Our Team

Emily Ball

is a publicity assistant at Fortier Public Relations. Before joining the team full-time, she was an intern at our book PR agency and a previous one.  She graduated from the Liberal Arts Honors Program at Providence College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing. She loves reading and working with business and nonfiction authors in promoting their books as well as the messages and experiences that make them interesting. In her free time, she loves running, the beach and playing with her French Bulldog, Daisy.

Ashtin Ballard

is a publicity assistant at Fortier Public Relations. Prior to joining Fortier, she was the Agency Assistant at the Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency, where she worked closely with authors on all aspects of their books from start to finish. She also interned at Writers House, where she assisted agents Geri Thoma and Andrea Morrison. She graduated with honors from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She is particularly excited about the intersection of publicity and author advocacy and her goal is to bring this enthusiasm to each campaign she works on. In her spare time, she loves to knit, bake, meander through Central Park, and hang out with her cat, Meredith.

 

Lisa Barnes

is Managing Director at Fortier PR and has over 17 years of PR experience in the publishing industry. 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, former JetBlue Chairman Joel Peterson, and books and research by the Big Three strategy consulting firms.

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is Managing Director at Fortier PR and has over 17 years of PR experience in the publishing industry. 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, former JetBlue Chairman Joel Peterson, and books and research by the Big Three strategy consulting firms.

At Random House for nine years prior to her six years at Fortier PR, she orchestrated New York Times bestselling campaigns for titles including Loving FrankThe Paris Wife and The Passage, among many others. She spent 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 twelve years on the books of such bestselling authors as Stephen Covey, Martin Lindstrom, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, Ed Mylett, 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), Snowflake 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, the CMO of Mastercard, the President of Hearst Magazines 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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Adam Benavides

has worked in public relations for nearly a decade across both agency and in-house corporate communications teams and has been a publicity manager at Fortier Public Relations for a year. He has secured a wide range of media placements including Good Morning America, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNBC, Bloomberg, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, INC, Fast Company, Fortune and top tier podcasts.

He’s handled business books by CEOs, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and consulting firms ranging from McKinsey to Deloitte to AlixPartners. This season, two of his books hit the Wall Street Journal bestseller list: Leading with Heart by John Baird and Edward L. Sullivan and Unlock Your Potential by Jeff Lerner. Adam has also done corporate PR for organizations including Gatorade, Chevrolet, Abbott Labs, and Conagra Foods and for sports events including the College World Series, Wells Fargo PGA Championship, NBA All-Star Game, and 2020 NFL Pro Bowl in Orlando.

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has worked in public relations for nearly a decade across both agency and in-house corporate communications teams and has been a publicity manager at Fortier Public Relations for a year. He has secured a wide range of media placements including Good Morning America, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNBC, Bloomberg, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, INC, Fast Company, Fortune and top tier podcasts.

He’s handled business books by CEOs, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and consulting firms ranging from McKinsey to Deloitte to AlixPartners. This season, two of his books hit the Wall Street Journal bestseller list: Leading with Heart by John Baird and Edward L. Sullivan and Unlock Your Potential by Jeff Lerner. Adam has also done corporate PR for organizations including Gatorade, Chevrolet, Abbott Labs, and Conagra Foods and for sports events including the College World Series, Wells Fargo PGA Championship, NBA All-Star Game, and 2020 NFL Pro Bowl in Orlando.

He earned a B.A. in English and Communications from New Mexico State University, where he was the first student accepted to study at Italy’s esteemed Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. In addition to his PR and Communications career, Adam writes about the music industry as a contributing writer, covering and interviewing some of the biggest acts in music for various publications including MXDWN.

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Mallory Campoli

 

has over a decade of experience in book publicity and media relations. Prior to joining Fortier, she was the Senior Publicity Manager at Smith Publicity. With roots in broadcast journalism, Mallory began her career as a TV news producer at NBC and Fox affiliates in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. She has garnered publicity for Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestsellers, as well as other prominent titles in the business, lifestyle, and wellness categories.

