Headquartered in San Francisco, California, IABC is a non-profit organization that advocates best practices that enhance economic, personal and professional well-being; celebrates innovative communicators as leaders within their companies and fosters educational networking opportunities.
IABC Atlanta is a local chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators. We represent approximately 300 professional communicators in the metropolitan Atlanta area and reach over a thousand unique marketing, PR, and communications professionals each month through our meetings, social channels, and digital broadcasts. Our members include professionals working at Fortune 500 companies, communication agencies, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies, as well as independent writers, freelancers, and consultants. People at all stages of professional development are active with IABC Atlanta, but a significant percentage is at manager level or above. All have a commitment to continue professional development and a desire to network with other communicators.
Ashley is a skilled communicator with more than ten years of professional experience. Her career interests and highlights include internal communications planning and execution, project management, digital platforms and content creation. Ashley's professional career also includes demonstrated success in education, training and curriculum development. In her current role, Ashley serves as the communications manager for Rheem Manufacturing's U.S. Water division. Her work in communications has been recognized with awards from IABC and PRSA. Ashley holds a master's degree in mass communication from Georgia State University and a bachelor's degree in comparative literature from the University of Georgia. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys traveling and spending time with her nieces and nephews.
Eric Berrios is an independent consultant focused on working with small and mid-size agencies and companies in need of market strategy, brand direction and messaging. With 30 years in the agency world, Eric brings the knowledge and pragmatism needed to drive brands forward in a timely and economic manner. Previous to this life, Eric served as VP Client services for Realm Advertising working with logistics, finance and manufacturing brands. Before that, he served as VP Interactive and Operations for Harrison Leifer DiMarco, in New York, servicing healthcare, consumer packaged goods and the industrial sector. Eric has been serving as VP of recognition for several years and continues to facilitate and coordinate the judging program for the Atlanta chapter.
Julie is an animal lover, cancer survivor, and parent of twin boys. In her spare time, Julie works as a Digital Campaign Manager at UPS. Julie has 15+ years of experience in corporate communications aligning synergies, leveraging opportunities, limiting bandwidth, taking topics offline, and other nonsense. In all seriousness, Julie is a dedicated professional communicator and active member of IABC. She's previously served on the IABC Atlanta board as VP of Finance, is a blue ribbon panel judge, and has received multiple Gold Quill of Excellence awards for her work in communications management. Julie has a BA in Communications from Oglethorpe University and an MBA in International Business from Georgia State University. She is also a passionate defender of the Oxford comma.
Greg is an award-winning communications professional who has successfully managed high-profile internal communications and public relations initiatives for leading global organizations. With more than 20 years’ experience, he has expertise in areas such as change communications, strategic communications planning, project management, digital content development, and live event production. In his current role as an Account Manager with KWI Communications, Greg helps to advance change communications related to engineering programs at Cox Communications. Prior to his KWI role, he served in communications positions at organizations such as the American Cancer Society, Invesco, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, CARE, and The World Bank. A member of IABC Atlanta since 2005, he has been honored with multiple IABC awards for his communications achievements. Greg holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in international affairs from George Washington University.
Frank May is chair, Professional Development Committee, for the IABC-Atlanta chapter, and has been a leader in planning and booking the chapter’s programs since mid-2021. He’s been an IABC member since 2018. He is an award-winning Internal Communications manager for Piedmont Healthcare, where he has worked since 2012. He has been instrumental in Piedmont’s employee communications regarding the pandemic, and he and his team at Piedmont received IABC-Atlanta Golden Flame Awards for Crisis Communications and Employee Engagement for their COVID-19 related work in 2020-21. Also, during his Piedmont tenure, he has led internal communications for technology, safety, finance and other projects resulting in IABC-Atlanta Golden Flame and Public Relations Society of America-Georgia Phoenix awards in 2015-21. Since 2014, May has taught part-time at Georgia State University – journalism and Robinson College of Business courses for undergrad and MBA students. He is an award-winning Toastmasters speaker and has been a leader of Paces West (Atlanta) Toastmasters club since 2011. Prior to Piedmont, May worked in public relations and corporate communications for pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline and telecom firms, BellSouth and AT&T. With the latter, he received two U.S. patents, created a trademarked customer service program and won two Pinnacle Awards in 2001-03. As a journalist in Louisiana and Texas, May worked on a team that drew finalist honors for the Pulitzer Prize for Outstanding Public Service. He won numerous awards for reporting and opinion writing. He also hosted a live radio talk show in Shreveport, La., for seven years, and was a commencement speaker for Bossier Parish, La., Community College. He served on the Society of Professional Journalists’ national Freedom of Information Committee and led SPJ’s Louisiana chapter from 1991-99.
Michelle Randles earned her bachelor's degree in Managerial Sciences and HR Specialization from Georgia State University’s J.Mack Robinson College of Business. As a dynamic HR Professional, she promotes how communications and HR are stronger together. She is a values driven professional with 5+ years experience providing effective human resource solutions across the medical, non-profit, logistics, and commercial services industries. Michelle’s work includes InHealth Systems & Services, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, C.H. Robinson, and Target. She supports that organization’s Board of Directors with various chapter initiatives including membership, professional development, communications and professional recognition efforts. You are likely to see Michelle at IABC Atlanta Events, so stop by and introduce yourself!