Volunteer Recognition

Congratulations to our May 2014 Volunteer of the Month

Carrie Fontenot PicCarrie Fontenot

Carrie has been a Marketing, Advertising and Creative Recruiter at Paladin for almost 3 years now. After getting her Marketing degree from the University of North Texas, Carrie pursued a career in marketing supporting the professional services of Engineering and Architecture.

Carrie served on the Marketer of the Year committee and was instrumental in communicating with the judges to make sure all the MOY submissions were evaluated. She also played a big part in summarizing the entries for the program booklet and finalizing the submission graphics for display, the sponsor gift bags and the award presentations. Her assistance with Marketer of the Year was invaluable.


Congratulations to our April 2014 Co-Volunteer of the Month

Britna Savarese PicBritna Savarese

Britna Savarese is an Integrated Marketing Consultant for Sir Speedy Addison. She works closely with small business owners to build their brands by establishing brand guidelines, creating marketing campaigns and tracking ROI. She also works with marketing departments within medium and large companies to help them execute their marketing plans. In 2013, she was awarded the National Salesperson of the Year for the Sir Speedy division.

Before joining Sir Speedy, she worked on the Dave & Buster’s marketing team and was the personal marketing assistant for a private financial advisor. Britna also spent 10 years in New Orleans, where she did restaurant management and venue marketing.

Britna has been an active member in the AMA since 2011. She started volunteering on the lunch committee at her 2nd AMA event and has been volunteering ever since.

Congratulations to our April 2014 Co-Volunteer of the Month

Abhi Vyas PicAbhi Vyas

Abhi Vyas is Vice President of Marketing at MetroMedia Technologies Inc. and a member of the company’s Executive Leadership Team. He is responsible for management of the MMT brand and marketing, including consumer insights & analytics, commercial and digital marketing, personnel staffing and development, agency management, product category strategy and execution. He also oversees new customer generation and retention & loyalty programs.

Vyas has over fourteen years of marketing and management experience, including nine years at MMT. He first joined the team in 2004 as Marketing Manager after receiving his graduate degree in Economics & Business from Southern Methodist University. He also holds an MBA in International Business & Marketing from DAVV, India. Prior to joining MMT, Vyas worked for the TATA group and TAJ Group of Hotels in India in various marketing & new business development positions.

Congratulations to our March 2014 Volunteer of the Month

Hilde Verhaegan PicHilde Verhaegen

Hilde Verhaegen is a Marketing & Business Development Consultant at Executives in Action, where she works with non-profits to help them fulfill their missions and create lasting impacts on the communities they serve. With over 10 years of marketing and business development experience in the high-tech industry, Hilde has worked with telecom service providers in North America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and Polynesia.

Having also served on the European chapter of the Fiber to the Home Council as the Vice Chair of the Business Committee, Hilde co-authored “FTTH Business Guide: Helping you to develop the business case for fibre-to-the-home.” She holds an MBA in Marketing and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. She also studied International Relations and Psychology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium. Hilde has been an AMA member since May of 2013 and currently serves on the DFW AMA Sponsorship team.

Congratulations to our February 2014 Volunteer of the Month

Jordan Lee PicJordan Lee

Jordan Lee is a proud graduate of Texas Tech University, “Guns Up,” where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising. While there, an Internet and New Media Advertising class sparked her interest in the world of Internet marketing and she has now been with the WrightIMC team since August of 2012. Jordan started out as a Junior Associate working her way through search engine optimization and social media marketing, but she has always had a passion for business development that she felt a need to explore. Beginning in January 2013, Jordan switched roles within the company to Business Development Coordinator, where she works directly under the CEO, Tony Wright, on the business development team.

In addition to her role at WrightIMC, Jordan also volunteers for several industry-related organizations. One of these organizations is the Dallas/Fort Worth American Marketing Association (DFW AMA), where she has been heading up the communications efforts for the Marketer of the Year Awards (MOY) Gala and nominations for the past several months. Also, for over the past year she has volunteered for the Texas Tech University’s College of Mass Communication Career Development Conference Committee and helped in numerous ways in putting together the conference here in Dallas. Jordan’s passion for volunteer work comes from not only making great connections and meeting outstanding people, but more importantly, getting to help others while also learning herself.

