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Who We Are

The Brand Amp is a Marketing Agency delivering solutions to leading lifestyle brands across a wide range of product and service categories. So what is the “Amp” all about? It’s about amplification through solutions that effectively deliver the tone and identity of a brand and its products to its desired audience.

What We Do

Some brands are loud and heavy while others are smooth and sexy. Regardless of the tone, every brand needs accurate and authentic amplification, and that’s where we come in. We make it our business to get inside the DNA of your business and your brand, delivering authentic solutions that reach the right audience, the right way, at the right time.

How We Do It

We amplify stories across nearly every marketing discipline, but our primary services include media/blogger relations, social media, digital marketing and events. Plug into The Brand Amp and amplify your brand and your bottom line.

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“The Brand Amp is the only agency partner in my career that I continue to rehire as I work on new brands and businesses.  In each case, they have been an amazing partner. Even though they work with an amazing stable of well-known brands, I always feel like I am their number one client.  I never hesitate to recommend them to other brands…but I’d rather keep them all to myself!”

Jessica Klodnicki
Executive Vice President/General Manager

“DIRECTV has enjoyed a long and productive relationship with The Brand Amp team, and frankly, we would not entrust our reputation as the industry’s sports leader to anyone else. The Brand Amp answers the bell on every project with strategically sound, well-executed campaigns, generating massive awareness with millions of impressions, more than living up to its name.”

Robert Mercer
Senior Director of Public Relations

“We’ve worked closely with the team at The Brand Amp for several years, and they’ve become an invaluable extension to our marketing team. Besides being experts at what they do, they’re fast, nimble, and flexible, and always professional regardless of the circumstances that may arise. More importantly, they listen and understand our business needs, which allows them to make smart recommendations that are actionable within our breakneck pace.”

Lily Knowles
VP of Product Marketing
brands we amplify
  • client-sporting-goods-taylormade
  • client-sporting-goods-adidas
  • Ashworth
  • Bell
  • client-sporting-goods-mizuna
  • client-sporting-goods-nhra
  • client-sporting-goods-bushnell
  • ToshibaClassic
  • KingSports
  • ShockDoctor
  • Cutters
Consumer Electronics
  • client-consumer-electronics-directv
  • client-consumer-electronics-vizio
  • client-consumer-electronics-qualcomm
  • client-consumer-electronics-sensio
  • Gimbal
  • 360Fly
  • client-sporting-goods-swingbyte
  • client-sporting-goods-game-golf
  • Mophie
  • Singtrix
  • Carhartt
  • client-lifestyle-endit-title
  • client-lifestyle-radioflyer-red
  • client-sporting-goods-redbull
  • client-lifestyle-icon
  • FreshAndEasy
  • Repreve
  • client-lifestyle-leadercast
  • CraftedCocktails
  • Chrome
  • Glukos
  • client-lifestyle-beachbody
  • P90X3
  • Insanity
  • FocusT25
  • KettleWorX
  • Lifeline
  • Per4m
  • TRX
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the lineup

Marc is a co-founder of The Brand Amp and a 17-year PR & Marketing veteran. He brings a unique emphasis on story development and storytelling, taking pride in turning even the seemingly mundane into high drama. Marc’s career has been marked by variety, spanning a wide range of industries, with emphasis on sports, health & fitness and consumer electronics.

A California native, Eric recently relocated back to the West Coast after spending the last four years working consumer brand PR for both global and start-up based agencies in Chicago. Eric has a deep passion for media relations and client management. His desire to create long-lasting professional relationships among clients and outlets keeps Eric’s network expanded from coast to coast.

Jerry has 25 years industry experience, including 14 working for the fastest motor sport on the planet (NHRA) overseeing all corporate communication, media and public relations, broadcasting and video communications. Jerry’s transition to The Brand Amp brings the agency a wealth of strategic expertise and leadership. It also reunites him with former Hill & Knowlton colleagues, Todd and Marc.

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Emily works across multiple accounts at The Brand Amp, with emphasis on lifestyle products, fitness and action sports. It’s not uncommon for her to be a hands-on participant within client events and programs, actively engaging in the very activities her clients purvey. Emily combines a unique tenacity in driving media coverage, with a strong management and organizational skills.

