New Hire Will Add Leadership to Public Affairs Practice and Help Drive Long Term Strategy
Sacramento (August 7, 2017) – FSB Core Strategies (FSB) today announced long-time public affairs practitioner, Bill Romanelli, previously Senior Director with APCO Worldwide in Sacramento, has joined the firm as Senior Vice President and will provide further leadership to the firm’s Public Affairs Practice.
“Bill is an exceptional addition to our team—his reputation for being a thoughtful, skilled strategist and communications professional is widely recognized, said Jeff Flint, FSB President and CEO. “We have been looking for the right person to provide further leadership to our Public Affairs Practice along with the partners for some time and Bill embodies our firm’s values, culture and strategic vision. He is the perfect person for the position.”
Romanelli has nearly 25 years’ experience representing companies, associations, industry coalitions and nonprofits seeking to tell their story and advance their cause on a variety of local, state and federal issues. Over the years he has led multiple communication and outreach campaigns to educate and influence decision makers, reporters and local communities on a wide variety of issues. He possesses experience in energy and natural resources, conservation, environmental remediation, flood control, civil justice reform, health care, land use, and public safety.
“This is an exciting new chapter for me and for FSB Core Strategies,” said Romanelli. “They’ve been a firm to watch for a number of years already, and I’m very honored to be joining this dynamic and growing team.”
Romanelli rounds out FSB’s senior leadership team, which includes Jeff Flint as firm president and CEO, Cherri Spriggs-Hernandez as firm principal and chief marketing officer, Kristy Babb as firm principal and chief administrative officer, Jerry Amante as the firm’s general counsel and senior vice president and David Murillo as vice president of the firm’s Association Management Services practice. Romanelli’s addition helps position the firm for future growth and will assist in the firm’s long-term strategic direction.
FSB Core Strategies recently celebrated its 5th anniversary, though the company has been providing public affairs, public relations and association management services statewide since 2001 through predecessor companies. Recognized by the Sacramento Business Journal as one of the premiere public affairs and public relations firms in the region, FSB has delivered great successes on behalf of government agencies, Fortune 500 companies and non-profit organizations. FSB employs a team of 20 professionals between offices in Sacramento and Orange County.
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ANAHEIM, CALIF. (July 24, 2017)—FSB Core Strategies, a public affairs, public relations and trade association management firm based in Sacramento with an office in Anaheim, recently announced three promotions for members of its Orange County team. FSB promoted Alex Burrola, Mayra Vega and Rachael DiCicco, all long-time team members and entrenched in southern California projects.
“We’re only as good as our team,” said FSB Core Strategies President and CEO Jeff Flint, “and our team is the gold standard when it comes to innovative, resourceful, thoughtful public affairs and public relations practitioners. Alex, Mayra and Rachael’s promotions are well-deserved and we take pride in cultivating a culture that affords professional growth and rewards. The longevity of our entire team – in Sacramento and Orange County – is what differentiates FSB from other public affairs and public relations firms.”
Alex Burrola has been promoted to Senior Account Supervisor. Burrola is an invaluable member of the public affairs team and has been part of the Orange County office since 2012. He provides senior leadership to the junior team while leading multiple client campaigns and projects.
Mayra Vega has been promoted to Account Supervisor. Vega works in the public affairs and public relations practices and creates and implements strategic outreach and bilingual media programs in an effort to foster and maintain long-lasting relationships between clients and various southern California communities. She has been with FSB since 2014.
Rachael DiCicco has been promoted to Assistant Account Executive. Rachael joined FSB two years ago upon graduating from California State University, Chico, where she studied journalism and public relations. Rachael is an integral member of the team and works in all three of FSB’s Practice Areas: Public Affairs, Consumer Public Relations and Trade Association Management.
FSB Core Strategies recently celebrated its 5th anniversary, though the company has been providing public affairs, public relations and trade association management services statewide since 2005 as a predecessor company. Recognized by the Orange County Business Journal as one of the most premiere public affairs and public relations firms in the County, FSB has delivered great successes on behalf of government agencies, Fortune 500 companies and non-profit organizations.
FSB Core Strategies congratulates our client, the Modesto Chamber of Commerce PAC as well as Modesto’s business, farming, labor and public safety leaders, for successfully defeating Measure I this week.
