Retail PR & Digital Marketing

leadership that cares

co-founder & co-president

nikki carlson

Nikki is a dynamic force as an entrepreneur, marketing leader, and business strategist. She blends her corporate experience with her business ventures to provide savvy leadership to her current clients and her retail-focused agency. Venturing into her businesses with partner Kailynn Bowling, Nikki has gained the trust and support of clients across many industries. With her knowledge for getting small business off the ground and running, she has pivoted her years of marketing know-how to brands for herself and others that have lasting success. She has started businesses that are woman-centered and driven with spirit and determination, quick to identify the needs of consumers.

co-founder & co-president

kailynn bowling

Kailynn is a multi-faceted entrepreneur, leadership mentor, and marketing pro. She brings fresh insight to brand promotions and product sales, garnering clients media recognition and securing product placements on the shelves of major retailers. Her passion for product launches, women’s brands, and fashion must-haves is the backbone of her years of experience in marketing, public relations, product design, and as a business owner herself. Coming from the corporate world has given her a unique understanding of the workings of large corporations. She’s turned that knowledge into her product development ventures and founding companies that cater to underserved needs.

President of ExPR, Vice President of Public Relations

kristen wessel

Kristen is a powerhouse Forbes journalist, storyteller, and marketing professional. A former Emmy Award-winning news anchor, Kristen brings a fresh and dynamic energy to ChicExecs that encompasses both sides of the media landscape. Previously a news anchor at San Diego 6, XETV, Kristen has also anchored at WSPA in Greenville, South Carolina, KCWY in Casper, Wyoming, and KZSW in Temecula, California. Her expertise in various markets has contributed to her media-savvy nature. She is skilled at telling great stories and builds lasting relationships with the press in the process.

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT of ELEVATE

lydia vargo

Lydia is an accomplished Sales & Marketing professional who has made significant contributions to the business world. With a successful career in the Mutual Fund industry in Canada and international experience in Australia, she joined ChicExecs in 2012 and has continued to thrive in her role. With university degrees in Science and Psychology, coupled with finance accreditations, Lydia’s unique skillset has been invaluable in helping brands establish themselves in the competitive U.S. market. Her thought-leadership has been recognized in multiple press features, and she is a regular contributor to Forbes and other notable media outlets. Lydia’s expertise and dedication to excellence have made her a highly sought-after professional in her field.

VICE PRESIDENT of retail strategy

nichole evans

Former brand owner (FUMI, 2007) Nichole Evans now runs the Retail Strategy department at ChicExecs and leads her team to success! With over 25+ years of experience of being an entrepreneur, Nichole is able to share her expertise with her team and evaluate a brand’s potential when they walk through our doors. She built a successful women’s accessory line and was involved in all product development including product design, patent work, financial matters, and marketing.

Account Coordinator

Alysia Cabrera

Alysia has a degree in Media Studies and experience in Retail Management, Office Administration, and Cosmetology. She loves digital communication and has a passion for beauty, skincare, and fashion. Alysia wants to grow professionally and enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her cats and fiancé. Her dream is to travel the world and share her experiences with loved ones.

Jr. Account Executive

Katie Banda

With a graduate degree in Communication, Katie comes from a family of business owners and has a passion for marketing. Katie helps entrepreneurial brands succeed by setting and achieving goals with her strong work ethic and perseverance. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her dog, watching Netflix, and learning about different cultures, with a goal of traveling the world.

Sr. AE

Gwen Burnett

Gwen Burnett is a seasoned Business Sales Executive with over 20 years of expertise in the apparel industry, as well as CPG, beauty, and health & wellness brands at ChicExecs. With a degree in Fashion Merchandising, she has generated millions in sales as VP of sales for US and International brands. Gwen has successfully procured new business with national retailers such as Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman-Marcus, and more.

Sr. AE

Karla Dollberg

Karla has over 7 years of experience in the retail industry, with a focus on opening accounts and obtaining reorders. She excels at product development, branding, packaging, retail sales, and marketing for entrepreneurial brands, and has successfully placed products in major retailers such as Nordstrom, Anthropologie, Free People, Bloomingdales, and more. Karla enjoys outdoor activities and travel, and is passionate about contributing to the growth of businesses.

Sr. Account Manager

Brianna Fulce

Brianna is a Senior Account Manager in ChicExecs’ Retail Strategy Department with over seven years of experience at the company. She has helped place product lines in major retailers like Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom. Brianna has a background in Retail, Merchandising, Sales, Event Planning, and Management. In her free time, she enjoys sketching and sewing new designs and spending time with her dog, Vader.

Account Coordinator

Kayla Sok

Kayla graduated from California State University San Marcos with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Studies. She discovered her passion for marketing and retail strategy while working as an executive assistant for an IT sourcing company. Kayla is excited to be part of ChicExecs’ team and enjoys spending time with her dog and going on new adventures.

Account Coordinator

Quintana Kathleen

Kathleen has a Marketing degree from CSUSM and a passion for helping brands grow. Her background in the retail industry gives her insight into what retailers are looking for and what customers are buying. Kathleen loves classic films from the ’30s-’50s and is pursuing a yoga certification in her free time. She enjoys using her skills to help her team thrive at ChicExecs.

Account Exec

Valencia-Torres Maria

Maria is a Communication graduate from California State University San Marcos. She started as a Retail Strategy intern at ChicExecs and is now an Account Executive. She secured placements with key retailers like Nordstrom and Macy’s, loves helping entrepreneurs, and enjoys her work in the Retail Strategy department. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing with her dogs, and spending time outdoors.

your dream team

creativity, passion, and experience

We’re a passionate, energetic, and dedicated group of women who love to create and pitch content that is on-brand and truly tells your story. We do this by having storytellers on our team, from news anchors to journalists and social media influencers.