With a wide range of clients, Mallory has represented CEOs and executives from companies such as JP Morgan, Intel, IBM, and Microsoft, among others. Her media placements include The Wall Street Journal, NPR’s Marketplace, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, NBC’s TODAY ShowHuffPost, CNN, PBS NewsHour, Bloomberg, The EconomistFast Company, and many more. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Meg Cassidy

is Director of Operations at Fortier PR. She 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 seven 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 six 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, The 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 volunteers with Girls Write Now, a creative-writing mentoring program for high school girls who are talented emerging authors.

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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, entrepreneur Jason Tartick, Trend Hunter CEO Jeremy Gutsche, Cisco’s Managing Director of Innovation and bestselling author Alex Goryachev, Delivering Happiness CEO Jenn Lim, Deloitte Chair of the board Janet Foutty, Simmons University President Lynn Wooten, 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, entrepreneur Jason Tartick, Trend Hunter CEO Jeremy Gutsche, Cisco’s Managing Director of Innovation and bestselling author Alex Goryachev, Delivering Happiness CEO Jenn Lim, Deloitte Chair of the board Janet Foutty, Simmons University President Lynn Wooten, 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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Jess Ciocca

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. She had her first #1 New York Times bestseller last season and another New York Times bestseller this season. Her business authors range from the former CEOs of Dunkin’ Donuts and Yum! Brands to Jeff Bezos’ former chief of staff Colin Bryar to Kleiner Perkins chairman and venture capitalist John Doerr, to CNBC correspondent Julia Boorstin to entrepreneurs Mikaila Ulmer and Rana el Kaliouby, to New York Times bestselling author thought leaders like Martin Lindstrom, Ram Charan and top three strategy consulting firms.

 

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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 Jeff Bezos’ former chief of staff Colin Bryar to Kleiner Perkins chairman and venture capitalist John Doerr, to CNBC correspondent Julia Boorstin to entrepreneurs Mikaila Ulmer and Rana el Kaliouby, to New York Times bestselling author thought leaders like Martin Lindstrom and top three strategy consulting firms.

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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Hannah Clark

is the Podcasts and Events Publicity Assistant at Fortier Public Relations. Prior to joining the team at Fortier, she worked in college admissions and student life. She has extensive background in event creation and management, planning events for such names such as Bill Nye, LaVar Burton, and Henry Winkler.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication, as well as her Master of Arts in Communication, from Oakland University. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, crafting, and thrifting.

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), leaders like Henry Kissinger and #1 New York Times bestselling authors like Keith Ferrazzi. One of her many coups was spearheading the campaign for the long-running 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), government leaders like Henry Kissinger and iPod inventor and iPhone co-inventor Tony Fadell.  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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Brooke Craven

has over 5 years of PR experience as a podcast publicist.  She has worked on hundreds of podcast PR campaigns for clients including CEOs of major corporations and organizations, New York Times best-selling authors, renowned doctors, and leading names in personal growth, finance, investing, wealth-building and more.

She leads the firm’s podcast program, which built its own proprietary database and has booked some of the world’s top ranked podcasts including The Joe Rogan Experience, The Tim Ferriss Show, Brené Brown, Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert, Tony Robbins, School of Greatness with Lewis Howes, Freakonomics, Kara Swisher, Bulletproof, Gary Vee, James Altucher, a16z, HBR Ideacast, Art of Charm, Guy Raz and hundreds more.

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has over 5 years of PR experience as a podcast publicist.  She has worked on hundreds of podcast PR campaigns for clients including CEOs of major corporations and organizations, New York Times best-selling authors, renowned doctors, and leading names in personal growth, finance, investing, wealth-building and more.

