Today I am pleased to announce the news that four senior professionals — Megan Berry, Amy Bowman, Sarah Litton, Jeffrey Urbanchuk, have been promoted to positions on our firm’s executive team. Amy, Sarah and Jeff, formerly Account Managers, were elevated to the position of Vice President. Megan, who began her career as an intern at the firm in 2009, was named Creative Director.
Each of these individuals brings unique skills and perspectives to the work we do for our clients. When combined, they create a formidable force of strategic thinking and creative execution. Their commitment to this firm, the depth and range of their experience, and their leadership are critical to our continued growth and success. Together with Peter Stanton and me, they will guide Stanton Communications into the future.
As Vice Presidents, Amy, Sarah and Jeff will take on increased responsibility for business development and day-to-day management of client work. Their focus will be on bridging policy and marketing for corporations, professional societies and trade associations in the technology, industrial and consumer products sectors. They will also become more involved in fostering the development of other professionals in each of our three offices.
Amy has more than 10 years of agency experience developing integrated marketing communication strategies and PR initiatives for major B2B and B2C brands, nonprofits, health care organizations and state and local governments. She manages our work on behalf of the International Coach Federation, Asbury Communities, Quad/Graphics and Southland Industries. Her experience in effectively telling our clients’ stories has secured high visibility coverage in dozens of consumer and trade media, and she regularly commands attention for clients’ thought leadership through speaker placement and award recognitions. She is a graduate of Bloomsburg University with a degree in mass communications and English. Amy joined Stanton Communications in 2011.
Sarah has nearly 15 years of public relations experience that encompasses nearly all aspects of communications, from media relations and marketing to reputation management and crisis communications. She manages our work on behalf of the American Statistical Association, leading its successful This is Statistics campaign, as well as programs for W. L. Gore & Associates, makers of GORE-TEX®. Her insights on corporate social responsibility have been published in leading industry magazines, most recently the PR News Corporate Social Responsibility Guidebook released in January 2016. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from San Francisco State University. She joined the firm in 2011.
Jeff leads our regulatory and public affairs initiatives. His work focuses on public policy communications, issues management and coalition building, especially in our growing technology practice. He helped develop the Innovating Safety campaign for the Consumer Technology Association and is a key member of the team working with the American Registry for Internet Numbers to communicate the imperative of the Internet’s transition to the IPv6 addressing protocol.
Prior to joining Stanton Communications in 2012, Jeff worked as Communications Director for Congressman Bill Shuster, the current Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. In that position, Jeff was deeply involved in crafting messaging for efforts to reform Amtrak and policy concerning America’s high-speed rail program. In addition to his work on committee matters, Jeff oversaw all communications matters in Congressman Shuster’s personal office.
A native of Pennsylvania, Jeff is a graduate of Penn State University and holds a Master’s in Political Management from the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management.
As the firm’s Creative Director, Megan brings visual expression to our client programs through print, large-format and web-based media. She uses InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and other state-of-the-art creative environments to generate compelling illustrations and visuals that amuse, inform, educate and motivate.
Megan’s work has appeared in publications and media as diverse as The New York Times, Forbes and Wall Street Journal as well as trade show floors, building wraps, client websites and social media platforms, many of which she also designed. Her materials were central to campaigns recognized with the PRSA Silver Anvil and Hermes Award for Marketing Excellence, among many others. Her work has been featured as part of a comprehensive advertising and design program for the American Registry for Internet Numbers Get6 Campaign, the Consumer Technology Association, Sprint, and many of Stanton Communications’ other clients. Megan is a graduate of James Madison University with a degree in Media Arts and Design.