Frances Larose has a multi-faceted communications background and is a specialist in professional services, social media and consumer marketing public relations. For over 22 years, Frances has honed her skills in marketing and has owned her own full-service public relations and advertising company since 1987. Prior to that she was a senior account executive at Hill and Knowlton, Inc., an international public affairs company. Frances has supervised major promotional campaigns through digital media and interactive forms of communications and marketing, locally, nationally and internationally for the government of Hungary, Taiwan Tourism Bureau, SF Giants Community Fund, dmg worldmedia, Pacific Bell, Pinnacle Systems, Hanson, Bridgett, Marcus, Vlahos & Rudy, John Burris Esq. (co-counsel for Rodney King), InterHealth, London International, Gimbal’s Fine Candies, Foster Farms, Haagen-Dazs, the Cognac Information Bureau, and Coca-Cola.
An award-winning publicist, she was responsible for the coordination and media coverage of several international marketing campaigns, as well as political luncheons for Governor Mario Cuomo’s gubernatorial and President Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaigns in New York City. She was part of the public relations team that coordinated NetDay ’96, a program spearheaded by President Clinton to connect California schools to the Internet. Frances was part of Aeroflot’s first news delegation to fly from San Francisco directly to Moscow on May 15, 1992, and she was part of the think tank that put missing children’s photos on milk cartons. She recently took a group of journalists on a Fan Trip to Taiwan and toured the entire country.
Frances is a frequent speaker at colleges and conventions in reference to the digital and traditional media and was featured in Glamour Magazine for her involvement in the entertainment industry, following her stint as an assistant producer with San Diego’s PBS station.
Frances is past president of American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) Golden Gate Chapter. During her tenure, her chapter was honored as the first runner up for the 1991- 1992 Chapter of the Year. She also spent four years as the western area vice president and chair of the Foundation for AWRT’s national board. Active in the community, she was on the board of directors Peninsula Youth Ballet, the Vestry at the Episcopal Church of St. Matthews, executive member of Provisors, a member of the SF Bay Area Publicity Club, is a member of the International Food Writers and Travel Writers Association, and a contributor to numerous local community newsletters. She is also a member of Who’s Who Worldwide, 1994-95.
Frances received her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Communication from the University of California, San Diego, and completed graduate courses at New York University.
Liz has been with the Larose Group since 2007, working closely with the activities of nearly every client and campaign, including the Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft Shows, the San Francisco Orchid Society, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, WineGavel.com, Gimbal’s Fine Candies, the Burlingame ArtzFest and the Bay Area Travel and Adventure Show.
She has previously assisted on such accounts as The Giants Community Fund, The Downtown San Mateo Association, Homecare California, the South Bay Home and Garden Show, RedBrick Pizza, Reboot’s “10Q” project, The Marin Show: Art of the Americas, the San Francisco International Gift Show, The International Vintage Poster Fair, Porterhouse Restaurant, JGH Productions, Lifemark, and the book launch of “Hey, That’s My Music,” by Brooke Wentz.
During her first two years at The Larose Group, Liz spearheaded the publicity for the San Francisco Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, which were ultimately the biggest parades the city had seen that decade. She also was the driving force behind the rebranding campaign for the Downtown San Mateo Association. More recently, Liz has obtained national and local placements for her clients in such outlets as ThePrice is Right, Martha Stewart Living on Sirius Radio, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle andFamily Circle Magazine.
Liz is a graduate of California State University, Chico, where she earned her degree in the nationally accredited journalism program. She worked for The Orion, the award- winning university newspaper, and published over 24 stories and entertainment reviews. Her writing and photos have appeared in The Chico-Enterprise Record, The City Star, The Mt. Shasta Herald, Parenting on the Peninsula, the San Mateo Daily Journal, Bay Area Parent, and the Tri-City Voice.
Liz was born and raised in the Bay Area. In her spare time, she loves going to the beach, cheering for the San Francisco Giants, and spending time with her family and friends.
Ken Giebel has an extensive packaged goods and financial marketing background. He has developed marketing plans for a variety of packaged goods and financial firms and agencies. These plans included the development of sales volume and financial forecasts, consumer and retail advertising/communication strategies, product development, label/package and web design, and consumer and retail promotion and outreach programs.
Ken’s senior product manager experience accounts for the first half of his career. Also, on a number of occasions he was required to work with and supervise consultants, advertising, promotion agencies and graphic and web designers. Further he managed the marketing issues associated with two major product acquisitions.
After 15 years of product management he switched over to advertising as a Vice President Account Supervisor. In this role he managed the advertising and media planning for such major accounts as the Dole Fresh Fruit and Produce Division, Lucky Food Stores, Grubb & Ellis, and Pepsi Cola Bottling. As the Account Supervisor on the Pepsi business he developed his product promotional and outreach skills.
Ken also was the Promotions Director for the California Lottery where he prepared the annual promotion plan, supervised all the promotional programs, and developed and produced all the presentation and promotional materials for the Lottery’s in-store advertising efforts.
Currently he is the Marketing Director for the California Housing Finance and Housing and Community Development Agencies where he directs all the marketing and communications planning and strategy development for these Agencies.