Our Team

Lisa Barnes

has over 16 years of PR experience in the publishing industry. At Fortier PR, she has worked on books by bestselling business authors like Scott Galloway, Marcus Buckingham, Amy Webb, Chris Zook, Martin Lindstrom, Scott Belsky, Vijay Govindarajan, the former CEOs of Best Buy, AIG and BP, Joel Peterson, the chairman of JetBlue, and books and research by the Big Three strategy consulting firms.

At Random House for nine years prior to her five years at Fortier PR, she orchestrated New York Times bestselling campaigns for…

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has over 16 years of PR experience in the publishing industry. At Fortier PR, she has worked on books  bestselling business authors like Scott Galloway, Marcus Buckingham,  Amy Webb, Chris Zook, Martin Lindstrom, Scott Belsky, Vijay Govindarajan, the former CEOs of BestBuy, AIG and BP and Joel Peterson, the chairman of JetBlue, and books and research by the Big Three strategy consulting firms.

At Random House for nine years prior to her five years at Fortier PR, she orchestrated New York Times bestselling campaigns for titles including Loving Frank, The Paris Wife and The Passage, among many others and one year at the Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau working with authors including Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson (The Warmth of Other Suns). Prior to joining the publishing industry, she helped launch “The Jane Pauley Show” with NBC-TV and worked in crisis communications. Lisa holds a Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University, where she taught for five years. She earned her B.A. in English and Women’s Studies from Duke University.

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Norbert Beatty

is an award-winning PR professional who has worked at Fortier PR for over ten years on the books of such bestselling authors as Stephen Covey, Martin Lindstrom, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, MSNBC host JJ Ramberg, Harvey Mackay, Chris Brogan, Jerry Colonna, David Meerman Scott, Chester Elton, Adrian Gostick, John Gerzema, John Jantsch, Carmine Gallo, the CEOs or founders of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Zappos, Burson-Marsteller, Nasdaq, Razorfish, CEB, Hubspot, LRN, Possible (WPP) and Questius, and the CMO of Mastercard as well as professors at Wharton.

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is an award-winning PR professional who has worked at Fortier PR for over ten years on the books of such bestselling authors as Stephen Covey, Martin Lindstrom, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, Harvey Mackay, Chris Brogan, Jerry Colonna, David Meerman Scott, Chester Elton, John Gerzema, John Jantsch, Carmine Gallo, and the CEOs or founders of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Zappos, Burson-Marsteller, Nasdaq, Razorfish, CEB, Hubspot, LRN, Possible (WPP) and Questus and the CMO of Mastercard as well as professors at Wharton.

In a PR career spanning thirty years, he has guided PR for such corporate clients as British Airways, Visa International, Kennedy Space Center and the Hertz Corporation. Serving as a senior account manager with such firms as GCI Group, Ruder Finn and MMG Worldwide, Norbert led campaigns for American Express and the U.S. Department of Treasury (U.S. Mint). When it was represented by GCI Group’s media relations practice, Norbert supported the Financial Times U.S. brand and built platforms for key FT columnists via broadcast and print/trade interviews, media events and partnerships.

Throughout his career, Norbert has managed public relations accounts ranging from travel, consumer marketing and publishing, to healthcare, government services and economic development.

A graduate of New York University, Norbert has studied journalism, marketing communications and real estate. He has also completed coursework at NYU’s School of Continuing Education and the American Management Association.

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Caroline Belina

is a publicity assistant at Fortier Public Relations. Before joining the team at Fortier, she most recently worked as an intern, where she led the development of copy for a wide range of clients across the lifestyle and cultural spaces. Before that, she conceptualized and managed editorial content during a fashion internship. She grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, and received her B.A. in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction from New York University. She is excited by writers who start conversations and craft narratives with a unique voice. Caroline loves nonfiction and looks to work on effective campaigns that reach and captivate the largest audience possible.

