Who We Are

The Brand Amp is a Marketing and Communications Agency serving leading consumer electronics, lifestyle, sports and fitness brands. 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. Some are modern and technical, while others are vintage and organic. 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, promotions/sweepstakes 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
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Marc is a co-founder of The Brand Amp and a 20-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 spent the majority of his career 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 strong management and organizational skills.

Fi is a PR Intern at The Brand Amp. She comes from a social media and hospitality industry background and is quickly adding PR skills to her repertoire. With many years of working in fast-paced and interpersonal environments, Fi is always looking to anticipate needs and meet them in a proactive manner. She embraces challenging work and sees obstacles as opportunities to learn and grow in her field.

Ben heads up content creation at The Brand Amp and brings over a decade of cinematography and photography experience to the table. From documentaries, to music videos, commercials and directing a nationally syndicated TV series, Ben has produced, directed, filmed and edited a little bit of everything. What he loves most about content development is finding new and compelling ways to bring a client’s story to life.

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Susan brings a unique background of entertainment and hospitality experience to The Brand Amp’s social media team. Susan is thrilled to bring her comprehensive ability to juggle diverse tasks into our social media department for our clients. An avid lover of grammar and communications, she’s never met a detail she hasn’t liked.

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.

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 her dependability, thoroughness and excellent attitude.

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Chaya is an ambitious Graphic Designer with a love for sports, food, and technology. He has a balanced passion for mental improvement as he does physical improvement which makes his creativity and positive energy infectious for our company culture. He continues to be a student of the game by learning new trends and tools being used in the market in order to raise his design skills to the next level.

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.

Mike has been with The Brand Amp for more than four 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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Alexis brings unique social media and content creation skills from her previous experience representing large food and beverage companies on social. Through pun-filled copy, double-tappable photography, and sharable ideas, Alexis strives to challenge herself creatively as much as possible to the benefit of our clients. But her passion is and always will be keeping awesome relationships with people.

Tina is a graduate from California State University of Fullerton with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Finance. She is a Bilingual (English and Vietnamese) business professional with experience across administrative, financial, and real estate support roles. Tina goes above and beyond her assigned projects and is dedicated to creating efficiencies internally at The Brand Amp.

Nicole has a strong background in technology PR, but enjoys expanding beyond her specialty vertical when the opportunity presents itself. She loves the variety that working at an agency brings and how no two days are the same. Nicole is passionate about delivering results for her clients and building strong, lasting relationships with the media that allow her to work hand in hand with outlets to tell vivid stories that are impactful and engaging.

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Charley is a co-founder of The Brand Amp and oversees the agency’s Social Media practice. Driven by a relentless desire to deliver great results, his true passion lies in cultivating and growing relationships with co-workers, clients, and influencers.

Dylan is a self-starter with a love for music, content creation, and strategy. With 15 years of experience playing guitar, building a social media following of guitar enthusiasts is what initially drove him to become so well in versed in content creation, analytics and digital advertising. His personal and previous agency experience make him an invaluable part of the Brand Amp’s social media team.

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.

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Lia joined the team in 2015 and brings unique public relations experience to The Brand Amp. Her background includes working for both global and boutique fashion PR agencies and handling numerous fashion, luxury, technology, non-profit and corporate brand accounts in the process. She is proud of her drive to go above and beyond on each project that’s handed to her and enjoys building lasting relationships with media members, clients and co-workers.

Danielle jumped into the mix at The Brand Amp eager to learn from some of the best around. A lover of all things sports and lifestyle, she’s driven towards building strong relationships with media and helping build storylines around client products that resonate with consumers.

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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Alexis came to The Brand Amp raring to go and ready to learn all there is to know about the PR world. With a background in sports, hospitality, and management, Alexis brings with her a wide range of new ideas. Playing soccer competitively for 10 years, her competitive nature enables her to take a hands-on approach to do whatever needs to be done for clients. Alexis is always ready to face any challenge given to her.

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.

