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Geoffrey Geist

Geoffrey Geist

Digital Marketing Specialist

Whether he’s on the course, doing a project, or out on the town, you’ll find Geoffrey all over Detroit. He loves finding “the why” and creating new experiences for himself and others. He wishes he was still in the 90s and loves competing.

He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in advertising and is a fervent supporter of MSU and the city of Detroit. He loves to travel and uses social media frequently to document his experiences. His favorite food is steak fajitas and puts hot sauce on nearly everything.

Geoffrey comes to Franco from General Motors, where he was a specialist on the social media team, focusing on luxury clients. He is a member of the AdCraft club of Detroit and has held positions at a variety of other Metro Detroit companies including Quicken Loans, Team Detroit/GTB and Treat Dreams.

Follow him on Twitter: @mynameisGEOFF

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Rene Cizio

Account Manager

Rene is an experience collector. She is always finding something to explore, learn, or create. Whether it’s traveling, being outdoors, arts and crafts, or a new exercise class, if you suggest adventure Rene will likely volunteer to go along. One thing she can never explore enough is the city of the Detroit. As a Detroit resident, you’ll often find Rene at the city’s many events, restaurants and shops. If you’re looking for someone to try the latest hot spot, Rene is your girl.

Rene’s expertise lies in content development, social media, and public relations where more than a decade’s worth of experience, and love of trying new things, make her a valuable asset when developing strategies for memorable social and PR campaigns.

Rene’s diverse background in news, PR, and social media in both corporate and agency settings with B2B and consumer clients make her a triple threat when you need a great idea and a plan to execute it.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from University of Michigan-Dearborn.  She is also a graduate of the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber of Commerce Leadership 21 program, which educates and develops a diverse, select group of emerging leaders in southern Wayne County.

Follow her on Twitter @ReneCizio

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Jennifer Spears

Assistant Account Executive

Jennifer is a true Michigander, hailing from East Lansing before moving to Ann Arbor for college and finally to Detroit after graduation. She loves living in Detroit and being a part of the vibrant community, professionally and socially.

She has a professional background in marketing and journalism, and served as an Americorps member with City Year Detroit, working as a tutor in a Detroit public high school and organizing in-school and extracurricular events.

When she’s not at work, Jennifer likes doing yoga, going to brunch or the movies, biking along the riverfront and visiting Eastern Market on the weekends to listen to karaoke at Bert’s. She also loves to travel; she has a long list of places and countries that she is longing to visit. Besides many new countries, she’d like to make it to Hawaii and Alaska in the next few years and revisit her host families in Germany.

Jennifer graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, with a Bachelor of Arts in German and Anthropology and a minor in Women’s Studies.

Adriane Davis

Adriane Davis

Digital Marketing Specialist

When asked to describe herself in four words she replied, “always on the move.” Adriane loves to travel and does so whenever possible. Her idea of a gift is a plane ticket, not flowers. Her favorite trip was to Europe when she visited London and Paris after graduating high school.

When she isn’t traveling, Adriane is volunteering or spending time with her family and close friends. Adriane is an active member at her church, where she teaches Sunday school and serves as a youth counselor.

At Franco, Adriane is a digital marketing specialist who provides in-depth social media knowledge and contributes to social media strategy and campaign development for consumer accounts.

Adriane fell in love with social media when she helped build a social media strategy from scratch during a college internship. Prior to joining Franco, she managed social media for Mayor Mike Duggan and the city of Detroit. She also played an integral role on the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan social media team managing the A Healthier Michigan blog.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Western Michigan University.

Mary Parkinson

Mary Parkinson

Assistant Account Executive

Mary Parkinson serves on a variety of Franco’s consumer and nonprofit accounts providing support with media relations, media monitoring and events.

Prior to joining Franco, Mary gained expertise interning with Good Morning America, World News with Diane Sawyer and WXYZ Detroit. While working in Washington D.C. for ABC News she was able to cover stories including the 2012 presidential election, the General Petraeus scandal and Hurricane Sandy. She was even invited back to ABC after her first internship to help cover the 2013 Presidential Inauguration.

After returning to metro Detroit and shifting her professional focus to public relations, Mary interned for a large international PR agency with clients in the automotive and consumer industries.

Mary is a born and raised metro Detroiter and is thrilled to work in the city she loves. When Mary is not in the office, she enjoys traveling the world with her husband, Zac. They have already traveled to places like Tahiti and Salt Lake City but there are many more locations on their bucket list they cannot wait to visit.

