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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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

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 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

Franco on the Town – January Edition

 

January was all steel, LEGOs and Red Wings Hockey for the Franco team.

Franco ladies Tina K., Tina S., Ann Marie, Erica, Lauren and Elizabeth working it at SMDI’s booth at The North American International Auto Show.

Franco Team at SMDI NAIAS Booth

 

Deanna Lorincz from SMDI, Tina S. and Tina K. before the NAIAS Charity Preview event.

Franco at NAIAS Charity Event

 

Sarah, Andrea and Pat celebrating a partnership between Arbor Hospice and Henry Ford Village.

Franco at Arbor Hospice and Henry Ford Event

 

Elizabeth, Alex, Sasha and Tina K. at the LEGOLAND Lego brick GMRENCEN reveal at NAIAS.

Franco at GMRENCEN LEGOLAND Reveal at COBO Center

 

Andrea and Mary with Motown recording artist, KEM at The Salvation Army water distribution event to assist those affected by the Flint water crisis.

Franco with KEM at Flint Water Distribution Event

 

Dan H., Lori, Tina K. and Sarah cheered on Joe as he and the rest of the Stahls’ team took on the Detroit Red Wing Alumni team.

Red Wings Alumni vs. Detroit Red Wings Alumni

 

 

Coming in February: Opening of Granite City Detroit, Bed & Bread Radiothon, Automation Alley at the DIA, Chicago Auto Show

Giant Turkeys and Lukken’s – Here’s How Franco Does the Holidays

Each family celebrates the holidays in their own, unique (sometimes out-there) way. Here’s how some of our Franco team rings in the yuletide season with their loved ones.

Stephanie Angelyn Casola, Account Manager

Pasta! Is that a tradition? It was if you grew up in the Casola household. The holiday didn’t matter, one thing was certain: there would be pasta. Sure, we had a giant turkey, my mom’s mashed potatoes, cranberries shaped like a can. But even better? My Sicilian born-and-raised father made sure there was also a pot-full of fresh tomato sauce bubbling on the stove to top his cannelloni or spaghetti. If he had time, we started the meal with homemade meatball soup (my sisters and I would battle over who-got-how-many-meatballs). Every holiday morning I dream of waking up to those smells of him cooking in the kitchen.

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Note the caption!

Pat Adanti-Joy, Vice President

There was a local department store in Dearborn by the name of Muirhead’s that had a wonderful, elaborate Christmas exhibit every year. It was a tradition for our family to see Santa there every year.

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If you’re wondering, Pat’s riding shotgun.

Lauren Connor, Assistant Account Executive

When we are sitting around the table after we have finished our meal my dad will put some random item in a box and put it on the table. No one can see inside it and we then go around in a circle asking yes or no questions trying to guess what it is. The items are very random like a pen or a baseball but once someone has figured it out, they get a prize – usually money or a gift card. Last year, it was a gift card to get your car detailed. (I didn’t win and I was super bummed because my car needed it.)

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Mary Parkinson, Assistant Account Executive

A recent tradition my family has started is traveling around the holidays. We have been to New Zealand, Salt Lake City and this year we are heading to Dubai!

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Salt Lake City, 2014

Marie Stawasz, Senior Account Executive

I’m Polish. Polish people love tradition. Pierogi, kielbasa and zupa grzybowa are all part of my family’s Christmas, but another tradition that holds a close place in my heart are my Mimi’s Santa Cookies. These decorated treats are made using Aunt Chick’s cookie cutters, a vintage cutter that my grandma purchased at Hudson’s many years ago. Perfectly decorated with red granulated sugar and fluffy icing, these retro-inspired cookies are always a hit during the holidays – and it’s not hard to see why!

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Notice the fu manchu and unibrow? Mine and my sister’s take on making the cookies more unique. We get our sense of humor from Mimi.

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Joe Ferlito, Account Manager

My uncle raises a turkey each year specifically for Thanksgiving Day. It’s funny because a few years ago, we had a 40 pound bird and it barely fit in the oven… and took forever to cook.

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Sasha Reeves, Assistant Account Executive

The past few Christmases, I’ve prepared some sort of sweet treat, packaged them up in a cute holiday themed tin and delivered them to our police and fire stations for those on duty on Christmas. It’s also nice being able to hand deliver it and thank them for their service that pulls them away from their own families in order to protect our community.

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Alex Fulbright, Digital Marketing Specialist

Each year my parents make me and my siblings wait at the top of our steps as they “see what Santa brought” (We now know that means make coffee, and turn on the 24-7 fireplace channel.) To get a glimpse of the Christmas cheer that exploded in our living room the night before, we would have to ask permission to descend a step. Yes, one step at a time. Sometimes – if we were lucky – we’d get the okay to move down two! Making it to the landing was always an accomplishment, and by then our eagerness usually takes on a new form – frustration. “Can we go down two more stairs, Dad?” we’d yell down. “I don’t know ask your Mom” or the ever-popular “I saw you peeking, move up two stairs” certainly takes its toll on a kid. But it’s all worth it when we get that first glimpse of the tree. Deep gasps all around.

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Note: Yes, even though my sister and I are in our early twenties and my brother is old enough to drive we still have to start at the top step and work our way down. We’ve grown to love it (not to mention almost out-grown the steps between the three of us!) and plan on keeping the tradition alive!

Lori Cook, Office Manager

In my family, every Christmas, we make a Belgian cookie called Lukken.  These cookies look like and taste quite a bit like sugar ice cream cones but are flat discs made one at a time on a metal iron that sits on the stove. It’s a daylong event that begins around 9 a.m. with Grandma Pat, my daughter Michelle, nieces Chris, Sarah, Tracy and Rachel all working together to turn three big bowls of dough into quarter-sized balls that will then be cooked individually.  During the six or so hours it will take we all take turns manning the two irons that have been passed down from my grandparents to my parents. My dad started making these cookies as a boy with his dad.  We take this very seriously and if anyone burns a cookie it comes out of their allotment at the end!

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Sarah Kornacki, Assistant Account Executive

Since my parents always like to buy clothing as Christmas gifts for me and my sisters, every year on Dec. 26, my sisters and I try on and model our new outfits.

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John C. Mozena, Account Director

For us, the holidays involve the kind of organizational planning and negotiations usually associated with a major amphibious invasion. Juggling family, church, school pageants, and work-related events keep my family on their toes. But that makes the time that we do get to spend together (even if it is in the car driving to our next stop) that much more meaningful.

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How does your family celebrate the holidays? Share your traditions in the comments!

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.