Jess Butler

spent almost five years at Penguin Random House working with New York Times bestselling authors such as Karen White, Jen Lancaster, Jenny Lawson and celebrities including Joan Rivers, Jennifer Lopez, Jenny Garth, and more. Her business authors range from the former CEOs of Dunkin’ Donuts and Yum! Brands to Amazon’s senior leaders Colin Bryar and Bill Carr to Kleiner Perkins venture capitalist John Doerr, to entrepreneurs Mikaila Ulmer and Rana el Kaliouby, to New York Times bestselling author thought leaders like Martin Lindstrom.

In addition to her publishing experience, she also worked at two of the largest PR agencies in Boston for five years: Racepoint Global and Matter Communications, where she led campaigns for Fortune 500 companies including CVS Pharmacy and HARMAN International. For HARMAN, Jess helped gain exposure for the JBL brand, including at such major events as NBA All-Star, Miami Music Week, and CES.

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spent almost five years at Penguin Random House working with New York Times bestselling authors such as Karen White, Jen Lancaster, Jenny Lawson and celebrities including Joan Rivers, Jennifer Lopez, Jenny Garth, and more. Her business authors range from the former CEOs of Dunkin’ Donuts and Yum Brands! to Amazon’s senior leaders Colin Bryar and Bill Carr to the cofounder of AI startup Affectiva to bestselling thought leaders like Martin Lindstrom and Ram Charan.

In addition to her publishing experience, she also worked at two of the largest PR agencies in Boston for five years: Racepoint Global and Matter Communications, where she led campaigns for Fortune 500 companies including CVS Pharmacy and HARMAN International. For HARMAN, Jess helped gain exposure for the JBL brand, including at such major events as NBA All-Star, Miami Music Week, and CES.

Her media placements include The Today Show, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Fast Company, CNBC, Fox Business Network, Business Insider, Forbes, Harper’s Bazaar, Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, and Rolling Stone.

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Meg Cassidy

was previously a publicity manager at Simon & Schuster, where she led campaigns for many of the imprint’s lead business, sports, and narrative nonfiction titles, and the associate director of publicity and marketing at Tin House Books. Among the bestselling and noted authors Meg has worked with are Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Howard G. Buffett, Liz Wiseman, Sarah Lewis, Joy Williams, Dominique Ansel, Carla Hall, James Lee Burke, Mark Kriegel, Gary M. Pomerantz, Ruth Wariner,  Philadelphia ’76ers CEO Scott O’Neil, The Grommet co-founder Jules Pieri, MIT neuroscientist Dr. Tara Swart, Stanford d. School’s executive director Sarah Stein Greenberg, and professors at Wharton and INSEAD.  She has worked at Fortier PR for six years.

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was previously a publicity manager at Simon & Schuster, where she led campaigns for many of the imprint’s lead business, sports, and narrative nonfiction titles, and the associate director of publicity and marketing at Tin House Books. Among the bestselling and noted authors Meg has worked with are Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Howard G. Buffett, Sarah Lewis, Joy Williams, Dominique Ansel, Carla Hall, James Lee Burke, Mark Kriegel, Gary M. Pomerantz, Ruth Wariner,  Philadelphia ’76ers CEO Scott O’Neil, The Grommet co-founder Jules Pieri, MIT neuroscientist Dr. Tara Swart, Stanford d. School’s executive director Sarah Stein Greenberg, and professors at Wharton and INSEAD. She has worked at Fortier PR for over five years.

She managed Fortier’s account for the nonprofit diversity and inclusion think tank, the Center for Talent Innovation (now “Coqual”), founded by economist Sylvia Ann Hewlett and has also worked on books for the Big Three strategy consulting firms.

Major media Meg has booked include The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, The Daily Show, Late Night With Seth Meyers, Dr. Oz, Rachael Ray, Fresh Air, Science Friday, On Point, and many other National Public Radio shows.

Meg graduated summa cum laude with degrees in English Writing and Women’s Studies from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN. A Teach For America alumna, she currently volunteers with Girls Write Now, a creative-writing mentoring program for high school girls who are talented emerging authors.

