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Franco On the Town – July Edition

The month of July took Franco to Oregon, local events and we even had a chance to play with puppies.

Marie and Jen celebrated Buddy’s 70th anniversary with the unveiling of a new mural outside the original location on the corner of Six Mile and Conant in Detroit. Detroit Street Artist Fel3000ft painted an original art piece that blends directly into the sky.

JS and MS at Buddy's mural

Pictured left to right: Jen, Wes Pikula – Buddy’s Pizza vice president of operations, Michelle Lawton – Buddy’s Pizza marketing director, Marie, and Fel3000ft – Detroit street artist and muralist.

Jermaine got a tour of the Fox 2 truck during a live shot at Belle Isle for the 34th annual Metro Detroit Youth Day.


Brittanie took photos at Metro Detroit Youth Day. Here she is catching some great shots of kids in the boxing ring.


Ann Marie gave the camera a big smile while checking out a RAV4 Hybrid  at NWAPA (Northwest Automotive Press Association) Drive Revolution in Portland, OR.


Mary captured playful moments at Pathways Academy’s daycare photo shoot to help promote the Detroit charter school. Pathways Academy is geared toward 7th through 12th-grade pregnant or young parents.

Pathways photo shoot

Dan, Andrea and Lauren pause for a photo during Comerica Bank VIP Party at Cheli’s Chili. The Franconians are using their event knowledge at every Saturday Detroit Tigers home game.

DH, AK, LC at Comerica VIP Party

Tina got her puppy fix in during Pet Day On the Plaza. She spent time with this adorable Puggle (the offspring of a beagle and a pug).

“This is me and my new boyfriend, Louie.” – Tina

TK On the Plaza - puppy day

Mary and Rene enjoy some sunshine on a Fisher Building balcony overlooking downtown Detroit during a recent building photo shoot.

MP and RC at Fisher building

Elizabeth, Mary and Rene joined communications professionals from throughout metro Detroit at the DBusiness Breakfast Series. Guests enjoyed a presentation from Tom Wilson, president and CEO of Olympia Entertainment, detailing plans for the new Little Caesars Arena and the city of Detroit.

ERS, MP, RC at DBusiness Breakfast series

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.

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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.

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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.


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

New Beer’s Eve: Six client beers

Among the many joys of working with beer, wine and restaurant clients, we learn quite a bit of great trivia. Like the fact that April 6 is celebrated by some as an unofficial U.S. holiday, “New Beer’s Eve.”

Vinotecca, Wine

Other perks include the occasional chance to catch one of Vinotecca’s monthly wine dinners.

Some basic research tells us that shortly after the end of U.S. Prohibition, the sale of beer became legal once again on April 7, 1933. Anticipating their first legal sip of beer in over 13 years, people lined up outside of taverns and breweries on April 6 to await midnight – making April 6 New Beer’s Eve.

If you’re looking to celebrate New Beer’s Eve, here are six of our clients’ new beers and signature classics that you can enjoy on April 6:

1. Buddy Brew at Buddy’s Pizza

Created in partnership with Griffin Claw Brewing Co., Buddy Brew is an American Pale Wheat Ale brewed with coriander and grapefruit peel, which perfectly complements their original Detroit-style square pizza. With a bright golden yellow color reminiscent of freshly baked pizza dough, the beer charms taste buds with a smooth, subtle sweetness to balance the richness of Buddy’s classic pizza flavors.

Buddy Brew became available in January and can be found at Buddy’s eight full service locations across metro Detroit in Auburn Hills, Dearborn, Detroit, Farmington Hills, Livonia, Novi, Warren and Shelby Township.

Detroit-style pizza, Buddy Brew

So many great flavors from Buddy’s in one photo.

2. Biere de Mars at Jolly Pumpkin Detroit

Biere de Mars is a seasonal flanders-style sour clocking in at 7% ABV — quite sour, and a standout among American wild ales. Its malty sweetness is balanced by firm oak notes, and the aroma hints sour cherries and light vanilla. As this beer warms, it opens up to reveal flavors reminiscent of leather, apricots, pears and wet leaves.

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales are created by master brewer Ron Jeffries. Check out more Jolly Pumpkin Detroit beer here.

Jolly Pumpkin, Beer, Taps

There’s no shortage of great options on tap at Jolly Pumpkin Detroit.