Account Coordinator

Quintana Kathleen

Kathleen has a Marketing degree from CSUSM and a passion for helping brands grow. Her background in the retail industry gives her insight into what retailers are looking for and what customers are buying. Kathleen loves classic films from the ’30s-’50s and is pursuing a yoga certification in her free time. She enjoys using her skills to help her team thrive at ChicExecs.

Kayla Sok

Kayla graduated from California State University San Marcos with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Studies. She discovered her passion for marketing and retail strategy while working as an executive assistant for an IT sourcing company. Kayla is excited to be part of ChicExecs’ team and enjoys spending time with her dog and going on new adventures

Alysia Cabrera

Alysia has a degree in Media Studies and experience in Retail Management, Office Administration, and Cosmetology. She loves digital communication and has a passion for beauty, skincare, and fashion. Alysia wants to grow professionally and enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her cats and fiancé. Her dream is to travel the world and share her experiences with loved ones.

Sarah Castro

Sarah is a recent graduate from California State University Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a focus in Public Relations. She completed PR internships, was an active member of PRSSA, and was an account executive for CSUF’s PR firm, Titan Public Relations. She loves working with others, writing, public speaking, and adding creativity to everything she pursues. When not working, she enjoys reading, taking care of her houseplants, photography, working out, trying new vegan food, and spending time with friends!

Kiara Devine

Kiara Devine is a recent Journalism and Media Studies graduate from San Diego State University, specializing in Public Relations. She is passionate about her hometown, San Diego, and enjoys all it has to offer, including beaches and mountains. Kiara has also started a small business with her friend, advocating for foster youth. In her free time, she loves to do crafts such as painting and embroidery. She is a proud dog owner and can often be found at the local dog park with her beloved goldendoodle, Parker.

Hytrek Lindsey J

Lindsey graduated from California State University San Marcos with a degree in Communication. The excitement of a fast-paced work environment paired with her passion for personal relationships, media, and brand development is what led her towards public relations. In her free time, she enjoys exploring local coffee shops with her friends, and reading memoirs at the beach.

Anna L Kasner

Before joining the ChicExecs team, Anna received a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations, while also competing as a varsity student-athlete at Western Washington University. She moved to San Diego right after graduating college and immediately fell in love with the sandy beaches, delicious food, and friendly people. Her passion for public relations and fashion inspired her to work for ChicExecs.

Telula Madrid

Telula graduated from Arizona State Univerity with a degree in Journalism. She discovered her passion for PR and marketing during her college career and hasn’t looked back since. Her love for content creation and all things social media has helped her navigate through the PR and marketing industries. When she’s not behind her work desk, you can find her exploring new cities, purchasing festival tickets, and online shopping.

Kaycie Monsibay

Kaycie graduated from California State University of San Marcos with a Bachelors in Business Administration and an emphasis in Marketing. With over 10 years of customer service experience and 6 years in the restaurant industry, she is excited to grow within ChicExecs. Kaycie loves working with others and making them happy. In her free time, she can be found at the gym or the beach.

Morea N West

Morea is a graduate from Chapman University with a degree in Business Administration and a marketing emphasis. Following her internship and marketing experiences in agencies, Morea is excited to bring her passion for marketing, public relations and graphic design to the ChicExecs team. In her free time, she enjoys soaking up the sun at the beach, creating art, and exploring San Diego with her friends.

Madison Oxford

Madison has a degree in Business Marketing from CSU. She is passionate about understanding businesses and learning how to help them grow. Her excellent skills in writing, organization and customer service make her a great Public Relations Account Coordinator at ChicExecs. Outside of work, Madison enjoys coffee, decorating, and writing poetry.

Esabel W Sadek

Following her graduate degree in Sociology, Esabel discovered her passion for Public Relations while interning for a TV show and started working in communications before joining ChicExecs as a PR Account Coordinator. She is passionate about the industry and enjoys traveling and exploring nature in her free time.

Krissa El-Saden

Krissa is new to PR, but no stranger to the world of social media. As an influencer, she brings a lot of insight to the ever changing world of Instagram, and is looking forward to breaking into this side of the PR world. In her free time she enjoys newly married life, newly pregnant life, barre classes, her dog Brody and anything that has to do with hair.

Malia Druyan

Malia is an executive chef turned Account Coordinator supporting Brand Development in bringing on new Clients. She has an extensive background in the culinary world, both as a pastry chef and with marketing for a bagel company she created during the pandemic. She loves meeting and working with other creative people, especially fellow foodies. Outside of work, she loves spending time with her husband and two pups, along with cooking, baking, and exploring new restaurants.

Jr. Account Executive

Katie Banda

With a graduate degree in Communication, Katie comes from a family of business owners and has a passion for marketing. Katie helps entrepreneurial brands succeed by setting and achieving goals with her strong work ethic and perseverance. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her dog, watching Netflix, and learning about different cultures, with a goal of traveling the world.

Desiree Desimone

Desiree Desimone is passionate about delivering value to clients through excellent service. She strives to build and maintain lasting business relationships. She has three years of experience in sales and enjoys working with entrepreneurs and helping them achieve their goals. In her free time, Desiree loves to travel, cook, and play with her dog Drako!

Olivia Cazares

Olivia is a San Diego native with a strong background in retail sales. She honed her skills in creating lasting customer relationships while working at Nordstrom’s Individualist department, and managed a growing client base. Olivia has expertise in retail sales, customer service, interpersonal communication, and personal styling. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and discovering new holistic recipes, as well as spending time with her maltipoo.

