By: Erica Swoish, Agency Director

Hubbell Connections is proud to announce the 2012-2013 Leadership Team.

Former Account Associate Janisse Martinez has been promoted to the position of account manager for the agency. Martinez will work closely with executive director in facilitating the agency’s day-to-day operations, including member communication and recruitment, client acquisition and planning, and account team consultation. Martinez has previously interned for President Obama in the 2012 Presidential Campaign at Organizing for America and the Braylon Edwards Foundation at Infused Public Relations & Events Agency. With a great enthusiasm for the public relations field, Martinez brings additional experience and vision to the newly established agency management team.

Former Account Associate Megan Ewend has been promoted to the position of account executive. Ewend will work with the Old Town Commercial Association (OTCA) of Lansing in their promotional efforts for the annual Old Town Oktoberfest event. Ewend has previously interned with Bay Bird, Inc. Public Relations in California and plans to use her media relations experience to increase attendance and volunteer participation at the event this year.

Former Account Associate Go Takei has been promoted to the position of account executive. Takei will work with the Michigan Remembers 9-11 Fund to raise awareness, build brand consistency and increase participation for events such as the annual Tunnel to Towers 5K Run Detroit. Takei has previously interned with the Michigan Film Office & Travel Michigan for the Pure Michigan Campaign, and Michigan State University’s Study Abroad Program. He says his previous internship experience will enable him to communicate the organization’s goals effectively and execute each project in an organized manner.

Former Account Associate Kathryn Watts has been promoted to the position of account executive. Watts will work with Wanderer’s Teahouse & Cafe to aid the business in expanding its services to the Michigan State University and East Lansing community, and developing and promoting events centered around health and wellness for new and returning customers. Her previous experience with a special events company and as a participant in Michigan State University’s Media Sandbox Creative Challenge has taught her to meet deadlines, execute events and pay particular attention to the details. Watts also shares Wanderer’s enthusiasm for world travel as she studied international advertising and public relations in Rome, Italy, this past summer. She brings a unique knowledge of how to incorporate concepts into a campaign that appeal to the diverse population of the surrounding community. This year, Watts says she hopes to bring even more “out-of-the-box” ideas to the agency and her client. Her summer abroad inspired her to think big, all while keeping the execution of those “big ideas” realistic.

Former Account Associate Mackenzie Mohr has been promoted to the position of account executive. Mohr will work with The Studio Performing Arts Center, located in East Lansing, to develop a stronger branding message and communication with the local community. Previously, Mohr has worked as a writer and photographer for Michigan State University’s University Advancement, where she performed communications work for the O’Leary Paint Company. She also writes regularly for MLive.com‘s environmental section with a focus on green developments at MSU and across the state of Michigan. Her experience as both a photographer and journalist motivates her efforts to produce factual, honest and timely public relations work, enhanced by visual content. As a student at The Studio, Mohr will provide an insiders perspective on the client. Her background in dance and first-hand knowledge of the competition will bring great value to The Studio this year in attracting and impressing new students.

Advertising and public relations student Laura Krahel has been hired for the position of account executive. Krahel will work with the Greater Lansing Food Bank in their efforts to heighten awareness in the community, raise funds and recruitment volunteers. Krahel’s previous experience as a marketing intern for the Greater Lansing Association of Realtors and as the public relations committee chair for Michigan State University’s Circle K organization has given her a knack for planning out the details and thinking creatively. She hopes to showcase her social media knowledge and out-of-the-box thinking while working with her client this year. Krahel says her goal is to bring the same enthusiasm about her everyday activities into working with the agency.

The team looks forward to a year of growth and learning. Please join me in congratulating this talented team.

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