience to mdg. Her passion for the field was affirmed by a fashion show during college in which she was selected to head communications efforts for the show. Over the following decade, Kate has grown her expertise while working with numerous nonprofit organizations, restaurants, events and media companies. Kate is a native of the Washington, D.C., area who enjoys soaking up the sun by the water and volunteering with a local animal rescue.

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                                                    • Katy Smith
                                                      Katy Smith
                                                      account director
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                                                      Katy Smith
                                                      Katy Smith
                                                      account director

                                                      Having worked in the consumer goods and manufacturing industries, Katy has diverse experience marketing to retailers, engineers, and other business leaders and – most importantly – she understands how to adapt her approach accordingly.  She builds strong relationships with her clients by proactively managing expectations, timelines, and all the other details along the way. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Apparel Merchandising and a minor in Business from Auburn University.

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                                                      • Keenan Jackson
                                                        Keenan Jackson
                                                        account coordinator
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                                                        Keenan Jackson
                                                        Keenan Jackson
                                                        account coordinator

                                                        Keenan is a creative and passionate marketing professional with experience in social media management, SEO, and event marketing. He developed his love for marketing through his work executing marketing campaigns for nonprofit organizations, live music, and independent artists. Keenan is a proud graduate of Howard University with a Bachelor of Arts in management communication. In his spare time, you can find him listening to music, reading, or jogging.

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                                                        • Lindsay Davis
                                                          Lindsay Davis
                                                          senior account director
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                                                          Lindsay Davis
                                                          Lindsay Davis
                                                          senior account director

                                                          Lindsay is a proven project manager for a variety of mediums, including public relations, direct mail, and relationship management. Prior to joining mdg, Lindsay worked primarily with federal and local government clients to execute integrated marketing campaigns and develop print collateral. Lindsay earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a minor in Graphic Design from Longwood University.

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                                                          • Lindsay Sheldon
                                                            Lindsay Sheldon
                                                            account strategist
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                                                            Lindsay Sheldon
                                                            Lindsay Sheldon
                                                            account strategist

                                                            Lindsay brings a unique perspective to mdg, having spent time at an advertising agency servicing Fortune 500 clients while also leading the marketing communications initiatives at an education association for a number of years. Lindsay has a background rooted in strategic planning and shareholder consensus building. She has experience in both B2C and B2B markets and enjoys developing creative, innovative and pragmatic solutions to meet client needs.

                                                            Lindsay holds both a Master of Arts in Integrated Marketing Communications and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from St. Bonaventure University. She is an avid football fan, board game enthusiast and lover of anything chocolate.

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                                                            • Liz Irvine
                                                              Liz Irvine
                                                              account director
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                                                              Liz Irvine
                                                              Liz Irvine
                                                              account director

                                                              With a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications from West Virginia University and marketing and event planning experience, Liz is equipped to take on any client challenge and turn it into an opportunity. She finds joy in building relationships, executing multi-channel marketing plans and learning new things. Outside of work, Liz is a fitness enthusiast, reader, scrapbooker and avid watcher of Friends reruns.

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                                                              • Marissa Thompson
                                                                Marissa Thompson
                                                                account director
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                                                                Marissa Thompson
                                                                Marissa Thompson
                                                                account director

                                                                Marissa is an integrated marketing strategist with experience in implementing digital and print marketing campaigns, social media management, events and promotions. Prior to mdg, Marissa fell in love with event marketing at the National Automobile Dealers Association after consistently driving attendance to their annual meetings. She graduated from Howard University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and makes multitasking look easy.

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                                                                • Melanie Zajac
                                                                  Melanie Zajac
                                                                  administrative account coordinator
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                                                                  Melanie Zajac
                                                                  Melanie Zajac
                                                                  administrative account coordinator

                                                                  By approaching campaigns from both the creative and strategic perspectives, Melanie helps mdg’s account and creative teams implement innovative campaigns that generate positive results. Her diverse background includes executing data-driven strategies in a wide range of industries, including healthcare, sports marketing and entertainment. When she’s not in the office, you can find her trying out different restaurants in the DMV (D.C., Maryland and Virginia) area, embarking on a new DIY project and listening to anything true crime.

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                                                                  • Michael Fountain
                                                                    Michael Fountain
                                                                    account strategist
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                                                                    Michael Fountain
                                                                    Michael Fountain
                                                                    account strategist

                                                                    Michael is a curious and forward-thinking marketing professional with experience working for several leading domestic advertising agencies. His professional experience is rooted in account management, but over the years he has pivoted towards more strategic planning roles; from helping to define brands to developing digital, social media and content strategies for a variety of clients. At mdg, Michael uses research and data to help distill the agency’s vast experience and creativity into content and experiences that help to make a positive and demonstrable impact for our clients. Outside the office, Michael focuses on staying fit, enjoying the live music scene in the DC area and maintaining his “cool uncle” status with his nieces and nephew.

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                                                                    • Monique dela Cruz
                                                                      Monique dela Cruz
                                                                      account director
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                                                                      Monique dela Cruz
                                                                      Monique dela Cruz
                                                                      account director

                                                                      As a child, Monique loved two things: talking to strangers (much to her mother’s dismay) and staying up way past her bedtime, immersed in a book. Thankfully, these affinities translated into a passion for people and content creation, traits that have served her well in her marketing career. She believes strongly in data-driven strategies, and has experience in various industries, from healthcare to cybersecurity. Born and raised in the Philippines, Monique enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her two bunnies (Peanut Bunner and Oreo).