Jillian is an outgoing and energetic member of The Brand Amp family. She brings a passion for building friendships with everyone she works with, whether it be clients, reporters, editors or co-workers. With her athletic background in cross country and track, Jillian is right at home working on The Brand Amp’s variety of sports and fitness clients.

Todd is a co-founder of The Brand Amp and brings with him more than 20 years marketing experience across a wide variety of client categories and marketing disciplines. He provides marketing strategy and creative platform development for The Brand Amp clients.

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Jordan joined The Brand Amp in 2014. As a former Production Assistant with The Tennis Channel, Jordan has experience working in fast-paced environments and is always eager to help out wherever needed. Jordan works across several clients as a member of their pitch teams and conducts research on various projects.

Chloe has built a solid foundation in the world of consumer PR since joining The Brand Amp family. She has become a go-to person for tech, fitness and lifestyle clients on a daily basis and is beloved by her clients and colleagues for dependability, thoroughness and excellent attitude.

Jillian is a people-pleaser and aims to make sure her clients and co-workers are thrilled with her work at all times. She is also a social media lover and, in addition to her client work, manages The Brand Amp’s social channels across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Amanda joined the Brand Amp team in 2014 and brings infectious enthusiasm and drive to her daily responsibilities. Enthralled by the creative, intellectual, and social media aspects of the job, Amanda thrives on getting results across all aspects of PR. She prides herself on thinking outside of the box and is eager to go above and beyond to meet the needs of The Brand Amp’s clients.

Bernie is from Connecticut, but he loves everything about Southern California. He played college golf, and after graduation, spent a year as a sportswriter before joining the team. Bernie looks forward to entering the fascinating world of PR, and learning from the pros at The Brand Amp!

Mike has been with The Brand Amp for nearly three years and works across multiple accounts, spanning a variety of industries. He enjoys learning from the different people, clients and co-workers he interacts with every day; while helping clients achieve their marketing and PR goals. Mike brings a no-fear attitude to his work, regardless if he’s pitching the Fresno Bee or The New York Times.

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Erin is a PR veteran based out of the Washington D.C area. She brings an energy and relentless approach to media relations and publicity that is seemingly unmatched. Erin’s passion for PR is infectious, and shows in her ability to get the very best from the account teams she manages.

Lillian’s passion and background in fashion marketing shows up in all her work by projecting a certain stylish and creative edginess. Her adaptability is one of her most valuable assets, allowing her to work across several client accounts and be an organic voice for any brand’s social media channels. Lillian’s expertise and obsession with social media and her relentless drive makes her an invaluable asset to clients and co-workers on a daily basis.

Charley is a co-founder of The Brand Amp and oversees the agency’s consumer electronics and tech business. Driven by a relentless desire to deliver great results, his true passion lies in cultivating and growing relationships with co-workers, clients and media contacts.

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LA born and bred and UW-Madison educated, Amy now resides in Carlsbad and is the in-house rep for the adidas Golf and Ashworth brands at TaylorMade Golf Company. Amy is a PR pro with 7+ years of agency experience working with a variety of clients including luxury, F&B, entertainment, sports and fitness, consumer goods and events.

Tim is a senior strategist with more than 13 years of PR experience. He has spearheaded successful integrated marketing campaigns and events across a wide variety of industries and for various national brands. Gilman is well versed in developing programs that merge traditional and social media to help brands connect with their target audience through timely and relevant storytelling.

Brandon joined The Brand Amp in 2014. His background in athletics has taught him valuable leadership skills helping him to excel within the Brand AMP’s team atmosphere. Brandon is a tenacious “doer” who is always willing to step up and help with any project or pitch.

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Brian enjoys The Brand Amp’s winning culture, allowing him to be surrounded by so many talented professionals on a daily basis. He is known amongst his peers as a talented writer and consummate team player who likes to make people laugh, while still working at a high level. Brian enjoys the art of storytelling through PR, social media and blogging, while also listing event management as an aspect of his job he enjoys most.

They say those who can’t do, teach. Yet Zac left a teaching career to become a PR guy. Thus, he is a teacher that has been taught to be a doer. Zac has taken to PR like a duck to water, bringing tenacity to driving media coverage for his clients and a commitment to leaving no stone unturned when pitching media.

