Meet The People Who Lead The Way

At the head of our departments, we have leaders who are also champions. People who push for great work and a great client experience. We like to think of them as Swiss Army Knives (the non-dangerous kind) who can handle anything and guide their teams to successful outcomes. Of course, their job is a little easier because they’re quarterbacking a roster of talented people who’ve worked at some of the biggest shops in the country and have a wealth of experience handling brands across a multitude of markets and industries.

Our leadership team loves what they do. Oh, and they’re also really nice people.

But if you get to know them, you’ll see that for yourself.

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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Ashleigh Flanders

Vice President, Client Service

Ashleigh Flanders

Vice President, Client Service

A true Floridian (ninth-generation to be exact), Ashleigh is a proud University of Florida graduate who also holds a PhD from the University of London. She brings to the FMG team many years of marketing and advertising management experience, with the bulk of those years being in the agency world. Ashleigh excels at building and maintaining a strong rapport with clients and has extensive strategic planning experience across sectors. Her work creating and executing fully-integrated campaigns designed to build memorable brands and deliver a strong return on investment has been acknowledged with multiple FPRA Image and ADDY awards. As an added perk, previous experience as a medical grant writer and event planner afford Ashleigh excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail. She has developed and implemented marketing initiatives for the Charles Dickens Museum and worked with notable global clients including Kellogg’s, John Frieda, Facebook, Samsung, Castrol, and Glenfiddich. Ashleigh’s diverse professional experience, coupled with her strong academic background, provides a dynamic skillset.

FUN FACT: Ashleigh is a published poet.

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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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Jazmin Thadani

Director of Digital Services

Jazmin Thadani

Director of Digital Services

Jazmin has been fascinated by the customer’s decision-making process since her first work experience with a global brand. That combined with her passion for social media, led her to her dream career in digital marketing. Since starting her career, Jazmin has helped both small and Fortune 500 companies increase their digital footprint. Most notably, Jazmin has worked on digital marketing campaigns for the prestigious Johns Hopkins University.

Jazmin’s educational career has also been centered on marketing. She has earned a Bachelor’s in Science from the University of Central Florida majoring in Marketing, a certificate in Digital Marketing & Media from Duke University, and her Master’s in Business Administration with a focus in International Business from the University of Scranton.

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Walton Dale Frankel Media Group

Walton Dale

Creative Director

Walton Associate Creative Director 2

Walton Dale

Creative Director

Born at an early age, Walton is a true Gainesville native, born and raised (his first phone number was area code 904). After spending time in Atlanta and New York early in his career as a designer in agencies, freelance and in-house, Walton returned to Gainesville with a family in tow and began working with local and regional clients on a freelance basis, notably helping hometown favorite Swamp Head Brewery launch into the statewide brand they are today.
From 2014-2019 Walton worked as ACD at 160over90 on clients ranging from higher education; UF, Fordham University, University of Cincinnati, and Kent State to name a few, to lifestyle brands such as Under Armour, Shoes for Crews, and IMG Academy. After joining Frankel in the summer of 2019, Walton has been leading the creative team across all accounts with the goal of continuing our ascent as a leading creative agency locally and regionally.

FUN FACT: Walton once juggled a soccer ball 4,792 times.

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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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Ashleigh Flanders

Vice President, Client Service

A true Floridian (ninth-generation to be exact), Ashleigh is a proud University of Florida graduate who also holds a PhD from the University of London. She brings to the FMG team many years of marketing and advertising management experience, with the bulk of those years being in the agency world. Ashleigh excels at building and maintaining a strong rapport with clients and has extensive strategic planning experience across sectors. Her work creating and executing fully-integrated campaigns designed to build memorable brands and deliver a strong return on investment has been acknowledged with multiple FPRA Image and ADDY awards. As an added perk, previous experience as a medical grant writer and event planner afford Ashleigh excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail. She has developed and implemented marketing initiatives for the Charles Dickens Museum and worked with notable global clients including Kellogg’s, John Frieda, Facebook, Samsung, Castrol, and Glenfiddich. Ashleigh’s diverse professional experience, coupled with her strong academic background, provides a dynamic skillset.