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                                                                      • Noura Bayoumi
                                                                        Noura Bayoumi
                                                                        account manager
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                                                                        Noura Bayoumi
                                                                        Noura Bayoumi
                                                                        account manager

                                                                        With a Bachelor of Science in journalism, Noura brings strong editorial skills (as well a strong commitment to deadlines) to mdg. Previously, she worked for a trade association in Washington, D.C., performing project management tasks, event marketing, email marketing, social media and content development. Outside of work, Noura enjoys meditation, yoga and exercise.

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                                                                        • Rachel Scharmann
                                                                          Rachel Scharmann
                                                                          account director
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                                                                          Rachel Scharmann
                                                                          Rachel Scharmann
                                                                          account director

                                                                          Rachel is a dynamic marketer with an eye for branding and design. Prior to joining mdg, she executed integrated marketing campaigns in the Public Relations and Communications events sector, where she honed her skills in social media, analytics, SEO and digital marketing. Rachel earned a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies and minors in Graphic Design and Business from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA.

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                                                                          • Rae Fosina
                                                                            Rae Fosina
                                                                            account manager
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                                                                            Rae Fosina
                                                                            Rae Fosina
                                                                            account manager

                                                                            Rae has a proven ability to grow trusted relationships and understand client needs to achieve their business goals. She came to mdg with agency experience executing cross-channel strategy approaches for customer solutions, focusing on Search, Social, Display and SEO which has been a great addition to the event marketing landscape.

                                                                            Rae graduated with a bachelor’s in Business Economics with a concentration on Marketing and minor in Business Communications, which provided the foundation for her account management career. Originally from New York, she enjoys live music, traveling, and getting engrossed in a good book.

                                                                            [email protected]
                                                                            • Sam Rosenberg
                                                                              Sam Rosenberg
                                                                              account coordinator
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                                                                              Sam Rosenberg
                                                                              Sam Rosenberg
                                                                              account coordinator

                                                                              Priding himself on his versatile skill set and outgoing personality, Sam is ready and willing to take on any challenge and find out what makes others tick. A graduate of the University of Virginia, where he majored in media studies and English, Sam’s invaluable energy, creativity and artistic prowess provide a welcome spark to marketing endeavors at mdg. Outside of work, you’ll likely find Sam searching for his next pair of sneakers, watching standup comedy or playing tennis.

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                                                                              • Sara Baliti
                                                                                Sara Baliti
                                                                                account strategist
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                                                                                Sara Baliti
                                                                                Sara Baliti
                                                                                account strategist

                                                                                As both a dreamer and a doer, Sara is adept at distilling big-picture ideas into actionable solutions. Her strengths lie in creating bespoke strategies (both short and long-term) for her clients and shepherding them from conception to completion. After nearly three decades in Washington, D.C., Sara packed up her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with a focus in Public Relations from the University of Maryland, and brought it to London, UK, where she can serve European clients’ needs.

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                                                                                • Sara Fellows
                                                                                  Sara Fellows
                                                                                  account director
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                                                                                  Sara Fellows
                                                                                  Sara Fellows
                                                                                  account director

                                                                                  Sara has diverse experience in event management, association and magazine marketing as well as hospitality PR. She strives to contextually understand client needs, lend a hand wherever one is needed and provide the best work in a timely manner for her clients. Armed with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from George Mason University, she combines creativity, cleverness and a can-do attitude in her approach. When she’s not keeping everyone on track, Sara can be found checking out new restaurants, channeling her inner Joanna Gaines or spending time with her pups (Lincoln + Riley).

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                                                                                  • Shannon Darling
                                                                                    Shannon Darling
                                                                                    account manager
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                                                                                    Shannon Darling
                                                                                    Shannon Darling
                                                                                    account manager

                                                                                    Shannon brings a diverse set of skills to mdg from her experience in event planning, marketing, and customer sales service. Previously spearheading events & marketing for smaller organizations, she has a comprehensive understanding of strategic marketing goals and how to achieve them. When she’s not dedicating her time to her work she’s likely to be listening to music, working on her fitness, or planning her next adventure.

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                                                                                    • Shauna Peters
                                                                                      Shauna Peters
                                                                                      vice president of strategic account management
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                                                                                      Shauna Peters
                                                                                      Shauna Peters
                                                                                      vice president of strategic account management

                                                                                      Shauna is a strategic problem-solver and ardent project manager. A creative thinker and detailed executer, she utilizes data-informed decision making to guide association clients through project timelines with a results-focused eye. Prior to joining mdg, Shauna served the public sector events market, including government and education technology with re-evaluation and re-positioning campaigns. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a double major in English and Sociology.

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                                                                                      San Diego Account Services

                                                                                      • Eli Collin
                                                                                        Eli Collin
                                                                                        account coordinator
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                                                                                        Eli Collin
                                                                                        Eli Collin
                                                                                        account coordinator

                                                                                        Eli’s fascination with consumer behavior and communications led him to pursue a bachelor’s degree in marketing in from San Diego State University and an internship with mdg, where he demonstrated his incredible ability to stay flexible and efficient in the agency world. Now Eli puts his experience (as well as his natural talents) in social media management, tactical planning and the strategic execution of event marketing campaigns to work for mdg’s clients. When he’s not at the computer or on the phone, you’ll find him golfing, catching some rays at the beach, or watching Netflix with his adorable dachshunds, Rex and Zizi.

