Ryan Frankel

President

Ryan Frankel

President

With an endless imagination, inherent skill for marketing and an intense passion for each client’s success, Ryan’s the big-picture guy with an emphasis on creating big ideas to grow great brands. In 2005, Ryan founded Frankel Media Group to give amazing minds a place to impact amazing brands. Headquartered in Gainesville, FL, Frankel Media Group has grown to become a regional creative powerhouse and was most recently named one of Inc. Magazine’s 2015 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America. Ryan lives and breathes creativity and brand development, using a lifetime of business experience to create campaigns, strategies and communications for a wide range of organizations including Mack Trucks, Nextran Corporation, Allied Specialty Vehicles, E-ONE, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), University of Florida, Florida State University, Florida Gateway College and many others. Frankel Media Group’s regional, national and international work has been recognized with numerous Addy® and Telly Awards and most importantly in the bottom lines of the brands they serve.

Fun Fact: Owns more toys than FAO Schwarz.

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Channing Williams

Vice President

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Channing Williams

Vice President

Channing has been with FMG since the beginning in 2005 and has played an integral role in the growth of the agency. With her attention to detail and insightful ideas, she brings fresh perspective and order to the team, keeping all the cogs of the FMG machine running smoothly.

Channing graduated cum laude from the University of Florida earning a B.S. in Advertising with a focus on Business. She has served in many roles within the company over the years, including account management, project and team management, creative direction, campaign strategy and planning, traffic management, proposal writing and overall agency operations. Channing is proud to have contributed to the agency’s receipt of numerous industry awards.

Fun Fact: Believes in the healing power of shopping.

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Jeannette Baer

Director of Operations

Jeannette Baer

Director of Operations

Jeannette brings over 25 years of experience in Accounting and Business Management to the FMG team, having served in previous positions as Payroll Manager, Human Resources Generalist and Accounts Receivable Manager. Before beginning her tenure at FMG, Jeannette and her husband owned a design agency in Gainesville for 15 years. Jeannette is passionate about social media and taught social media planning and implementation for a number of years. Although she loves the social media world, her true passion is business management and internal operations.
In her spare time, Jeannette is an Air Force Wingmom, helping hundreds of families travel through the journey of supporting a loved one through Basic Military Training in Texas.

Fun Fact: Jeannette is fluent in Spanish, English and hashtags.

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TJ Aseltyne

Creative Director

TJ Aseltyne

Creative Director

Whether it was visiting an ad agency as an impressionable high schooler or watching episode after episode of Thirtysomething, TJ decided long ago that advertising was for him.

A graduate of the Portfolio Center in Atlanta, Georgia, TJ has written for brands such as the Georgia Lottery, Chevrolet, Michelin Tire, the United States Postal Service, Jeep, the Washington Post, Aflac and the University of Florida. As Frankel Media Group’s Creative Director, he helps designers and writers produce work that’s insightful, attention-holding and bottom line altering.

When he’s not figuratively juggling writing assignments, client presentations and TV shoots, he’s literally juggling oranges, lacrosse balls or anything else that’s not a chainsaw. TJ is lucky to have a wife who loves him and two daughters who are still young enough to laugh at all of his jokes.

FUN FACT: TJ never refers to himself in the 3rd person. Unless he’s writing an agency bio about himself.

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Rebecca Smith

Digital Marketing Manager

Rebecca Smith

Digital Marketing Manager

Rebecca is originally from Costa Rica but calls Gainesville, FL her home. After a few years in the language services industry as an interpreter and translator, Rebecca founded several creative companies including a paint and sip storefront, an online event booking platform and a product line that was sold to the Home Shopping Network and on HSN.com. Using digital marketing as a primary source for growing her businesses, Rebecca realized the potential that this up and coming marketing avenue can have on any business and has since dedicated her time to improving her clients’ digital presence. Rebecca recently pursued education through the Project Management Institute and earned her PMP Certification. She loves living in Gainesville with her 2 daughters and husband, and is a proud Gator grad with a Bachelors in Psychology.

Fun Fact: Rebecca loves to paint and distress furniture, make furniture (she’s built a few benches) and her favorite tool is a jigsaw her husband gave her as a birthday gift.

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Josh Garland

Account Manager

Josh Garland

Senior Account Executive

An all-around southern guy, Josh has lived in five different states in the southern U.S. before arriving in Florida. While at Louisiana State University, Josh gained extensive experience in higher education marketing management, including managing communication campaigns, fundraising and development, portfolio management, brand identity and strategic marketing planning. Josh is a two-time Louisiana State University graduate, earning his B.S. in Psychology and M.A. in Strategic Marketing Management. In Josh’s previous role, he was awarded a ‘thinking outside the box’ award for his innovative thinking and positively contributing to the organization. Outside the workplace, Josh enjoys being with his family, golfing, traveling and watching college football.

Fun Fact: Josh has been to all the Southeastern Conference football stadiums except for Arkansas and South Carolina. Those are on his bucket list! 

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Suzanne Bachus

Senior Account Executive/Media Buyer

Suzanne Bachus_Interior Bio

Suzanne Bachus

Senior Account Executive

Suzanne joined FMG in 2011 working with new clients and marketing ventures in an array of areas to enhance the vision and growth of the agency. She has orchestrated dozens of marketing campaigns for clients with budgets in excess of $1 million. With more than 25 years of experience, Suzanne has successfully implemented multi-media campaigns and public relations plans throughout Florida in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole. Suzanne is an Accredited in Public Relations (APR), a Certified Public Relations Counselor (CPRC) and a Certified Media Buyer.

Fun Fact: Enjoys spending weekends on the back of a boat with fishing pole in hand.

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Kelsey Frost

Senior Account Executive

Kelsey Frost

Senior Account Executive

Kelsey joined Frankel Media Group as an account coordinator after spending time as an intern at FMG, where she interacted with various departments of the agency, giving her in-depth industry perspective and knowledge. While Kelsey completed her advertising degree with the University of Florida, she studied abroad in Australia, working with a campaigns team to develop an integrated marketing strategy for a Florida brewery. Years of studying full-time, working part-time and being involved with various UF organizations brought out an innate ability to multitask. Kelsey also has experience in project management, sales, copywriting and customer relations.

