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Karen Raz
Founder

Karen’s love for all things 3D started in the early 90s when she worked with Japanese game developer Future Pirates, Inc., and was further developed during her tenure with 3D software company Electric Image. She founded Raz Public Relations in 1997 to work with technology companies and creative shops in entertainment, production, post, visual effects, design and advertising. Karen oversees development of communications strategies for all of the companies on the RazPR roster and excels at writing stories that keep clients on-message and in the headlines. She has a proven track record of orchestrating memorable campaigns around product debuts, company launches, mergers and acquisitions for clients including Autodesk (media and entertainment division), AJA, Vicon, Prime Focus and many others.
 
In her free time, that revolves mostly around spending time with her three young boys and husband, Karen enjoys staying abreast of LA’s latest new restaurants, seeing live music, experimenting in the kitchen and getting her hands dirty in the garden.

Favorite places to get lost on the web: boingboing, LA Times, Chowhound, Design*Sponge, NPR, epicurious

Frances Ratliff
Account Director

With a background in home entertainment and video game publicity, Fran is fascinated by how the right combination of talent and technology can create stunning visuals. She eagerly stays abreast of the latest industry news and leverages her behind-the-scenes insight to execute successful PR campaigns for her entertainment technology and creative industry clients, including spearheading initiatives that contributed to Academy and Emmy Award wins for Pixomondo’s Hugo and Games of Thrones visual effects work. Fran currently manages PR efforts for OptiTrack and Thinkbox Software, and has worked on a range of projects for other clients including Vicon, Mirada, Motion Theory, biscuit filmworks and Blur Studio. Prior to joining RazPR in 2011, Fran spent over four years at PR agency Bender/Helper Impact where her clients included THQ, Sony Online Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

In addition to a considerable vocabulary, Fran commands an exceptional aptitude for client and media relations, team guidance and special events logistics. Hailing from the Lone Star State, she is presently enjoying a beach-centric life with her husband and baby girl. A Longhorn with a degree in Communications Studies, Fran has been known to belt out Bon Jovi at karaoke bars, and like any good Texan, is partial to Dos XX lager (on tap) and queso.

Favorite places to get lost on the web: apartment therapy, someecards, CNN, THR, Gawker, wikipedia

Katie Adams
Account Supervisor

Katie's warmth, smarts and ever-present cheerful disposition are instantly disarming to clients and press alike. She has a natural talent for media relations and deep understanding of the VFX and entertainment technology media landscape, and has been a key member of the RazPR team since 2007. A tech-savvy PR pro and trade show maven, she's demonstrated proven success in elevating company profiles through product review programs, story development and placement, as well as event planning and execution for clients such as Autodesk, Facilis, AJA, NVIDIA, Shotgun and Tweak, among others. Katie currently co-pilots Raz PR’s Autodesk business and drives strategic PR efforts for Reality Check Systems.

She holds a degree in Communication Studies from California Sate University, Long Beach. When not glued to her work computer or phone, Katie likes to spend time biking along the beach, singing, experimenting with recipes in the kitchen or working out at the gym.

Favorite places to get lost on the web: Amazon, facebook, twitter, Mashable, LA Times, New York Times, Yelp

Shannon Deoul
Senior Account Executive

A key member of the RazPR team since 2010, Shannon is known for her stellar writing skills and innate ability to capture any client’s unique voice. She is RazPR’s resident advertising maven, driving PR for clients at all stages of commercial production and post including Biscuit Filmworks; Deluxe’s Beast, Company 3, and Method Studios; Humble + Postal; Native Content; and two-time Ad Age small agency of the year winner Wongdoody. She also has a deep knowledge of VR, and co-manages PR activities for Deluxe VR and Pixvana. During her tenure at RazPR Shannon also spent five years driving PR for NVIDIA’s Quadro division, handling all product launches and reviews, and trade show logistics for NAB, SIGGRAPH, the GPU Technology Conference, and others across M&E, manufacturing/CAD, oil & gas, virtualization, and medical imaging.

Originally from Baltimore, Shannon is a devoted Ravens fan and believes that Old Bay can enhance any dish. Outside of work you can find her at the movies, talking smack in her fantasy football league, learning new board games, hiking, and volunteering with WriteGirl. She holds a degree in religious studies from Kenyon College.

Favorite places to get lost on the web: Deadspin, Vulture, Variety, Adweek

Stephanie Solares
Account Executive

Stephanie is an ambitious, tech-savvy professional who joined Raz PR in May 2012. Her experience in media relations, strong skills in written communication and passion for film and technology have allowed her to advance quickly. She supports all clients and PR initiatives, with a natural talent for writing, research, creativity and account coordination.

Stephanie’s deep passion for VFX, animation and entertainment is reflected in her film school background. She holds a degree in Film Production from Chapman University, with an emphasis in editing and post-production. Formally trained in the technical side of the industry, her firsthand knowledge and understanding of entertainment technology is evident to colleagues and clients alike.

In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys editing amateur films, watching documentaries on Netflix and indulging in wine. A true Southern California native, she’s been a vegetarian for more than a decade and maintains a rigorous daily workout routine of yoga and running.

Favorite places to get lost on the web: Netflix, Wired, LAist, Huffington Post, Cracked, Mental Floss, BuzzFeed, facebook

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