PRESIDENT AND CEO
Neil Hare, President of GVC, is a writer, creative think tank and an expert on communications and business strategy. He is a sought-after speaker at business events on marketing and communications, both inside and outside the Beltway. Hare has the unique ability to take complex ideas or topics and tell them in a way that resonates, creates an emotional response and engages an action. This unique skill set has allowed Hare to run some of the most effective campaigns and gain national media attention. Hare also has one of the most in-demand rolodexes with contacts at Fortune 500 companies, chambers of commerce, publications, news outlets and more allowing him to distribute messaging across the most effective channels and create the most powerful alliances.
Previously, Hare served as vice president of Corporate Communications at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where he managed public policy awareness campaigns aimed at the Chamber's three million members on issues such as tax and regulatory reform, market driven health care, energy, free trade and expanded transportation and infrastructure. Prior to taking over the communications role, Hare served as vice president of the National Chamber Foundation, the Chamber's public policy think tank.
Before joining the Chamber, Hare was the content director of USLaw.com, the nation's leading Web site offering legal information and services to consumers and small businesses.
Hare is a licensed attorney in the District of Columbia Bar and began his career at a Washington, D.C., law firm, specializing in international law and litigation. He then became a legal editor for the Bureau of National Affairs (BNA), covering America's securities markets. He appeared regularly on CNBC, MSNBC, and FOX News as an expert on day trading and wrote columns on securities regulations for financial publications. Hare is the author of two novels, An Animal Cries, published in 1998 and God in Hell's Kitchen published in 2011.
Hare received a J.D. from American University's Washington College of Law and a B.A. in international relations from Tufts University. He is active in the soccer community and is a supporter of the Arts, even performing in the Washington Ballet's performance of Giselle at The Kennedy Center. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, two daughters and one son.
Laura Arth joined Global Vision Communications in May 2017 in the capacity of Vice President. In addition to day-to-day GVC responsibilities, Laura will focus on expanding the hospitality division. Laura is a seasoned hospitality industry veteran with expertise in contracts, meeting and convention management, and sales & marketing. She will place emphasis on Washington, DC Fly-Ins, Corporate and Government Road Shows, and Law Firm Partner Retreats.
Prior to joining GVC, Laura served at Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) for 17 years in a variety of capacities, most recently as Regional Vice President of Sales for its Mid-Atlantic Region at ALHI’s Global Sales office in Washington, DC. She led a team of ten ALHI Global Sales professionals and provided the region’s association executives, meeting professionals, business executives, and incentive specialists with ALHI’s Global Sales Organization services and support.
A prominent hospitality industry sales professional with a stellar reputation and exceptional sales and managerial skills, Laura was enthusiastically welcomed back to ALHI in March 2013 when she rejoined the organization. During a few years away, she formed a successful private company. Arth Capital Consulting provided meeting and convention management domestically and abroad. The company also developed and launched a meeting and convention industry website. Prior to her departure from ALHI, she served as Vice President of Sales and later as Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
Known for being a tireless advocate for her clients, with a true passion to serve, Laura is an effective and solutions-oriented professional and team leader who is a valuable asset to her clients. Laura is an active member of American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). She has previously served on the hospitality board of James Madison University, receiving their highest volunteer honor. She is a past member of the University Club of Washington, DC’s Board of Governors and Foundation Board. She earned a B.S. in International Business from the University of Nebraska.
Jennifer Bethel is the Creative Director for Global Vision Communications. Jennifer attended Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) in graphic design. Upon graduating, Jennifer has continuously broken boundaries and pushed the limits in design while working with major corporations, non-profit organizations, and political think tanks.
Jennifer designs, develops and produces within the print, advertising and digital spaces. Jennifer received the Rising Star Award by Campaign and Elections magazine, was nominated for Woman of The Year by WJLA ABC-7 and has won numerous national and international design awards. In addition to these accolades, some of Jennifer’s work has received national media attention. PBS produced a special that focused on a campaign that Jennifer participated in. Even Jon Stewart has recognized campaigns which Jennifer has contributed to. Jennifer has been a sought after speaker on topics such as responsive design and web usability at both conferences and universities and has worked for clients such as General Motors, AstraZeneca, CBS, CACI, DARPA, SRI International, General Motors and Coke.
