Trust is earned, not implied. Our senior team understands that what we actually do for clients far outweighs what we say in a pitch meeting. The reason our client turnover is low is because our senior involvement across the account base remains high. We know it’s far more rewarding to retain happy clients than to hunt for new ones. Ask around about us. We think you’ll like what you hear.
Patty Barry, Principal
As one of the founding employees and a principal at Matter Communications, Patty helps to manage the agency as it continues to grow, and provides strategic advice and counsel to several key agency clients on all matters related to public relations, including social media, corporate communications, brand management and product PR to name a few.
With two decades of public relations experience, Patty has the ability to combine a strategic view of communications and corporate positioning with a keen eye for short-term opportunities for publicity via traditional public relations and social media. Having worked with both consumer and high technology brands, Patty is able to synthesize complex data points and communications challenges quickly, and the experience with both kinds of PR programs have helped hone her ability to blend creativity with research-based PR programs that yield high-impact business results for Matter clients.
Prior to Matter Communications, Patty held senior management positions at international public relations firms including Golin/Harris International, Hill & Knowlton, and Weber Shandwick. In the hours she’s away from the glamorous life of the PR agency, Patty takes time to practice her favorite forms of meditation: reading anything she can get her hands on, writing the next Great American novel, and playing ‘Monopoly’ and ‘Life’ with her husband and three children. She is also a devoted runner, and has logged approximately 27,000 miles (more than enough to circle the world) since graduating from The College of the Holy Cross with a B.A. in English.
Mandy Mladenoff, General Manager, Newburyport
Mandy’s passion lies in helping companies from start-ups to large consumer brands create and execute integrated communications strategies through traditional and social media channels. She runs agency operations with a laser focus on client service and agency growth and acts as a senior strategist and resident brainstormer on key accounts.
Prior to joining Matter, Mandy was the Managing Director of SHIFT Communications’ San Francisco office where she was involved with B2B and B2C companies of all sizes, including: Google, RSA Conference, Bing, Sony Online Entertainment and Quiznos, among others. She is an accomplished Ms. Pac Man player, and accepts challenges from all comers.
Tim Hurley, Executive Vice President
Tim Hurley is a veteran public relations and communications leader whose motto is, “The harder you work, the luckier you get.”
Tim has more than two decades of public relations, communications and social media experience in working with clients in technology, healthcare professional services and consumer segments. He has deep expertise in developing successful communications strategies for emerging growth companies and start-ups. Tim also brings great passion and experience in helping companies of all sizes to formulate compelling messages and story lines to raise awareness, secure high profile business/financial and industry media coverage and reach their revenue goals.
Previously, Tim founded ThinkMedia PARTNERS, a full-service public relations and social media firm which was acquired by Matter in 2011. He also spent nearly five years as a Managing Director at an integrated marketing firm, BluePoint Venture Marketing, heading up the firm’s PR and Social Media Practices. Prior to BluePoint, Tim spent more than fourteen years at Porter Novelli (PN) and Copithorne & Bellows (C&B). At PN, one of the world’s top ten global communications firms, Tim was a Partner and Managing Director of the firm’s Boston office and head of the office’s Technology Practice.
Parry Headrick, Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Parry lives at the intersection of marketing, PR and social media. He is the company’s storyteller-in-chief, and works with agency principals and across teams to attract top caliber brands and continue the company’s impressive momentum. He also serves as the company’s roving creative brainstormer, infusing high-level creative strategy into pitches and PR programming.
Prior to joining Matter he spent more than a decade at SHIFT Communications in Silicon Valley shaping the PR & social narrative of startups, mid-sized companies and some of America’s largest & most beloved brands.
Kent Hollenbeck, Vice President, West Coast
Kent has seventeen years of experience in the public relations, corporate communications, marketing, brand and social media world. He has worked extensively with large brands such as Microsoft, HTC, T-Mobile and while at Waggener Edstrom was the driving force behind the development of a suite of communications solutions for startup-to-small & medium sized businesses. During his time in communications he has built a reputation of strategy paired with action in delivering tangible results. A native Midwesterner, Kent has lived for the past 14 years in Portland, Oregon, where Matter Communications West Coast presence is led and there is a care for craftsmanship that goes into the making of everything from art, to wine and some of the most intriguing new technologies coming to market today.
Jesse Ciccone, Vice President & Managing Director
A businessman in a communicator’s clothing, Jesse is laser-focused on driving PR results that actually mean something to his clients’ businesses. Jesse has honed his skills on both the agency and client side of the table, developing cross-functional knowledge that allows him to fully understand how Matter’s work impacts his clients’ business results. A PR agency veteran, Jesse held senior management positions at Financial Dynamics, an international PR/IR agency, and at FitzGerald Communications (now part of Fleishman-Hillard), prior to joining Matter. Jesse has also held the in-house positions of director of corporate communications at Signature BioScience and marketing specialist in the desktop products group of Agfa. Through this well-rounded background, Jesse has developed skills in PR, marketing, business development, fundraising and shareholder communications.
