Cheryl Snapp Conner, founder and managing partner of Snapp Conner PR, has more than 26 years experience in public relations for individuals and organizations ranging from growth and start up organizations to Fortune 500 technology firms. Conner has led four successful PR agencies since 1989 and has been recognized as one of Utah’s 30 Women to Watch. She is a popular columnist for Forbes.com Entrepreneurs and is also a contributor to the OpenView Labs publication for OpenView Partners and for Yahoo Finance. She is a trustee of the Utah Technology Council (UTC) and had directed the UTC Communications Committee since 2004.
Jeremy Kartchner, Partner at Snapp Conner PR has more than 10 years experience in both technology and sports PR. Kartchner has launched a variety of companies to market including, Silex Technology America, Bountiful WiFi, Family First Federal Credit Union and Broadcast International. Kartchner joined Snapp Conner PR from the Snapp Norris Group where he was PR Director. Prior experience includes PR consulting work for Digital Video Networks Inc., a technology start-up company based out of Salt Lake City as well as a PR Manager with the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Olympic Winter Games of 2002 where he coordinated Mitt Romney’s media briefings and oversaw all media aspects for a number of functions including the Olympic Village, the budget and finance department, transportation, and the weather forecasting functions.
Clayton Blackham, Partner at Snapp Conner PR has an extensive knowledge in technology and sports public relations. His experience ranges from working in the media to directing and executing public relations programs and initiatives on both the agency and corporate level. Clayton has been responsible for a variety of company and product launches including Sharp Analytics, Shade Clothing and T-Splines; having secured top-tier coverage for his clients in both their targeted, horizontal and vertical media. While the majority of his background is in the technology sector, Clayton has executed media and community relations initiatives while working for the Utah Jazz PR department.
A. Cory Maloy, Partner, is a veteran PR professional with more than 20 years experience developing public relations strategies for companies and executives in a variety of industries including technology, insurance, healthcare, consumer, banking and finance. He has guided the global public relations activities for companies such as Iomega Corporation, Maxtor, Travelers, MediConnect Global, ArtStamps, Nelson Laboratories, InsideSales.com, Interbank FX, Cobalt Networks (Sun), Plantronics, and silex Technology to name a few. He specializes in C-level communications coaching and counseling, long-term strategic PR program development, global PR expansion, investor relations communications, company and product launches, IPO communications, crisis communications, media training, and media relations and outreach.
Vic Conner holds a bachelors’ degree in business finance. Prior to becoming Snapp Conner PR’s Financial Director, he served as an Investment Consultant for Everen Securities and as a Financial Advisor at Prudential Securities. Most recently, he served as a Financial Coach for True North Academy in American Fork.
Kelly Wanlass has more than 18 years of proven success getting results for her clients in their respective markets, whether high-tech, software, security, online collaboration, webcasting, as well as food and health-related products such as gourmet food storage, green living and herbal supplements. Starting her career as a writer for The Associated Press, Kelly branched into PR at Applied Communications Corp., where she managed media relations for Oracle Corp. and Storage Technology Inc., focusing on placing (and often writing) various trend pieces and case studies on the success these companies brought their clients in publications such as Information Week, Computerworld, eWeek, Computer Reseller News, PC Magazine and C/Net. Over the past several years, Kelly has focused on getting visibility for technology start-ups and existing companies in the platform-as-a-service, social media and education industries, placing numerous articles in online publications such as TechCrunch, Mashable, ReadWriteWeb, VentureBeat, The Next Web and ZDNet. For Snapp Conner PR, she now manages media relations, communications strategy, and speaking opportunities – and the creation/writing of press releases, case studies, whitepapers and web content – for a variety of clients.
Gina Kaillét | Senior Account Manager
Gina Kaillét is a trained public relations, marketing communications and advertising professional. Gina has developed and executed national, international and local initiatives and campaigns for over 26 years in the high-tech, professional services and construction media sectors as well as producing high-profile invitation only elite media events. Gina has specialized in the venture capital, high-tech, dot-co, training, professional services, construction and real estate industries. Gina’s extensive experience lends itself as an insight for corporate relationship building campaigns, product launches, product sales events and industry events in the B2B, B2C, B2E and high-tech market segments. Gina is excited to advance her career by joining the SnappConner PR team as a Senior PR Manager.
As a Senior PR Associate, Jordan brings 18 years of experience to Snapp Conner PR and manages communications strategy, media relations, and content creation and placement for a variety of clients. Her background includes communications positions with the largest technology and consumer products companies in Utah County, as well as working with high technology, financial services and healthcare clients during a decade spent on the East Coast. She has had success with national and regional broadcast placements, including TODAY and The Dr. Oz Show, and with top national business and consumer print publications, such as Business Week, Fortune, Information Week, USA Today, The New York Times, People, InStyle and Marie Claire. In addition to media relations, Karpowitz brings talents in strategic communications planning, writing, messaging and branding. She is an alumnus of Brigham Young University.
Adam Torkildson, Senior PR Associate at Snapp Conner PR, comes to the team with very non traditional PR skills. He has built 100s of wordpress sites, landing pages, and run lead generation and marketing programs for numerous clients all over the world. His past experiences at SEO.com, and then later as an independent social media and marketing consultant helped him develop these technical skills to be able to help PR clients bridge the gap between measuring PR and ROI. Adam lives in Utah with his wife and 2 children, and is a self proclaimed health freak. His wife is the author of a successful paranormal romance series available at Barnes and Noble.
Kenny Caldwell | PR Associate
Kenny Caldwell brings nearly six years of public relations experience to the table for Snapp Conner PR. Caldwell has worked with a variety of technology and small business/entrepreneur focused clients. He has contributed to successful PR projects, programs and campaigns with Wilson Electronics, SmarterTools, Real Property Management, Lendio, Grow Utah Ventures, Grow America and Salt Lake Comic Con. Caldwell holds a bachelor’s degree in Corporate Communications from Utah State University.
Tamsen Maloy graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology. While earning her degree, she wrote for the Daily Utah Chronicle specializing in art, literature, and the unusual. As a born writer, she has decades of experience in her craft. She keeps her writing fresh by keeping multiple blogs, filling journals, and writing poetry.