Sr. Account Executive

Gwen Burnett

Gwen Burnett is a seasoned Business Sales Executive with over 20 years of expertise in the apparel industry, as well as CPG, beauty, and health & wellness brands at ChicExecs. With a degree in Fashion Merchandising, she has generated millions in sales as VP of sales for US and International brands. Gwen has successfully procured new business with national retailers such as Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman-Marcus, and more.

Karla Dollberg

Karla has over 7 years of experience in the retail industry, with a focus on opening accounts and obtaining reorders. She excels at product development, branding, packaging, retail sales, and marketing for entrepreneurial brands, and has successfully placed products in major retailers such as Nordstrom, Anthropologie, Free People, Bloomingdales, and more. Karla enjoys outdoor activities and travel, and is passionate about contributing to the growth of businesses.

Katie Cronin

“Katie Rose is a seasoned PR and Marketing professional with over a decade of experience in brand storytelling, strategic marketing campaigns, and special event planning. She has secured media placements with major networks like Today Show, CNN, and Good Morning America, as well as publications like Chicago Tribune, Us Weekly Magazine, and People Magazine. She graduated from Butler University with a degree in Vocal Performance and loves art, jewelry, travel, music, and spending time with her big Irish family.

Amber Masciorini

Amber has over 10 years of experience in PR, securing notable client coverage on Good Morning America, Business Insider, Forbes, and more. She has a B.A. in Journalism specializing in PR from California State University, Chico. Amber aims to help clients reach their target customers and build credibility through PR. On her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga and exploring with her husband and two adorable kids.

Alex Ota

Alex has 28 years of experience in Journalism, Marketing, and PR and has been with ChicExecs since 2014. She enjoys landing big wins for clients and has worked in all aspects of the media world, including launching Surfing Girl Magazine and co-launching Breezy Mama blog. Alex loves spending time with family and friends, beach walks with her husband, and watching her two teens play sports.

Mackenzie Sanderson

Mackenzie has years of PR experience with ChicExecs and believes in integrating PR into a brand’s marketing strategy to boost brand awareness. She has secured national features for clients in top outlets like Forbes, Allure, Bustle, and Business Insider. She enjoys meeting with key editors and writers in NYC, LA, and San Francisco and loves traveling, live music, and hiking in her free time.

Jessica Dressel

Jessica studied Psychology at San Diego State University before discovering her passion for sales at Nordstrom La Jolla, where she was recognized for outstanding performance and received awards for customer service and selling. Jessica also worked as a sales representative for Monster Energy and Image Concepts Uniforms. She enjoys building lasting relationships with clients and helping inventors and innovative brands make their dreams a reality.

Brittany Helder

Brittany is an experienced professional in human capital management and business development. As a Senior Brand Developer Executive at ChicExecs, she specializes in market research, creating brand stories, and building strong client relationships. Brittany’s track record in business development and expertise make her a valuable asset to the marketing industry. She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and serving her church and community.

Sr. Account Manager

Brianna Fulce

Brianna is a Senior Account Manager in ChicExecs’ Retail Strategy Department with over seven years of experience at the company. She has helped place product lines in major retailers like Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom. Brianna has a background in Retail, Merchandising, Sales, Event Planning, and Management. In her free time, she enjoys sketching and sewing new designs and spending time with her dog, Vader.

Account Executive

Bennett Sydney

Sydney graduated with dual degrees in Journalism and Business-Marketing from the University of Missouri. She has secured national features in top outlets like People, Buzzfeed, and Good Morning America. She loves the challenge of gaining top national coverage for her clients and enjoys coaching volleyball and seeking new adventures in her free time.

Allison Cervantes

Allison is a strategic PR Account Executive with four years of brand-building experience. She has a bachelor’s degree in Literature and Writing and a strong work ethic, making her the ideal person to fulfill her clients’ goals. Allison has secured client coverage in top media outlets such as Forbes, TODAY, Good Housekeeping and many more. When not working, she enjoys spending time outside, cuddling her cats, or playing golf.

Gabby Corral

Gabby Corral has over five years of experience in Public Relations working with brands and consumer products like Colectivo Coffee, Ultracor, SANA foods, and many more. She loves bringing PR campaigns to life and finds a true passion in working with brands in the Health, Lifestyle + Wellness space. A DePaul University graduate and Chicago native, she spends most of her free time in the West Town neighborhood with her fiancé and two dogs.

Jacqueline Ring

Jacqueline has over 5 years of experience in the field and has gained client coverage in top-tier media outlets including; Reader’s Digest, Buzzfeed, and Taste of Home. She has a passion for helping brands build their press page and reach new audiences. When she is not working on winning over key editors and producers, this San Diego native enjoys walking her dogs or binge-watching new shows with her husband.

Danica McAdam

Danica is a multi-Emmy nominated and award-winning broadcast journalist and a publicist with 13 years of experience. Her skills in storytelling and connection-building have led to a growing network and notable interviews with top US leaders. She started her TV news career in San Diego and most recently worked at NBC 7. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, is a proud mother of two and passionate about finding the heart in every story.

Vanessa S O'Brien

Vanessa is an experienced PR and marketing professional, specializing in brand-building. Vanessa earned a degree in Broadcast Journalism and began her career in journalism with Fox News San Antonio. After gaining excellent experience, she shifted to focus on the strategic side of marketing and became a PR Manager in Orange County. Vanessa enjoys exploring San Diego beaches, restaurants, and concerts with her family in her free time.

Andrea Roche

Andrea has a degree in International Business and pursued fashion styling and marketing before discovering her love for writing and brand voice. She has worked in an award-winning boutique PR firm and secured placements in top publications like Travel + Leisure, Forbes, and Los Angeles Times for her clients. In her free time, she enjoys searching for the best fish taco in San Diego.

