Christopher NortonChief of Creative
Christopher is an innovative, multidisciplinary creative, with a passion for hypermedia storytelling. He has worked with a wide array of large and independent clients in news, entertainment and financial services. While his skill set is vast, Christopher’s expertise is found in the inner workings of branding, social media, video and web. Leading the Marketing team, Christopher seeks to fuse these elements of hypermedia to deliver world-class, story-driven creative that connects clients with their audiences.
Kirsten PlonnerChief of Communications
Kirsten Plonner is chief of communications for FiComm, a communications consulting firm serving financial services companies with a specialization in the independent financial advisory and wealth management communities. In addition to her responsibilities managing FiComm’s public and media relations business, she also is supervisor of the New York City office and staff.
In addition to her full-time duties at FiComm, Kirsten is also an adjunct instructor at Columbia University where she teaches Corporate Communications to graduate students and advises Masters candidates on their theses.
Most recently, she was director of strategic media and communications for the Workplace Investing business of Fidelity Investments. Kirsten worked closely with Fidelity executives to design and support external media relations strategy, implementation, and outreach for key workplace priorities, including 401(k), thought leadership, health and wellness and managed accounts, among others.
She also served as vice president in the Lead Media group at Weber Shandwick, where she was responsible for guiding strategic communications and counsel to inform her clients’ internal and external narrative, as well as implementing high-profile media relations and strategy. Client work included TIAA-CREF, Bank of America, MasterCard, ADP, Samsung, Ingersoll Rand, and Royal Caribbean, among others.
Prior to joining Weber Shandwick, Kirsten was vice president in Fleishman-Hillard’s corporate business-to-business group in New York. Clients included Nationwide Insurance, RSM McGladrey and Ernst & Young, among others. During her tenure, she provided extensive media relations support and strategic counsel for non-profits and government agencies, such as Common Ground, New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, New York City Department of Homeless Services, and the Cayman Islands Portfolio of Finance and Economics.
Kirsten began her career in journalism as a producer at CNBC’s Global Headquarters in New York. She was responsible for producing elements for the political Washington D.C.-based show “Capital Report.” She also frequently covered breaking and ongoing political news for the network.
In addition, she worked in the capacity of assistant to the correspondent for NBC at the United Nations, Linda Fasulo. She served as senior researcher for Ms. Fasulo’s book, "Insider’s Guide to the U.N." (Yale University Press, 2003). In these roles, she gained hands-on experience interviewing major U.N. officials and diplomats, writing and editing book copy and breaking news updates, as well as researching and covering daily and breaking news for NBC.
Kirsten has a master of science in Strategic Communications from Columbia University. She received her B.S. in Telecommunications and her B.A. in History from the University of Florida.
Srishti AssayeCommunications Associate
Srishti Assaye is a Communications Associate at FiComm Partners, based in New York. She helps the team with extensive media relations support including media monitoring, pitching, reporting and analysis. She also works across all FiComm accounts to assist teams with social media strategies, messaging and analytics. Through her capacity, she aims to enhance traditional and digital presence for businesses and build long-lasting relationships with media and other influencers.
Srishti started her professional journey inspired by her panache for mathematics by earning a degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. She further adorned this capacity with a passion and flair for writing and creative thinking. Over the years, she has developed an effective track record in both social media and public relations. She had the opportunity to work with United Nations Development Group (UNDG), where she worked with various international bodies, assisting country teams to improvise and effectively implement content strategies. She handled all UNDG social media accounts and increased their Twitter followers by 43% and increased the average impressions per tweet by 65%. She also drafted the social media plan for a General Assembly event which was then executed by social media specialists from UNICEF, WHO and UNDP – earning UNDG over 200 followers within two hours. This position was further complemented by another intense experience at APCO Worldwide -- a global communication consultancy – where she assisted teams with everything from media relations and crisis communications to digital strategies.
Srishti graduated from New York University with a master’s in Public Relations and Corporate Communications, where she also earned her Gold Badge in Digital Analytics. With her Indian and Ethiopian background, combined with her experiences in the rich cultures of Zimbabwe, Zambia and other African countries, she aims to bring a unique perspective to her work at FiComm.
