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About Us

Deeper knowledge.  Impactful results.

For more than two decades, our team has been studying the business and psychology of the media, dissecting trends and identifying future momentums; observing the evolution of content presentation and how it’s resonating with specific demographics – all to secure you a competitive advantage.  Today’s consumption of media is about speed, actionable information and a solid value proposition between the outlet and its audience. We customize fresh public relations and social media programs that mesh your goals with traditional and digital media’s respective missions.

Virgilio.Media is different – mirroring the editorial bullpens of some of the nation’s top media outlets – and has enabled us to secure press coverage in every Top 21 Designated Market Area media outlet, as well as create award-winning digital content that “moves the needle.”

With a large firm, your daily account activity is primarily executed by a junior-level team member, with an executive overseeing multiple accounts.  Choose a by-the-hour freelancer and you may get experience but none of the best-of-breed technology and customization required to manage the expectations of individual media contacts that sets you apart.  Our clients are serviced by an senior-level-caliber team with solid media contacts, using the best-of-breed technology and tools in the business.  Read highlights of our recent results here.

The combination of experience and technology is rare for a boutique firm and delivers you a powerful competitive advantage.

Community & Social Responsibility

Giving back feeds our soul.  We are headquartered near New York City in Asbury Park, NJ because the heartbeat of our company is fueled by supporting people and progress. Asbury Park is a state-designated redevelopment zone experiencing a passionate renaissance and Virgilio.Media is proud to be part of the city’s burgeoning business infrastructure.  We employ local talent, mentor students, support incubator businesses, advise start-up non-profits and, since 2007, have managed a blog dedicated to promoting the city.

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About Richard Virgilio, President
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Richard Virgilio, president, has spent 20+ years in broadcast production and public relations.  His experience with creating communications strategies, expert-positioning, media training, crisis intervention and product launches has delivered high-ROI results for his clients and earned multiple industry awards.

Earlier, he served as a producer at CBS Syndicated Radio, Paramount Domestic Television and Warner Brothers Domestic Television. Prior to founding Virgilio.Media, Richard was managing director of the full-service public relations firm Stephenson Group. In 2005, he helped launch the group’s affiliate, PayPerClip, one of the first pay-for-performance public relations firms in the country. He began his communications career at Beneficial National Bank.

In 2007, Richard began writing a column for a weekly newspaper and founded a regional blog (nominated for Best Independent Website by the NJ Society of Professional Reporters) to promote Asbury Park, NJ.

He graduated cum laude from Kean University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications.

Awards & Recognitions
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  • Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, “Short Form Online Educational Video,” Gold Hermes Creative Award, 2017
  • Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, “Excellence in Web Design,” Platinum Hermes Creative Award, 2017
  • Telly Broadcaster Association, “Best Marketing or Educational Video,” Bronze Award, 2017
  • Association of Wealth & Finance “Public Relations Campaign,” Silver Award, 2016
  • Sloane Center’s “Public Relations Firm of Excellence,” Boutique Category, 2016
  • Investment Company Institute, “Industry Leadership Award: Communications,” 2016
  • Monmouth County Chamber of Commerce, “Online Branding Award,” 2015
  • Habitat for Humanity’s “Social Media Innovation Award,” 2013 & 2014
  • PR Week’s “Professional of the Year” nomination, 2008
  • PR Week’s “Professional of the Month,” 2008
  • Sweeps Month “Top Show or Segment Producer,” Paramount Domestic Television, February 1997 (image above)
  • Sweeps Month “Top Show or Segment Producer,” Warner Brothers, July 1996 (image above)

Meet Our Senior Team

Monica Walsh

Senior Vice President, Client Strategy & Government Relations

Monica brings more than three decades of governmental, public relations and marketing experience to our clients. She began her career as a daily newspaper reporter and from there assumed the roles of spokesperson for the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education and then Director of Public Information for the New Jersey General Assembly Majority. Shifting to the private sector, she served as senior vice president of the Marcus Group, a top lobbying firm where she was responsible for the enactment of living will legislation and the Open Public Records Act. Most recently, she was managing partner at GluckShaw, where she oversaw lobbying and media relations efforts for clients including AT&T, NJ Natural Gas and Health Insurance Plan of NJ. Monica served four terms as Point Pleasant Beach, NJ Councilwoman.

Traci Dakins

Director of Content

As a former journalist and newspaper editor, Traci applies 15+ years of experience in public relations tailored to meet client business goals to her work for our clients. Traci brings a journalist’s eye to the development of a wide range of strategic and SEO-driven public relations content, including blog posts, web copy, feature articles, white papers, case studies, media kits, and news releases. As senior account manager for Stephenson Group and Mulberry Street Market Intelligence, she provided a full spectrum of strategic public relations consultation, planning and tactical execution for financial services and technology giants. Traci modeled her famous chocolate truffles on a Martha Stewart recipe and learned how to make the sweets from Martha Stewart personally.

Kim Brittingham

Director of Creative Services

Kim Brittingham develops and implements brand-building social media campaigns as well as assists in the account management of VM clients.  In addition to ghostwriting almost 100 expert-positioning themed eBooks for her clients, she has authored two fiction books: Read My Hips (Random House, 2011) and Write That Memoir Right Now (AudioGO, 2013). Kim is also an instructor for Gotham Writers’ Workshop in New York City and an officer on the executive board of the Historical Society of Ocean Grove, New Jersey for which she writes, produces and hosts a regular video series.

Ann Stephenson

Consulting Executive

After serving as CEO of the public relations firm she founded in 1987, Ann retired from day-to-day operations in 2015, passing the ‘PR torch’ to Richard Virgilio. Today, Virgilio.media clients leverage her media and analyst relations expertise. A frequent speaker at industry and business forums, her work has been recognized by several major publications and documented in industry reference material. Ann has been listed in the Who’s Who of American Leaders for more than two decades.

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