Manny starts his days with a HIIT workout or walk called the ‘hour of power’, figuring out ways to best serve his clients, and how to leverage his network and experience building, growing and operating early-stage, fast-growth B2B/B2C, professional service and consumer brand companies. He works with founders, owners, CEOs and executive committee members to grow companies from startup, to sales acceleration, to IPO and beyond.

Manny is a trained project manager and leadership/strategy consultant that approaches every interaction with a high degree of sensibility and sophistication. He is the kind of person that clients trust with their brands, and partners and teammates want to spend time with. He respects others, communicates honestly and operates with integrity all the time.

Manny is founder + partner at Connective Agency and is a MBA graduate of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He participates on boards of directors for education, industry and community action non-profits, including the Dallas Children’s Theater and CompTIA. Manny speaks to new entrepreneurs, mentors career-changers and loves spending time with his family.

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Jacqueline spent the first half of her career learning everything about PR, branding and integrated marketing at Ogilvy, working with clients across the finance, technology, consumer goods and professional services sectors. She spent the second-half of her career in-house at awesome companies like Adecco (workforce solutions), Amedisys (healthcare) and Balfour Beatty (commercial construction). 

Jacqueline’s passion is identifying communications solutions to organizational challenges and enabling companies to capitalize on market opportunities, regardless of industry. She loves to learn about all types of businesses and help them connect with their employees, customers and communities.

Jacqueline has a BA from New York University from the College of Arts and Sciences Communications School with honors in Journalism, and if someone paid her to go back to college she would go back to NYU in a heartbeat. She enjoys pretending to play tennis well, binge reading books, magazines and (gasp!) print newspapers, running (well, really jogging), practicing yoga, traveling, hiking and spending time outdoors with her family.

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For the past 15 years Whitney has worked at the intersection of technology, education, and liberal arts. She began her career as a video editor for an ABC News affiliate while attending Baylor University. Upon moving to Dallas she worked at Apple Inc. where she taught pro-level creative software to industry professionals and also assisted with opening new stores across the U.S. Southwest region.

Whitney launched a Dallas-based small business providing media curatorial services to clients across the country, which allowed her experience in marketing, product delivery, and account management. With a passion for helping others, she worked for 7 years at a Title I public school district, located in South Dallas and Waxahachie, and led district-wide communications and marketing campaigns.

Whitney jumped at the chance to join Connective Agency and is excited to help clients grow their business!

Whitney earned her Bachelors from the University of Texas at Dallas and a Masters from the University of Texas-Tyler. She loves to spend her free time with family and friends, and yummy food is always involved!

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Ellie is a high-performance brand specialist and copywriter with experience in leading management companies like Hinge Consulting, a full-service Amazon channel management agency, and TriHealth Health Services Company. Ellie is driven by her desire to produce compelling content. Combining creative strategy and key messaging skills, she has developed content for companies and brands across the globe.

As an account executive at CONNECTIVE, Ellie works with B2B and B2C brands to ensure their marketing/communications strategies are implemented with a high degree of sophistication and effectiveness.

While at Xavier University, Ellie excelled in her studies as an advertising major with a double minor in Digital Media and Communication Arts, while leading outside the classroom as the captain of her university soccer team.


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Ayona Anderson has 10+ years of agency and corporate experience in integrated marketing, digital & social media, crisis communications, public relations strategies, as well as multicultural outreach.

Ayona was the first social media advisor at ExxonMobil. From ExxonMobil's headquarters, she managed the corporate social media strategy, internal social media infrastructure, compliance reviews and channel approvals around the world, including Twitter in Malaysia, WeChat in Beijing, ExxonMobil Careers Facebook page and more.

Before ExxonMobil, Ayona worked at the global PR agency, Weber Shandwick, and at their multicultural marketing arm, The Axis Agency. She supported such brands as the U.S. Army, L’Oreal, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Paul Quinn College, U.S. Federal Reserve, Verizon Wireless, CVS/Pharmacy, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Pine-Sol, and more.

Ayona is a Dallas native and is passionate about the North Texas community. She serves on the marketing committee of VisitDallas, the Press Club of Dallas board marketing chair, and enjoys mentoring future marketers at the Townview School of Business & Marketing.


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Kailey is a high-energy tactical marketing specialist with program experience in cross-platform digital media analytics, planning, design and delivery for large, regional organizations, such as Keurig Dr Pepper, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, and Communities in Schools.

While at Baylor University her areas of study included journalism and public relations, and she was recognized for her academic excellence as a member of the Dean's Academic Honor's List. Kailey is a leader among her peers, serving as campus president for Dream Outside the Box: Baylor, and as a lead camp counselor at Pine Cove: one of the largest youth camps in Texas.

Outside of work Kailey enjoys reading, serving as a mentoring leader for teens, watching and attending sports events, and spending time with family.


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Kahla is a graphic designer with a wide range of design capabilities, including, brand development, digital advertisement, print design and studio art. Highly regarded by her peers and professional mentors for her creativity and imagination, Kahla enjoys the challenges of telling stories through design.

Kahla brings a combined artistic and technical skill set to our design team, creating materials for our clients that set their brands apart across channels.

A recent graduate of Texas Christian University, Kahla received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction. During her time at TCU, she was selected as a member of the Graphic Design Society of Excellence, served as treasurer of TCU Design Focus and won several graphic design focused competitions, such as the Graphis New Talent 2018 and 2019 Silvers.


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Nicole Smith is an accomplished marketer known for growing revenue and engaging audiences. Her thoughtful, insight-driven, customer-centric brand strategies have defined her time at high-profile companies including The Walt Disney Company. After earning her MBA from the University of Michigan, Nicole served as an executive at various sports properties including NASCAR, a Major League Baseball team and a Women’s National Basketball Association team. Most recently, Nicole transitioned from her career in sports to focus on select marketing clients and to share her knowledge and experience as a speaker, facilitator, and coach.  

Nicole is originally from Richmond, CA. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from UCLA and an MBA from the University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business. She is a certified Strategic Intervention coach and a member of the National Speakers Association. She also serves on the Alumni Board of Governors for Michigan Ross. 


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We're business partners and we're married. Some of our friends tell us we're nuts. Our other friends tell us we're crazy.
It works for us. We love working together because we complement each other professionally and personally. You'll see that when you meet us.
We're inspired by our family. Our two daughters, Sofia and Adriana are our reason for everything we do.

They're the ones who inspired us to come together as business partners, so we could build something special for our family. We want to build something that makes them proud and allows us to support their personal and professional journeys too. If you believe that business and family can co-exist, give us a shout because we’re always looking to grow our team with professionals who want to do amazing work for clients.

Our dream is to have CONNECTIVE Agency flourish so that all of us can see what's possible...