Fun Fact: Knitting, sewing and various other craft projects have permanently taken over her home office (courtesy of Pinterest).

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Andrew Isaacs

Account Executive

Andrew Isaacs

Account Executive

An avid outdoorsman from the bourbon belt, Andrew is well-versed in various categories and niche markets alike. An interest in cars and hands-on problem-solving at an early age led him to pursue an education in automotive aftermarket marketing and a passion for effective, creative work led him to Frankel Media. Andrew’s experience with various clients ranging from local YUM! Brands franchises to regional higher education institution Bellarmine University to national HVAC manufacturer Carrier Corporation, among others, brings a unique perspective to the table and an innate ability to identify simple solutions for complex, big-picture challenges.

Fun Fact:  When he’s not busy chasing the “work hard, play hard” lifestyle Andrew enjoys reading random Fun Facts, like this one.

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Anna Bouwens

Account Executive

Anna Bouwens

Account Executive

A true Gainesville native, Anna is a fan of all things Gators. She graduated in 2001 from Bauder College in Atlanta with a degree in Merchandising, and worked in Atlanta and San Diego before returning to her hometown. In her previous role, Anna partnered with Frankel Media Group, working on numerous conferences, grand openings and events for their clients. She brings with her more than 14 years of experience in event planning, sales, brand experiences and client management. Anna was awarded with GWCR Realtor of the Year in 2008 for her success at building and maintaining relationships with her clients. She enjoys spending her time with her husband and son watching sports and traveling.

Fun Fact: Anna is a true Maxxinista! You can find her in the aisles of TJ Maxx looking for interior decorations in her downtime.

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Jonathan Ferrante

Account Executive

Jonathan Ferrante Bio

Jonathan Ferrante

Account Executive

Jonathan has spent the last 10 years working in the Agency world and public and private sectors with clients like CBS, Hilton, Toyota and Hard Rock.  His experience with Global, National, and local brands bring a vast understanding of the complex communication strategies that grow brands, reach target audiences and build consumer loyalty.

As an ardent traveler and voracious learner, Jonathan draws on his experiences working in Florida, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Germany; and his experience working as a media professor at LSU and OSU as a platform for his advertising inspiration and market perspective.

Fun Fact: Jonathan is a graduate of both the University of Florida and Louisiana State University; a fact that makes some of his sports friend’s heads turn.

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Chesleigh Slayton

Account Coordinator

Chesleigh Slayton

Account Coordinator

Chesleigh was born and raised right here in Gainesville, Fl. After being inspired by a professor at Santa Fe College to follow her passion in communications, she got accepted to the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications and graduated in Spring 2017 with her degree in public relations. During her time at UF, she gained experience interning with FMG and worked on honing her photography skills during a photojournalism study abroad in Berlin, Germany. Outside of work Chesleigh enjoys working out and traveling and as well as seeing how many different ways Starbucks can misspell her name. Bleeding orange and blue Chesleigh lives for football season and firmly believe the first tailgate of the season is better than Christmas Day.

Fun Fact:  Chesleigh tends to coordinate her nail color to the mood or situation she is in. Note yellow nails for partying with yellow balloons.

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Alison Haselden

Account Coordinator

Alison Haselden

Account Coordinator

An Orlando native, Alison spent the first part of her life working in both the production and business sides of the entertainment industry. After gaining experience with The Grammy Awards and the Walt Disney Company, she realized her knack for strategic communications and returned to the sunshine state to complete her public relations degree at the University Florida. Alison has a history of unique experience and understanding of the fashion, travel, music and tourism industries and is excited to further hone her skills as an Account Coordinator with FMG.

Fun Fact:  Alison enjoys spending her time practicing yoga and scuba diving. A lover of travel, Alison has explored over 25 countries across 5 continents and has an insatiable thirst for adventure.

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Sabrina Singleton

Account Planner

Sabrina Singleton

Account Planner

Sabrina has always been a curious and inquisitive investigator in a wide variety of subject matters. Her interests in scientific research landed her with a career in the biotechnology industry where she discovered that while she loved researching and developing new products, it was researching markets in which to sell those products that she loved more. After completing a very successful market research project with a biotechnology firm based in Alachua, FL, Sabrina earned her MBA from Stetson University and subsequently joined FMG as an Account Planner. Her primary goal is to turn insights into strategies that will inspire consumers to prefer clients’ products above the competition.

Fun Fact: Sabrina loves HBO documentaries. She checks for new ones almost every weekend.

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Nita Chester

Production Manager

Nita Chester

Production Manager

Nita has more than 29 years of experience in the advertising field. After graduating with honors from Santa Fe College in graphic design in 1986, Nita accepted a position at Group 5 Advertising where she later became art director. During her time with that firm she directed several award-winning campaigns. Nita has worked in the printing industry for Beechler’s Printing and later with Alta Systems. Wanting to return to the crazy advertising agency scene, Nita joined Frankel Media as Production Manager in 2015, bringing with her many years of experience and wisdom.

Fun Fact: In her spare time Captain Nita spends time on her boat with family and friends.

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Alexandra Villella

Senior Graphic Designer

Alexandra Villella

Senior Graphic Designer

Alexandra graduated with a degree from the highly esteemed Graphic Design program at the University of Florida. Before joining FMG, she worked for a mobile app development company, bringing a unique perspective to traditional media design. She maintains both a critical eye and an unmatched attention to detail. Her strengths include website design, ensuring that the user experience and beautiful designs seamlessly integrate, brand identity, and print design. Alexandra has won several Addy® awards for website designs since working at FMG, including UF’s Athletic Association’s website, FloridaGators.com. She is always up for a new challenge, loves staying organized and helping her teammates out. Years of training for competitive soccer 7 days a week left her with strong discipline and dedication. Her passion outside of the graphic world is exploring the world itself and spending time with her family and dog.

Fun Fact: She once kicked a 45-yard field goal to win a big flat screen TV and her blonde streak is natural.

