Our People

Michelle Flowers Welch
Founder and CEO
Michelle Flowers Welch, Founder and CEO
Industry trailblazer, dynamic visionary and fearless leader.
An award-winning public relations and marketing veteran, Michelle Flowers Welch is a visionary entrepreneur and expert in the field of communications. With more than 25 years in the business, she is founder and CEO of Flowers Communications Group, one of the nation’s top multicultural integrated marketing agencies. Known as an innovative, strategic thought leader, her depth of communications experience includes the agency, nonprofit and corporate sectors. Her diverse experiences enables her to bring clients a creative, results-oriented and integrated approach that fully taps into the marketing mix. Throughout her impressive career, Flowers Welch’s work has been recognized by respected industry peers, including induction into the Northwestern University Hall of Fame and the PR News Hall of Fame. She has received the Publicity Club of Chicago’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Black Public Relations Society's Founders Award and was named one of Chicago’s “Top 100 Black Business and Professional Women.” Flowers Welch’s work at FCG alone has garnered more than 100 industry awards for campaigns created for such blue-chip brands as McDonald's, Mary Kay, MillerCoors, Unilever, Sears/Kmart, Wells Fargo and Honda.
Sharron Banks
Senior Vice President
Sharron Banks, Senior Vice President
Gifted HR practitioner with an eye for finding talent, and the heart for growing it.
Sharron leads all Human Resources and business operations. Known for her collaborative, creative and results-oriented approach to everything she touches, Sharron is an integral member of FCG’s leadership team. In her role she has helped FCG retain and attract some of the best talent in the industry, expand our services footprint and continue to enhance our business operations. Sharron holds a Master of Business Administration in Human Resources Management from Morris Graduate School of Management, an International Event Planning Certification (IEWP) from QC Event School and a Bachelors of Business Administration from Robert Morris University, where she graduated Cum Laude. Sharron is a current member of Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and notary public.
Christina Steed
Executive Vice President
Christina Steed, Executive Vice President
Serious strategist who finds balance in the midst of leading by example.
Christina Steed is Executive Vice President of client relations with Flowers Communications Group. She is primarily responsible for business development, client relations and external visibility for the agency. Additionally, she provides strategic counsel for the agency’s accounts, including AT&T, Federal Home Loan Bank, Financial Services Pipeline, and several others. Christina’s background includes a mix of journalism, public relations, marketing communications, trade show marketing, and global communications. In 2012, Christina was named one of PRWeek’s 40 under 40, a prestigious list of top professionals in the public relations industry. @ccsteed
Barbara Thompson
Executive Vice President
Barbara Thompson, Executive Vice President
Integrated marketing strategist who believes the heavy lifting is in finding the consumer insight.
With experience that spans advertising, media relations and engagement marketing, Barbara works to keep clients grounded in consumer behaviors and what it takes to impact it. She brings to clients not only the answer to their questions, but tangible and impactful results across multiple marketing layers.
Danyele Davis
Senior Vice President
Danyele Davis, Senior Vice President
Award-winning executive with a fierce determination when it’s “show time.”
Danyele Davis is a Vice President with Flowers Communications Group. She currently manages the account services for the MillerCoors, Brown-Forman and Chicago Park District accounts. Her work includes the development and ongoing management of the award-winning signature initiative MillerCoors Tap the Future; multicultural advertising; and stakeholder relationships, in particular with multicultural nonprofit organizations. Danyele has more than 15 years of experience in promotions, brand marketing and public relations expertise and has won 12 industry awards, including the PCC Platinum Award for her work on the Get Fit with Walgreens program.
Freddie Baez
Vice President, Experiential
Freddie Baez, Vice President, Experiential
Freddie Baez brings more than 20 years of award-winning expertise in experiential marketing to Flowers Communications Group. Known in the experiential industry as the “go to” guy, he has served as a chief strategist, developed creative, trailblazing concepts and executed hundreds of brand experiences from event activations to concert tours to nationwide sampling programs.​​
Wanda Taylor–Ward
Chief Financial Officer
Wanda Taylor–Ward, Chief Financial Officer
Experienced business leader who knows that an agency is only as good as its strong financials.
As one of the first employees hired at Flowers Communications Group in 1993, Wanda Taylor-Ward has more than weathered the challenges that typically confront a start-up company. During her initial year at FCG as accounting manager, she was instrumental in developing what have become the agency’s standard operating policies and procedures. Through the years, her financial savvy has resulted in many cost-saving initiatives for the agency and has added greatly to the agency’s financial structure and profitability.
Aquinas Early
Account Director
Aquinas Early, Account Director
A skilled marketing communications executive who believes creativity is golden and thinking outside the box is absolutely normal.
Aquinas is a skilled marketing communications executive with a proven track record of elevating brands and developing campaigns that create buzz! Her innovative ideas, creative concepts and strategic campaigns have received national recognition and been the recipients of many industry awards. Based in the LA area, Aquinas enjoys spending all her free time on the beach and in the sun.
