THE POINT PEOPLE
Among company heads in the entrepreneurial and franchise-focused PR realm, Jamie Izaks possesses a combination of credentials rarely found in others. His professional experience spans nearly 15 years, including executive level management at the leading national public relations agency serving the franchise industry prior to launching All Points. Previously, Jamie was the public relations manager for Chicago-based Hyatt Hotels Corporation, working at the company’s global headquarters. Earlier in his career, he earned his stripes in the news industry as an anchor, reporter and producer at various NBC, ABC, FOX and FOX SportsNet network affiliates throughout the United States.
Jamie is a seasoned publicist, writer, presenter and public speaker, having made speeches to rooms filled with hundreds of entrepreneurs as well as in small panel and roundtable settings. His work has resulted in countless national and local stories, as well as creative social media campaigns, that have consistently driven business results beyond expectation. This high level of achievement has earned Jamie respect among industry peers and afforded him the opportunity to successfully pursue new business development.
Dating back to his days as a teenager, working in the media industry has always been a professional pursuit. Jamie parlayed that passion into a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from the esteemed Ernie Pyle School of Journalism at Indiana University. He went on to work as a journalist in several U.S. markets, including Chicago as a television anchor, reporter and producer. Eager to learn more about the forces driving industry in America, Jamie pursued post-graduate studies and earned his MBA from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.
Jamie launched All Points Public Relations in September 2011 to realize his entrepreneurial dream – and to advance the dreams of other entrepreneurially spirited individuals and companies.
Simply put, Lauren keeps All Points running like a fine-tuned machine. Her savvy business sense combines with stellar organization and planning to keep All Points’ accounts on track. From conceptualizing and systematizing creative internal processes to accounting, HR, employee hiring and training, Lauren does it all with grace, understanding and attention to detail. Lauren has been the driving force behind some of All Points’ most substantive work, including launching the Positive Impact program where employees contribute quarterly to the community as a team.
A graduate of Indiana University, Lauren holds a bachelor’s degree in education as well as a post-graduate degree in communication sciences and disorders from Northwestern University.
Lauren honed her skill set as an educator in the Chicago Public Schools system as well as at one of the city’s most prominent private schools. She demonstrates her dedication to philanthropy as a volunteer at her children’s school, the Alzheimer’s Association and FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education). She is also a Sunday School teacher and organizes a multiple book clubs.
Lauren is married to Jamie and together they have two children and several pet fish. As a family, they enjoy outdoor activities, attending the theater and cheering on the cubbies. Lauren is an avid fan of technology, the news, running and gardening.
THE PR TEAM
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Born and raised in Muncie, Indiana, Spencer has a knack for pairing design and content. Because of this, he has found a perfect fit at All Points as a Creative and Digital Associate.
Prior to joining All Points, Spencer worked as a Graphic Design Specialist for an Indianapolis trucking company. He honed his design skills working toward recruiting and retention efforts.
Spencer graduated from Ball State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in advertising with a focus on creative design along with a minor in marketing.
When he isn’t working, Spencer is catching up on Game of Thrones, running on Lake Shore Drive or taking a BuzzFeed quiz to see which Friends character he is.
My favorite part about working at All Points PR is… the variety of industries we work with. It is interesting to see something perform well for one client and see how it could be used to benefit another.
Emily is excited to bring a fresh perspective and passion for innovative creative solutions to her role as Creative and Digital Associate at All Points PR.
Since graduating from Drake University, Emily kickstarted her career as a Graphic Design and Marketing Specialist for an IT consulting firm. There, she was able to hone her design skills as well as explore the intricacies of marketing for a technology company before landing her job at All Points.
While working towards her degree in advertising with a graphic design minor, Emily showed leadership through her role as art director for Drake’s advertising club and agency. She was in charge of organizing and delegating client work as well as taking on some of the creative projects herself. During her college career, Emily worked hard to advance her professional experience through internships at companies that specialize in web design as well as in-house design work for a makeup company, a health food brand and more.
In her spare time, you can find Emily working out at the gym (conveniently located next to the All Points office), cozying up with a good book or exploring new restaurants in the city.
My favorite part about working at All Points PR is… working for a company that truly cares about your growth as a professional and an individual. I have really valued working on such a supportive team that values individualism as much as collaboration.
With a passion for writing, editing and staying on top of prominent marketing trends, Meredith is excited to bring her creative problem-solving skills to the All Points team and its clients as a Content Marketing Associate.
