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The Gang

We’ve assembled a talented crew of professionals who are fully committed to helping good companies grow. In addition to the expertise below, we have a brilliant group of designers, writers, videographers and digital specialists at the ready to help make any project pop. Along the way, we've also met some super peeps that are on standby, should we need special powers...like teleporting for instance. Check out Assembling the Team to see who's up for joining forces.

  • Heath Shackleford, Kick Starter

    Heath Shackleford is an experienced marketer and national thought leader with 15 years of varied experience and a master’s degree in mass communications. Earlier in his career, he led strategic communications campaigns for global brands such as Arthur Andersen, Deloitte Consulting and Northwestern Mutual while with top-ten PR firm Ketchum in Chicago. He also has a decade of experience successfully promoting organizations that improve society through the delivery of health and wellness programs to millions of Americans. He’s made the rounds as a sports writer, an adjunct professor and even has experience in such things as hip hop songwriting and calf scrambling (just ask and he’ll explain).

  • Traci Failla, Queen of Cause

    Traci Failla is an award-winning public relations and marketing communications consultant with nearly 20 years of experience. As a consultant to not-for-profits, she has increased grassroots involvement, spearheaded fundraising drives and directed branding and marketing strategies. Traci has served on the auxiliary board for the Anti-Cruelty Society and the steering committee for St. Matthias School in Chicago, where her leadership efforts on its largest fundraiser resulted in a 60-percent increase in net profits in one year. She also provides pro bono services through the Taproot Foundation. Formerly a vice president in the brand practice at Ketchum, Traci gained great experience in cause-marketing, supporting clients such as Lions Clubs International and the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation, among others.

  • Jill Morino, Jill of All Trades

    With two decades of experience in PR and marketing communications, Jill Morino has led results-oriented programs and teams for a diverse base of clients. Jill has worked for companies big and small, as well as non-profit organizations, providing expertise on general brand building, copy writing, trade shows and public relations. While with agencies such as The Harbinger Group, Ketchum PR, Edelman, Zeno Group, GCI Group and DBA Marketing Communications, Jill has added value to countless clients. Here are a few of them: Destiny Health, Quaker, Habitat Company, Golden Apple Foundation, First Command Financial Services, Arthur Andersen, Northwestern Mutual, Orbitz, Abbott Laboratories, Caterpillar and Sears.

  • Jamie Reeves, Social Media Maven

    Jamie Reeves is a native Middle Tennessean with 20 years of experience in writing, editing, corporate communications, PR, and social media who started her career at Vanderbilt University’s News and Public Affairs Office. A successful blogger who enjoys writing about parenting and family travel (all with a touch of humor), her parenting website BlondeMomBlog is regularly featured in The Tennessean’s Family section. As a mom blogger she has been invited to attend events hosted by national brands such as Honda, Nissan, Kleenex, GE, and Bosch. She is a brand ambassador for Nintendo and Lee Jeans and has participated in social media campaigns by Arm & Hammer, Dove, and Vicks. She and her tech entrepreneur husband have two daughters.

Strategic Advisory Council

Good.Must.Grow. has secured the expertise and insight of a national panel of leading marketing, social business and nonprofit experts. This group of thought leaders has launched leading consumer products, led strategic nonprofit initiatives and developed integrated campaigns for global brands. The GmG Strategic Advisory Council (SAC) will serve as a sounding board for our management team, as well as a strategic resource for tough client challenges that require extra firepower and next-level creative thinking.

Rob Harvey
Founder
Good Neighbor Foundation

Prolific social entrepreneur and nonprofit enabler with expertise in strategic brand development, new media, justice advocacy, content and curriculum development, fundraising, budgeting and fiscal oversight, marketing and communications.

Natalie Perkins
President
Clean Design

Perkins began her career at Trone Advertising in Greensboro, N.C., where she worked her way up to the position of president during a 14-year span. She founded her own consulting business and later became chief marketing officer at Blattner Brunner, an advertising agency with offices in Pittsburgh, Atlanta and Washington, D.C. before assuming a leadership role with Clean Design, Inc. in 2007. In 2009, she was named as an Enterprising Woman of the Year Finalist by Enterprising Women Magazine.

Leslie Farnsworth
CEO
FrogDog Communications

Founder and chief executive officer of FrogDog, a strategic marketing and communications consulting firm. Farnsworth serves on the boards of Be a Resource for CPS Kids (BEAR) and The Center Serving Persons with Mental Retardation (The Center). In 2011, Farnsworth was named one of Houston's top 40 professionals under the age of 40 by the Houston Business Journal.

Terry Taylor
Executive Creative Director
Big River Advertising

Taylor is a storyteller extraordinaire. His experience includes leadership stints with Chiat/Day, DMB&B, BBDO, Ogilvy & Mather, Earle Palmer Brown and Arnold Worldwide where he worked on Nissan, Pepsi, SAP, Twix, Barbados and Burger King.

Kevin Brown
Managing Director
Industrial Strength Marketing

Entrepreneur by day, changemaker by night.  As Managing Director of Industrial Strength Marketing, he focuses on operational excellence for one of Nashville’s leading full-service marketing firms.  To fulfill his passion for social good, Brown serves on the Board of Advisors for Impact Hub Nashville and volunteers for various nonprofits and causes.  He won a NEXT Award for Startup of the Year, was named an Executive Influencer by Billboard Magazine, and to this day (proudly!) sports a torn achilles from the 2012 Ironman World Championship triathlon.

 

Steve McKee
President
Wallwork, McKee and Henderson

Former Madison Avenue executive and founder of an integrated marketing agency offering unique capabilities to stuck, stalled or stale brands in their quest to rekindle growth. Published author and regular Businessweek columnist on marketing issues.

Jason Moskal
Director of Marketing
Ally Bank

Consumer marketing expert with over 15 years of experience developing integrated marketing and branding strategies. Extensive leadership experience constructing integrated customer acquisition and deepening programs, building brand strategy, supporting national product introductions and engaging emerging marketing channels. Has worked with global brands such as Lions Club International, Bank of America, Miller Brewing and Wendy’s.

Jess Timmerman
National Marketing Leader
Chen Medical Group

Marketing professional adept in developing strategic, integrated marketing plans. Channel experience includes sales, direct, online, radio, outdoor, print, broadcast, public relations, and community and event marketing. Past experience includes leadership roles with Wellpoint.

Brian O’Neill
Vice President – Partner Management
Fidelity National Information Services

Accomplished business leader with executive management level success in sales, marketing, operations, new product development and M&A. Broad range of experience in providing strategic planning with start-up and expanding organizations in the CPG, financial services, and healthcare industries.