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We believe talent bios are overrated. Everybody has a story to tell. Below, you can start to imagine each and every one of our stories.

Great Uncle Willis Carrier was the inventor of air conditioning

Hosted a panel discussion for DragonCon 2019

Diane Aurand

Director of Visual Ideation
Finished the 2017 NYC marathon

Was an accountant in previous career

Reid Davis

Sr. Director of Creative Storytelling
Flew a Cessna plane from Long Beach to Santa Barbara

Dad was friends with Charles Shultz (Peanuts) and Jim Davis (Garfield)

Lisalynn Abercrombie

Lead Designer, Brand Specialist
Author of 3 books on global investment and interviewed finance ministers of 8 countries

Climbed Mount Toubkal, highest peak in North Africa.

Ted Kim

Strategy Architect
Spoken to the United Nations

Was a college decathlete

Jeff Spence

Capital Advisory Strategist
Rebuilt a 1974 VW Convertible Beetle before getting drivers license

Spent 8 years promoting hip hop artists

Jenni Mateo

Lead Designer, Content Specialist
Went gorilla tracking in Uganda

Did molecular biology research while living at The Smithsonian Institution in Panama

Mara Unkefer

Sr. Director of Creative Storytelling
Has a U.S. Utility Patent that earned royalties

Won a consolation bottle of whisky for 3rd place in regional long-drive golf contest

Jon Newsome

CHIEF STORYTELLING OFFICER
Hiked 4 days to Machu Picchu in Peru

Thwarted being killed by a carjacker junior year at Temple University

Julie Fries

Visual Ideation Strategist
Is a Jujitsu instructor

Knocked on doors in the NYC financial district

Vadim Pokhlebkin

Sr. Storyteller
A former executive chef trained by a Michelin award-winning chef

Father invented the famous game ‘Genius IQ Quiz’ (Hint: Golf tees & triangle)

Jason Savage

Project Director
Was a member of the Canadian PGA Tour

Has five holes-in-ones in golf

Emerson Newsome

Controller
Met future husband at a murder scene

Learned how to replace a clutch, change engine oil, and change a tire at 15 years old

Tiffani Reynolds

Proofreader
Won a tug-of-war against an agitated monkey during a family trip to India.

Turned down a chance to perform on America's Got Talent to go on his first international tour.

Prashant Vallury

Sr. Director of Creative Storytelling
Met with 5 US. Presidents including 2 White House visits

Weekly Host on SiriusXM

Kraig Kann

Storytelling Ambassador
B.S. MARKETING
Kennesaw State University,
Kennesaw, GA
2021

Sylvia Newsome

Marketing Intern
Diane Aurand
Director of VIsual Ideation

Weaving all the pieces of a storytelling presentation into one tapestry is not for the faint of heart. Diane spent a few decades absorbing multi-industry perspectives, honing the discipline required to connect verbal to the visual, before discovering the joy of creating visual harmony within storytelling pitch decks. Responsible for previously driving visual creativity in the healthcare and skin care markets, today Diane drives a new mantra for Presentation Partners. She’s fond of saying “the verbal tells a story, the visuals add depth, visceral energy, and create contextual clues, that if done well, can later be triggered in the minds of your audience.” Living and working in Atlanta, Georgia, where most of our team is, her perfect time away from work is on a motorcycle heading to the mountains in wine country with her husband.

Reid Davis
Director of Storytelling
At heart Reid is a storyteller, hunting down your story through an abundance of content to find the emotive nuggets that create some of our best communication decks. Rolling out of college as an accountant he quickly discovered his passion was elsewhere. Since then he’s worked his way up the ranks at Delta Air Lines, helping this Fortune 100 company with executive communications, and has been the managing editor of a nationally published magazine. As our director of storytelling going on his sixth year, Reid offers an uncanny knack for developing the words and phrases that routinely resonate with our client’s audiences, getting our visual team stoked with the possibilities his words create. In between training for marathons, half-marathons and shorter “sprints,” Reid is a husband and father of four girls.
Lisalynn Abercrombie
Designer, Brand Strategy

It’s not uncommon for creative types to have a strong affinity for the music and entertainment sectors, and that was LIsalynn’s background before arriving at Presentation Partners. “LL” (as we call her) has seen more than 15,000 presentation slides illuminate her monitor since joining near our 2006 beginning. That rich experience benefits you when she puts her creativity to work on your template design project as our lead designer and branding specialist.

Ted Kim
STRATEGY ARCHITECT
With nearly three decades of experience in capital markets, Ted has focused on financial analysis and strategy research while in advisory roles at Citigroup Private Bank, Morgan Stanley and Ernst & Young Global. An attorney by background, Ted also earned a Master of Science degree in economics from Pantheon-Sorbonne University in Paris. In his role as our investor strategy architect, Ted can use his keen eye and his Financial Risk Manager designation to help gain insights into better positioning of our client’s strategy. Ted is a Chartered Financial Analyst and also maintains the FINRA Series 65 Investment Advisor Qualification.​
Jeff Spence
Capital Advisory Strategist
As a big believer in the need for a well-told story, Jeff first came to Presentation Partners as a customer, using our pitch decks to raise hundreds of millions of dollars. Jeff has been in the business of buying, building and selling companies for more than 20 years as a business owner, CEO or strategic partner. He has run a European hedge fund and is an operating partner with venture capital firms and private equity firms. He has executed north of 45 institutional investments, and 100 total investments with half of those being international opportunities. Jeff has focused on technology companies but has valuable experience in finance, healthcare, energy, food & beverage, and medical. Jeff is a partner and serves as our capital advisory strategist.
Jenni Mateo
Lead Designer, Content Strategy

Trained by hospitality conglomerate Marriott while still a college student, Jenni was taught never to say no to a customer. This attitude persists today, making her our most enthusiastic team member. As our lead designer and content specialist, Jenni has an insatiable need to be on the bleeding edge of the latest tools to improve design development with our team and interaction with our clients. Since graduating from Villanova University her versatile, 19-year career has included forays into branding, guerrilla and digital marketing, as well as making use of a well-honed set of web development skills. Our resident coffee junkie, she’s the architect behind the website you’re now visiting.