Kiley R Long

Kiley Long is a Senior Publicist and TV Lifestyle Expert with 8+ years of PR and marketing experience. She secures media coverage for clients in various industries and has worked with major publications and shows. Kiley is an award-winning journalist and enjoys storytelling and building relationships with her clients. In her free time, she likes hiking and exploring new places.

Katherine Arrants

Kate is a skilled marketer with 7 years of diverse experience in branding, social media, email, SEO, website optimization, and paid search. She has managed marketing campaigns in various industries and is results-oriented with a passion for understanding consumer insights. Kate is a proud alumna of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and currently lives in downtown San Diego, where she enjoys running, biking, and horseback riding in her free time.

Allison Caffrey

Allison is a San Diego native with years of experience in social media and digital marketing specializing in influencer marketing, engagement rates, and successful campaign delivery. Allison’s background working with brands helps her find the right influencers and set expectations for deliverables. She has worked with over 80 clients in an agency setting, resulting in increased social media growth and engagement rates. Allison enjoys the beach, country music, and playing with her dachshund, Scooter.

Cassady Dill

Cassady has 9 years of experience in digital marketing and public relations, working with Fortune 500 clients including GM and Procter & Gamble, as well as small business owners and executives of major corporations. She started her career working in content for AOL and later worked for a top 10 domain house in Downtown Los Angeles. Cassady is engaged to a celebrity choreographer and is a cat mom. She is currently pursuing her passion for floral design.

Sierra J MacIntyre

Sierra is a Bay Area native who now resides in San Diego. She earned a Bachelors in Communications from UC Davis, where she interned for Student Affairs and ran social media pages. She moved to San Diego and worked as a social media marketer for Alternative Strategies, where she ran social media accounts for several restaurants, launched new concepts, managed relationships with influencers, and handled advertising budgets. During her free time, Sierra enjoys shopping, cycling, and beach lounging.

Haley Simmons

Haley started her marketing career as a teen by customizing CSS for MySpace pages. She later became a webmaster for Dance in A Suitcase and worked for a real estate brokerage. She has freelanced for restaurants and small businesses, danced for Sarasota Contemporary Dance, and directed social media at 10Ten Fitness. Her largest project was working as a marketing manager for a health beverage company. In her free time, she enjoys weightlifting, hiking, and playing with her dog, Huxley.

Ashley Tamayo

Ashley has almost nine years of sales experience and started her own business after growing an extensive portfolio with high-level investors. She received the Business Development of the Year Award in 2021 for the highest revenue generated within the company. Ashley joined ChicExecs to help businesses grow and values the importance of partnerships. In her free time, she loves to surf, play pickleball, and cook.

Estrella (Star) Bush

Star is a sales leader with over a decade of experience, specializing in helping businesses increase revenue and streamline operations. She has received numerous awards and accolades for her outstanding performance, including being recognized as a top performer at Yelp and Salesforce. She excels at creating mutually beneficial partnerships. Star enjoys volunteering and reading captivating fictional series.

Samantha Calvert

Samantha is a sales and marketing expert with over five years of experience in the high tech/software industry. With a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism focused on Digital Media Marketing, she joined ChicExecs to provide PR and marketing services to help businesses grow. Samantha is passionate about building relationships, understanding others’ goals, and being part of the digital marketing transformation.

Emily Caplan

Emily Caplan, a San Diego State University graduate with sales experience in tech and retail, brings her passion for brands and storytelling to ChicExecs’ Brand Development team. As a certified yoga instructor and former national dance competitor, Emily is driven to manage successful and authentic projects. In her free time, she enjoys discovering new Asian cuisine, writing songs, practicing yoga, and DJing.

Kristen Coffee

Kristen Coffee is a Southern California native with a BA and MA in Communication Studies who specializes in building customer relationships. With experience in retail, healthcare, and skincare and spa memberships, Kristen has a proven track record of building lasting connections. When not working, Kristen enjoys visiting new coffee shops, spending time at the beach, and staying busy with her two toddlers.

Executive Coordnator

Brittney Roybal

Brittney is an experienced Executive Coordinator with a degree in Business Administration and a focus on Marketing. She has expertise in management, brand advertising, and social media marketing. She also owned an event planning business before pursuing a career in brand development with ChicExecs, where she excels in building professional rapport with clients and bringing a brand’s mission to life.

Director of PR

Leah Cybulski

Leah Cybulski is a Senior Public Relations Manager at ChicExecs with over 17 years of experience in PR and marketing. She manages multi-faceted key campaigns and a team of PR Account Executives, with expertise in building lasting relationships with clients and the media. Leah has successfully helped clients achieve their PR goals, resulting in features on top media outlets and publications. She is also a mother of three who enjoys photography, coffee, and date nights with her husband.

Sr. PR Manager

Brodersen Sarah

Sarah has nearly 20 years of experience in Public Relations, managing campaigns for a variety of clients in fashion, beauty, and lifestyle industries. She’s secured top-tier media placements, including with The Today Show, Good Morning America, Oprah and Martha Stewart amongst others. Sarah has a B.A. from UC Santa Barbara and enjoys coffee, family time, and chasing after her daughter and dog.

Jessica Parise

Jessica brings over 15 years of experience in marketing and public relations, both in-house and agency, to ChicExecs. With a B.A. in Communications and a Digital Media & Marketing Certification She is passionate about achieving business growth. Her results-oriented approach and excellent communication skills have established trust with internal teams and clients. In her free time, she enjoys golfing, pickleball, pilates, and visiting her adult children on the East Coast.