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Rachel Cassidy

is Fortier PR’s Director of New Business Development who has contributed to the growth of the firm, which more than doubled in size in the past year.  She leads the discovery and onboarding of our clients. Understanding the goals of our clients and providing them with a seamless experience are her mission.

Prior to Fortier PR and publishing, she spent the majority of her career in sales at Oracle and HubSpot.

Rachel holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialization in marketing from the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Elena Christie

has worked in public relations for 13 years with experience working at both agencies and publishers on bestselling campaigns. At Fortier PR, she’s worked with authors such as former U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, former Nasdaq CEO Robert Greifeld, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jay Shetty,  Bravo TV star & #1 real estate influencer Ryan Serhant, Trend Hunter CEO Jeremy Gutsche, Cisco’s Managing Director of Innovation and bestselling author Alex Goryachev, Delivering Happiness CEO Jenn Lim, and Fortier’s accounts with Talent Strategy Group and top five strategy consulting firms.

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has worked in public relations for 13 years with experience working at both agencies and publishers on bestselling campaigns. At Fortier PR, she’s worked with authors such as former U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, former Nasdaq CEO, Robert Greifeld, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jay Shetty,  Bravo TV star & #1 real estate influencer Ryan Serhant, Trend Hunter CEO Jeremy Gutsche, Cisco’s Managing Director of Innovation and bestselling author Alex Goryachev, and Fortier’s accounts with Talent Strategy Group, Cognizant and top five strategy consulting firms.

Prior to joining Fortier PR, Elena was a marketing manager and senior publicist at McGraw-Hill where she worked on high profile books such as Steve Forbes’s book Money, the bestseller Real Leadership by John Addison, CEO of Primerica and Always in Fashion by Mark Weber, CEO of Donna Karan. Before McGraw-Hill, Elena was a publicist at Wiley where she worked on books and ran social media for Cliffsnotes.com.

Prior to publishing, Elena represented major national consumer brands at the agency Bender Hammerling Group. She started her public relations career at Annie Jennings PR booking topline radio for authors.

Elena is a graduate of Rutgers University of New Jersey, where she studied Communications, with a minor in sociology and criminology. She was also a Varsity Tennis player with the Scarlet Knights.

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Melissa Connors

has represented some of the world’s most famous bestselling CEO or Chairman authors including Eric Schmidt (Google), Jim Clifton (Gallup), John Hennessy (Alphabet and Stanford), Howard Marks (Oaktree Capital Management), David Cote (Honeywell) Tom Golisano (Paychex), Jeff Lawson (Twilio), Johnny C. Taylor (SHRM) and leaders like Henry Kissinger. One of her many coups was spearheading the campaign for the long-running recent New York Times bestseller ​Radical Candor  by former Apple and Google executive Kim Scott.

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has represented some of the world’s most famous bestselling CEO or Chairman authors including Eric Schmidt (Google), Jim Clifton (Gallup), John Hennessy (Alphabet and Stanford), Howard Marks (Oaktree Capital Management), David Cote (Honeywell) Tom Golisano (Paychex), Jeff Lawson (Twilio) and Johnny C. Taylor (SHRM) and leaders like Henry Kissinger.  One of her many coups was spearheading the campaign for the long-running recent New York Times bestseller ​Radical Candor  by former Apple and Google executive Kim Scott. She has also worked on books by leading journalists including former Fortune  and Harvard Business Review editor Tom Stewart and former Businessweek editor Patricia O’Connell and she manages Fortier PR’s account with Gallup to publicize all their books.

Prior to her almost five years at Fortier PR, she was the publicity manager at Wiley working with bestselling authors such as Hank Greenberg, Jon Gordon, Jeffrey Hirsch, Brian Solis, Ann Handley, Pat Lencioni and others. She also acted as the publicity lead for proposals across all of Wiley’s product lines and a consultant to the corporate commutations team. During her 6 years at Wiley, she worked to reorganize the department to better serve an evolving publishing program. Prior to joining Wiley, she worked with Manhattan and New Jersey-based public relation firms where she led on an array of public relations campaigns for consumer brands.