Mara Unkefer
Senior SCIENCE/TECH STORYTELLER

As a scientist, Maggie spent over a decade in molecular biology research, working in the National Institutes of Health, the Smithsonian and Washington State University, where she completed her masters in biology. While writing grants, authoring peer-reviewed articles and teaching undergraduate courses she saw the communication side of the scitech world sorely lacking in clear, compelling, persuasive arguments that would get audiences excited. So she followed her passion for storytelling away from the lab bench in order to bring clarity to science and technology communication for regular Joes.

Jon Newsome
CHIEF STORYTELLING OFFICER
Clients find Jon has managed to effectively distill a lifetime of presentation knowledge into espresso shots of wisdom. Jon’s business career has spanned engineering, business development and executive management, conducting these disciplines in nine countries. Through Dale Carnegie he’s taught hundreds of others the art of communication skills. And as the co-author of The Neuroscience of Persuasion® he’s distilled a storytelling roadmap now used by thousands of business people. As the Chief Storytelling Officer for Presentation Partners he’s used his own storytelling principles to create seven-digit sales and help others capture hundreds of millions. A former scratch golfer, he will sneak out to the course when no one is looking.
Julie Fries
Director of Visual Ideation

Meaning comes from stories, but the mood, tone and urgency visuals effectively convey are natural partners in communication. Before Julie wowed our clients with thousands of creative slides that resonate, she experienced both sides of the table by building her craft with an agency for 10 years and then shifting to the corporate world, managing direct mail and email campaigns for AT&T, covering 150 markets. As our Director of Visual Ideation she forms the perfect bridge between our talented designers and understanding our clients’ audience and their visual needs. Julie is often found with her hand on her chin uttering the words, “I’m not feeling the vibe of that color.”

Vadim Pokhlebkin
Neuroscience of Persuasion® Storyteller
A Moscow native (that’s Russia, not Idaho), Vadim has a bachelor’s degree in business from Bryan College, where he was first introduced to the idea of free markets. But it was observing the burst of the internet and real state bubbles that showed him just how irrational investor behavior can get. As our Neuroscience of Persuasion® Storyteller, Vadim’s specialty is translating financial market psychology and complex investment concepts into insightful and easy-to-grasp ideas useful for both private and institutional investors. His articles have appeared in Bloomberg, Minyanville and other financial platforms and websites. Vadim’s best investment is time spent with his young daughters
Jason Savage
Project Director
Project management within an agency is a conjoined effort between technology and art. Or some might suggest between ordered discipline and knowing when to let the cats roam. Either way, Jason learned these nuances servicing Fortune 500 accounts in the first half of his career. And as technology advanced, he also became adept at learning how people could best benefit from platform integration to increase their daily productivity. These insights inspired his entrepreneurial spirit, where Jason built and successfully exited two companies at a successful multiple of EBIDTA. Managing the creative team at Presentation Partners today means bringing client facing transparent platforms together with efficient processes, to drive both parties across the finish line in a reasonable time frame. Jason embodies a professional who enthusiastically attacks challenges.
Emerson Newsome
Controller
Discussing storytelling over a round of golf? You’ll definitely want Emerson on your team. A former card-carrying member of the Canadian PGA Tour, he’ll be racking up about 45,000 miles a year to chase his PGA Tour dreams. A millennial multi-tasker, when not chasing greens he’s glued to spreadsheets, using his finance degree from the University of Cincinnati as the company’s part-time controller. A pro on multiple fronts, Emerson is also familiar with the Atlanta startup scene and what the latest batch of fintech companies have to offer.
Tiffani Reynolds
Proofreader

A public speaking coach and award-winning journalist, Tiffani has a love affair with words and how they’re presented. Without her skills as the Presentation Partners proofreader, our clients would be subject to embarrassing blunders at the most inopportune times. Serving as an anchor and reporter for Armed Forces Radio and Television Services helped groom her craft for the militaristic precision required to be a trusted proofreader. Tiffani’s award-winning career in commercial television news provided key experience and exposed her to real-world, high-stakes situations that cannot be experienced in an English classroom.

Prashant Vallury
Neuroscience of Persuasion® Storyteller
Prashant is an attorney, journalist, start-up consultant and award-winning, world-touring songwriter. In his spare time, he is a non-narrative filmmaker. As our Neuroscience of Persuasion® storyteller, his multi-disciplinary professional background imbues pieces of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and Simon Sinek’s “Find Your Why” with his personal philosophy of “sophistication in restraint.” Foregoing recitation of facts, Prashant’s approach accounts for multiple perspectives, complexities, and variables to arrive at a focused, human and evocative narrative. His work has been featured or profiled in a variety of publications ranging from Billboard to the Illinois State Bar Association Journal. Married to a renowned visual artist, Prashant and his wife are constantly in search of creative sparks that they share with their young son and two dogs.
Kraig Kann
Storytelling Ambassador
For 17 years Kraig served as lead anchor and studio host for NBC Sports’ Golf Channel, then parlaying that experience into solving the identity struggles of the LPGA as their Chief Communications Officer for a five-year period. Today Kraig is a sought-after keynote speaker active in many communication ventures, including leading the charge for the merits of storytelling for enterprise clients of Presentation Partners. Kraig spearheads onsite education, breaking down the components of The Neuroscience of Persuasion® so employees can grasp the essential elements that will lead to enhanced communication through the power of storytelling.