Meredith graduated from Indiana University with a major in journalism and specialization in public relations and advertising, as well as a minor in sport marketing and management.
Prior to All Points, Meredith worked as an editorial intern for long-term care and senior living publications, where she learned to thrive in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Meredith enjoys catching up on her favorite TV shows and spending time with her family and friends.
My favorite part about working at All Points PR is… the opportunity to learn and grow with a group of motivated and positive PR professionals.
Stephanie combines her outgoing personality, creativity and organizational skills in serving as a key member of the All Points PR team. In her role, Stephanie is in a management position, working directly with Jamie and Lauren to develop client strategies, integrated PR campaigns, agency-wide initiatives, creative and digital platforms as well as company policies.
She is at once skilled in media relations, social media, content marketing and graphic design, with professional and educational backgrounds in all four facets of the agency’s focus.
Outside of the office, Stephanie channels her entrepreneurial spirit as an Etsy seller as well as the founder of a wedding planning resource for brides in Chicagoland. In her free time, you’ll find her exercising, frequenting restaurants in Chicago and traveling with her husband.
Prior to All Points PR, Stephanie worked in graphic design for a leading instrumentation and controls company. She graduated in three years with honors from Valparaiso University in Northwest Indiana with a Bachelor’s degree in Art.
My favorite part about working at All Points PR is… the environment that I get to work in on a daily basis. The positive energy and teamwork is contagious! Not only do we have fun with one another, we also work very hard as an organization to achieve outstanding results for each of our clients.
With a passion and flair for thinking outside of the box, Mackenzie embodies that same spark of entrepreneurial spirit that we see at each of our clients’ cores. At All Points, Mackenzie fosters meaningful relationships within key media markets and pitches innovative angles that tell our clients’ narratives.
Before joining the All Points team, Mackenzie worked at a public relations and public affairs agency in downtown Chicago, where her role focused on traditional media outreach, social media community management, graphic design and community outreach for a primarily health care-based client roster.
Born and raised in the Hawkeye State, Mackenzie graduated with honors from the University of Iowa in 2015, where she attained her B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communications, as well as two certificates in Philanthropy & Fundraising Communication and Public Health.
Mackenzie credits her journalism school’s faculty and coursework, as well as internship experiences at Cancer Treatment Centers of America and Kathy Schaeffer & Associates, Inc., for piquing her career interest in strategic communications and public relations.
Outside business hours, you can find Mackenzie absorbed in a DIY house décor project, exploring the great outdoors or cheering on her alma mater in Big 10 football.
My favorite part about working at All Points PR is… the positive and supportive atmosphere in which we work. Our team collaborates to achieve results and success for our clients, but also for each other. It’s the type of team dynamic that empowers everyone to be set up for success.
Megan, a Chicago native, is a unique leader on the All Points team. Her passions for people and processes come to life serving as the Lead Project Manager. She has always enjoyed employing a strategic mindset in her work, giving her the opportunity to positively influence company culture. With experience in organizational development, event planning and administration, Megan’s excitement around business operations and development brings support and creativity to internal initiatives.
Megan graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. During her time at Olivet, she was active as an athlete, served as the president of the university’s chapter of Best Buddies International and had multiple professional work experiences. The combination of these opportunities prepared her for a career focused on teamwork.
Outside of the office, Megan enjoys spending time with friends, trying new restaurants and exploring Pinterest.
My favorite part about working at All Points PR is… the company culture! It really sets you up for growth and success both as an employee and an individual.
Katie brings a passion for writing and all things PR to the All Points team. Katie began her public relations career as an intern at a Chicago PR agency, where she established a strong foundation of essential media relations skills, including media monitoring, content creation and developing mutually beneficial media contacts across several industries.
Katie graduated from Marquette University with a bachelor’s in Corporate Communication and a minor in Public Relations. During her time at Marquette, Katie was a member of PRSSA and Lambda Pi Eta, the communications honor society. Both experiences taught her the leadership and communication skills necessary to excel in her role at All Points PR.
In her free time, Katie enjoys exploring Chicago, spending time with family and friends and going on bike rides.
My favorite part about working at All Points PR is… the work atmosphere. The collaborative environment is inspiring, and the team is so willing to help each other reach their potential.
With an unwavering enthusiasm for public relations, Jenna is excited to bring her skills to the All Points team. She prides herself on her attention to detail and strong ability to problem solve. Her favorite part of her job is being able to help organizations succeed with earned credibility.
