BoardroomPR has attracted top-quality professionals in the world of public relations, marketing and media. This is by design. We create a work environment that is inviting and stimulating, and we draw a diverse and fascinating roster of clients for whom the best in the profession are eager to work. Many members of our leadership team are former journalists and marketing executives. Their vast knowledge and contacts make BoardroomPR the premier firm for fast, effective public relations that continually makes an impression. Our achievements in media are unsurpassed.
At BoardroomPR, however, there is more than top-notch professionalism. Our energy and eagerness make the firm so successful. Employees feel it; the media recognizes it; the clients know it. It is a tangible quality that makes BoardroomPR different — and simply better. It gives our clients the comfort that every aspect of their South Fl public relations campaign is being handled efficiently, professionally and with enthusiasm.
Julie Talenfeld is the Founder and CEO of BoardroomPR, which she founded in 1989.
The firm has won every public relation, social media, and website design award from The Daily Business Review’s “Best Of” for the past six years (2017-2022). It has been awarded South Florida Business Journal’s Top 5 PR Agencies of the Year in 2021, “PR Agency of the Year” by Public Relations Society of America’s Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter, and has consistently been ranked by the South Florida Business Journal as one of the top 10 largest. The firm is also consistently included in the SFBJ’s Top 25 Women-Owned Businesses, and Top Corporate Giver.
Julie has extensive experience in social and digital media marketing and reputation management, having led assignments with major corporations, non-profits and family businesses in over 10 industries around the country for three decades. She’s seen as a staunch brand ambassador for her clients and a well-connected source of invaluable business introductions. She also has launched and operates three unique Facebook pages, delivering heightened coverage for clients in the legal and real estate industries and as the de facto “mayor” of Plantation, Fla, and Aspen, Co.
Julie is one of Lifestyle Magazine’s Women of Influence for 2022, one of Florida Trend Magazine’s Top 500 Most Influential Business Leaders of 2022, one of PR Daily’s Top Women in Communications 2021, Florida Trend’s 500 Influential Business Leaders, and is a recipient of The Apogee Award from South Florida Business and Wealth Magazine in 2020. She has also won The South Florida Business Journal’s Women of Influence Award and was honored as the JAFCO Woman of Valor. She received The University of Florida Distinguished Alumni Award alongside CNN reporter Sarah Sidner and the VP of Nielsen. Julie also writes a monthly marketing column for both Lifestyle Magazine and The Daily Business Review.
Julie is an Ambassador for the Holocaust Museum of South Florida and remains a strong advocate for female founders state and nationwide. She is also the recipient of the Jacob’s Ladder Award for community advocacy, as well as Legal Aid’s Advocacy Award. She and her husband Howard were named Community Champions by Deliver the Dream and one of South Florida’s Leading named Community Champions by Deliver the Dream and one of South Florida’s Leading Couples by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Julie currently splits her time between our South Florida and Aspen offices, where she is a Fellow of the Aspen Institute.
DON SILVER, Chief Operating Officer, is the co-chair of the firm’s Crisis Communications Practice. He brings 30-plus years of successful public relations and national marketing management experience as a corporate executive with companies such as Duracell USA, Forster Manufacturing and Park & Sun Sports. He regularly assists many of the state’s top entrepreneurs, corporations, nonprofits, schools and law firms with crisis planning, reputation management, public relations, marketing, community outreach and online and search engine marketing.
Don is a frequent speaker, moderator and author on topics including handling a crisis in your business, designing a crisis plan, dealing with traditional and social media under fire and maximizing Linkedin for your business development. He is also active in the community, where he has been chairman of the board and/or marketing communications VP in organizations such as NAIOP, Legal Marketing Association, South Florida Technology Alliance, Legal Aid Service of Broward County’s Executive Council, Broward Partnership for the Homeless and Gold Coast Venture Capital Association. Current board positions include Florida Bulldog and Florida Atlantic University’s School of Communication and Multimedia Studies. He is a native of Miami and received his BBA in Marketing from Florida Atlantic University.
TODD TEMPLIN, Executive Vice President, has been in the communications industry for more than three decades as both a journalist and PR executive. He specializes in media relations, content creation, crisis communications/media training and business development. In addition to his traditional media work, he is also responsible for content marketing strategies for the firm’s clients which includes social media, blogs, web, video and other new media platforms. He also co-chairs the company’s crisis management division.