Jr. Copywriter

Veronica Cashman

Veronica is a cum laude graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of New Orleans. She discovered her passion for digital marketing and social media through her internships and has since pursued this field. She is also a writer, currently working on publishing her first book, and enjoys helping her friends with their writing projects. In her free time, she enjoys midnight runs to Krispy Kreme with her best friends and listening to 90’s pop music.

Copywriter

Catherine Veloskey

Cathy has over 30 years of experience in copywriting, public relations, project management, marketing, and editing across various industries. She has collaborated with colleagues worldwide and is fluent in Greek. With a B.A. in journalism from San Diego State University, Cathy is a San Diego native and enjoys traveling, gardening, and international cuisine in her free time. She lives in San Marcos, California, with her husband.

Photographer

Priscilla Iezzi

Priscilla is a photographer with 15+ years of experience, specializing in editorial and commercial photography. She studied at ArtCenter College of Design and was the staff photographer at Inland Empire and Orange Coast magazines. Priscilla has worked with UNITE hair and photographed for San Diego magazine. She enjoys creating and styling sets, and also likes weaving, crafting, and traveling with her family.

Digital Mktg Manager

Natasha Loomis

Natasha is a versatile marketing expert with a strong tech background and diverse industry experience. She earned an Economics degree from San Diego State University and an MBA from Point Loma Nazarene University. With experience at top hospitality brands, ad agencies, startups, and software companies, she leads her team to stay current with digital marketing trends and embrace growth. Her communication skills and marketing expertise drive strategy, innovation, and entrepreneurship for each project.

Director of Brand Development

Lisa Blake

Lisa Blake is a branding expert with a background in management for Nordstrom and Disneyland. She helps clients shine in national and international media outlets, making her an asset for any company looking to establish their products as a household name. Additionally, Lisa’s natural leadership skills and ability to collaborate effectively make her a valuable team player dedicated to guiding businesses towards long-term success. In her free time, Lisa enjoys hiking, going to the beach, and surfing with her children.

Marketing Manager

Deniz G Otte

Deniz has a 12-year career as a brand expert and holds a B.A. in Business Administration and an M.A. in Brand Management from Istituto Marangoni, Italy. She has extensive experience in Europe and America in consultancy projects, designing brand strategies, and helping brands worldwide establish their presence and enter new markets. Deniz has a passion for assisting brands in achieving their dreams by transforming ideas into strong, future-forward strategies, and enjoys hiking, traveling, and soaking up any type of art in her free time.

Marketing Account Coordinator

Leilani L Mach

Leilani graduated from Cal State San Marcos with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing. Her internship experience in a digital marketing agency made her realize her love for building relationships with people and passion about helping brands grow. In her free time she enjoys cooking new dishes, spending time with her malti-poodle, and seeking new restaurants.

Sr. Marketing Acct Coord

Jacky Santana

Jacky graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Advertising. She is now a Sr. Marketing Coordinator in the Brand Development Department. She is a bright and driven individual who loves working with the Marketing team. In her free time, she enjoys baking, going to the beach, and traveling.

Account Exec-Sales Trainee

Tanya L McDaris

Tanya brings a new sparkle to advertising and public relations. With over 18 years of sales and marketing experience, Tanya carries her cheerleading mentality to ChicExecs. Tanya has worked in the advertising world with both digital and printed publications. She is a single mom of three and you can always find Tanya behind the scenes at her children’s activities and heavily involved within her community.

brand development

Lisa

Hi, I am Lisa! I am the Director of Brand Development at ChicExecs. I am a branding expert with a background in management for Nordstrom and Disneyland. I help clients shine in national and international media outlets and help establish their products as household names. I enjoy hiking, going to the beach, and surfing with my children.

Jessica

Hi, I’m Jessica! I studied Psychology at San Diego State University before discovering my passion for sales at Nordstrom, Monster Energy and Image Concepts Uniforms where I was recognized for outstanding performance. I enjoy building lasting relationships with clients and helping inventors and innovative brands make their dreams a reality.

Tanya L McDaris

Hi, I’m Tanya.  I have over 18 years of sales and marketing experience and I’ve worked in the advertising world with both digital and printed publications. I carry my cheerleading mentality to my work and projects. I’m a single mom of three and you can always find me behind the scenes at my children’s activities and heavily involved within my community.

Natalia

Hi, I’m Natalia! With a B.A. in Communications, background in Brand Development and Technology, and years years of sales experience, I have honed my skills in identifying target market demographics across diverse industries. My passion for nurturing meaningful relationships and driving impactful change in the trajectory of brands is what drives me day in and day out.

Amy

Hi, I’m Amy, a passionate relationship builder and marketing enthusiast. My knack for nurturing connections goes hand in hand with my ability to craft marketing strategies. When I’m not immersed in the world of marketing, you’ll find me teaching yoga, cooking in the kitchen, or spending quality time with my little dog, Melvin!

Lauren

Hi, I’m Lauren. I am a 2x All American volleyball player with a degree in Hospitality, Tourism & Events. I enjoy orchestrating successful social and corporate events, interweaving my sports background and event passions. My personable attitude and hard-working nature contribute to my strong client relationships. In my free time, I love exploring trendy food spots and planning my next travel destination.

Samantha

Hi, I’m Samantha. I am a sales and marketing expert with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism focused on Digital Media Marketing and over five years of experience in the high tech/software industry. I joined ChicExecs to provide PR and marketing services to help businesses grow. I am passionate about building relationships, understanding others’ goals, and being part of the digital marketing transformation.

Alyssa

Hi, I am Alyssa. I have 8 years of experience in business development, marketing, account management, and operations. I am passionate about building strong client relationships and helping businesses surpass their long time goals to succeed with the best outcome for their brands. In my free time I enjoy staying active, working on my fitness journey and spending time with my dog Lily.  

