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David Fenton

David Fenton

Founder and Chairman

David Fenton, named “one of the 100 most influential P.R. people” by PR Week and “the Robin Hood of public relations” by The National Journal, founded Fenton in 1982 to create communications campaigns for the environment, public health and human rights. Over four decades he has pioneered the use of PR, social media and advertising techniques for social change. FENTON has 60 employees in four offices – New York, Washington, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Some of Fenton’s best-known campaigns include aiding the rise of MoveOn.org, stimulating the rise in organic food sales, a decade representing Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress, passing sanctions against apartheid, saving swordfish from extinction with a coalition of top chefs, working with Al Gore and the United Nations on climate change, public health campaigns against tobacco and endocrine-disrupting chemicals, publicizing the nation’s first gay marriages, keeping hard-liquor ads off broadcast television, the founding of Business for Social Responsibility and many others. David and the firm have also worked with governments and international NGOs in Africa, Israel, Europe, Japan, Latin America and the Caribbean. David is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. David has helped incubate and launch a series of non-profit organizations, including the pro-peace, pro-Israel group J Street, Climate Nexus, the Death Penalty Information Center, the Central America Media Project, the Southern Africa Media Project, New Economy Communications, Environmental Media Services (which later became Resource Media), and the American Freedom campaign against the abuse of executive power. He serves on the Board of EcoAmerica and the Chairman’s Council of Conservation International. Fenton started his career as a photojournalist in the late 1960s – his book “Shots: An American Photographer’s Journal” was published in 2005. He was formerly Director of Public Relations at Rolling Stone magazine and Co-Producer of the No-Nukes concerts in 1979 at Madison Square Garden with Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, Jackson Browne and other artists. David is a native of Manhattan where he lives with his wife and two teenagers.

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John Boles

John Boles

Senior Account Executive, Digital

John Boles is a Senior Account Executive at Fenton. He specializes in brand, digital, and social media strategy. John is an avid supporter of education and the arts as tools for combatting inequality. Prior to joining Fenton, he built communications and marketing plans for organizations including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Georgetown University, and the Boston Pops Orchestra. During his free time, John releases music under the name Align in Time, devours narratives both factual and fictional in all their media forms (games included), and hunts down the best used book store in each city he visits.

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Michael Huttner

Michael Huttner

CEO

Michael Huttner is a corporate and political strategist, attorney and entrepreneur. Since 2016 he has been the CEO of Fenton. He previously served as President of the Huttner Group, Inc., a Boulder-based firm which helps solve complex financial, communications and public policy problems in a variety of industries. Michael has helped launch over 40 different political organizations and has led communications ‘war-rooms’ for political and private clients. He also is a Founding Partner of Triumph Strategy, LLC, in which he has worked with hedge funds, public and private corporations and other financial institutions. Michael is the Founder of ProgressNow, a network of state-based communications organizations that moves people to action through communications and digital media. Described as the “crown jewel” of progressive investors’ efforts to build messaging power in the states, ProgressNow continues to expand with more than 3.4 million members in 23 states. Previously, Michael was a founding partner in the Denver law firm of Foster, Graham and Huttner where he headed the firm’s political, nonprofit and lobbying practice. Prior to his private practice, he worked as Policy Advisor to Governor Roy Romer and clerked at the Clinton White House for the Office of the Counsel to the President. Michael also has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver College of Law. He earned his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings Law School, where he served on the Hastings Law Journal, and his B.A. from Brown University.

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Elleni Almandrez

Elleni Almandrez

Senior Account Executive

Elleni Almandrez is a Senior Account Executive at Fenton. She specializes in communications strategies, media relations, events management and media training. Elleni works to advance the issues she is most passionate about including: global women’s rights, equal opportunity and global development issues. Outside the office, Elleni enjoys traveling the world with her family and scoping out new restaurants. Elleni received her bachelor’s in Journalism from Howard University and a master’s in Corporate Communications and Public Relations from Georgetown University.

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Bill Hamilton

Bill Hamilton

Executive Vice President

Bill Hamilton is Executive Vice President for Fenton and one of its senior strategists. He joined the company’s Washington office in 1998 after stints in journalism in Texas, New York and Latin America and extensive lobbying and communications work in the non-profit sector in the nation’s capital. Bill is an all-purpose communications operative who began professional life with ink-smudged hands as a print reporter and editor, and now advises clients on integrating their digital and print and paid and earned media activities. He also is a jazz and theater aficionado and a patient vegetable gardener.  