3. Annie’s Spring Elixer at Grizzly Peak Brewing Co. in Ann Arbor

Annie’s Spring Elixer is a classic peppery and buoyant Farmhouse Ale made with 100% Michigan hops. This lighter, refreshing beer is a seasonal option for spring time, with 5.8% ABV.

Grizzly Peak’s beers are created by head brewer Duncan Williams. Check out more Grizzly Peak beer here.

Grizzly Peak Brewing Co., Beer Sampler, Beer Flight

Or you can always go for the variety of a sampler. Photo: Grizzly Peak Brewing Co. Facebook.

4. Sprechen Sie IPA at Old German in Ann Arbor

Sprechen Sie IPA is an American India Pale Ale made with German hops. The beer has a clean malt and a spicy, earthy hop – as opposed to the citrusy, fruity flavor of American hops.

Old German’s beers are created by head brewer Duncan Williams. Check out more Old German beer here.

Old German , beer

There’s no better place to grab a stein than Old German. Photo: Old German Facebook.

5. Cherry Imperial Stout at Bastone Brewery in Royal Oak

A strong beer with subtle fruitiness and a hint of cherry juice, Bastone’s Cherry Imperial Stout is a seasonal offering with 8.75% ABV.

Bastone’s beers are created by brewer Rockne Van Meter. Check out more Bastone beer here.

Bastone Brewery, Cherry Imperial Stout, Beer

Cherry Imperial Stout, pictured on the bar at Bastone Brewery.

6. Wittekerke at Monk Beer Abbey in Royal Oak

Monk Beer Abbey is the place to find Belgian style beers, with offerings like Wittekerke, an authentic Belgian wheat ale with 5% ABV, created by De Brabandere Brouwerij in Belgium. Monk rotates kegs of beers like Wittekerke, regularly changing up what’s available.

Check out more of Monk’s beer selection here.

Monk Beer Abbey, Belgian Style Beer

While you’re enjoying a glass of Belgian style, Monk’s unique décor doesn’t disappoint.

Enjoy responsibly, and happy New Beer’s Eve from Franco and our beer and restaurant clients!

Sarah Kornacki is an assistant account executive and Marie Stawasz is a senior account executive at Franco Public Relations Group. Connect with Franco PR on Facebook and Twitter @FrancoPRGroup


50 Reasons why we love the D

The D. Motown. Detroit Rock City. The Motor City. D-Town. The 313.

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No matter what you call it, Detroit is my city. When I was growing up, my parents would drive my sister and I downtown to experience the arts, culture and sports thriving in our city. From Red Wings and Tigers games to The Marriage of Figaro and meals at the New Parthenon in Greektown, we were always in the D. I made a ton of Detroit memories long before I dreamt of working in the Ren Cen.

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I wanted to share why I love the city:

1.  We’re a comeback city. An understanding of your roots is the first step to a brighter tomorrow. Detroit was founded on industry, and today we not only acknowledge our past, we continue to grow and evolve it, shaping our city’s future.
2. Arts and culture are thriving. From the Detroit Historical Society and Detroit Institute of Arts to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and MOCAD, no matter where you look the city’s community of urban artists, hipsters, residents and business professionals, can be found celebrating Detroit’s rebirth through creativity.
3. Opening Day Tigers baseball is practically a citywide holiday. All Detroiters LOVE Tigers baseball. Come downtown on opening day and you’ll see the city at its finest. People of all walks of life can be found eating, drinking and being merry throughout the day. It’s like Christmas.
4. There ain’t no eats, like Detroit eats. All you need to know about the food scene is always get your coneys at Lafayette and eat your pizza square. Just kidding – Detroit’s dining scene is way more complex than that, but definitely choose Lafayette Coney Island and Buddy’s Pizza when in doubt.
5. Detroiters are genuine. There’s no sugar coating it. Detroiters have been through a lot. From the country’s largest municipal bankruptcy and economic recessions, Detroiters have learned how to cope with difficult situations with maturity and a matter of fact attitude. Ask us what we think – we’ll tell you the truth.

That just barely scratches the surface of why I love Detroit, but I thought it’d be fun to find out some of reasons my colleagues love the D too. Here’s a glimpse of what some of them had to say:

Patricia Adanti-Joy, vice president
6. The view of the Detroit River from my 400 tower, 10th floor, Renaissance Center office.
7. The excitement of driving onto and around Belle Isle Park in my work with the Belle Isle Conservancy.
8. Detroit dining and entertainment staples – like Greektown, Cobo Center, London Chop House – continuing to thrive.
9. Visionaries, like Dan Gilbert and the Ilitch Family, who are doing amazing things to revitalize Detroit.
10. All the great professionals I have the privilege to work with here at Franco.