She grew up a city girl, but Jordan states that she’s a country girl at heart. During her down time, she enjoys doing just about anything outdoors or sports related as she is very competitive and up for any challenge. When she’s not winning, she loves to spend time with her wonderful family, friends, and her cute dog, Dolce!

Congratulations to our January 2014 Volunteer of the Month

Lora Anthony PicLora Anthony

Lora Anthony is a Senior Marketing Manager with JCPenney. She is responsible for brand development and national advertising for their internal brands, such as Arizona Jeans, Liz Claiborne and the Home Department. Prior to starting with JCPenney, she provided brand engagement consulting to three small agencies, focused on experiential marketing and advanced digital technology. However most of her career was spent with American Airlines, leading the U.S. Advertising and Marketing for the AAdvantage program.

Lora has been a regular attendee at AMA events for years, but only recently became a member. She volunteers on the Social Media team to gain experience, and maintains an active role with the AMA. Her passions are traveling, photography, cooking and keeping an active lifestyle with her 9 year old son.


Congratulations to our November/December 2013 Volunteer of the Month

Kelly Honrobia PicKelly Honrobia

Kelly Honrobia recently joined Fujitsu Network Communications as a Channel Account Manager. She is responsible for helping drive a new channel-focused strategy by establishing executive relationships with Value-Added Resellers, working with partners to develop co-branded go-to-market and marketing campaigns, and helping align the Fujitsu field sales teams with the channel on day-to-day business activities. Kelly has over 15 years of B2B marketing and channel experience in high-tech industries.

Kelly has been an AMA member since March of 2013. She currently serves on the DFW AMA Luncheon Committee and enjoys helping out wherever needed. In her spare time, you can find Kelly hanging out with her family, decorating cakes, and volunteering with dog rescue groups.

Congratulations to our October 2013 Volunteer of the Month

Melanie Endert HeadshotMelanie Endert

Melanie Endert is the Director of Marketing for the M&A Leadership Council, a Dallas-based training/certification partnership providing workshops and advisory services to the merger and acquisition community. Melanie provides marketing strategy and tactics, event planning, and artistic direction to the firm, overseeing its workshop operations, website administration, social media, and client relations and communications.

Melanie enjoys networking with other members of the DFW AMA through her position on the volunteer committee. She graduated from James Madison University in Virginia with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, and is the proud mom of three Aggies. When she’s not working, she’s usually out running!


Congratulations to our September 2013 Volunteer of the Month

Neha Verma PicNeha Verma

Neha Verma is the Marketing Communications Manager for Sekisui Specialty Chemicals. Implementing both marketing and branding strategy for this global company, Neha has responsibility for four unique brands of the polymer Selvol. This is a new position for Neha, who was previously in the world of IT as the Marketing Director for Dallas-based Carillon ERP software. She is excited about working for a global company now and adding scope to her business to business marketing prowess.

When she is not traveling for trade shows, she enjoys boxing and yoga. As the current VP of Marketing Events here at the AMA, she loves networking events and rarely turns down an invitation to meet with new professionals in the DFW area. She has been a member of the DFW AMA since 2011. “Come to next month’s Meet and Greet!”

Congratulations to our August 2013 Volunteer of the Month

Val Bergman - WebsiteVal Bergman

Val Bergman is an Account Executive at Tri-Win Direct, a Dallas-based Direct Mail Marketing Firm. She specializes in providing consultation in data procurement & management, postage savings analysis, mail piece content development and execution. She’s been on the Tri-Win Sales Team for six years and genuinely enjoys developing effective direct mail marketing solutions for clients.

Val’s been a member of the DFW AMA since March of 2012 and always looks forward to volunteering, listening to the interesting speakers, and meeting other marketing professionals.

She earned her B.S. in Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences from Colorado University, specializing in Echocardiography. In her spare time, she enjoys running, hiking, biking, camping and water sports.