                                                                                        [email protected]
                                                                                        • Emily Golding
                                                                                          Emily Golding
                                                                                          account strategist
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                                                                                          Emily Golding
                                                                                          Emily Golding
                                                                                          account strategist

                                                                                          Emily is a marketing communications leader and strategic problem-solver who believes that a flexible balance of creativity, attention to detail and data-driven logic is key in delivering the mdg brand promise to her clients. She has overseen marketing and events in a wide range of industries including audio visual, spa and wellness, solar power, organic beauty, sustainability, and real estate, and is poised to master the nuances of new industries. Having graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a double Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Environmental Studies, she is excited to soon complete her MBA with a specialty in marketing from West Texas A&M Business School. Emily loves authentic bagels, listening to NPR podcasts (such as “A Way with Words” and “This American Life”), and playing with her dogs, Lola and Benicio.

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                                                                                          • Kate Ammerman
                                                                                            Kate Ammerman
                                                                                            account director
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                                                                                            Kate Ammerman
                                                                                            Kate Ammerman
                                                                                            account director

                                                                                            Kate found her career calling in marketing at the crossroads where words matter, images evoke, experiences transform and actions mean everything. With prior experience as an in-house Marketing Manager, Industry Association Committee Member and member of the Board of Directors for a non-profit organization, her ability to recognize and navigate clients’ pain points and business objectives comes intuitively. An innovative thinker, driven by data and fueled by client success, Kate manages the execution of campaigns from conceptual to tactical. When not in the office she can be found at the local yoga studio, exploring around the globe or traveling the world of music as a performance reviewer. Kate is a fourth-generation Californian and settled in San Diego while earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from San Diego State University.

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                                                                                            • Rachel Schrichte
                                                                                              Rachel Schrichte
                                                                                              account manager
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                                                                                              Rachel Schrichte
                                                                                              Rachel Schrichte
                                                                                              account manager

                                                                                              Rachel’s love of marketing, events and project management led her to the corporate and non-profit arenas, where she drove lead acquisition and pipeline advancement for numerous organizations through the use of email campaigns, multi-channel nurture programs and participation in large industry trade shows. She’s also played a significant role in organizing highly successful fundraising events. Rachel earned a BS in business administration with an emphasis in marketing from the University of Colorado and holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. When she isn’t traveling, you’ll find her at the beach with her dog, Mousse, binge watching the latest crime documentary series while doing jigsaw puzzles or (attempting to) surf.

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                                                                                              • Tyler Day
                                                                                                Tyler Day
                                                                                                senior account director
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                                                                                                Tyler Day
                                                                                                Tyler Day
                                                                                                senior account director

                                                                                                A marketing and creative strategist with experience in nonprofit, corporate and agency environments, Tyler uses his broad skill set to carry ideas from concept to strategy to execution.

                                                                                                Evidenced by his long and winding academic journey—which includes three degrees and stops on all three coasts (hello, Chicago)—Tyler’s insatiable curiosity and pursuit of learning shaped a mindset that continually delivers new ideas to clients and colleagues to help overcome the most intractable challenges.

                                                                                                A writer at heart, Tyler’s free time is spent tinkering with two unfinished novels, seeing every new movie or show people tell you to see and chasing new experiences wherever they may come.

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                                                                                                Copy

                                                                                                • Annemarie Allain, CEM
                                                                                                  Annemarie Allain, CEM
                                                                                                  copywriter II
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                                                                                                  Annemarie Allain, CEM
                                                                                                  Annemarie Allain, CEM
                                                                                                  copywriter II

                                                                                                  Having spent 14 years in event and exhibition management, Annemarie brings a unique and authentic perspective to her copy. Combining onsite knowledge with a passion for the written word, she is committed to driving event registration, boosting sponsorship and elevating the attendee experience. An event enthusiast to the core, Annemarie earned her Certified Exhibition Manager (CEM) designation through the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) in 2013 and serves on the board of her local Meeting Professionals International (MPI) chapter. Plus, she owns show site shoes and has amassed a collection of event badges and lanyards. Annemarie holds a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University and is a graduate of the Professional Writing Program at the University of California, Berkeley. When she’s not geeking out over trade shows, Annemarie thrives on to-do lists, epic brainstorming sessions and coffee – lots and lots of coffee. She enjoys time spent with her husband and daughter, reading, sewing and HIIT workouts.

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                                                                                                  • Ashley Weber
                                                                                                    Ashley Weber
                                                                                                    publications manager
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                                                                                                    Ashley Weber
                                                                                                    Ashley Weber
                                                                                                    publications manager

                                                                                                    Prior to joining mdg, Ashley spent five years in publications management with a DC-based association management company. She brings experience, organization, and commitment with her through each workday. As a publications specialist, she is dedicated to maintaining close attention to detail, and adhering to clients’ objectives. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in writing from Christopher Newport University. Outside the office, she pursues a passion for young adult literature with her personal writing projects, and also enjoys cooking and travel.

