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Positioned at the leading-edge of integrated public relations, our agency’s can-do attitude and curiosity redefines what is possible for our clients’ growth.

Founders

Lauren Izaks Lauren Izaks
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COO and Executive Vice President

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Jamie Izaks Jamie Izaks
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President

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Lauren
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COO and Executive Vice President

Simply put, Lauren runs All Points PR like a fine-tuned machine. Her savvy business sense combined with stellar organization and planning keep All Points PR’s accounts on track. From conceptualizing and systematizing internal processes to accounting, HR, hiring, technology and training, Lauren does it all with grace, understanding and attention to detail. She is the visionary behind the company’s sustained growth, creating pathways for new agency services and departments, while also building out strategic recruitment plans to fill newly formed positions with top talent.

Plus, Lauren has been the driving force behind some of All Points PR’s most substantive work, including launching the Positive Impact program that includes quarterly volunteering and service events for agency team members to contribute to the Chicagoland community together.

A graduate of Indiana University, Lauren holds a bachelor’s degree in education as well as a post-graduate Master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders from Northwestern University. Lauren has since begun an additional Master’s degree and earned a leadership certification through 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 giving back as a philanthropist by volunteering at her children’s school and with the Alzheimer’s Association. She also organizes multiple book clubs, including one for the All Points Public Relations team members.

Lauren is married to Jamie and together they have two children, several pet fish, chickens and three dogs — Cubby, Ivy and Wrigley. 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.

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President

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 25 years, including executive level management at the leading national public relations agency serving the franchise industry prior to launching All Points PR. 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’s professional background paved the way for the unique space that All Points Public Relations fills in the franchising industry and beyond. As a leading integrated public relations agency, his vision has been to leverage PR as the foundation for an integrated mix, blending it with social media, content marketing, digital marketing, graphic design, paid strategies and sales representation. Taken together, the integrated approach creates a powerful, strategic approach for clients that fuels the agency’s THINK BIG, ACT BIG, PRESENT BIG mantra.

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, Jamie’s work has resulted in driving client objectives 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, International Franchise Association Board placement and involvement in various industry committees.

Dating back to his days as a teenager, working in media 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.

Together with his wife Lauren, Jamie launched All Points Public Relations in August 2011 to realize their shared entrepreneurial dreams and to advance the dreams of other entrepreneurially spirited individuals and companies.

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The Team

Spencer Abbott

Creative & Digital Director

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Cia Abulencia

Public Relations Associate

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Jonathan Bazar

Creative & Digital Account Lead

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Leiah Breitfelder

Creative & Digital Associate

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Emily Cashen

Pod Lead & Senior Account Lead

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Maddie Darling

Pod Lead & Senior Account Lead

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Liz Diamond

Public Relations Account Lead

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Freddy Drzewiecki

Creative & Digital Account Lead

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Axel Estrada

Creative & Digital Associate

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Holly Friedel

Public Relations Associate

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Bella Gmitrovic

Public Relations Associate

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Patrick Haeffele

Content Marketing Account Lead

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Peyton Harvey

Public Relations Account Lead

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Bailey Hewit

Vice President of Sales & Strategy

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Benny Hieb

Creative & Digital Associate

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Emily Hild

Public Relations Associate

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Alex Hopkins

Director of Operations

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Cubby Izaks

Point Puppy

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Ivy Izaks

Point Puppy

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Wrigley Izaks

Point Puppy

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Donna Kang

Public Relations Associate

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Danielle Kaply

Creative & Digital Associate

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Bridget Killian

Content Marketing Associate

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Alli Kimmons

Content Marketing Account Lead

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Kaitlyn Koester

Content Marketing Associate

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Maddie Kulbersh

Office Manager

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Conor Mills

Public Relations Associate

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Rachel Nehring

Director

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Grace Nelson

Creative & Digital Account Lead

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Sarah O'Beirne

Content Marketing Account Lead

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Irini Orihuela

Lead Qualifier

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Rachel Padgett

Public Relations Associate

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Erin Pattie

Creative & Digital Account Lead

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Kaitlyn Penkala

Lead Qualifier

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Alyssa Ramirez

Public Relations Associate

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Ben Rodrigues

Creative & Digital Account Lead

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Alex Sanchez

Director

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Grace Shaskey

Lead Qualifier

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Lizzi Stendler

Public Relations Account Lead

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Brooke Sutcliffe

Public Relations Account Lead

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Eliza Vega

Lead Office Manager

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Joey Weisshaar

Senior Director

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Cierra Willis

Public Relations Account Lead

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Megan Zacharias

Public Relations Associate

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Spencer Abbott

Creative & Digital Director

There are countless reasons why I chose to work at the agency. I love the variety of brands we get to work with. Everything from fast-casual restaurants to automotive repair, I get to design for a wide range of concepts. I also enjoy the fast-paced energy in the office. There's never a dull moment at All Points, plus I am the Inbox 0 King! Having a clean and organized inbox frees up so much time and energy for me to think more creatively and focus on my main priorities for the day. A tidy inbox also helps ensure that client needs are met and no plates are dropped.