Stephanie Casola, account manager
11. The sunrise over an international riverfront every morning.
12. The ever-growing and impressive Detroit food scene. We’re so spoiled by it.
13. Detroit’s access to amazing Michigan-made craft beer.
14. It’s tenacious, creative, talented and hard-working people.
15. That it’s a city big enough to have and attract an array of culture but still small enough so you don’t feel lost in the shuffle of it all.

Elizabeth Robbins – Sabourin, account manager
16. Pewabic Pottery – My first PR job out of college was at Pewabic Pottery and it provided my Detroit education. I love taking a piece of it with me everywhere I go.
17. DeVries Cheese Shop in Eastern Market.
18. Santorini in Greektown.
19. The Sports.
20. The Old Shillelagh in Greektown.

Lauren Connor, assistant account executive
21. Our sports teams
22. Campus Martius
23. Restaurants
24. Mercury Burger Bar
25. Proximity to the riverfront

Sarah Kornacki, PR coordinator
26. There are so many pockets of culture and interest in unexpected places.
27. Wanting to improve Detroit/being proud to be a Detroiter is a well-accepted stance to take. Getting to be a part of it is really cool.
28. Graffiti art, like in Eastern Market.
29. Events like the Detroit Design Festival and the Downtown Hoedown.
30. Architecture. There’s some pretty stuff ’round here!

Joe Ferlito, account manager
31. Great Restaurants
32. Building Architecture
33. The Riverwalk/Riverfront
34. Revitalization
35. Positive News

Andrea Kenski, senior account executive
36. Detroit Tigers baseball.
37. The energy of those who live, work and play in the city of Detroit.
38. New restaurant/bar openings (almost daily, it seems).
39. Feeling like I’m playing a small part in Detroit’s comeback.
40. The awesome fact that I work in Detroit….makes me feel like a badass.

Daniel Stocking, account executive
41. Culture
42. Entertainment
43. Food
44. Architecture
45. History

Daniel Horn, account executive
46. The Innovation – The community is very supportive of local businesses with new ideas. There is such a wide variety of creative companies constantly popping up, some of which can only be found here.
47. The Music – There’s so much of it! And such a great variety. From jazz, blues and Motown to punk, electronic and rock, there are venues, artists and record stores for anyone.
48. The Food – Again, there’s a little of something for everyone. From coneys to classic Detroit pizza like Buddy’s to fine dining options, there’s enough to try something new and awesome all the time.
49. The Cars – Being a car guy, I love the automotive history of Detroit and being so close to all of the innovations in the industry.
50. The Opportunity – The city is growing, and I love seeing people stepping up to bring new people, businesses and opportunities to the area.

Why do you love Detroit? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Marie Stawasz is an account executive at Franco Public Relations Group. You can reach her at (313) 567-5201 or stawasz@franco.com. Follow her on Twitter @MarieStawasz.



You want to do what? Is that even possible?

Me: Let’s create a Kid Rock pizza with his Badass beer, and have an official day created for Buddy’s Pizza.

Client: That’s a great idea, but can we do that?

Me: Why not?!


  • Kid Rock approved a Badass Detroiter Buddy’s Pizza.
  • Kid Rock was spotted wearing a Buddy’s Badass Pizza shirt on the JumboTron at a Detroit Lions game and in the liner notes for his Rebel Soul album.
  • The City of Detroit deemed June 23 as Detroit Buddy’s Pizza Day.
  • Local and national media coverage of the Kid Rock pizza.
  • Increased consumer interest to visit Buddy’s original Detroit location to try the Kid Rock pizza.

Hello, I’m a Seven, and I’m here to provide big ideas.

What’s a Seven, you ask? Well, when I took an Enneagram personality assessment with the staff of Franco Public Relations Group, I was, without a doubt, a Type Seven, The Enthusiast, which can be spontaneous, versatile, acquisitive, and very positive. Great. So now that you know I’m a Seven, what does it mean to you?

Franco’s Jim Miller explains Enneagram.