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                                                                                                    • Lara Regan
                                                                                                      Lara Regan
                                                                                                      managing copy director
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                                                                                                      Lara Regan
                                                                                                      Lara Regan
                                                                                                      managing copy director

                                                                                                      With previous marketing experience in the beauty, insurance and music products industries, Lara has a knack for understanding unique client needs when developing large-scale campaigns and managing the smallest details. She taps into the audience’s psychographics and demographics to write authentic copy that helps clients achieve their attendance and engagement goals. Before joining mdg, Lara spent nearly 14 years as a writer at NAMM, creating strategic messaging to increase association membership and trade show participation. She is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas with a double major in Journalism and Sociology and has received certifications in Marketing and Digital Design from UC San Diego. Outside of work, Lara enjoys running, reading and traveling with her husband.

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                                                                                                      • Pamela Hunt
                                                                                                        Pamela Hunt
                                                                                                        copywriter II
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                                                                                                        Pamela Hunt
                                                                                                        Pamela Hunt
                                                                                                        copywriter II

                                                                                                        Pamela is committed to finding and telling good stories. With 20 years of experience that includes investor relations, public relations, journalism, and science writing, she has faith in the stories behind every product, service, and idea that will connect them to their target markets. With a major in biology and minor in English from Cornell University, Pamela loves the intersections of art, science, craft, and culture. When she isn’t at the keyboard, Pamela loves running and hiking on local trails, reading memoirs, and joining her two boys in the waves (where she is an enthusiastic but terrible surfer.)

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                                                                                                        • Sheree Whiteley
                                                                                                          Sheree Whiteley
                                                                                                          copywriter III
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                                                                                                          Sheree Whiteley
                                                                                                          Sheree Whiteley
                                                                                                          copywriter III

                                                                                                          As a journalist turned marketing copywriter, Sheree brings more than a decade of experience and wide range of skills to mdg. Her affinity for the written word prompted her to pursue a double major in communications and English with a journalism emphasis at Boise State University. After earning her degree, Sheree put her writing and editing savvy to work for publications and tech companies in Boise, San Francisco and Seattle before moving to San Diego and joining the mdg team. She adores alliteration, gets a kick out of eliminating superfluous commas and will seize any opportunity she has to use the word “revamp.” When she isn’t crafting content that both delights and inspires action, you’ll find her relaxing at the beach or heading to the airport to start a new adventure.

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                                                                                                          • Vanessa Page
                                                                                                            Vanessa Page
                                                                                                            copywriter III
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                                                                                                            Vanessa Page
                                                                                                            Vanessa Page
                                                                                                            copywriter III

                                                                                                            Vanessa brings two decades of writing and editing experience to mdg, having created content for Fortune 500 companies and industries ranging from gourmet food to fashion to online learning. Whatever the topic or industry, her goal remains the same: to fully understand the audience and their motivations so she can create a powerful, engaging message that truly connects. Prior to joining mdg, Vanessa developed digital and editorial content for QVC; print advertising for Macy’s East; and long-form direct mail and online marketing copy for The Great Courses. Vanessa received her Bachelor of Arts in Magazine Journalism and Master of Arts in Museum Studies, both from Syracuse University.

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                                                                                                            Data, Digital and Web

                                                                                                            • Ben McRae
                                                                                                              Ben McRae
                                                                                                              senior director of web strategy
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                                                                                                              Ben McRae
                                                                                                              Ben McRae
                                                                                                              senior director of web strategy

                                                                                                              Though his focus is all things web, Ben aims to be a true Renaissance man, applying his technology savvy and Bachelor of Arts in Writing to provide clients with dynamic web and email solutions that wow users and administrators alike. His other passions include mathematics, which makes him an ideal analytics manager, and music, which makes him fun to hang out with at parties.

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                                                                                                              • Caiti Garrity
                                                                                                                Caiti Garrity
                                                                                                                digital project manager
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                                                                                                                Caiti Garrity
                                                                                                                Caiti Garrity
                                                                                                                digital project manager

                                                                                                                Caiti started her digital marketing career by managing client campaigns across a wide variety of industries. From there, she dipped her toes into the political world, running high-profile campaigns for major candidates at the local, state and national levels. After a few years on the execution side of digital marketing and a transition to project management, she joined mdg, where she works with the digital, web and data teams to transform client goals into realities. In her free time, you’ll find Caiti attending Washington, D.C. sporting events (go Caps!), riding her Peloton and visiting local breweries.

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                                                                                                                • Clinton Hall
                                                                                                                  Clinton Hall
                                                                                                                  web developer
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                                                                                                                  Clinton Hall
                                                                                                                  Clinton Hall
                                                                                                                  web developer

                                                                                                                  Clinton has more than 12 years of design and development experience in the beautiful world of non-profit associations. With a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from Arkansas State University, Clinton now creates stunning user interfaces that give life and movement to modern day web design. In his spare time, Clinton enjoys the occasional beer at his local pub and bowling.

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                                                                                                                  • Dominika Suchova
                                                                                                                    Dominika Suchova
                                                                                                                    digital marketing manager
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                                                                                                                    Dominika Suchova
                                                                                                                    Dominika Suchova
                                                                                                                    digital marketing manager

                                                                                                                    Domi brings a world of experience to the mdg team—literally. While working on both the ad agency and client sides in New York City and Central Europe, she oversaw the complete digital marketing process, from marketing strategy and content creation to publication and promotion. When Domi isn’t optimizing campaigns for mdg’s clients, you’ll find her exploring new countries, cultures and foods. She has a master’s degree in marketing communications, as well as a special fondness for cappuccinos, minimalism, the great outdoors and sustainable living.