Congratulations to our July 2013 Volunteer of the Month

Kacir Headshot - WebsiteKristin Kacir

Kristin Kacir is the Marketing Manager at Improving Enterprises, an Addison-based software development consultancy firm. She is experienced in branding, corporate communications, event planning, and executing various marketing campaigns. She possesses a passion to learn more about communications and the evolution of social media in the marketing process.

She has been a member of the DFW AMA since June 2012 and currently serves as the Director of Volunteer Relations on the Volunteer Committee.

Kristin earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications at Texas A&M University, while minoring in Anthropology. She enjoys hiking, traveling, and trying new restaurants in Dallas.


Congratulations to our 2012-2013 Volunteer of the Year!

Nancy BourneNancy Bourne

Strategic Marketing Analyst, Catalyst and Converter, @ Consortiant Corporation
Congratulations to Nancy Bourne, DFW AMA’s Volunteer of the Year! Nancy led a team of social media gurus that helped promote the DFW AMA consistently, efficiently, and effectively. Thank you, Nancy for your dedication and tireless efforts to support the DFW AMA!

Nancy focuses on marketing strategy – and developing the plans and tactics necessary to achieve real results. With her extensive background in corporate marketing management, communications, and consulting she brings a wealth of experience, leadership and organizational skill to each project she undertakes. Her expertise ranges from branding initiatives, sales support and communications campaigns, to content marketing and social media programs.

Nancy holds an MBA in Marketing from University of Arizona and a BS in Psychology from University of Illinois. She is also a Certified Financial Planner and was the EVP of Communications for the DFW AMA in 2010 – 2011.

Congratulations to our May 2013 Volunteer of the Month

Wally Koehler PicWally Koehler

Wally has been active in both the DFW AMA chapter as well as the Collegiate Chapter at UT-Arlington since September, 2012 and currently serves as a volunteer on the DFW AMA Executive Lunch committee. Wally is recognized for his never ending support of the Dallas Luncheons and consistent efforts to insure the luncheons work like clockwork. In his short tenure he has actively recruited three new members into the UTA chapter and will serve as an advisor to the UTA chapter President in the coming academic year.

Since 2008, Wally has enjoyed a successful career at Hewlett-Packard Co. in a Commercial Account Manager position. He has been employed in the technology industry for over 20 years and is presently pursuing a Master of Science Marketing Research degree at UT-Arlington.

Wally has been married for 28 years to his lovely wife, Leslie who is employed at Southwest Airlines. They have one son, Carl, who is transferring to UT-Austin next fall. Wally is an active traveler, scuba diver, and Adult Sunday School teacher. Their family resides in Arlington.

Congratulations to our April 2013 Volunteer of the Month

Karen Orso

Karen Orso is the Senior Director of Marketing and Education for Apexus, a healthcare company that is part of the VHA / Novation family of companies. Karen provides strategic leadership for marketing, communications, and education activities. Before joining Apexus, she served in leadership roles in marketing and sales at the American Heart Association, Cardinal Health, and General Motors.

During her 12 years as a member of the AMA, Karen has served on the board of the Houston AMA and as a volunteer for the Dallas AMA. She is currently on the planning committee for the CMO Panel Members Only event.

Karen received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Oakland University. She currently serves on the board of the Coppell Family YMCA.

Congratulations to our March 2013 Volunteer of the Month

Becky Young

Becky Young, SCA Promotions Account Manager, is proud to be associated with the DFW AMA. Becky has been with SCA for over 9 years in a sales capacity and works with advertising agencies, charities, radio stations, auto dealers, retail and independent businesses. SCA underwrites risk on prizes for promotions and contests. Becky enjoys helping clients’ bring more excitement to their promotions with SCA’s promotional risk management services and within her first year of working at SCA, Becky experienced the thrill of having a $10,000 winner for a local client.

Prior to joining SCA, Becky worked in the radio industry for 23 years and held positions such as Local Sales Manager, Regional Sales Manager, and New Business Development Manager. She earned distinguished awards for “$1,000,000 Sales Achiever and Top Performer” multiple times. Other achievements made during this time include the production of a trade show called “Big Boy Toy Show”; development of a “Women’s Wellness Breast Cancer Awareness Program” and the creation of a state-wide sampling program for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream.

