Look below for examples of the passion and creativity that drive our expert team every day.
With a proven track record of success and more than 20 years of design and marketing experience, Felicia approaches each project with a commitment to create an impactful design that achieves results. Responsible for leading the agency’s creative services that integrate print and digital graphic design, online programming, videography, editing and photography, Felicia also oversees agency services including animation, motion graphics, and emerging technologies including augmented/virtual reality and holography as they may be integrated in strategic communication programs.
Through the course of her career, Felicia has created effective marketing campaigns for many notable domestic and international brands including the Motion Picture Association of America, Kirkland, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, bliss Skincare, City National Bank, Abbott Diagnostics, KB Home and more.
Felicia holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of San Diego and enjoys keeping abreast of new creative technologies in the ever-evolving field of marketing communications.
Stacey Ellis brings decades of complex communications experience to (W)right On Communications’ client partners through her progressive career in both agency and corporate communication roles guiding chief executives.
Prior to joining the (W)right On team, as Director of Communications and Public Relations for the world-known and iconic Hotel Del Coronado Stacey managed multichannel communication programs driving community stakeholder support for The Del’s $430 million, multiyear masterplan renovation. Prior to this, as Senior Director of Communications for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Stacey managed organizational change through the company’s adoption of emerging technology platforms and supported all business units with communication needs relevant to a variety of stakeholders including hotel owners, asset managers, loyalty members and employees. Earlier in her career, Stacey also represented the world-known San Diego Zoo as Public Relations and Partnership Marketing Manager.
Stacey holds a BA in Journalism from San Diego State University, Prosci Certification in Organizational Change Management and is a two-time recipient of the Hospitality Sale & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Digital Marketing Award.
Grant Wright has more than 30 years of senior management experience including external affairs and business development leadership roles for major American and Canadian corporations and their subsidiaries. With extensive skills in all aspects of communications including media, regulatory, governmental, community outreach and labor relations; he has also led major infrastructure project development, M&A due diligence and implementation management, marketing and brand development, strategic planning and business plan development for small through Fortune 500 companies.
As CEO and Managing Partner, Grant provides oversight and senior-level communications and business counsel for the agency’s client partners while also overseeing agency management and administration.
Grant holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and an MBA in Marketing and Finance. Professionally, he has been involved in corporate and not-for-profit boards of directors and is formerly a Board Director of the San Diego Venture Group (regional venture capital ecosystem). Grant was also named a Finalist for the San Diego Business Journal’s 2016 and 2017 Most Admired CEO Awards. During his free time, Grant enjoys scuba diving, hiking and being a mentor for university students entering their professional careers. He is also a commercial pilot licensed in both Canada and the U.S. and is the founding board chairman of the Southern California Aviation Association that has provided more than $400,000 in student scholarship grants in the past five years alone.
As Senior Director, Strategic Communications, Chancelor Shay oversees the strategic direction of programs and manages program teams to maximize (W)right On’s bottom-line impact for client-partners. Based on a solid foundation of research and analysis, Chancelor develops and guides integrated communication and PR programs that deliver specific, measurable results. Chance’s motto is, “Make the client’s customers care.”
His creativity, strategy and diligence led to the world’s most valuable publicly-traded company reaching out to his startup client (seriously) and earned a national Bulldog Award for best B2B Product Launch in 2018 (and that was before he secured Wall Street Journal coverage for that client). From global mergers to local governments, from renewable energy to charitable causes—Chancelor’s diverse expertise earned over a decade of relevant experience is put to work for client partners and his coworkers every day.
Chancelor’s community service includes advocating for attainable housing development, and he is a founding member of the San Diego Tech Hub, where he serves on its communications committee to help build San Diego’s reputation and image as a technology hub.
Chancelor is a San Diego Business Journal 40 Under 40 finalist and an alumnus of San Diego State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies. In his free time, Chance enjoys golfing, attending baseball and hockey games, hiking San Diego’s many scenic trails, surfing, and spending time with his wife and son. Twitter LinkedIn
Shae Geary is a seasoned professional with 20 years of experience representing world-class travel and hospitality PR clients. Formerly PR Director with Four Seasons Resorts and a consultant for a wide variety of resorts in California, Hawaii and Mexico, Shae began her career in Hawaii for six years with the state’s largest PR firm. Over the course of her career, Shae has spearheaded numerous campaigns involving everything from hotel openings and property renovations to anniversaries and special events. Her expertise in communications and all things hospitality includes a broad range of niche markets – spa, golf, recreation, weddings, dining, luxury, family and green travel. Shae holds a Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and Master’s degree in Mass Communications (with PR emphasis) from UC Santa Barbara. In her spare time, Shae enjoys playing soccer, running training and spending time with her husband and two kids.
