Greg founded Abel Communications in 2005 after more than a dozen years working professionally in journalism, sports marketing, corporate communications and agency public relations. Around the office, the team jokes that Greg knows someone just about everywhere in Baltimore and beyond, and his network has brought tremendous connections and opportunities to the firm. He often leads media training workshops for clients and regularly writes and speaks publicly about business leadership. He is a member of the Executive Committee of Public Relations Society of America's Counselors Academy, a national network of independent agency owners and a past member of the board of Park Heights Renaissance. With a passionate focus on company culture and growth, Greg was named one of 2017's Most Admired CEOs by The Daily Record and Abel Communications has twice been named a finalist for the Baltimore Business Journal's Best Places to Work. He is a graduate of James Madison University with a degree in English and Journalism.
"My favorite job (besides running Abel) was Beer Vendor at Orioles games during college summers. I can still hear the chant in my head now GET YOUR ICE COLD BEER HERE, WHO'S READY??!!"
Cindy has a strong background in banking and finance and oversees the daily operations of Abel Communications, including bookkeeping, time management, human resources and client on-boarding. Over the last year she has also taken a very active role in supporting Abel's business development efforts. She's a key member of our leadership team and also well known for fixing anything and everything that could possibly break or go wrong, gaining the nickname of Office Mom. Prior to Abel, Cindy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management at Towson University with a focus in Accounting. A former member of the Tigers gymnastics team, she'll occasionally walk on her hands across the office. Cindy is very active within the community and has recently served on the board of HASA and participated in board activities for Notre Dame Preparatory School. She also coaches a local competitive gymnastics team in her spare time.
"I have back flipped across beaches in Hawaii, Bermuda, Mexico and the Virgin Islands. Have a challenge? Dare me!"
Jessica is a member of the Abel leadership team and leads strategy and implementation of programs for a group of the agency's core clients. She supports employee retention and recruiting, client relations and processes, new service development, business development and cultivating the Abel culture. Jessica began her career in marketing with a Washington-based advocacy organization then happily joined the PR agency ranks. In 2016, Jessica was named one of Maryland's top 20 in their 20's by The Daily Record and has received numerous Public Relations Society of America-Maryland awards, including Best in Maryland. Jessica received her undergraduate degrees in Communications and Business Administration from Flagler College and later earned a Masters in Marketing from The Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School.
"Words are important. Words are important. Words are important."
Amanda leads public relations strategy for professional service clients, specializing in financial services. Her expertise spans media relations, content creation and community campaigns. She secures regular placements for her clients in regional and national outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and The Washington Post. Her work has been recognized by the Public Relations Society of America's Maryland Chapter, where her teams have received "Best in Maryland" awards for work on community and media relations programs. In addition, Amanda leads education for new hires and employees.
"I once took a trip to Morocco to learn how to surf."
Molly leads public relations strategy and execution for clients across a wide variety of industries, with specific expertise in the nonprofit and education sectors. Molly's clients are consistently praising her for her passion, creativity, and ability to achieve results including placements in top tier outlets such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Atlantic. In addition to providing outstanding client counsel, Molly leads the community and culture efforts at Abel, helping to launch its Boost Bmore initiative, developing partnerships with local universities and planning team events. When she's not nurturing deep relationships with clients, coworkers and the media, Molly gives back to the community as a student ministry volunteer at her church, and as a mentor to local college students. In 2017, Molly was named Public Relations Society of America's Rising Star for her promising growth and leadership in the PR profession. She is a graduate of Loyola University Maryland with a degree in Communications.
"In high school I won the senior superlative for "Best Dressed." I also happened to be the editor-in-chief of the yearbook. For months, rumors circulated that it was rigged. So here's my chance to swear, PUBLICLY, that it was not."
Martin is an award winning multidisciplinary content producer and brand strategist. He builds, launches, and repositions brands while spearheading Abel's creative production, developing content for marketing campaigns agency wide. Martin leads research and strategy for brands, discovering what matters to their audiences and what motivates them. His strategic communications work has helped organizations redefine their vision, enter new markets, and launch products and services with confidence and purpose. Outside of work, Martin is a playwright, performer, and educator. He enjoys coffee, climbing, and talking long walks with his dog.
"At the age of 7, I walked into my parents' backyard, carved a small circle in the dirt and declared the plot of land officially independent from the Union. I have been living illicitly in the United States ever since."
Mara provides media relations and account support for Abel's technology, higher education and hospitality clients. Before moving to Baltimore in 2017, Mara cultivated her PR hustle at a small, fast-paced firm in Austin, Texas, where she worked with local, regional and national accounts across various industries, including the James Beard Foundation and nationally-acclaimed hospitality groups. With childhood roots in Annapolis, Mara grew up in Reno, Nevada and attended college in Mississippi, where she had the opportunity to live, travel and study in South Africa. Her main thrills included swimming with sharks, bungee jumping and playing for the University of Cape Town's Varsity soccer team. Mara draws inspiration from her many experiences, and is always excited about what is yet to come. She graduated from Ole Miss in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications.
"I have an unwavering passion for murder mysteries and serial killer documentaries. Anyone else? No?"
Alex joined the Abel Communications team following her completion of the firm's Associate program during the fall of 2019. She provides media relations, content creation and account support for Abel's healthcare, nonprofit and tech clients. Her desire to help clients tell their stories is matched only by her hyper-organized brain and unwavering passion for sticky-notes. Prior to her time at Abel she worked for the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Football Team as a public relations assistant. A Baltimore native, Alex graduated with honors from the University of Alabama in 2019, where she majored in public relations with a minor in political science and a concentration in sports and entertainment management.
Lover of exclamation points, seasonal cocktails, bar trivia and loungewear (bonus points for a matching set). Thanks quarantine!!
Ellina graduated from Towson University with honors and began pursuing a Master’s degree there shortly after. Her capstone project on the nation’s shortage of Millennial farmers won a department-wide award and was featured in a Medium article around solutions journalism. Since working at Abel, she’s secured top placements for clients including Wall Street Journal, WJZ, and Maryland Daily Record. Before joining the Abel team, she’s done PR work for the Baltimore Orioles and has bylined articles for Baltimore magazine. Outside of the office, she is an avid volunteer enthusiast and has worked extensively with local churches, homeless organizations, urban youth programs and ESL classes.
"Silent Night by Bing Crosby was ranked my #3 most played song for the entire year of 2020. Merry Christmas forever. "