eReleases' Company History & People
They "cut through all the crazy and get to what businesses really need." Meet the crew - a must see video!
Mickie Kennedy, Founder with a Mission
eReleases' founder Mickie Kennedy started the company 14 years ago after working in a PR environment that was not meeting the needs of small- and medium-sized businesses and firms. He struck out on his own to build a company that would give smaller firms access to the newswire - with a personal touch. eReleases has grown exponentially since then and even works with big names now, but the spirit of Mickie's original intent has not changed. eReleases delivers personal service and exceptional value to every customer, every time a release is submitted, at every price point.
Mickie lives in Baltimore County with his wife, son, daughter, and two feuding cats. He enjoys British science fiction and acknowledges an unhealthy addiction to diet soda. Mickie holds an MFA in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Poetry from George Mason University. He still writes poetry most Thursday nights with a group of fellow misfits in Brunswick, Maryland.
Allison has always loved to read and knew from an early age she wanted to be a writer. It should've been clear that editing was also in her future when, at age 11, she would take a red pen to her cousin's letters, mark all the spelling and grammatical errors, and then mail them back. (Sorry, Patti.)
Allison began her career writing for various websites before landing a gig as a reporter for a weekly newspaper. She quickly moved up the ranks and spent several years as the newspaper's editor before making the move to join the team of editors at eReleases, where she looks forward to being on the other side of the press release.
When not wielding her trusty red pen, Allison enjoys hanging out with her amazing husband and daughter and indulging her sense of wanderlust, especially if the travel destination involves sun, sand and sea.
Even as a child, Mike was always fascinated with the writing and stories behind his favorite video games and comic books. Reading these stories and playing these games weren't enough. Instead, he took it a step further and began his writing career by creating his own stories based in the worlds of his favorite characters. As he got older, Mike decided to better his writing skills in college and put aside his dreams of joining the X-Men. "They'll call me when they need me," he added.
Mike graduated from Towson University in 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism. After spending some time working for his family's business, he decided to branch out and put his degree to good use. Mike hopes to one day be a writer for the video game and/or comic book industry, but until then, he plans to content himself by always being several weeks behind the current comic issues and never completing a video game in a timely manner.
In his free time, Mike can also be found making music, spending too much time on the internet, marathoning something on Netflix and living with what many people would describe as "too many" pets.
Katie's love of the written word sprung out of a shy childhood, where she was dubbed "The Quietest" in every school yearbook. Using journaling as an outlet, Katie wrote each day, silently honing her skills as a writer. Her mom introduced her to books at a young age, sparking her love of science-fiction and fantasy. By high school, her daily routine consisted of writing for an average of three hours, followed by dinner and a Scrabble match with her mom (which she always won), with any remaining time spent reading late into the night.
In college, Katie wrote poetry and volunteered as an editor for the UC-wide student publication, Matchbox Magazine. Originally from southern California, Katie moved to Maryland in 2012, after graduating from UCSC with a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing and Sociology, to be with her boyfriend of three years.
At home, Katie enjoys playing with her two crazy cats, seeing movies with her boyfriend, playing board games, baking, reading, watching thunderstorms, eating Indian food, and working on assorted creative projects.
Janelle discovered she had a knack for writing in fifth grade, when a poem she wrote about her dog was published in a book compiled of students' writings. She carried her love for writing through high school and then to Stevenson University, where she wrote for their school paper, The Villager. Janelle graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Business Communications.
During college, Janelle completed a marketing internship with Guiding Eyes for the Blind, a non-profit organization with whom she has been volunteering for more than eight years. While interning, Janelle decided on a whim to write a press release from the perspective of a dog, and it resulted in a feature story in the Frederick News Post, an appearance on a local news channel, and a handful of smaller articles in various newspapers.
In her free time, Janelle enjoys spending time with her menagerie of animals, including a Lionhead bunny and a sugar glider. She and her husband-to-be are car aficionados, frequenting local car events throughout the spring and fall.
After spending some time abroad in Scotland, Pearl has learned that an interesting person is often the one that has had many experiences, so she never turns down an interesting adventure. On one of her adventurous whims, she decided to take a course on Advertising and Integrated Marketing Communications, where she realized she wanted tohelp companies craft their voice and global branding.