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Cia Abulencia

Public Relations Associate

The most adventurous thing I've done was hike up Mount Arakura to view Mt. Fuji. All of the signs were in Japanese so I had no idea where I was but I knew I wanted to reach the top of the mountain for the view. The elevation was 1189 meters and I had nothing with me except my backpack with a polaroid camera and half a water bottle. The view was worth it!

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Jonathan Bazar

Creative & Digital Account Lead

I believe two things that make me unique are my people skills and my emotional intelligence.Being able to understand people's feelings and empathize with them is a quality that not a lot of people have. I believe this is a trait that is applicable to not only our work life but everyday living. It can also strengthen relationships and build longer-lasting bonds.

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Leiah Breitfelder

Creative & Digital Associate

I'm not afraid to stand out in a crowd! I wear every color of the rainbow and take pride in both my style in fashion and the design world.

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Emily Cashen

Pod Lead & Senior Account Lead

I think I have a unique perspective and understanding of people, whether that be teammates, clients or consumers, in general, because of my background in psychology. I have always enjoyed learning about the different ways that we interact with others and the world around us. It helps me to recognize the best way to work with others, which is a skill we use a lot in PR. I'm really proud of my ability to stay calm under pressure. It definitely comes in handy in PR when it comes to evaluating crisis situations and meeting tight deadlines. I hope to continue to always be a rock for my teammates in their times of need!

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Maddie Darling

Pod Lead & Senior Account Lead

I believe that my greatest strengths are my independence, passion and commitment to always doing great work. I am a firm believer in being able to be on your own and get things done, and I am not one to settle for "good enough." I think that if you really set your mind to it and work very hard, you can achieve anything,and excel even your own expectations. I am very close with my family and also a "Pure Michigan" kind of girl, so the most adventurous thing I've done was moving away from my entire family in Detroit to pursue my dreams of working and living in Chicago.

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Liz Diamond

Public Relations Account Lead

I went into PR because I love storytelling. It's one of the most human things you can do, and I think there's a lot of value and power in the ability to help someone tell their story. Luckily my greatest ability is to stay calm in stressful situations, mostly because I don't think there's much in life that's worth ruining the rest of your day over.

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Freddy Drzewiecki

Creative & Digital Account Lead

I chose PR because of the human aspect of the industry. I wanted to work in an area that deals with real people and caters to an audience. Public relations is about more than numbers and metrics; there is a whole human aspect to the things that we get to do and create.

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Axel Estrada

Creative & Digital Associate

I like the idea of helping other businesses thrive and learning as many art mediums as I can.

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Holly Friedel

Public Relations Associate

What makes me unique is my adaptability to people, environments and energy. I find it to be a great life skill to ensure comfortability with the people I work and connect with. Also, being adaptable has created more opportunities and connections because I do not close doors to unfamiliar territories.

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Bella Gmitrovic

Public Relations Associate

One of my greatest strengths lies in my outgoing and fearless nature. I possess a natural inclination to proactively connect with individuals, even those I have never interacted with before, in order to secure compelling stories or seek information. This bold approach to networking and communication sets me apart and allows me to excel in gathering and disseminating valuable information.

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Patrick Haeffele

Content Marketing Account Lead

My greatest strength is my ability to relate to people on a personal level. I have a variety of hobbies/interests, and I can talk all about anything–from Chicago sports to the latest Bravo reality show drama and more. I’ve always been intrigued by the psychology behind what makes someone engage with one marketing piece versus another. I also love adapting the client's voice to my writing and communicating the message that they want to promote.

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Peyton Harvey

Public Relations Account Lead

My greatest strength is my positive attitude. I make it a goal each day to be a light in someone's life, even if that means simply putting a smile on their face. I also pride myself on my ability to connect with anyone I meet. I'm a firm believer that everyone has a story to tell, and I enjoy helping others share their stories through this career. I also love that I have the freedom to be creative and punny! Most of all, I enjoy the opportunity it provides to meet people and build long-lasting relationships.

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Bailey Hewit

Vice President of Sales & Strategy

I originally went to school to be a meteorologist, but I quickly realized how much more I enjoyed my journalism courses. PR allows me to blend my interest in news and storytelling with business. I'm good at reading people and anticipating their needs. Regarding client relations, I really try to put myself in their "shoes" and try to always anticipate their next question so I'm prepared.