Todd is experienced in a number of industries including real estate, law, health care, retail/restaurant and professional associations. He has secured media placements in top-tier media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, CNN, ABC News, national trade publications, and Florida business and consumer outlets. He is often invited to speak to organizations and marketing professionals on relevant PR topics and has been quoted in various media reports as an expert in his field.
Before entering the public relations industry, Todd worked for 17 years as a broadcast journalist, both on-air and behind the scenes as a producer/newsroom executive. Most recently, he spent 10 years working at WPLG-TV in Miami and as a freelancer journalist for NBC and ABC networks. He also held positions in Detroit and Sarasota newsrooms.
Todd sits on the board of directors for the American Red Cross-Broward Chapter and Firewall Centers, a nonprofit that operates after-school tutoring and mentoring programs in Broward County. He’s also a past chairman of the Weston Business Chamber of Commerce and served on the Board and Executive Board of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. In 2009, he was recognized as a Mover & Shaker by the South Florida Business Leader Magazine. In that same year, he and wife Kristi Krueger of WPLG-TV were named one of South Florida’s Finest Couples by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Todd is a passionate supporter of the University of Florida where he graduated with a broadcast journalism degree.
JEN CLARIN, Vice President, specializes in media relations with an emphasis on legal, banking and finance, professional services and healthcare industries. Her extensive experience in these industries allows her to handle a variety of client needs ranging from case publicity, press conferences and crisis communications to trade show representation and product unveilings. Jennifer serves as BoardroomPR’s Law Firm Practice Management Team Leader. In addition, she is responsible for developing strategy and messaging in both traditional and social media outlets and managing her account teams and their operation. Jennifer is a past Chair of the Legal Marketing Association’s South Florida Chapter and serves on the boards of Jewish Adoption Foster Care Options (JAFCO), the Women’s Philanthropy Division of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and Margaux’s Miracle Foundation. In 2014, Jennifer was recognized by the South Florida Business Journal as one of its “40 Under 40.” She graduated with honors from the University of Florida where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations.
MICHELLE GRIFFITH, Vice President, leads the firm’s Tampa Bay office, working with clients across Florida and beyond. For the past 16 years she has worked with law firms, insurance companies, healthcare organizations, nonprofits, real estate, statewide associations, and trade groups to elevate their brand through traditional media relations. She also develops content marketing strategies including social media, blogs and video, to elevate her clients’ online presence and search engine rankings.
Since joining BoardroomPR in 2006, Michelle has been involved in several nonprofit associations and has played an integral role in generating media, community and legislative attention for organizations such as the Orange County Bar Association, Legal Aid Service of Broward County/Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida and foster children’s advocacy group Florida’s Children First. She served as the chair and secretary of the Legal Marketing Association’s Orlando Local Steering Committee and is a member of the Tampa chapter. Michelle is a graduate of the ATHENA NextGen 2017 class, a high-profile Central Florida women’s leadership group, and currently serves as Vice President of Communications Strategy & Social Media.
She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations and a minor in Business Administration.
ERIC KALIS, Senior Vice President, works with clients in real estate, legal, banking and other industries. With more than a decade of communications experience as a business reporter and editor, Eric has extensive industry knowledge, digital media experience and news judgment, including substantial broadcasting, business development, public speaking and social media experience to offer BoardroomPR’s clients in media relations. He is a past winner of PRSA Greater Fort Lauderdale’s “Young Professional of the Year” PR Wizard Award and has received numerous internal recognitions from BoardroomPR for new business generation, strong client retention and media relations output.
Eric is actively involved in real estate and business organizations, such as the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and AIPAC Florida’s Real Estate Division. He served as co-chair of ULI’s Young Leaders of Broward County Marketing and Communications Committee. Before starting his public relations career at BoardroomPR, Eric was a journalist for numerous leading publications, including the Daily Business Review, Miami Today and The Real Deal. Eric graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications.
Lauren Berger, Account Director, works with clients in a variety of industries including legal and professional services, healthcare, luxury real estate, and finance. She has a strong background in broadcast journalism and specializes in writing and social media management. Lauren started her career at ABC and prior to joining Boardroom, she was an executive producer for WPLG Local 10 where she was responsible for overseeing reporters, news producers, and writers. With a 15 year career in TV news, she is an expert in news media and various social platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. She also was an executive producer at WPEC-TV in West Palm Beach. Lauren graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications / political science from Florida State University.