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Eteng Ettah

Eteng Ettah

Account Coordinator

Eteng Ettah is an Account Coordinator at Fenton. She provides day-to-day client support, through combining digital messaging, research and media relations with her passion for human rights and global development. A native to agency life, Eteng previously worked for Edelman’s Digital Health practice. When not devising a plan to save the world, she can be found brunching in foreign and familiar cities. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in Communication.

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Mala Persaud

Mala Persaud

Vice President

Mala Persaud is a Vice President at Fenton where she manages and leads a diverse portfolio of domestic and international clients. Committed to telling the stories that matter, she brings more than 20 years of experience as a broadcast journalist and public relations consultant and has firsthand knowledge of international media markets, having lived and worked in the United States, United Kingdom and Europe. Mala provides strategic communications consulting, media relations expertise, media training and project management across a number of global health and development accounts, including Johnson & Johnson and the US Green Building Council. Mala has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and French from Penn State University.

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Donovan Birch

Donovan Birch

Account Executive, Digital

Donovan Birch Jr. is an Account Executive, Digital at Fenton. He is responsible for implementing day-to-day digital tactics and assisting in creating digital strategies for clients. He previously worked at PJA Advertising + Marketing planning and managing paid media buys. He has also worked in government, politics and advocacy including with Amplify Ferguson and the LA Chamber of Commerce.

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Elke Dochtermann

Elke Dochtermann

Chief Creative Officer

Elke Dochtermann is the Chief Creative Officer at Fenton. Joining in 2012, she leads the creative effort across all four offices building brands and narratives that get noticed. With a background in corporate advertising most recently as the SVP, Head of Design Development at JWT in Chicago, her interest in social consciousness and global change has redirected her career path from mega-global conglomerate agencies to focused attention on value-driven propositions. She joined Fenton because she believes. 

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Joe Wagner

Joe Wagner

Managing Director

Joe Wagner is the Managing Director of Fenton’s DC office. He joined Fenton in 2013 from Ketchum Public Relations and brings 24 years of experience designing and managing integrated communications campaigns for companies, professional associations, foundations, nonprofits and advocacy organizations. Joe specializes in strategic positioning, message development, media relations, marketing, branding, advertising, coalition building, stakeholder relations and training.

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Ira Arlook

Ira Arlook

Chief of Advocacy Campaigns

Ira Arlook is Fenton’s Chief of Advocacy Campaigns. He’s led Fenton’s work on campaigns for organizations battling sweatshops abroad, the invasion of Iraq, support of President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, an end to toxic diesel emissions from container trucks serving all of America’s sea and inland ports, and many others. Prior to joining Fenton, Ira worked in the nonprofit sector for more than two decades, with a strong emphasis on issues of social and economic justice. He serves on the board of the Public Defender Service of Washington, DC.

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Molly McGovern

Molly McGovern

Senior Manager of Operations

Molly McGovern is the Senior Manager of Operations at Fenton. The firm is her one and only client, and it is her job to make everyone’s job easier. From financial projections and systems administration, to recruitment and HR, to project budget management and vendor contracts, Molly is the go-to for all firmwide operations questions, comments, concerns and curiosities.

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Jamie Joyce

Jamie Joyce

Senior Vice President, Digital

Jamie Joyce is the Senior Vice President Digital at Fenton where he leads a multi-disciplinary team to create breakthrough digital campaigns, digital strategy and leadership for a diverse roster of clients such as Warner Bros., DC Entertainment, ASPCA, Oxfam America, Save the Children, SodaStream and the Toyota Foundation. When he is not behind a keyboard or advocating on behalf of his favorite causes, Jamie likes to get outdoors to surf, sail, snowboard, and ride his mountain bike. 

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Jennifer Hahn

Jennifer Hahn

Senior Vice President

Jennifer Hahn is a Senior Vice President in Fenton’s NYC office. A field leader with more than 20 years of nonprofit experience, she directs branding, messaging and advocacy campaigns for critical social issues such as education, social and economic justice, gun violence prevention, children, youth and families. With a strategic mind and an activist’s heart, she harnesses issue framing, messaging, media advocacy and public engagement to advance her client’s progressive goals. From strategic planning to CEO speechwriting, campaign management to opinion research, Jennifer isconsigliere to nonprofits and foundations. She is also an expert presentation, speech and media trainer who is passionately committed to ensuring her clients’ success.

