- MARCI BRACCO CAIN
- ANDRIA CAMBRIDGE
- CHARLOTTE WEBB
- CHRISSY GRAY
- MAC MCDONALD
- BRYAN RODGERS
- ELLEN SCHER
- GENO THE WONDER DOG
- BUDDHA & ZOEY
- AVA (2006-2018)
Anyone who has met Marci Bracco for more than a few minutes knows she wears her passions on her sleeve - an undeniable zest for life, animal welfare and a fierce dedication to her clients and their brand.
Ask any of the clients who have enlisted her services. They always know she and her staff are in their corner and will champion them every step of the way. Passion. Commitment. Creativity. These are the directives for the Chatterbox team.
Marci, who grew up in Morgan Hill and has a degree in journalism with an emphasis in public relations from CSU Long Beach, has, in six short years, built Chatterbox into the premier public relations, brand management and marketing firm on the Central Coast. After a stint with prominent national advertising agency Chiat-Day-Mojo and a few boutique advertising agencies in Southern California, where she honed her PR skills, Marci came to Monterey County to handle public relations for the Mills Family Farms and Monterra.
After three years, she knew it was time to go out create her own company. "Chatterbox PR came from a nickname I earned a long time ago," she told the Carmel Pine Cone in a recent interview. "And it's still who I am and what I do best, getting the word out on behalf of my clients. I specialize in building and creating brands, focusing on the unique qualities of a company, an organization, a product or service and the characteristics of their audience, to help them succeed in a competitive and often-crowded marketplace."
In a day that starts at 5 a.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m., and that also includes a "helping hour" to see how she might help out her favorite charitable causes, it's time for her seven favorite companions, her seven beloved French bulldogs, Geno, Lulu, Hugo, Rooney, Koko, Zoey and Buddha, and her husband Brandon, a chef at Il Grillo in Carmel-by-the-Sea.
And when she finds the time, she also loves to cook, hang out in the garden and travel whenever possible. In fact, the couple has made it a commitment to take an annual three-week trip to somewhere in the world that allows them to relax, experience other cultures and recharge their creative energies. And it's that abundant creative energy that helps fuel Chatterbox and inspires the team to greater results and success for their clients.
Marci and Andria are two sides of the same coin. While Marci is the public, sociable face of Chatterbox, Andria likes to work her magic behind the scenes. In this way they perfectly complement each other to fulfill the needs of the client. Andria, who has a bachelor's degree in business, is passionate about finding creative ways to achieve cohesive branding. Very detailed-oriented, Andria likes to focus in on a business' strengths, maximize their unique vision and come up with progressive solutions to engage their audience and develop their brand. She has extensive experience in hospitality, consumer and business-to-business marketing, and has developed and implemented marketing programs and events for a diverse range of clients. And as the owner of two Labradoodles, Minnie & Sunny, Andria is devoted to Chatterbox's philosophy of giving back to the local community, in particular the four-legged community. Andria and her firefighter husband have two sons, Davis 7, and Otis 1. They enjoy an active lifestyle that includes many days at the beach, traveling, working out and water sports.
Charlotte specializes in social media and account management for Chatterbox. She has her finger on the pulse of current trends and consults with the team on how to maximize client engagement while managing content and setting social media strategies. Charlotte, who met her husband of seven years when they were both in the sixth grade, also lives in Santa Cruz, loves to travel and loves beach days, where she can often be found beachcombing. She recently returned to Santa Cruz from Washington State with her husband and has been part of the Chatterbox team for about a year.
Chrissy joins the Chatterbox team as a Senior Account Executive with a degree in early childhood education from Oregon State University, but it's her 15 years of experience and expertise in the wine industry that will make her a valuable asset to the team.
But, don't worry, her degree will be put to good use because she and her husband Eric are in the process of adopting a child (their first).
A native of Klamath Falls, Oregon, where she met hometown boy Eric when she was 16 and they became high school sweethearts. The couple moved to the Monterey Peninsula when golf pro Eric was offered a position at Pebble Beach Golf Links in 2003.
And discovering that the Peninsula is a very hospitality and visitor-driven area, she got a job with renowned Bernardus Winery, starting in sales and marketing, but eventually becoming as she calls it, "a jack of all trades," running the tasting room and wine club, helping out at events and fulfilling online orders, among many responsibilities.
After 11 years with Bernardus she said she wanted something different, so she took a position with Jackson Family Wines, which produces Kendall-Jackson, La Crema and Carmel Road and operated the Carmel Road's new tasting room in downtown Carmel.