Ashley Kearns, Social Media Director, leads the firm’s accomplished social media team overseeing social media, influencer and online reputation management (ORM) campaigns of the agency’s key clients.
Her background as a PR pro taught her the importance of messaging, sound copywriting, storytelling, and reader/viewer engagement. She and her social and multi-media staff create, develop and execute social media plans across a variety of brands and industries, maximizing follower engagement, conversion and community development.
Ashley is accustomed to the fast pace of the ever-changing as well as emerging social media platforms, attending conferences throughout the country as well as delivering seminars internally and to firm clients and outside organizations. That’s why her department has doubled over the last two years.
At BoardroomPR, it’s not the “post-a-thon” one-size-fits-all campaigns we often see from inexperienced teams featuring once or twice a week posts duplicated across all social channels. But instead, each campaign is well-researched and thought out with sophisticated targeting and messaging with unique images and videos that show up in the detailed monthly client analytics reports.
Representative industries the Social Media Practice Group serves include luxury real estate development, real estate brokerage, not-for-profits, industry and community associations, law firms, marine, healthcare, insurance, banking and finance, public affairs and crisis management.
Ashley and her team of highly experienced social media pros have developed award-winning social media campaigns for our firm such as “Empowering Survivors” and “Merrick Manor: Live, Love, Local.” She also assists with media relations social media integration, crisis management, and event planning and execution.
Prior to joining BoardroomPR more than five years ago, she was the Jr. Account Executive and Social Media Manager for a boutique public relations agency located in South Beach where she helped manage PR and social media for the firm’s lifestyle and hospitality clients, achieving national reach with the desired results.
Ashley graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida International University with a Bachelor’s in Communication and a minor in Hospitality. At FIU, she was the Public Relations Chair for Alternative Breaks, a non-profit organization, and a peer leadership consultant.
Ashley is the past Socials Subcommittee Chair of the FIU Young Alumni Network Executive Committee, but continues to serve her alma mater through regular speaking engagements and attending young professional events.
Daniel Benjamin, Account Director, is a PR professional with almost a decade of experience in the communications industry. He works with a variety of clients in professional services including law, technology, construction, residential/commercial real estate development and brokerage, banking, and engineering. He also focuses on industry association PR. Daniel has developed a reputation as an elite media relations professional and has secured media placements in prestigious publications such as the Associated Press, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, Wall Street Journal, Florida Trend, Law360 as well as many other print, broadcast and online outlets throughout Florida and nationally.
Before starting his Public Relations career at BoardroomPR, Daniel worked for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services as a Public Information Officer. He has worked on many emergency eradication programs as a representative of the commissioner’s office and has worked cooperatively with local and federal organizations. He specialized in community outreach, business liaison, public relations, and communications. While working for the state, Daniel received his MBA from Florida International University with a specialization in International Business.
He currently holds leadership positions sitting on the board of directors of the Goldcoast PR Council as Vice President and Chairman of the Legal Marketing Association’s South Florida Steering Committee.
Daniel graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications with a minor in Leadership Development.
Mara Gordon is a seasoned digital marketing and communications professional with over a decade of experience. She works with clients across various industries, including real estate, tech, legal, healthcare, education services and more. With a diverse background in public relations, marketing and digital advertising, Mara has honed her skills in developing omnichannel marketing plans, securing media coverage and executing successful online advertising campaigns.
At BoardroomPR, Mara leverages her expertise to create integrated campaigns that effectively reach target audiences. She has a deep understanding of the latest marketing technologies and trends, and a talent for crafting compelling messaging that resonates with audiences. Prior to joining BoardroomPR, Mara was responsible for all digital marketing and public relations efforts at an advertising technology company.
Mara holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida in film with a minor in mass communications as well as a graduate certificate in digital marketing from Full Sail University. Early in her career, she gained valuable experience as an intern for NBCUniversal in Burbank, California where she worked alongside the photography department just down the hall from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. When she’s not at work, she enjoys running, cycling, everything Disney and spoiling her dachshund pup.
Jessica Shein, Account Director, specializes in media relations, crisis communications, communications strategy, and public policy. She has experience representing clients in the legal, professional services, tech, healthcare, insurance, travel and nonprofit industries.