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Andrew Necola

Andrew Necola

IT Manager

Andrew Necola is Fenton’s IT Manager. Managing technical operations at Fenton, Andrew Necola juggles multiple responsibilities to provide agency-wide support to Fenton’s staff. He works to shape Fenton’s IT software, hardware, and infrastructure to improve user experience and staff productivity. Andrew also has an accounting background and loves to spend long hours reading the latest tech news and working to change the way we communicate globally.

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Kitty Overton

Kitty Overton

Senior Strategic Content Producer

Kitty Overton is Fenton’s Senior Strategic Content Producer. Working directly with clients and in conjunction with communications teams across offices, she oversees the creative development and execution of all video content. Kitty’s strategic story-telling skills and production expertise were developed over a long career in commercial production and working with some of the world’s best-known agencies and brands.

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Meredith Fenton

Meredith Fenton

Vice President

Meredith Fenton is a Vice President in Fenton’s West Coast office. Between her knack for smart social change communications and her last name, it was predestined that Meredith should join the team. A magna cum laude graduate of Wellesley College, she brings with her over 17 years of non-profit experience focused on racial justice, youth development and LGBTQ equality. At Fenton, she serves as the lead trainer of the West Coast and partners with organizations and foundations in the agency’s social justice portfolio to help them use storytelling, communications strategy, messaging and media to work smarter, not harder for social change. 

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Abby Tseggai

Abby Tseggai

Office Manager

Abby Tseggai is the Office Manager for Fenton’s Washington, DC office. She joined Fenton in late 2014. She is a passionate and energetic team player and plays an active role within the operations team. Abby has an entrepreneurial background and is committed to helping those around her, while owning a positive attitude. She is committed to reaching operational excellence and strives to immediately resolve any day-to-day issues that may arise. In her off time, she spends quality time with loved ones and annoys them by taking tons of pictures, which in the end are loved dearly.

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Namju Cho

Namju Cho

Account Director

Namju Cho brings nearly 20 years of experience of working with the private, public and nonprofit sectors with a focus on storytelling and behavior change. Raised everywhere and a journalist by training, she has advocated for human trafficking survivors, fostered philanthropy and helped residents adopt sustainable behaviors by using principles of social marketing. In her spare time, Namju gives Korean cooking classes and goes hunting for the best burger in town.

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Neven Samara

Neven Samara

Art Director

Bringing over 12 years of diverse experience to the table, Neven can be described as a multi-facetted designer.  From magazine design to social media campaigns, as well as logo design to environmental design, Neven has cultivated a diverse and unique ability to integrate himself into any digital or design environment that presents itself. Bold and risk-taking are words that have been used to describe his work.

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Amrit Cheng

Amrit Cheng

Account Executive

Amrit Cheng is an Account Executive at Fenton. With a passion for storytelling and building media partnerships, her previous roles include media relations for the Clinton Foundation and immigration legal advocacy. Outside of the office, Amrit is usually seeking out her next travel itinerary and a nearby body of water.

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Alyssa Singer

Alyssa Singer

Senior Account Executive

Alyssa Singer is a Senior Account Executive in Fenton’s San Francisco office. As part of Fenton’s social justice practice area, Alyssa spends her days helping changemakers tell their stories. She specializes in communications coaching, writing, brand strategy and project management. When she’s not tweeting about social justice, she enjoys traveling, cycling and sailing.

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Ryan Cassidy

Ryan Cassidy

Art Director

Ryan Cassidy is an Art Director at Fenton and brings many years of design experience working with major brands to his role at Fenton. He strives to bring a sense of simplicity, clarity, and authenticity to every project by looking for inspiration inside the world around him. When he’s not working on projects for the good of humanity by making things look awesome, he performs with an art/activism group and makes bundt cakes. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his partner and their collection of fashionable eyewear.

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Kristen King

Kristen King

Account Director

Kristen King is an Account Director at Fenton. She develops and executes media strategies, conducts media trainings and produces events. Kristen works with clients to craft their stories to ultimately change the way people think about and respond to important issues like climate change and extreme poverty. Kristen is a Florida Gator living in New York who, in her free time, takes dance classes and catches as many Broadway shows as possible.

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Catherine Bright

Catherine Bright

Account Director

Catherine Bright is an Account Director at Fenton. Catherine leads account teams across Fenton’s four offices, is the day-to-day contact for clients, and provides strategic communications counsel. At Fenton, Catherine’s clients include environmental, education, health, social issues and academic organizations. Catherine always puts her clients first, applying sound judgment and a good ear and eye for a story to drive their strategic vision forward. Catherine’s curiosity drives her activities outside of the office, whether towards exploring new countries, or trying new activities such as rock-climbing or archery.   