When not focusing on bringing the principles of design back to the industry Jennifer enjoys swimming, yoga, biking and spending time with her son and husband in Arlington, VA.
lisa ferguson schmidt
Lisa Ferguson Schmidt is our Accounts Executive here at GVC. Lisa is responsible for managing the client accounts and serving as our operations manager and event manager. Her attention to detail and keen organizational skills make her the perfect person to manage the daily operations here at GVC and coordinate logistics for our events. She is persistent in her drive for improvement and to foster strong client relationships. Lisa can liaise effectively with business partners and clients across various sectors and excels in organizing, monitoring and controlling project processes.
Lisa holds an Associate of Science degree in Business Administration from the College of Southern Maryland, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with a Minor in Finance at the University of Maryland, and a Graduate Certificate of Project Management.
When not responding to client needs or managing our QuickBooks, Lisa enjoys showcasing her incredible bartending skills at major charity events in Washington, DC. Born right here in our Nation’s capital, Lisa loves all things Washington. She enjoys cheering on the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field, traveling, and being a football-soccer-baseball mom. Lisa resides with her husband Ronnie and their two young sons in Southern Maryland.
TAMARA BAXT CLEMMONS
CLIENT MARKETING DIRECTOR
Tamara Baxt Clemmons is the newest addition to our GVC team. Tamara has extensive experience in marketing and product management in the entertainment, telecommunications and SaaS industries. She held a marketing role at Oxygen Media (now a division of NBCUniversal) during the first years of the network’s launch, followed by work at Comcast, where she focused on marketing with local businesses. More recently, she managed a digital marketing agency that built customer engagement campaigns for clients in the television, music, book publishing, ticketing and wine industries.
Additionally, Tamara has held product management roles at Sprint, Echo (a digital marketing agency under the Ticketmaster umbrella) and Emma, an email marketing company. While at Sprint, she was part of the team that launched the wireless company’s first 4G service. At Echo, Tamara focused on a software product that helped music industry clients better manage fan engagement and build revenue. At Emma, she worked on an email marketing platform with a focus on the small business and non-profit segments.
Tamara received an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management and a BA in Economics and Philosophy from Columbia University. She is a native of Washington, DC and a proud graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School. Tamara enjoys running, yoga and spending time with her husband, three young boys and goldendoodle.
Meghan Snyder works with clients creating targeted custom content that maintains a consistent voice and stays true to brand identity and message. She also advises on social media tactics and strategy. Snyder graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in Public Relations. From Knoxville, she returned home to the Washington, D.C. area to begin her career, and quickly found her niche with food, wine and lifestyle.
Following a short stint in the marketing department with National Cinema Network, Snyder landed herself in the wine industry – working for over 10 years for two reputable wine importers – Billington Wines and Winebow, Inc. where she managed the U.S. marketing, PR, sales support, events and communications functions for a variety of domestic and import brands, including Catena, Cousino Macul, Valentin Bianchi and Felipe Rutini. Snyder’s work was instrumental in forwarding U.S. success of some of the leading import brands from Chile and Argentina.
In addition to wines from South America, Snyder worked with domestic brands and imports from around the globe - providing a full array of marketing and public relations tactics. She achieved local and national media coverage for a many of these brands, related events and was published twice in “Spinning the Bottle” and “Spinning the Bottle Again,” books devoted to case studies in public relations in the wine industry.
In 2009, Snyder began supporting clients from an array of industries outside of the wine business, helping them develop messaging, web content, newsletters and public relations campaigns. She has generated media coverage, offered branding guidance and managed PR, marketing and social media efforts for restaurants, breweries, retailers, accountants, IT firms, business coaches, gyms, community festivals, advocacy groups, associations and more, often serving as project manager as well. She joined the GVC team in 2015.
Snyder serves on the board of directors and as co-chair of the marketing committee for the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of PRSA and has also held jobs in new home sales, city government and education. In addition, she previously volunteered her public relations expertise at an inner city youth center in Knoxville, Tenn.
DIRECTOR OF INTERACTIVE
Sean Bethel manages GVC’s interactive team. His expertise in technology has allowed GVC to remain cutting-edge in the products offered. From custom apps, to user interface design, Sean’s work exemplifies superior coding with attention to detail. Sean is a contributor to open source programming, and assisted with the functionality of Concrete 5.
