When we say Mark Gilman has experience all over the map, we mean it two ways – he’s been almost everywhere (with a well-stamped passport and former addresses in 9 states and 13 cities) and he’s seen action in a wide range of public relations and marketing fields – military, political, legal, non-profit, sports marketing, technology, business-to-business and more.
Before founding Decus Communications in 2006, Mark enjoyed a rich and varied career which spanned many states and leadership opportunities. Mark launched the PR aspect of his career while serving in the Navy and studying Journalism in the exclusive Defense Information School. He served for six years as a self-described “Propaganda Specialist” before shoving off for a civilian career.
Mark’s penchant for traveling didn’t stop there – beginning as a television, print and radio reporter, stringing for CBS, ABC , CNN and Mutual Radio, this native New Englander eventually managed talk radio stations across the country as well as hosting shows in Boston, Detroit, D.C., Houston, Baltimore, Tucson and Albuquerque. In addition, he served as a Capitol Hill and Pentagon television news correspondent.
Over his many miles, Mark has also gathered experience in many industries. For EDS, he successfully managed communications and media coverage to help put a positive face on the company during a share-dropping, office-closing point in its history. Mark also helped a Detroit area law firm that was previously seen as an institutional tax firm to reframe itself as a technology and business firm worthy of much more attention. New clients and alliances followed. Other organizations Mark has served include Comcast Corporation and Safe Streets, a public policy group in Washington D.C.
Mark is has been asked to speak on marketing and public relations strategy to a number of groups including the Association of Legal Administrators, the Legal Marketing Association chapters in Detroit and Grand Rapids, the Princeton University Alumni Association The SE Michigan Senior Collaborative, Troy and Macomb County (Mich) Chambers, American Marketing Association and the Michigan Non-Profit Association. He has also taught broadcast journalism classes at Oakland University. A licensed Realtor, Mark has been a frequent commentator on residential real estate issues on WWJ NewsRadio 950 in Detroit and WDIV TV 4. He has also served on the Board of Advisors for the Salvation Army of Eastern Michigan and Charlotte, N.C. and currently is on the Board of Advisers of Enough is Enough in Washington, D.C. , the Capitol Region Salvation Army (Lansing), and Ice Dreams, Detroit. An avid hockey fan and Dad, Mark also has served as a District Four Director for the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association and is the owner and General Manager of the Motor City Hawks Junior A Hockey Team of the USPHL.
Eric is a veteran public relations strategist that has developed a national reputation for planning and execution. He’s adept at aligning a company’s exposure needs to his adept history as an expert in management and execution of content marketing, public relations, social media presence/initiatives and thought leadership.He specializes in working with professional services, technology, legal, automotive, media and manufacturing sectors.
Lisa Bower has over 20 years of experience in marketing, communications, branding, event management, community relations and client engagement, primarily within the professional services, financial and nonprofit sectors. Her background also includes serving as senior staff to the former Leader of the Opposition for the province of Ontario (Canada) and managing marketing & client relations for an early entrant into the wireless banking industry.
Lisa served as Director of Marketing for Ernst & Young’s Michigan and Northwest Ohio region where she was responsible for initiatives including many of the firm’s signature programs including Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year and the Entrepreneurial Winning Women program.
Lisa has published numerous articles, produced videos and television commercials and was a contributing editor of a book on financial strategies for women over 50. She speaks passionately on the topics of work-life integration, unconscious bias and the paradigm shift required for truly progressive family-friendly work cultures.
Lisa is a founding member of the Metro Detroit Chapter of the United States National Committee for UN Women and serves on the Board and as Chair of the Southeast Michigan Regional Council of Inforum – a women’s business alliance. Lisa lives in Bloomfield Hills, MI with her husband, Matthew, and their four children, Benjamin, 11, Owen, 8, and four-year old twins, Lily and Noah.
Brittany M. Guerriero brings to Decus over a decade of experience
Bridget has a diverse public relations background with extensive experience in writing and project management. A story-teller by nature, she likes to find a good story, make it a great story, and find its audience. She builds valuable media and analyst relationships that enable clients to promote themselves in local and national media markets. Her fields of expertise include health care and non-profit, technology, food service, energy-savings and publishing. She is the author and publisher of the award-winning children’s book and app, One Child, One Planet: Inspiration for the Young Conservationist. From time to time, she enjoys presenting assemblies at elementary schools to share her environmental enthusiasm.
Bridget is originally from Buffalo and graduated from Syracuse University with a BS in TV, Radio and Film Production. Needless to say, she knows snow, and knows how to drive when it’s falling. She embraces winter for the most part, but when snow interferes with trick-or-treating, egg hunts and soccer tournaments, it becomes a bit much.
Veteran communications coach Christina McKenna brings experience from both sides of the media firing line to provide clients with an insider’s perspective on how the most successful communicators captivate audiences, control the message and influence outcomes.During 12 years as a TV anchor and reporter, McKenna interviewed thousands of newsmakers, from George W. Bush to Hillary Clinton to John McCain to Britney Spears, covering some of the world’s most influential politicians, business leaders and celebrities as they confronted crises in the glare of the public eye. Later, McKenna took her journalism experience to the other side of the microphone, as the spokesperson for ONSTAR, Boston’s Fortune 500 electric and natural gas utility. She publicly represented the company through a series of high-profile crises while devising the strategy that helped the company not only survive, but thrive in the face of public scrutiny.
McKenna provides clients with both strategic and tactical tools to better leverage all ccommunications to their advantage. From message development and reputation management strategy, McKenna’s straightforward style helps professionals and businesses create positive impressions, diffuse negative attention and steer public perceptions in a favorable direction.
With a resume that only the creative mind would understand, Corryl has done it all in her media and public relations career including stints as Senior Vice President for Team Detroit, Executive Producer at Ford, President at the Design Group and News Director at Fox 2 Detroit. At Decus she leads our business pursuit and engagement strategy while aligning our creative attributes to the needs of our clients. She is a phenomenal asset to the Decus team.