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AAAA Agency Search
Office Employees51-100
Total US51-100
Total Worldwide51-100
Discretionary Comments:
We have experienced specialists in all communications disciplines including advertising (in all media), interactive, public relations, promotion, branding and Hispanic marketing. All of our associates are based at our headquarters in Santa Monica, CA
Joe Phelps, President & CEO
Joe has been a pioneer and innovator in integrated marketing communications for almost 30 years.

His long-standing, deeply held beliefs include 1) abolishing traditional agency bureaucracies in favor of self-managed, client-centric, cross-functional teams, 2) media-neutral thinking and creativity, 3) a full-feedback environment, and 4) the unwavering commitment to delivering concrete business results while helping to build clients’ brands.

Prior to founding The Phelps Group, Joe worked at major agencies including NW Ayer and Grey Advertising. His book “Pyramids are Tombs" is recommended by America’s most recognized IMC professors.
Francisco Letelier, Vice President/Hispanic Messaging
Howie Cohen, Chief Creative Officer
If you’ve ever uttered the words “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing” or “Try it, you’ll like it,” you already know Howie. He wrote them for Alka Seltzer -- and both of these iconic TV commercials are in the Clio Hall of Fame.

Howie grew up at groundbreaking New York creative agencies like Doyle Dane Bernbach and Wells, Rich, Greene. In her recent autobiography, “A Big Life In Advertising,” Mary Wells referred to Howie as “One of the most creative people we ever had at the agency.”

Howie’s experience includes major clients such as Jack in the Box (for whom his "Exploding Clown" was one of the most effective TV commercials ever produced), Nestle USA, PETCO, Miles Laboratories (Alka Seltzer), Procter & Gamble, City of Hope, Mervyn's, Chrysler, Ralston Purina, CareAmerica/Blue Shield of California and other well-known brands.
Mary Jo Sobotka, Vice President/Media Integration
Mary Jo has 20 years of experience planning and buying broadcast, print, out-of-home and online media for a wide range of clients... nationally, regionally and locally. Prior to joining Phelps, she worked with major agencies such as Bozell and also Dailey & Associates on media-intensive accounts including Kawasaki, Chrysler and Hunt-Wesson. As the Chairperson for the American Association of Advertising Agencies’ (AAAA) Mid-Sized Media Director’s Committee, Mary Jo is responsible for setting media planning policy and best practices. At Phelps, Mary Jo has helped to redefine the media planning discipline within the context of integrated marketing communications, helping clients to build their brands and demonstrating accountability for media spending through return-on-investment analyses.
Judy Lynes, Vice President/Public Relations
During her 24-year public relations career, Judy has successfully created and implemented business-building and award-winning programs in retail, travel, healthcare, food service, fashion, music, gardening, home improvement, sports and a wide range of other categories. She has led the award-winning PR campaign for Monrovia Growers for the past 12 years.

Judy and her team of experienced public relations specialists bring strong strategic thinking and non-stop creativity to their clients’ campaigns. Particular strengths include media relations, crisis communications planning and response, media coaching and local-store marketing.
Glenn Schieke, COO
Ed Chambliss, Vice President/Analytics & Interactive
David Yoon, Director/Interactive Design