Becky is serving on the DFW AMA’s “Marketer of the Year” committee and was instrumental in organizing SCA’s sponsorship for the monthly luncheons: SCA Promotions provides a chance for one person to win $5,000 at each luncheon.

Becky has also served on the board of the DFW Chapter of TSEA (Trade Show Exhibitor Association). She holds a BA in Liberal Arts from Hendrix College in Arkansas. When not at work, she enjoys traveling, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.

Congratulations to our February 2013 Volunteer of the Month

Whitney Starling

Whitney Starling is an account executive at Marketwave, a national marketing firm, where she provides strategic marketing and event management support. In her experience, Whitney has worked with energy, healthcare, national nonprofit, fitness, retail, and education clients. At MarketWave, Whitney has discovered a passion for experiential marketing, blogging, and social media and relishes the opportunity to further develop her skills in these areas. In her media relations experience, Whitney has secured coverage for clients in Dallas Business Journal, PaperCity, and on CBS DFW.

Whitney enjoys being a member of the DFW American Marketing Association’s Marketer of the Year Committee, because she gets to further develop her event management skills, meet some of Dallas’ finest marketers, and pursue her passion for writing.

Whitney earned her bachelor’s degree in public relations from The University of Texas at Austin while minoring in business administration. In her “free time,” Whitney can be found cheering for her beloved ‘horns or Dallas Cowboys, running, reading, exploring Dallas, and planning future world travels.

Congratulations to our January 2013 Volunteer of the Month

John Buckley

John Buckley is a National Accounts Manager for Premiere Networks / Clear Channel Media + Communications. John works with both fortune 500 and emerging entrepreneurial companies in the advertising and marketing of their businesses via the 100 + syndicated radio networks and digital internet sites. PRN properties include Ryan Seacrest, Rush Limbaugh, Steve Harvey, Dan Patrick, Sean Hannity, Delilah, Fox Sports Radio, Fox Radio Network, iHeartradio and more.

John is thrilled to be a member of the DFW American Marketing Association because of the interesting speakers featured at the monthly luncheons and valuable networking opportunities. John is being recognized for his contributions to the Dallas Luncheon Committee. He has been instrumental in helping the DFW AMA attract and secure high level marketing executives to speak at our monthly events. It is because of volunteers like John, the DFW AMA can bring exciting programming to its members and potential members.

Congratulations to our December Volunteer of the Month

Ben Stewart

Ben Stewart has over 25 years experience in commercial and advertising photography. His education in Engineering at Clemson University, followed by a BS in Photography from East Texas State University, gives him a unique combination of left- and right-brain talents to solve visual communications problems.

As the principle of Benjamin D. Stewart Photography, he has directed all aspects of the creative processes involved in creating images to convey concepts as well as three-dimensional objects. Clients have ranged from large corporate entities to individual designers, as well as many direct-to-business projects. His portfolio can be found at www.benjaminstewart.com.


Congratulations to our November Volunteer of the Month

Andra Dunn

Andra Dunn is a digital marketing and communications consultant who is passionate about using technology to drive online traffic. Andra has over 15 years of experience in the marketing field spanning graphic design, public relations, event coordination, website design, email marketing, and social media.

In 2012, she launched her own digital agency, Convertible Communications Consulting, where her focus is on helping small businesses and non-profits utilize technology to tell their stories and engage their customers.


Congratulations to our October Volunteer of the Month

Renee Wagner

Renee Wagner has over 14 years experience in the telecommunications industry ranging from sales and marketing to network engineering and service delivery. He currently works as a Network Operation Specialist for Verizon in Irving. At Verizon Renee’s’ roles include cost accounting, quality assurance, audit reconciliation, and defining system requirements for existing voice and data services. Although he works in telecommunications, Renee’s true passion and talents lie in the entertainment industry. He is currently in a popular party band named Signed Sealed Delivered, where he serves a dual role as a singer and onsite event coordinator. Renee recently began a career as a voice-over artist where he has done public service announcements, video game, and narration voice-over jobs.

Renee serves as the VP of New Membership and is responsible for facilitating communication to new and renewing members and increasing membership retention.

