Meet the Team

 

 

LEADERSHIP

 

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Derrick Kennedy
President

Derrick is the Founder and President of District Publishing. He leads by example and with the rest of the DP team has created a "Customer First" culture. Derrick enjoys working with our clients and our management to help facilitate a better customer experience in everything we do. He takes great pride in watching team members learn and grow because of the collaborative environment the company has cultivated over the last 17 years. His favorite pastime is enjoying the lakes in Michigan with his family.

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Brad Scott
Director of Sales

Brad has been overseeing the Account Executive team since District Publishing started. He manages the day-to-day activities as it relates to all key client accounts, while also playing a key role in the growth and development of our sales & marketing process. Brad’s in-depth knowledge of the industries we serve and each division of our company, makes him an important link between the products and services offered by District Publishing and the continued focus on client satisfaction. He is a dedicated family man to his wife and two children and is an avid outdoorsman.

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Veronica Decker
Production Manager

Veronica has been with the District Publishing team since 2005 and designed the first brochure project with Derrick Kennedy. Since then, she has taken on the management of the Production team, coordinating photo shoots, organizing workflow, and working closely with printers to ensure our clients have the best-looking printed brochures possible. She also edits the videos and online flipbooks, as well as designing projects for clients and our own marketing needs. Besides loving most everything in the art and creative world, she loves her husband, spending time with family and friends, and is a huge Beatles fan.

 

 

ACCOUNTING and HUMAN RESOURCES

 

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Jenny Adams
Accounting / Human Resources

Jenny has been with District Publishing since 2018. She leads our Accounting and H/R functions for the company and is instrumental in making sure all processes, billing, and client project information is accurate at all times. Her attention to detail and willingness to take on a variety of different tasks makes her uniquely qualified to handle this area of our business. She likes spending time with her husband, ten-year-old son, and an eleven-year-old Labrador Retriever. She also enjoys music, cooking, and genealogy.

 

 

SENIOR ACCOUNT MANAGERS

Client On-Boarding Team

 

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Sheree Weddell
Senior Account Manager

Sheree has been with District Publishing since 2008. Her key role is to on-board clients by demonstrating the benefits of our partnership marketing program and how it’s a win, win for both the client and their vendor partners. She also serves as a mentor to our Sales Coordinators and assists our leadership team with the management of the client on-boarding process. She is known to go above and beyond for both her clients and her peers when they seek her assistance. Sheree loves spending time with family (grandkids), friends, & meeting the needs of others. She also makes custom-decorated cookies in her spare time.

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Shelly Byarski
Senior Account Manager

Shelly has been a part of our team since 2014. She identifies companies that can benefit from a new or revitalized sales/marketing piece. She works closely with those companies to share unique ways DP can provide customized print and digital media campaigns at no cost. Shelly is passionate about building long-term relationships with her client base and understanding their niche markets. She can be found most weekends enjoying the outdoors up north amongst family & friends, cooking, kayaking, and relaxing around campfires.

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Katie Lackey
Senior Account Manager

Katie joined the District Publishing team in 2013. She is always looking for new and different ways to set her clients apart from their competition and help increase their sales long-term. Katie takes pride in building and cultivating relationships with her clients that extend beyond the initial on-boarding process. She believes that one of the biggest compliments her clients have given is to refer their peers to her for the same exceptional service they received. Katie’s greatest joys are her husband and baby girl. She loves time spent with her family and friends especially during the summer months when she can take advantage of living on the water.

 

 

SALES COORDINATORS

Inside Sales

 

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Amanda Ciavone
Sales Coordinator

Amanda joined our team in 2019. She enjoys the challenge of consulting and problem solving with companies all across North America, introducing them to our unique products and ultimately helping to grow their business. Amanda feels, "The best part of working at DP is the supportive owners and my awesome teammates." She also enjoys spending time with her daughter Kiley and her family.

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Lisa D'onfrio
Sales Coordinator

Lisa joined District Publishing in 2019. She enjoys learning about the different industries that DP works with and hearing what each prospect's company does. She has an enthusiasm for our products and her positive attitude enables her to build a strong rapport with prospects. When she is not at work, she is a fur mom to dog Pebbles, loves meditation and karaoke for stress relief.

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Jessica Guilliams
Sales Coordinator

Jessica has been with District Publishing since 2020. She is an ambitious go-getter who believes in our products and how beneficial they are to our clients. She is always eager to learn new things and loves to help others. She enjoys being part of such an upbeat and positive company that is genuinely passionate about helping other companies grow. She enjoys reading, crocheting, and spending time with family.

 

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Carol Ciavone
Sales Coordinator

Carol joined our team in 2020. She enjoys learning about different companies and how we can help them expand and grow. She loves learning from other team members in the office, and the team/family environment we have, it's a big family here and it makes coming into the office so much more enjoyable. Carol is very good at staying positive and helping others. She loves spending time with her family at home and is married with 3 beautiful children. She also loves to cook.

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Sabrina Ramsey
Sales Coordinator

Sabrina joined our team in 2020. She enjoys speaking with different people every day. Sabrina loves that DP feels like a little family and appreciates how respectful her coworkers are. Since joining DP she has seen a lot of growth in both her professional and work life. Sabrina is a Mom of one daughter Aria, loves indoor activities, laughing & making memories, video games, painting, and watching tiktok.

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Alex White
Sales Coordinator

Alex joined our team in 2021. She likes that as a Sales Coordinator she is learning something new every day about other companies and their marketing. She enjoys the support she receives from her co-workers as she continues to learn the details of our business and loves the family first culture here at DP. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, attending music festivals and playing video games.

 

 

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES

Advertising Sales

 

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Bill Upleger
Senior Account Executive

Bill Upleger is approaching 16 years of service, as he works directly with our client representatives to formulate the marketing plans and initiatives needed to guarantee success. Utilizing Partnership Marketing Bill works directly with supporting vendors to ensure all parties are maximizing their unique message, to help create a win/win situation with his clients and their partners. Bill loves spending his free time with his family camping, working on cars, volunteering as a mentor for the Dept. of Juvenile Justice, and sits as a President of his Home Owners Association.

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Tom Stockman
Senior Account Executive

Tom Stockman has been dazzling our clients since 2008. He enjoys working with clients and their vendor partners to create top-quality projects that will help grow their relationships and sales together for years to come. His positive “can do” problem-solving and relationship-building approach helps to ensure maximum, complete, and comprehensive project success for his clients and their vendors. Tom loves spending his free time with his family. His hobbies include music, traveling, and studying history.

 

 

CREATIVE SERVICES

Writing, Design, Proofreading.

 

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Kurt Nass
Graphic Designer / Writer

Kurt has served as a graphic designer/writer for District Publishing since 2005. He enjoys working with the diverse customer base we maintain and leveraging the qualities in each of them for a more effective marketing initiative. His main goal is to provide an experience that keeps customers coming back. Kurt also serves as a Fire Chief for his community.

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Lauren Snyder
Proofreader

Lauren has been our outstanding proofreader for District Publishing since 2014. She carefully reviews all the projects that pass through Production and makes sure that everything looks and reads as professional as possible.

 

 

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