Vollrath Associates

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The Vollrath Associates Team

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“We are the strategists. We are the story tellers. We are your sounding board. We are your advocate.”

Marilyn Vollrath, President and CEO

 

What interests you most about public relations?

PR has so many dimensions. In my 30 years in the business, I’ve learned about a lot of companies and a lot of industries—just enough to be dangerous! Our clients are different and each one has a culture unique to them. Yet they are all successful. I love being exposed to all of these businesses and their leaders. It’s very stimulating.

 

How do you contribute to your clients’ success?

I like to think of over-the-top things my clients don’t have time to think about themselves. New ideas, thought leadership, trends, successful programs others have implemented—and then apply them to each client’s unique business and communication goals.

 

What do you do for fun?

I love to play golf, but I’m not very good! My golf group is named “Nine and Wine”—that says it all!

 

What do you like best about working at Vollrath Associates?

We have a great team with a “can-do” attitude. Plus we have a Fun Committee that plans events where we can get together for an activity out of the office. Our latest team activity was participating in a bed race as Snow White and the Dwarfettes—ask us about it!

 

 

 

Phil Vollrath, Partner, Co-Founder

 

What interests you most about public relations?

The aspect of public relations I enjoy most is building solid professional relationships with people in the professions, business, health care, government, education, finance and other occupations. I enjoy working alternately in each of these different fields, providing insights and solutions that are on the mark and do the job each time.

 

How do you contribute to your clients’ success?

I offer clients value. That is, my lifetime of education and counsel in the public relations profession that inspires me to lead our professional team to successful solutions for every client, regardless of size or income. There is no glitz or bravado, just giving clients the hard work and knowledge they need to achieve their goals.

 

What do you do for fun?

I enjoy sunning on the beach with my family; celebrating successes; teaching university students; cruising in my boat; eating popcorn and drinking root beer; and forever making new friends.

 

What do you like best about working at Vollrath Associates?

What I enjoy most at Vollrath Associates is the diversity of clients and ability to use my skills in many different venues, often in one day. I also enjoy the enthusiasm of our professional team (Team VA) and helping our student interns develop skills required by our profession. Last but not least, I enjoy the rich sense of humor and sometimes sarcasm demonstrated by our people that makes it fun to come in to work and be with them everyday.

 

 

 

Jessica Vollrath Huebner, Vice President

 

What interests you most about public relations?

From an early age I was intrigued by public relations as my parents, Phil and Marilyn, started the company when I was growing up. I enjoy helping our clients solve their communications challenges. In today’s evolving industry, there are many more tools in the toolbox in terms of getting our clients’ messages to the right audiences, and I enjoy finding the right path for those messages.

 

How do you contribute to your clients’ success?

I view our firm as an extension of our clients’ marketing teams. We are results-oriented, and add value to our clients by listening to their needs – by finding a creative and innovative approach to solving their problems. We are committed. We are there when our clients need us – 24/7.

 

What do you do for fun?

I enjoy shopping – especially for shoes. Many of those who know me would say shoe collecting (or purchasing) is my hobby! I also enjoy dining out, traveling, taking long walks and spending time with family and friends.

 

What do you like best about working at Vollrath Associates?

The teamwork we have at VA. Our brainstorming sessions and ability to help one another out is a great environment to excel at what we do. We have various Fun Committee outings such as bed races, Jazz in the Park and happy hours. Most of all, I enjoy how we add value to our clients’ businesses, we help them achieve their goals and at the end of a long day that is very rewarding.

 

 

 

Sam Orne, Assistant Account Executive

 

What interests you most about public relations?

I am most interested in the variety of communication methods public relations has to offer. These methods are constantly growing and evolving. I enjoy the challenge of learning and perfecting every aspect of them to promote our clients.

 

How do you contribute to your clients’ success?

I contribute to our clients’ success by understanding their needs and ensuring they are met. I enjoy getting to know our clients and learning more about their business and goals. Fully understanding each client and their goal is essential to their success.

 

What do you do for fun?

I love being outdoors. Exploring the city of Milwaukee and the festivals it has to offer is something I can never get bored of. I also enjoy being on the lake or near a pool whenever the weather is warm.

 

What do you like best about working at Vollrath Associates?

Vollrath Associates has a great team atmosphere. The small business allows everyone to gain experiences and have relationships with the clients. The relationship with our clients is very important and contributes to our team collaboration.

 

 

 

Tara Kniep, Intern

 

What interests you most about public relations?

I first worked as a teller at a small bank, and instead of being drawn to finance or accounting, my mind focused on the ways in which the bank presented itself to the public, and how that affected its success. Public Relations is crucial for every company because it creates and maintains a company’s identity and ultimately helps shape its success. Being a part of this process is exciting to me, and keeps me engaged because it is always adapting to an ever-changing world.

 

How do you contribute to your clients’ success?

I help my clients succeed by focusing on them and making their ideas reality. I take on their goals as my own, and by combining my experience with theirs, we work as a united team to achieve them

 

What do you do for fun?

I am a huge film fan. I love watching movies more than the average person, and enjoy everything from romantic comedies to thrillers. I spend hours reading up on trivia and memorizing facts and quotes to spurt out at just the right moment. Every January, you can find me watching each Oscar nominee and anticipating the winners before they are announced. Of course, movies are best when shared with my wonderful group of friends and family.

 

What do you like best about working at Vollrath Associates?

I love the emphasis here on telling the clients’ stories, helping them create a well-rounded identity for their company. Working in a small firm creates more opportunities to experience each aspect of public relations, and create closer relationships with the people I work with. This welcoming environment makes Vollrath Associates a great place to work!