Renee holds an MBA in Marketing Management from the University of Dallas and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Logistics from Indiana University.

Congratulations to our September Volunteer of the Month

Angela Newman

Angela began her professional career in Los Angeles with an undergraduate degree in Interior Design, but her interest in marketing was sparked many years later while working as a merchandising rep for LEGO in North Dallas. When she realized her desire to earn an MBA at University of Texas at Arlington, she discovered their exceptional Market Research program and soon her MBA turned into a dual degree. She’s recently completed an internship with Wonderware West, a subsidiary of Cooper Crouse Hinds Industries, where she conducted a full market research project including qualitative and quantitative research methods. She looks forward to an exciting career in Market Research following graduation this next summer.

At UTA, she began volunteering with the Collegiate AMA chapter last spring when she was elected as 2012-2013 President. The chapter goals include deeper integration and collaboration with the DFW AMA professional chapter, and they’ve enjoyed the events they’ve been able to attend. In her personal time, she enjoys ballet, modern dance, and currently performs as an apprentice member of the Momentum Dance Company in Irving, Texas.

Congratulations to our August Volunteer of the Month

Nancy Bourne

Congratulations to Nancy Bourne, a marketing consultant and project manager running her own firm, Consortiant Corporation. Nancy focuses on marketing strategy – and developing the plans and tactics necessary to achieve real results. With her extensive background in corporate marketing management, communications, and consulting she brings a wealth of experience, leadership and organizational skill to each project she undertakes. Her expertise ranges from branding initiatives, sales support and communications campaigns, to content marketing and social media programs.

Nancy dedicates volunteer time to the DFW AMA, currently as the VP of Social Media Strategy. She is the former EVP of Communications and Board Member for DFW AMA in 2010 – 2011, and received Volunteer of the Month Awards twice before.

Nancy holds an MBA in Marketing from University of Arizona and a BS in Psychology from University of Illinois.

Congratulations to our July Board Member of the Month

CarolFaldetCarol Faldet

Congratulations to Carol Faldet, EVP, Collegiate Relations, and many thanks for your efforts to help the DFW AMA connect with our collegiate members and future marketers.






Congratulations to our June Volunteer of the Month

Shay LaryShay Lary

Shay began her career as an event planner while a senior at Southern Methodist University, working with the Marketing Department of Ernst & Young to produce the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Upon graduation, she nabbed a prestigious internship with The Marketing Arm, coordinating the build-out, operations and promotion of Dallas on Ice, the city’s first outdoor ice rink.

She quickly assumed a role as Account Manager at MTZ Meetings (formerly Axxient) working with the pharmaceutical giants on their city-wide conventions, planning programs for up to 3,000 in attendance and in excess of $3 million.

Shay joined Strike Up Your Brand in April 2009 and focuses on planning, operations and forecasting.

Congratulations to our May Board Member of the Month

Robert HuntRobert Hunt

Congratulations to Robert Hunt, EVP Membership, on being selected as the board member of the month. Robert and his team help welcome new members to DFW AMA, plan Meet & Greet events in Dallas, identify prospective members, and highlight benefits that bring value to members.

Congratulations to our May Volunteer of the Month

David RichardsonDavid Richardson

David Richardson is the Business Development Manager for Paladin Staff. Paladin is a professional staffing and recruitment firm dedicated to the marketing, creative, and communications professions. David’s role includes project management, business development and of course marketing. His previous experience was handling marketing and sales initiatives with a RFID Consulting company called OTA Training.

He holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree from the University of North Texas in Marketing. David enjoys his role with the Special Events Commitee and has been a member since 2009. When he is not working or serving with the AMA, he spends his time with his Wife in Flower Mound and his two schnauzers. He also is a Founder of the Dallas Ultimate Frisbee club team called PLEX and travels the nation competing against other National teams.

Congratulations to our April Board Member of the Month

Ashley ClaybornAshley Claborn

Congratulations to Ashley Claborn, EVP Special Events, on being recognized as the Board Member of the Month. Ashley devoted countless hours of time and energy to working with her commitee for the Marketer of the Year program and Awards Gala. Kudos to her and her committee on a sucessful program and memorable event!