Lauren

Hi, I’m Lauren. I’m from Philadelphia, PA, a former track & field athlete that graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology. Having over a decade of sales, client relations, and business management experience, I am passionate about prioritizing clients and helping them reach their goals. In my free time I mentor high school athletes, enjoy hiking, and hanging out with my dog, Onyx!

Gianna

Hi, I’m Gianna. I’m a San Diego local, graduated from Miami University in Oxford, OH with a bachelors degree in Kinesiology. I’ve always had a strong passion for health and wellness, making new connections and meeting new people which led me to my experience in sales and customer service. In my free time I’m either surfing, spending time with friends, working out or at a music festival.

Robin

Hi, I’m Robin! I hold a degree in Communications from Missouri State University. I have accumulated extensive experience in Business Development over the years. I am passionate about assisting brands in achieving their objectives through a cohesive strategy and witnessing their growth. In my free time, I enjoy supporting my two teenage boys in their various activities, spending time with my friends and family. 

Mariah

Hi, I’m Mariah. I graduated from California State Northridge with a BA in Communications. With experience in PR, digital marketing, business development, fashion marketing, and my passion for creating meaningful relationships with everyone, I am confident I can provide the best experience for our clients. In my free time, you can find me at the beach, doing pilates, or shopping!

Talia

Hi, I’m Talia. I graduated from Chapman University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Strategic and Corporate Communication. I have a strong background in Public Relations, Social Media and Marketing. I am passionate about building meaningful relationships and helping brands surpass their goals and turn their dreams into reality. In my free time, I enjoy going to the beach, shopping, going to concerts and traveling!

Malia

Hi, I’m Malia. I am an executive chef turned Account Coordinator supporting Brand Development in bringing on new clients. I have an extensive background in marketing and I am a passionate pastry chef who loves everything about the culinary world. Outside of work, I love spending time with my husband and two pups, along with cooking, baking, and exploring new restaurants.

Deniz

Hi, I’m Deniz. I have 12-year experience as a brand expert, holding a B.A. in Business Administration and an M.A. in Brand Management from Istituto Marangoni, Italy. I have extensive experience in Europe and America in consultancy projects, designing brand strategies, and helping brands worldwide establish their presence and enter new markets. I love hiking, traveling, and soaking up any type of art.

Leilani

Hi, I’m Leilani. I graduated from Cal State San Marcos with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing. My experience in digital marketing world, made me realize my interest in building relationships with people and passion about helping brands grow. In my free time I enjoy cooking new dishes, spending time with my malti-poodle, and seeking new restaurants.

Bryana

Hi, I’m Bryana! With a background in Business Administration, and many years of marketing experience, I am very excited to be a part of the team and supporting the continued growth of our clients. Aside from work, I enjoy spending time with my family, trying new restaurants and just relaxing whether it’s at home or outdoors. 

Jacky

Hi, I’m Jacky. I graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Advertising. I am a Sr. Marketing Coordinator and a passionate communications expert. I enjoy telling our story and inspiring many brands to take action and reach their goals. In my free time, I enjoy baking, going to the beach, and traveling.

digital marketing team

Kate

Hi, I’m Kate. I am a skilled marketer with 8 years of diverse experience in branding, social media, email, SEO, website optimization, and paid search. I’ve managed marketing campaigns in various industries and am results-oriented with a passion for understanding consumer insights. I am a proud alumna of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and I currently live in downtown San Diego. I enjoy running, biking, and horseback riding in my free time.

Cassady

Hi, I’m Cassady. I have 9 years of experience in digital marketing and public relations, working with Fortune 500 clients including GM and Procter & Gamble, as well as small business owners and executives of major corporations. I started my career working in content for AOL and later worked for a top 10 domain house in Downtown LA. I am engaged to a celebrity choreographer and am a cat mom. I am currently pursuing my passion for floral design.

Erica

I’m Erica Oh-Dela Cruz and overall I have 18 years of well-rounded marketing experience- direct mail, tradeshow, product, email, SEO, paid search and paid social. Love working with and getting results for my DTC clients! Outside of work, I like to spend time with my 3 little boys in our home in Oceanside.

Jess

Hi, I’m Jess, an influencer specialist who thrives on helping influencers and brands reach their full potential. I provide 360 knowledge of the influencer landscape and established relationships in the industry. My goal is to help brands identify the best influencers for campaigns, ensuring an authentic and impactful relationship. In my free time, I’m usually at the beach, hanging with my husband and friends, or at Disneyland!

Erin

Hi, I’m Erin. I have 9+ years of experience in digital marketing and a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising. I started my career in organic social media/content creation and now specialized in all things paid advertising. I love strategizing and creating full funnel advertising plans for my clients that drive actual results. I love hanging out with my dog, Fergie, trying new restaurants, going to concerts, and going to the beach. 

Emma

Hi, I’m Emma! I’m an influencer marketing expert with 5+ years of experience managing end to end influencer relations in the beauty industry. From high level strategy through campaign execution and analysis, I provide insight and expertise on the ever-changing influencer landscape. I am currently living in Los Angeles California, home of the influencers! Outside of work I love spending time in the sun, preferably at the beach with an iced latte and breakfast burrito in hand.

Stacy

Hi, I’m Stacy! I graduated from the University of the Pacific with a B.A. in Communication.  I have over 12 years experience and a unique combination of analytical and creative skills. As the Advertising Account Coordinator, I am able to help our brands and teams SHINE. In my free time, you can find me loving on my daughter and husband, and consuming all things celebrity and pop culture.