Prior to working at GVC, Bethel worked for a top communications firm in DC where he was a key member of their interactive team; programming sites and developing apps for clients such as Microsoft, America Airlines, Public Notice and American Petroleum Institute.
Sean discovered his passion for technology and web programming when he began teaching history to high school students. By creating and building his own thin client server, he saved his school thousands of dollars on expensive laptops and computers. Additionally, he created a completely paperless classroom, where he did all of his lessons, assignments and grading through an interactive site. He wrote his own programs and applications for grading and comparing test scores of his various classes as well writing his own plagiarism checking application. Sean also wrote and customized his own CMS for each of his classes.
Sean’s passion for technology in the classroom spread to building home computer systems, customized computers, servers and setting up networks. He ran his own business of teaching technology to small businesses, start-ups and the retired community members wishing to gain a better understanding of basic computer functionality.
Besides being a computer geek, Sean loves mountain biking, history, and trivia. When not programming a site you can often find him building a robot with his son Connor.
ADVISOR AND MEDIA RELATIONS SPECIALIST
Katherine Davis serves as the Advisor and Media Relations Specialist at Global Vision Communications. Katherine has spent more than 20 years in the field of media and corporate communication, both in the United States and abroad. Since 2007, Katherine has provided strategic communication services to clients in government (National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, U.S. Department of Agriculture),healthcare (Boulder Community Hospital, Children’s Hospital, ClearChoice Dental Implant Centers),development (African Development Bank, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, World Food Program), technology (BluHaptics, Global Technology Resources, Relevant Security), finance (Farm Credit, WealthTouch), nonprofit (Veterans Green Jobs, Microfinance Opportunities, Phoenix Multisport), travel (Inspirato with American Express, JetLinx), academia (University of Colorado Denver, Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design), professional services (EnergyLogic, Media Logic, Point B) and more.
Katherine’s keen ability to understand complex information and turn it into clear, compelling messages for a general audience has been a large part of her success as a journalist and a PR practitioner. Her early years as a reporter enable her to fully understand what information journalists want and need and to position her clients as regular, go-to sources and contributors. She works closely with clients to cut through the typical promotional jargon and identify the most newsworthy trends for ultimate media success. Katherine’s expertise has earned her clients’ coverage in the Associated Press, Business Insider, CNBC, The Economist, Entrepreneur Magazine, Forbes.com, FOX News, The Huffington Post, New York Times, San Jose Mercury News, TechCrunch, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and major dailies, trade publications and business journals across the globe.
Katherine spent five years in Rome, Italy, as the communication manager for the International Fund for Agricultural Development, a specialized agency of the United Nations and a leading international financial institution. During her tenure at the UN, Katherine served as a spokesperson for international media, wrote dozens of high-level speeches and op-eds and helped place stories in major media outlets such as Reuters, Financial Times, BBC News and Japan Times.
Katherine came to the UN through her work as a reporter for one of the top women’s health magazines, SELF. As a member of the magazine’s investigative news team, Katherine wrote about leading-edge cancer research, controversial birth control studies, vaccine debates, the U.S. crisis in nursing and more. Katherine often discussed her investigations on local and national TV and radio programs, and her reporting won two New York Newswomen’s Club Front Page Awards and a nomination for an American Society of Magazine Editors National Magazine Award.
Prior to SELF, Katherine appeared as a regular on-air contributor to ABC’s Sunday “Good Morning America,” interviewed musicians and politicians alike as a staff reporter for MTV News, and worked as a freelance writer for such national outlets as Newsweek and CNN. Earlier in her career, she was a researcher and editor at the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center in New York City, the first institute for the advanced study of media and technological change.
Katherine earned a Master’s Degree in Communication Management from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Columbia University in New York City, including one year studying at the London School of Economics.
SENIOR ADVISOR, VIDEO PRODUCTION
Ed Frank serves as the Senior Advisor of Video Production at Global Vision Communications.
Ed Frank is the Founder and President of Frank Strategies LLC, a creative communications firm based in Washington, DC. Focused on visual storytelling and video production, Frank Strategies has successfully advanced the goals of dozens of top-tier clients, such as the Republican Governors Association and the Heritage Foundation, across America and around the world.