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                                                                                                                    • Erin Lee
                                                                                                                      Erin Lee
                                                                                                                      senior director, digital transformation and marketing strategy
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                                                                                                                      Erin Lee
                                                                                                                      Erin Lee
                                                                                                                      senior director, digital transformation and marketing strategy

                                                                                                                      Erin brings her customer-first thinking and passion for marketing technology to mdg, where she helps clients uncover new ways to maximize the value of their martech solutions and their ROI. Having led award-winning campaigns for international brands and organizations in the transportation, construction, food, manufacturing, biotech and healthcare spaces, Erin has a knack for driving engagement across all types of audiences. She also has a love for exploring beaches, international travel and her hometown of Washington, D.C., where you’ll find her kayaking, biking, singing along at concerts or walking her rescue pup, Carly.

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                                                                                                                      • Ibukun Okusanya
                                                                                                                        Ibukun Okusanya
                                                                                                                        senior web developer
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                                                                                                                        Ibukun Okusanya
                                                                                                                        Ibukun Okusanya
                                                                                                                        senior web developer

                                                                                                                        Ibukun has over a decade of experience in the graphic design and web development world. He has created brands, print material and websites for a wide range of clients, including non-profit, legal, entertainment and startups. With a bachelor’s degrees in Political Science, History and Journalism from Rutgers University (which he never actually uses), and an overactive imagination, Ibukun may be better suited to be a raconteur than a developer, but the possibilities in code are irresistible. Ibukun enjoys sparkling conversation, quick wit, Game of Thrones and gummy bears.

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                                                                                                                        • Joe Mathieu
                                                                                                                          Joe Mathieu
                                                                                                                          director of digital activation
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                                                                                                                          Joe Mathieu
                                                                                                                          Joe Mathieu
                                                                                                                          director of digital activation

                                                                                                                          Hailing from the Southside of Chicago, Joe is a  recent SoCal transfer that has led strategy and fulfillment teams across the digital marketing landscape since 2005. He got his start with small business SEM, which led to managing both search and display campaigns for some of the largest advertisers in the country. He partnered with companies from all walks of life—healthcare, technology, retail, CPG, and more—and is now working with mdg’s digital activation group managing association and event campaigns through paid search, social media, and programmatic display and video. When he’s not thinking about cost per acquisition or conversion rates, Joe can be found paling around the San Diego area with his bulldog/pug hybrid PorkChop.

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                                                                                                                          • Karmon Runquist
                                                                                                                            Karmon Runquist
                                                                                                                            associate director, web strategy
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                                                                                                                            Karmon Runquist
                                                                                                                            Karmon Runquist
                                                                                                                            associate director, web strategy

                                                                                                                            With more than 20 years of professional web and digital communications experience, Karmon Runquist jokes that her career started before Internet Explorer and has outlasted it. She evangelizes about the way digital communications can bring people together and make the world more accessible to everyone. She is happy to chat about the latest web design trends, personalized email, digital signage and social media.

                                                                                                                            Runquist is an avid reader of everything from urban fantasy novels to 19th-century poetry. She loves to travel and watch cheesy disaster movies.

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                                                                                                                            • Marc Blumer
                                                                                                                              Marc Blumer
                                                                                                                              group director
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                                                                                                                              Marc Blumer
                                                                                                                              Marc Blumer
                                                                                                                              group director

                                                                                                                              Marc Blumer, from a young age, accompanied his father, VP at Leo Burnett Media, into the Chicago HQ where Marc was able to experience the creative department first hand. Today, with an M.S. in direct and digital marketing from Mercy College and more than 25 years in B2B marketing leadership roles on both the agency and client sides, Marc sits at the critical intersection of data and content. At mdg, Marc teams with our account strategists to orchestrate and integrate the efforts of the digital, web and data teams into marketing programs fully aligned with the customer journey – especially those within complex industries. Included within Marc’s previous client engagements are lead attendee strategist roles for CONEXPO-CON/AGG and PACK EXPO, lead marketing automation strategist for Dow Corning as well as serving on outside agency’s strategic leadership team in building the three-year marketing strategic roadmap for Indorama Ventures in late 2017.

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                                                                                                                              • Michael Engard
                                                                                                                                Michael Engard
                                                                                                                                web developer and ux/ui specialist
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                                                                                                                                Michael Engard
                                                                                                                                Michael Engard
                                                                                                                                web developer and ux/ui specialist

                                                                                                                                Combining knowledge in international relations acquired from the University of Toronto with experience as a web editor and developer, Michael possesses a unique skill set spanning the creative and technical sides of web publishing. With a history of developing innovative solutions that bridge the gap between the needs of his clients and the challenges of implementation in an ever-changing digital world, Michael is a welcome addition to the mdg web team. He hails from the frigid north (Rochester, New York to be exact) and is now enjoying life a little closer to the equator.

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                                                                                                                                • Roberto Hinojosa
                                                                                                                                  Roberto Hinojosa
                                                                                                                                  digital project manager
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                                                                                                                                  Roberto Hinojosa
                                                                                                                                  Roberto Hinojosa
                                                                                                                                  digital project manager

                                                                                                                                  Roberto has been managing creative and technical projects in advertising agencies and in-house marketing departments since the early 2000s. Having worked in corporate, agency and nonprofit settings, he has a wide breadth of experience in digital, web, video and other mediums. Finding creative solutions to minimize roadblocks and keep projects running smoothly makes him happy.