Jessica began her career at Boardroom PR from 2012-2017 and then rejoined the agency in 2023. For six years, she worked for national corporations including an educational travel company and served as the Director of Communications for a national healthcare and advocacy organization. There, she was responsible for media relations, corporate communications, crisis communications and public policy analysis. Jessica went on to work for a San Francisco-based PR agency as an Account Director, where she worked with startups in the fintech, biotech, and AI sectors of technology.
The Broward County native has experience in all aspects of PR and communications. She has served as the point-of-contact for law firms, organizations and coalitions during Supreme and Federal Court hearings and decisions to ensure her clients’ voices were a part of the conversation at both the national and local levels of media.
She has secured media placements in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Bloomberg, BBC, The Guardian, VentureBeat, TechCrunch, Wired, and the Washington Post.
Jessica received her B.S. in Communications from Florida International University and her M.A. in Public Management with a concentration in Public Policy Analysis at Johns Hopkins University.
Veronika Vernachio, Multimedia Account Executive, works with a variety of clients on social media management, video production, media relations, brand development and audience engagement. She has extensive experience with a variety of social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, Linkedin and YouTube.
Prior to joining BoardroomPR, Veronika was a morning anchor and multimedia journalist for multiple television stations owned by E.W. Scripps Media Company. She started her career in Tucson, Arizona as a morning multimedia journalist where she wrote, shot and edited stories for the ABC affiliate KGUN9. She was last in Tallahassee, where she helped launch the ABC affiliate’s WTXL weekend morning show as a producer and anchor.
Veronika graduated from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications as a Telecommunication- News Broadcast major. At UF, she was the College Liaison for the Journalism School’s Ambassador Program, where she worked with new and prospective students to introduce the program to them. She was also involved with the local PBS and NPR affiliates where she anchored, produced and reported on community stories and statewide documentaries. She also spent some time at Instagram and the Washington Post as one of 11 selected across the country to help launch IGTV, now known as Instagram’s mega-popular Reels video platform.
Andrea Ugarte, Social Media Strategist, focuses on developing successful campaign strategies for her clients that are centered on achieving their social media, online presence, and PR goals. She specializes in brand development by incorporating content creation with a mix of social media and blog posts; planning calendars, graphics, short videos, press releases and contributed articles. She has experience in multiple social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.
Andrea is bilingual, speaking and writing both fluently in English and Spanish. She graduated top of her class from the University of Central Florida, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Integrated Business.
Max Brodsky, Account Coordinator, focuses on traditional and digital PR campaigns for BoardroomPR clients in several industries, including law, real estate, technology, non-profit and industry associations.
His responsibilities include content creation — writing press releases, blog and social media posts, as well as handling distribution, follow-up, and measuring and reporting results. In addition, he also conducts online research to benefit these campaigns.
Prior to joining BoardroomPR, Max earned a BA in Advertising and Public Relations from the University of Tampa, where he led the Tau Phi chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi for two years as their President. To help work his way through school, Max was a legal marketing intern at a local law firm for two years, where he managed the firm’s bi-weekly podcast, wrote blogs, created graphics, and handled all website editing.
Bri Grall, Account Coordinator, focuses on traditional and digital PR initiatives as well as social media campaigns and video production for BoardroomPR clients in several industries including hospitality, law, real estate, technology, non-profit and industry associations.
She excels in content creation — writing press releases and blogs, as well as implementing results-driven social media strategies, producing short videos and graphics, and developing community management campaigns to increase engagement and awareness for the firm’s clients. Bri also handles media outreach as well as putting together reports with key metrics to share with the account management team and our clients.
Bri earned a B.A. in Strategic Communication and a B.A. in Digital Media Production and Journalism. She gained a passion for leadership and invaluable experience through the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) as the chapter president then the PRSSA National Sunshine District Ambassador, working as a liaison between the parent chapters and 11 universities throughout Florida.
Amanda Gordon, Digital PR Specialist, focuses on crafting and implementing comprehensive strategies across diverse industries, including real estate, non-profit, and industry associations.