She is a cum laude graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey, where she studied Communications, with a focus on Public Relations and Journalism, with a minor in Political Science.

Her media placements include The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Fast Company, Forbes, CNBC, Fox Business Network, CNN, MSNBC and more.

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Nick Davies

has 13 years of experience in book publicity at several publishers including Basic Books, and most recently, HarperCollins. The books he has worked on include business, science, politics, and narrative nonfiction.

A graduate of Georgetown University, his media campaigns have featured placements in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Vogue, The AdvocateOprah DailyGood Morning America, CBS This Morning, PBS Newshour, and NPR programs such as Fresh Air, On Point, Morning Edition, and many other local & regional shows.

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has 13 years of experience in book publicity at several publishers including Basic Books, and most recently, HarperCollins. The books he has worked on include business, science, politics, and narrative nonfiction.

A graduate of Georgetown University, his media campaigns have featured placements in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Vogue, The AdvocateOprah DailyGood Morning America, CBS This Morning, PBS Newshour, and NPR programs such as Fresh Air, On Point, Morning Edition, and many other local & regional shows.

Nick manages Fortier PR’s account with retailer Bookshop.org and has worked with authors including Pulitzer Prize winner N. Scott Momaday, podcaster and entrepreneur James Altucher, bestselling author & workplace expert Lindsey Pollak, bestselling business authors Chester Elton, Adrian Gostick and Ram Charan, journalists Kim Wehle (CBS) and Laura Wides-Munoz (LA Times), food historian & James Beard Award winner Michael Twitty, comedian Josh Gondelman, Rush frontman Geddy Lee, impact investment experts Michael O’Leary and Warren Valdmanis, the former CEOs of Texas Roadhouse and Sonic restaurant companies and Tom Alberg, investor and founder of Madrona Venture Group.

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Mariah Dwyer

is a publicity assistant at Fortier Public Relations. She is the queen of logistics, organized systems and keeping projects running like a well-oiled machine. She also founded the firm’s podcast program and researched and built our proprietary database of podcasts in 160 categories with extensive data on each. She also plans our team’s biweekly meetings and monthly social events. She is a graduate of the City University of New York.  You can learn more about Mariah and her work in this profile of her published by Medium.

Travis Fishstein

Travis’ clients range from Kleiner Perkins venture Capitalist and bestselling author John Doerr to #1 tech stocks analyst Mark Mahaney and bestselling author Tiffani Bova at Salesforce. Prior to his current role at Fortier PR, Travis worked in financial services PR at agencies including The Neibart Group. There he worked with Fortune 500 clients including Charles Schwab and Northwestern Mutual, and spearheaded media campaigns across a broad range of topics including ESG, technology, markets, investing, and technology.

Travis has booked segments with top tier podcasts and broadcast outlets including CNBC, Fox Business, Bloomberg, NPR Marketplace and Yahoo Finance. He has also worked closely with print and online outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Associated Press, Barron’s, Bloomberg, Financial Times, Business Insider, and Reuters.

He is a graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and played varsity baseball. 

Mark Fortier

is the founder and president of Fortier Public Relations, LLC. His 30-years of publicizing hundreds of successful books earned him the​ ​2019 Porchlight Jack Covert Award for Contribution to the Business Book Industry​. (He is the sixth recipient (and only publicist) following previous winners like Tom Peters and Seth Godin.

Before founding Fortier Public Relations, LLC in January 2007, Mark worked at book publicity firm Goldberg McDuffie Communications for almost nine years, rising from assistant director of publicity to director of publicity to vice president to partner (the first and only employee there to earn this title).

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is the founder and president of Fortier Public Relations, LLC. His 30-years of publicizing hundreds of successful books earned him the​ ​2019 Porchlight Jack Covert Award for Contribution to the Business Book Industry​. He is the sixth recipient (and only publicist) following previous winners like Tom Peters and Seth Godin.