She thinks coming to Chatterbox will be a "nice transition" for her, where she will not only tap into her experience and knowledge of the wine industry, but to branch out into other areas of marketing and public relations.
She and Eric love to travel, especially if a golf course is involved, go to the beach, hike and dote on their fur baby, Sophie, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. And, she loves to cook: "I'm Italian, so I love to invite people to our home and feed them!"
Mac has 30-plus years of experience in journalism as a writer, editor and columnist, the last 22 years as editor and writer for the Monterey County Herald's GO! entertainment and dining magazine. During that time he also wrote a weekly music column for GO! called "Mac About Town." Mac was well-acquainted with Marci and Chatterbox through the many press releases about clients and events coming across his desk at The Herald. His first "work" with Chatterbox came when Marci recruited him to emcee the annual Peace of Mind Dog Rescue fundraiser at Abalonetti's Bar & Grill three years ago. After he left the Herald in 2014, it was a natural transition for him to write for Chatterbox and its clients and to help support its many animal welfare and pro-bono work for local charities.
In a career that has spanned nearly a quarter century, Bryan Rodgers has worked on nearly every graphic design project imaginable. In various capacities, Bryan has created award-winning logos, website designs and produce packaging. While not everything has been award-winning, his other stuff is pretty great too. He’s created innovative, creative and timeless designs to go along with his casual and friendly demeanor.
Intern Ellen Scher is Chatterbox PR’s newest member. Carmel resident Ellen is mama bear to her three grown-up kids — two daughters and a son — four grandkids, and sometimes other people's pets as a pet sitter.
A Brooklyn, New York girl to the core, born and raised there, Ellen married her childhood sweetheart, divorced, then later met and married the real love of her life. Now widowed, her three grown children includes Lauren, the Executive Director of My Museum in Monterey with two children; Amy, a New York-based author and public speaker; and her son David, an investor married to a child photographer, with two sons, in Santa Cruz.
Her colorful work experience includes working at a modeling agency, owning a chocolate store, and helping her daughter furiously promote two books.
Ellen says she is a happy-go-lucky lover of people, plants, pets and a good piece of New York cheesecake. She loves traveling to new places and laughing hysterically with her family and friends.
She’ll fit right in at Chatterbox, which she is “super excited” to be a part of.
Geno is a lover of people, an avid reader, and he especially loves helping kids. But why is he "The Wonder Dog"? Because Geno is also a singer and will belt out a tune for anyone who asks.
Hugo is happy-go-lucky soul, an avid foodie (just don't get him started on foie gras) and food critic, loves people and kids.
Rooney writes a monthly blog for ChatterboxPR.com, commenting wittily on all the things happening in his world - which is a lot. He loves chewing on ice cubes and his favorite blue down vest, which is never far from his side. There's a reason he's called "Rockin' Rooney," because Rooney rocks!
Lulu, aka Wiggles, is a model and fashionista, she loves socks, birds, the beach and, of course, fashion! And make no mistake, she is The Princess!
Frenchies Buddha and Zoey are the latest members of the Chatterbox PR staff. Buddha is spicy and likes to keep everyone on task with their projects. She is a perfectionist who is always making sure everyone is doing what they should be doing.
Zoey, on the other hand, is the funny one — always smiling and wanting to play. She has not started to focus on work just yet. In fact, she thinks she should just be allowed to play all day. Together, they make a great team!
Joining the Chatterbox team and Bulldog Parking Lot is our new member, KoKo. She’s a Frenchie, of course, and is young, playful, and brings new life to the Bulldog Parking Lot. She always starts her day with twirls and is excited to be part of the team. She’s passionate about helping other rescue dogs since she was so unkindly dumped on Craigslist. She wants to help other rescue dogs like her and raise funds for Peace of Mind Dog Rescue and Animal Friends Rescue Project. Welcome to the team KoKo!
It is with very heavy hearts that we must announce the passing of our beloved Ava, the newest Chatterbox team member. Although she was the newest member of the Bulldog Parking Lot, and she was older and completely deaf, we are comforted to know that she was welcomed to the team with love and caring and that she changed us all for the better with her peaceful, wise and gentle nature. As with the rest of her Frenchie family, she was a rescue dog, 12 years old, and also Princess Lulu’s sister. She was our zen, our peace and she lived way too short a life. Rest in peace dear Ava, we will remember you in our hearts.