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.
Ed Flowers
DE&I Strategist
Ed Flowers, DE&I Strategist
Innovative HR leader with an ongoing commitment to organizational culture change
With more than 30 years of senior-level corporate Human Resources experience, Ed Flowers is very passionate about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. A well-respected, strategic thought leader, he built the business case for DE&I at several Fortune 500 companies where he worked. He has developed customized, industry-specific DE&I solutions and led several DE&I corporate practices that drove organizational transformation. Active and engaged in the community, Ed has served on boards for several nonprofit organizations, providing HR expertise and counsel. At FCG, Ed brings the proven leadership and seasoned experience needed to affect systemic change in a business environment being shaped by heighten consumer engagement.
Ruben Figueres
Business Development Strategist
Ruben Figueres, Business Development Strategist
Entrepreneurial leader who brings a global perspective to his work
Ruben Figueres is a seasoned business development professional who earned an MBA focused on Marketing and Information Systems from ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. He brings more than 20 years of experience building his own firm, the Alario Group and working with national clients to his role as Business Development Strategist for Flowers Communications Group. He is focused on driving new business that leverages the agency’s nearly 30 years of experience in the development and implementation of integrated marketing communications campaigns designed to reach African-American, Hispanic and Asian communities. Tapping into his own entrepreneurial experiences, Ruben identifies opportunities to reach new clients, enter new markets and expand service offerings.
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.
Michael Coburn
Account Director
Michael Coburn, Account Director
Intuitive listener who thinks about marketing, through-the-line, to create holistic campaigns that deliver on the client’s objectives while organically growing their business through insights and fact-based data mining.
Lina Giraldo
Account Director
Lina Giraldo, Account Director
Lela Olds
Account Director
Lela Olds, Account Director
An experienced communications professional who leverages strategy, insights and creativity to develop engaging marketing, communications and activation plans.
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.
Eva Pareja
Integrated Project Manager
Eva Pareja, Integrated Project Manager
An avid writer and reader who believes that all communication has the potential to be as compelling as a great book.
Larry Miller
Associate Project Manager
Larry Miller, Associate Project Manager
Brinton Flowers
Account Supervisor
Brinton Flowers, Account Supervisor
Radio personality turned PR pro with both the skill and heart for community engagement and events.
Daniela Chavez-Lira
Account Supervisor
Daniela Chavez-Lira, Account Supervisor
An introvert living in an extrovert’s world, yet always ready to tell a story.
Bukie Towolawi
Senior Account Executive
Bukie Towolawi, Senior Account Executive
Ena Wilson
Account Executive
Ena Wilson, Account Executive
Angelica Ramirez
Account Executive
Angelica Ramirez, Account Executive
A highly engaged PR professional that’s dedicated to keeping both the client and agency happy!
Sydney Watkins
Account Executive
Sydney Watkins, Account Executive
Lauren Ware
Account Executive
Lauren Ware, Account Executive
A southern belle who is a natural storyteller with experience across luxury, media, and corporate industries. She is passionate about building strong communication connections between clients and their audience.
Nicole Diaz
Assistant Account Executive
Nicole Diaz, Assistant Account Executive
An experienced PR professional that is passionate about storytelling as well as the importance of DE&I efforts.
Linda Banh
Account Coordinator
Linda Banh, Account Coordinator
A social media guru who enjoys music, painting and yoga. She believes in creating memorable experiences in both the digital and physical space.
Sherese Jones
Social Media Manager
Sherese Jones, Social Media Manager
A digital storyteller with nearly 10 years experience as a social media manager and video editor with a passion for waffle fries and shoes.
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.
Martina Chan
Account Director
Martina Chan, Account Director
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.
Mark-Anthony Marshall
Creative Director
Mark-Anthony Marshall, Creative Director
I create things!
Ernesto Matos
Creative Director
Ernesto Matos, Creative Director
A creative Director with over 15 years of experience, Ernesto has worked with several major brands on different international markets and developed groundbreaking work for them. A recent Chicago transplant, He is now looking for the next big challenge.​
Zenaida Manzur
Operations Administrator
Zenaida Manzur, Operations Administrator
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.”
Jorja Porter
Community Outreach Manager
Jorja Porter, Community Outreach Manager
Creative, strategic professional with a knack for building meaningful relationships.
Sarah Griffith-Garcia
Office Services
Sarah Griffith-Garcia, Office Services
LaTonya Hunt
Accounting Specialist
LaTonya Hunt, Accounting Specialist
Matt Wead
Graphic Designer
Matt Wead, Graphic Designer
Life isn’t perfect but design can be...not really.
Mike Runez
Video Editor
Mike Runez, Video Editor