meet our team.
Meet the primary members of our virtual agency. We’re a group of senior-level practitioners who love to roll up our sleeves and immerse ourselves in your business challenges.
Jeff Huggins, APR
Building upon a diverse public relations and marketing background spanning more than two decades, Jeff launched Huggins Consulting Group in 2009. Assembling the best talent from his vast network of communication professionals, the virtual agency offers cost-effective, senior-level thinking and exceptional program execution.
Before forming his own firm, Jeff helped integrate full-scope public relations capabilities into the service offerings for leading regional advertising agencies in Des Moines, Iowa and Cincinnati, Ohio. Jeff started his agency career more than two decades ago with an Iowa-based Young & Rubicam affiliate, CMF&Z. He also was a principal at Zimmerman, Laurent & Richardson in the late-1990s.
Throughout his career, Jeff has specialized in broad spectrum of communication solutions. He is professionally accredited by the Public Relations Society of America and has earned industry recognition for effective writing and successful campaign implementation, including media relations, internal communications, community relations, issues management and event marketing.
With a detailed and creative approach, Jeff has helped many organizations implement successful communication strategies that have met and exceeded campaign objectives. His track record includes marketing and reputation management successes with a diverse group of clients, including: the 1999 US Senior Open Golf Championship; Beam Industries; CII Technologies; Dice.com; First Financial Bank; Fisher Controls; Iowa Farm Bureau Federation; Iowa Health System; Jimmy Dean Foods; Meredith Corporation; National Pork Producers Council; Pfizer Pharmaceutical; RSM McGladrey; and Wells Fargo Mortgage.
Jeff earned a degree in Mass Communication and Public Relations from the University of Northern Iowa in 1986. He is a past president of the Central Iowa Chapter of PRSA, a member of the University of Northern Iowa President’s Club, and for many years served as a professional advisor to the public relations degree program for his alma mater.
Catherine Huggins, APR
In August 2015, Catherine rejoined Huggins Consulting Group after serving as Iowa Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds’ first Chief Advisor for nearly two years. She also is a faculty member at Iowa State University and teaches advertising/public relations courses.
Deeply passionate about Iowa, Catherine served as Governor Terry E. Branstad’s Chief Speechwriter and Deputy Press Secretary during the Farm Crisis. She was the youngest member of the Governor’s staff and supported First Lady Chris Branstad’s communication efforts.
Companies and organizations that benefited from Catherine’s communications leadership in the past include: Western & Southern Financial Group (a Fortune 500 company); Aviva USA (now Athene); GuideOne Insurance; Kum & Go; and Metro Waste Authority, to name just a few.
Her professional specialties include: Brand Management; Crisis Management; Strategic Counsel; Integrated Marketing Communication Campaigns; Acquisition, Merger, and Divestiture Communications; Litigation Communications; Public Affairs; Internal Communications; Media Relations; Special Events; Executive and Management Development Programs; Staff Assessments; and Communication Audits.
Catherine is accredited in public relations. She was the first Iowa Chapter member ever to serve on the PRSA National Board of Directors. Catherine also was on the Board of Trustees for the Josh Cares Foundation in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Kendra is a catalyst – she makes things happen. Focusing on both the big picture and the smallest of details, Kendra seamlessly anticipates every aspect required to transform an idea into a reality. These unique capabilities serve her well as a project manager and as a specialist in promotions, publicity and event marketing.
Kendra works with industry leaders and renowned icons to create effective relationship building programs targeting both internal and external segments. Bravo Greater Des Moines contracts with her to develop, coordinate and execute the Annual Bravo Gala – a black-tie event to celebrate Des Moines’ arts and cultural organizations. Dubbed the “party of the year” by Des Moines business leaders, Kendra continues to increase the number of party-goers and event revenue every year. Former University of Iowa star and retired NFL receiver, Tim Dwight turned to Kendra to develop and organize a youth football camp from the ground up. This campaign challenge involved everything from sponsorships and promotions to registration and wrangling twelve-year olds during the event.
While always rooted in sound strategy, Kendra’s professional endeavors are anything but routine. Smaller businesses demanding huge results often turn to Kendra for complete marketing plans that help them compete against bigger brands. She also enjoys the smaller challenges, such as brainstorming a snappy theme for an event and carrying it through – from invitation to decorations to follow-up mailings. Or, reminding a company’s CEO, that a hand-written thank you note is the only item left on his task list. Or sometimes just delivering holiday baskets to a client’s top customers – simply to spread the cheer!
A graduate of Central College in Pella, Iowa – earning a bachelor’s degree in Communications Studies – Kendra was honored among the 2003 Des Moines Business Record’s “40 Under 40” up-and-coming entrepreneurs.
Pat Fultz has worked in the Des Moines area for more than 25 years. During that time, he has honed his skills as an award-winning graphic designer with an extensive list of clients and projects throughout the Midwest.
In 1984, Pat began his entrepreneurial career by creating Fultz Communications, a full-service graphic design firm. Over a nine-year period, he grew the company to employ 12 people and establish an additional office in the Kansas City area.
Pat sold his firm to CMF&Z in 1993, a premier advertising agency and affiliate of Young & Rubicam in New York. For the next five years, Pat handled responsibilities as a Creative Director in CMF&Z’s Des Moines office. Working on ad campaigns, branding programs, displays and collateral materials for regional and national clients, he further developed his creative and marketing skills.
In 1998, Pat went back on his own and established Fultz Design, a full-service, multi-disciplinary marketing/design firm. Now only employing external resources when needed, Pat enjoys being involved with all steps of the marketing and creative process and working with a fast-growing list of clients.