Her expertise lies in curating impactful social media content that aligns with the firm’s and its clients’ unique goals. With creativity and a strategic mindset, she designs content calendars, produces captivating videos, and crafts eye-catching graphics to cultivate an engaging and highly effective online presence for each account. Always data-driven, she vigilantly monitors performance metrics and growth analytics while staying at the forefront of industry trends and best practices. Beyond digital realms, Amanda is proficient in traditional media, skillfully crafting press releases, media alerts, and compelling pitches to secure positive coverage and elevate brand exposure for the firm’s clients.
Amanda graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Marketing, and a minor in Digital Media.
Hannah Batista, Social Media Specialist, excels in developing and implementing cutting-edge social media strategies, crafting compelling narratives, managing social media accounts, and compiling analytics to propel the firm and its clients toward their marketing objectives. Leveraging her extensive expertise and profound background in branding and design, she creates attention-grabbing and engaging social media content that resonates with diverse target audiences in a distinctive and captivating manner.
Proficient in the Adobe Creative Suite, Hannah boasts a wealth of experience in tailoring content across various social media platforms, including Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and X (formerly known as Twitter).
Before joining Boardroom PR, Hannah honed her skills as a graphic designer at the University of Florida. Thanks to her experience as a branding intern and freelance designer, her impressive portfolio includes a strong track record of conceptualizing and executing design ideas, crafting brand identities, and developing tailored social media content for a wide range of clients and audiences. Notable achievements include the creation of original branding guidelines for an up-and-coming influencer’s podcast and the development of a distinct brand identity for a non-profit organization.
Hannah, a true Floridian, comes from Miami, Florida, where she was born and raised. Her academic journey led her to graduate summa cum laude from the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising, complemented by a minor in Innovation.
Diana Mellion is a PR Specialist who concentrates on media relations and office management for BoardroomPR. Before joining Boardroom in 2021, Diana was with the Sun-Sentinel for 30 years, 27 of those, as a member of the paper’s Editorial Board. Her responsibilities included Letters and Viewpoint Editor, selecting content, writing headlines, managing page production, and coordinating political candidate interviews. She wrote stories and caregiver columns, as well. She also has experience working with local nonprofits in the cultural arts, aging and youth mentoring arenas in the capacity of membership and development, advisor, and volunteer. She focused on building support and donations, community outreach, social media and eNewsletters.
Brian French is the Search Engine Optimization and Online Marketing Specialist with BoardroomPR. Brian has over 12 years of experience in implementing website traffic and revenue-producing search engine optimization, PPC, and social media marketing campaigns. Search Engine Optimization strategies and techniques continue to evolve. Brian completes detailed “on-page” SEO formatting for websites and has established productive inbound link-building resources. Brian French has a BA in Business Administration and Finance from the University of South Florida and is an owner of many niche social media groups with over 25,000 members. He has also been a podcasting interview host for leading Florida businesses.
Brian works out of our Tampa Bay office.
Hayley Brooks is a Storytelling Expert who works with individuals and businesses to craft and tailor their narratives toward specific goals. Her services include copywriting, ghostwriting, speechwriting, resumes, cover letters, company mission statements, personal statements, undergraduate and graduate school essay coaching, elevator pitches, interview coaching, and public speaking coaching.
HUGO H. OTTOLENGHI is a senior consultant to BoardroomPR. His areas of expertise in writing include residential and commercial real estate, construction, banking and finance, healthcare, law, technology, non-profits, intellectual property, nutritional supplements, and baseball. Hugo plans and executes communication strategies that integrate traditional media, blogs, social media, and multimedia such as video production and editing, podcasts and photography.
Hugo began his multimedia career as a producer at the national TV news show, the Nightly Business Report. He then became the editorial and research director for what is now bankrate.com. In South Florida, he managed real estate and banking coverage for the Daily Business Review while also serving as Palm Beach Executive Editor. At Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers, he directed business news and legislative coverage and served as a writing coach to news bureaus from Jupiter to Sebastian. Hugo has co-authored two books and is a faculty member in the School of Communication + Journalism at Florida International University.
Boardroom has been a strategic partner supporting our business growth and brand expansion. The personal interaction with Eric and Daniel and their incredible focus to meet deadlines with quality content has propelled KWPMC as a market leader.
Boardroom has been a strategic partner supporting our business growth and brand expansion. The personal interaction with Eric and Daniel and their incredible focus to meet deadlines with quality content has propelled KWPMC as a market leader.
- Tim O’Keefe
Partner | KWPMC