The final tabulation of ballots in Modesto’s 2015 general election showed Measure I defeated by 215 votes. Our firm was honored to manage this campaign on the PAC’s behalf and on the side of property rights, good planning, more jobs, and economic development. Another win on a tough land use ballot measure for our team.
Measure I’s defeat follows a tough local land use victory just this past May in Buena Park.
Click here to read the Modesto Bee article.
Click here to view FSB’s campaign track record.
FSB is thrilled to announce today that we have been listed in the Sacramento Business Journal’s Top 5 PR Agencies and we just launched our brand new website!
We encourage you to explore the new site and spend some time learning more about our brand, our growing staff, and the work that we do for our clients and in our communities. We value our clients and professional relationships, and our new site reflects our commitment to providing them with the highest quality public relations and public affairs services.
Thank you for your continued support!
Jeff, Cherri, and Kristy
Sarah Pollo, Senior Account Executive and Social Media Director
There has been a lot of chatter recently over the rise of short video loop social media applications like Snapchat, Facebook’s Poke, Instagram’s video service and Twitter’s Vine. And with any new social medium tool comes privacy concerns.
Snapchat is the newest rising star in this category, leading all the others in number of users. Their largest target audience, however, is teens and what tends to be a hot button issue with this group is content. Snapchat has built its platform around the ability for users to share quick, ten second or less video clips with a short message to other users in their network. Then the video clip supposedly disappears.
The central question surrounding this new video sharing service is if disappearing means permanently deleted or just gone from your phone? And the latest privacy issue cropping up for Snapchat has been user complaints over the inability to opt out of linking a phone number with the username.
As social media continues to spur new privacy concerns and the law seems to always be playing catch up, it is important to remember that anything put out in the social media and online realm is public. This goes for businesses as well- not just teenagers.
Social media is here to stay and has become a professional necessity for many industries needing to stay ahead of the news cycle and communicating. But that doesn’t mean we can be careless with its application.
Don’t assume a short video clip you share ‘privately’ with your friends or contacts won’t make its way into a twitter feed or blog post. Always make sure the social media messages you are trying to convey for your clients are approved and won’t be a disaster if spread outside of their immediate network.
Vanessa Johnson, Account Coordinator
Passion and personality: two words that are essential in the Public Relations field. So often we forget the importance of a smile, kind gesture and ability to put a grin on someone’s face. This is what PR is all about. The concept that as a professional we are not only determined to be efficient, but also to make our clients happy. Working in the PR world has taught me that the nice guy (or gal in this case) does not always finish last and that passion, positive personality and flexibility will take me far as a professional.
What differentiates a passionate person from an indifferent person is the willingness to push one’s self knowing the client will value the work ethic. As PR professionals, nothing is more rewarding than celebrating a client and their successes. The passionate person, however, will also feel disappointed when he/she knows the client could have had a better experience. Sometimes it is okay to be upset when we don’t make a deadline or we realize we could have gotten one more registrant for an event. These emotions push us to work harder the next time we need to get a reporter on site, a new registrant at an event or a new member to join a coalition. Passion is what drives us to make a client happy.
While passion provides the drive, a positive personality can bring out the best in any situation or obstacle presented. This positivity can be seen in something as simple as a smile or even a thank you letter. We might think a smile cannot be presented over the phone. However, tone, confidence and knowledge can make any cold call so much more than just a cold call. We can entice our listener to stay engaged and listen to what we have to say. There have been so many occasions where a smile has given me the opportunity to network and welcome another professional into a conversation at an event or in the field. No one wants to talk to a “negative Nancy”.
Sometimes, however, it is hard to remain positive. We may feel as though we are in over our heads and want to forfeit the day’s work altogether. This is where flexibility comes in to play. In the world of PR, the phrase “roll with the punches” cannot be better related to what we experience in any given day. While mastering professional duties with one client may seem manageable, taking on two or even three clients at the same time can no doubt seem daunting. The flexible individual takes these responsibilities in and realizes this is the opportunity to learn something new. It could be time management, organization or even the courage to ask for help when it is needed. Mostly, the flexible professional is able to adapt to their surroundings and compose their behavior in a manner that is ready to take on more challenges by not freaking out. A flexible professional will indeed “roll with the punches”, but they will also learn in the meantime.
So, PR professionals, keep your heads up and those pearly whites showing and remember a positive attitude and smile can go a very long way. Take every day as it is comes and know that we can learn something new in the process. Try and think about how happy you are with your work and the effort you put in. But most importantly, in the words of Steve Jobs, “… the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
Rosana Torres, Account Coordinator
Six thousand eight-hundred. That’s the rough number of languages spoken in the world today.
Third. That’s the place Spanish takes with a roaring 346 million-plus people speaking Spanish. In the U.S. alone there are 37.6 million Spanish-speakers, making it the second most spoken language.
Being bilingual is beneficial; I’ve never heard someone complain that fluently speaking two languages has hindered their way of life. In fact recent studies have demonstrated that a multilingual person is nimbler, quicker, better able to deal with ambiguities, resolve conflicts and even resist Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia longer.
I fully embrace my bilingualism and went as far as making sure I’d land a job that would allow me to resourcefully use my Spanish-speaking abilities to strategically deliver a message and gain a larger audience.
When I was researching which public relations/affairs agencies would be a right fit, I was shocked to learn that not many agencies were utilizing or even recruiting Spanish-speakers to broaden a client’s audience. There are more Spanish speakers than ever today, and the number will only continue to grow, until Spanish-speakers become the majority. Why not take advantage of this skill, when you can add an entirely different community to your reach?
When I was asked if I was interested in serving as part of the Ford Motor Co., California Communications Team with an emphasis on the Latino market with FSB Core Strategies, I found myself in a unique position that enabled me to live my public relations passion for both general market clients, and those looking to serve the Latino community as well.
Working primarily with Spanish-language media in Los Angeles; the capability to effortlessly communicate with others in more than one language is also an asset in the workplace and opens doors to a whole new world of public relations. I am lucky enough to partake in many events that showcase the power of bilingualism, where the measure of success is media coverage and relationships. How efficient is it to have a bilingual team that builds both general market and Latino media and influencer relationships? The ability to communicate with English and Spanish media outlets, doubles the coverage and reach for a client.
Danielle Vaticano, Account Executive
As one of the lucky few who found a job right out of college, I was instantly enamored by my over-crowded Outlook calendar and drunk on self-importance from my new smart-phone pinging me with emails and calendar invites as I sat at lunch with my ‘professional’ friends and talked about the ‘business’. Within a few weeks I launched a quest to join every social and political organization in the tri-county region, intent on committing myself to leadership roles as soon as they could process my online application.
I bounced from meeting to meeting, and even went to a couple meetings about meetings, desperately hoping that I would feel moved by the topics and satiated by the work we were accomplishing in the community. I tried social organizations and professional organizations dedicated to my field, even exploring increased leadership positions at my church; I was determined to find my fit. Spoiler alert- It didn’t happen.
The trial and error went on for a few years and I became increasingly less optimistic I would ever make an impact on my community that I was proud of and actively enjoyed.
Earlier this year I agreed to fill in for my boss at a planning meeting for an event at a local chamber of commerce, intent on taking notes and reporting back to her so she would be prepared for the next meeting. Little did I know, the stars were about to align and I was on the path to finding an organization that welcomed my talents and celebrated my ideas and enthusiasm. Just one short year later, I am more involved with the chamber than ever, having found that working with an organization that promotes the health of the regional businesses community is actually a passion of mine. I am proud of the work the organization accomplishes and inspired by the community leaders that I have come to know and lean on as mentors.
While finding the best-fit organization for me was an arduous process, in the end, it was valuable in that I found what I was looking for and learned a few things along the way that could be useful for someone in my shoes, trying to find their own fit.
Give yourself a time frame. After a series of failed attempts to find what I was passionate about, I began giving myself a time frame for how long I planned to stay involved with a group to see if it was a good fit for me. In that time frame I committed fully to getting to know the membership and serving on committees, but stayed aware of my level of engagement and commitment to the issues. If at the end of my ‘time frame’ I didn’t find myself fully connected, I moved on.
Share your ideas. New members can offer a surge of fresh ideas for an organization and yours are just as important as your fellow committee member. Have the confidence to offer your suggestions when attending meetings and look for opportunities for your talents to be of use.
Show up. Committing yourself to an organization usually means that you are passionate about the issue and people you will be working with, making it easier for you to demonstrate your dedication. From volunteering for the shift that no one wants at an upcoming event to cold calling potential sponsors to raise money, when you show up and do the work, you may find that doors will open to opportunities in the organization that you never knew existed.