This summer has been nothing short of exciting for members of the Forbes Agency Council, who have been busy announcing incredible collaborations, exciting honors and recognition, impressive awards and so much more. Below, we highlight 12 members and their big news.

Jade Faugno Named One of PRSA’s 15 Under 35

Jade Faugno

Jade Faugno, VP of Intermarket Communications, was honored by the New York chapter of the Public Relations Society of America by being named one of the 15 Under 35. Young professionals influencing and impacting public relations were recognized at the 31st Annual Big Apple Awards Gala in June. Big Apple Chair and event co-host Doug Simon said in a press release, “The 2018 Big Apple Awards was by far our best ever. From the number and quality of the entries to the overall execution of the event, the evening was just spectacular. We have set a new standard for award presentations and for recognizing the talented professionals that are unique to New York City.” See the full list of winners here.

FlyteVu Founders’ Music and Branding Collabs Recognized by Billboard

Jeremy Holley

FlyteVu founding partner Jeremy Holley, along with partner Laura Hutfless, have been named to Billboard’s fourth annual Country Power Players list and Top Branding Power Players list, for their successful ventures in building brands with targeted collaborations. Since last year, the agency that calls Nashville home has doubled in size and expanded into Austin this April, due in no small part to its success in helping social connection app Bumble become a billion-dollar brand. Learn more about FlyteVu’s unique work thats features the likes of Dolly Parton, Pentatonix and Cracker Barrel, among other winning combinations, here and here.

Junction AI Announces Advisory Board, Including FAC Member Dacia Coffey

Vance Reavie

Dacia Coffey

Junction AI, the creator of a revolutionary “AI as a service” marketing solution helmed by CEO Vance Reavie, welcomes industry leaders to its new advisory board. Gary Leff, Ron Schnell and fellow Forbes Agency Council member Dacia Coffey (CEO, Blender) join the board. “We feel we’ve attracted a dream team and are thrilled to benefit from their guidance and insights,” Reavie said in a press release. Read the full announcement here.

Rogue Marketing Honored With Gold at Hermes Awards

James Loomstein

Rogue Marketing, the agency led by Managing Partner James Loomstein, has won Gold in the Electronic Media/Social Media/Consumer Engagement Campaign category at the 2018 Hermes Awards. The company was recognized for the Southern Methodist University campaign entitled “Saving a Program Through Effective Lead Generation.” Read more about the campaign here, and see the Hermes Awards’ full list of winners here.

Search Optics Welcomes New President, North America

Troy Smith

President and Founder Troy Smith of Search Optics announces the exciting appointment of David Cox, formerly of Connect-Auto, as the first President, North America for Search Optics. “David is a visionary business leader whose international background aligns perfectly with our global focus and with the Search Optics value proposition, emphasizing innovation and results,” said CEO David Ponn. Read the full announcement here.

CKP Cleans Up In Various Award Ceremonies

Carey Kirkpatrick

Carey Kirkpatrick, CEO and Founder of CKP, is proud to announce the company has been recognized for platinum-level client work in the past year. CKP was named the 2018 Mid-Size Public Relations Agency of the Year by the Houston Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, among other honors by the Hermes International Creative Awards and the American Marketing Association’s Houston Chapter Crystal Awards.

Jackie Dryden Joins Elite Group of Advertising Hall of Famers

Jackie Dryden

In June 2018, Jackie Dryden, Chief Purpose Architect at Savage Brands, was inducted into the Southwest Advertising Hall of Fame. The trailblazer and AAF-Houston Living Legend Award winner joins a distinguished group of fellow inductees that includes Stan Richards, Stanley Marcus and Alex Lopez-Negrete. Read the full announcement here.

1Milk2Sugars Tackles the Tech Sphere With Big New Client

Priya Chopra

President and Founder Priya Chopra announces 1Milk2Sugars‘ first foray into the tech sphere with the signing of Adbank to its client roster this year. The 6-year-old full-service agency represents clients across industries, from beauty and fashion to entertainment and, now, tech. “As soon as we saw what Adbank was doing, it was clear we had to be a part of it. As an Agency focused on innovation and transparency, we were instantly attracted to Adbank’s enormous strides to make a major impact in the media industry,” Chopra said in a press release. Read the full announcement and what Adbank has to say here.

CB Entertainment Adds Music Distribution to Artist Service Offerings

Chris Bianchi

CB Entertainment, the Cleveland-based firm led by owner Chris Bianchi, has expanded its operations to include a music distribution division. Announced late last year, the endeavor is added to CB’s list of artists services that already includes management & development, merchandising, event operations and more. The music distribution initiative is in collaboration with LEGEND Entertainment and INgrooves Music Group. Read more here.

Protected Media Chosen to Partner With Japan’s Leading DSP Provider

Asaf Greiner

A leading DSP in Japan, Maverick Japan has selected Protected Media for its fraud detection solution. Protected Media is led by Asaf Greiner, Founder and CEO. In a press release, Isamu Birumachi, CEO of Maverick Japan, said, “We have always been committed to providing our customers with fraud free, viewable impressions. After working with local vendors we realized that we need to find a more strong robust solution, which is what led us to Protected Media. They have successfully demonstrated their abilities to catch more fraud than other systems we have used, and with more precision. We believe that their cybersecurity expertise combined with automation, will provide us with ad fraud detection and viewability solutions at scale.”

Applaudo Studios Sets Up New Shop in Central America

Katina Kenyon

Applaudo Studios, where Forbes Agency Council member Katina Kenyon serves as VP of Sales and Marketing, is creating a technological development center in Colonia San Benito in El Salvador. The software development agency calls Austin, Texas home, but is excited to invest in this new office space, training facility and co-working space for engineers in El Salvador. Applaudo co-founder Darwin Romero explained that this co-working space is meant to bring Salvadoran entrepreneurs “an ecosystem in which they have the full support from Applaudo Studios to create new ideas, new ventures, and the space to expose them to investment matters.”


These are just a handful of Forbes Councils members’ recent exciting achievements. Read about what other members are working on here. Have news of your own to share with the community? Submit your accomplishments to our team by visiting the “get media exposure” page in your member dashboard.


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