Pearl graduated in 2013 from JHU with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science, and spent time interning in various fields before deciding to pursue a career in business communications, strategy, and marketing. She hopes to one day be the "brains" behind a company's corporate consumer marketing strategy.
Pearl has a great appreciation of the arts, and in her free time enjoys volunteering,(attempting to) sing,reading lifestyle blogs, traveling, dabbling in graphic design, and traveling around Baltimore as a freelance makeup artist.
Sarah first found a love for writing at the age of eight, when she discovered The Lord of the Rings trilogy tucked into her father's bookshelf. For two weeks, she stayed up past her bedtime with a flashlight, entranced by the poetry threaded through the tale; despite her parents' insistence that Tolkien was "too violent for a child." Inspired, Sarah began creating her own fantasy tales (yes, maps were included), though she should have been concentrating on math homework.
This soon-to-be graduate of McDaniel College (with a B.A. in English) focuses her studies in writing and rhetoric. While pouring through the rhetorical theories of Burke, Aristotle, and Perelman — assigned by her favorite professor, Dr. Kate Dobson — Sarah has worked full-time in a variety of fields, which has given her the opportunity to gain workplace experience while honing her writing and editing skills. In addition, Sarah enjoys blog writing, constructing posts regarding drug & alcohol addiction, mental health awareness, video games and music.
When not adding books to her Goodreads queue, Sarah enjoys listening to Scandinavian music; creating memes in hopes of becoming an internet sensation; beating her husband at FPS games; attending poetry slam readings; and having (serious) philosophical discussions with her dog, Atlas.
Samantha found she had a love of reading at a very young age, but it wasn't until she was 10 years old that she discovered a love for writing as well, mainly through poetry. Since then, most of Samantha's free time has gone to filling notebooks with poems, short stories, and random character ideas.
It wasn't until college that Samantha found a love of editing while reviewing essays written by her peers. In between studies, Samantha spent time interning as a copyeditor with a celebrity magazine, and also assisted as Design Editor on her school's literary magazine. Samantha graduated from the University of Baltimore with a Bachelor's in Professional Writing.
Now Samantha spends much of her free time attempting to make a dent in her never-ending Netflix queue and scouring "The Book Thing of Baltimore" for new books to fill the limited spaces in her bookshelf.
Dave met Mickie in 2008 at a marketing meeting, found many common interests, and began working together in 2010. Dave's known as Project Wrangler since he works on a wide variety of projects with Mickie, from managing developers, designers, and other geeks, to helping with advertising management, doing some light programming, and working with staff and customers on many operational details.
Dave graduated High School before most of you reading this were born, and quit college after a year or so, deciding it just wasn't for him.
At 60+, this "old man" of the group spends most of his time working from his home base in Nashville, Tennessee, where he lives with his wife, Debbie. If he's not watching something on TIVO or Netflix, or listening to No Agenda (best podcast in the universe), you might find him practicing Tai Chi. Kind of a weird guy (but who isn't?) ...
When Matthew Shenko is not ruminating in disused bathtubs, he can often be found in the Northwest corner of eReleases where he enjoys minutely adjusting his chair, getting yet another glass of water, and learning the zen-like task of marketing the service of marketing.
Before harking to the clarion call of press release distribution, Matthew worked as an ESL teacher, a groundskeeper at a Renaissance festival, and a purveyor of used books. Should you ever visit Fells Point Farmers Market on a Saturday morning, keep an eye out for Sweet Dukes Vegan Bakery, an organic, micro-batch vegan baking business started by Matthew and his wife, Deva.
Favorite book: The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Favorite movie: Take Shelter. Favorite TV show: Twin Peaks. Favorite record: Music for 18 Musicians. Favorite breakfast: pizza w/ maple syrup.
Randolph is a self-proclaimed tech nerd. He enjoys toying with and exploring technology, especially cell phones. Randolph is a budding graphic designer and likes doodling, Photoshop, Illustrator, painting, and drawing. He prides himself on his eccentric art. He believes fashion is art and yet another way to express yourself.
Randolph has many varied interests, including museums. "They always teach you new things no matter how many times you visit." He also likes the intersection of commerce and urban planning. "There's something to be said about the ways in which builders and cities come together to create interesting places to shop, connect, and explore. I'm really fond of the post-mall movement towards open air shopping markets."
In his spare time, Randolph enjoys music, working out and comedy. Randolph also has a great appreciation for Italian food. Buon appetito!