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Jean Piot

Senior Graphic Designer

Jean Piot

Senior Graphic Designer

As an award winning graphic designer and former infantry marine, Jean is up for any challenge. Jean brings strength and experience in leading and creating print, electronic and online advertising campaigns, collateral materials, logo and brand identity programs and event design materials. His creativity and dedication are inspired by his love for the outdoors and never ending search to learn and experience new things. Jean has a bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from The Art Institute of Charleston, S.C. and has been a First Place recipient of “Best Graphic Designer” two consecutive years by South Carolina Press Association.

Fun Fact: Jean once trained for the Junior Olympic luge team.

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Jessica Speckman

Graphic Designer

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Jessica Speckman

Graphic Designer

A Gainesville native, Jessica attended Santa Fe College receiving an AS in Graphic Design and an AA in Elementary Education. She later went on to graduate with honors from the prestigious Savannah College of Art and Design. Throughout her design career, she worked with a wide variety companies across diverse industries, such as The Sawgrass Group, The University of Florida, Florida Traffic and Bike Safety, Alachua County School Board and Barth Associates. With a keen eye for design and a passion for creativity, Jessica’s experience and hard work have earned her multiple gold awards in the American Advertising Awards. Jessica serves on the board of directors for the AIGA Gainesville Chapter as the Programming Director, is always eager to learn something new, and enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and three dogs.

Fun Fact: Jessica has jumped out of a perfectly good plane!

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Nathan Binder

Copywriter

Nathan

Copywriter

Born in our nation’s capital and raised in a suburb on the Gulf of Mexico, Nathan pairs his small town sensibilities with big city ambitions. Nathan earned a B.A. in Advertising with a minor in creative writing from Florida State University, which he refers to as the “Harvard of the South” with only small traces of irony. After graduation, Nathan pursued copywriting as a career, producing content for credit unions, nonprofit organizations, and small businesses across the country. After a couple of years and a couple Addy® awards, Nathan decided to pursue a new adventure and join the talented team at Frankel Media Group in Gainesville, FL.

Fun Fact: As his superstitious sports ritual, Nathan never drafts Eagles players in fantasy football. So far, it doesn’t seem to be working out for either party.

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Emily Williams

Producer

Emily Williams

Producer

After graduating from the University of Florida with a Bachelors degree in Telecommunication-Production, Emily went on a whirlwind tour in the 24/7 land of television. Her work ethic and passion landed her amazing opportunities: from casting and post-production experience with reality TV shows on CMT, MTV, and Bravo, to interviewing world famous athletes like 2015 Masters Champion Jordan Spieth, and producing segments for Golf Channel’s “Inside the PGA TOUR”. With a desire to branch into commercial production, Emily returned to her first love, her hometown of Gainesville, to explore the advertising world with Frankel Media Group, serving as an Account Coordinator.

Fun Fact: When she’s not floating down the river or spending time with her niece, Emily is binge watching Game of Thrones and day dreaming of being the Mother of Dragons.

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Amy Brown

Office Administrator

Amy Brown

Office Administrator

After graduating from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising, Amy spent seven years working in media planning and sales. Amy’s husband’s career in the Air Force has afforded her opportunities to move and work in different locations throughout the U.S. Her most recent ventures include administrative positions for higher education facilities, including University of Florida’s College of Medicine Office of Development and the University of Arkansas’ Alumni Affairs department. After years of working in stewardship, Amy is excited to get back to her roots in the advertising world.

Fun Fact: As someone who is passionate about music, she is willing to travel any distance to see a good band in action.

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Grace Tirado-Perez

Executive Assistant

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Grace Tirado-Perez

Executive Assistant

Grace was born and raised in the North of England. After completing an executive secretarial certification course at the London Metropolitan University she decided to leave the city life for the farmlands of Northumberland and got her certification as a farm secretary. She sent spent 5 years working in rural North Yorkshire and decided to travel the world! She lived in Copenhagen, Denmark by way of Paris, France and the Italian Riviera, and was immediately hired by the World Health Organization at their Regional Office for Europe. Twelve years later she came to Florida (by way of Puerto Rico) and after working 21+ years in Ocala in the equine industry, she brings to FMG her worldly experience and diverse skills on the executive level.
 
Fun Fact: She has traveled as far east as Kazakhstan, west to California, north to Sweden and South to Peru.

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Diana Schwartz-Levine

Senior Accountant

Diana Schwartz-Levine

Senior Accountant

Diana relocated to Gainesville from the Northeast, where she lived for most of her life. After graduating from Boston University with a degree in Hospitality Administration, Diana worked in boutique hotel operations in Boston and Philadelphia. While honing her skills in internal operations and customer service, Diana found her calling for finance and accounting. In addition to working at Frankel Media Group, Diana is currently focusing on getting her MBA. Diana loves nature and wildlife and enjoys all the outdoor activities Florida has to offer!

Fun Fact: Diana received a degree in Wildlife Science from Oregon State University (for fun) to further her knowledge in all things animal-related! She is also easily distracted by squirrels and dogs.

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Ryan Frankel

President

With an endless imagination, inherent skill for marketing and an intense passion for each client’s success, Ryan’s the big-picture guy with an emphasis on creating big ideas to grow great brands. In 2005, Ryan founded Frankel Media Group to give amazing minds a place to impact amazing brands. Headquartered in Gainesville, FL, Frankel Media Group has grown to become a regional creative powerhouse and was most recently named one of Inc. Magazine’s 2015 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America. Ryan lives and breathes creativity and brand development, using a lifetime of business experience to create campaigns, strategies and communications for a wide range of organizations including Mack Trucks, Nextran Corporation, Allied Specialty Vehicles, E-ONE, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), University of Florida, Florida State University, Florida Gateway College and many others. Frankel Media Group’s regional, national and international work has been recognized with numerous Addy® and Telly Awards and most importantly in the bottom lines of the brands they serve.

Fun Fact: Owns more toys than FAO Schwarz.

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Channing Williams_Interior Bio

Channing Williams

Vice President

Channing has been with FMG since the beginning in 2005 and has played an integral role in the growth of the agency. With her attention to detail and insightful ideas, she brings fresh perspective and order to the team, keeping all the cogs of the FMG machine running smoothly.

Channing graduated cum laude from the University of Florida earning a B.S. in Advertising with a focus on Business. She has served in many roles within the company over the years, including account management, project and team management, creative direction, campaign strategy and planning, traffic management, proposal writing and overall agency operations. Channing is proud to have contributed to the agency’s receipt of numerous industry awards.

