Account Director – Karen Franse is the driving force behind much of the successful public relations, copy writing, creative services and project management programs Communication Strategy Group clients enjoy. She works with key stakeholders to provide consultative PR and marketing assistance to help clients tell their story, increase their brand awareness, and get noticed by current and future customers as well as the media and analyst communities they want to reach. For nearly three decades, she has developed award-winning copy and cost-effectively managed editorial and marketing programs for an impressive roster of full-time employers and freelance clients that include CMP Media’s VARBusiness magazine, computer products distributor Ingram Micro Inc., The Practice Builder Advertising Agency, Schmidt-Cannon Inc., KFWB news radio, and Blackford & Associates. Karen has extensive experience crafting every type of written communication, including press releases and PR pitch materials; magazine, newspaper and newsletter articles; focus group content; executive bios; and writing print or broadcast advertising/marketing copy in addition to managing large, long-term editorial projects from start to finish.
- Listed in “Who’s Who in Professional and Executive Women” and “Who’s Who in Advertising.”
- Co-recipient of the Jesse H. Neal Editorial Achievement Award.
- Five Western Publisher’s Association Maggie Awards.
- Broadcast journalism’s coveted “Golden Mike Award.”
Karen holds a Master’s degree in psychology, giving her insight into the human psyche that most editors, marketers and PR professionals can only dream of having.
Karen Franse is an independent contractor to Communication Strategy Group.