PRESIDENT’S PROFILE

Kathleen O’Brien ThompsonKathleen OBrien Thompson 2010

With over 15 years of diverse experience in business development, marketing, management, and building client relationships at all organizational levels, Kathleen is a skilled developer of broad-based coalitions and networks of influence to increase credibility and visibility.  Analytical and possessing critical interviewing skills developed during her tenure in market research, she specializes in strategic communication consulting and the creation of polished, relevant content.

She and her team of experts provide marketing services including; branding campaigns, websites, video production and all forms of writing.

A founding member of EMC – Engage Marketing Consortium, a talented group of ‘creatives’ that collaborate to bring innovative ideas to the marketplace, Metaphorically Speaking is their fun take on the traditional newsletter.

With a proven track record of reputation management, enhancing brand awareness, and increasing market share delivered via robust marketing campaigns, Kathleen relished the opportunity to work as Tour Manager for American Idol. Working in conjunction with Kellogg’s, she was able to ensure plentiful, ideal and unique branding opportunities that resulted in a Silver Medal Award from Event Marketer Magazine.  She has worked with AMLAW 100 firms, Fortune 500 companies, was a campaign manager for the United Way and was a volunteer for the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation. She currently sits on the board of the RightCare Foundation

Ms. O’Brien Thompson graduated Summa Cum Laude and holds a Bachelor’s degree in English & Communications.  She has published numerous articles, is the editor of House2Home Magazine and serves on the board of the Society of Professional Journalists, Phoenix Chapter.

Find Kathleen on google+ or contact her at kathleen@professionalpunch.com

 

OPERATIONS/PROJECT DIRECTOR

Maureen O’Brien-Pirro

mob-profile_bwMaureen oversees and contributes to a wide range of marketing functions, all while keeping a cool head. Her years of project direction experience in luxury new home construction and security system industry means that she is comfortable working at all organizational levels. Tapping into this expertise, Maureen is able to ensure the ongoing, consistent progress of marketing campaigns for our valued clients. Bottom line and budget focused, she keeps projects on track and is our resident excel guru which keeps the team focused on ROI at all times. Possessing a basic knowledge of web coding and new found love for WordPress development, Maureen has expanded her marketing skills to include SEO and writing data driven reports. Turning Google Analytics information into actionable recommendations for professional punch clients makes her a valued asset to both clients and team members alike. Always up for a challenge, she is currently taking courses to become a certified digital marketing expert.

Contact her at maureen@professionalpunch.com

OPERATIONS/PROJECT DIRECTOR

Marisa Diaz-Waian

professional PUNCH, contributing writer, freelance and grant writing

A conscientious and multi-faceted professional with an eye for detail and a sharp wit, Marisa is a communications specialist with a love and deep respect for truth, clarity, ethics, and justice  who pens scholarly/academic manuscripts, technical documents, grants, media print and web copy.  An operations/marketing coordinator and freelance technical, content and grant writer, as well as editor, proofreader, and copywriter, her experience spans consumer & hospitality, entertainment, psychology, philosophy, education, environmental, health care, grassroots, legal, and business-to-business industries.  As a member of the professional PUNCH team, Marisa uses her marketing experience, technical writing  and research skills to contribute to high-level writing for numerous entities and manage marketing-related aspects for various accounts.

In addition to her regular collaborative efforts with peer-reviewed journals and a variety of academic researchers and authors, Marisa has worked with several organizations including: Natural Resources Conservation Services, United States Department of Agriculture, The Nature Conservancy, American Idol/19 Entertainment, ESPN, House2Home Magazine, Proctor & Gamble, Wrigley, Kellogg’s, Kraft Foods, and Starcom Entertainment.

Known for her research skills and responsible scholarship, her work ethic and versatility, and her unique ability to capture and relay the essence of a broad-spectrum of subjects to a variety of audiences, Marisa has published numerous articles, presented at several academic and professional conferences, and received a myriad of awards.

Ms. Diaz-Waian graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master’s degree in Philosophy from San Diego State University.  She holds credentials in Logic-Based Therapy and mediation, is an executive assistant (and trainer) to/for the Institute of Critical Thinking and the National Philosophical Counseling Association, and a caretaker for a large nature preserve located just outside of Helena, MT.  A member of Phi Kappa Phi and Psi Chi Honor Societies, ADEC (Association of Death Education & Counseling) and APA (American Philosophical Association), Ms. Diaz-Waian referees for the Journal of Ethics: An International Philosophical Review and served on the editorial board for the International Journal of Applied Philosophy and the International Journal of Philosophical Practice.  She is also Founder and Executive Director of Merlin CCC – a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization aimed at helping individuals find their way with philosophy.

