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Franco On The Town – June Edition

The month of June was filled with events in Detroit, a perfect reminder of the commitment Franco has to continue serving this city.

Erica and Stephanie Bowen from the Belle Isle Conservancy lent a helping hand to call and direct the program with the audio / visual crew at this year’s Grand Prixmiere.

ES at Grand Prixmiere

Pat and client Katy Wyerman working Grand Prixmiere.

PAJ at Grand Prixmiere 2

Mary, Sarah, Marie and Lauren gather in front of a Grand Prix Indy Car before the 2016 Belle Isle Grand Prixmiere in support of Franco client, the Belle Isle Conservancy. Other notable guests in attendance at the Grand Prixmiere included General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.

MP, SK, MS, LC at Grand Prixmiere

Elizabeth and Sasha worked the kickoff event of On the Plaza featuring a performance by country artist Matt Gary and Michigan singer-songwriter Audrey Ray, with the help of NASH-FM. On the Plaza is a 17-week summer series of free entertainment, activities, food trucks and more on the GM Plaza from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday through September 29.

ERS, SR at On the Plaza

Marie was onsite for the Travel Channel’s Delicious Destinations shoot at the original Buddy’s Pizza on the corner of Six Mile and Conant.MS at Buddy's for Travel ChannelElizabeth and Sarah were both at Opportunity Detroit for client interviews- Elizabeth with CBRE and Sarah with Buddy’s and HOUR Detroit that day.

ERS and SK at Opportunity Detroit

The month of June brought Franco three new team members. Meet our newest additions!

Rene Cizio, account manager. 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.

RC Web

Jennifer Spears, assistant account executive. Jennifer 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. 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.

Jen S Thumb

Geoffrey Geist, digital marketing specialist. 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. 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.

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Marie and Sasha were on-site at the unveiling of the newly installed bronze statue of Edsel and Eleanor Ford. One hundred years since Edsel and Eleanor Ford said “I do”, the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House has set out to honor the couple’s life and legacy during ‘A Century of Love’ 100th wedding anniversary celebration.

MS and SR at Ford House

Tina and Joe had the opportunity to paddle the lower stretches of the Rouge River celebrating the 30th anniversary of Friends of the Rouge at its annual Rouge Rescue event.

TK, JF Friends of the Rouge

Mary and her husband, Zac, snapped a picture with Major Jim McDowell at the KEM concert supporting The Salvation Army and their efforts for the Flint Water Crisis.

MP at KEM concert

Team Franco had a wonderful evening celebrating at HOUR Detroit’s Best of Detroit Party at MotorCity Casino Hotel’s Sound Board . Top left clockwise: Intern Brittanie and Sasha checked in all media covering the event, Rene snapped a photo in front of the Franco sponsorship slide inside of Sound Board, Ann Marie and Andrea enjoyed a night out with their handsome dates, Lori took a night off from being the office mom and celebrated the Best of Detroit with her friend, Debbie.

Best of Detroit

Tina and Sasha took a break from working with the media at ‘A Legacy of Love: Vow Renewal and Garden Party’ to take in the beauty of the Ford House grounds. Couples at ‘A Legacy of Love’ gathered for an unforgettable vow renewal ceremony at the picturesque Lakeshore estate officiated by Macomb county executive, Mark Hackel. The ceremony was followed by an elegant strolling dinner and dancing.

TK and SR ford house

Among the couples renewing their vows was Franco’s CEO, Dan Ponder and his wife, Cathy. They celebrated 34 years of marriage in June.

DP and Cathy

Civil rights activist, Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr., made a surprise visit to the office and grabbed a photo with Dan and Brittanie.

DP, BC, Jesse Jackson

Jen and Ashley took time to de-stress at a lunchtime session of yoga atop the Beaubien Place Garage. Rooftop Yoga is a monthly yoga class put on by client, GMRENCEN along with RenCen Fitness.

JS, AD at Rooftop yoga

Brittanie spent an afternoon at the 2016 Conference on Volunteering and Service, the world’s largest gathering of service-related nonprofit, business, government and civic leaders. She represented the nonprofit, 9/11 Day, which encourages people to honor 9/11 victims by participating in service projects around the nation.

