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Swank Staff

Briahna Gatlin – CEO & Founder of Swank Publishing 
Twitter: twitter.com/briahnaj Instagram: instagram.com/briahna31 Facebook: facebook.com/bjgatlin Email: b.gatlin@swankpublishing.com
Briahna Gatlin is an established urban journalist on the cutting edge of Hip Hop, Rap, R&B and all other forms of music. She has a Bachelors Degree in Magazine Journalism with over 6 years of experience in writing for Source Magazine, Mass Appeal Magazine, XXL Magazine and Red Eye Tribune as well as other printing and online publications. Briahna has participated in various internships throughout the country including VIBE Magazine, Impact Magazine and N’Digo Magapaper. She has written pieces ranging from biographies to concert reviews, feature articles and interviewed an array of signed and unsigned artist within the music industry.
Briahna is a former executive associate of True Star Magazine and served as the Editorial Director for True Star Magazine and Scream Star Magazine, creating and building a brand that has become prominent among the teen demographic within Chicago. Along with this leadership role she was instrumental in creating the concept, content and personality of the publication as well as leveraging various relationships including Warner Bros., Atlantic Records, Jive Records, Sony BMG, Interscope, Island Def Jam Music Group, Solemates Chicago, Self-Conscious Clothing Store and Tribune Foundation as well as other local and national corporations in the publications success.
She also has experience in media consulting, creating media kits & bios, event coordinating along with sponsorship and a vast history of proposal and contract writing. Briahna has over 6 years of grant writing experience in the non-profit sector and also participates as an Instructor in After School Matters Organization for teens. She recently started Swank PR based in Chicago has worked with various clients within the past 5 years working with notable clients that include G.O.O.D Music artist GLC, Mic Terror, Mid C Media/Chrewd, Eighty81 (Jay-Z, Lebron James, Rich Paul), Stevie Williams, Hennessy Black, PHLI Worldwide, Lupe Fiasco Foundation, Raekwon, King Louie, Chrisette Michelle, Sway Calloway (MTV), New Era Cap Brand, Complex Magazine, YRB Magazine, Mos Def, The Shrine Chicago, Sawtooth Restaurant/Lounge, Chicago Bears Kahlil Bell, The Boy Illinois, Notable Producers Christian Rich, Red Stripe, Platinum Producers Da Internz, Naledge of Kidz in The Hall, Grey Goose, & Actress Tiffany Torrence-Davis (Oxygen BGC3). In May 2013 she received Music Publicist of the Year from Chicago notable Mary Datcher/Global Mixx. Swank PR services include Event Public Relations, Client Public Relations, Event Coordination as well as soliciting sponsorship. CEO Briahna Gatlin has branded the company in various and unconventional  ways creating a lane for Public Relations in Chicago of what was only considered a minimal asset. Watch Rolling Out ‘My Block’ interview Part 1 and Part 2.

 

299907_10152695572790553_1293080391_nJeremy Horn – Content Manager
Twitter:twitter.com/Jeremy_Horn Email: j.horn@swankpublishing.com
As the Creative Director of the graphic design department of Swank Public Relations; my duties are to design professional electronic press kits or ‘EPKs’ for our clients to pitch to other media outlets and give them exposure. Also, my other duty is looking out of other graphic designers in the Creative Department and giving them high expectations to produce amazing work for our clients. What I like best about Swank is that is a public relations firm that works closely to the music industry. Being a huge fan of music throughout my whole life, I want a full knowledge and understanding of the pros and cons about the music industry. The event that I admire most fond of is The Shrine, a music venue event located in the South Loop of downtown Chicago.
What lead me to Swank was looking at job finder website with my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design and as a college graduate of the International Academy of Design & Technology in Chicago in September 2008. I saw the internship opportunity, and I sent out my resume. My boss admired my resume and portfolio website, and I got the internship in January 2012. I have been working with Swank for one year, and I got promoted as the Creative Director for the Design department when my internship was over. I never looked back!

 

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Moe Ogunmodede- Junior Publicist
Twitter: twitter.com/SweetnVicioussEmail: moe.o@swankpublishing.com
I’m Omobola (Moe) Ogunmodede and I graduated from Northern Illinois University where I earned a B.A studying Communications Media and minored in Journalism Public Relations. I began my journey into PR by interning at Swank Public Relations, Spring & Summer 2014. I continuously learn so much first hand from CEO Briahna Gatlin, way more than in college which I was later ecstatic to hear that Swank PR would love to have me permanently on their team as a Junior Publicist.
Being a Junior Publicist requires strong work ethic such as: researching new ideas, blogging simultaneously, creating media relationships, social media managing, delegating media outlets at work events, writing biographies and press releases, pitching and amongst other vast duties. I enjoy my position and would love to grow in this field.

 


Erin Anderson – Executive Assistant
Twitter: twitter.com/Ifyou_wondErin Email: erin@swankpublishing.com
I am a recent graduate of SAE Institute Chicago where I received my A.A.S. studying in Music Business. While attending SAE Briahna’s name was always mentioned as one of the hardest working females within the Public Relations industry. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do after graduation but I knew I wanted to work with a company that was about business and shared the love I have for the entertainment industry. So when I was able to land an interview with Swank two weeks after graduation I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to come on board.
Joining the Swank PR team was a goal accomplished for me and I am beyond grateful to be the Executive Assistant to Briahna. The position allows me to work in a fast paced environment where I can get an up close look on how the industry really is while being apart of all the hard work that goes into it. In such a short amount of time I have been able to learn the ropes of managing a hectic schedule, communicating with the clients, working the many events and several other things that this position entails. So I’m looking forward to growing and learning more here at Swank.

 

Carol G. Johnson ” Ms. J”- Project Manager Twitter: twitter.com/msjswank Instagram:instagram.com/msjswank Email: c.johnson@swankpublishing.com
My job as the Assistant Project Manager is to support the Project Manager. Providing assistance to all departments helps ensure quality services to all clients. I help keep staff focus on Swank’s primary goal “Excellent Customer Service.” This includes monitoring client projects, making sure deadlines are met, and tasks are completed and implemented in a timely manner. Provide assistant and oversee the Internship pre-screening process. Providing HR services which allows the Project Manger to focus on client services.
I started as an Intern with no experience in PR.  My initial goal was to stay for a short time, gain experience in the business and move on.  One year later I’m still here learning and loving what I do.  Each day is a new learning experience which bring new challenges and excitement. This area or PR is unique.  It allows you to grow as a professional if you stay consistent.  You must learn how to balance hard work, master boring repetitive assignments while participating in fun events at the same time.