When you absolutely need an expert.
Stryker-Munley Group is a national marketing communications agency offering the experience, breadth of talent and geographic footprint of a large firm while providing the expertise and close consultative working relationship normally associated with a small/boutique firm.
Originally founded in 1999, we present offices in Charleston, Chicago, Boulder, Boston, Charlotte, Portland, Knoxville, San Antonio and Washington DC. All Stryker-Munley Group (SMG) offices are independently owned by seasoned professionals who are leaders in their respective markets.
When you work with SMG you work with one or more of our highly experienced principals – see their expertise below.
Stryker-Munley Group – Charleston
Mike Jamieson – President
Mike Jamieson is the founder and managing director of Stryker-Munley Group and President of SMG Charleston. For more than thirty years, Mike has been at the forefront of marketing communications. Mike has been president of one of New Jersey’s largest advertising agencies, and a founder of one of the first interactive and digital marketing agencies. Mike has also worked at the executive levels of several of the country’s best public relations firms.
SMG is the culmination of that diverse experience.
Please contact Mike if you would like to talk about how our expertise can help you.
Stryker-Munley Group – San Antonio
Mae Escobar – President
Mae Escobar is the president of Stryker-Munley Group-San Antonio (SMG). She brings 30 years of strategic marketing, media buying and placement, public relations, digital marketing, hospitality and tourism, sales and convention/special events services experience to the SMG team.
In 2004, Mae founded aMAEzing Marketing Group (AMG) after an intensive training period with Arcos Communications in New York City (a bilingual, bicultural agency). In her capacity as CEO with AMG, Mae has led a vast number of projects for multiple clients in the government, non-profit, private and public sectors. Her team has developed marketing and communication projects for 12 City of San Antonio Departments: her principal client for the last 16 years. They also represent national brand and regional brands including American Recruiters-San Antonio, Caliente Harley Davidson, Freddy’s Frozen Custards and Steakburgers, 5th/3rd Bank and the National Council of La Raza’s (NCLR’s) annual convention.
Mae worked with Bank One (now J.P. Morgan Chase) for 16 years. As Vice President of National new builds, from 2001 to 2004, Mae had accountability for design and implementation of local marketing plans that complemented and enhanced the national programs. Her role required her to actively influence and manage national brand development, marketing campaigns, sales training, public relations, media buying, and special events designed to increase profitability for shareholders. Her marketing model became the national standard.
The agency has won 15 national, regional, and local awards for their multi-culture/bilingual campaigns for various City of San Antonio Departments, private and public industries and non-profits.
A native of San Antonio, Mae is a graduate of Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) in San Antonio, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Media Communications. She is on the board of directors for the San Antonio River Walk Association, Say Si and active with the San Antonio Fiesta Commission. Mae’s live, work, play status is located just steps from The Alamo.
Stryker-Munley Group – Boston
Kevin Gould – President
Kevin Gould is the president of Stryker-Munley Group, Boston. Kevin helps global corporations, non-profits, technology start-ups, NGOs, trade associations and business coalitions deliver business results through strategic and integrated marketing communications.
Kevin provides senior leadership for SMG’s clients in the areas of strategy, message development, public affairs and issue advocacy, stakeholder engagement and relationship-building, media and community relations, Karma marketing and corporate social responsibility.
Kevin has more than 25 years of experience in both corporate and agency settings. His experience includes principal partner in Conover + Gould Strategy Group, a strategic communications firm with offices in Washington, DC and Boston; National Director of Public Relations for the American Health Information Management Association in Chicago; Managing Director for a New England-based public affairs firm; Chicago-based Regional Account Executive for the Channing L. Bete Company; and Regional Director for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in Southern California.
Kevin earned an M.S. in integrated marketing communications from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, an M.S. in mass communication from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and a B.A. in English from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
Stryker-Munley Group – Chicago
Rosemaria DiBenedetto – President
Rosemaria DiBenedetto is the president of Stryker-Munley Group, Chicago. Rosemaria helps businesses, political leaders, candidates and not for profits in a multitude of areas including: public relations, political consulting, advertising, media relations and training, crisis communications, research, graphic design and social media.
Rosemaria maintains extensive professional and personal contacts throughout Illinois in government, business, education and the media. She also serves as SMG’s national senior advisor for political, government and advocacy communications.
With more than twenty-five years of communications experience, Rosemaria served as press secretary for the 31,000-member Chicago Teachers Union and as campaign manager for the Illinois Vision 20/20 initiative that was designed and sponsored by Illinois’ five largest statewide education associations. Since July 2010, Rosemaria has been a governmental consultant for Illinois American Water where she has directed external media affairs for the entire Chicago Metro area.