She leads the firm’s podcast program, which built its own proprietary database and has booked some of the world’s top ranked podcasts including The Joe Rogan Experience, The Tim Ferriss Show, Brené Brown, Dax Shepard’s Armchair Expert, Tony Robbins, School of Greatness with Lewis Howes, Freakonomics, Kara Swisher, Bulletproof, Gary Vee, James Altucher, a16z, HBR Ideacast, Art of Charm, Guy Raz and hundreds more.

She has booked her clients on thousands of podcasts and has built relationships with some of the top podcast hosts. Her goal is to help people share their stories through the power of podcasts.

In her spare time, Brooke enjoys frequenting the Jersey shore, singing (badly) along at concerts and of course, listening to podcasts.

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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, narrative nonfiction and this season’s Wall Street Journal bestseller The Voltage Effect by U. Chicago behavioral economist John List.

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, podcasts like Freakonomics 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, narrative nonfiction and this season’s Wall Street Journal bestseller The Voltage Effect by U. Chicago behavioral economist John List.

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 and Adrian Gostick, CEO advisor Ram Charan, U. Chicago behavioral economist John List, 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, Tom Alberg, investor and founder of Madrona Venture Group, UCLA professor Richard Rumelt, and Oxford Professor and New York Times bestselling author Viktor Mayer-Schönberger.  He also done client work at Fortier PR with top 3 strategy consulting firms and manages Fortier PR’s accounts for iRelaunch, Bookshop.org and the Financial Times Business Book of the Year Award.

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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). 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.

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

She has enjoyed working with New York Times bestselling authors Steven Kotler, Tim Grover, Will Cole, Max Lugavere, Dr. Lisa Mosconi, Susan Cain​, and more.

Throughout her career, she’s had the privilege of publicizing ​a wide variety of books​, by candid entertainers like actor Josh Peck and comedian Richard Lewis to ​groundbreaking science books by award-winning psychologists Ethan Kross and Becca Levy, neuroscientist Dr. Amishi Jha, and Harvard Medical School Professor Robert Waldinger, MD. She has also worked with New York Times editor and Reese’s Book Club bestseller KJ Dell’Antonia, esteemed Harvard career adviser Gorick Ng, ​and world-record-breaking explorer Colin O’Brady. She particularly loves to work on titles with a strong psychological foundation.​

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Allyssa Fortunato has more than a decade of publicity experience in the publishing industry. She previously worked at HarperCollins and Penguin Random House, publicizing health, wellness, business, and lifestyle titles.

She has enjoyed working with New York Times bestselling authors Steven Kotler, Tim Grover, Will Cole, Max Lugavere, Dr. Lisa Mosconi, Susan Cain​, and more.

Throughout her career, she’s had the privilege of publicizing ​a wide variety of books​, by candid entertainers like actor Josh Peck and comedian Richard Lewis to ​groundbreaking science books by award-winning psychologists Ethan Kross and Becca Levy, neuroscientist Dr. Amishi Jha, and Harvard Medical School Professor Robert Waldinger, MD. She has also worked with New York Times editor and Reese’s Book Club bestseller KJ Dell’Antonia, esteemed Harvard career adviser Gorick Ng, ​and world-record-breaking explorer Colin O’Brady. She particularly loves to work on titles with a strong psychological foundation.​

Authors praise Allyssa’s commitment and enthusiasm, which has resulted in bookings for The Today ShowGood Morning AmericaGMA3, ​PBS’ Brief But Spectacular, CBS Sunday Morning, ​The Drew Barrymore Show, NPR’s Fresh AirAll Things Considered, the TED Radio Hour, and more. She regularly obtains feature coverage in outlets such as The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalThe AtlanticThe Washington Post, the New York PostTIME, Forbes, Parade, and People Magazine. She has also booked high-profile interviews on many leading podcasts including The Joe Rogan ExperienceArmchair Expert with Dax ShepardHidden Brain, NPR’s Life KitDare to Lead with Brené Brown, On Purpose with Jay ShettyMaking Sense with Sam HarrisSchool of Greatness, The Rachel Hollis Podcast, Under the Skin with Russell Brand, and WTF with Marc Maron.

