Our sincerest appreciation goes out to this year’s winners for the inspiration they have instilled in us all.
- Andrea Jones
Achievement in Communications
- Francis Rizzo
Achievement in Digital Communications
- Melissa Conlon
Communications Student Achievement
- Jeanine Boubli
- Joi Tamber-Brooks
Communicator of the Year
What an honor to have such a talented group of winners. Allow us to introduce them to you!
A communications professional with experience in both marketing and journalism, Andrea Jones recently assumed the role of Marketing Manager at Rivkin Radler LLP, a 165-attorney law firm headquartered on Long Island, with offices in New York City and New Jersey. In this role, she provides support to firm’s marketing and communications related initiatives.
Ms. Jones is also the founder of On Target Marketing, which provides marketing communications planning, strategic counsel and execution for B2B companies.
Previously, Ms. Jones served as Editor of Long Island Business News, where she led an award-winning team of journalists covering one of the most diverse business beats in the nation. Under her leadership, LIBN received 18 awards in the New York Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2011, and 2012, Ms. Jones personally received two.
Prior to LIBN, Ms. Jones was an editor at CMP Media and for 10 years ran a profitable marketing communications firm. She also managed a group of technology accounts for a notable Manhattan advertising agency, experiences that she brings to bear in helping On Target Marketing’s clients grow their revenue and market share.
In 2012 Ms. Jones received LISTnet’s Diamond Award for her support of the region’s tech sector. In 2011 she was honored as the Community Leader by the Long Island Women’s Agenda and was named a Businesswoman of Excellence by NAWBO Long Island.
Ms. Jones holds an MBA in Marketing from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. She earned a BA in English, phi beta kappa, magna cum laude, also from UCLA.
Ms. Jones is a board member and gala committee co-chair of Public Relations Professionals of Long Island and is a mentor with the Moxxie Mentoring Foundation.
Francis A. Rizzo III
Francis A. Rizzo III was named Assistant Vice President for Creative Services at Hofstra University in 2015. Mr. Rizzo oversees creative outreach efforts for Hofstra, including print and electronic creative design and production, photo and video production, and print and mailing operations.
During Mr. Rizzo’s time at Hofstra, he has taken a lead role in several major production efforts, including two United States presidential debates; the creation of Pride Productions, the University’s award-winning in-house live video production unit; and the development of new brand materials, advertising campaigns and internal processes. He has also taught journalism in Hofstra’s The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, helping to develop a course in sports reporting.
Previously, Mr. Rizzo held positions with Bertelsmann, the New York Islanders, UBM and News Digital Media. A lifelong resident of Long Island, he holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and an MFA in Creative Writing from Hofstra.
Melissa is a recent graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. With a concentration in Advertising and a dual major in Fine Art, Melissa aspires to be the ultimate Creative. Ever since winning a slogan contest for her parochial school in 2003–which they still market with, today– she discovered her love for art, design, advertising, and packaging.
While attending Marist, she explored various mediums and coursework that ranged from drawing, painting, graphic design, aesthetics, copywriting, broadcast, marketing, printmaking, and bookmaking. Using her learned skills and coursework from the classroom, she has worked as a Content Marketing Assistant in the Marist College Enrollment Marketing Department, been a right-hand gallery assistant, and served as Editor-in-Chief of The Circle, Marist’s student-run newspaper. During her junior year, she spent her spring semester studying in the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence, Italy. While immersing herself in the Italian culture and language, she discovered greater love for fine art and plenty of sources of inspiration. Melissa shared her adventures, trials, and inspiration through her travel blog, “Florence and Flourish” (www.florenceandflourish.wordpress.com). Outside of school and work, you can find Melissa over-pinning DIY projects on Pinterest, hiking and exploring Long Island and the Hudson Valley, and putting her Pairing Food & Wine certification to good use.
If you were to ask Melissa what her brand’s tagline is she would say, “I aspire because I’ve been inspired.” She is a passionate, right-brained thinker with a desire to solve problems with words, shapes, and colors. She is hoping to do this as a junior creative at an advertising or marketing agency, soon.
Jeanine Boubli is a mixed media artist whose work includes photography, design, and poetry. Jeanine specializes in helping individuals, organizations and corporate entities articulate and share their message through visual media and creative copy.
Inspired by “oh so many things” she might say, especially nature and the animals who offer so much wisdom, authenticity and grace just being who they are.
Life brings us all many gifts, and with these comes a deeper appreciation for what really matters. It’s the simple things, the moments shared and following and living ones heart.
Community is extremely important to Jeanine. She is a member of the Long Island Visual Professionals, The International Women’s Writing Guild, and Co-Manager of the Long Island Adobe User Group all of which encourage sharing, learning and growing.
Jeanine has been a volunteer at the Lewis Oliver Farm in Northport, NY for over 2.5 years. “Just being with the animals in their environment has been an amazing experience, I love every animal resident and often think of the farm kids during my day.” Fresh food and water, clean bedding and friendships are just as important to the animals as they are to humans. In addition to being one of the animal care takers she has contributed her artistic skill in creating annual appeal letters, volunteer flyers and annual barn dance promotional videos that focus on sharing some of the farm family residents’ personalities.
Connection and unique expression are key themes in Jeanine’s creative work with clients as well as with her personal projects. She is currently working on expanding a line of photography note cards with stories and messages from her farm animal family, fine art prints and is available for freelance photography and design projects.
Joi Tamber-Brooks is a marketing veteran with roots in digital media since Y2K.
Joi has generously volunteered her considerable communications skills over the past two years, sending out more than 70 email campaigns for the chapter’s monthly meetings. With an 11% click-through rate, Joi’s emails surpassed the industry standard of 8%. This award recognizes the significant contribution Joi has made to IABC-LI.
Joi’s professional career begin in 1977. With a cum laude degree in the Classics from SUNY Buffalo, she had aspirations of becoming an Indiana Jones. Taking her degree back to her hometown high school, she taught Latin to students at the alternative New School in Westbury on a part-time basis. Motivated to work in NYC, Joi later became a full-time aid to the Vice President of a leading Japanese import-export company, C. Itoh & Company in 1979.
In 1983, Joi took a leap of faith and accepted a challenging opportunity with a conservative, financial holding company, CIT Group, owned by RCA. It was the 80’s, and mergers, acquisitions and hostile takeovers were rolling over corporate America. Being notified that her job would be relocated as a result of a merger, she reached out to the larger RCA family and received a golden opportunity to work at 30 Rock for NBC.
NBC would introduce Joi to Wang Word Processing, IBM mainframe systems, Mac computers, and the first DOS machines. She discovered that her ability to translate Greek and Latin into English also rendered her computer savy. Joi’s career took a serendipitous path.
Joi humorously recalls a watercooler conversation that ended with a colleague noting, “This Internet thing… it’s just a fad.” She, however, recognized the stormhead and went back to school for computer programming applications, graduating with honors. Urged by classmates and colleagues, in 2000, Joi began moonlighting as a webmaster and digital consultant.
Over the years, Joi’s professional affiliations provided her assignments as a senior technical editor, marketing manager, special project manager, campaign manager, and support specialist with such firms as NBC, Natural Organics, New Balance Apparel, DistriPak USA, Baywood Publishing, and United Advertising Publications.
Today, Joi continues to provide her services as a marketing consultant and non-profit volunteer. Her passion for SaaS software and marketing is matched only by her drive to stay in step within an industry in renaissance.
Come join us at the June 15 award luncheon to cheer on the honorees.
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