Fun Fact: Believes in the healing power of shopping.

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Jeannette Baer

Director of Operations

Jeannette brings over 25 years of experience in Accounting and Business Management to the FMG team, having served in previous positions as Payroll Manager, Human Resources Generalist and Accounts Receivable Manager. Before beginning her tenure at FMG, Jeannette and her husband owned a design agency in Gainesville for 15 years. Jeannette is passionate about social media and taught social media planning and implementation for a number of years. Although she loves the social media world, her true passion is business management and internal operations.
In her spare time, Jeannette is an Air Force Wingmom, helping hundreds of families travel through the journey of supporting a loved one through Basic Military Training in Texas.

Fun Fact: Jeannette is fluent in Spanish, English and hashtags.

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TJ Aseltyne

Creative Director

Whether it was visiting an ad agency as an impressionable high schooler or watching episode after episode of Thirtysomething, TJ decided long ago that advertising was for him.

A graduate of the Portfolio Center in Atlanta, Georgia, TJ has written for brands such as the Georgia Lottery, Chevrolet, Michelin Tire, the United States Postal Service, Jeep, the Washington Post, Aflac and the University of Florida. As Frankel Media Group’s Creative Director, he helps designers and writers produce work that’s insightful, attention-holding and bottom line altering.

When he’s not figuratively juggling writing assignments, client presentations and TV shoots, he’s literally juggling oranges, lacrosse balls or anything else that’s not a chainsaw. TJ is lucky to have a wife who loves him and two daughters who are still young enough to laugh at all of his jokes.

FUN FACT: TJ never refers to himself in the 3rd person. Unless he’s writing an agency bio about himself.

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Rebecca Smith

Digital Marketing Manager

Rebecca is originally from Costa Rica but calls Gainesville, FL her home. After a few years in the language services industry as an interpreter and translator, Rebecca founded several creative companies including a paint and sip storefront, an online event booking platform and a product line that was sold to the Home Shopping Network and on HSN.com. Using digital marketing as a primary source for growing her businesses, Rebecca realized the potential that this up and coming marketing avenue can have on any business and has since dedicated her time to improving her clients’ digital presence. Rebecca recently pursued education through the Project Management Institute and earned her PMP Certification. She loves living in Gainesville with her 2 daughters and husband, and is a proud Gator grad with a Bachelors in Psychology.

Fun Fact: Rebecca loves to paint and distress furniture, make furniture (she’s built a few benches) and her favorite tool is a jigsaw her husband gave her as a birthday gift.

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Josh Garland

Senior Account Executive

An all-around southern guy, Josh has lived in five different states in the southern U.S. before arriving in Florida. While at Louisiana State University, Josh gained extensive experience in higher education marketing management, including managing communication campaigns, fundraising and development, portfolio management, brand identity and strategic marketing planning. Josh is a two-time Louisiana State University graduate, earning his B.S. in Psychology and M.A. in Strategic Marketing Management. In Josh’s previous role, he was awarded a ‘thinking outside the box’ award for his innovative thinking and positively contributing to the organization. Outside the workplace, Josh enjoys being with his family, golfing, traveling and watching college football.

Fun Fact: Josh has been to all the Southeastern Conference football stadiums except for Arkansas and South Carolina. Those are on his bucket list! 

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Suzanne Bachus

Senior Account Executive

Suzanne joined FMG in 2011 working with new clients and marketing ventures in an array of areas to enhance the vision and growth of the agency. She has orchestrated dozens of marketing campaigns for clients with budgets in excess of $1 million. With more than 25 years of experience, Suzanne has successfully implemented multi-media campaigns and public relations plans throughout Florida in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole. Suzanne is an Accredited in Public Relations (APR), a Certified Public Relations Counselor (CPRC) and a Certified Media Buyer.

Fun Fact: Enjoys spending weekends on the back of a boat with fishing pole in hand.

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Kelsey Frost

Senior Account Executive

Kelsey joined Frankel Media Group as an account coordinator after spending time as an intern at FMG, where she interacted with various departments of the agency, giving her in-depth industry perspective and knowledge. While Kelsey completed her advertising degree with the University of Florida, she studied abroad in Australia, working with a campaigns team to develop an integrated marketing strategy for a Florida brewery. Years of studying full-time, working part-time and being involved with various UF organizations brought out an innate ability to multitask. Kelsey also has experience in project management, sales, copywriting and customer relations.

Fun Fact: Knitting, sewing and various other craft projects have permanently taken over her home office (courtesy of Pinterest).

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Andrew Isaacs

Account Executive

An avid outdoorsman from the bourbon belt, Andrew is well-versed in various categories and niche markets alike. An interest in cars and hands-on problem-solving at an early age led him to pursue an education in automotive aftermarket marketing and a passion for effective, creative work led him to Frankel Media. Andrew’s experience with various clients ranging from local YUM! Brands franchises to regional higher education institution Bellarmine University to national HVAC manufacturer Carrier Corporation, among others, brings a unique perspective to the table and an innate ability to identify simple solutions for complex, big-picture challenges.

Fun Fact:  When he’s not busy chasing the “work hard, play hard” lifestyle Andrew enjoys reading random Fun Facts, like this one.

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Anna Bouwens

Account Executive

A true Gainesville native, Anna is a fan of all things Gators. She graduated in 2001 from Bauder College in Atlanta with a degree in Merchandising, and worked in Atlanta and San Diego before returning to her hometown. In her previous role, Anna partnered with Frankel Media Group, working on numerous conferences, grand openings and events for their clients. She brings with her more than 14 years of experience in event planning, sales, brand experiences and client management. Anna was awarded with GWCR Realtor of the Year in 2008 for her success at building and maintaining relationships with her clients. She enjoys spending her time with her husband and son watching sports and traveling.

Fun Fact: Anna is a true Maxxinista! You can find her in the aisles of TJ Maxx looking for interior decorations in her downtime.

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Jonathan Ferrante Bio

Jonathan Ferrante

Account Executive

Jonathan has spent the last 10 years working in the Agency world and public and private sectors with clients like CBS, Hilton, Toyota and Hard Rock.  His experience with Global, National, and local brands bring a vast understanding of the complex communication strategies that grow brands, reach target audiences and build consumer loyalty.

