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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
Julie Talenfeld

Julie Talenfeld

President

Julie Talenfeld is the Founder and CEO of BoardroomPR, which she founded in 1989.

The firm was named one of 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 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 is an Ambassador for the Holocaust Museum of South Florida and remains a strong advocate for female founders state and nation-wide. 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 South Florida and Aspen, where she is a Fellow of the Aspen Institute.

Don Silver
Don Silver

Don Silver

Chief Operating Officer

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, Broward Partnership for the Homeless and Gold Coast Venture Capital Association. Current positions include the VP of Public Relations, South Florida Technology Alliance and board seats with Florida Bulldog and Legal Aid Service of Broward County’s Executive Council. He is a native Floridian and received his BBA in Marketing from Florida Atlantic University.

Todd Templin
Todd Templin

Todd Templin

Executive Vice President

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.

Laura Burns
Laura Burns

Laura Burns

Senior Vice President

Laura Burns, Senior Vice President, has been a top communications professional for nearly 20 years.  She specializes in media relations and crisis communications, working with clients in a variety of industries including real estate, healthcare and education.  Some of her most prestigious projects include developing complex media strategies that bring national attention to multi-million-dollar luxury real estate projects and, as part of the firm’s crisis management team, crafting delicate communications plans disseminated with utmost swiftness and diligence.

As an instrumental player in developing and maintaining client relationships and generating new business for BoardroomPR, Laura uses her previous experience as an Executive Producer at WPLG/Local 10, the ABC News affiliate in Miami, to compose stories and strategies that have the biggest impact for her clients.

Laura is an active member of the community with her involvement in the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce, Urban Land Institute’s Women’s Leadership Initiative, and ATHENA Women’s Leadership.  She was previously a mentor for Women of Tomorrow, a group that brings together highly accomplished professional women with small groups of at-risk high school girls.

She graduated from Boston University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism. She is a South Florida native, and splits her time between the firm’s South Florida and Orlando offices.

Jen Clarin
Jen Clarin

Jen Clarin

Vice President

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
Michelle Griffith

Michelle Griffith

Vice President

MICHELLE GRIFFITH, Vice President, co-leads the firm’s Central Florida office, working with clients across Florida and beyond in a variety of industries, including law, insurance, healthcare, nonprofit, real estate, statewide associations, and trade groups. She is skilled in managing high-profile media relations programs, statewide legislative and public affairs advocacy campaigns, and top-tier national news pitching. Michelle also works with clients to develop social media and web marketing strategies to elevate their online presence and search engine rankings.

Since joining BoardroomPR in 2006, she 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 also served as the chair of the Legal Marketing Association’s Orlando Local Steering Committee and currently serves as secretary. She is a graduate of the ATHENA NextGen 2017 class, a high profile Central Florida women’s leadership group. Michelle 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
Eric Kalis

Eric Kalis

Vice President

ERIC KALIS, 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. 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
Lauren Berger

Lauren Berger

Account Director

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.

Felipe M. Calderon III
Felipe M. Calderon III

Felipe M. Calderon III

Creative Director

FELIPE M. CALDERON III, Creative Director, works with a variety of clients including law firms, healthcare companies, nonprofits, hospitality companies, financial services firms, and commercial and residential real estate companies. Felipe is an international selling visual artist and graphic designer who has collaborated with companies such as Forbes & Guinness Book of World Records. Born and raised in South Florida he studied new and contemporary media practices at Florida State University. In his role as a Creative Director, Felipe is in charge of video production, graphic design and website management. From cultivating campaigns, developing ads and marketing pieces to producing, shooting, editing and curating videos, he has produced high-quality, artistic and engaging content. Felipe began to refine his craft of design by marrying digital media practices and contemporary painting techniques to display beautiful, intriguing styles to express design.

Daniel Benjamin
Daniel Benjamin

Daniel Benjamin

Senior Account Executive

Daniel Benjamin, Sr. Account Executive, 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, tech, construction, residential/commercial development, residential real estate, banking and engineering. He has secured media placements in such prestigious publications as the Associated Press, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, Florida Trend, Law360 as well as many daily & business outlets throughout Florida.

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.

Daniel graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications with a minor in Leadership Development. While at the University of Florida, Daniel interned, as an event coordinator for LifeSouth Community Blood Center.

