ABOUT US

MEET THE TEAM

Startr Co. is made up of brand architects and storytellers; true believers and ambassadors. We are all-hands-on-deck public relations pros who seek out purposeful work with brands that become family.

Focused on results-driven campaigns that help move companies forward, our team is passionate about the better-for-you food and beverage, lifestyle, children/family, and franchise categories. We are media relations wizards and influencer marketing strategists. We believe in transparency and operate with integrity above all else. We’ve mastered the art of the pitch, and prioritize listening to clients to deliver on meaningful work. When our clients thrive, we thrive. Period.

More than just an agency, we are foodies, fitness enthusiasts, consumers, news junkies, travelers, and so much more. We do what we do because we love it.

MONICA GUZMAN ESCOBAR

CEO

For almost 15 years, Monica has made public relations her home. As CEO of Startr Co. she prioritizes people—both clients and teams—to deliver on a PR experience that is second to none. Acting as a resource for clients amidst meteoric growth, and providing high level strategy for all agency work, Monica is on a mission to provide inventive solutions that enable brands to reach their full potential.

Prior to coming on board at Startr Co., Monica was one of the founding members of Konnect Agency in 2009. Acting as COO of Konnect, she helped grow the business from a handful of clients, to more than 60, all while growing a team of 3 to more than 50. At Konnect, she was crucial in bringing on and leading campaigns for brands including Lyft, Dave & Buster’s, Rhythm Superfoods, The Goddard School, Nuna, Attune Foods, Nautica, and others. Previous to Konnect, Monica held positions with PMK•BNC and Rox United Public Relations (previously RLPR), where she supported campaigns for brands including Nike, Got Milk?, Cheerios, Delta and Heineken.

Monica is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where she received a degree in Public Relations. When she is not on the phone with a client, in a meeting with a client, or on a plane to see a client, Monica enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband Adrian and their dog Bowie.

MONICA GUZMAN ESCOBAR

CEO

For almost 15 years, Monica has made public relations her home. As CEO of Startr Co. she prioritizes people—both clients and teams—to deliver on a PR experience that is second to none. Acting as a resource for clients amidst meteoric growth, and providing high level strategy for all agency work, Monica is on a mission to provide inventive solutions that enable brands to reach their full potential.

Prior to coming on board at Startr Co., Monica was one of the founding members of Konnect Agency in 2009. Acting as COO of Konnect, she helped grow the business from a handful of clients, to more than 60, all while growing a team of 3 to more than 50. At Konnect, she was crucial in bringing on and leading campaigns for brands including Lyft, Dave & Buster’s, Rhythm Superfoods, The Goddard School, Nuna, Attune Foods, Nautica, and others. Previous to Konnect, Monica held positions with PMK•BNC and Rox United Public Relations (previously RLPR), where she supported campaigns for brands including Nike, Got Milk?, Cheerios, Delta and Heineken.

Monica is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where she received a degree in Public Relations. When she is not on the phone with a client, in a meeting with a client, or on a plane to see a client, Monica enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband Adrian and their dog Bowie.

KIM LE

Brand Manager

Kim brings more than 13 years of dynamic agency experience to the table as she counsels consumer brand executives on strategic marketing and public relations programming. As a creative and relationship-oriented professional, she works with an entrepreneurial mindset and has an unrelenting passion for impactful growth strategies. Kim understands what is needed to craft a strong communications plan, identifying challenges and opportunities at any stage of the business. Her ambitious and spirited work ethic has helped build a powerful foundation for the agency, and she continues to contribute to Startr Co.‘s year-over-year growth.

Previous to Startr Co., Kim developed and executed multi-pronged campaigns for lifestyle, franchise and family brands. including Sky Zone, The Goddard School, Nautica, Teletubbies, MGA Entertainment, Ergobaby, Nuna, Ono Hawaiian BBQ, Levi's®, Home Depot, Lakeshore Learning and more.