James is a sports obsessive who always keeps an eye on Twitter to track the latest news. He has a unique working background including law, financial planning, and library services, but ultimately his passion for creative storytelling and random sports knowledge led him to a spot on our social media team.

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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.

Haley’s desire to work in a highly creative environment with a dynamic and knowledgable team of professionals led her to The Brand Amp. Her experience includes working for brands and celebrities in industries ranging from television & film, food & beverage, housewares, health/wellness, and baby & children. Haley’s strong will and enthusiasm has helped her secure countless A-list media placements.

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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Zack is a Social Media Intern at The Brand Amp with a background in sports and marketing. Having previously worked in the startup world, he is used to wearing multiple hats and taking on any challenge that comes his way.

Matt comes to The Brand Amp with a strong background in sales and marketing, most recently in the power tool industry. As a former college athlete, his competitive edge has carried over into his career and has helped him excel in several different roles. Matt loves being a team player, building relationships and problem solving, which makes him a great fit at The Brand Amp.

Nikole is a goal-seeking and success-driven member of The Brand Amp team. Her passion for sports, fitness, and lifestyle bring an edge to the team that allows for growing opportunities and building lasting relationships with clients. Nikole worked with the Athletics Department at her alma mater, Purdue University.

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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 cultivating strong relationships with The Brand Amp clients she works with. 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, Mattel and ZAGG accounts and is always happy to step in and help as needed with other clients.

After starting her career at a PR company in New York, Kylie quickly grew to love all things communication. Kylie is passionate about social media and understanding the analytics and data that drive it. With several years of experience in social media and marketing, Kylie is quick to tackle any new challenge and trend in the ever evolving social media world and enjoys telling the unique stories The Brand Amp clients have to offer.

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Joyce is a creative and ambitious problem-solver with a passion to help the world in any way she can. Before joining The Brand Amp team, she worked in nutrition sales and marketing. She loves staying organized and productive while collaborating with her peers. Joyce is known as a caring individual with a strong work ethic, and has a deep personal passion for youth empowerment, arts and culture, and volunteer work.

The second half of The Brand Amp’s administrative dynamic duo, Crystal brings more than 5 years of administrative experience to her administrative assistant role. The smiling face that greets all visitors, she’s the consummate team player who operates like a silent assassin, taking down a variety of critical behind-the-scenes tasks every day, from accounts payables and receivables to hospitality for visiting clients and colleagues.

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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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.

Claire is eagerly immersing herself into the world of PR. Living in Spain for six months taught Claire how to think outside of the box while strengthening her communication skills and challenging her to tackle any situation. Her growing passion for lifestyle and fashion PR brings a new perspective to The Brand Amp.

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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Erin has a diverse background in social media and sports marketing which makes her a perfect addition to The Brand Amp’s Social Media team. She has a passion for engaging large audiences on a variety of platforms and producing creative content that sparks engagement and action. Her work ethic and determination to find creative ways to engage with a brand’s followers will help any brand get amped up.

Laura is a creative and passionate member of The Brand Amp family. With her photography and marketing background, she contributes a unique perspective to the Social Media Team. Being on the Team is a perfect match for Laura because she loves seeing how brand images are affected by the new and upcoming platforms that surface.

Starting out her career in Silicon Valley, Christina quickly learned the ins and outs of the B2B and B2C tech space. Best known for being a team player, Christina is consistently recognized for her capacity to promote a cooperative climate across multiple disciplines and maintain solid relationships with colleagues and clients. Her passion for media relations combined with her passion for sports and lifestyle drove her to join The Brand Amp team.

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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.

Heather comes from the client side. Having worked with The Brand Amp for over three years at TaylorMade-adidas Golf and witnessing first hand the incredible energy and amazing ideas the agency was generating made it a no brainer to join the team. Heather brings over 16 years of PR experience in the athletic industry including corporate communications, executive messaging and brand marketing.

Vicky applies 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 at The Brand Amp.

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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 GLUKOS, DIRECTV and TRX accounts, while also “pinch hitting” where needed for other clients.

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