As a Michigan native, Jenna graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s in public relations and a minor in advertising. During her college experience, she grew as a leader in a public relations society and other organizations on campus. She also dedicated herself to professional growth through multiple internships, refining her skills along the way.
Prior to All Points, Jenna did a brief stint in technical staffing followed by a boutique public relations firm in Chicago, where she gained firsthand experience working with clients and the media on the local and national level.
Outside of work, she loves exploring the city and trying new restaurants.
My favorite part about working at All Points PR is… the creative, friendly like-minded people in the office sharing the same goals.
With a strong passion for writing, editing and social media, Amanda strives to tell authentic stories and personally connect with her audience. As a Content Marketing Associate, Amanda works creatively and strategically to create genuine content, collaborating with her team to sharpen her skills that enable her to participate in the rapidly changing field of public relations.
Prior to joining the All Points team, Amanda worked as a remote editorial intern and national feature writer with an online media source for college women. There she was able to keep up in a fast-paced editorial environment, connect with experts and stay informed to edit and contribute feature-length articles and blogs.
Amanda graduated from Carthage College with a double major in communications and public relations, where she founded a campus chapter focused on creating online content and ran cross country and track and field.
Born and raised in Chicago, Amanda enjoys visiting the beach often and finding new trails to run on. When she isn’t outdoors she can be found typing away on her laptop, obsessing over dachshund videos on Facebook and binging Gossip Girl on Netflix for the third time.
My favorite part about working at All Points PR is… the atmosphere. Everyone is upbeat and hardworking, which makes for an exciting and collaborative work environment!
Since joining All Points in 2014, Bailey’s presence has been felt throughout the agency. When it comes to strategizing and developing plans for clients, Bailey exercises her creativity to create and implement campaigns and tactics that will help clients meet their goals and objectives. Her ability to see the bigger picture when it comes to client work has paved the way for her to explore new opportunities within the agency and externally.
Her position with All Points allows her to build, maintain and grow relationships with key members of the media on a local, regional and national level while also having strong relationships with clients. She prides herself on her communication skills, and enjoys securing top tier placements for clients that help to move the needle for them whether it’s for consumer, b2b or franchise development purposes.
Bailey’s career in public relations was spearheaded by her desire to work in a field that tied media relations and business. After attending Saint Louis University in Missouri where Bailey received her bachelor’s in communication with a focus in journalism, she received her master’s in strategic communication with an emphasis in public relations from Purdue University.
Out of the office, Bailey enjoys doing outdoor activities, such as hiking and playing beach volleyball, and visiting all of the different pizza restaurants Chicago has to offer.
My favorite part about working at All Points PR is… the close-knit office environment. It encourages creativity, collaboration and communication, which all together make for a pretty awesome (fun) place to work.
Alex found her calling in the public relations field through her passion for both written and verbal communication. A self-proclaimed ‘people person,’ she believes in the importance of building and maintaining relationships with our clients that foster professional and personal growth.
Prior to joining the All Points team, Alex worked for a public relations agency in Chicago, where she provided media relations to a myriad of clients in the legal and financial realm.
Alex graduated from Western Michigan University, where she studied public relations and creative writing. While at Western, she worked as a research assistant for the School of Communication and was a member of the Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Association.
Outside of the office, Alex enjoys belting Broadway hits in the car, watching documentaries and spending time with friends and family.
My favorite part about working at All Points PR is… the collaborative work environment and the ‘we’ mentality that allows for the cultivation of creative and forward-thinking ideas.
A public relations enthusiast driven by creativity, JoeyLauren uses innovation and strategic thinking to share compelling news stories. Whether it’s positioning a brand as a leader in its industry or helping a franchise expand into new markets, she cultivates relationships with key media professionals to always ensure All Points is exceeding the goals it has set for its clients.
JoeyLauren joins us after working with a Chicago-based integrated communications agency where she was exposed to the challenging yet thrilling public relations, marketing and creative fields. From securing notable media placements to developing campaign social strategies, JoeyLauren developed a transferable skillset to uniquely support her clients at All Points.
Outside of the office, JoeyLauren channels her entrepreneurial spirit as a Chloe and Isabel jewelry merchandiser, marketing the brand and being a #girlboss of her own online boutique. On the weekends, you’ll probably find her tackling a DIY craft, hanging out with friends or playing with her pup Oliver.