Before founding Fortier Public Relations, LLC in January 2007, Mark worked at book publicity firm Goldberg McDuffie Communications for almost nine years, rising from assistant director of publicity to director of publicity to vice president to partner (the first and only employee there to earn this title). There he worked with literary authors including Philip Roth and Henry Louis Gates, public officials like Robert Rubin, the CEOs of Citigroup and AT&T and organizations ranging from The Library of America to the National Endowment for the Arts. Books he worked on ranged from the global bestseller The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho to the Hamilton biography by Ron Chernow, which was adapted for the surprise Broadway hit musical. The first two business books he worked on are now classics: The Innovator’s Solution by Clayton Christensen and Blue Ocean Strategy , which has now sold over four million copies.

His media placements include NPR Fresh Air & Morning Edition, Today, Good Morning America, CBS, Daily Show with Trevor Noah, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the covers of Time, Newsweek, Fortune and The New York Times Book Review , the Tim Ferriss podcast, the oped page and Saturday Essay of The Wall Street Journal and the front page of The New York Times.

He is far more proud of the accomplishments of his growing team at Fortier PR, where he enjoys applying the management lessons he’s learned from the best leaders and business school professors who are our clients.

Previously Mark held positions at Penguin U.S.A. and Columbia University Press.

Mark is a graduate of Wesleyan University, and has studied at New York University and the University of London. His work has been recognized by Newsday, The New York Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Publishers Weekly, Book Publishing Report, and PRWeek. He has written about book publicity for numerous trade publications, and has lectured on book publicity at the Public Relations Society of America national convention, the Association of American University Presses, the New York Advertising and Communications Network and Thinkers50. An interview with Mark is included as a chapter in several books including Publicize Your Book, What No One Ever Tells You About Blogging and Podcasting and How to Write a Business Book That Matters.

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Allyssa Fortunato

has a decade of PR experience in the publishing industry. She previously worked at HarperCollins and Penguin Random House, publicizing health, wellness, business, parenting, and lifestyle titles.

In 2021, she has publicized six books that hit the New York Times or Wall Street Journal bestseller list: The Art of Impossible by Steven Kotler, Winning by Michael Jordan’s trainer, Tim S. Grover, Intuitive Fasting by Will Cole, The Unspoken Rules by Harvard career advisor Gorick Ng, Liquids Till Lunch by CEO MaryRuth Ghiyam, and Choose Possibility by former StubHub president, Sukhinder Singh Cassidy. Her previous New York Times bestsellers include The XX Brain by Dr. Lisa Mosconi and Mastering Diabetes by Dr. Cyrus Khambatta and Robby Barbaro.

 

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has a decade of PR experience in the publishing industry. She previously worked at HarperCollins and Penguin Random House, publicizing health, wellness, business, parenting, and lifestyle titles.

In 2021, she has publicized six books that hit the New York Times or Wall Street Journal bestseller list: The Art of Impossible by Steven Kotler, Winning by Michael Jordan’s trainer, Tim S. Grover, Intuitive Fasting by Will Cole, The Unspoken Rules by Harvard career advisor Gorick Ng, Liquids Till Lunch by CEO MaryRuth Ghiyam, and Choose Possibility by former StubHub president, Sukhinder Singh Cassidy. Her previous New York Times bestsellers include The XX Brain by Dr. Lisa Mosconi and Mastering Diabetes by Dr. Cyrus Khambatta and Robby Barbaro.

She has worked on books with authors such as former New York Times editor KJ Dell’Antonia, Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association Dr. Bruce Greyson, leaders of the FIRE movement Kristy Shen and Bryce Leung, entrepreneur Kim Perell and veteran NPR reporter Hillary Frank.

Authors praise Allyssa’s commitment and enthusiasm, which has resulted in bookings for The Today ShowGood Morning AmericaCBS Sunday Morning, NPR’s Fresh Air, and the TED Radio Hour. She regularly obtains feature coverage in The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalThe Washington PostThe AtlanticTIMEWIRED, Fast Company, Inc.Vogue, The Cut, and goop. She has also booked high-profile interviews on leading podcasts such as The Joe Rogan ExperienceArmchair Expert with Dax ShepardMaking Sense with Sam HarrisThe Rachel Hollis Podcast, School of Greatness, The Art of Charm, WTF with Marc Maron, and more.