Allison Paige
Account Supervisor
Allison Paige, Account Supervisor
Passionate and ambitious marketing pro, who appreciates life’s humor – and has the “gusto” to help the team grow!
Allison Paige is an Account Supervisor with Flowers Communications Group. She serves as the lead on the McDonald’s account and boasts more than eight years of experience working on the brand. Allison’s innovative and out-the-box thinking has been beneficial in creating strategic advertising and public relations plans that are always rooted in consumer insights. Through her passion for creative marketing, grassroots programming and community engagement, she offers a fresh approach for clients to increase their brand’s awareness and connect with their consumers.
Brian J. Packer
Account Supervisor
Brian J. Packer, Account Supervisor
Thought-provoking and insightful PR wizard, bringing great ideas to life from behind the curtain.
Brian J. Packer is an Account Supervisor who supports the AT&T, MillerCoors and Brown-Forman accounts managing media relations, influencer engagement, social media and strategic marketing initiatives for the African American consumer market. Brian has been an active PR practitioner for more than a decade. His professional background includes a mix of public relations and marketing communications for consumer goods, non-profits, educational institutions and entertainment. He’s governed by his favorite quote: “A smart man knows his limitations, a wise man knows he has none.”
Mary Corbin
Senior Account Coordinator/Project Manager
Mary Corbin, Senior Account Coordinator/Project Manager
Lively and upbeat events guru who loves to have a good time as much as she enjoys creating them.
Brinton Flowers
Senior Account Executive
Brinton Flowers, Senior Account Executive
Radio personality turned PR pro with both the skill and heart for community engagement and events.
Daniela Chavez-Lira
Senior Account Executive
Daniela Chavez-Lira, Senior Account Executive
An introvert living in an extrovert’s world, yet always ready to tell a story.
Brienna LaCoste
Senior Account Executive
Brienna LaCoste, Senior Account Executive
A thoughtful and persistent strategic communicator always eager to learn, grow and utilize PR to uplift communities.
Ena Wilson
Account Executive
Ena Wilson, Account Executive
Angelica Ramirez
Assistant Account Executive
Angelica Ramirez, Assistant Account Executive
A highly engaged PR professional that’s dedicated to keeping both the client and agency happy!
Gya Watson
Senior Project Manager
Gya Watson, Senior Project Manager
Resourceful, Innovative, Forward Thinking, Solution Oriented and Driven Storyteller with an Entrepreneurial Spirit.
Cynthia Vargas
Activation Coordinator
Cynthia Vargas, Activation Coordinator
I have built my career on supporting creativity. In that way, I am creative. Putting my imagination to work to produce memories.
Eric Claudio
Account Director
Eric Claudio, Account Director
For over 24 years, Eric Claudio has been helping clients understand the benefits of engaging with the Hispanic consumer. Born and raised in West Humboldt Park- Chicago, of Puerto Rican parents, he’s been able to tap those insights and the insights of others from different parts of Latin America, to facilitate strategic, direct conversations between Hispanics and international brands like Coca-Cola, Miller, Goya Foods, McDonald’s and others. Eric joined Flowers Communications as an Account Director to work on the first account he worked on as an intern in 1994, the Illinois Lottery, proving that life really does come full circle. In this role, he leads the retail execution and multicultural marketing communications teams to continue to provide the market-leading business results he’s known for.
Eric Seals
Visual Content Director
Eric Seals, Visual Content Director
A cinematic Jack-of-all-trades who loves post-production as much as the shoot.
German Chavez
Creative Director
German Chavez, Creative Director
Hello, my name is Germs, and I am bipolar. No, not the disorder. More like in worlds and design. I am an award-winning copy of well-made art direction skills. I know, it might sound like I am a hybrid mutant and somehow a little pretentious.
Maurice Chavez
Art Director
Maurice Chavez, Art Director
A multidisciplinary Art Director that aims to bring fun, creativity and passion to every project.
Zenaida Manzur
Senior Account Executive
Zenaida Manzur, Senior Account Executive
Experienced Hispanic Marketing enthusiast with a passion and dedication to meeting the needs of the client and agency. Once you get to know me, you will find I have the “Zen.”
Adriana Rodriguez
Office Assistant
Adriana Rodriguez, Office Assistant
Upbeat administrator bursting with enthusiasm to help create the opposite of ordinary.
LaTonya Hunt
Accounting Specialist
LaTonya Hunt, Accounting Specialist
Martina Chan
Senior Project Manager
Martina Chan, Senior Project Manager
Martina is a Lead Project Manager with an eye for detail. Dedicated to creating organic brand experiences with targeted audiences, she implements creative experiential strategies in planning and managing events of all sizes. With over 11 years of experience, she has collaborated with various fortune 500 companies ranging from spirit brands, technology companies, and automotive makers. An expert in multi-tasking, Martina finds balance in providing exceptional client services while managing nationwide and international brand activations.
Kara Oxendine
Project Manager
Kara Oxendine, Project Manager