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                                                                                                                                  • Ryan Edwards
                                                                                                                                    Ryan Edwards
                                                                                                                                    web developer III
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                                                                                                                                    Ryan Edwards
                                                                                                                                    Ryan Edwards
                                                                                                                                    web developer III

                                                                                                                                    Ryan has harnessed a lifelong passion for figuring out how things work into a varied skill set across many disciplines in the digital realm. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The School of Visual Arts, Ryan has earned recognition for his paintings, for innovative web projects, and for his work in animation – including a Daytime Emmy Award nomination. When not plugging away behind a monitor, Ryan can be found enjoying the beautiful Virginia outdoors with his family.

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                                                                                                                                    • Safa Khairy
                                                                                                                                      Safa Khairy
                                                                                                                                      director of digital and data marketing strategy
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                                                                                                                                      Safa Khairy
                                                                                                                                      Safa Khairy
                                                                                                                                      director of digital and data marketing strategy

                                                                                                                                      Safa is a dynamic and driven research and marketing professional with more than 10 years of experience in digital brand strategy, consumer behavior, media consumption insights, and campaign management. She started her career in Dubai where she spearheaded data-driven strategies and built research products that drove business results for her clients on the agency side and her departments on the client side (with a focus on the Luxury, retail, and FMCG industries). She has a Masters in Media Studies, her experience, education and passion comes from leveraging data and insights to better understand target audiences’ behaviors, user experience and content consumption habits to craft effective digital marketing strategies that are culturally relevant but also deliver great business results. Safa currently lives in D.C. and when she’s not working, she loves to travel all over the world, experience new cultures and foods, and watch her favorite shows with her partner.

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                                                                                                                                      • Samantha Roy
                                                                                                                                        Samantha Roy
                                                                                                                                        digital marketing manager
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                                                                                                                                        Samantha Roy
                                                                                                                                        Samantha Roy
                                                                                                                                        digital marketing manager

                                                                                                                                        Samantha is a passionate digital marketing professional with an extensive background in hospitality and a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing from SDSU. As part of the mdg digital team, Samantha consistently strives to exceed client expectations by creating and executing results-driven strategies and buzzworthy campaigns. Outside of the office, you’ll likely find Samantha hiking with her dog Jax, sweating it out in hot yoga, or consuming way too much coffee

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                                                                                                                                        • Tom Kimmelman
                                                                                                                                          Tom Kimmelman
                                                                                                                                          digital design specialist
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                                                                                                                                          Tom Kimmelman
                                                                                                                                          Tom Kimmelman
                                                                                                                                          digital design specialist

                                                                                                                                          An electronic media guru and IT expert, Tom manages the development and execution of our clients’ websites, email broadcasts and dynamic media campaigns. With a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from California State University at Fresno and several years of experience working for companies like DirecTV and Apple, Tom has been an essential member of mdg’s creative team since 2005.

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                                                                                                                                          Design

                                                                                                                                          • Caitlin Nelson
                                                                                                                                            Caitlin Nelson
                                                                                                                                            graphic designer II
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                                                                                                                                            Caitlin Nelson
                                                                                                                                            Caitlin Nelson
                                                                                                                                            graphic designer II

                                                                                                                                            Caitlin brings extensive agency experience and knack for visual storytelling to mdg, where she makes everything from concept creation to branding strategy to content development look effortless. She enjoys applying the knowledge she gained while earning her B.A. in graphic design from San Diego State University to projects for clients in, as she says, “an eclectic mix of industries.” Outside of work, you’ll find Caitlin dancing and singing (badly) at a concert or strolling through an art gallery.

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                                                                                                                                            • Channing Avery
                                                                                                                                              Channing Avery
                                                                                                                                              art director
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                                                                                                                                              Channing Avery
                                                                                                                                              Channing Avery
                                                                                                                                              art director

                                                                                                                                              With a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design, Channing brings 15 years of production and design experience to mdg. Prior to moving to San Diego from Albuquerque, New Mexico, he served as production director for the Albuquerque Business First (a business news publication owned by American City Business Journals), where he received awards for Advertising Design, Publication Design and Typography. Prior to that, Channing worked in design firm/print shop environments, where he managed a multitude of design projects from conception to completion.

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                                                                                                                                              • Jason Sawyer
                                                                                                                                                Jason Sawyer
                                                                                                                                                managing art director
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                                                                                                                                                Jason Sawyer
                                                                                                                                                Jason Sawyer
                                                                                                                                                managing art director

                                                                                                                                                Jay has extensive experience providing design solutions for innovative shows, national brands and mom and pops alike. Everything Jay does is relationship-based and at mdg, he utilizes this underlying methodology to strengthen his team’s creative, maximize impact and deliver results for clients. Jay holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from the Ringling College of Art and Design. He is sometimes mistaken for The Dude and can easily be bribed with a bottle of good bourbon.