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Maria Mann

previously spent several years at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, where she worked with notable authors in the fields of science, technology, travel, history, business and the environment.

Her most recent bestsellers are Finding the Mother Tree by ecologist Suzanne Simard (Knopf) and Under the Wave at Waimea (Houghton Mifflin) by legendary bestselling travel writer Paul Theroux.  Among her clients are Harvard Business School professor Tom Eisenmann, founder of the Center for the Study of the Drone Arthur Holland Michel, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and LA Times business columnist Michael Hiltzik (Iron Empires), historian and Stanford Professor Gordon H. Chang (Ghosts of Gold Mountain), social historian and film/TV consultant Hallie Rubenhold (The Five), conservationist Bryce Andrews (Down From the Mountain), botany writer Ruth Kassinger, University of Chicago Psychology Professor Katherine Kinzler (How You Say It), actress Rachel True (True Heart Intuitive Tarot), Bolster founder Matt Blumberg, paleontologist Henry Gee and Deloitte’s Chief Experience Officer Amelia Dunlop.

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previously spent several years at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, where she worked with notable authors in the fields of science, technology, travel, history, and the environment.

Her most recent bestsellers are Finding the Mother Tree by ecologist Suzanne Simard and Under the Wave at Waimea by legendary bestselling travel writer Paul Theroux.  Among her clients are Harvard Business School professor Tom Eisenmann, founder of the Center for the Study of the Drone Arthur Holland Michel, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and LA Times business columnist Michael Hiltzik (Iron Empires), historian and Stanford Professor Gordon H. Chang (Ghosts of Gold Mountain), social historian and film/TV consultant Hallie Rubenhold (The Five), conservationist Bryce Andrews (Down From the Mountain), botany writer Ruth Kassinger, University of Chicago Psychology Professor Katherine Kinzler (How You Say It), actress Rachel True (True Heart Intuitive Tarot), Bolster founder Matt Blumberg, scientist Henry Gee and Deloitte’s Chief Experience Officer Amelia Dunlop.

Maria was previously a bookseller and is passionate about connecting books and people. She has secured reviews, profiles, and interviews with top media including: CBS Sunday Morning and 60 Minutes, NPR’s All Things Considered, On Point, Here and Now, and Science Friday,  PRI’s Living on Earth and Fox News Channel.  She’s also placed author essays and feature coverage in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington PostAtlanticWired, Scientific American, Fast Company, Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, among many other publications.

She has a BA in Media Studies and a BA in English Creative Writing from Auburn University, and an MA in Publishing & Writing from Emerson College in Boston.

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Rachel Meier

is the Chief Operating Officer of Fortier Public Relations, leading the team on operations, process improvement, and business development optimization. Or put in a more fun way: she gets after big picture strategic planning while being able to sweat the small stuff of execution. She loves running a team, making stuff work, and getting things done

Rachel has over ten years of experience leading content strategy, digital product development, and operational optimization for media companies ranging from traditional (at Penguin Random House as a publishing manager) and non-traditional (Techstars as a publishing director).

She likes to run very long distances and read books (lots of them) of any size.

O'Licia Parker-Smith

is a full-time podcast publicist for Fortier Public Relations. In coordination with our team, she leads the firm’s podcast program, which has booked some of the world’s top ranked podcasts including The Joe Rogan Experience, The Tim Ferriss Show, Tony Robbins, Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert, School of Greatness with Lewis Howes, Bulletproof, Gary Vee, Freakonomics, Kara Swisher, James Altucher Show, a16z, HBR Ideacast, Art of Charm, Guy Raz and more.

Her career has always combined her passion for both books and publicity.  A graduate of North Carolina State University, O’Licia’s first learned publicity and marketing at a leading North Carolina communications agency and next at Greenleaf Book Group, a publisher of over 45 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers.

