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July has come and gone, but the summer season at Franco is just heating up. Franconians were busy all over Detroit – from hosting media at Metro Detroit Youth Day on Belle Isle, to working Chevrolet Rockin’ on the Riverfront concerts on the GM Plaza, to meeting with the next generation of PR professionals here in the office.

Hosted Media at Metro Detroit Youth Day

Publicist James Youness and Account Manager Joe Ferlito attended the 36th annual Metro Detroit Youth Day July 11. Event founder Ed Deeb and BIG 3 league owner and well-known entertainer Ice Cube spoke with the media briefly before starting activities for the day.

Attended the First-Ever Applebee’s & IHOP Grand Opening Event

What’s better than an Applebee’s or IHOP? How about when they combine into one! The first-ever Applebee’s & IHOP combination restaurant opened in the Millender Center in early July, and the GMRENCEN team was onsite to support the grand opening. The restaurant even had a pancake artist who drew the GMRENCEN logo out.

Hosted the Next Generation of PR Professionals


Central Michigan University rising senior Teddy Wingert stopped by the office to learn more about agency life and nonprofit and healthcare public relations. Good luck with your last year at CMU, Teddy!

Rocked Out on the Riverfront

The GMRENCEN team enjoyed classic rock on Friday nights in July with the 13th year of the Chevrolet Rockin’ on the Riverfront Concert Series. Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe has been a favorite so far!

Cheered for Our Favorite World Cup Teams

Quite a few American football fans in our office turned into European football fans for the summer! The once-in-four-years event took place this summer in Russia, and we had a fun time rooting for our favorite national teams.

Set our Intention with Rooftop Yoga

The Franco Fit Club journeyed to Rooftop Yoga at the GMRENCEN several times in July! Assistant Account Executive Dana Blankenship and Senior Account Executive Megan Peterson, also aspiring yogis, enjoyed being outside and practicing on July 25.

Welcomed Two New Team Members

Franco welcomed two new team members in July; Account Executive Randy Pilon and Digital Account Executive Lexi Trimpe. They’re already immersed in client projects and making strides on our client teams. Welcome aboard!

Stay with us later this month to see what we get up to in August; it looks like we’ll be busier than ever!

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