Mary and Zac are also strong supporters of their local church. On weekends you are likely to find them volunteering for church events or youth group activities.

Mary holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Michigan State University.

Ashley Dupuy

Ashley DuPuy

Designer

Ashley lives for nature. Come spring you will find her packing up her tent and looking for the next great camping adventure. She loves the endless scenic beauty Michigan has to offer, a place where phones lose service and nature is enough entertainment. When she’s not out in the woods, she’s nestled in her Corktown studio, screen printing all types of materials or meticulously designing and crafting a friend’s wedding invitations.

Ashley serves a variety of Franco’s clients as the in-house graphic designer, from developing social media ads to creating new materials that strengthen the aesthetic of each client, and everything in between.

Prior to joining Franco, Ashley gained experience as the design coordinator at Porter One Design, creating successful branding and print materials, and interned at AutoWeek Magazine and Hour Magazine where she learned the importance of deadlines and strong design. She has also freelanced with firms both in and outside of Michigan.

Ashley holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the College for Creative Studies with a concentration in photography and a minor in graphic design and advertising.

Sasha Reeves

Sasha Reeves

Assistant Account
Executive

Sasha works on a variety of Franco’s consumer and nonprofit accounts providing support with media relations, event support, graphic design and a big dose of enthusiasm.

During her time as an intern at Franco, Sasha has provided event support for the Granite City Northville grand opening, HOUR Best of Detroit event as well as promoting various category winners and Metro Detroit Youth Day. She also served as an integral member on her team for General Motors’ Rockin’ on the Riverfront concert series.

Prior to joining Franco, Sasha served as the public relations and marketing development intern at Special Olympics Michigan in Mount Pleasant. She continues to volunteer with Special Olympics, most recently aiding with State Summer Games.

As a newbie to downtown Detroit, she loves to explore the city in her time away from the office; you can often catch her taking a lunchtime stroll down the Detroit RiverWalk. She loves all things Michigan – especially the craft beer scene. Sasha is always up for adventure, she enjoys road trips and discovering new places by hiking and immersing herself into local culture. She also loves the NHL and believes the fall season doesn’t truly begin until the Detroit Red Wings take the ice.

Sasha holds a Bachelor of Arts in integrative public relations with a minor in advertising from Central Michigan University.

Lori Cook

Lori Cook

Office Manager

Lori is responsible for managing Franco’s office at the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit. Arguably the most critical role at Franco, Lori is the glue that holds the team together.

Lori is responsible for Franco’s human resources, accounting and IT systems. It’s a toss-up when deciding which of these two responsibilities are her most important, either providing snacks for the staff or helping schedule the much anticipated Franco Frolics.

Lori has a strong administrative and bookkeeping background. Prior to joining the Franco team, she owned and operated a bookkeeping business for retail, service and nonprofit clients.

While she spends her days here at Franco taking care of her “kids,” she and her husband Alan also have three of their own. Her daughter is a Physical Therapist with Team Rehabilitation, her oldest son is a buyer with Mann Hummel and her younger son is in college working towards a business degree.

She enjoys spending time with her family at their cottage at Higgins Lake – snowmobiling in the winter and relaxing at the beach with the pontoon and jet skis in the summer.

John Mozena

John C. Mozena, APR

Account Director

In his more than 15 years in public relations, John has worked with a diverse breadth of public, private, governmental and nonprofit organizations. His clients have ranged from some of the world’s largest corporations to small nonprofits and entrepreneurial startups; from beloved consumer-facing brands to esoteric B2B technology solutions.

While he is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America and a “PR guy” at heart, John works with clients across the modern spectrum of communications disciplines and is as likely to be working on a video, advertising buy, blog post, website or infographic as he is a press release.

And when it’s time for crisis communications, John has a unique perspective on the topic. As a volunteer disaster public affairs specialist and Disaster Action Team leader for the American Red Cross, John helps metro Detroit prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters ranging from individual house fires to floods, tornadoes, blizzards and other weather events. Following the massive floods in the region in 2014, John’s interviews educating metro Detroiters on how to safely clean up as flood waters receded were aired repeatedly for days on local radio stations.

John is a baseball fanatic who’s been known to whip up the occasional blog post explaining why you still shouldn’t complain about the John Smoltz trade or doing a cost-benefit analysis on the construction of Detroit’s bullpen roster. He and his wife also take minor-league soccer far too seriously as mask-wearing, drum-playing supporters of Detroit City FC, where their son leads chants in the stands.

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