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is a full-time podcast publicist for Fortier Public Relations. In coordination with our team, she leads the firm’s podcast program, which has booked some of the world’s top ranked podcasts including The Joe Rogan Experience, The Tim Ferriss Show, Tony Robbins, Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert, School of Greatness with Lewis Howes, Bulletproof, Gary Vee, Freakonomics, Recode Decode, James Altucher Show, a16z, HBR Ideacast, Art of Charm, Guy Raz and more.

Her career has always combined her passion for both books and publicity.  A graduate of North Carolina State University, O’Licia first learned publicity and marketing at a leading North Carolina communications agency and next at Greenleaf Book Group, a publisher of over 45 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers.

O’Licia has helped business thought leaders land placements in Reader’s Digest, Psychology and Buzzfeed. O’Licia enjoys helping authors connect with the right audiences to share fresh ideas that inspire growth and change. Her deep knowledge of the robust podcast landscape and innate knack for connecting with podcasters has led to her bookings in such categories as for business, finance, tech, health, parenting, and female empowerment authors.  Outside of work, O’Licia enjoys adding nonfiction books to her library, thrift shopping, and exploring new places.

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Megan Posco

has spent the entirety of her career publicizing nonfiction books. Prior to joining Fortier Public Relations, she held positions at Harvard University Press, Hachette Book Group, and Storey Publishing.

Megan has publicized books across a wide range of topics, including political science, public health, economics, business, science, education, and social science. Notable authors she’s worked with include Dr. Scott Gottlieb, former Commissioner of the FDA, Dr. Joseph Allen, Director of the Harvard Healthy Buildings Program, Dr. Dambisa Moyo, economist and bestselling author, Dr. Joshua Bennett, Professor at Dartmouth and winner of the Guggenheim Fellowship, and Paul Polman, former CEO of Unilever.

Her media placements include the New York TimesWashington PostWall Street JournalFinancial TimesThe AtlanticThe New YorkerFast CompanyBloomberg, CNN, MSNBC, CBS Evening News, PRI’s The World, and Marketplace.

Megan graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts. In her spare time, she is an avid reader and is currently learning to play the violin. She lives in Cambridge, MA.

Rebecca Proulx

is a publicity assistant at Fortier Public Relations. Prior to joining the Fortier Team, she was an assistant editor at BookTrib where she handled a variety of editorial, marketing, and publicity tasks. She also gained hands-on publishing experience from interning at Grove Atlantic and the Creative Artists Agency. She holds an M.S. in Publishing: Digital and Print Media from New York University and a B.A. in English Literature and Global Communications from Roger Williams University.  She enjoys working on creative campaigns for a diverse list of business and wellness titles.

 

Emily Provost

is a publicity assistant at Fortier Public Relations. Prior to joining the team at Fortier, she worked as a content specialist with a career advancement company, where she worked on developing informational articles, crafting marketing campaigns, and implementing media outreach strategies. She has an extensive background in content development and editorial work and possesses a passion for all things literature. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Hofstra University, where she majored in publishing studies and received minors in marketing and journalism.

Lisa Reiter

is Fortier PR’s Speakers Bureau Director, booking our clients at prestigious events worldwide.

Prior to joining Fortier PR, Lisa ran William Morris Endeavor’s Speakers Division for five years. While at WME, she worked with clients across all areas of the agency including bestselling authors Simon Sinek, Gabrielle Bernstein, Matthew Walker and Daniel James Brown, broadcasters Joy Reid, Tamron Hall and Sunny Hostin, host & author Padma Lakshmi and HGTV’s Erin & Ben Napier, to name just a few.

Lisa previously spent 13 years at IMG, where she ran their Speakers Division for over 10 years. During her tenure with the agency, she handled a diverse roster of high profile clients including legendary General Electric CEO Jack Welch, football greats Peyton Manning, Joe Montana and Eli Manning, Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts and Phil Keoghan, Host of The Amazing Race.