With more than 15 years of corporate and agency communications experience, Linda is a PR expert. She’s represented B2B and B2C organizations, including Sony Electronics, Musicmatch Yahoo!, EVS and the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council. From tech and music to insurance and waste management, Linda’s industry knowledge runs the gamut. Having successfully managed, developed and executed national and international communications plans, Linda’s expertise includes consumer awareness campaigns, product launches, media training, issues and brand management, award submissions, media and analyst relations and writing. She’s elevated executives and companies into the spotlight; orchestrated blogger, influencer and media events; led product launches for major brands; written speeches; secured magazine covers; landed major speaking opportunities and led international tradeshow engagement. A graduate of California Polytechnic University with a B.S. in Journalism (cum laude), she enjoys paddle boarding, snowboarding, golfing, playing guitar and songwriting. She lives with her husband, two kids, dog and 19-year-old leopard gecko in San Diego.
With more than 10 years of video production experience, Roman is a skilled cinematographer, editor and animator for such organizations as HP, PetSmart, Airbnb and Nike. Prior to joining the (W)right On team, Roman supported UCLA and UCLA Health where he successfully helped researchers, educators and healthcare professionals communicate their messages through comprehensive videos and motion graphic animations. Roman believes that a well-crafted video brings organizations and their audiences closer together, improving understanding and ultimately strengthening society as a whole.
Phelan Riessen is a passionate web and graphic design artist with over 25 years of experience designing and building more than 60 websites for a variety of organizations. Skilled in fontography, web design, Photoshop and web marketing strategies; Phelan also holds a strong presence in the San Diego tech community by serving as an organizer of several large-scale events including RefreshSD, March Mingle and Startup Week.
Formerly with VisitBritain and Showtime Networks, Katrina Early provides (W)right On client partners’ integrated and creative partnerships with film and TV studios, retailers, and media outlets such as Sony Pictures, Universal, Warner Brothers, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Entertainment Tonight to name a few. Experienced in the hospitality, travel, entertainment industries among others, Katrina coordinates all aspects of B2B industry events, as well as grows client partners’ audience social media engagement through highly sharable digital content. Results achieved include positive media placement in top tier outlets including National Geographic, Robb Report, Forbes, USA Today, LA Times, NBC/Today Show, E! News, Extra, The Tonight Show, People and many others. Katrina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Public Relations from CSU Long Beach and a Master of Arts in Communications from the prestigious University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communication.
As Director of Research & Analytics based out of (W)right On’s Vancouver office, Hamish leads (W)right On’s survey and stakeholder information gathering initiatives North America-wide. A former advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada, Provincial Premiers, City Mayors and dozens of elected officials, he also served in the government of Canada overseeing the quantitative and qualitative research activities of federal government agencies. With experience using every sort of data collection method to provide critical insights for strategic planning, marketing and other organizational activities, Hamish has worked with dozens of private and public sector client partners, including the world’s largest mining company. In 2004 he worked in radio business development in Kabul, Afghanistan, and he has volunteered in democracy-building activities in Bangladesh and Jordan. Today, Hamish is frequently sought out by the media as an expert commentator for national television, radio and print publications. Prior to joining (W)right On, Hamish worked as the Research Director for Angus Reid Public Opinion, conducting and performing analysis on surveys in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Oxford in England, a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree from the University of Toronto and enjoys history, writing and sailing.
With more than 10 years of experience in prior marketing roles at in the Santa Barbara and Los Angeles markets, Corie supports the (W)right On team in multi-channel digital marketing, client relations management, social media, copywriting and copyediting, research and analytics, media pitching and more.
Corie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of California Santa Barbara.
Julie Wright is President of (W)right On Communications, Inc., the award-winning integrated strategic communications firm she founded in 1998. With offices in San Diego, Los Angeles and Vancouver, B.C., her team handles complex communications challenges for B2B tech, cleantech and energy, healthcare, tourism and hospitality, not-for-profit and public sector organizations. Wright and her team elevate the agency experience through data-driven insights and measurable results for client partners.
Earlier in her career, Wright served at several public relations agencies and in-house as Director of Marketing for a financial institution. She began her career as a journalist, working as a radio news anchor.
Wright currently serves as a director and past chair of the San Diego North Economic Development Council, on the board of the Los Angeles chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators, and as board vice president for the La Jolla Village Merchants Association. She has previously served on the Tri-City Hospital Foundation board and chaired the President’s Advisory Council for California State University San Marcos.
Wright was named a “Woman Who Means Business” by the San Diego Business Journal and a “40 Under 40” honoree by the San Diego Metropolitan magazine. She was also recognized with the annual Fran Aleshire Award for community leadership by Leadership North County and founded the LNC Alumni group, which is now 400 strong.
Wright holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of B.C. and a Master of Journalism degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of Western Ontario. She is a graduate of the Leadership North County program as well as the Corporate Directors Forum Governance Academy.
She lives in San Diego with her husband, has two sons in college, loves being outdoors in Southern California and Vancouver, and has a passion for elephants, frogs and Champagne. Twitter LinkedIn Facebook