BC at Cobo

Franco celebrated June birthdays by taking a trip down to Ashby Ice Cream & Palazzolo’s Gelato in the GM Wintergarden for a sweet treat.

Elevator selfie

Jen welcomed media at the Turning Point Invitational press conference held at Cornerstone Schools. Cornerstone announced that golf icon Jack Nicklaus will play in the annual golf invitational held to raise funds to provide quality educations for Detroit children. Cornerstone also shared their goal to grow and educate 5,000 children in Detroit, almost double their current enrollment.

JS at Cornerstone press confernence

Detroit Design

Detroit is a hard working city, with its own highs and lows; it’s a place with fantastic roots and a true creative energy.  I dove deep in all things Detroit and within just a few months I was moving my life, design studio, and job all into Detroit. Soon after, my design adventures with Franco began just a week after I had relocated my studio and living space to Corktown via Royal Oak.  I knew Franco had a long standing relationship with the city, but little did I know how quickly this PR synergy would affect my life!

My First Design Adventure: NAIAS

I began at Franco in early November; two months shy of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) yes, the same NAIAS that our president of the United States stopped at to visit, not too bad for my first major project. The amount of work the team put into this event was both staggering and inspiring to watch and also be a part of. Just a few weeks into the project I was creating print ads, numerous graphics for social media, atrium banners, way-finding banners, and a marquee display – a whole 4,800 square feet worth of screen that would be seen on the front of Cobo Center.

During NAIAS Preview Week all of our team’s hard work paid off because as soon as you stepped off the The People Mover you were immediately surrounded by a cloud of green, blue, and steel. It was exciting seeing crowds of auto show goers walk throughout COBO letting our little green way finding banners guide them through the hallways because they stuck out like exclamation points. Our SMDI graphics were everywhere on the walls, pillars, token machines and windows, and it was very cool.

SMDI Atrium Banner Design

SMDI Atrium Banner

SMDI Wayfinding Banner Design

SMDI Wayfinding Banners

But the most rewarding moment of them all was walking outside the GMRENCEN and looking up to see that SMDI green screen I designed, now sixty times the size of the computer screen it was created on displayed on the front of COBO Center.

SMDI COBO Marquee Design

SMDI COBO Marquee

Next Up…Granite City Food & Brewery

The next big event for me was the opening of Granite City Food & Brewery in the GMRENCEN. During this opening I really got a chance to see what Franco does for our clients and how we go above and beyond to make things happen. Before the official opening date, I was given the chance to use my photography skills  to take pictures of the space for the media. Putting on that hard hat and walking through Granite City was so intriguing and just as exciting, if not more, to see those same images in the Detroit Free Press the following week.

Photographing the space was the just the start of my involvement; I was also fortunate enough to create way-finding banners, that were placed throughout the GMRENCEN, door and window graphics, kiosk marquee displays, and The 48243 IPA beer label (appropriately named after GMRENCEN’s own zip code!)

Granite City Flyer Design

Granite City Food & Brewery Beer Label Designs

As time goes on and I continue to work on projects throughout Detroit, whether it is creating social graphics for the Fisher Theatre and the upcoming performances of Matilda the Musicalor a new billboard for the The Salvation Army, I will be reminded of the strong ties that connect Franco and the city of Detroit.

Matilda the Musical Graphic Design

Matilda the Musical Graphics

In-House Designer Ashley Dupuy posing with her 48234 graphic design

Franco In-House Designer, Ashley Dupuy, Posing With Her 48234 Beer Label Graphic

Ashley DuPuy is the in-house designer at Franco Public Relations Group. You can reach her at (313) 567-5093 or dupuy@franco.com. For more pictures of her Franco design journey follow her on Instagram @ashleyydupuy.

Happy National Pet Day

As Franco’s resident crazy dog lady, I had the privilege of interviewing my colleague’s pets for National Pet Day, April 11, to see how they answered some of our toughest job candidate questions.  Here’s what they had to say…

Rocky

Rocky

Name: Rocky

Pet Parent: Account Executive, Erica Swoish

Q: How would you describe yourself?