Congratulations to our April Volunteer of the Month

Ann RansonAnn Ranson

Ann Ranson is committed to civil behavior, which she describes as being full of respect, consideration, honesty, grace and curiosity, and helps organizations create civil cultures.

Ann helps you hit a “Higher Note” of impact on your culture, your career and your life. A civil culture will have positive impact on your bottom line. Ann believes Civil Behavior is now a national imperative and that to solve the big problems, we’ll need strong cultures and even stronger relationships built on foundations of values and trust.

In addition to acting as the president of Bottom Line 3 Marketing, Ann has also lead the Nonprofit Special Interest Group for the DFW Chapter of the American Marketing Association for the last 3+ years and sits on the board of the National Speakers Association/North Texas.

Congratulations to our March Board Member of the Month

John GerritsJohn Gerrits

Congratulations to John Gerrits on being named Board Member of the Month! John works diligently as EVP of Special Interest Groups to secure volunteer leaders and assist in the planning of relevant and timely events. Most recently, John has been tasked with reinventing the chapter’s SIG program to continue to provide programs of interest to members while balancing volunteer resources.

Congratulations to our February Board Member of the Month

Brice Campbell

Congratulations to Brice Campbell for being named Board Member of the Month. Brice was instrumental in planning the recent members-only CMO Panel event, a highly successful evening where local CMOs shared insights with our members. As EVP of Strategy and Special Projects, Brice also coordinates the CMO Roundtable events and other special opportunities for DFW AMA.






Congratulations to our January Board Member of the Month

Melinda Bentley

Congratulations to Melinda Bentley, DFW AMA’s EVP of Communications, on being selected as Board Member of the Month. Melinda coordinates the activities of the communications team and ensures that DFW AMA’s events and services are promoted in a timely manner through various communications channels to DFW area marketers.






Congratulations to our December Board Member of the Month

Amy Alexander

Congratulations to Amy Alexander, DFW AMA’s Treasurer, on being selected as Board Member of the Month. Amy worked tirelessly to identify a cost-effective registration solution for the chapter that will ensure that event attendees will have a seamless registration process while the chapter will remain within budget.






Congratulations to our December Volunteer of the Month

thomaspembertonThomas Pemberton

Thomas serves with the DFW AMA Membership team as a liaison for the collegiate professionals as the Director of Student Membership. He joined the Dallas AMA in 2010 and enjoys sharing his passion of empowering others through his ability to connect and create meaningful relationships. His abilities of web 2.0 insight and passion has carried forward as a member also of the Communications and Special Events team. He was recently invited into the DFW AMA Mentor Program as a mentee of Ben Smithee, CEO at Spych Market Analytics. Thomas is presently finishing his BBA in Marketing from the University of North Texas and leading his peers as the UNT AMA collegiate chapter President. Outside of his volunteer work and studies, he is active along the mountain bike trails while also continuing to improve upon his golf game.

Congratulations to our November Board Member of the Month

Melissa MeekerMelissa Meeker

Congratulations to Melissa Meeker on being named Board Member of the Month. Melissa’s efforts as EVP, Volunteers help keep the chapter running smoothly with all the right people in all the right roles. In November, Melissa planned and hosted the Volunteer Leadership Training event with great success! Thank you, Melissa!

Congratulations to our November Volunteer of the Month

JenniferHowellJennifer Howell

Marketing Development Director for Credera
Jennifer Howell is the Market Development Director for Credera. Credera provides expert, objective advice to help solve complex business and technology challenges. Jennifer’s role includes marketing, business development and her favorite pastime, connecting people to one another. Jennifer’s previous experience includes managing projects and building relationships while working for Accenture, State Street, the Salvation Army, and the American Heart Association. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Trinity University in Business Administration and received her Graduate Marketing Certificate from SMU. Jennifer greatly enjoys her role as the Program Director for the DFW AMA Mentor Program. When she is not serving and having fun with the Mentors and Protégés, she spends her time with friends, her dog, trying to improve her cycling skills, traveling, and enjoying her new sustainer status with the Junior League of Dallas.