Kim graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing. During her off-hours, she is on a continuous hunt for delicious cuisine, new workouts and fun activities. She was bit by the travel bug at an early age and has had the joy of visiting 21 countries thus far. She continues to satisfy her wanderlust spirit by traveling to foreign destinations on her ever-growing bucket list.

KIM LE

Brand Manager

Kim brings more than 13 years of dynamic agency experience to the table as she counsels consumer brand executives on strategic marketing and public relations programming. As a creative and relationship-oriented professional, she works with an entrepreneurial mindset and has an unrelenting passion for impactful growth strategies. Kim understands what is needed to craft a strong communications plan, identifying challenges and opportunities at any stage of the business. Her ambitious and spirited work ethic has helped build a powerful foundation for the agency, and she continues to contribute to Startr Co.‘s year-over-year growth.

Previous to Startr Co., Kim developed and executed multi-pronged campaigns for lifestyle, franchise and family brands. including Sky Zone, The Goddard School, Nautica, Teletubbies, MGA Entertainment, Ergobaby, Nuna, Ono Hawaiian BBQ, Levi's®, Home Depot, Lakeshore Learning and more.

Kim graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing. During her off-hours, she is on a continuous hunt for delicious cuisine, new workouts and fun activities. She was bit by the travel bug at an early age and has had the joy of visiting 21 countries thus far. She continues to satisfy her wanderlust spirit by traveling to foreign destinations on her ever-growing bucket list.

JILLIAN WONG

Brand Manager

With almost a decade of PR experience under her belt, Jillian has strong expertise in advising clients in the consumer packaged goods, food & beverage, health & wellness, and lifestyle spaces. Her diverse background has allowed her to help develop and execute successful media relations campaigns, events, digital & social programming, and influencer partnerships for leading brands including KRAVE Jerky (Hershey), SweetLeaf Tea (Nestle Waters), Attune Foods (Post Holdings), Kodiak Cakes, Lyft, LELO, and NBA All-Star Weekend 2018.

At Startr Co., she is passionate about working closely with emerging brands and their teams to drive brand awareness and growth. Jillian does this by truly ingraining herself in the DNA of every client she works with, while staying current on industry news and trends that in turn allow her to provide valuable insights on best practices. She is humbled to be working with the mighty team at Startr Co. and strives to deliver measurable results every day.

Jillian is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, where she received a degree in Business Economics with a minor in Management. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her loud and strong-willed Asian family, work out, try out new restaurants, juggle between different fad diets, enjoy the outdoors, and most recently, take time off of work to travel (HR likes to remind her of growing vacation hours).

JILLIAN WONG

Brand Manager

With almost a decade of PR experience under her belt, Jillian has strong expertise in advising clients in the consumer packaged goods, food & beverage, health & wellness, and lifestyle spaces. Her diverse background has allowed her to help develop and execute successful media relations campaigns, events, digital & social programming, and influencer partnerships for leading brands including KRAVE Jerky (Hershey), SweetLeaf Tea (Nestle Waters), Attune Foods (Post Holdings), Kodiak Cakes, Lyft, LELO, and NBA All-Star Weekend 2018.

At Startr Co., she is passionate about working closely with emerging brands and their teams to drive brand awareness and growth. Jillian does this by truly ingraining herself in the DNA of every client she works with, while staying current on industry news and trends that in turn allow her to provide valuable insights on best practices. She is humbled to be working with the mighty team at Startr Co. and strives to deliver measurable results every day.

Jillian is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, where she received a degree in Business Economics with a minor in Management. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her loud and strong-willed Asian family, work out, try out new restaurants, juggle between different fad diets, enjoy the outdoors, and most recently, take time off of work to travel (HR likes to remind her of growing vacation hours).

YOU ARE WHO YOU SURROUND YOURSELF WITH

So we like to surround ourselves with the best. We don’t consider this a job; this is what we were meant to do ... and we’re good at it. We strategize together just as often as we break bread together. We brainstorm and have fun doing it. We help each other because we know there is power in numbers. We cheer for each other and celebrate as a team. We enjoy a good laugh and a great win even more. Whether a client is working with three or five of us, they always have the strength of the agency behind them.