A: Well, I’m going on something like 108 if memory serves me right, so one of my favorite activities is to take a nap on the small couch in the living room. I also like to take a snooze on the big couch, when my brother Apollo isn’t bugging me to play with him, or sleep off a day’s hard napping in my plushy doggy bed. Oh yeah, and I like car rides too!

Apollo

Apollo

Name: Apollo

Pet Parent: Account Executive, Erica Swoish

Q: What’s your greatest achievement?

A: It is my duty to protect my mom on a daily basis. I protect her from the evil mailman, the sinister salesmen and the neighbor dog… I don’t like him one bit! I’m also an expert digger. I’m currently working on a hole to get under the fence and finally meet my arch nemesis next door. I also dig big holes in the backyard to hide my precious toy collection from those pesky squirrels through the winter. This past winter, I stored my favorite soccer ball, a football and about six Kong toys in the hole on the right side of the yard. I put a few other things in the hole on the other side of the yard too. My mom and dad helped me cover my hiding spots up for the winter, but don’t worry, I still found my toys once the ground thawed!

Oh, yeah, and my mom said to remind you about my cool collar. She bought it at the GMRENCEN’s Holiday Headquarters from 3 Dogs 1 Cat. It even has a shiny seat belt buckle!

Lucy

Lucy

Name: Lucy

Pet Parent: Senior Vice President, Tina Sullivan

Q: If you could have any super power, what would it be?

A: I wish I could talk, so I could tell my mom I don’t really like this outfit.

Fishie

Fishie

Name: Fishie

Pet Parent: Account Supervisor, Ann Marie Fortunate

Q: Tell us about a time you overcame a challenge.

A: My mom always has to remind me I’m not a dog since I like to run around in my tank. Don’t tell her, but I think she may be mistaken. This one time, my parents got me a new tank to replace my old stinky one, except while I was running around I got swallowed up by this wooshing water thing. Thankfully my parents saved me just in time and now I make sure to stay away from that side of the tank.

Shelton

Shelton

Name: Shelton aka Snooter

Pet Parent Name: Senior Account Executive, Marie Stawasz

Q: Tell us about your hobbies. What do you like to do outside of work?

A: I have a rather extravagant toy collection. My mom gets great deals at TJ Maxx & Marshalls so I can have as many as I want. SQUIRREL! On special occasions she’ll take me to Petco to pick out a special toy. I got this guy on my birthday two years ago. It’s one of my favorites…he has a few less legs now. Okay… am I done? Can I have a Buddy’s Pizza Buddy Bone?

Diesel Hunts

Name: Diesel

Pet Parent: Account Manager, Joe Ferlito

Q: What are your greatest strengths?

A: I’m a master escape artist and a pretty darn good hunter too. I like to go find pheasants and other friends to bring back to my dad from the woods. Sometimes I find a turtle that needs a nice home. Dad says mom won’t let us bring any more turtles home, but I think my turtle brothers would like that.

Diesel, Mowgli the Turtle, and Daphne the GeckoDiesel, Mowgli the Turtle, and Daphne the Gecko

Names: Mowgli the Turtle & Daphne the Gecko

Pet Parent: Account Manager, Joe Ferlito

Q: How would your co-workers describe you?

A: Some people think we’re a bit cold blooded, but we are pretty chill.

Sport

Sport

Name: Sport

Pet Parent: Account Manager, Elizabeth Robbins-Sabourin

Q: Tell me about a time you’ve exercised leadership?

A: I exercise every morning! My mommy takes me on long walks so I can do my business. Mommy’s coworker Sasha even collects the newspaper bags from around the office for mommy to take with us. We don’t want the neighbors to get mad at us for not picking up my doodie.

Goatie, Chicken, and Bear

Names: Bear, Chicken & Goatie

Pet Parent: Designer, Ashley Dupuy

Q: What’s your management style?

A: We like to get up in high places and oversee the work that’s being done.

Kali

Kali

Name: Kali

Pet Parent: Office Manger, Lori Cook

Q: What type of work environment do you prefer?