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Trish Garrity

Trish Garrity

Senior Account Executive

Trish Garrity is an Senior Account Executive at Fenton where she designs and implements communications campaigns for a variety of clients, especially in global development. Combining advocacy with digital strategy, Trish works to advance the issues she is most passionate about: human rights, nutrition and women and girls in development. By night, she is an avid foodie, traveler, concertgoer and caffeinated conversationalist.

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Calisa Hildebrand

Calisa Hildebrand

Vice President, Digital

Calisa Hildebrand is the Vice President of Fenton’s West Coast digital practice. Calisa joined Fenton in autumn 2014 to oversee web, social and digital strategies for Fenton’s San Francisco and Los Angeles offices. She has worked with nonprofits, foundations and purpose-driven companies to use digital media to support economic growth, reduce hunger and poverty and empower youth to create positive change.

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Joshua Limbaugh

Joshua Limbaugh

Art Director

Joshua Limbaugh is an Art Director at Fenton. He leads design for the DC office while contributing to projects agency-wide. Josh oversees the Fenton brand. He also works with his colleagues to engage each client to uncover a clear, concise vision for getting their mission and message out to the world. Using his powers only for good, Josh combines his education in architecture, art history, and music with his passion for social and environmental issues to create work that is beautiful, concise and impactful.

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Breukellen Riesgo

Breukellen Riesgo

Executive Assistant

Breukellen Riesgo is the Executive Assistant to the CEO, Bill Werde, and owner, James Marcus. She joined Fenton in 2015. Breukellen’s diverse professional background as a figure skating coach, bartender, administrative assistant and photographer endowed her with a broad skill-set. Outside of the office, Breukellen enjoys sampling micheladas from around the city and watching Star Trek - Captain Janeway is her role model.

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Julia Peek

Julia Peek

Senior Account Executive, Climate

Julia Peek is a Senior Account Executive at Fenton. She works in the Climate and Clean Energy practice helping Fenton mobilize new audiences, sway public opinion and tell compelling stories about the sustainable revolution. Before joining Fenton, she worked on fossil fuel divestment, environmental justice, environmental conflict resolution and just transition. When not working, Julia loves to sea kayak, whitewater kayak, bike, camp, and go on adventures.

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Eunice Park

Eunice Park

Vice President, Digital

Eunice Park is a Vice President, Digital at Fenton. She specializes in building best-in-class digital programs focused on reaching advocacy, engagement, acquisition and fundraising goals. She also leads digital advocacy efforts that mobilize the public on issues where its participation is critical to achieving progressive goals. Prior to Fenton, Eunice worked for the State of Illinois, Fleishman-Hillard, World Wildlife Fund, the MacArthur Foundation, Natural Resources Defense Council and the Clinton Foundation.

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Mercy Albaran

Mercy Albaran

Senior Account Executive

Mercy Albaran is a Senior Account Executive at Fenton. She uses her messaging and media relations skills to share the stories behind struggles for social justice, health access and education. Before joining Fenton, Mercy was the Communications Lead for a successful, legislative campaign for a Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in California. In her spare time, she likes to learn languages, eat cake, sing and beatbox.  

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Alicia Weigel

Alicia Weigel

Senior Account Executive, Digital

Alicia Weigel is a Senior Account Executive at Fenton. As a project manager in the San Francisco practice, she oversees integrated, data-driven digital campaigns to bring social impact goals to scale. Alicia holds a B.A. from Cornell University with a concentration on economic development in Latin America. Alicia has volunteered with grassroots organizations in South Africa and the Bay Area, and travels frequently in her quest to empower women and promote positive relations between places she loves.

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Heba Hasan

Heba Hasan

Account Executive, Digital

Heba Hasan is an Account Executive, Digital for Fenton where she provides day-to-day client support and implements digital strategies for Fenton’s wide variety of clients. Hailing from a journalism background, Heba uses her love of storytelling to create engaging social content and digital messaging for clients. A New York native, she enjoys visiting contemporary art galleries and reading diaspora literature.

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Sonata Lee Narcisse

Sonata Lee Narcisse

Account Executive

Sonata Lee Narcisse is an Account Executive at Fenton where she’s responsible for media relations, research and social media campaigns. A former public radio journalist, Sonata worked to shed light on social justice issues through her reporting for outlets like NPR, Marketplace by American Public Media and Bush Radio in Cape Town, South Africa. In her free time, Sonata is usually biking along the beach in Los Angeles with her husband.