Allyssa graduated magna cum laude from NYU and summa cum laude from Sarah Lawrence College with an MFA in Creative Writing. She uses her strong writing, verbal communication, and strategic thinking skills to navigate the ever-changing media landscape and effectively propel the success of her authors.

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Kiki Keating

brings a wealth of experience in communications strategy and practice with 20 years of experience in building awareness and advancing the reputation of elite clients ranging from business school professors to CEOs to New York Times bestselling authors.

Her media placements include The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times,The Economist, Bloomberg Business Week, Fortune, Forbes, USA Today, NBC News, CNN, CNBC and NPR.

Her clients include thought leaders like Gary Hamel, CEOs like Frank Calderoni of Anaplan, consulting firms like SYPartners, business schools including Tuck at Dartmouth and INSEAD, conferences like The Council on Business and Society and academic authors such as Vijay Govindarajan, Syd Finkelstein, Ben M. Bensaou, Richard D’Aveni, J.S. Nelson, and their books, of which some have become New York Times bestsellers.  

 

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brings a wealth of experience in communications strategy and practice with 20 years of experience in building awareness and advancing the reputation of elite clients ranging from business school professors to CEOs.

Her media placements include The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times,The Economist and Bloomberg Business Week, Fortune, Forbes, USA Today, NBC News, CNN, CNBC and NPR.

Her clients include thought leaders like Gary Hamel, CEOs like Frank Calderoni of Anaplan, consulting firms like SYPartners, business schools including Tuck at Dartmouth and INSEAD, conferences like The Council on Business and Society and academic authors such as Vijay Govindarajan, Syd Finkelstein, Ben M. Bensaou, Richard D’Aveni, J.S. Nelson, and their books, of which some have become New York Times bestsellers.  

To stay in touch with media, she created and manages a long-running international conference for top global business media.

A former trial attorney, Kiki is also a certified mediator and arbitrator who attributes her success with media relations to the skills she learned in her first career. She is a recognized leader in business education communications and a frequent speaker at global business school conferences.

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Viktoriya Kucherak

 

 

 

is a publicity assistant at Fortier Public Relations. Before joining Fortier PR, she was a print and media editorial intern for the Political Science department at the publisher W. W. Norton and a circulation assistant at a large public library. Viktoriya studied comparative politics at the undergraduate and graduate level at Villanova University, where she received her B.A. in Political Science and minored in English and Eastern European area studies. She was born in Ukraine and grew up in the Philadelphia area. As a result, she is a loyal but naive Villanova and Philly sports fan. In her spare time, Viktoriya is an avid podcast listener and reader of a wide range of genres.

Chandler Kuck

has almost a decade of public relations experience in finance and culture. Prior to joining Fortier, she held positions at several PR agencies including Wolf Kasteler Public Relations, Slate PR and A24 Films, as well as financial public relations positions at the top five accounting firm BDO USA and at Gregory FCA PR.

Her media placements include The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Barron’s, CNBC, Bloomberg, NPR Fresh Air and Weekend Edition, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Los Angeles Times, U.S. News & World Report, The Wrap, Elle, GQ, and W Magazine.

She has spearheaded multiple award-winning PR campaigns for top tier clients, has worked on personal publicity accounts for Annette Bening, Frances McDormand, Nathan Lane, Neil Patrick Harris, Ridley Scott, Samuel L. Jackson and Viola Davis, and has assisted with the publicity campaign for the film Moonlight, which went on to win 161 awards including the Oscar for “Best Picture” at the Academy Awards.

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has almost a decade of public relations experience in finance and culture. Prior to joining Fortier, she held positions at several PR agencies including Wolf Kasteler Public Relations, Slate PR and A24 Films, as well as financial public relations positions at the top five accounting firm BDO USA and at Gregory FCA PR.