Pat has developed a strong reputation for taking on design projects with complex objectives and aggressive time constraints and creating successful end results. His list of notable client partnerships includes: Jacobson Companies, First American Bank, Metro Waste Authority, Barton Solvents, Inc., CIPCO, Etrema Products, Des Moines International Airport, Wells Fargo Financial, Barker Lemar Engineers, Iowa Health Systems, Studio Art Center International, Computer Transportation Services, the City of Altoona and the City of Des Moines.
For Sara attended Simpson College for two years and graduated in broadcast journalism from Iowa State University, found the fast pace of the newsroom, short deadlines and vying for the most compelling headline or sound bite is what keeps her blood pumping. Prior to starting her public relations consulting firm, Sara was a public relations account supervisor for the Integer Group.
A 20-year primary focus on media relations allowed Sara to keep her journalistic skills honed for Fortune 500 clients like Principal Financial Group and Jade Products Company, a high-end residential appliance division of Maytag, along with window and door industry leader Pella Corporation. Sara’s efforts on behalf of her clients resulted in valued relationships established with Madison Avenue publishing houses from Hearst to Time Warner to Des Moines-headquartered Meredith Corporation. Sara successfully placed articles on behalf of recent clients in The New York Times, Better Homes and Gardens, Consumer Reports, Beautiful Kitchens & Baths, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, and The Robb Report.
Additionally, Sara has another passion from her days as College Republican President at ISU. Politics. Prior to her transition to the private sector in the early 1990s, Sara worked in Governor Branstad’s communications office, writing talking points, traveling as his personal aide and promoting tourism for Iowa. In 1988 she moved to Washington, D.C., to work on the national Bush/Quayle presidential campaign and subsequently was hired at the Presidential Transition office and then as communications staff for President George H.W. Bush. Sara worked in the West Wing of the White House as a special assistant to the director of communications and experienced all aspects of the President’s research, speechwriting and event planning operations. Flying on Air Force One, attending the White House Correspondent’s Dinner and playing tennis on the White House courts are among her fondest memories of her years in
Sara resides in Indianola, Iowa, with her husband, Doug and son, Ross.
In his professional endeavors, Travis plied his skills as both a copywriter and public relations consultant. He has worked for a diverse group of organizations, including: Iowa Motor Truck Association; Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa; Airport Fast Park; Master Builders of Iowa; Association & Legislative Resources; Pfizer Pharmaceutical; Western & Southern Financial Group; Mercy Health Systems of Southwest Ohio; Frisch’s Big Boy; Golden Corral restaurants; and more. He specializes in creative copywriting, as well as media relations, social media, event marketing and internal communications.
At Huggins Consulting Group, Travis combines his writing talents with strategic marketing expertise to help our clients both formulate and execute their communication objectives. The Des Moines native earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree from Texas State University. When he is not developing copy, promotion campaigns and reputation management solutions for our clients, he is busy working on his first novel.
Ginger offers clients a rare combination of a sound strategic thinking and exceptional design talent. As a result, she has a proven track record for delivering creative communication that breaks through the clutter, delivers powerful impact and inspires desired consumer reactions.
Prior to launching IGDesign Group in 2006, Ginger progressed through the creative ranks with some of Des Moines’ largest advertising agencies. She was Associate Creative Director at Relationship Marketing, Senior Art Director for Zimmerman, Laurent & Richardson, and an Art Director with Meyocks & Priebe. She also has made the leap to the client side as the Director of Marketing for technology startup Palisade Systems and Vice President of Marketing at The 2112 Group in New York.
Over the years, Ginger has helped unify the corporate image, strengthen product positioning and communicate differentiating personality for many distinguished brands. Her client relationships include: Abbott Laboratories; Ameriprise Financial; Beam Industries; Drake University; Hy-Vee; the Iowa Department of Public Health; Iowa Department of Transportation; Iowans for Consumer Fuel Choice; Iowa State University; Novartis Pharmaceuticals; Pioneer Hi-bred International; Time Warner Cable; and UCB Bio-Pharmaceuticals.
Perhaps Ginger’s most notable grassroots effort to date has been the “Just Eliminate Lies” anti-smoking campaign targeting Iowa teens. It’s a comprehensive and effective hybrid campaign combining traditional marketing and street-level grassroots initiatives.
Ginger has received several honors for creative expertise, including: national TELLY and NAMA awards; national and regional Addy Awards, including the 2003 Best of Show honors in the local competition; and local recognition from the Art Directors Association of Iowa (ADAI), the Iowa Motion Picture Association (IMPA) and the Central Iowa Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). The Des Moines native has a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from Grand View College.
With a perspective as both a client and agency professional, Tom gives you a wealth of marketing experience. He has worked on brands large and not-so-large, across an array of industries and product categories. He has held marketing positions with Chrysler Corporation, the Tappan Company and Litton Industries. He has held executive leadership positions in the Pittsburgh and Chicago offices of Ketchum Communications. Before founding TJS&A in 2001, he was President of Porter & Associates in Des Moines, Iowa.
Tom’s category experience includes Industrial Business to Business, Association Marketing, Sports and Leisure Activity, Health Care, Financial Services, Consumer Packaged Goods and Consumer Durables.
Tom holds a BA from the University of Dayton, Certification in Integrated Communications from Northwestern University and is a certified Continuous Quality Improvement Facilitator from the Center for Continuous Quality Improvement at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He is a Past President of the American Marketing Association Cincinnati Chapter.