A: I like a quiet, comfy spot to hang out when mom is working at home, but sometimes she makes a lot of racket – click clack click clack – on that thing with all the buttons.

Cleo

Cleo

Name: Cleo

Pet Parent: Assistant Account Executive, Mary Parkinson

Q: How do you stay organized?

A: Well, you see, I have a top-secret file management system. That’s how I found this spoon. My mom had no idea where I got it from and when she asked I just gave her the biggest puppy eyes I could muster.

Sharky & Silver Dollar Fishes

Sharky and Silver Dollar Fishes

Names: Sharky & Silver Dollar Fishes

Pet Parent: Assistant Account Executive, Sarah Kornacki

Q: How to approach new challenges?

A: Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming!

The best way to celebrate Pet Day is to adopt one! Make sure to visit the Michigan Humane Society  (one of our pro bono clients) and check out their new facility in Detroit. It’s open Monday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Have your own pet picture or story to share? Let us know in the comments below!

Erica Swoish is an account executive at Franco Public Relations Group. You can reach her at (313) 567-5014 or swoish@franco.com. For more pictures of her pups, follow her on Instagram @eswoish.

This post is dedicated in loving memory to Franc the Fish, who helped me win Franco’s 2013 Halloween pumpkin carving contest. Thanks Franc – we miss you buddy!

Franc

Franc

October 2013 – December 2015

 

Franco News: Parkinson and Dupuy Join the Team

Mary Parkinson Hired as Assistant Account Executive

Mary Parkinson, Franco Team

Parkinson will serve a variety of Franco’s health care and nonprofit accounts providing support with media relations and events. Before joining Franco, Parkinson held an internship with Fleishman Hillard in Detroit and gained experience interning with Good Morning America, World News with Diane Sawyer and WXYZ Detroit.

 

Ashley Dupuy Hired as Designer

Ashley Dupuy, Franco TeamDuPuy will provide graphic design services for a variety of Franco accounts and projects. Prior to Franco, DuPuy served as a design coordinator for Porter One Design in Farmington Hills where she focused on rebranding projects for health care clients. She also held internships with Hour Media and AutoWeek where she created layouts for publication.

 

Franco on the Town – February Edition

 

February – networking, silly selfies and good food.

Some of the Franco crew getting a taste of the new Granite City Food & Brewery Detroit with lunch during mock service.

Franco at Granite City Food & Brewery Detroit

 

Franco team member and IABC Detroit President Elect, Andrea Kenski, grabs a selfie with a neat Mayan statue during the International Association of Business Communicators Leadership Institute in Los Angeles.

Andrea Kenski IABC President

 

Joe Ferlito (back row center) at a private event for STEM-students at the Michigan Science Center to discuss STEM-related careers in racing and promote Comerica Bank Free Prix Day.

Joe Ferlito Michigan Science Center STEM Presentation

 

Sasha, Sarah, Ashley, Lori, Joe and Marie grab a quick lunch at the new Granite City Food & Brewery Detroit.

Franco Team at Granite City Detroit

 

Ann Marie (left corner) represents Franco at the Wayne State PRSSA LinkedIn/resume building panel discussion and workshop.

Ann Marie Fortunate Wayne State PRSSA Resume Workshop

Photo credit: Christiana Lumaj, Wayne State PRSSA

Dear Franco, We Love You

 

Franco Love Poem

“I love working at Franco because of the interesting design opportunities it gives me. I work with such a wide variety of clients that each day is different and unique.”

Ashley Dupuy, designer

“I love our account mix because it provides such a variety of opportunities and allows us to keep up on a wide-range of skills on a daily basis. And of course I love the people and working with a group of such talented team members.”

Joe Ferlito, account manager

View from Franco PR office in GMRENCEN

“I love seeing the Detroit River from our 10th floor GMRENCEN offices. The way it sparkles in the sunshine is magical. And it’s so impressive at sunrise and sunset.”

Pat Adanti-Joy, vice president

“My job rocks! I work with amazing clients, especially my non-profit clients. I love being able to go home after a long day of work knowing that I’m making a difference in the lives of others.”