Congratulations to our October Board Member of the Month

Steve HigdonSteve Higdon

EVP of Programs for Fort Worth
Steve serves as the EVP of Programs for Fort Worth and is working tirelessly to establish a vibrant and growing Fort Worth membership dedicated to the needs of the Fort Worth and greater Tarrant County marketing professional. When he is not working to expand the Fort Worth AMA presence, he is working in business development for Graphics2. In this position, he establishes new customer relations in the area of conversational rather than informational marketing using state-of-the-art technologies. This means the use of Integrated Marketing to create a community around a company’s brand. Steve has over 35 years of experience in the graphics arts, advertising and marketing segments both in North Texas and in the Seattle markets. He is a 1975 graduate of Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas.

Congratulations to our October Volunteer of the Month

Nancy BourneNancy Bourne

Strategic Marketing Analyst, Catalyst and Converter, @ Consortiant Corporation
Nancy Bourne is known to be an insightful marketing strategist with an entrepreneurial approach and keen understanding of all the moving parts in an organization that must work together seamlessly to result in a growing loyal customer base and steadily increasing revenues.

Currently operating a marketing consulting firm, Nancy focuses on helping clients take a fresh look at their processes for identifying, reaching, convincing and converting targets into advocates. She leads clients through a top down approach to move vision and mission forward into specific objectives and goals. She then helps clients develop strategy, tactics and workable solutions to achieve measurable results. Her expertise ranges from C-level strategy and planning, to branding initiatives, integrated communications campaigns, digital strategy and social/mobile programs.

Previously, Nancy was involved in key marketing and sales roles for technology, financial and professional service companies such as Carter Financial Management, CompuCom Systems Inc., Digital Equipment, Performa Asia Ltd., Manzanita Software and Bechtel Engineering & Construction.Her previous clients include:Verizon Wireless, Cisco Systems, IBM, Cathay Pacific and HSBC. Partner marketing projects include:Apple, Hewlett Packard, Baylor and City of Dallas.

Nancy holds an MBA in Marketing from University of Arizona and a BS in Psychology from University of Illinois. She is also a Certified Financial Planner, the Communications Committee Chair for Oaktree Residential Association and Community Manager of AMA Connect for the DFW American Marketing Association. She is the former EVP of Communications for the DFW American Marketing Association 2010 – 2011.

Congratulations to our September Board Member of the Month

Marla ReederMarla Reeder

EVP, Executive Luncheons
Marla serves as the EVP of Executive Luncheons. She works tirelessly to line up speakers and ensure that every detail is in order from promotion to tear down. When she is not planning the DFW AMA Luncheon, Marla works for McKinley Marketing Partners to match talented marketing professionals with Fortune 1000 companies looking for interim, contract-to-hire and permanent placement positions within the areas of marketing, communications/PR, digital marketing and market research. Marla has an MBA in marketing and 20 years experience selling to customers in the marketing and advertising fields.

Congratulations to our September Volunteer of the Month!!

David SlatterDavid Slatter

Director, Small/Medium Business Special Interest Group

David Slatter was teleported to Texas from his Scottish homeland 18 years ago, and now enjoys the American dream living on seven acres in an amazing log home he built himself. Although a 30-year marketing “veteran,” his big secret is that he has a degree in electronic engineering! But after a few short years, he crossed to the dark side and has since held a variety of senior management positions in Europe and the US in strategic marketing, communications, and market research. Following on from a 24-year career at Texas Instruments, David is now President and Chief Marketing Strategist at ExperiPro, a management consulting company based in Las Colinas. “What keeps me going is the incredible variety of clients that we get to work with, and the fact that I learn something new every day.”

David’s long term experience in the field of marketing has given the DFW AMA an asset that is hard to come by and he continues to drive the direction of the Small/Medium Business SIG to greater heights.David has been the Director of the Small/Medium Business SIG for almost 2 years and works with his team of volunteers to organize speakers and events. He attends many of the AMA luncheons and happy hours and is easy to spot- he is the guy with the strange Scottish accent.

Congratulations to our August Board Member of the Month!