She began her career working in television production at King World Productions followed by a few years learning the ropes of the speaking industry at the William Morris Agency.

Lisa graduated from Lehigh University with a B.A. in International Relations. She lives in New York City.

 

Paul Sliker

has spent over a decade representing such authors as economists Jeffrey Sachs, Dambisa Moyo and Henry Kaufman, CEO authors like Paul Polman (Unilever), mega-bestselling author, Yuval Noah Harari; The New Yorker staff writer and NYT  bestselling author, Sheelah Kolhatkar; Silicon Valley VC and serial entrepreneur, Elad Gil; NYU Stern School Dean Emeritus Peter Blair Henry,  and author of the million-copy bestseller Essentialism, Greg McKeown.  As Vice President & Director at Finn Partners for three years prior to joining Fortier PR, he spearheaded campaigns for several national bestseller campaigns and worked with authors such as Techstars CEO, Maelle Gavet, Facebook “Like” button co-creator, Justin Rosenstein; former Bloomberg BusinessWeek China Bureau Chief, Dexter Tiff Roberts; leading Modern Monetary Theory economist, Pavlina R. Tcherneva; and the well-known journalist and political commentator, Tony Schwartz.

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has spent over a decade representing such authors as economists Jeffrey Sachs, Dambisa Moyo and Henry Kaufman, CEO authors like Paul Polmon (Unilever), mega-bestselling author, Yuval Noah Harari; The New Yorker staff writer and NYT  bestselling author, Sheelah Kolhatkar; Silicon Valley VC and serial entrepreneur, Elad Gil; NYU Stern School Dean Emeritus Peter Blair Henry,  and author of the million-copy bestseller Essentialism, Greg McKeown for his New York Times bestseller Effortless.  As Vice President & Director at Finn Partners for three years prior to joining Fortier PR, he spearheaded campaigns for several national bestseller campaigns and worked with authors such as Techstars CEO, Maelle Gavet, Facebook “Like” button co-creator, Justin Rosenstein; former Bloomberg BusinessWeek China Bureau Chief, Dexter Tiff Roberts; leading Modern Monetary Theory economist, Pavlina R. Tcherneva; and the well-known journalist and political commentator, Tony Schwartz.

For six years at DEY. prior to joining Finn Partners, Paul publicized authors and advised several leading companies and institutions, including the United Nations, The Earth Institute, Sustainable Development Goals USA, The Rockefeller Foundation, and ReD Associates.

Paul regularly works with and places clients in top media outlets such as The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal and WSJ Weekend ReviewThe Financial TimesThe EconomistThe Washington Post, The Associated PressThe GuardianWIREDMIT Technology ReviewHarvard Business ReviewCNBCMSNBCCNNPBS NewsHourAPM: Marketplace and NPR’s Morning EditionAll Things Considered and Planet Money.

His interests include economics, business, public policy, international affairs, and technology.

He has a BA in English from Purdue University, where he served as the inaugural editor of JPUR, the university’s peer-reviewed undergraduate research journal published annually by Purdue University Press. Outside of Fortier PR, he’s an avid reader, writer, and commentator on macroeconomics, and co-hosted a podcast. He resides in Brooklyn, NY.

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Cait Ward

is a publicity assistant at Fortier Public Relations. Prior to joining Fortier, Cait worked as an editorial and marketing assistant with an independent publisher where she developed marketing campaigns, curated promotional materials, and spearheaded project management. At Fortier PR she has contributed to such bestselling campaigns as Finding the Mother Tree, by ecologist Dr Suzanne Simard and The Heart of Business, by former BestBuy CEO Hubert Joly.

Cait has an MA from George Washington University in Writing & Publishing and graduated Summa Cum Laude from DePaul University of Chicago with her BA in English Literature.

Cait not only enjoys helping authors connect with their audience but is also passionate about introducing inspiring and significant books to readers around the world. Outside of work, Cait enjoys sitting down with a new book, avoiding places she has to parallel park, and exploring the music scene.