Ed Frank brings more than 25 years of front-line communications experience to the table, having served in a wide variety of positions, including as a policy advisor and as the official media spokesman for Members of Congress and a Cabinet Secretary, as the architect of the communications department of a new political grassroots organization that he helped grow into a national powerhouse, and for the past eight years as a self-starting entrepreneur who has worked with some of the top names in public service.
Prior to founding Frank Strategies, Ed was the Vice President of Public Affairs at the free-market grassroots organization Americans for Prosperity. In addition to building a communications shop at the newly established organization, he coordinated across the development, marketing, advertising and grassroots teams to help expand the organization from three to 23 state chapters in less than four years. He also built support for the organization’s federal policy agenda with Administration officials, Members of Congress, coalition partners, and other potential allies through regular face-to-face meetings, proactive forms of outreach, and other strategic communications, including online video that garnered national media attention.
Ed joined Americans for Prosperity after serving as Director of Media Relations for U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao, where he acted as the Secretary’s official spokesman and helped shape public affairs strategy with senior Administration, Congressional, Department and agency staff.
Ed has also worked as Press Secretary for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s largest small-business lobbying organization, Communications Director for U.S. Congressman Van Hilleary, and as Legislative Assistant for U.S. Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr.
Ed developed a passion for travel and exploration at an early age, and has visited all 50 states and more than 40 countries. Over the past few years he’s organized and completed video projects in Botswana, Denmark, France, Mexico, Kenya, South Korea, and the United Arab Emirates on behalf of his clients.
Ed earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
Shelley Hymes serves as a senior advisor at Global Vision Communications.
Shelley Hymes is the Founder and President of Angel Enterprises, a dynamic and widely respected public relations and special events firm based in Washington, DC. Hymes applies her broad knowledge of the executive and legislative branches of government, extensive experience planning and executing successful communications efforts, outstanding track record of managing public education campaigns, and unsurpassed skills at special event planning to meet client demands for the very best of a wide range of promotional services. Over the last several years, she has created a large portfolio of clients representing a wide range of industries including the federal government, high-profile associations, major corporations, and world-renowned cultural organizations. Her efforts have culminated in winning campaigns that have ranged in scope and size from intimate gatherings to high profile, national endeavors.
Prior to forming her own company, Hymes was a Director in Burson-Marsteller’s Public Affairs practice in the Washington, DC office. During her tenure, she managed several successful initiatives on behalf of Burson-Marsteller clients, including serving as Director of Dedication Ceremonies for the World War II Memorial, an award winning public relations outreach that attracted over 100,000 veterans and their families to the National Capital region for several days of once-in-a-lifetime events.
Previously, Hymes was appointed Director of the Office of the 21st Century Workforce by President George W. Bush. This program was created and designed by President Bush and U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao to serve as a catalyst for change in the American workforce and to shine a spotlight on the challenging and changing realities of the 21st century workplace. Hymes represented the Bush Administration and Secretary Chao at numerous national and international labor conferences, and fulfilled an extensive speaking schedule, including presentations before the European Union’s Workforce Working Group in Brussels, Belgium and at the Euro-American Women’s Council in Athens, Greece.
Earlier in her career, Hymes was Executive Director of the U.S. Congressional Joint Economic Committee (JEC), under the leadership of U.S. Senator Connie Mack. With her leadership, the JEC hosted groundbreaking high-technology summits where industry leaders were able to meet and address members of the House and Senate for the first time. Hymes also spearheaded the JEC’s adoption of many new technologies, such as accepting congressional hearing testimony via satellite. The Committee was widely recognized during her tenure for producing well-written and easily accessible publications on international and domestic economic policy issues.
Other positions held by Hymes include: Communications Director at the New River Media Group, Press Secretary for Chairman Michael J. Boskin at the White House Council of Economic Advisers, and Special Assistant to Secretary Jack Kemp at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Ms. Hymes holds a bachelors degree in political science from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.
SENIOR ADVISOR OF RESEARCH
Rachel Bork serves as the senior advisor of Research at Global Vision Communications.
Rachel Bork is an independent consultant focusing on social science research and evaluation, with expertise in K12 and higher education policy, as well as the performing arts. She was previously a research and evaluation officer at The Wallace Foundation, where she contributed to efforts to fill knowledge gaps and assess the effectiveness of the foundation’s initiatives in the areas of education leadership, arts learning and building audiences in the arts. In this role she designed and managed multi-million dollar research projects that included social science and market research.