Kay ByfieldKay Byfield

Congratulations to Kay Byfield for being recognized as the August Board Member of the Month. Kay is a long time member of the DFW AMA board and this year has taken on the responsibility for three roles – Secretary, Chapter Excellence Award Chair and for the first time thanks to Kay we now have an Historian!
Kay is putting together an amazing chronicle of the chapter’s history, key accomplishments, significant events, strengths, challenges, membership and volunteer growth and leadership since it was established in 1956 and is also planning a special event to pay tribute to our history and the chapter’s past presidents. Look for more on these exciting historical happenings on our website. We are truly grateful for Kay’s hard work and continued dedication to the chapter. Thank you Kay!

Congratulations to our August Volunteer of the Month!!

Carol FaldetCarol Faldet

Carol Faldet is a native Texan from Richardson, Texas. She has a BA in Advertising from Texas Tech University. After four years working for several small ad agencies in Dallas she switched to the dark side . . . working for a print company.

What was going to be a stepping stone turned into 30 years at Johnson Printing Service or JPS. Now with ink in her blood, as National Account Manager, Carol is committed to providing exceptional service and creative solutions for her clients such as 7-Eleven Inc., Bank of America, and Dr Pepper Snapple Group. JPS has a unique plant set-up focusing on print-on-demand, turnkey production and fulfillment for marketing collateral, training manuals, student curriculum, and now short run books for small press publishers and self-publishing authors.

Carol joined the Dallas AMA in 2010 and enjoys working with the membership team, providing their brochures and flyers. She is also is a member of the check-in team for the monthly meetings and the Dallas area Meet & Greets. “I have visited and been a member of several professional organizations and at the AMA I have not only made great connections, I have made great friends!”

Congratulations to our July Board Member of the Month!

Melissa BourestomMelissa Bourestom

Congratulations to Melissa Bourestom, EVP Sponsorship, for being recognized as the July Board Member of the Month! Melissa’s hard work and amazing contributions to secure sponsorships significantly aids the chapter to continue to deliver top-notch events and services to members. Thank you, Melissa!

Congratulations to our July Volunteer of the Month!!

Elena EnglishElena English

Elena English has been in the interactive agency and IT consulting business for over 10 years. She co-founded elKore, Inc., an interactive agency and software development consulting firm with an outsourced team in Eastern Europe (Belarus, where Elena is originally from). In 2010, in response to the growing demand for effective mobile marketing tools, Elena founded a new venture The piJnz Group (http://pijnz.com) that developed a mobile landing page platform to allow agencies and brands to easily create and launch mobile landing pages and micro-sites. With piJnz, companies can publish mobile content on demand and cost effectively. So far piJnz has been steadily gaining traction as a mobile content publishing platform of choice for agencies in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and South Africa.

Elena joined DFW/AMA in 2010 and has greatly enjoyed the events and speakers. She wanted to contribute to the organization and its great people, and stepped in to offer her team’s skills and experience to renovate the DFW/AMA website. She’d like to especially thank Nancy Bourne and Dan Stables for their efforts in making the new website a success.

Outside of her work schedule, Elena enjoys living a fun life: playing in a band, traveling, and raising a beautiful one-year-old daughter.

Congratulations to our 2011 Volunteer of the Year!

D' FormanD’ Forman

D’ has been on the DFW/AMA board as VP of Communications, and in 2010-2011 she handled the web portion of the chapter communications. Her time and energy that was devoted to this critical method of communication for our chapter is invaluable!

D’s creative communications firm, the Forman Group has been in business since 1984 and was first known as Ad-Lib and Associates. In 1986 the original partners split and D’ Forman started Forman Graphics as a sole proprietor, and a few years later incorporated as Forman Group, Inc. The company has worked with manufacturers, banks, restaurants, high tech, services and retail shops among many other types of businesses. The variety of clients, industries and projects is something that is especially exciting to D’. “When you’re expected to be creative every day, while making your client’s message persuasive to its audience, it helps to have many influences,” states D’. “Creativity doesn’t happen in a vacuum!”

Specializing in print, social and web, the company designs integrated marketing programs and prides themselves on being the “creatives.”

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