The Sunny505 Team
Joanie Griffin is the CEO and founder of Sunny505. She has over 30 years of experience in the communications and marketing field—starting Griffin & Associates in 1990. As a successful small business owner, Joanie knows the importance of creating a memorable and lasting brand for a business. Though the media world has evolved greatly, Joanie has always adapted media strategies to most effectively serve her clients’ needs. Joanie has remained at the forefront of marketing and advertising by building communications plans that integrate shared media, owned media, paid media and earned media.
Dezaree Vega is the President at Sunny505. Dezaree immersed herself in learning the marketing, advertising and public relations industry as an intern at Griffin & Associates in 2002. Through demonstrated success with account management and industry knowledge, Dezaree was promoted within the company and named a partner in summer 2009. Her ability to manage multiple facets of complex projects for an array of clients across industries makes Dezaree a valuable asset to the team and to the company and led to her promotion to President of the company in 2015.
Dave is the founder and CEO of Sunny505. Dave has managed all aspects of the business while establishing himself as a specialist in development of brand strategies incorporating an integrated range of marketing and public relations and provides key insight on strategy and creative direction. Dave founded HK Advertising in 1982. He is the consummate team leader who organizes staff and client interaction to everyone’s advantage.
Vera has 20+ years of experience in marketing, advertising and account service. Vera manages all aspects of client service including media planning and buying. Previously Vera worked with Hutton Broadcasting managing over 80 accounts for six radio stations plus santafe.com. She works with clients to develop campaigns that increase their share of voice in the market. Her years of experience in all areas of marketing, traditional and digital advertising, account service and promotional campaigns are an asset to all Sunny505 clients.
Floyd E. Vasquez, Jr.
Floyd has more than 30 years experience in all facets of the marketing industry including video, television, public information, public relations and general marketing. Prior to joining the Sunny505 team, Floyd was the principal of VisionBroadcast Media, LLC, a public relations, digital marketing and video production boutique. He also worked as a broadcast journalist for KUNM, KOB TV, KRQE, NM PBS and the American Forces Network Europe; and held public information roles for local, state and federal agencies and as a contractor. Floyd is an Army Veteran. He received his B.A. degree in from Columbia University in 1990.
In her role as Creative Director, Barbara has worked with clients to design logos, corporate identification packages and to provide them with an online presence. Prior to joining the Sunny505 team, Barbara owned and operated her own company in Costa Rica, which served a number of international, primarily tourism, clients. She began her career in New York City design studios that served clients such as Dow Jones, Christies Auction House, the National Audubon Society, Random House, Viking Penguin and Thames & Hudson.
DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL SOLUTIONS
Dave has worked as a Website Designer and Programmer for Sunny505 since 2012. He has a long history of involvement in almost every segment of the industry. He has worked as a packaging designer, a design director and production manager for both the Weekly Alibi and the Santa Fe Reporter. Dave has been a lead designer for Fantagraphics Books in Seattle, WA, as well as a successful, independent designer and web developer.
VICE PRESIDENT OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
Jamie joined Sunny505 as an Account Executive in 2014 and was promoted to Vice President of Public Relations in 2016. She works with a variety of government, business, tourism and non-profit accounts to manage public relations and social media efforts, as well as providing day-to-day management of accounts. Dickerman has worked as a grant writer, Press Secretary for a U.S. Congressman, and Communications Director for the Republican Party of New Mexico.
ASSOCIATE CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Shannon Carey is a Creative Associate and Senior Graphic Designer at Sunny505, and has been with the company full-time since 2009. Prior to moving to New Mexico, she worked as a Graphic Designer with Salmon Press in New Hampshire, which specialized in regional tourism publications.
LEAD GRAPHIC DESIGNER, Photographer
Angelo earned a BFA in Media Arts with an emphasis in film production. He has worked on music videos, documentaries and staging interviews. His work at Sunny505 includes design and production for a wide range of print applications including advertising, brochures, posters and out-of-home advertising. Previously he worked for the Ameri-Corps in their cultural technology program with State museums and with the New Mexico State Department of Tourism.
GRAPHIC DESIGNER, account coordinator
Nicole graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design and Communications. Prior to graduation, Nicole interned at Bella Media Group in Santa Fe, home to nine major publications in New Mexico. During her Undergraduate program she worked with the non-profit organization West End Streets in Dallas, TX to design and revitalize a new brand identity for their organization. Her work at Sunny505 includes design and production in a variety of projects; while also coordinating and communicating with the client. She recognizes the importance of being flexible and adaptive to the client's needs.
Gabe is primarily responsible for developing winning social media campaigns for our clients and assisting our team on a wide portfolio of accounts. He also works closely with our political and advocacy clients to take critical messages to their target audiences. He previously worked in public affairs for the U.S. Department of State and has worked in both finance and communications roles for multiple political campaigns. He holds a B.A. from UNM in Journalism/Mass Communications and Political Science.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
James Turk is President of Solutions Group, Inc., Certified Public Accountants. He also serves as Sunny505’s Chief Financial Officer advising us on all money matters.