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Benny Hieb

Creative & Digital Associate

I have a knack for creative outlets and have picked up guitar, photography, design, sculpting, painting, and illustration, along with the skills I use every day with All Points! My biggest strength is my ability to try new perspectives for thinking and designing.

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Emily Hild

Public Relations Associate

What makes me unique is my dedication to learning and growing as an individual and professional. I'm also a highly creative and driven individual with strong communication skills. Some other fun facts about me include my love for fitness, my dog, and reality tv.

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Alex Hopkins

Director of Operations

At its core, PR is a people industry. Learning how to connect, communicate and work with different people was always something I enjoyed, and PR allowed me to do that each day! I started at All Points as a PR associate and worked my way up to an account lead, senior account lead and eventually director. In this new role as Director of Operations, I can leverage my experience and knowledge of the PR side of our work to help drive the agency's growth in a new way.

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Cubby Izaks

Point Puppy

Living with the Izaks, I’ve grown up eating, sleeping, playing and barking fur-ranchising. With a talent for sniffing out a great pitch and posing for the All Points Public Relations social media pup-arazzi, I work like a dog every day. My biggest strength is helping the team keep a pawsitive attitude.

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Ivy Izaks

Point Puppy

With a mentor like Cubby, I’ve always put the right paw forward in my public relations career, living up to my pet-tential from Day 1. I have a fur-rociously persistent approach to pitching and great instincts that always lead me to bark up the right trees. I’ve also dabbled in the creative, digital and content departments, drafting fetching copy and graphics.

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Wrigley Izaks

Point Puppy

From generating paw-sitive media coverage to chasing leads, Wrigley is already living up to his name and hitting it out of the park. With an extensive background in puppy relations, Wrigley approaches every project with paws-itivity and is a natural born leader. Whether he's sniffing out new pitching angles or barking at reporters, his persistence never stops retrieving results.

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Donna Kang

Public Relations Associate

Compassion and public relations go hand-in-hand because of their shared goal of building and maintaining positive relationships, fostering empathy, and demonstrating a genuine commitment to the well-being of individuals, communities and the environment. The drive to do something meaningful for someone other than yourself is how I choose to go into PR.

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Danielle Kaply

Creative & Digital Associate

My greatest strength is empathy. I apply it across my work, creating content, and interacting with others, in order to form lasting personal connections.

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Bridget Killian

Content Marketing Associate

The most adventurous thing I've done is taking a safari trip in Uganda, Africa. Waking up before sunrise to go out onto the savannah and experience wildlife in their natural habitat was nothing short of amazing. And, I got to see my favorite animals – lions – up close!

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Alli Kimmons

Content Marketing Account Lead

I've always been an English and Reading person rather than Math and Science, so I knew that I wanted to do something that involved writing. I knew that working in PR would give me the chance to become more articulate in the way I communicate, and it also lets me be a bit creative and teaches me to think outside the box. I'm really self-reflective and I do my best not to sweat the small stuff.

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Kaitlyn Koester

Content Marketing Associate

What makes me unique is the perspective I bring to communication because of my relationship with my non-verbal twin sister, who has autism. Over time, I have developed a deep understanding of non-verbal communication, honing my ability to interpret gestures, expressions and sounds. This skill shapes the way I engage and connect with others, allowing me to communicate effectively beyond words.

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Maddie Kulbersh

Office Manager

My greatest strength is communication and adaptability to new opportunity. I love helping people and keeping a team running and organized.

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Conor Mills

Public Relations Associate

I've always liked to write - but never wanted to be in front of a camera. I always viewed PR as a great medium for storytelling.

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Rachel Nehring

Director

I love being in the know and keeping up with the news cycle. With PR, I'm able to play a part in creating news for our clients. I’m also a Bravo superfan. Ask me anything about the Real Housewives franchise, I'm your girl!

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Grace Nelson

Creative & Digital Account Lead

I was drawn to PR because of the fast-paced environment that keeps you on your toes. There's always something new to learn and endless opportunities to be creative and build relationships. One of my greatest strengths is that I'm quick to understand new concepts and skills. I love being taught new ideas that I can absorb and apply to my work moving forward.

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Sarah O'Beirne

Content Marketing Account Lead

Don’t let my shy first impression fool you; I am actually very headstrong and determined. I’m not one to back down from a challenge or opportunity to better myself. I am a CRM wiz and able to navigate potential problems at the drop of a hat! I chose to go into PR because I could combine my passion for writing while helping brands tell their stories. No two days are alike, which keeps things interesting!