Before joining Wallace, Bork was at the Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, where she specialized in policy research in the fields of college readiness, developmental education and performance funding for higher education. Her work included contributing to research designs, site selections, fieldwork data collection and policy analysis. Her research has been published in the Teachers College Record, the Journal of College Reading and Learning and Inside Higher Ed. Bork also served as the teaching assistant for former New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Bork began her career at the American Youth Policy Forum, where she specialized in dropout recovery and out-of-school time research and policy. While there, she contributed to various reports and organized Forum events on Capitol Hill on youth policy issues.
Bork holds a Ph.D. in politics and education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an M.Sc. in comparative politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She graduated with a B.A. with honors in political science from The Johns Hopkins University.
ADVISOR & MEDIA EXPERT
Peter Mirijanian serves as an advisor and media expert at Global Vision Communications.
Before starting his own firm, PMPA, Peter Mirijanian was a principal and Vice President of the DCS Group where he directed and implemented crisis and litigation communications efforts, with a primary focus on national media, on behalf of corporate clients and law firms on a variety of high profile topics, including class action suits, proposed corporate mergers, international trade disputes, casino gaming and public health issues.
Utilizing decade-long relationships with the national press corps, Mirijanian initiated and managed the media coverage and editorials that have appeared in national outlets, including The Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, along with the broadcast networks. He has also devised and executed media tours, editorial board meetings and talk radio campaigns for clients in markets across the country.
Mirijanian managed the media inquiries and served as spokesperson for attorney Jack Quinn who represented Marc Rich in his pardon appeal to former President Clinton.
He is a public relations/crisis communications commentator in national publications, for NBC's Today Show, MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, and the FOX News Channel.
Previously, Mirijanian worked for three years in corporate advocacy as a Senior Counselor at Powell Tate, and led non-profit media campaigns while at Fenton Communications. He has served on the national advance staffs of the Dukakis/Bentsen '88 campaign, Clinton/Gore '92 and '96 campaigns, the Gore/Lieberman 2000 campaign, and has also assumed advance assignments for former Vice President Gore, having traveled domestically, and internationally to Denmark and Japan, in that capacity.
Mirijanian has served as a spokesperson for the Women's College Coalition and, in 1997, was a political advisor, along with Stephen Hess of the Brookings Institution, to Anna Deveare Smith's theatrical production of "House Arrest" at Washington's Arena Stage.
He has worked as a political media consultant, was Northeast Regional Coordinator for People for the American Way, the non-profit constitutional liberties organization and, in 1984, was a press aide in the office of Senator Edward M. Kennedy.
Mirijanian graduated magna cum laude from Drew University and earned a Master of Arts in Public Policy [M.P.P.] from Georgetown University.
Richard Bogan serves on Global Vision Communications Advisory Board.
Richard Bogan is a business revitalization expert who renews, refocuses, and restructures companies for next – level growth. With extensive merger and acquisitions experience and a career that spans multiple industries (consumer products, manufacturing, transportation / warehousing, and construction) he has earned a reputation for operational excellence.
Bogan developed his expertise in and reputation for operational excellence through more than 20 years of executive leadership experience at Philip Morris, Miller Brewing, Unisource Worldwide, and RJ Reynolds. At these companies, he successfully led major corporate restructurings and generated more than $100 million in cash from profit and volume growth while tightening management controls.
Bogan has recently leveraged his corporate restructuring experience to deliver M & A advisory services to sub – middle market private companies through the formation of RHB Partners as a Managing Partner. After advising Key Bridge Partner’s on their multimillion-dollar acquisition of Duvinage, he joined the private equity firm as Operating Partner in 2008. In this leadership role, he presides over strategy design and execution for portfolio companies in the manufacturing equipment and commercial/residential construction industries. His management team has twice the Deal of the Year Award from the Maryland Chapter of Association for Corporate Growth for leading acquisition, restructure, and assimilation of Duvinage (2008) and Sharon Stairs (2013).
Bogan earned his BBA in Accounting from the University of Washington. He is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Internal Auditor, and holds a Certificate in Management Accounting. In his free time he volunteers at the Academy Art Museum and Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum.