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The Axia Public Relations firm has been named among “Most Admired Companies,” “Best Places to Work” and “Companies That Care.” We look forward to getting to know you better. Please take a moment to get to know our public relations firm. No matter where you are, our public relations firm can help you grow your nationwide sales.

Jason Mudd, APR CEO, President Accredited in Public Relations

Axia Public Relations CEO Jason Mudd, APR Jason Mudd is an Emmy-award-winning, accredited public relations consultant, speaker, author and entrepreneur. Jason develops the public relations strategy for Axia’s clients and is available to the client leadership teams for consultations, spokesperson training and crisis communications management. He also speaks to groups about public relations best practices and trends. His current and previous clients include Fidelity National Financial (NYSE:FNF), Fidelity National Information Services (NYSE:FIS), H&R Block (NYSE:HRB), Hilton (NYSE:HLT), HP (NYSE:HPQ), Macquarie Group (ASX:MBL), Modis, MPS Group (NYSE:MPS), New York Life Insurance Company, Pizza Hut (NYSE:YUM), Ray Charles, Rayonier (NYSE:RYN), Synovus (NYSE:SNV), Tarmac (ATHEX:TITK) and Verizon (NYSE:VZ). More

Phillip Bergman Vice President, Public Relations

Phillip Bergman - Axia's Vice President for Public Relations Phillip Bergman is a strategic thinker with more than 20 years of communications and public relations experience and is adept at creating and implementing successful local, regional and national programs that heighten awareness, build credibility and generate increased sales opportunities for clients. He has managed high-profile public relations campaigns in the U.S. and abroad, handling complex, sensitive announcements, issues and crisis situations for companies of every size in a variety of industry sectors. Phillip’s experience includes corporate positions with highly-regarded companies such as IBM and agency positions in New York and San Francisco representing interests throughout the country. His past clients include the Semiconductor Industry Association, representing one of the nation’s most important technology sectors; the Health Insurance Plan of California, the country’s first statewide health insurance purchasing cooperative for small businesses; Partnership for a Drug-Free California, the state’s anti-drug campaign; British Airways; and many more companies and organizations. More

Michelle Heatherly Director, Client Engagement

Michelle Heatherly Director of Client Engagement Michelle Heatherly is an expert at translating public relations into business objectives. She coordinates new clients into the public relations agency and ensures that they have an exceptional experience with Axia. Her job is to engage, retain and develop new and existing client relationships. She has 10 years of experience in marketing and PR, including with Bailey’s Powerhouse Gym, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar (NYSE:DIN), Marble Slab Creamery and Qdoba Mexican Grill (NYSE:JBX). More

Mark Pettus Director, Digital Engagement

Mark Pettus Director of Digital Engagement Mark Pettus is an expert at developing digital content and at creating, growing and managing online communities. A thought-leader in the field of inbound marketing, he is also an award-winning journalist, editor, designer and photographer who successfully increases digital traffic from high-value web and social media visitors and converts them into qualified prospects and customers. Mark oversees the strategy, planning, tactics and implementation for the client’s social media programs. Mark formerly served as a quality control editor for Web.com (Nasdaq:WWWW) and its subsidiaries Network Solutions and Register.com and its client Supermedia.com. More

Marjorie Comer Public Relations Account Manager

Marjorie Comer Public Relations Account Manager Marjorie Comer oversees and is actively involved with client relations and various client projects. Marjorie and her account team implement clients’ approved public relations plans in addition to handling any reactive needs. Marjorie Comer oversees and is actively involved with client relations and various client projects. Marjorie and her account team implement clients’ approved public relations plans in addition to handling any reactive needs.More

Cristin Jordan Media Relations Consultant

Cristin Jordan Media Relations Consultant Cristin Jordan may look familiar: She has spent time on-air in several markets as a television news reporter and recently appeared on The Travel Channel’s reality show “Top Spot.” She also has experience as a radio news and print journalist and has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in broadcast journalism from Florida A&M University. Cristin’s journalism background has enabled her to provide clients with an unparalleled level of expertise when it comes to earning media attention and crafting a message. More

Lianna LeMay Senior Copy Editor

Lianna LeMay Senior Copy Editor Lianna LeMay ensures communications sent by Axia meet current standards. She copy edits and proofreads public relations materials and reviews and corrects typographical, punctuation, capitalization, numbering and typeface errors and ensures AP style standards are met, reworking text to make sure it’s clear and concise and delivers a cohesive message. Lianna LeMay ensures communications sent by Axia meet current standards. She copy edits and proofreads public relations materials and reviews and corrects typographical, punctuation, capitalization, numbering and typeface errors and ensures AP style standards are met, reworking text to make sure it’s clear and concise and delivers a cohesive message.More

Mark Howbrook Public Relations Associate

Mark Howbrook - PR Intern at Axia Public Relations Mark Howbrook is a recent graduate of the University of Central Florida with a talent for writing and conducting research. The opportunity to think creatively and work strategically initially attracted him to public relations. After working at Axia, Mark has also come to appreciate the value of great teamwork and takes pride in watching the success of clients and seeing their businesses grow. During his time at Axia, Mark has discovered an interest in social media, and has learned of its importance as a tool in strengthening brand visibility and reputation. Originally from the U.K., Mark has lived in the Middle East and South America, but has called Central Florida his home for the past 11 years. Mark’s hobbies include swimming and reading. He has a keen interest in history and science-related topics, and admits to being a technology/gadget junkie.

Darby Underwood Public Relations Associate

darby_144x150 Darby joined Axia as an intern in fall 2012 and has since been promoted to Public Relations Assistant. Prior to Axia, Darby graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in telecommunications. She worked as a reporter, producer and host for UF’s radio and TV stations, Florida’s 89.1 and WUFT-TV. Upon graduation, Darby realized broadcasting wasn’t the right path for her and made the switch to public relations when she got the opportunity to intern for Axia. Darby is from Lake Placid, Fla. which is known for its caladiums, murals and small-town atmosphere. A true Florida girl, going to the Keys to fish and scuba dive are among her favorite things to do. More

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