My favorite part about working at All Points PR is… being in a collaborative environment alongside like-minded leaders that all share a can-do, positive attitude.
Allie’s public relations background paired with her passion for beautiful graphic design and eye-catching original content serves her well on All Points PR team.
A native of the Chicagoland area, she is excited to be a part of such an incredible team so close to home. Prior to joining the All Points PR team, Allie earned her degree in Public Relations at Illinois State University. During her time as a Redbird, Allie honed her social media and graphic design skills as an intern with a social media marketing agency, Special Olympics Illinois and the School of Communication. She also participated in events such as Startup Weekend Chicago and Techweek Chicago.
Outside of work, Allie volunteers in leadership roles with her chapter of Pi Beta Phi and Ms. Tech. She also enjoys admiring typography, traveling, spending time with her friends and family and drinking excessive amounts of coffee.
My favorite part about working at All Points PR is… the collaborative work environment!
Barbara is excited to bring her design and social media expertise to the table to develop new ideas for All Points clients.
Prior to joining All Points, Barbara worked as an in-house marketer, social media manager and graphic designer for a famous Chicago pizza brand. During her time there, she became a jack-of-all-trades, utilizing design work to amplify the brand’s look across all channels. Working directly with the company’s president gave her client-side insights that offered a different perspective and understanding of the passion each All Points PR client has for his or her organization.
Barbara earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Advertising along with a minor in Graphic Design from DePaul University. During her time there, she sat on the board for DePaul’s advertising club and created integrated campaigns that allowed her to develop an extensive portfolio.
When she’s not at the office, Barbara enjoys exploring Chicago’s neighborhoods, creating art, biking, photography and watching documentaries on Netflix.
My favorite part about working at All Points PR is… the support that the team members provide each other so that we can all succeed!
Gautier Lemyze-Young brings a dynamic set of integrated communications expertise to All Points, having served in both agency and in-house roles. His passion is helping clients exceed their business goals through smart public relations.
Prior to joining All Points, Gautier served as the public relations lead for a large global B2B services company based in Baltimore, Maryland. In that role, he designed and executed public relations strategy across three continents, helping to increase share of voice and drive leads through earned, digital and social media.
Earlier in his career, Gautier was an account executive at a public relations agency in the Washington D.C.-area. While there, Gautier honed his skills building and executing integrated communications strategy for several national and regional clients.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Gautier moved to Chicago in October 2017 and enjoys soaking up the city’s vibrant food and nightlife scene.
Gautier earned a dual Bachelor of Arts in communication and Chinese language from the University of Maryland, College Park.
My favorite part about working at All Points PR is… our clients. We have an incredibly dynamic roster of clients that keep our days filled with exciting and rewarding work.
Gillian brings a diverse background in communications and public relations to All Points PR. Prior to joining the All Points team, she worked as the outreach coordinator at a domestic violence nonprofit on the Oregon coast, combining a passion for advocacy with her skills in media relations and public outreach. She’s excited to be back home in Chicago and to use her talent in building meaningful relationships with community, national and industry contacts to promote All Points’ clients.
After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison., Gillian gained extensive experience in strategic and corporate communications while working for the Nielsen Company, where she developed a deep appreciation for the value of measurable, metrics-based outcomes for communications stakeholders..
Previously, she worked for a variety of news outlets, including positions as senior reporter and editor for the Badger Herald, the largest independent student newspaper in the country. She also worked in the UW Communications department as the hometown news coordinator, publicizing student and university achievements and awards.
Gillian also earned her Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and completed her dissertation on intelligence tradecraft and analysis. While in Edinburgh, she had the opportunity to assist several national groups with public relations and communications, including YWCA Scotland and the student group for the National Trust for Scotland, giving her a unique perspective on international communications strategies.
In her spare time, Gillian enjoys volunteering, writing fiction, traveling, cooking and spending quality napping time with her cat.
My favorite part about working at All Points PR is… is the positive, energetic team atmosphere, and the agency’s commitment to providing each client with a high-end, professional, individualized and results-driven PR experience.
An enthusiasm for storytelling and creative thinking led Annie to pursue a career in public relations. Annie tackles each task with excitement, passion and a drive to create the most compelling story for each of our clients.
Born and raised in the Chicagoland area, Annie is very excited to anchor her career so close to home. Before working at All Points, Annie worked in marketing and communications for a global distributing company in the suburbs of Chicago.
