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Jean Laninga | Portrait Photographer

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About: Jean Laninga Portraits is the creation of photographer, seamstress, and all things fashion and beauty for the real women. As a professional photographer since 2008, though a pragmatist at heart, armed with her education in Clothing Design and Construction, work in theater costume design, and her passion for empowering the normal, real, authentic woman with a celebrity-like experience, she opened her own private boutique studio in Uptown Phoenix. She is a graduate of the Sue Bryce 12-Week Business Startup and current member of Sue Bryce Education, a mentoring program for photographers in business where Jean has earned several honors for works submitted for accreditation. Though she works with all people and all ages, in her work, she most enjoys celebrating and pampering the mature woman with a transformative experience where she not only looks and feels beautiful, but then leaves with beloved heirloom quality portraits for herself and generations to come.

Specialties: What makes Jean's portraiture unique is her specialty in a boutique-style portrait experience complete with design consultations, wardrobe styling, professional in-studio hair and makeup, fully guided photoshoot, and gorgeous prints, enlargements, custom framing, and folio box collections for her clients to choose from. She aims to take care of her clients every step of the way in this sometimes uncertain experience, in a safe and positive setting.

Quote: "Knowing yourself, and learning to love yourself as you are, is the beginning of beauty. I think the most important thing is to show off what's most beautiful about you to hide what's less beautiful." - Sonia Rykiel

Connect: Contact Jean at jean@jeanlaninga.com or at (602) 616-4582, or visit her website below!


member since april 2018

Heather Locke | Owner

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About: After graduating from the University of Tennessee, Heather began her career as a web developer and quickly moved into a role of managing a team of programmers, designers, animators, and digital video producers for a wide variety of multimedia interactive corporate applications including marketing, communications and e-learning. From there, she worked as a project manager for Fortune 1000 companies, including Subway, Disney, HBO, and Target.

This expertise led her to found Hammersmith Support, a full-service web development company focused on helping clients of all sizes move through every phase of the process: site building, hosting, and maintenance. But most importantly, Hammersmith Support is built on a foundation of close relationships with clients. Heather seeks to know who you are, the challenges your company faces, and then use that knowledge to build a fresh, engaging, up-to-date website that reflects your organization’s core values and personality.

Heather’s design background, combined with her practical coding and server maintenance expertise, ensures clients receive the perfect combination of form and function: a contemporary, up-to-date look and user experience that is properly managed to ensure the site works smoothly and consistently.

Quote: “The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” - Amelia Earhart

Connect: Contact Heather at heather@hammersmithsupport.com or at (602) 391-8024, or visit her website below!

MEMBER SINCE JANUARY 2019

Jeri McGwin | Vice President

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About: Jeri is the proud co-owner of Sonoran Classic Builders, a custom home builder and remodeler. A passionate communicator who has called Phoenix home for more than 20 years, Jeri loves helping Valley residents realize their dreams and find “home at last.” Along with her husband, she started Sonoran Classic Builders in 2002 when two couples approached them for help with their homes. Since then, Phoenix Business Journal has named Sonoran Classic Builders to its top Custom Builders and Remodelers list, and Phoenix Home & Garden featured one of their custom homes in a 10-page article. Together, Jeri and her husband bring more than 45 years of experience in construction to Sonoran Classic Builders.

Specialties: Jeri has expertise in hillside building, with many of their homes being built on mountains. She also specializes in working with clients that reside in other states during the building phase with established and effective means of communication to put them at ease.

Quote: “Your true success in life begins only when you make the commitment to become excellent at what you do.” - Brian Tracy

Connect: Contact Jeri at jeri@sonoranclassic.com or at (480) 223-3996 or visit her website below!

MEMBER SINCE OCTOBER 2018

Robyn Moore | Founder & President

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About: Robyn is a savvy and experienced publicist who has devoted her career to first-class representation, building reliable media relationships and helping clients gain results that will have an impact on their business. As founder of Mack Media Relations, Robyn has been instrumental in building innovative brand awareness campaigns for local and national companies. Her strong work ethic, integrity and outgoing personality are what drive Mack Media Relations to be successful and ensure happy clientele.

Before founding Mack Media Relations, Robyn worked for top agencies in Phoenix and Los Angeles where she represented and managed local and national brands in an array of industries, including consumer, travel, health and fitness, tech, real estate and more. She has experience working in the media too! Robyn was the co-host for an award-winning morning radio show in Phoenix and she continues to be a familiar face in the Valley as a TV lifestyle expert.

Robyn grew up in the Valley and graduated from Arizona State University with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications.

Specialties: Mack Media Relations' core mission is bolstering clients’ exposure and propelling their brand identity through the credibility and power of earned media. Robyn focuses on quality over quantity. She works to deliver results that will effectively impact all areas of importance to you and your business. Having previously worked in the media, Robyn provides great insight on both sides of the industry and an integrated approach to PR campaigns.

Quote: "Your life is your message to the world. Make sure its inspiring." - Unknown

Connect: Contact Robyn at robyn@mackmediarelations.com or at (480) 242-8001 or visit her website below!

MEMBER SINCE SEPTEMBER 2018

Emily Soccorsy | Co-Founder

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About: Emily Soccorsy, co-founder Root + River (@emilyatlarge) believes when emotions are translated into words, powerfully real brands are born. A former journalist, publisher and corporate marketing executive, Emily has strategically told the stories of world-renowned artists and thinkers, innovators, government officials and business leaders, engaging audiences with her incisive, emotional writing and positioning. Her experience in human behavioral research and neurological studies paired with her intuitive ease and on-the-spot artistic renderings make her an extraordinary speaker and facilitator. Co-founder of Root + River, and a world traveler, she holds a master’s degree in non-fiction writing, 20 years experience in language, strategy and communications and the hands of two children.

Specialties: Through Root + River, Emily works with leaders who want to take an inward journey to uncover the heart of their brand. Using their Root Session process of brand discovery, she practices intrinsic branding with her clients: providing them clear, powerful messaging, brand strategy and category design. These are foundational elements to any rebrand project or branding initiative. Some end results of intrinsic branding work are: shortened sales cycles, expanded brand perception and more lucrative business opportunities.

Quote: “Creativity is the outward sign of inner work.” - Emily Soccorsy

Connect: Contact Emily at emily@rootandriver.com or at (480) 326-5590, or visit her website below!

MEMBER SINCE DECEMBER 2018