The North Bay is a unique community in Wine Country (Sonoma, Napa and Marin) whose businesses have distinct needs often under-served by San Francisco-based professional groups.
In response to the growing need for local professional development, the Professional Marketing Group-North Bay (PMG North Bay) was founded in 2011 by marketers, Tiffani Montgomery and Melinda Hepp to provide educational and networking opportunities to the region's professional marketers. With education as its primary focus, PMG North Bay facilitates knowledge sharing and relationship building by offering a series of programs and events throughout the year.
Our volunteer Board of Directors meets and contributes their individual expertise each month to develop membership benefits, educational programs, community engagement, and like-minded social opportunities (aka professional networking).
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Shana Bull (formerly Shana Ray) is a Digital Storyteller, Writer and Marketing Educator, working with wine, food, technology brands, marketing agencies, magazines, and local businesses. She focuses on teaching online classes on social media, writing about digital marketing, food, wine and music, and helping brands craft stories that inspire.
She loves rosé wine, cheese plates and going on food adventures with her husband and redheaded toddler.
Treasurer, President-Elect, Conference Chair
Natalia is a marketer by trade and personality. She spent 10 years working in radio broadcasting in Sonoma County, playing every role from voiceover and on-air talent to marketing and promotional advertising executive. She later supported the education industry for four years via social media and email marketing, with a focus on national conferences and trade shows. Natalia now enjoys working one-on-one with clients as a Project Manager for a local creative agency, and occasionally gets to dip her toes in the social media marketing pool. She joined PMG in 2014.
Secretary, Marketing Chair
Leasha first embarked on her career in 2007 when inspiration struck via an art class at SRJC. Previously, she had completed her Associate in Equine Science at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona. Oddly enough, her equestrian background was the foot in the door needed to make the transition from retail sales to Westwynde Communications where she assisted with the production of ads and websites for equine professionals and dairy farmers.
In May of 2009, Leasha earned her Associate in Graphic Design and continued with Westwynde until 2014 when she started her own part-time freelance business, LaBruzzi Media Craft. In 2013, she temporarily assisted with marketing projects for the Sonoma County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, then relocated to Colorado where she became the Director of Graphics for Glassical Designs while also freelancing for Westwynde and the Fairgrounds.
Finally, in 2015, Leasha returned to California as Publicist of the Sonoma County Event Center at the Fairgrounds where she managed and designed all forms marketing and publicity for their major events. In November of 2017, she ended her employment with the Fairgrounds and began running LaBruzzi Media Craft as a full time business.
Sarah’s company, Provaro Marketing, helps local small businesses grow through custom results-focused digital marketing strategies. As an industry expert with 18 years of experience in marketing, both in multimillion-dollar corporations and as the founder of Provaro, Sarah has a keen understanding of the value of a well-executed marketing campaign. Sarah has a passion for simple marketing strategies that deliver high ROI. Sarah is also a member of the advisory board for WIMP (Web and Interactive Media Professionals) and an active member of the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, the Search Engine Marketing Professionals Organization and BNI. Sarah loves her home in Wine Country and spends her free time volunteering in the community and relaxing outdoors with her husband and daughter.
After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Sonoma State University, Brandon began his career in marketing and business development at the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce. Currently, Brandon is the Director of Industry Engagement at the Career Technical Education (CTE) Foundation where he works to align education and industry to strengthen economic development and student achievement. Brandon is a member of Active 20-30 Club of Santa Rosa #50 and sits on the planning committee for the North Bay Science Discovery Day.
Jason is a Pursuit Leader at GHD Inc. providing marketing and business development support. He has over a decade of experience in the AEC (Architecture/Engineering/Construction) Industry where he’s done everything from put together proposals for agencies to coordinating a groundbreaking ceremony for a Caltrans Highway Improvement project. Jason has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration/Marketing from the University of Phoenix, a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Sonoma State University, as well as a Professional Social Media Certificate from Sonoma State's School of Extended & International Education. He is also an active member of the Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS).
Ryan is the founder and CEO of Simple Biz Support, Inc., based out of Rohnert Park, CA. SBS is a digital marketing agency focused on creating targeted video blogs, generating online visibility, growth, credibility and conversion for business professionals.
In 2018, Ryan began working with a partner to launch the Now Life Project to allow business owners who have found success in their business but aren’t enjoying the life they want. NLP uses coaching and transformative modalities to adjust the way people think and perceive, so that perceived obstacles in their life and business become opportunities for further growth and change.
Christy is the CEO and founder of Insite Marketers, a boutique communications company specializing in event and destination marketing. Since 2012 Christy has worked on several major events including the Sonoma County Fair and Harvest Fair, Sonoma-Marin Fair, Napa County Fair, Country Summer, Engage Art Fair, and Calistoga's Christmas Faire. She is passionate about community and has a natural ability to engage audiences in an authentic and compelling manner. She has a BS in Marketing, AS in Behavior Science, AA in Accounting, and is a member of the Western Fairs Association.
Having grown up in Northern California, Christy has a love for the outdoors, traveling, and entertaining. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and believes that happiness is loving what you do.
Colt Briner is a virtual chief marketing officer supporting clients across wide variety of industry verticals. Over the last 20 years he has worked as a combination product manager, brand strategist, marketing exec and evangelist. He is able to help young organizations get their “big-boy pants" on relative to branding and marketing and also supports incumbent institutions in building pathways into new markets. He has spent his entire career where the rubber meets the road between product development and branding on the one side and marketing and sales on the other side. His specialty is creative and humorous campaign development and execution. He lives in Santa Rosa with his son, whom many people suspect is the product of a successful human cloning experiment. He likes chocolate.
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