Believing that the best PR practices can be applied to any company, Jesse brings this expertise to bear for Matter clients in a variety of diverse industries like e-commerce, pharmaceutical services, photography and consumer packaged goods. Jesse also contends that the fact that many of his longest-standing clients are, like him, inveterate golfers is purely coincidental.
Matt Landry, Vice President
Matt knows communications is all about knowing your audience. His longtime fascination with how the media covers politics, culture and sport has reaffirmed that view frequently over the years. He has a strong background in public relations strategy and execution, focusing on integrated marketing programs for a range of companies from a variety of industries. He provides day-to-day client counsel in corporate, branding and product messaging strategy, tradeshow and communications planning and implementation. Matt has managed some of Matter Communications’ cornerstone accounts including Harris Corporation’s Public Safety and Professional Communications business, TriQuint Semiconductor, as well as Lexar, a subsidiary of Micron Technology.
Matt also brings deep experience in managing impactful media relations programs. Matt’s high-profile media relationships have yielded feature coverage in Bloomberg Businessweek, Wall Street Journal, Economist, New York Times and Financial Times, as well as top-tier trade coverage in sought-after industry and vertical targets. After working as a press aide for Senator Edward M. Kennedy in Boston, Matt began his public relations career with Miller/Shandwick Technologies (now Weber Shandwick) and Miller Consulting Group. He graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in Political Science.
Elise Ouellette, Vice President & Managing Director of Studio-C
Elise has honed her PR skills over the past 14 years on both the agency side and in-house where she has worked with companies spanning a variety of industries including high technology, consumer and professional services. In her role at Matter Communications, she is responsible for working with clients on their public relations strategy with special expertise in developing innovative social media campaigns on Facebook and Twitter and influencer programs to help her clients achieve even more comprehensive access to key audiences. She started her career at Beaupre & Co. Public Relations before joining PAN Communications in Andover, Massachusetts. Prior to joining Matter, Elise was the marketing communications manager at Newmarket International, a hospitality technology company in Portsmouth, NH. In the winter, Elise can be found skiing and in the summer, on the beach. Her dog Bear is never far from her side.
Anne Lines, Vice President
With more than ten years of public relations experience, Anne develops and manages strategic programs that drive business results for both technology and consumer clients. She joined Matter from Putnam Investments and leads thought leadership programs, product launches, integrated social media efforts, and awards and speaking programs. She draws on her experience in both internal and external settings to bring a fresh, aggressive approach to media strategy for clients; creating successful campaigns across traditional and social media to deliver high-profile, impactful coverage.
Anne has a stellar track-record of securing media coverage in outlets business decision-makers rely upon, from Investor’s Business Daily and BusinessWeek to the New York Times and top trade and vertical publications. She provides day-to-day client counsel focusing on planning, messaging and program management. She currently runs accounts including Dell Compellent, ExaGrid Systems, Crimson Hexagon, Copiun and Vermont Nut Free Chocolates. Outside of work, Anne spends a great deal of time getting advice from her Golden Retriever, Avery, who has all the answers.
Andy Meltzer, Vice President
Andy has managed and contributed to public relations campaigns for a wide variety of technology and consumer companies over the course of his 10+ years in the industry. Prior to his position with Matter Communications, Andy served as an account manager for FitzGerald Communications, a Boston-based technology agency now a part of Fleishman-Hillard. In addition, Andy held the position of account director at SVM, a technology PR firm based in Providence, RI.
Having contributed to client programs that address topics from fiber optic cable to photography, Andy is able to offer high-level strategic guidance for a wide range of messages and audiences. Andy oversees the day-to-day operation and growth of Matter’s Providence office. In that role he provides strategic direction for all of the office’s accounts, as well as direct counsel to clients on messaging and planning.
Andy is thinking of a Bob Dylan song right now.
Julie Carretero, Vice President, HR
Julie joined Matter from Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, where she most recently was a Human Resources Business Partner supporting the Sales and Marketing functions. She consistently leverages human capital to drive tangible results, and her business background allows her to understand dynamic environments, customer expectations and business requirements and translate them into meaningful actions. As a perpetual student of her career, Julie is always looking for ways to raise the bar in the arenas of talent, culture, and leadership.
Julie is a die-hard runner not only because she enjoys it, but because she has to balance out her love for cooking, baking and eating.
Jennifer Karin, Director, Precision
“What problem does your company solve?” If you spend any time with Jennifer, you’re going to hear this question, as she wants to highlight what makes you most relevant to the marketplace. As director of the Precision group at Matter, she helps start-ups and established companies identify and hone this relevancy, and shape the communications that follow.
Jennifer is an award-winning writer and author with over 25 years of public relations and marketing communications experience in a variety of industries, including consumer goods, healthcare, high technology, and non-profit. Jennifer has strategized and executed business-building programs for successful national and international brands such as Apple Computer, Boston Popcorn, Guest Quarters Suite Hotels, Hewlett-Packard, Polartec, Dun & Bradstreet Software, News International, and Motorola. She has been in and out of the PR agency world, experiencing life as in-house PR counsel and as a consultant. Previous agency stops for Jennifer have included Citigate Cunningham, Mullen Advertising, and Miller Communications (now Weber Shandwick). She received a B.A. from Middlebury College before the internet was invented.