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                                                                                                                                                • Kacia Reilly
                                                                                                                                                  Kacia Reilly
                                                                                                                                                  director of creative services
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                                                                                                                                                  Kacia Reilly
                                                                                                                                                  Kacia Reilly
                                                                                                                                                  director of creative services

                                                                                                                                                  With experience in fashion, retail, action sports, entertainment and health care, Kacia’s diverse background serves her well in an agency environment. She holds a Master of Arts in Design Strategy and Innovation from Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Saint Anselm College. Kacia’s creative serves as the platform on which mdg’s results-generating campaigns are built. When she’s not in her creative zone you can find her checking dream surf destinations off her bucket list.

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                                                                                                                                                  • Michelle Delapenha
                                                                                                                                                    Michelle Delapenha
                                                                                                                                                    art director
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                                                                                                                                                    Michelle Delapenha
                                                                                                                                                    Michelle Delapenha
                                                                                                                                                    art director

                                                                                                                                                    Michelle has over 20 years of experience working in corporate and non-profit marketing departments. She enjoys working with clients and taking their digital and print projects from vision to reality. She is a relocated Brit, who after many years of being in America, still loves all things British. Michelle has an undergraduate degree in Journalism with a Graphic Design concentration from Liberty University.

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                                                                                                                                                    • Susanne Mundt
                                                                                                                                                      Susanne Mundt
                                                                                                                                                      graphic designer III
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                                                                                                                                                      Susanne Mundt
                                                                                                                                                      Susanne Mundt
                                                                                                                                                      graphic designer III

                                                                                                                                                      With a master’s degree in Visual Communication from Burg Giebichenstein (University of Art and Design) in hand, Susanne packed her bags and moved from Germany to the United States in 1999. mdg discovered her in 2004, while working as a photographer’s assistant on a photo shoot, and she’s been creating award-winning work for the agency’s clients ever since. Prior to joining mdg, Susanne worked as a freelance designer for the San Diego Museum of Man and for Stahlphotographics, where she continues to moonlight during her free time.

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                                                                                                                                                      Communications

                                                                                                                                                      • Anjia Nicolaidis
                                                                                                                                                        Anjia Nicolaidis
                                                                                                                                                        international marketing director
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                                                                                                                                                        Anjia Nicolaidis
                                                                                                                                                        Anjia Nicolaidis
                                                                                                                                                        international marketing director

                                                                                                                                                        Anjia is mdg’s global nomad-in-residence, with almost two decades of experience living and working overseas in South America, the Middle East, Europe, and South Asia. Anjia helps mdg clients navigate foreign markets, cultivate and deepen relationships with key international industry stakeholders, and uncover unique market insights to maximize the value of international outreach. Prior to her work with mdg, Anjia held positions with the departments of Commerce and State, national environmental nonprofit organizations and a global advertising agency.

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                                                                                                                                                        • Christine Johnson
                                                                                                                                                          Christine Johnson
                                                                                                                                                          director of content
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                                                                                                                                                          Christine Johnson
                                                                                                                                                          Christine Johnson
                                                                                                                                                          director of content

                                                                                                                                                          Christine is laser focused on driving results for her clients, working with the mdg team to blend data-driven strategies with impactful creative to achieve measurable goals. With a bachelor’s degree in Marketing Communications from Emerson College and a background in digital and content marketing for clients including Panera Bread, Chevrolet, Hitachi, TBS, and GED Testing Service, Christine is a constant learner who holds herself to a high standard of excellence. Outside the office, you can find her curled up with a good book and her Boston Terrier, Miss Moneypenny.

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                                                                                                                                                          • Connor Stewart
                                                                                                                                                            Connor Stewart
                                                                                                                                                            director of social media
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                                                                                                                                                            Connor Stewart
                                                                                                                                                            Connor Stewart
                                                                                                                                                            director of social media

                                                                                                                                                            Connor is known for his strategic communications skills and effervescent spirit. With 8 years of experience and a Bachelor of Arts from the Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, Connor’s background consists of a dynamic blend across influencer and media relations, brand partnerships, and experiential and social media engagement marketing.

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                                                                                                                                                            • Julie Franks
                                                                                                                                                              Julie Franks
                                                                                                                                                              director of public relations
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                                                                                                                                                              Julie Franks
                                                                                                                                                              Julie Franks
                                                                                                                                                              director of public relations

                                                                                                                                                              Julie brings more than a decade of communications experience to mdg and has guided the successful efforts of a wide variety of corporate, association and nonprofit clients. She is experienced in the areas of public relations, social media, advertising, email marketing, website management, corporate communications and investor relations. She takes pride in leading effective integrated strategic communications strategies that support each organization’s mission and goals. Julie graduated from Penn State University and lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and two daughters. In her free time, she enjoys listening to crime and entertainment podcasts, cheering on the Nittany Lions, meticulously planning her next trip to Disney and being an enthusiastic cheer/soccer/swim/gymnastics mom.

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                                                                                                                                                              International

                                                                                                                                                              • Anastasiya Magwood
                                                                                                                                                                Anastasiya Magwood
                                                                                                                                                                account manager
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                                                                                                                                                                Anastasiya Magwood
                                                                                                                                                                Anastasiya Magwood
                                                                                                                                                                account manager

                                                                                                                                                                With a degree in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing and International Business and a background in market research, Anastasiya is well equipped to deliver on her clients’ informational needs. She combines strategy, creativity, innovation, and enthusiasm in her approach to research and helps translate insights into actionable strategies.