Ashley Kearns
Ashley Kearns

Ashley Kearns

Social Media Director

Ashley Kearns, Social Media Director, leads the firm’s social media team in deliberate planning and goal setting, identifying target audiences, brand development, engagement and conversion strategy, influencer marketing and measuring and analyzing ROI on various social media networks including Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Twitter, YouTube and Google My Business. She also assists with media relations, crisis management, and event planning and execution.

Prior to joining BoardroomPR, 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.

Currently, Ashley is a member of the FIU Young Alumni Network’s Executive Committee where she serves as the chair for the Socials subcommittee.

Mara Gordon
Mara Gordon

Mara Gordon

Senior Account Executive - Digital

Mara Gordon works with clients in a variety of industries including luxury real estate, retail, legal and education services. Mara began her career in commercial real estate where she was responsible for various marketing initiatives. Prior to joining BoardroomPR, she handled all digital marketing and public relations efforts for an advertising technology company where she developed omnichannel marketing plans, procured media coverage and created online advertising campaigns. While attending the University of Central Florida, Mara was an intern for NBCUniversal in Burbank, California where she worked alongside the photography department. Mara has a graduate certificate in internet marketing from Full Sail University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in film with a minor in mass communications. Mara was a regular on the Dean’s List at UCF and was inducted into the Rho Lambda Honor Society.

Veronika Vernachio
Veronika Vernachio

Veronika Vernachio

Account Executive & Multimedia Executive

Veronika Vernachio, Multimedia Account Executive, who works with a variety of different 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, Twitter, Linkedin and Youtube. 

Prior to joining BoardroomPR, Veronika was a morning anchor and multimedia journalist for multiple television stations through the E.W. Scripps media company. She started her career in Tucson, Arizona as a morning multimedia journalist, where she wrote, shoot and edited stories for the ABC affiliate KGUN9. She was last in Tallahassee, where she helped launched the ABC station’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 upcoming students and lead their tour program. She was also involved with the local PBS and NPR affiliates, where she anchor, produced and reported on community stories and statewide documentaries.

Andrea Ugarte
Andrea Ugarte

Andrea Ugarte

Digital PR Specialist

Andrea Ugarte, Digital PR Specialist, 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.

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Max Brodsky

Max Brodsky

Account Coordinator

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, 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 handled all website editing.

Diana Mellion
Diana Mellion

Diana Mellion

PR Specialist

Diana Mellion is a PR Specialist focused on media relations for BoardroomPR clients including not-for-profits, technology, real estate and others.  Prior to joining the firm, Diana worked 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 has also worked with local nonprofits in the cultural arts, aging and youth mentoring arenas in the capacity of membership and development, advisor, and as a volunteer. This is where she focused on building support and donations, community outreach, social media and eNewsletters.

Bri Grall
Bri Grall

Bri Grall

Account Coordinator

Bri Grall, Account Coordinator, focuses on traditional and digital PR initiatives as well as social media campaigns for BoardroomPR clients in several industries including hospitality, law, real estate, technology, non-profit and industry associations.

She focuses on 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 from Flagler College in Saint Augustine, Florida. 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.

Brian French
Brian French

Brian French

SEO and Online Marketing Specialist

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.

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Hayley Brooks
Hayley Brooks

Hayley Brooks

Storyteller

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.

Hayley has a background in entertainment, journalism, personal essay writing, and public relations. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Creative Writing and has also completed graduate-level coursework in College Counseling at Columbia University. She is a published author and has been featured in USA Today, Thought Catalog, The Daily Pennsylvanian, UWishunu, Glam, MarketingHQ, among others. Hayley has worked previously at Disney, Nickelodeon, Creative Artists Agency, and DIGA Studios, and started her career right here at BoardroomPR as a public relations intern.
Hugo OTTOLENGHI
Hugo OTTOLENGHI

Hugo OTTOLENGHI

Online Media Consultant

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, intellectual property, nutritional supplements, technology 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 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 coauthored two books and is a faculty member in the School of Communication + Journalism at Florida International University.

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    The Boardroom team is responsive, insightful, creative, and has a comprehensive knowledge of the RE industry. They have successfully promoted the Encore brand as well as high-profile projects, including Paramount Ft. Lauderdale Beach and Plantation Walk.  They work well with our team and do whatever it takes to get the job done.

    - Art Falcone

    CEO & Managing Principal, Encore Capital Management