Nicole Mantzanas, Principal
With degrees in both public relations and telecommunications, Nicole Mantzanas has publicized, marketed and promoted some of the most prestigious companies, events and organizations in the Tampa Bay area for more than 13 years.
Armed with extensive knowledge and experience in all aspects of the communications field, Nicole founded NEA Group with the philosophy that public relations and a solid communications plan should be an important and accessible part of any business plan. With the right words, strong article placement and a great design, any message can be communicated effectively.
After graduating from the University of Florida, Nicole began her career at WFLA-TV in Tampa, Florida, where she managed public relations, internal communications and specialty promotion production. Since then, she has worked in the public relations department at Shriners International Headquarters, the corporate headquarters for one of the largest non-profits in the country. She promoted events, wrote extensively about Shriners patients, the Shrine fraternity, while also managing corporate projects. Nicole crafted and communicated messages from the CEO, chairman of the board and other C-level executives in the organization. Following Shriners, Nicole served as director of public relations for Catalina Marketing, an international behavior-based marketing company located in St. Petersburg. At Catalina Marketing, Nicole directed all internal and external communications, including all media relations, advertising, CEO communications and all other executive communications.
In 2010, Nicole served as president of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), managing a working board of 10 and a membership of more than 150 professionals. That same year, she was named to the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s prestigious list of “Up & Comers” – an annual list of young Tampa Bay business men and women making an impact in the community. Nicole is a graduate of Leadership Tampa Bay, and past a member of the board of directors for the Tampa Bay Chapter of PRSA, active in the Junior League of Tampa, and donates her time and talents to St. John Greek Orthodox Church. She lives in Tampa with her husband and two sons.
Neil Blackburn, Designer
For more than 30 years, Neil Blackburn of LBWDesign has used his innate ability to communicate with pictures, images and colors, to work with clients in need of graphic design assistance. For nearly three years, Neil has worked with NEA Group clients to ensure their messages are communicated visually. With a license from the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers at York School of Art in England, Neil has worked on both sides of the Atlantic on national accounts including London Transport, Guinness International, British Rail, Schweppes International and Kraft foods.
Since moving “across the pond” in 1982, Neil has worked with both large and small companies in the Tampa, Florida area. His creativity and professionalism has made him one of the most respected graphic designers in the Bay area. He has conceptualized and created everything from corporate logos to large brochures, branding materials, direct mail pieces and websites.
The Webb Works, Video Production
After decades of award-winning experience in photojournalism, including both film and television, Jim Webb founded Webb Works video, image and audio production company. The Webb Work’s team helps clients create visual messages to keep up with today’s fast-paced digital communication world. Webb Works clients range from families and business professionals, to non-profits and government entities, all looking to inform, educate and/or stimulate their target audiences. Services include advertisements, webinars, family legacy videos, video shooting, video editing, voiceovers and much more. Visit www.thewebbworks.com for more information.
Exakt Marketing, Web Design
Exakt Marketing is a full service marketing agency recently formed through the merger of Good Dog/Bad Dog Creative Design, a creative design agency, Visual Alliance Media, a leading Tampa Interactive Marketing Agency specializing in social media marketing, and Moonstruck Marketing Group, a full service design studio.The new company provides services across many different market sectors including higher education, associations and professional services, but focuses on three primary practice areas: restaurants & hospitality, health, wellness & fitness and meeting & conference planning.Services include custom and WordPress websites, Search Engine Optimization, Search Engine Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Online Reputation Management, Mobile Application Development, Mobile Messaging and Email Marketing. For more information, please visit www.exaktmarketing.com.