Our Senior Team

ABOUT
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Chris Plunkett

Founding Partner

Chris Plunkett has helped hundreds of management teams tell their stories, engage with their audiences and achieve their communications goals. His expertise spans messaging and communications plan development in support of new company launches, IPOs and restructuring programs; communicating complex transactions; simplifying growth strategies and addressing major issues. From blue chip, household names and global organizations, to start-up enterprises and companies in distress, Chris serves as a trusted advisor to executives on the front lines. His diverse industry experience spans media & entertainment, technology, business & financial services, retail & apparel, industrial products and real estate. Chris co-manages the firm’s disclosure workshops, executive training seminars, and branding & messaging analysis products. He also plays a lead role in directing the firm’s executive visibility and thought leadership programs. After beginning his career in corporate relations and financial services at a boutique investment bank, Chris went on to hold account management and leadership positions at several Manhattan-based PR agencies. He studied Speech Communications and Public Relations at Rowan University and New York University.

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Mike Smargiassi

Founding Partner

Mike Smargiassi has over two decades of experience in counseling companies, organizations and executives on communicating with their key audiences including investors, reporters, employees, government agencies, and consumers. He has developed and managed hundreds of communications programs that have built awareness, clarified misperceptions, elevated executives and achieved business results. Mike’s industry expertise spans technology, financial services, media & entertainment, telecommunications, consumer products, industrial manufacturing, hospitality, aerospace & defense and local government. A wide range of clients have relied on Mike for guidance, messaging development and program execution spanning corporate branding, quarterly financial communications, crisis situations, bankruptcies, earnings misses, restructurings, facilities shut-downs and B2B communications. Beginning his career in the Municipal Bond and Fixed Income Departments of Bloomberg Financial Markets, Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from The College of New Jersey.

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Giovanni Garcia

Founding Partner

Giovanni “Sonny” Garcia supervises the firm’s accounting, finance, and IT functions. He’s also in charge of human resources including employee onboarding, compensation, and benefits, as well as staff training and development. He leads employee recruitment and has been instrumental in helping to develop the firm’s positive culture. Sonny previously spent over two decades as head of financial management and employee relations for one of the nation’s most successful mid-sized independent PR agencies. Previously, he held accountant and auditor positions at New York City-based financial services organizations. Sonny graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Science in Management and Accounting.

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Scott Cianciulli

Principal

Scott Cianciulli has over a decade of experience in serving as a strategic communications advisor and partner to a broad range of corporations, professional organizations, and entrepreneurs. He has managed a portfolio of client relationships spanning a range of industries including retail & consumer, technology, business services, media & entertainment, consumer products and real estate, among other verticals. Areas of expertise include program planning, message development, CEO / executive media tours, executive coaching, new product and service launches, social media strategy and issues management campaigns. The main goal throughout Scott’s engagements is to align PR strategy with his clients’ business and personal objectives by targeting the audiences that matter. By differentiating a company’s message and focusing on impact, Scott aims to drive positive, informed coverage that prompts action by current and prospective customers. He is a graduate of Marist College, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations, with a Business cognate.

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Brad Edwards

Principal

Brad Edwards works closely with clients to develop and execute communications programs that are designed to effectively convey their investment merits and growth strategies, shape opinion and achieve business objectives. Leveraging his 17+ years of investor relations experience, Brad has implemented effective financial communications programs for clients across a myriad of sectors including industrial products, media & entertainment, education, pharmaceutical, and technology. His areas of expertise span program development and execution, message development, expectations management, crisis and special situation communications, presentation development, and in-depth industry research and quantitative analysis. Brad also plays a primary role in orchestrating the firm’s quarterly earnings platform through messaging, financial writing, Q&A development, disclosure counsel and infrastructure support. Mr. Edwards received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Connecticut College and completed the Fordham University MBA program with a dual concentration in Finance and Marketing.

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Nancy Zakhary

Principal

With nearly two decades of experience in the PR business, Nancy Zakhary serves as a trusted counselor on brand strategy and positioning, drawing on her depth of public relations experience in the media & entertainment, technology, consumer and professional services sectors. She guides the development and execution of coordinated communications plans including product launches, momentum campaigns, speakers bureau, awards & rankings and media relations outreach. Nancy’s other areas of focus include event marketing, trade show initiatives, experiential marketing and social media. She has been instrumental in developing the firm’s press audit, social media support and peer messaging analysis products. Prior to entering the PR industry, Nancy was a fashion columnist for Slant Magazine and worked as an assistant to the Editor-in-Chief at Harper’s Bazaar. A graduate of F.I.T., Nancy holds a Bachelor of Science in International Trade and Marketing.

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Ali Colangelo

Senior Vice President

Ali Colangelo is a strategic communications professional specializing in media relations, executive visibility, and brand positioning. She has worked with a number of technology, media & entertainment, consumer products and professional services organizations. Ali has developed strategy, messaging and outreach campaigns pertaining to product and company launches, executive appointments and thought leadership platforms. She has been instrumental in developing the firm’s social media support, executive training and media analysis capabilities. Ali has consistently achieved business results for clients through top-tier media placements and by securing speaking engagements for senior executives at industry conferences and events. She previously held account management positions at several PR and marketing agencies. Ali graduated from Hofstra University with a BA in Public Relations and minor in Political Science.

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Sharon Oh

Senior Vice President

Sharon has served as a lead PR counselor for a wide range of corporations and organizations in industries including technology, industrial products, aerospace & defense and financial & professional services. In addition to offering strategic advice and providing execution support, she manages all aspects of media relations such as conducting outreach to top-tier press and industry trades, prepping executives on messaging and tough Q&As prior to media interviews and securing press placements. She also oversees industry analyst and speakers bureau programs for select clients, placing executives in high-profile speaking slots to deliver their viewpoints and expertise. Sharon graduated from Boston University’s College of Communications with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and can fluently speak, read and write in Korean.