Franco Launches New Brand

Welcome to Franco! We are proud to reveal the next generation of the Franco brand — a celebration of our past, present and future. Franco has been a leader in public relations in Detroit and beyond for more than five decades. We’re story tellers, but we’re usually helping our clients refine their messages, their strategies[…]

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A bittersweet departure from a happy home

We talk a lot in public relations and marketing about “third-party validation,” the idea that what somebody else says about you is more trustworthy than what you say about yourself. You trust the restaurant reviewer more than the restaurant’s advertisements, your friend who hated the movie more than the actor praising it on the talk[…]

Franco Specialties – PR and Pumpkins

As the wind ripples the Detroit River outside our windows and the leaves turn on the Riverwalk, the Franco team prepares for one of their favorite fall pastimes – the annual pumpkin carving competition. Since this is my first Franco Halloween, I wanted to see just how fierce the competition is – so I dusted[…]

Building Relationships through Community Involvement: Tips from Franco CEO Dan Ponder

Celebrating 30 years with Franco Public Relations Group, our CEO Dan Ponder has cemented himself as a business leader in Detroit. But Franco is far from his only commitment in the region. Ponder is also an active member of the community, serving in leadership positions for organizations throughout the state, including the Detroit Regional Chamber[…]

CEO Dan Ponder honored by Michigan State University as Alumni of the Decade

Franco’s CEO Dan Ponder’s wealth of business experience has led to many recent honors. Let me tell you what makes Dan such an amazing business person and mentor. In addition to celebrating his 30th anniversary with Franco earlier this year, Dan was recently recognized as Michigan State University Broad College of Business Executive MBA Program’s Alumni[…]

50 in the D: The Glory Days

I’m a 90s kid. I spent arguably the best decade of my life rocking pink and yellow overalls with scrunchies and Tamagotchi in hand. It’s safe to say I had no idea 25 years ago, that I’d be sitting at a desk inside Detroit’s most iconic building today, working with some of the Motor City’s[…]

Vice President Tina Benvenuti Sullivan to participate in Leadership Detroit Class XXXVI

Vice President Tina Benvenuti Sullivan has been appointed to the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Leadership Detroit Class XXXVI. Benvenuti Sullivan will join 65 other southeast Michigan business leaders representing a diverse group of professional fields with a shared dedication to improving the quality of life in metro Detroit. The 10-month program will focus on a variety[…]

Leonhauser to Retire in December, Kozak to Succeed Her as President

I am pleased to announce that after more than a year of planning and transition, Franco President Maria Leonhauser will retire at the end of this year. Franco Executive VP and Chief Operating Officer Tina Kozak will succeed Maria as president effective January 1. Maria will continue as a consultant with Franco, as well as[…]