As an ardent traveler and voracious learner, Jonathan draws on his experiences working in Florida, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Germany; and his experience working as a media professor at LSU and OSU as a platform for his advertising inspiration and market perspective.

Fun Fact: Jonathan is a graduate of both the University of Florida and Louisiana State University; a fact that makes some of his sports friend’s heads turn.

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Chesleigh Slayton

Account Coordinator

Chesleigh was born and raised right here in Gainesville, Fl. After being inspired by a professor at Santa Fe College to follow her passion in communications, she got accepted to the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications and graduated in Spring 2017 with her degree in public relations. During her time at UF, she gained experience interning with FMG and worked on honing her photography skills during a photojournalism study abroad in Berlin, Germany. Outside of work Chesleigh enjoys working out and traveling and as well as seeing how many different ways Starbucks can misspell her name. Bleeding orange and blue Chesleigh lives for football season and firmly believe the first tailgate of the season is better than Christmas Day.

Fun Fact:  Chesleigh tends to coordinate her nail color to the mood or situation she is in. Note yellow nails for partying with yellow balloons.

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Alison Haselden

Account Coordinator

An Orlando native, Alison spent the first part of her life working in both the production and business sides of the entertainment industry. After gaining experience with The Grammy Awards and the Walt Disney Company, she realized her knack for strategic communications and returned to the sunshine state to complete her public relations degree at the University Florida. Alison has a history of unique experience and understanding of the fashion, travel, music and tourism industries and is excited to further hone her skills as an Account Coordinator with FMG.

Fun Fact:  Alison enjoys spending her time practicing yoga and scuba diving. A lover of travel, Alison has explored over 25 countries across 5 continents and has an insatiable thirst for adventure.

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Sabrina Singleton

Account Planner

Sabrina has always been a curious and inquisitive investigator in a wide variety of subject matters. Her interests in scientific research landed her with a career in the biotechnology industry where she discovered that while she loved researching and developing new products, it was researching markets in which to sell those products that she loved more. After completing a very successful market research project with a biotechnology firm based in Alachua, FL, Sabrina earned her MBA from Stetson University and subsequently joined FMG as an Account Planner. Her primary goal is to turn insights into strategies that will inspire consumers to prefer clients’ products above the competition.

Fun Fact: Sabrina loves HBO documentaries. She checks for new ones almost every weekend.

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Nita Chester

Production Manager

Nita has more than 29 years of experience in the advertising field. After graduating with honors from Santa Fe College in graphic design in 1986, Nita accepted a position at Group 5 Advertising where she later became art director. During her time with that firm she directed several award-winning campaigns. Nita has worked in the printing industry for Beechler’s Printing and later with Alta Systems. Wanting to return to the crazy advertising agency scene, Nita joined Frankel Media as Production Manager in 2015, bringing with her many years of experience and wisdom.

Fun Fact: In her spare time Captain Nita spends time on her boat with family and friends.

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Alexandra Villella

Senior Graphic Designer

Alexandra graduated with a degree from the highly esteemed Graphic Design program at the University of Florida. Before joining FMG, she worked for a mobile app development company, bringing a unique perspective to traditional media design. She maintains both a critical eye and an unmatched attention to detail. Her strengths include website design, ensuring that the user experience and beautiful designs seamlessly integrate, brand identity, and print design. Alexandra has won several Addy® awards for website designs since working at FMG, including UF’s Athletic Association’s website, FloridaGators.com. She is always up for a new challenge, loves staying organized and helping her teammates out. Years of training for competitive soccer 7 days a week left her with strong discipline and dedication. Her passion outside of the graphic world is exploring the world itself and spending time with her family and dog.

Fun Fact: She once kicked a 45-yard field goal to win a big flat screen TV and her blonde streak is natural.

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Jean Piot

Senior Graphic Designer

As an award winning graphic designer and former infantry marine, Jean is up for any challenge. Jean brings strength and experience in leading and creating print, electronic and online advertising campaigns, collateral materials, logo and brand identity programs and event design materials. His creativity and dedication are inspired by his love for the outdoors and never ending search to learn and experience new things. Jean has a bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from The Art Institute of Charleston, S.C. and has been a First Place recipient of “Best Graphic Designer” two consecutive years by South Carolina Press Association.

Fun Fact: Jean once trained for the Junior Olympic luge team.

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Jessica Speckman

Graphic Designer

A Gainesville native, Jessica attended Santa Fe College receiving an AS in Graphic Design and an AA in Elementary Education. She later went on to graduate with honors from the prestigious Savannah College of Art and Design. Throughout her design career, she worked with a wide variety companies across diverse industries, such as The Sawgrass Group, The University of Florida, Florida Traffic and Bike Safety, Alachua County School Board and Barth Associates. With a keen eye for design and a passion for creativity, Jessica’s experience and hard work have earned her multiple gold awards in the American Advertising Awards. Jessica serves on the board of directors for the AIGA Gainesville Chapter as the Programming Director, is always eager to learn something new, and enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and three dogs.

Fun Fact: Jessica has jumped out of a perfectly good plane!

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Nathan

Copywriter

Born in our nation’s capital and raised in a suburb on the Gulf of Mexico, Nathan pairs his small town sensibilities with big city ambitions. Nathan earned a B.A. in Advertising with a minor in creative writing from Florida State University, which he refers to as the “Harvard of the South” with only small traces of irony. After graduation, Nathan pursued copywriting as a career, producing content for credit unions, nonprofit organizations, and small businesses across the country. After a couple of years and a couple Addy® awards, Nathan decided to pursue a new adventure and join the talented team at Frankel Media Group in Gainesville, FL.

Fun Fact: As his superstitious sports ritual, Nathan never drafts Eagles players in fantasy football. So far, it doesn’t seem to be working out for either party.