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Irini Orihuela

Lead Qualifier

I have a background in Journalism, so PR was a natural step. Journalism now encompasses all aspects of social media as well as written pieces of news and pop culture. Most journalists know how to do a little bit of everything, so it was an easy choice.

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Rachel Padgett

Public Relations Associate

My motivation to always try new things is what makes me unique. Throughout my life, I've always tried to push myself out of my comfort zone and explore things that I normally wouldn't gravitate towards. One saying that has always stuck with me is "you never know unless you try." Recently, I've tried some new foods that I would have never eaten in the past and took up a dance class. While these are things outside of a professional setting, I believe this mindset translates to PR. PR allows you to push the boundaries and never settle, which is why I always aimed to wind up within the industry.

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Erin Pattie

Creative & Digital Account Lead

I genuinely love creating things. It really is exciting for me to make something from scratch, whether it's design or writing a variety of content I can learn from. That love makes it continue to be fun to do my job, even if I'm feeling stuck on something. I chose PR, specifically All Points, because I wanted to work on a lot of different kinds of projects and mediums, not just the same thing every day. I value the variety of content I can learn about and produce in PR that I wouldn't be able to in other industries.

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Kaitlyn Penkala

Lead Qualifier

My greatest strength is being adaptable. I tend to not stay in one crowd, meaning I have many different interests or could become interested in new things right away so I tend to make new friends easily and adapt to many different environments.

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Alyssa Ramirez

Public Relations Associate

I believe that my self confidence and my willingness to improve at every turn is what makes me unique. I'm always ready to back myself and my ideas, but I'm not above self-reflection and improvement since that only makes me a better, more well-rounded individual and PR practitioner.

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Ben Rodrigues

Creative & Digital Account Lead

One of the most unique things about me is my drive to try new things and never settle. Whether I'm working on a big design project or creating my grandma's 80th birthday cake, I put 110% into everything I do. When working on designs, I look at the viewer's relationship and how I can make their interaction with my work as enjoyable as possible. While making designs look good is requirement, I feel that focusing on the human aspect is more important.

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Alex Sanchez

Director

I've always been fascinated with the media and have a passion for helping people's voices be heard. Being a people person is my biggest strength! I love making new connections and building genuine relationships with everyone I meet. My culture and my ability to see from different perspectives is a huge benefit to me.

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Grace Shaskey

Lead Qualifier

My greatest strength is my empathy. I feel like I am very good at sensing others emotions and validating them or comforting them. I have come to realize that when others feel valued and accepted it builds trust, happiness, and the ability for people to feel like they can be themselves!

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Lizzi Stendler

Public Relations Account Lead

My greatest strength is my planning and organizational skills. After taking a press release class in college, I loved to write and wanted to take my skills into the professional world. I have always been the event planner of my friend group so working with people and planning is something I love doing.

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Brooke Sutcliffe

Public Relations Account Lead

I chose to go into PR because of the relevance of relationship building within the profession. Relationships are the anchor to success and creating bonds with others is unique and honorable. Being able to be who you are within your professional career is something that I value, and PR is a career that enables me to do so. I wouldn't want to be doing anything else. I have an empathetic sense that allows me to constantly put myself in other people's shoes to resonate with what they're going through. I always want to be a person I would want to go to if I was ever struggling, and I try harder each day to be able to be a solid rock for anyone who is going through any hardship.

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Eliza Vega

Lead Office Manager

I would say the fact that I'm a very adaptable and positive person is my greatest strength. This makes me feel unique since I know I can blend well in any situation I may be placed into. It's the Capricorn in me!

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Joey Weisshaar

Senior Director

PR is essential for building meaningful relationships. As a people person, I love being able to blend my passion for creativity and personal skills to help brands tell their stories in an authentic way. Plus, I enjoy working in a fast-paced, collaborative environment that encourages critical thinking. I'm a people person at my core. I'll go pretty far to make a client stand out. One time I made a replica of Wrigley Field using hot dogs and condiments for a Chicago restaurant's blogger event!

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Cierra Willis

Public Relations Account Lead

I am very adventurous. I like to push myself in order to be the best I can be whether that be moving to a new city not knowing anyone or working in Africa for a month - words to live by "getting comfortable with the uncomfortable." For me, this means taking risks with a "YOLO" mentality. I have been able to take my creativity, research, and problem-solving skills here at All Points and draw real solutions serving my clients a nice neat bow of success.

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Megan Zacharias

Public Relations Associate

The most adventurous thing I've done was moving to London for a summer. I worked at a talent agency and had the opportunity to travel throughout England and the UK. I met so many amazing people through the experience and I love having friends all over the world!

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