Maddie

Hi, I’m Maddie! I am a photographer and videographer with a passion for capturing moments that tell a story. With an exceptional eye for detail and 8+ years of experience including work showcased in Time Square, I consistently deliver stunning visuals that leave a lasting impression. I can’t wait to bring your creative vision to life through my work. When I’m not behind the camera, I enjoy spending time relaxing at the beach or traveling.

Chloe

Hi, I’m Chloe! I just graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University in December with a B.A. in Media Arts & Sciences and a minor in Digital Audiences. I have experience in social media management, graphic design, film, and UX/UI design. I LOVE dogs and have an insatiable appetite for pasta. I also enjoy going to the movies and yoga! After growing up in Sacramento, California, I’m thrilled to be starting a new chapter in San Diego.

public relations team

Leah

Hi, I’m Leah. I am a Senior Public Relations Manager at ChicExecs with over 17 years of experience in PR and marketing. I manage multi-faceted key campaigns and a team of PR Account Executives, with expertise in building lasting relationships with clients and the media. I helped clients achieve their PR goals, resulting in features on top media outlets and publications. I am a mother of three who enjoys photography, coffee, and date nights with my husband.

Sarah

Hi, I’m Sarah. I have a B.A. from UC Santa Barbara and nearly 20 years of experience in Public Relations, managing campaigns for a variety of clients in fashion, beauty, and lifestyle industries. I’ve secured top-tier media placements, including with The Today Show, Good Morning America, Oprah and Martha Stewart amongst others. I enjoy coffee, family time, and chasing after my daughter and dog.

Jessica

Hi, I’m Jessica. I have over 15 years of experience in marketing and public relations, a B.A. in Communications and a Digital Media & Marketing Certification. I am passionate about achieving business growth. My results-oriented approach and excellent communication skills have established trust with internal teams and clients. In my free time, I enjoy golfing, pickleball, pilates, and visiting my adult children on the East Coast.

Alex

Hi, I’m Alex. I have 28 years of experience in Journalism, Marketing, and PR and I’ve been with ChicExecs since 2014. I enjoy landing big wins for clients and has worked in all aspects of the media world, including launching Surfing Girl Magazine and co-launching Breezy Mama blog. I love spending time with family and friends, beach walks with my husband, and watching my two teens play sports.

Allison

Hi, I’m Allison. I am a strategic PR Account Executive with four years of brand-building experience. I have a bachelor’s degree in Literature and Writing and a strong work ethic to fulfill my clients’ goals. I have secured client coverage in top media outlets such as Forbes, TODAY, Good Housekeeping and many more. When not working, I enjoy spending time outside, cuddling my cats, or playing golf.

Amber

Hi, I’m Amber. I have over 10 years of experience in PR, securing notable client coverage on Good Morning America, Business Insider, Forbes, and more. With a B.A. in Journalism specializing in PR from California State University, Chico I love helping clients reach their target customers and build credibility through PR. On my free time, I enjoy practicing yoga and exploring with my husband and two adorable kids.

Andrea

Hi, I’m Andrea. I have a degree in International Business. I pursued fashion styling and marketing before discovering my love for writing and brand voice. I have secured placements in top publications like Travel + Leisure, Forbes, and Los Angeles Times for my clients. In my free time, I enjoy searching for the best fish taco in San Diego.

Sarah

Hi, I’m Sarah. I am a graduate from California State University Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a focus in Public Relations. I was an active member of PRSSA. I joined ChicExecs following my experience as an account executive for CSUF’s PR firm, Titan Public Relations. I love working with others, writing, public speaking, and adding creativity to everything I pursue. I love reading, photography, working out, trying new vegan food, and spending time with friends!

Gabby

Hi, I’m Gabby. I have over five years of experience in Public Relations working with brands and consumer products like Colectivo Coffee, Ultracor, SANA foods, and many more. I love bringing PR campaigns to life and working with brands in the health, lifestyle and wellness space. I am a DePaul University graduate and Chicago native. I enjoy spending time in the West Town neighborhood with my fiancé and two dogs.

Jacqueline

Hi, I’m Jacqueline. I have over 5 years of experience in the field and have gained client coverage in top-tier media outlets including; Reader’s Digest, Buzzfeed, and Taste of Home. I have a passion for helping brands build their press page and reach new audiences. When I’m not working on winning over key editors and producers, I enjoy walking my dogs or binge-watching new shows with my husband.

Katie Rose

Hi, I’m Katie Rose. I’m a seasoned PR and Marketing professional with over a decade of experience in brand storytelling, strategic marketing campaigns, and special event planning. I’ve secured media placements with major networks like Today Show, CNN, and Good Morning America, as well as publications like Chicago Tribune, Us Weekly Magazine, and People Magazine. I graduated from Butler University with a degree in Vocal Performance. I love art, travel and my big Irish family.

Kiley

Hi, I’m Kiley. I’m a Senior Publicist and TV Lifestyle Expert with 8+ years of PR and marketing experience. I secure media coverage for clients in various industries and have worked with major publications and shows. I’m an award-winning journalist and I enjoy storytelling and building relationships with my clients. In my free time, I like hiking and exploring new places.

Mackenzie

Hi, I’m Mackenzie. I have years of PR experience with ChicExecs and I believe in integrating PR into a brand’s marketing strategy to boost brand awareness. I’ve secured national features for clients in top outlets like Forbes, Allure, Bustle, and Business Insider. I enjoy meeting with key editors and writers in NYC, LA, and San Francisco and love traveling, live music, and hiking in her free time.

Vanessa

Hi, I’m Vanessa. I am an experienced PR and marketing professional, specializing in brand-building. I earned a degree in Broadcast Journalism and began my career in journalism with Fox News San Antonio. After gaining experience, I shifted to focus on the strategic side of marketing and became a PR Manager in Orange County. I enjoy exploring San Diego beaches, restaurants, and concerts with my family in my free time.