Her media placements include The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Barron’s, CNBC, Bloomberg, NPR Fresh Air and Weekend Edition, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Los Angeles Times, U.S. News & World Report, The Wrap, Elle, GQ, and W Magazine.

She has spearheaded multiple award-winning PR campaigns for top tier clients, has worked on personal publicity accounts for Annette Bening, Frances McDormand, Nathan Lane, Neil Patrick Harris, Ridley Scott, Samuel L. Jackson and Viola Davis, and has assisted with the publicity campaign for the film Moonlight, which went on to win 161 awards including the Oscar for “Best Picture” at the Academy Awards.

She has extensive experience providing high-profile clients with personal brand development, media training, social media engagement, and profile building.

She’s a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, which awarded her best professional writing in their annual Writing Program Competition. She prides herself on her relentless drive for results, her story-driven writing skills and the strategic thinking she puts into shaping every campaign.

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Jaya Lockhart


is a publicity intern at Fortier Public Relations. She is currently attending The Fashion Institute of Technology majoring in Business Management and minoring in Creative Entrepreneurship. She contributes to her college magazine, Blush Mag, as a creative writer.

She loves keeping things organized and spends time each week scouting out “must keep an eye on” podcasts and supporting our authors’ campaigns.

She prides herself on her creativity and in her free time enjoys cooking, reading, writing, and visual styling.

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, Okta CEO Frederic Kerrest, 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, New York Times bestselling author Steven Kotler, 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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Saintphanie Porcenat

is a Publicity Assistant at Fortier Public Relations. Prior to joining the team at Fortier, she worked as an Editorial Intern at HarperCollins where she helped facilitate the publishing process from story pitch to final copy. She has a background in Social Media Marketing and Community Engagement and loves to bring those skills to the campaigns she works on.

She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media and English from the University of Michigan.

Outside of work, she enjoys reading, long walks with her goldendoodle, Hemsworth, and playing piano.

Rebecca Proulx

is an associate publicist at Fortier Public Relations. Rebecca has worked on New York Times bestselling book campaigns ranging from CEO Excellence to The Forever Dog (which hit #1) as well as a variety of Wall Street Journal bestsellers by such authors as venture capitalist John Doerr, chairman of Kleiner Perkins, Frank Slootman, CEO of the $70 billion cloud company Snowflake, and Jeff Rosenblum, founding partner & CSO of Questus. She has secured media placements with The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Business Insider, Bloomberg, Forbes, INC, Cheddar TV, and top 100 podcasts ranging from the “Carey Nieuwholf Leadership Podcast” to “We Study Billionaires”.  Prior to joining the Fortier Team, she was an assistant editor at BookTrib where she handled a variety of editorial, marketing, and publicity responsibilities. She also gained hands-on publishing experience from interning at Grove Atlantic and CAA, 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.

Emily Provost

is an associate publicist at Fortier Public Relations. Over the course of her public relations career, Emily has worked on books on topics including business, education, career development, climate change, politics, philosophy, leadership, science, and more.

Her work this year culminated with the New York Times bestseller What We Owe the Future by Will MacAskill, whose high visibility campaign was called by Fast Company “the envy of any product launch.”

She leads Fortier PR’s account for the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy research group and has worked on campaigns for Paul Polman, former CEO of Unilever, Beena Ammanath, Executive Director of the Global Deloitte AI institute, and Babson professor Tom Davenport among others. She has secured media placements in outlets including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg, Forbes, Good Day LA, and many others.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Publishing Studies from Hofstra University with minors in both marketing and journalism.