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Emily Williams

Producer

After graduating from the University of Florida with a Bachelors degree in Telecommunication-Production, Emily went on a whirlwind tour in the 24/7 land of television. Her work ethic and passion landed her amazing opportunities: from casting and post-production experience with reality TV shows on CMT, MTV, and Bravo, to interviewing world famous athletes like 2015 Masters Champion Jordan Spieth, and producing segments for Golf Channel’s “Inside the PGA TOUR”. With a desire to branch into commercial production, Emily returned to her first love, her hometown of Gainesville, to explore the advertising world with Frankel Media Group, serving as an Account Coordinator.

Fun Fact: When she’s not floating down the river or spending time with her niece, Emily is binge watching Game of Thrones and day dreaming of being the Mother of Dragons.

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Amy Brown

Office Administrator

After graduating from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising, Amy spent seven years working in media planning and sales. Amy’s husband’s career in the Air Force has afforded her opportunities to move and work in different locations throughout the U.S. Her most recent ventures include administrative positions for higher education facilities, including University of Florida’s College of Medicine Office of Development and the University of Arkansas’ Alumni Affairs department. After years of working in stewardship, Amy is excited to get back to her roots in the advertising world.

Fun Fact: As someone who is passionate about music, she is willing to travel any distance to see a good band in action.

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Grace Tirado-Perez

Executive Assistant

Grace was born and raised in the North of England. After completing an executive secretarial certification course at the London Metropolitan University she decided to leave the city life for the farmlands of Northumberland and got her certification as a farm secretary. She sent spent 5 years working in rural North Yorkshire and decided to travel the world! She lived in Copenhagen, Denmark by way of Paris, France and the Italian Riviera, and was immediately hired by the World Health Organization at their Regional Office for Europe. Twelve years later she came to Florida (by way of Puerto Rico) and after working 21+ years in Ocala in the equine industry, she brings to FMG her worldly experience and diverse skills on the executive level.
 
Fun Fact: She has traveled as far east as Kazakhstan, west to California, north to Sweden and South to Peru.

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Diana Schwartz-Levine

Senior Accountant

Diana relocated to Gainesville from the Northeast, where she lived for most of her life. After graduating from Boston University with a degree in Hospitality Administration, Diana worked in boutique hotel operations in Boston and Philadelphia. While honing her skills in internal operations and customer service, Diana found her calling for finance and accounting. In addition to working at Frankel Media Group, Diana is currently focusing on getting her MBA. Diana loves nature and wildlife and enjoys all the outdoor activities Florida has to offer!

Fun Fact: Diana received a degree in Wildlife Science from Oregon State University (for fun) to further her knowledge in all things animal-related! She is also easily distracted by squirrels and dogs.

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Ryan Frankel

President

With an endless imagination, inherent skill for marketing and an intense passion for each client’s success, Ryan’s the big-picture guy with an emphasis on creating big ideas to grow great brands. In 2005, Ryan founded Frankel Media Group to give amazing minds a place to impact amazing brands. Headquartered in Gainesville, FL, Frankel Media Group has grown to become a regional creative powerhouse and was most recently named one of Inc. Magazine’s 2015 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America. Ryan lives and breathes creativity and brand development, using a lifetime of business experience to create campaigns, strategies and communications for a wide range of organizations including Mack Trucks, Nextran Corporation, Allied Specialty Vehicles, E-ONE, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), University of Florida, Florida State University, Florida Gateway College and many others. Frankel Media Group’s regional, national and international work has been recognized with numerous Addy® and Telly Awards and most importantly in the bottom lines of the brands they serve.

Fun Fact: Owns more toys than FAO Schwarz.

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Channing Williams

Vice President

Channing has been with FMG since the beginning in 2005 and has played an integral role in the growth of the agency. With her attention to detail and insightful ideas, she brings fresh perspective and order to the team, keeping all the cogs of the FMG machine running smoothly.

Channing graduated cum laude from the University of Florida earning a B.S. in Advertising with a focus on Business. She has served in many roles within the company over the years, including account management, project and team management, creative direction, campaign strategy and planning, traffic management, proposal writing and overall agency operations. Channing is proud to have contributed to the agency’s receipt of numerous industry awards.

Fun Fact: Believes in the healing power of shopping.

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Jeannette Baer

Director of Operations

Jeannette brings over 25 years of experience in Accounting and Business Management to the FMG team, having served in previous positions as Payroll Manager, Human Resources Generalist and Accounts Receivable Manager. Before beginning her tenure at FMG, Jeannette and her husband owned a design agency in Gainesville for 15 years. Jeannette is passionate about social media and taught social media planning and implementation for a number of years. Although she loves the social media world, her true passion is business management and internal operations.
In her spare time, Jeannette is an Air Force Wingmom, helping hundreds of families travel through the journey of supporting a loved one through Basic Military Training in Texas.

Fun Fact: Jeannette is fluent in Spanish, English and hashtags.

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TJ Aseltyne

Creative Director

Whether it was visiting an ad agency as an impressionable high schooler or watching episode after episode of Thirtysomething, TJ decided long ago that advertising was for him.

A graduate of the Portfolio Center in Atlanta, Georgia, TJ has written for brands such as the Georgia Lottery, Chevrolet, Michelin Tire, the United States Postal Service, Jeep, the Washington Post, Aflac and the University of Florida. As Frankel Media Group’s Creative Director, he helps designers and writers produce work that’s insightful, attention-holding and bottom line altering.

When he’s not figuratively juggling writing assignments, client presentations and TV shoots, he’s literally juggling oranges, lacrosse balls or anything else that’s not a chainsaw. TJ is lucky to have a wife who loves him and two daughters who are still young enough to laugh at all of his jokes.

FUN FACT: TJ never refers to himself in the 3rd person. Unless he’s writing an agency bio about himself.

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Rebecca Smith

Digital Marketing Manager

Rebecca is originally from Costa Rica but calls Gainesville, FL her home. After a few years in the language services industry as an interpreter and translator, Rebecca founded several creative companies including a paint and sip storefront, an online event booking platform and a product line that was sold to the Home Shopping Network and on HSN.com. Using digital marketing as a primary source for growing her businesses, Rebecca realized the potential that this up and coming marketing avenue can have on any business and has since dedicated her time to improving her clients’ digital presence. Rebecca recently pursued education through the Project Management Institute and earned her PMP Certification. She loves living in Gainesville with her 2 daughters and husband, and is a proud Gator grad with a Bachelors in Psychology.