Jeff is The Brand Amp’s graphic designer. He has a passion for producing premium design on a daily basis and possesses a meticulous eye for maintaining ubiquitous brand consistency. Armed with a strong background in marketing and photography, Jeff looks forward to taking on any design challenge.

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Zach has demonstrated a passion for media relations, grinding it out with the best of them to ensure his clients receive every bit of possible coverage. Zach is an invaluable “workhorse” taking on every assignment without fear or fail.

Katie has a passion for media relations and landing coverage for The Brand Amp’s clients. She hails from the Mitten State (Michigan) and is a proud alumna of Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, IN. Katie is obsessively organized and will never be caught unprepared. She currently manages the VIZIO and Radio Flyer accounts and is always happy to step in to help on other accounts when “all hands” are needed “on deck.”

Delaney brings a relentless spirit to The Brand Amp team, well-known for her tenacity in stepping up to every challenge with a passion for perfection. Delaney prides herself on her ability to build strong client relationships through excellent communication and dependability.

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After spending four years on the East Coast at Seton Hall University, Padraic has returned to sunny California. A self-proclaimed “jack of all trades,” Padraic enjoys writing, marketing and social media. His passion lies in sports and he loves the opportunity that “The Amp” provides to work closely with tremendous clients.

Nicole brings a passion for sports, fashion and all things public relations to The Brand Amp team. She is willing to do whatever it takes to achieve the best results for clients and enjoys pursuing story opportunities with the biggest media outlets possible.

Jeff is a key player at The Brand Amp and plays an integral role in several accounts. He has a great reputation and passion for driving coverage and a motor that never seems to quit. Jeff is known for his leadership and dynamic ability to immerse himself in each of his clients’ brands.

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Allison brings a unique background in fashion PR to The Brand Amp. A devoted team player, she’s always eager to step up and help out wherever needed and do whatever it takes to get the job done right. Allison seamlessly works across multiple client accounts, and loves the diversity and opportunity to never stop learning that each day brings here at “the Amp.”

Chad comes to The Brand Amp with years of experience working in public relations and social media for music, fashion, and sports. He is passionate about building relationships, creating stories and driving coverage. His knowledge and existing connections with media, athletes and influencers make him a natural fit at The Brand Amp.

Steve has worked in the Creative and Interactive industry for over over 13 years and is passionate about the details of design, development and the creative process as a whole. An award-winning Creative and Interactive Director, Steve has led design and development teams across a wide array of projects including websites, videos, mobile apps, 3D animation, branding, packaging, gaming and more. Along the way, he’s had the privilege of partnering with forward-thinking brands like Audi, DirecTV, Infiniti, LA Kings, Mercedez-Benz, Paul Frank, Riz-Carlton, Sony, TaylorMade, Universal and VIZIO. Through all of the various projects and industries, the goal of defining “success” and developing tools to measure success remains one of Steve’s core philosophies.

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Nichole comes to The Brand Amp with an eclectic mix of both agency and corporate public relations experience. She has led PR campaigns for companies spanning many industries including automotive, wireless, sports, fitness and motorsports. She has a true passion for consumer electronics and loves to geek out and share the latest and greatest news coming from her clients.

Karen’s unique expertise is grounded in her passion for developing and fostering work environments that are well-organized, efficient, relaxing, and ultimately allow staff to enjoy their work while realizing their full potential. Karen is The Brand Amp’s Swiss Army knife, wearing all admin/operational hats including: office manager, HR specialist, IT director and accountant.

Nicole is the Assistant Office Manager at the Brand Amp. She acts as the right hand woman of Office Manager Karen Schaefer and assists in keeping the Brand Amp running smoothly on a daily basis. Nicole is always ready to take on any project and finds accomplishing everything on her long task list extremely fulfilling.

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Vicky joined The Brand Amp team in 2014 and is applying her passion for PR and media relations across many clients. Vicky has quickly earned a reputation as a strong contributor to campaign success. Driven by focus and a willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done, she aims to build strong relationships with both clients and colleagues a The Brand Amp.

Mike is a PR veteran with a passion for media relations and a willingness to go the extra mile to drive coverage. He is considered around the office to be a media-relations machine, with a keen ability to develop and foster long-lasting media relationships. Mike currently heads up the Beachbody, DIRECTV and Mizuno Golf accounts, while also “pinch hitting” where needed for other clients.

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