Margaret Rogalski

has almost 15 years of public relations and book publishing experience. Prior to joining Fortier PR, she held publicity positions at agencies including Smith Publicity and Hilsinger-Mendelson, publishers, and global companies. Her previous clients span business, health, and lifestyle and include New York Times bestselling authors Jim Loehr, Nigella Lawson, Yotam Ottolenghi, Amy Robach, Bianca Bosker, Dr. Kellyann Petrucci and Vern Yip; current and former CEOs like Ginni Rometty of IBM, consultants at Accenture; psychologists at Columbia and NYU, and academics across most fields. Among her #1 New York Times bestsellers is Primates of Park Avenue by Wednesday Martin. Her frequent media placements include NPR, The TODAY show, Good Morning America, The Wall Street Journal (6 times so far this year), New York Times, Financial Times, Washington Post, CNN, Bloomberg, Harvard Business Review, The Economist, and many more.

Dan Rovzar

has over 15 years of experience in publicity and content development. He previously worked at HarperCollins, working across several imprints while also building out the HarperEspañol Spanish division. Dan has worked on notable titles in the lifestyle, health, wellness, and business categories including major bestsellers and is currently working with #1 New York Times bestselling author Marshall Goldsmith.

His media placements include The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS Sunday Morning, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Fortune, Fast Company and Forbes.  He regularly books leading podcasts such as Oprah’s Super Soul, The Joe Rogan Experience, Armchair Expert, The Rich Roll Podcast, Red Table Talk, School of Greatness, On Purpose, Mindvalley, and many more.

 

Helena Sandlyng-Jacobsen

is a publicity assistant at Fortier Public Relations. Prior to joining Fortier, she was an assistant literary agent at Susanna Lea Associates, where she was part of shepherding books at every stage in their development, and built extensive experience in foreign rights. Before that, she was a publicity intern with New Directions Publishing.

She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2019, with concentrations in comparative literature, translation studies and linguistics. Growing up speaking Danish at home and English at school, she has always been fascinated by the intersections of languages and cultures. Whether it be through translation or publicity, she is passionate about the power of sharing stories with the widest audience possible and sparking global conversations.

An avid reader and podcast listener, Helena’s interests include personal finance, climate and nature, narrative memoir, popular psychology and sociology, current events and investigative journalism. She lives in the woods of the Western Catskills with her partner and their cat, Raisin.

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 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 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 and The Joe Rogan Experience.

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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Jennifer Swihart

has worked for over 20 years in book publishing. She began her career at Lynn Goldberg Communications and then went on to hold senior publicity positions at Doubleday, Scribner, Putnam/Riverhead and HarperCollins. Authors she has represented include Suze Orman, Michael Crichton, Cindy Crawford, Bill Bryson, Bob Dole, Eleanor Clift, TV producer David Simon (The Wire, The Deuce), and notable journalists Frank Bruni (New York Times), Franklin Foer (Atlantic), and John Cassidy (New Yorker).

Most recently, Jennifer had the pleasure of representing many nonprofit, academic, and mission driven independent publishers as VP, Marketing at Consortium Book Sales & Distribution. Key titles she helped launch include the New York Times bestseller Go the F**k to Sleep, Pulitzer Prize winner Tinkers (the first winner from a small press in 30 years) and New York Times bestseller No is Not Enough by Naomi Klein.

Jennifer has placed author interviews on media outlets including Oprah, Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher, Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, PBS Newshour, The View, Fresh Air, Marketplace, New Dimensions Radio, Sean Hannity Radio, the New Yorker, People, Time, Wall Street Journal, the New York Times Magazine, and USA Today. A mother of two boys, Jennifer spends most of her time in ice hockey rinks, running, reading, and following news stories with voracious curiosity.

Matt Wendler

is the New Business Director and Proposal Writer for Fortier PR. He draws upon a long career in media relations at agencies including Ruder Finn and Dukas Linden. His mission is to understand clients’ goals, plan a corresponding strategy, crystallize our ideas in a proposal, and ensure a seamless onboarding process at the earliest stages of a publicity campaign.

In previous roles, he secured interviews in media like Bloomberg, Business Insider, and CNBC for executives and business leaders in finance and healthcare. His experience includes writing bylined articles and thought leadership content for executives at large companies including Pfizer, Lonza, and Biogen.