Anna

Hi, I’m Anna. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations, while also competing as a varsity student-athlete at Western Washington University. I moved to San Diego right after graduating college and immediately fell in love with the sandy beaches, delicious food, and friendly people. My passion for public relations and fashion inspired me to join the ChicExecs team.

Esabel

Hi, I’m Esabel. Following my graduate degree in Sociology, I discovered my passion for Public Relations while interning for a TV show and started working in communications before joining ChicExecs as a PR Account Coordinator. I am passionate about the industry and I enjoy traveling and exploring nature in my free time.

Jessica

Hi, I’m Jessica. I graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelors in Marketing and Associates in Business, Economics, and Mathematics. I explored my way through school, enjoying every moment of it! I am passionate about building relationships and fueled by creativity. In my free time, I enjoy trying new recipes, paddle boarding, any and all time spent with family and friends, and adventuring to new places!

LINDSEY

Hi, I’m Lindsey. I graduated from California State University San Marcos with a degree in Communications. The excitement of a fast-paced work environment paired with my passion for personal relationships, media, and brand development is what led me towards public relations. In my free time, I enjoy exploring local coffee shops with my friends, and reading memoirs at the beach.

Madison

Hi, I’m Madison. I have a degree in Business Marketing from CSU. I’m passionate about understanding businesses and learning how to help them grow. My skills in writing, organization and customer service make me a great Public Relations Account Coordinator at ChicExecs. Outside of work, I enjoy coffee, decorating, and writing poetry.

Catherine

Hi, I’m Cathy. I have over 30 years of experience in copywriting, public relations, project management, marketing, and editing across various industries. I’ve collaborated with colleagues worldwide and I’m fluent in Greek! With a B.A. in journalism from San Diego State University, I’m a San Diego native. I enjoy traveling, gardening, and international cuisine in my free time. I live in San Marcos, California, with my husband.

Telula

Hi, I’m Telula. I graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Journalism. I discovered my passion for PR and marketing during college and haven’t looked back since. My love for content creation and all things social media has helped me navigate through the PR and marketing industries. When I’m not behind my work desk, you can find me exploring new cities, purchasing festival tickets, and online shopping.

Bethany

Hi, I’m Bethany. I studied public relations at San Diego State University where I discovered a love for storytelling and media creation. I am looking forward to beginning a career in PR with ChicExecs. In my free time, I enjoy spending time in the ocean, going to concerts with friends and thrifting cool new wardrobe pieces!

Mana

Hi, I am Mana! I graduated from University of Oregon with a degree in Advertising and a minor in Business Administration. I have always been interested in marketing and PR. I was able to work on multiple campaigns that allowed me to connect with my creative side while learning how to reach large audiences. I enjoy traveling, working out, and spending time outside!

retail strategy team

Brianna

Hi, I’m Brianna. I am a Director in ChicExecs’ Retail Strategy Department with over seven years of experience at the company. I’ve helped place product lines in major retailers like Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom. I have a background in Retail, Merchandising, Sales, Event Planning, and Management. In my free time, I enjoy sketching and sewing new designs and spending time with my dog, Vader.

Katie

Hi, I’m Katie. With a graduate degree in Communication, I come from a family of business owners. I have a passion for marketing and helping entrepreneurial brands succeed by setting and achieving goals. I have strong work ethic and perseverance. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my dog, watching Netflix, and learning about different cultures, with a goal of traveling the world.

Karla

Hi, I am Karla! I am a Senior Account Executive with over 9 years of experience in the retail industry and an exceptional track record of helping brands achieve extraordinary growth through retail channels such as Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, CVS, Target, and many more! I have become a driving force in the industry, propelling numerous brands to new heights and securing their spot in the competitive market with an innovative and results-oriented approach.

Maria

Hi, I’m Maria. I am a Communication graduate from California State University San Marcos. I started as a Retail Strategy intern at ChicExecs and I am now an Account Executive. I secured placements with key retailers like Nordstrom and Macy’s. I love helping entrepreneurs. In my free time, I enjoy reading, playing with my dogs, and spending time outdoors.

Kayla

Hi, I’m Kayla. I graduated from California State University San Marcos with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Studies. I discovered my passion for marketing and retail strategy while working as an executive assistant for an IT sourcing company. I am excited to be part of ChicExecs’ team. I enjoy spending time with my dog and going on new adventures.

KATHLEEN

Hi, I’m Kathleen. I have a Marketing degree from CSUSM. My passion for helping brands grow and my background in the retail industry gives me insight into what retailers are looking for and what customers are buying. I love classic films from the ’30s-’50s and I’m pursuing a yoga certification in my free time. I enjoy using my skills to help my team thrive at ChicExecs.

Bridgit

Hi, I’m Bridgit. As a merchandiser, buyer, and master storyteller I’ve spent my career working for top brands: Target, The Home Depot, The Walt Disney Company, DreamWorks, AwesomenessTV and Warner Bros. I worked for e-commerce brands, successfully launched products in mass, specialty, department stores, and brick & mortar locations. In my free time I spend time with my family and volunteer at animal shelters.

Alysia

Hi, I’m Alysia. I have a degree in Media Studies and experience in Retail Management, Office Administration, and Cosmetology. I love digital communication and I’m passionate about beauty, skincare, and fashion. I enjoy reading, writing, and spending time with my cats and fiancé. My dream is to travel the world and share my experiences with loved ones.

Brittney

Hi, I am Brittney. I am an experienced coordinator with a degree in Business Administration and a focus on Marketing. I have expertise in management, brand advertising, and social media marketing. I excel in building professional rapport with clients and bringing a brand’s mission to life.

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