Annie received her degree in media and cinema studies with a minor in sociology from the University of Illinois. During her time at U of I, Annie was involved in a number of activities, but was most notably involved in: theater and performance; filming BIG 10 sports and assisting student broadcasts for Fighting Illini Productions; and serving as the alumni, marketing and public relations director for the University of Illinois’s chapter of the national non-profit organization, Camp Kesem.
During her spare time, Annie enjoys hanging out with friends, working out, reading, catching up on her favorite TV shows and attending plays.
My favorite part about working at All Points PR is… the supportive community among the team… everyone wants to see each other flourish!
With a passion for creative writing, Emily’s expertise is storytelling – more specifically, to find unique ways to effectively pitch clients’ compelling stories. She pays close attention to detail, and finds inspiration in the culture of our clients. With her “think outside the box” mentality, Emily aims to create cutting-edge, newsworthy content by comparing all concepts and angles, then connecting the dots and bringing new, innovative ideas to the table.
Emily graduated from Winona State University with a degree in Mass Communications – Public Relations and a minor in English – Creative Writing. Prior to working at All Points, Emily interned at a boutique PR agency in the Chicagoland area, where she learned the ins and outs of PR.
An enthusiastic learner, Emily had her foot in the door of PR all throughout her college career. Emily was an active member of WSU’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter, and served as PRSSA’s President from 2015-2017. A recent college graduate, Emily brings a fresh perspective to the All Points team.
Outside of the office, Emily channels her inner geek regularly. Aside from being a huge Star Wars fan, she is also a documentary enthusiast, book worm, and lover of all animals.
My favorite part about working at All Points PR is… the positive, collaborative environment and the drive for success as a team!
With a love for all things public relations, Maddy feels right at home at All Points. She channels her positive attitude into everything she does and enjoys offering a helping hand. Maddy’s favorite part of her job is working with clients and being able to tell their stories through the art of public relations.
As a graduate from the University of Kansas, she is well versed on all things public relations. A dual major in journalism and strategic communications, she originally wanted to be an investigative journalist, but quickly changed her mind to PR because of her love of working with clients and pitching.
Prior to working at All Points, Maddy worked for a large Kansas City agency where she supported client relations and learned how to develop striking pitches.
In her free time, Maddy loves exploring Chicago and trying new restaurants.
My favorite part about working at All Points PR is… working with other motivated individuals, who strive to help themselves and others grow. When the environment is this collaborative, great work happens!
Born and raised in Chicagoland, Jessica is thrilled to be pursuing her career in public relations very close to home with All Points Public Relations. Jessica’s extremely outgoing personality and eagerness for creativity steered her towards public relations. As a key member of the All Points PR media relations team, she is at once persistent with press pitching and skilled at writing press releases.
Part of the All Points team since the company’s inception, Jessica has played a key role in supporting the company’s growth. She has worked with a wide range of clients, securing press coverage locally, regionally and nationally across all media types. Her ability to communicate effectively with the press and All Points PR’s clients has earned her tremendous respect with her peers and unquestioned trust with clients.
Jessica finds the nature of public relations to be invigorating. She knows that generating great ideas and strategic thinking are an everyday necessity. As a PR professional, Jessica gets great satisfaction from seeing the results that her hard work has created. She is a true team player and one that everyone enjoys working with at All Points.
Outside of work, in her free time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and working out.
My favorite part about working at All Points PR is… the motivation each member brings to the team.
Since joining All Points in 2015, Sydney’s strong communication skills and creativity have made an impact on the agency. From developing innovative campaign ideas to positioning a brand as an industry leader, Sydney prides herself on her ability to think outside of the box and push the envelope for clients. Her ability to foster strong relationships with both clients and key members of the media has heralded numerous successes for clients and the agency as a whole.
Sydney’s career in public relations was driven by a passion for developing creative methods of telling stories, for both brands and the people behind them. Prior to joining All Points, Sydney worked in the Chicago public relations scene with a variety of corporate, retail and nonprofit clients on both a local and national scale. She graduated with honors from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a minor in Sociology.
Out of the office, Sydney enjoys spending time with family and her pup, Charlie, cozying up with a good book and traveling to sports games with her husband.
My favorite part about working at All Points PR is… the collaborative energy and overall company culture. The All Points team is a group of excited and positive individuals who are eager to help one another learn and grow professionally. Every idea – large, small, and in between – is heard, which makes the environment excellent for promoting creativity.