Fun Fact: Rebecca loves to paint and distress furniture, make furniture (she’s built a few benches) and her favorite tool is a jigsaw her husband gave her as a birthday gift.

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Josh Garland

Senior Account Executive

An all-around southern guy, Josh has lived in five different states in the southern U.S. before arriving in Florida. While at Louisiana State University, Josh gained extensive experience in higher education marketing management, including managing communication campaigns, fundraising and development, portfolio management, brand identity and strategic marketing planning. Josh is a two-time Louisiana State University graduate, earning his B.S. in Psychology and M.A. in Strategic Marketing Management. In Josh’s previous role, he was awarded a ‘thinking outside the box’ award for his innovative thinking and positively contributing to the organization. Outside the workplace, Josh enjoys being with his family, golfing, traveling and watching college football.

Fun Fact: Josh has been to all the Southeastern Conference football stadiums except for Arkansas and South Carolina. Those are on his bucket list! 

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Suzanne Bachus

Senior Account Executive

Suzanne joined FMG in 2011 working with new clients and marketing ventures in an array of areas to enhance the vision and growth of the agency. She has orchestrated dozens of marketing campaigns for clients with budgets in excess of $1 million. With more than 25 years of experience, Suzanne has successfully implemented multi-media campaigns and public relations plans throughout Florida in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole. Suzanne is an Accredited in Public Relations (APR), a Certified Public Relations Counselor (CPRC) and a Certified Media Buyer.

Fun Fact: Enjoys spending weekends on the back of a boat with fishing pole in hand.

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Kelsey Frost

Senior Account Executive

Kelsey joined Frankel Media Group as an account coordinator after spending time as an intern at FMG, where she interacted with various departments of the agency, giving her in-depth industry perspective and knowledge. While Kelsey completed her advertising degree with the University of Florida, she studied abroad in Australia, working with a campaigns team to develop an integrated marketing strategy for a Florida brewery. Years of studying full-time, working part-time and being involved with various UF organizations brought out an innate ability to multitask. Kelsey also has experience in project management, sales, copywriting and customer relations.

Fun Fact: Knitting, sewing and various other craft projects have permanently taken over her home office (courtesy of Pinterest).

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Andrew Isaacs

Account Executive

An avid outdoorsman from the bourbon belt, Andrew is well-versed in various categories and niche markets alike. An interest in cars and hands-on problem-solving at an early age led him to pursue an education in automotive aftermarket marketing and a passion for effective, creative work led him to Frankel Media. Andrew’s experience with various clients ranging from local YUM! Brands franchises to regional higher education institution Bellarmine University to national HVAC manufacturer Carrier Corporation, among others, brings a unique perspective to the table and an innate ability to identify simple solutions for complex, big-picture challenges.

Fun Fact:  When he’s not busy chasing the “work hard, play hard” lifestyle Andrew enjoys reading random Fun Facts, like this one.

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Anna Bouwens

Account Executive

A true Gainesville native, Anna is a fan of all things Gators. She graduated in 2001 from Bauder College in Atlanta with a degree in Merchandising, and worked in Atlanta and San Diego before returning to her hometown. In her previous role, Anna partnered with Frankel Media Group, working on numerous conferences, grand openings and events for their clients. She brings with her more than 14 years of experience in event planning, sales, brand experiences and client management. Anna was awarded with GWCR Realtor of the Year in 2008 for her success at building and maintaining relationships with her clients. She enjoys spending her time with her husband and son watching sports and traveling.

Fun Fact: Anna is a true Maxxinista! You can find her in the aisles of TJ Maxx looking for interior decorations in her downtime.

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Jonathan Ferrante Bio

Jonathan Ferrante

Account Executive

Jonathan has spent the last 10 years working in the Agency world and public and private sectors with clients like CBS, Hilton, Toyota and Hard Rock.  His experience with Global, National, and local brands bring a vast understanding of the complex communication strategies that grow brands, reach target audiences and build consumer loyalty.

As an ardent traveler and voracious learner, Jonathan draws on his experiences working in Florida, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Germany; and his experience working as a media professor at LSU and OSU as a platform for his advertising inspiration and market perspective.

Fun Fact: Jonathan is a graduate of both the University of Florida and Louisiana State University; a fact that makes some of his sports friend’s heads turn.

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Chesleigh Slayton

Account Coordinator

Chesleigh was born and raised right here in Gainesville, Fl. After being inspired by a professor at Santa Fe College to follow her passion in communications, she got accepted to the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications and graduated in Spring 2017 with her degree in public relations. During her time at UF, she gained experience interning with FMG and worked on honing her photography skills during a photojournalism study abroad in Berlin, Germany. Outside of work Chesleigh enjoys working out and traveling and as well as seeing how many different ways Starbucks can misspell her name. Bleeding orange and blue Chesleigh lives for football season and firmly believe the first tailgate of the season is better than Christmas Day.

Fun Fact:  Chesleigh tends to coordinate her nail color to the mood or situation she is in. Note yellow nails for partying with yellow balloons.

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Alison Haselden

Account Coordinator

An Orlando native, Alison spent the first part of her life working in both the production and business sides of the entertainment industry. After gaining experience with The Grammy Awards and the Walt Disney Company, she realized her knack for strategic communications and returned to the sunshine state to complete her public relations degree at the University Florida. Alison has a history of unique experience and understanding of the fashion, travel, music and tourism industries and is excited to further hone her skills as an Account Coordinator with FMG.

Fun Fact:  Alison enjoys spending her time practicing yoga and scuba diving. A lover of travel, Alison has explored over 25 countries across 5 continents and has an insatiable thirst for adventure.

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Sabrina Singleton

Account Planner

Sabrina has always been a curious and inquisitive investigator in a wide variety of subject matters. Her interests in scientific research landed her with a career in the biotechnology industry where she discovered that while she loved researching and developing new products, it was researching markets in which to sell those products that she loved more. After completing a very successful market research project with a biotechnology firm based in Alachua, FL, Sabrina earned her MBA from Stetson University and subsequently joined FMG as an Account Planner. Her primary goal is to turn insights into strategies that will inspire consumers to prefer clients’ products above the competition.