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                                                                                                                                                                • Andres Tovar
                                                                                                                                                                  Andres Tovar
                                                                                                                                                                  account manager
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                                                                                                                                                                  Andres Tovar
                                                                                                                                                                  Andres Tovar
                                                                                                                                                                  account manager

                                                                                                                                                                  Andres is an account management aficionado with an extensive background in advertising and marketing. Having worked with clients from multiple sectors—including travel, gaming, non-profit, associations, finance, and government—Andres has a proven track record for building lasting relationships with all variety of clients, as well as internal teams. When he isn’t delighting mdg’s clients, gaming or traveling, Andres enjoys exploring different neighborhoods in Washington, D.C., the city he’s called home since 2017.

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                                                                                                                                                                  • Anjia Nicolaidis
                                                                                                                                                                    Anjia Nicolaidis
                                                                                                                                                                    international marketing director
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                                                                                                                                                                    Anjia Nicolaidis
                                                                                                                                                                    Anjia Nicolaidis
                                                                                                                                                                    international marketing director

                                                                                                                                                                    Anjia is mdg’s global nomad-in-residence, with almost two decades of experience living and working overseas in South America, the Middle East, Europe, and South Asia. Anjia helps mdg clients navigate foreign markets, cultivate and deepen relationships with key international industry stakeholders, and uncover unique market insights to maximize the value of international outreach. Prior to her work with mdg, Anjia held positions with the departments of Commerce and State, national environmental nonprofit organizations and a global advertising agency.

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                                                                                                                                                                    mdg Advisory Services

                                                                                                                                                                    • Annie Malone
                                                                                                                                                                      Annie Malone
                                                                                                                                                                      vice president, strategy
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                                                                                                                                                                      Annie Malone
                                                                                                                                                                      Annie Malone
                                                                                                                                                                      vice president, strategy

                                                                                                                                                                      Annie leads client engagements for mdg’s advisory practice clients and brings over 20 years of experience advising leading corporations and organizations on strategy, organizational transformation, process improvement and performance management. Before mdg, Annie led corporate strategy execution and performance management at Mars Incorporated, where she designed and managed board meetings and strategy discussions, oversaw key global corporate initiatives on risk management and performance improvement and identified key internal communications regarding company strategy. Prior to Mars, Annie spent 12 years as a senior manager within Deloitte Consulting’s strategy and operations practice, managing teams in strategy, communications, human capital and technology initiatives. Annie has extensive experience across technology, healthcare and governmental organizations.

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                                                                                                                                                                      • David Saef
                                                                                                                                                                        David Saef
                                                                                                                                                                        senior vice president, strategy
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                                                                                                                                                                        David Saef
                                                                                                                                                                        David Saef
                                                                                                                                                                        senior vice president, strategy

                                                                                                                                                                        David is the co-leader of mdg’s strategic advisory practice and has a 20-year career leading strategic planning, audience research and acquisition, growth strategies, organization transformation, data and measurement services for industry leaders such as Solar Energy Trade Shows, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, the National Association of Broadcasters, the American Heart Association and McDonald’s. Before joining Freeman, David led the GES Global Strategy team to design and execute engagement programs for Pfizer, Boeing, Penton (Informa) and the California Dental Association. David began his career with L.E.K. Consulting and earned an MBA from The Wharton School and his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College.

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                                                                                                                                                                        • Elena Balint
                                                                                                                                                                          Elena Balint
                                                                                                                                                                          strategy director
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                                                                                                                                                                          Elena Balint
                                                                                                                                                                          Elena Balint
                                                                                                                                                                          strategy director

                                                                                                                                                                          Elena has been advising, planning and executing brand marketing strategies, integrated campaigns, staffing and agency solutions for small businesses, startups and associations. She focuses on understanding the value proposition of brands and developing omnichannel solutions (live, online, social, podcast, etc.) that will optimize participation and engagement. Before joining the strategy team, Elena led marketing and brand strategy for Stand Together, National Geographic Partners, Sharemylesson.com and AdAge.

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                                                                                                                                                                          • Heather Shuster
                                                                                                                                                                            Heather Shuster
                                                                                                                                                                            strategy director
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                                                                                                                                                                            Heather Shuster
                                                                                                                                                                            Heather Shuster
                                                                                                                                                                            strategy director

                                                                                                                                                                            Heather leads the Association segment for Freeman’s sponsorship strategy practice, where she partners with clients to create sponsorship strategy, drive growth of attendees, exhibitors and sponsors and create meaningful and memorable live experiences. Her focus is offering strategic guidance and identifying opportunities to enhance experiences, gain deeper engagement and achieve sustainable growth.

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                                                                                                                                                                            • Jason Langley
                                                                                                                                                                              Jason Langley
                                                                                                                                                                              director of consulting
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                                                                                                                                                                              Jason Langley
                                                                                                                                                                              Jason Langley
                                                                                                                                                                              director of consulting
                                                                                                                                                                              • Joel Phiri
                                                                                                                                                                                Joel Phiri
                                                                                                                                                                                strategy associate
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                                                                                                                                                                                Joel Phiri
                                                                                                                                                                                Joel Phiri
                                                                                                                                                                                strategy associate

                                                                                                                                                                                Joel leads the team in collecting information, presenting data to inform strategy and identifying issues that may affect organizational efficiency. He proposes creative solutions and works closely with management to customize an approach that will garner results. Joel has over 16 years of experience in research, public sector consulting and corporate strategy advisory services in international development, healthcare, energy and mobile communications.

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