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Natasha Leonard

Natasha Leonard

Account Coordinator

Natasha Leonard is an Account Coordinator at Fenton. She supports a range of clients through research, media relations, writing and event management to achieve lasting social change. Natasha joined Fenton from the Rockefeller Foundation, where she helped increase the social and environmental resilience of cities, and she holds a Bachelor of Arts from Sarah Lawrence College with concentrations in political economics and psychology. Raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Natasha is passionate about all things travel, food and outdoors.

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Rose Frullani-Bacon

Rose Frullani-Bacon

Account Coordinator

Rose Frullani-Bacon is an Account Coordinator at Fenton, where she uses her research, writing and media relations skills to help strengthen the voices of the world’s movers and shakers. Before Fenton, Rose worked on the digital communications team at the Annie E. Casey Foundation and in the legislative department of the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO. When not helping Fenton clients change the world, Rose can be found scheming with Frank Underwood.

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Jeremy Morgan

Jeremy Morgan

Director of Creative Technologies

Jeremy Morgan is the Director of Creative Technologies at Fenton. As technical lead for Fenton's digital practice, Jeremy uses various technology, development, and design tools to further social change for Fenton's clients. Using his expertise in web trends and best practices, he implements a variety of technical components for Fenton’s digital projects including front and back end web development, responsive design, user experience and digital marketing.

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Michelle Hunsberger

Michelle Hunsberger

Senior Account Executive

Michelle Hunsberger is a Senior Account Executive at Fenton, where she provides project management and strategic counsel with a specific concentration in global development. With experience in public relations and behavior change communication, Michelle creates thought-provoking campaigns that motivate audiences to make positive changes in their lives. A true product of her multicultural upbringing in Asia, Africa and Europe, Michelle brings a unique perspective on the role communication interventions play in reinforcing and challenging cultural norms.

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Zack Langway

Zack Langway

Senior Vice President, Global Development

Zack Langway is a Senior Vice President, Global Development at Fenton. He joined Fenton in 2014, having spent the previous five years providing counsel to nonprofits, foundations, and companies focused on political advocacy and international development. Zack’s work passion has long been at the intersection of digital strategy, political advocacy and international development. At Fenton, Zack leads accounts in the global health and development space. During his career, Zack has provided strategic guidance to a number of national and international organizations, including the United Nations Foundation, Johnson & Johnson and Bread for the World.

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Paul Hernandez

Paul Hernandez

Senior Vice President

Paul Hernandez is a Senior Vice President at Fenton who leads the firm’s Los Angeles office. Known as a stellar communications and public affairs strategist, Paul provides his clients with counsel and recommendations on how to best engage policymakers and other decision-makers to move-the-needle on key issues ranging from health care to justice reform. Based on his longtime experience and expertise in philanthropy, Paul is a trusted senior advisor for a number of foundations including the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, California Community Foundation, Blue Shield of California Foundation, and Executives’ Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color. He is a veteran of foundation and political work, having served at The California Endowment and the Office of L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina, respectively. And when not helping make change in our community, Paul can point to the best restaurants and cocktail bars in Los Angeles.  

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Myrna Chua-Miguel

Myrna Chua-Miguel

Accountant

Myrna Chua-Miguel is the Accountant at Fenton, where she is responsible for managing accounts receivable and preparing reports. She has experience managing a wide variety of accounting information systems and is committed to operations efficiencies that increase accuracy and drive productivity. She takes her two kids, eight and six, biking and swinging at the monkey bars at the park when not at work.

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James Marcus

James Marcus

Owner

James is an experienced entrepreneur, investor and private equity professional. He has founded, invested in or led companies in many different industries through periods of intense growth and development. James is presently focused on building successful businesses in the digital media and communication sectors. Notable current holdings include Collegium, a rapidly growing professional services holding company and Honor Capital, a leader in the specialty finance/insurance industry. He co-founded Watershed Company and 3BL Media and served as senior advisor to Donor Trends and True Givers. James received his MBA from Harvard and is a non-practicing CPA and former investment banker. He is a regular speaker/panelist at industry conferences and has been published, quoted and interviewed on: CNN, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, New York Times, Fortune, Red Herring, Financial Times, Ad Week and other leading publications. James currently resides in Westchester with his wife and three daughters.