Volunteer Recognition

Congratulations to our August 2014 Volunteer of the Month

Monica Nicholas

Monica is a Senior Marketing Coordinator for RTKL Associates, a large international architecture and engineering firm in Dallas. She does proposal development, graphic design and assists with local PR efforts for the healthcare sector.

Prior to marketing for RTKL, Monica coordinated educational seminars for an international healthcare equipment manufacturer. While marketing is a passion, she actually began her career as an advertising account exec. for automotive giants such as Chrysler, Dodge and Ford. Monica holds a bachelor’s degree from Towson University and serves on the DFW AMA Communications team.

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.

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