Writers

Diane Brunet-García

Diane Brunet-García

Vice: I’m addicted to chocolate (isn’t chocolate an anti-oxidant?), and admittedly, I abuse pastelitos.

I started out to be an actress, but figured it was far too difficult to earn a living. So instead, I found another way to tell a story and elicit a reaction — advertising and public relations. Now there’s a steady, respectable profession without the mercurial vicissitudes of a thespian’s life. Steady?! Hardly. Try fickle…erratic…volatile…often requiring improvisation. And that’s exactly the fun of it.

Jorge Brunet-García

Jorge Brunet-García

Vice: Cuban cigars

A long, long time ago, in a land not so far away … a boy dreamt about joining the ranks of the advertising world — a world full of money, rum & cigars. Many years later, his world changed. He’s no longer on that tropical island, money is harder to find, rum is bad for the liver & the doctors say cigars have got to go. ¡Ay, Cuba!

Kim Vermillion

Kim Vermillion

Vice: College football

I develop strategic marketing plans, conduct research, manage client relations, write copy, edit projects and practice deep breathing as necessary. One day I hope to be a talented chef and gardener; I am neither yet, though my herb garden is still hanging in there. As a single parent with a son, dog, cat and five fish, I play the roles of butcher, baker and candlestick maker at home. I love time with friends and family, writing, travel, the outdoors, great music and attending live performances.

Jenny Bello

Jenny Bello

Vice: Watching “Housewives of Whichever County” (Eck! I know!)

I’m the little Filipino-American girl that sits behind the wall at BG. When I’m not in the office, I’m sweating at the gym, stuffing my face or booking a flight. If I happen to be in Jacksonville, I’m probably watching HGTV in my year-old condo with its bare walls, STILL pondering over how to decorate. Or you can find me in Los Angeles, San Francisco or Atlanta gorging at mom-and-pop shops and greasy spoons. Otherwise, try Las Vegas where I’m trying (and failing miserably) to keep up with the college kids!

Aerien Kloske

Aerien Kloske

Vice: E! Entertainment

As an art director for Brunet-García, I have the pleasure of crafting fresh creative solutions for a diverse group of clients. As a recent Jacksonville transplant, I enjoy spending my days at the beach and my nights with good food and friends. I also have an affinity for fashion magazines, board games and adventures abroad.

Kedgar Volta

Kedgar Volta

Vice: Cuban cafe after lunch

I love how the best ideas come when you’re not even thinking about that project. So when I’m not at BG, I do the things that usually inspire me, like walking barefoot in the house or having some beers with friends. Maybe I’m out dancing salsa or taking pictures, but if not, I’m daydreaming.

Joash Brunet

Joash Brunet

Vice: Online Madden (I always lose)

As a 13 year veteran of the television news business, I’ve washed my share of dirty laundry and negotiated my way through cruel and shallow network money trenches. I’ve decided making a living practicing the gentle art of persuasion is more rewarding. Growing up in the cultural petri dish of in-town Atlanta and spending most my professional life in the Carolinas has taught me to appreciate urban and country living. As a second generation Cuban American, I’m dedicated to continuing a proud family tradition of waking up late and having the loudest, most opinionated voice at dinner parties.

Lara Ortiz

Lara Ortiz

Vice: Corn Dogs

I’m a sailor, globe-trotter, and animal lover. I believe that the power to change — ourselves, our circumstances, our luck — lies within each of us. Food is my favorite pastime (eating it, not necessarily making it). And I am addicted to editing everything.

Kate Heller

Kate Heller

Vice: A borderline obsession with all things football and Conan O’Brien. Side note: bandwagoners are my pet peeve.

After four fast-paced years at the University of Florida, I recently moved back home to Jacksonville and have been jumping from local publication to local publication until fortunately landing at BG as a copy writing/ PR intern. I am on a constant quest to find classic novels that I have yet to read (and there aren’t many left). When I’m not scouring bookstores, I enjoy traveling (Paris reigns as my most recent – and exciting – expedition) and trying to develop an “I’ll just have the regular” status at local eateries.

Anna Jaffee

Anna Jaffee

Vice: Abbreviating anything and everything, Don Draper

I have always loved imagining new possibilities and finding things that inspire me. Because I can’t open a blank canvas in PhotoShop and come up with a brilliant ad, I found the perfect way to combine my OCD personality with the creative world-working in account management. I am admittedly a consumer and love brand names. The positive is that I really enjoy getting a deeper understanding of why people buy what they buy. (This pleases my sociologist father.) I am extremely outgoing and could make conversation with a brick wall. When I’m not at BG, I can be found at one of the local hot spots anywhere along A1A.

Vanessa Harper

Vanessa Harper

Vice: Wine (expensive and red).

I’ve led many lives&emdash;bartender, actress, ecologist, teacher&emdash;but landed in the world of advertising, which fortunately allows me to pull from my playbook of experience. I am obsessed with Cuba (which is probably why this crazy clan snatched me up), film and nature. I love the mountains and proudly proclaim myself a native of North Carolina. When not at BG, you will most likely find me sweating in a yoga studio or hopelessly trying to surf with the BG surf club. I believe in thinking BIG and am constantly on the hunt for adventure!

Molly Walker

Molly Walker

Vice: Bad TV

I like change, which is convenient in this life. I’ve been a web designer, video editor, project manager, developer, creative director, and strategist (yes, I’m old). But nothing has been more fun than raising a 5-year-old. I am grateful for every day of my life, and I’m surrounded by some of the most interesting and talented people I’ve ever met.

Interns

Vice: Our interns have no vices… why do you think we hired them?

It’s not all coffee and copy machines here. Providing skills from the “digital generation,” our interns come to us with unbeatable knowledge of the blogsphere. They generally hail from UNF, Flagler, UF or FSU and always have something worthwhile to say (or blog). Interns are a valuable asset to our team and our blog presence!