Rosemaria earned her master’s degree in public and social administration from Brunel University in London and her bachelor’s in political science from DePaul University in Chicago. She also completed coursework at the Il Centro Linguistico Italiano Dante Alighieri in Florence, Italy.
Stryker-Munley Group – Charlotte
David Thalberg – President
David Thalberg is the president of Stryker-Munley Group, Charlotte. David provides agency-wide public relations leadership in the areas of technology, finance, real estate, food and beverage/hospitality, entertainment and publishing.
David is a senior advisor to SMG’s clients in the practice areas of Media Messaging/Crisis Communications and Publishing Consultation: He aids clients in developing appropriate messaging in response to brand activations and communications. In response to crisis situations, David works with clients to develop and deliver the right messages across all stakeholder audiences, both internal and external. David also oversees SMG’s proprietary publishing consultation services which include: developing publishing platforms, producing and distributing new books to the public for corporations to support their brands, and assisting authors looking for new resources to publish or to reach broader audiences.
With more than thirty years of public relations experience, David is an agency veteran. Over the course of his career, David has led and executed strategic communications programs in leadership positions in global and boutique agencies.
David earned his B.S. in Corporate Organizational Media from Ithaca College.
Stryker-Munley Group – Knoxville
Chuck Morris – President
President of SMG Knoxville and serial entrepreneur (Morris Creative Group LLC, The Jackson Avenue Tea Company, and Cirkel LLC), Chuck Morris has more than 30 years of experience in graphic design, publishing, public relations, marketing, branding, and advertising. Morris went to work for former publishing industry phenom Chris Whittle at Whittle Communications, L.P. before starting his own firm (Morris Creative Group LLC) in 1991. In 2005, he was inducted into the Knoxville Advertising Federation Hall of Fame, and in 2013, he was awarded the American Advertising Federation’s Robert McCabe Silver Medal for lifetime achievement.
Chuck Morris is a marketing strategist, designer, inbound marketing expert, and creative and public relations consultant, with a wide range of experience, primarily in business-to-business marketing/advertising, branding strategy, publishing, and digital/social media. He particularly enjoys big-picture strategic thinking and planning, helping companies get to the next level. Ask Chuck how banks, tech and healthcare are generating positive ROI on marketing investments.
Morris was graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee Knoxville with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design. He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and the Pride of the Southland Band.
Stryker-Munley Group – Boulder
Doyle Albee – President
Doyle Albee is president of SMG Boulder, and brings a varied career includes public relations, marketing communications and digital marketing with experience in a number of industries, including a variety of technology markets, cable and telecommunications, healthcare and consumer packaged goods. He has worked with startups to members of the Fortune 500, both public and private organizations and led communications for initial public offering.
Albee’s background includes 10 years with Coors Brewing Company (now MillerCoors) in both public relations and marketing positions. While there, Albee spearheaded public relations efforts around the Coors Banquet label change, led PR efforts in many markets as Coors expanded from 11 western states to a national brewer, and served on a variety of crisis teams including the product tampering incident where a consumer claimed to have found a mouse in a can of Coors (note: it was a hoax and the consumer served an 18-month sentence for extortion and tampering).
He also directed global communications for hard disk drive manufacturer Maxtor. This included directing all communications for the company’s $332.5 million public offering. While at Maxtor, Albee was responsible for all PR and marketing, event marketing and management, branding and advertising. He managed employees in two U.S. and three international cities and assembled and managed a global network of public relations firms.
Albee holds a degree in Mass Communications from the University of Denver, where he was awarded the Palmer Hoyt Scholarship for the Outstanding Senior Mass Communications Student.
Stryker-Munley Group – Washington DC
David Franek– President
David Franek is president of Stryker-Munley Group, Washington DC. He has managed branding, design, and marketing communications companies and teams in the Washington, D.C. metro area for over 25 years, serving regional and national clients in education, healthcare, financial services, travel and tourism, the arts, non-profit, government, and other areas.
He is the founder, president, and chief creative officer of The Design Channel where he oversees brand strategy and is responsible for managing and directing TDC’s team and overall client relationships. Clients who have benefitted from his creative vision and counsel include Johns Hopkins Medicine, Georgetown University, Howard University, Morehouse School of Medicine, Patient First, Children’s National Medical Center, National Institutes of Health, Communities In Schools, United Way, American College of Emergency Physicians, American College of Radiology, Greenbrook NeuroHealth, and other leading organizations.
David earned his degree in visual communications from the Pennsylvania State University. In addition to receiving the university’s Alumni Achievement Award from the College of Arts and Architecture, he has received more than 100 awards from local, regional, national, and international organizations.