FUN FACT: Ashleigh is a published poet.

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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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Jazmin Thadani

Director of Digital Services

Jazmin has been fascinated by the customer’s decision-making process since her first work experience with a global brand. That combined with her passion for social media, led her to her dream career in digital marketing. Since starting her career, Jazmin has helped both small and Fortune 500 companies increase their digital footprint. Most notably, Jazmin has worked on digital marketing campaigns for the prestigious Johns Hopkins University.

Jazmin’s educational career has also been centered on marketing. She has earned a Bachelor’s in Science from the University of Central Florida majoring in Marketing, a certificate in Digital Marketing & Media from Duke University, and her Master’s in Business Administration with a focus in International Business from the University of Scranton.

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Walton Dale Frankel Media Group
Walton Associate Creative Director 2

Walton Dale

Creative Director

Born at an early age, Walton is a true Gainesville native, born and raised (his first phone number was area code 904). After spending time in Atlanta and New York early in his career as a designer in agencies, freelance and in-house, Walton returned to Gainesville with a family in tow and began working with local and regional clients on a freelance basis, notably helping hometown favorite Swamp Head Brewery launch into the statewide brand they are today.
From 2014-2019 Walton worked as ACD at 160over90 on clients ranging from higher education; UF, Fordham University, University of Cincinnati, and Kent State to name a few, to lifestyle brands such as Under Armour, Shoes for Crews, and IMG Academy. After joining Frankel in the summer of 2019, Walton has been leading the creative team across all accounts with the goal of continuing our ascent as a leading creative agency locally and regionally.

FUN FACT: Walton once juggled a soccer ball 4,792 times.

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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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Ashleigh Flanders

Vice President, Client Service

A true Floridian (ninth-generation to be exact), Ashleigh is a proud University of Florida graduate who also holds a PhD from the University of London. She brings to the FMG team many years of marketing and advertising management experience, with the bulk of those years being in the agency world. Ashleigh excels at building and maintaining a strong rapport with clients and has extensive strategic planning experience across sectors. Her work creating and executing fully-integrated campaigns designed to build memorable brands and deliver a strong return on investment has been acknowledged with multiple FPRA Image and ADDY awards. As an added perk, previous experience as a medical grant writer and event planner afford Ashleigh excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail. She has developed and implemented marketing initiatives for the Charles Dickens Museum and worked with notable global clients including Kellogg’s, John Frieda, Facebook, Samsung, Castrol, and Glenfiddich. Ashleigh’s diverse professional experience, coupled with her strong academic background, provides a dynamic skillset.

FUN FACT: Ashleigh is a published poet.

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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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Jazmin Thadani

Director of Digital Services

Jazmin has been fascinated by the customer’s decision-making process since her first work experience with a global brand. That combined with her passion for social media, led her to her dream career in digital marketing. Since starting her career, Jazmin has helped both small and Fortune 500 companies increase their digital footprint. Most notably, Jazmin has worked on digital marketing campaigns for the prestigious Johns Hopkins University.

Jazmin’s educational career has also been centered on marketing. She has earned a Bachelor’s in Science from the University of Central Florida majoring in Marketing, a certificate in Digital Marketing & Media from Duke University, and her Master’s in Business Administration with a focus in International Business from the University of Scranton.

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Walton Dale Frankel Media Group
Walton Associate Creative Director 2

Walton Dale

Creative Director

Born at an early age, Walton is a true Gainesville native, born and raised (his first phone number was area code 904). After spending time in Atlanta and New York early in his career as a designer in agencies, freelance and in-house, Walton returned to Gainesville with a family in tow and began working with local and regional clients on a freelance basis, notably helping hometown favorite Swamp Head Brewery launch into the statewide brand they are today.
From 2014-2019 Walton worked as ACD at 160over90 on clients ranging from higher education; UF, Fordham University, University of Cincinnati, and Kent State to name a few, to lifestyle brands such as Under Armour, Shoes for Crews, and IMG Academy. After joining Frankel in the summer of 2019, Walton has been leading the creative team across all accounts with the goal of continuing our ascent as a leading creative agency locally and regionally.

FUN FACT: Walton once juggled a soccer ball 4,792 times.

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