Contact her at marisa@professionalpunch.com

VIDEO/SEO/PROJECT MANAGER

emily-bernard-photo_bwEmily Bernard

Emily Bernard is a multimedia producer, copywriter and seasoned marketer. She has led and contributed to creative teams of all sizes in locations around the world. Experience is everything and with over 15 years under her belt, she’s learned the ins and outs of the ever-changing media and marketing industries. She’s worked with clients such as Marriott, Hilton, Starwood, Host Hotels & Resorts, PSAV, Arizona PBS, Salt River Project, MTV, Entertainment Tonight, Celebrity Fight Night with Muhammad Ali, Citrix, TSN and the Salvation Army.

Detail-oriented and diligent, Emily is a planner by nature. She’s skilled at writing scripts, putting together thorough call sheets for shoots and events, scheduling crew and travel, and outlining strategies. But she always stays flexible, prepared for anything. Clients appreciate her integrity, professionalism and the quality of her work.


WEBSITE DEVELOPER

Ed Wilhite

Intuitive, smart, focused, and a huge fan of puzzles and challenges, Ed is a master at solving client conundrums.  As a developer, he uses advanced developing techniques to customize and modify existing websites.  He works closely with the marketing & development team to update and create innovative, user-friendly, and effective websites using the latest technologies and applications.  A lover of wry cartoons and equipped with a wonderfully dry sense of humor, Ed “I got this” Wilhite is proficient in CSS, HTML, Javascript, Joomla, X-Cart, OsCommerce, WordPress, Linux, MySQL, PHP, and XML.

Contact him at ed@professionalpunch.com

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Laura Cartolano_bwLaura Cartolano

A love of design led Laura Cartolano to team up with the professional PUNCH team in order to provide expert graphic design and creative design solutions for a wide range of design needs.  Tailoring graphic design to your company or small business, we can do an entire brand identity or simply digitize and vectorize your existing logo for printing and web applications.

Laura works in different formats including Adobe Illustrator, Adobe PhotoShop, and Adobe InDesign. As a part of the strategic marketing process, Laura is invaluable – her ability to graphically design or re-design any of your current marketing materials is key to our success.

Contact her at laura@professionalpunch.com

 

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Alison Stantonprofessional punch

Everybody has a story to tell.  For the past 15 years, freelance writer and editor, Alison Stanton has written scores of articles on a wide variety of topics ranging from health and business to interior design and feature stories.  Based in Phoenix, Arizona, Alison is a valuable extended member of professional

PUNCH. As a part of our team, she pens web copy, press releases and advertorials.

Along with her collaborative efforts with professional PUNCH, Alison’s work has appeared in numerous publications.  These include the Republic Media Custom Publications department at The Arizona Republic including LivingWell a-z and New Homes, the SanTan Sun News, West Valley Magazine, Meetings Magazine, Attorneys at Law Magazine and the Southeast Valley Ledger. Alison was also a previous editor for the Meetings Arizona Magazine.  In addition, she worked for many years at Nature’s Distributors, now known as BioNatures.  She contributed hundreds of in-depth health, wellness and medical-related advertorials for their monthly newspaper on dozens of health products and how they can benefit a person’s well-being.

Alison currently writes for professional PUNCH, iAcquire and InBusiness Magazine, handles the writing and distribution of press releases for two local Arizona charter schools and is the writer and manager for Press Release Monkey.  On a regular basis, she also enjoys spending her free time working for organizations like Valle del Sol.

Ms. Stanton graduated with a degree in Psychology and a minor in French from University of Oregon.  Known for her upbeat personality and attention to detail and accuracy, Alison truly enjoys meeting people and learning about their lives and experiences. When she is not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and their menagerie of pets.

 

Professional PUNCH is a proud member of the Engage Marketing Consortium. Helping clients manage brand, strategy and all their marketing touchpoints.

Professional PUNCH is a proud member of the Engage Marketing Consortium. Helping clients manage brand, strategy and all their marketing touchpoints.

STRATEGIC PARTNERS

The Engage Marketing Consortium was born out of the realization that smart, self-managing, talented, driven and extremely creative professionals could collaborate on projects – allowing us to provide the very best expertise to you, our clients.

The team includes tech gurus, graphic designers, web developers, high end video producers, directors, videographers, editors and SEO experts. You get a team of people united under a common goal that is efficient, cost effective and best of all – at the top of their respective fields.

Finally, you can create a comprehensive marketing plan – all at a cost you can afford.