Fun Fact: Sabrina loves HBO documentaries. She checks for new ones almost every weekend.

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Nita Chester

Production Manager

Nita has more than 29 years of experience in the advertising field. After graduating with honors from Santa Fe College in graphic design in 1986, Nita accepted a position at Group 5 Advertising where she later became art director. During her time with that firm she directed several award-winning campaigns. Nita has worked in the printing industry for Beechler’s Printing and later with Alta Systems. Wanting to return to the crazy advertising agency scene, Nita joined Frankel Media as Production Manager in 2015, bringing with her many years of experience and wisdom.

Fun Fact: In her spare time Captain Nita spends time on her boat with family and friends.

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Alexandra Villella

Senior Graphic Designer

Alexandra graduated with a degree from the highly esteemed Graphic Design program at the University of Florida. Before joining FMG, she worked for a mobile app development company, bringing a unique perspective to traditional media design. She maintains both a critical eye and an unmatched attention to detail. Her strengths include website design, ensuring that the user experience and beautiful designs seamlessly integrate, brand identity, and print design. Alexandra has won several Addy® awards for website designs since working at FMG, including UF’s Athletic Association’s website, FloridaGators.com. She is always up for a new challenge, loves staying organized and helping her teammates out. Years of training for competitive soccer 7 days a week left her with strong discipline and dedication. Her passion outside of the graphic world is exploring the world itself and spending time with her family and dog.

Fun Fact: She once kicked a 45-yard field goal to win a big flat screen TV and her blonde streak is natural.

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Jean Piot

Senior Graphic Designer

As an award winning graphic designer and former infantry marine, Jean is up for any challenge. Jean brings strength and experience in leading and creating print, electronic and online advertising campaigns, collateral materials, logo and brand identity programs and event design materials. His creativity and dedication are inspired by his love for the outdoors and never ending search to learn and experience new things. Jean has a bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from The Art Institute of Charleston, S.C. and has been a First Place recipient of “Best Graphic Designer” two consecutive years by South Carolina Press Association.

Fun Fact: Jean once trained for the Junior Olympic luge team.

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Jessica Speckman

Graphic Designer

A Gainesville native, Jessica attended Santa Fe College receiving an AS in Graphic Design and an AA in Elementary Education. She later went on to graduate with honors from the prestigious Savannah College of Art and Design. Throughout her design career, she worked with a wide variety companies across diverse industries, such as The Sawgrass Group, The University of Florida, Florida Traffic and Bike Safety, Alachua County School Board and Barth Associates. With a keen eye for design and a passion for creativity, Jessica’s experience and hard work have earned her multiple gold awards in the American Advertising Awards. Jessica serves on the board of directors for the AIGA Gainesville Chapter as the Programming Director, is always eager to learn something new, and enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and three dogs.

Fun Fact: Jessica has jumped out of a perfectly good plane!

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Nathan

Copywriter

Born in our nation’s capital and raised in a suburb on the Gulf of Mexico, Nathan pairs his small town sensibilities with big city ambitions. Nathan earned a B.A. in Advertising with a minor in creative writing from Florida State University, which he refers to as the “Harvard of the South” with only small traces of irony. After graduation, Nathan pursued copywriting as a career, producing content for credit unions, nonprofit organizations, and small businesses across the country. After a couple of years and a couple Addy® awards, Nathan decided to pursue a new adventure and join the talented team at Frankel Media Group in Gainesville, FL.

Fun Fact: As his superstitious sports ritual, Nathan never drafts Eagles players in fantasy football. So far, it doesn’t seem to be working out for either party.

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Emily Williams

Producer

After graduating from the University of Florida with a Bachelors degree in Telecommunication-Production, Emily went on a whirlwind tour in the 24/7 land of television. Her work ethic and passion landed her amazing opportunities: from casting and post-production experience with reality TV shows on CMT, MTV, and Bravo, to interviewing world famous athletes like 2015 Masters Champion Jordan Spieth, and producing segments for Golf Channel’s “Inside the PGA TOUR”. With a desire to branch into commercial production, Emily returned to her first love, her hometown of Gainesville, to explore the advertising world with Frankel Media Group, serving as an Account Coordinator.

Fun Fact: When she’s not floating down the river or spending time with her niece, Emily is binge watching Game of Thrones and day dreaming of being the Mother of Dragons.

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Amy Brown

Office Administrator

After graduating from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising, Amy spent seven years working in media planning and sales. Amy’s husband’s career in the Air Force has afforded her opportunities to move and work in different locations throughout the U.S. Her most recent ventures include administrative positions for higher education facilities, including University of Florida’s College of Medicine Office of Development and the University of Arkansas’ Alumni Affairs department. After years of working in stewardship, Amy is excited to get back to her roots in the advertising world.

Fun Fact: As someone who is passionate about music, she is willing to travel any distance to see a good band in action.

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Grace Tirado-Perez

Executive Assistant

Grace was born and raised in the North of England. After completing an executive secretarial certification course at the London Metropolitan University she decided to leave the city life for the farmlands of Northumberland and got her certification as a farm secretary. She sent spent 5 years working in rural North Yorkshire and decided to travel the world! She lived in Copenhagen, Denmark by way of Paris, France and the Italian Riviera, and was immediately hired by the World Health Organization at their Regional Office for Europe. Twelve years later she came to Florida (by way of Puerto Rico) and after working 21+ years in Ocala in the equine industry, she brings to FMG her worldly experience and diverse skills on the executive level.
 
Fun Fact: She has traveled as far east as Kazakhstan, west to California, north to Sweden and South to Peru.

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Diana Schwartz-Levine

Senior Accountant

Diana relocated to Gainesville from the Northeast, where she lived for most of her life. After graduating from Boston University with a degree in Hospitality Administration, Diana worked in boutique hotel operations in Boston and Philadelphia. While honing her skills in internal operations and customer service, Diana found her calling for finance and accounting. In addition to working at Frankel Media Group, Diana is currently focusing on getting her MBA. Diana loves nature and wildlife and enjoys all the outdoor activities Florida has to offer!

Fun Fact: Diana received a degree in Wildlife Science from Oregon State University (for fun) to further her knowledge in all things animal-related! She is also easily distracted by squirrels and dogs.

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