You may have noticed that we all have different personalities. The Enneagram is a useful tool to help identify not only your personality, but how
to recognize and interact with other personalities.

The Enneagram describes nine different world views, which you can learn more about by visiting this Huffington Post article by Karen Leland. There are a variety of questionnaires, which can help you begin to determine your style. The WEPSS and
IEQ are two of the most accurate to consult. Enneagram can be very useful in business to increase emotional intelligence and understand how different styles complement one other.

For instance, when I (a Type Seven) interact with a Type Six personality (Loyalist) it’s important for me to recognize that the Type Six approaches situations with a tactical mindset, while a Seven presents the big ideas and possibilities. A Six can bring balance to a Seven by providing some reality to the big ideas.

Let’s face it, Kid Rock isn’t always going to be willing to be part of some big idea, and that’s when a Six may offer a more realistic approach.

Valerie Atkin, founder, of Wells Street Consulting says, “If you are interested in a quick assessment that identifies behavior, any system will do. If you are interested to learn more about how you develop the strategies that may no longer be effective and what holds them in place, the Enneagram is for you. Identifying your Enneagram style increases your self-awareness and offers a development map for growth. Working with it will increase your level of compassionate understanding for others (and yourself), and significantly increase your effectiveness as a leader, team member, salesperson, or parent.”

Well, I’m off to share some big ideas and figure out how to get a hippo in a hot air balloon… or not. We’ll see what my Type Six co-worker has to say about it.

Jim Miller is a publicist at Franco Public Relations Group. You can reach him at (313) 567-5029 or miller@franco.com. Follow him on
Twitter at @JimMiller76.

Franco’s Newest Hire Sees Excellence in Action

As the new kid on the Franco Public Relations Group block, I was oriented on the agency’s commitment to excellence. But, what company doesn’t say it’s committed to that these days?  Now that I’m several weeks into this exciting next phase of my career, it’s apparent that my new colleagues don’t just give lip-service to excellence – Franco clearly delivers it.

In fact, excellence was the focus of a recent all-employee meeting during which we laughingly commiserated over failed attempts to explain to those closest to us what we, as PR practitioners, do every day.

Photo creidt Flickr: Joe furini

Intern Dan proudly presented a news release he’d carefully crafted on behalf of a client to his parents only to have them ask why they didn’t see his name anywhere . . . AE Angela’s dad was thrilled to catch his daughter during a story on a local evening newscast and couldn’t understand why that wasn’t really supposed to happen since PR people work behind-the-scenes . . . even when our President, Maria, called her mother after an interview on Entertainment Tonight, appearing as a corporate spokesperson, mom was glad but noted it only lasted 20 seconds (an eternity in TV time).

Me? Working from a home office while my sons were young, I often overheard them telling their friends that “Dad goes to work and Mom types all day.”

Truth is public relations can be hard to define. The Public Relations Society of America acknowledges this, saying “. . . public relations has been defined in many different ways, the definition often evolving alongside public relations’ changing roles and technological advances.”

As definitions have been continually debated, the association recently spearheaded an effort that had practitioners vote on an “official” rendition: Public relations is a strategic communication process that builds mutually beneficial relationships between organizations and their publics.

That definition is academically accurate. But Franco’s definition is also on target – and much simpler – We Connect People.

We do it by excellently executing media relations, strategic planning, social media, crisis management, community relations, event planning, marketing, branding, advertising and more on behalf of the exceptional clients we serve.

But what does excellent public relations look like in practice? Examples abound at Franco Public Relations Group, among them:

  • It’s working alongside The Salvation Army in Doing the Most GoodSM to feed, shelter and nurture our neighbors by continually raising the bar in promoting the organization’s ongoing programs, and such annual funding events as the Red Kettle and Bed & Bread campaigns.
  • It’s helping to foster Detroit’s vibrant and dynamic business climate and fulfill the ambitious visions of an innovative entrepreneur by supporting the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest.
  • It’s also aiding enterprises, like Buddy’s Pizza, in giving back to the community in which it has successfully flourished through such charitable initiatives as Slice for Life (benefiting the Capuchin Soup Kitchen) and the Made in Michigan Great Lakes Pizza Collection (benefiting the Alliance for the Great Lakes).

I think this is all excellent! When have you witnessed public relations excellence?

Pat Adanti-Joy, APR, is an account manager at Franco Public Relations Group. You can reach her at 313-567-5046 or joy@franco.com.