Renee Plain, CEO and office conversationalist extraordinaire, leads IPSM’s digital marketing strategy, community and government relations and media buy projects. She founded IPSM nearly a decade ago and it has grown from a one-woman agency to a team of seven marketing and communications professionals. Renee graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Minor in Communications in 2004 and began a career selling advertising regionally and nationally. She founded In Plain Sight Marketing to help clients create marketing growth solutions.
Under her guidance, IPSM has garnered numerous regional and national awards including the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Sierra Nevada Chapter’s first perfect score of 100 points Best in Show in 2019 for work for a client. Also in 2019, Renee received a PRSA Gold Spike award for community excellence for her commitment and outstanding excellence to non-profit clients and community-based marketing.
Renee has also been awarded the Kit Carson Award (Entrepreneur of the Year) by the Northern Nevada Development Authority and in 2018 was named a finalist for the NNBW Sierra Nevada Powerful Women awards. Renee is a member of the 2020 Douglas County Leadership class.
Kathie Taylor, APR, Chief Marketing Officer, manages content development for blogs/online media, campaign strategies, press releases and copy editing. She earned her journalism degree at the University of Nevada, Reno and has worked as a freelance journalist/publicist for over 20 years. She specializes in integrated marketing campaigns leveraging social, web, and print media; guerilla and traditional marketing strategies; employee and stakeholder communications; and public relations for companies including manufacturers, sales performance and high tech. Kathie is accredited in public relations through the Public Relations Society of America.
Amanda is In Plain Sight’s digital magician, managing the agency’s digital marketing, email marketing and social media marketing campaigns with more than a decade of experience in the field. Amanda masterfully weaves the components of digital marketing with SEO, graphic design and a client’s story into actionable results and analytics to help propel clients towards their goals. Amanda is our resident expert in social platforms including Facebook and Instagram and provides our clients with training in the use of these digital tools. She’s the first person most clients meet on the team as she oversees all of our new client onboarding, helping our clients get ready for the excitement of working with an agency. She holds an Associate of Applied Science in Legal Services and majored in social sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno and has numerous digital marketing and email marketing workshops and trainings under her belt.
Kristen is IPSM’s first, full-time Account manager, overseeing the daily operations for a half-dozen clients. She is an adventurer at heart and started her career in visual marketing and social media, working her way up into account management. She is a graduate of Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Theatre and she has an MBA with an emphasis in International Business and Entrepreneurship from the University of Nevada, Reno. As comfortable on stage as she is in front of clients, Kristen works tirelessly to ensure that client strategies are implemented expertly and campaigns are moving forward. Kristen’s expertise is found in the intersection of strategy, research and planning and is always the first one to get momentum started for her clients.
Pierce has a passion for sharing stories. The art of public relations is rooted in the belief of enriching the lives of others. Among other things, Pierce serves as a videographer, photographer, writer and social media manager. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and has experience in various fields of videography and photography. In all realms of media, he strives to bring the client’s vision into reality.
As a public relations coordinator, Elizabeth Pearson loves using various mediums to tell the riveting stories of her clients. Her experience in graphic design, social media, writing and many aspects of marketing and public relations have taught her there is never one way to tell a story. Elizabeth is always excited to combine strategy with creativity to effectively execute her client’s goals.
While earning her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno’s Reynolds School of Journalism, Elizabeth learned the value of effective communication, storytelling and strategic planning through her internships and campaigns developed inside and outside of the classroom. In her free time, she can be found belting out show tunes while perfecting her chocolate chip cookie recipe.
As an advertising graphic designer who worked for other firms, Terri dreamed about opening her own shop, being her own boss and building a home office. Half a decade ago she brought that dream to fruition, creating her own design studio. Building a loyal following has taken hard work and dedication but Terri has stepped up to the challenge and build a solid busines with loyal clients. She loves what she does, loves not having a commute and that passion has provided her with a loyal client base as well as a few awards along the way. Were thrilled to have Terri as our contract art director, bringing IPSM client dreams to reality.
Ira is an entrepreneur, marketer, influencer and communications strategist who specializes in guiding business enterprises to achieve sustainable growth. He works with IPSM in a variety of roles on a variety of projects.
Ira was named the Most Influential Marketing Executive in Nevada for 2018 by Acquisitions International and the top Chief Marketing Officer in the Western U.S. for 2017 by Corporate Vision Magazine. In 2016, Ira founded 120 West Strategic Communications, an investor and public relations firm which was acquired by another agency in 2018.
Prior to launching 120 West, Ira was a founding executive for a global, publicly-traded industrial company. He directed investor relations and corporate communications and coordinated communications and marketing for a $400 million IPO on the TSX, a secondary listing on the NYSE and he directed communications and branding for mergers in 2015 and 2016.
He has a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Long Beach, an MBA with an emphasis in marketing from the University of Phoenix, Reno, and is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Program at Columbia University. Ira has also attended executive education at New York University and the Colorado School of Mines.
Ira’s home base is Reno, Nevada, with his wife Erin and adult children. He is a coffee aficionado, baseball, and Formula 1 racing fan and he and his wife travel the West with dogs and kayaks, enjoying the outdoors.