Amanda BockCommunications Associate
Amanda Bock is a Communications Associate at FiComm Partners, based in New York. She plays an integral part of the public relations team providing media relations, media monitoring, reporting, research, analysis and other PR support for her clients. Amanda is passionate about helping businesses and individuals find their unique voice, then playing a role in their journey to success.
Over the course of her young career in PR & marketing, Amanda has had her hand in a number of diverse experiences. She previously served as a marketing assistant for Florida Gulf Coast University's college of education where she collaborated with the assistant dean on social media and marketing efforts including campus events and giveaways with the purpose of increasing recruitment rates. Simultaneously, she was a digital marketing intern for CONRIC PR & Marketing, a local PR and marketing agency in Southwest Florida where she assisted the PR team in creating digital strategies for clients social media platforms. Prior to her marketing roles, she served as a recreation specialist at The Breakers Palm Beach, a luxury resort in Palm Beach.
Amanda was born and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. She graduated with honors from Florida Gulf Coast University with a bachelors in Communication and Public Relations. She is also a previous board member of the Florida Public Relations Association student chapter. Just weeks after graduation, Amanda moved to New York City to pursue her passion for public relations. She is an avid sports lover and a full-time dog enthusiast that enjoys adventuring around the city in hopes of finding her very own four-legged friend.
Jessica P. Crimmins
Business Development Manager
Will FriedmanCommunications Consultant
Olivia GagnonCommunications Manager
Jamie LimContent Marketing Consultant
Clare McLaughlinCommunications Consultant
Clare McLaughlin is a Communications Consultant at FiComm Partners, based in New York. She is an integral member of the communications team providing media relations, media monitoring, reporting, research and analysis, and other PR support as needed across client engagements. Through communications strategies fostered by these engagements, she has a passion for illuminating the intricacies and unique characteristics that make clients stand out.
Over the course of her young career in marketing and communications, Clare has engaged with a variety of diverse and interesting companies. Previously, she was a marketing assistant at Persifor, a luxury clothing brand. At Persifor, Clare collaborated on marketing campaigns including email marketing, promotional mailers, and giveaways, as well as managing social media and the company’s website. Prior to Persifor, Clare interned at MIDIOR Consulting, where she learned about marketing from a product development and technology perspective and identified her passion for communications and marketing.
Originally from Kennebunkport, ME, Clare moved to New York City in 2016 after graduating from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.
Maylee Sands is a Communications Associate at FiComm Partners, based in New York. With a passion for the financial services industry and a knack for writing, Maylee has grown to love serving clients in the most critical and transformative financial time.
Prior to joining FiComm, Maylee’s diverse experience includes serving public financial service giants to disruptive fintech players. Maylee works closely with the team in helping clients raise brand awareness and reputation through valuable engagements with the media.
Maylee is from San Diego, CA, and holds a degree in Economics and Marketing from Fordham University. She is a member of the Financial Communications Society in NYC.
Abbie SheridanCommunications Manager
Abbie Sheridan is a Communications Manager at FiComm Partners, based in New York City. Abbie has ten years of experience in public relations, marketing, and event planning. For the last four years, Abbie’s PR roles have revolved around financial services, fintech, crowdfunding, and real estate.
Prior to joining FiComm Partners, Abbie was an Account Director at KCSA Strategic Communications where she was responsible for client and media relations, as well as creating and implementing strategy. Prior to her role at KCSA, Abbie was the Director of PR and Marketing at one of Brooklyn's largest commercial real estate brokerages.
Abbie graduated from Pace University with a Bachelor's degree in marketing and lives on the Upper East Side with her husband and their dog Batman. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, and exploring NYC.
Kristi StoutAssociate Creative Director
Kristi Stout is the Associate Creative Director based in San Diego, CA. She lends over 15-years of experience in the creative industry where she has worked in artistic direction and design for many diverse fields including editing and publication, interior design and also the financial industry.
With experience in illustration, writing, and other extensive media arts, prior to joining FiComm, Kristi worked with Pacific Life on their marketing team as a graphic designer and media editor. She currently applies her media-arts and animation expertise, to help assist in the creative storytelling of FiComm’s Marketing team, who aims to support the connection of clients with their audiences.
Jessica TorchiaCommunications Manager