PARTNERS

Smiroldo Communications

Diane Smiroldo is a senior strategist specializing in US and international public affairs, communications, and marketing. She is president of Smiroldo Communications, a strategic communications consultancy offering a comprehensive range of services including policy/PR, corporate communications, CEO positioning, thought leadership, crisis communications, public sector marketing, media relations, social media, events, and editorial services. Diane’s expertise includes directing communications and marketing strategies for a variety of corporate clients at a leading communications agency and in-house experience at trade associations and coalitions. She has managed global public affairs programs, award-winning education campaigns, and international communications for leading technology and energy corporations and associations.

   

TorchLight Hire
TorchLight Hire

TorchLight Hire recruits marketing, corporate communications, and business development professionals across all industries from the C-suite to senior managers for contract, contract-to-hire, and permanent roles. TorchLight serves the I-95 corridor from Washington, DC, to New York. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, non-profits and other companies across all verticals. Before founding TorchLight, Managing Director Heidi Parsont worked at Melcrum, a corporate communications consulting firm where she built a client base from more than 300 of the Fortune 1000 companies. Previously, Heidi helped employers fill more than 150 marketing, communications, and PR positions at a regional staffing agency.

   

iSpy Creative

iSpy Creative

iSpy Creative is a full-service graphic design agency led by Deborah Sauri. Deborah was formerly the director of the Design Division at Dittus Communications, where she led branding and creative services projects for organizations including the Business Software Alliance, Dell, ITAA (now TechAmerica), Tata Consulting Services (TCS), Tenable Network Security, and Time Warner. Earlier in her career, Deborah designed Olympics identities for IBM and Coca-Cola. Since founding iSpy Creative, Deborah has completed branding and other projects for the 495 Express Lanes in Virginia; SAP National Security Services (SAP NS2); World Gas Conference 2018; LNG 17 Conference; Institute for Energy Research; and other clients. Deborah also serves on the board of directors for the Washington, DC, chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA).

   

JEL Creative

JEL Creative

JEL Creative, Inc. provides Internet strategy, web design and development, and print design services to corporate and nonprofit clients. Joshua Levie, President and Owner of JEL Creative, has conducted online business in more than a dozen countries and has served a variety of industries and causes including human rights, technology, communications, business consulting, and hospitality. JEL Creative’s list of satisfied clients includes The George Washington University, Click 4 Compliance, El Cid Resorts, and Capital Pride.

   

Ann Canela

Ann Canela is a marketing and media relations strategist who specializes in supporting nonprofit organizations. Previously, Ann was the director of marketing and communications at Global Impact (http://www.charity.org/), where she led the marketing for the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area and the Combined Federal Campaign-Overseas, raising more than $80 million per year. Ann also led the marketing efforts that supported fundraising for more than 60 international charities, raising more than $20 million per year. Before that, Ann served as a consultant for companies including Booz Allen Hamilton, Focus Technologies, and the Compressed Gas Association.

   

Jennifer L. Krempin & Associates

Jennifer L. Krempin & Associates

Jennifer L. Krempin & Associates provides writing and editing, marketing communications, and social media support to a client base that includes health care organizations; academic institutions; legal and professional services firms; and financial services companies. As a professional writer and former journalist, Jennifer has held a variety of writing, editing, and senior marketing and communications management positions spanning more than a decade in financial services, health care, and legal services. Before starting her own company, she served as communications and PR manager for a law firm with offices in Minneapolis and Washington, DC, and as director of marketing and communications for an AmLaw 100 law firm in Washington, DC.

   

Focused on technology, defense and homeland security, Validus offers purpose-built, customized account teams of highly experienced and innovative professionals to support government and private-sector clients. An Alexandria-based veteran-owned small business, Validus is led by Steve Clawson, a former Navy captain public affairs officer and AT&T corporate vice president of public relations.

   

BGA Studios

Kim de Bourbon

BGA Studios provides fast, competent and complete editorial and design work for print or digital media. The detail-oriented BGA team offers writing, copy editing, proofreading, graphic arts and publication and web design services from its base in Northeast Pennsylvania, specializing in academic and small business clients. BGA Studios is owned and operated by Charles and Kim de Bourbon, who combine their backgrounds in Madison Avenue advertising and daily journalism to provide expert services to clients.