Grapevine Communications, the area’s leading full-service advertising, marketing and public relations agency, has once again expanded its team with the hiring of Kristie O’Kon and Jennifer Raymer. The new staff members will each hold the position as Client Relations Manager to coordinate project development, communication and process management for a select group of clients. The agency has also added Kirsten Raynor to their ranks as an intern.
“We are always pleased to grow our staff to facilitate the diverse advertising, marketing and public relations needs of both our new and existing clients,” said Angela Massaro-Fain, Founder and President of Grapevine Communications. “Kristie and Jennifer each bring a wealth of experience to ensure the businesses we serve receive the unparalleled level of attention and the outstanding results they deserve when working with Grapevine.” Massaro-Fain adds, “We also look for every opportunity to educate the next generation which adds invaluable strength to the future of our industry.”
O’Kon graduated with honors from Keiser University with an associate’s degree in paralegal studies. From 2004 to 2014, Kristie worked alongside some of the area’s top attorneys, where she handled client relations, conducted research, and drafted and prepared legal pleadings – among a range of additional marketing and communication duties. Her extensive professional background as a paralegal and marketing assistant helped Kristie develop the exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills she brings to her role as Client Relations Manager.
Raymer joined Grapevine with significant experience in customer service, account management and multi-channel marketing in the advertising, hospitality and sales industries. Most recently, she served as Advertising Account Manager with a full-service online advertising and public relations agency. In this position, Jennifer collaborated with the creative team and was responsible for the implementation, maintenance and performance of marketing campaigns for a list of clients.
Raynor is currently a junior at the University of South Florida. She is studying Mass Communications with her career focus on the Public Relations and Social Media Marketing avenues. Her main role at Grapevine is that of Public Relations support but during her internship she will garner real-world work experience in all aspects of an advertising agency.
Grapevine Communications, a full-service, award-winning Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations firm based in Sarasota and serving clients nationwide, was awarded the 2010 Frank G. Berlin, Sr., “Small Business of the Year” Award by the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. For more information on Grapevine Communications, contact Miranda Spinner at MSpinner@grapeinc.com or 941-351-0024.