Andrea Kenski, senior account executive

“I love Franco because of the great clients we get to work with – especially the ones with strong, local roots that allow us to support other exciting organizations in Detroit. For example, Buddy’s Pizza’s recent Motown Fridays campaign with Motown Museum, another Detroit original. Or the Belle Isle Conservancy’s work with the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.”

Sarah Kornacki, assistant account executive

“I love that it’s very easy to make tough decisions at Franco — you do the right thing. Not the easiest thing or the most profitable thing or what’s best for you or the agency, but the right thing.”

John C. Mozena, account director

Mary Parkinson and her Cheez-Its

“I love working at Franco because the office is ALWAYS stuffed with snacks. With early morning interviews or evening client events, food can be a lifesaver to keeping our energy up. Cheez-it anyone?”

Mary Parkinson, assistant account executive

“I love Franco for being right in the heart of Detroit. And Lori Cook.”

Sasha Reeves, assistant account executive

“The culture: After coming back to Franco for a second time, I can sincerely say that working here is like nothing else I’ve experienced. We empower our team to make decisions and everyone is incredibly supportive. I’ve been surrounded by wonderful mentors both times I’ve worked at Franco.”

Elizabeth Robbins-Sabourin, account manager

“Why do I love Franco? Franco has been my home for the last five years. During my time here, I’ve worked with some of the industry’s most talented professionals and picked up skills I couldn’t learn anywhere else. Through it all, good, bad and ugly, team Franco supports itself. We’re there for each other. Through and through, we work together to make it happen, whatever it may be at any given time. It’s been an honor to be a part of this team, and I’m looking forward to all the exciting things to come. AND…we love our Lori. Everyone needs an office mom, and ours is the best!”

Marie Stawasz, senior account executive

Marie, Erica and Sasha with their blankets

Marie, Erica and Sasha aka the “Office Blanket People”

“My Franco family doesn’t judge me (most of the time) for the bajillion blankets I keep at my desk and am often seen bundled in at various locations around the office.”

Erica Swoish, account executive

Franco Heart

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.

Franco Hat Day

Hat n. a shaped covering for the head that often has a brim and a rounded or flat top

<it’s National Hat Day, so we wore hats>

Hat Day

 

Ashley Dupuy, Designer

AD

 

Joe Ferlito, Account Manager

“No surprise here. Franco’s ‘outdoors guy’ is wearing a hunting hat. This is my favorite hunting hat that’s not orange or camo.”

JF

 

Alex Fulbright, Digital Marketing Specialist

“I’ve got crazy love for this city. That Detroit buzz everyone talks about – it’s  real.”

AF

Detroit Hustles Harder

 

Christian Harper, Public Relations Coordinator

“I love winter hats! This hat came from Bed, Bath & Beyond… random right? My bestfriend’s little sister bought it while she was here visiting from Florida and I loved it, so I went and got one to match!”

CH

 

Andrea Kenski, Senior Account Executive

“When I wear my old English D hat, it reminds me of my favorite childhood memories involving my dad and of course, the Detroit Tigers. As a child, my father would take me and my brothers to games at Tigers Stadium. As an adult, my Father’s Day gift to him was Tigers baseball tickets for him and his daughter. Go Tigers!”

AK

 

Sarah Kornacki, Assistant Account Executive

“My hat is a homemade creation by my sister Frances, modeled after the hat worn by Princess Anna in Disney’s “Frozen”. Mostly, people don’t question it, but sometimes I get compliments from little children who recognize the design.”

SK SKSK1

 

John Mozena, Account Director

“While I’ve got a number of Red Cross hats, this is the only one clean enough to wear to the Franco office. The others all have soot and water stains and other crud on them from doing local fire response as a Red Cross disaster team leader.”

JM

 

Sasha Reeves, Assistant Account Executive

“I love my hat because it represents two of my favorite things – Detroit and CMU. Fire up, Chips!”

SRSR

Marie Stawasz, Senior Account Executive

“I like beer, and I like Jolly Pumpkin.”

MS

 

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