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Who We Are

Meet the Team

David Hernandez

David Hernandez

Co-founder & Managing Partner

David launched lotus823 in 2010 after his experience within both sides of the marketing and retail world, at a time when he felt the strong need of a results-driven integrated boutique firm. Prior to launching lotus823, David was part of the leadership team for a consumer technology public relations agency where he drove the firm’s growth to double-digits in less than three years.

With 25 years of experience in the retail and marketing industry, David has also served in a variety of executive roles at companies such as Guitar Center, MARS Music, and OMI.

Allison Hernandez

Allison Hernandez

Co-founder & Managing Partner

Allison has established key policies, procedures, and budgets for lotus823 since 2010 when she founded the firm with husband and co-managing partner David Hernandez. With over 20 years of extensive experience in human resources and company operations, Allison is a senior-level professional who has brought to life her and David’s vision of creating a company culture that attracts the best people both as employees and clients.

Prior to lotus823, Allison has worked within human resources and business solutions at large companies such as MARS Music and Toshiba.

Nancy Kohlreiter

Nancy Kohlreiter

Chief Operating Officer

Nancy manages lotus823’s overall corporate vision with a key focus on efficiently managing the agency’s future expansion and plans for growth and providing counsel on new business development. With over 15 years of experience, Nancy provides the leadership, management, and direction necessary for lotus823 to thrive.

Prior to joining lotus823, Nancy held the position of Senior Director, New Product Acquisition at Office Depot where she was a champion at developing strategic partnerships with major brands inside the organization.

Rachel Litner

Rachel Litner

Chief Strategy Officer

Rachel is a seasoned professional with more than 30 years of public relations, marketing and journalism expertise. As Chief Strategy Officer, she spearheads global business plans to expand lotus823’s presence and growth in the consumer lifestyle space. Prior to joining lotus823, Rachel was President and Founder of Rachel Litner Associates, a PR agency that specialized in the culinary and home industry. She previously held positions at CIT, Conair Corporation, Fairchild Publications (Home Furnishings Daily) and Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. Her diverse background as an in-house PR executive, magazine editor, and an agency principal plays an instrumental role in creating new growth strategies for clients and the company as a whole.

Dan Kulp

Dan Kulp

Vice President

Dan has more than ten years of marketing and public relations experience, having worked extensively in a variety of capacities in the lifestyle and consumer products industries. As Vice President of lotus823, he oversees all client and media relations, from press relations and content creation to event and strategic planning. Prior to joining lotus823, Dan was Vice President of Rachel Litner Associates, a culinary, lifestyle and housewares public relations firm. He has also been a team member at MWW Group in New Jersey and 5W Public Relations in New York City.

Anthony Berardo

Anthony Berardo

Director of Digital Advertising

As a seasoned marketing executive for B2B and B2C campaigns across various industry verticals, including travel, technology, and managed services, Anthony believes in the  importance of utilizing all internet marketing channels to synergize his client’s message with a focus on branding and increasing relevant traffic, conversions, lead generation, and sales.

Prior to joining lotus823, Anthony served as Director of Marketing for Myriad Supply and Myriad Tech Solutions, where he managed brand strategy and development, website traffic growth, website UI, and overall advertising revenue.

Beth Gard

Beth Gard

Senior Manager, Client Relations and Operations

Beth provides public relations counsel and leadership, consistently generating strong coverage for her clients. She has garnered placements in and built relationships with publications such as USA Today, Cosmopolitan, Parade, and TWICE. She has developed winning client entries in award programs, including the InfoComm Best of Show Awards and rAVe Readers’ Choice Awards. Beth’s work has also directly resulted in award wins for lotus823, including the PRSA NJ Pyramid Award and the PR News Agency Elite Awards.

Prior to joining lotus823, Beth held positions with Burson-Marsteller and Gutenberg Communications and she holds a Masters in Communication & Information Studies.

MJ Thompson

MJ Thompson

Digital Marketing & Design Manager

MJ specializes in organic and paid digital marketing and social media, developing cross platform strategies that combine data driven decisions and current design trends to promote conversions and brand awareness. Experienced in Google AdWords, SEO and SEM tactics along with best web development practices, MJ enjoys building a cohesive marketing plan that can be implemented to best meet a client’s needs and goals.

MJ has extensive experience in, creating social media policies and strategies, executing day-to-day posting, monitoring, and managing brand and divisional pages, launching and updating a national ad program, and reporting on various media strategies while adjusting spend within products, so that each buy is most cost-effective. Additionally, she is proficient with the Adobe Creative suite, graphic design video editing, script writing, and post production, along with experience working in HTML5, Python, Ruby and motion graphic animation.

Heather Hewit

Heather Hewit

Senior Account Manager

Heather joined lotus823 in 2011 and holds a successful track record of managing award-winning integrated, social media, and public relations strategies.

Heather’s knack for relationship-building with trade and mainstream media consistently leads to top-notch placements, such as CNET, USA Today, Parents, SELF, Men’s Fitness, CNBC, TechCrunch, Engadget, Wired, Digital Trends, PCMag, and more.

Her leadership, tactical execution, and results-oriented nature at lotus823 has led to her accounts’ wins of a 2015 PRSA NJ Pyramid Award in Media Relations, a 2014 Ragan’s PR Daily Awards Honorable Mention in Product/Service Launch, a 2014 PRSA NJ Pyramid Awards Honorable Mention for PR on a Shoestring, and a 2013 PR Daily’s Social Media Awards Honorable Mention for Best Event Promotion.

Erica Bonavitacola

Erica Bonavitacola

Account Manager

Throughout her career, Erica has worked with clients in the toy, tech, lifestyle, and beauty industries, utilizing her strong interpersonal and writing skills to secure client coverage in top media outlets, including Newsday, NY Post, and Fox News as well as leading industry specific and trade publications.

Prior to joining lotus823, Erica held a position at Southard Communications, where she worked alongside senior-level team members to execute product launches, brand-building campaigns, and influencer programs. Erica’s event experience includes representing her clients at major tradeshow and media events such as the 2015 Clio Awards, Suite Sweet 2015, New York Comic Con 2015, Big City Moms Event 2016, Toy Fair 2016, and the 2016 Luxury Technology Show.

Cathy Harlow

Cathy Harlow

Bookkeeper