MEET THE TEAM
Years may pass, and the relationships continue to grow. That's the way that Briget partners with each client. We have a full-time staff of 25 people in account service, creative, media and finance to deliver full service solutions. Scroll through these pages and read more about our team leaders.
Teresa M. Young PRESIDENT & CEO
For 25 years, Teresa M. Young has supported business owners, executive directors, and boards, originally as mentor and trainer while operating her own sign business (1986-1992). In 1996, she received recognition as a Semi-Finalist in the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, sponsored by Ernst & Young LLP, USA Today, and NASDAQ. Teresa was elected to the Board of Directors for the International Sign Association (ISA) in 2001. She became the first woman in the Association's 60-year history to hold the Chairman's position (2007). 2011 marks the fourth year in a row that she has chaired the Sustainability Committee of the International Sign Association. She founded the the EcoSignage.org resource site in 2006 and has become a leading speaker on sustainability for associations. In 2009, she accepted a Director's seat on the California Sign Association Board and will be President of the Board in 2012.
John Campbell, Member of Congress, and Stephen T. Ayers, Acting Architect of the Capitol, honored Teresa with an American Flag that was flown over the White House in her honor on March 11, 2008, for dedication to and support of the on-premise sign industry through her contributions to the International Sign Association.
Teresa is a motivating and in-demand speaker, engaging associations coast to coast in new ways to advance their propositions. She is considered an expert in social media for associations, sustainability for organizations, and marketing for non-profits.
Paul K. Strauch, Jr.
Following Punahou High School and the University of Hawaii majoring in business administration, Paul spent 20 years as a 3rd-generation real estate broker in Hawaii, and is a former member of the Waikiki Surf Club, Outrigger Canoe Club, Liliuokalani Trust Child Welfare Department Advisory Board Member, Governor John Burn’s Advisory Committee to Waikiki Beach Improvement, and Honolulu Mayor’s Water Safety Committee. He is Past President of the Hawaii Amateur Surfing Association. In addition, Paul has more than 30 years in commercial and industrial real estate, as both owner and principal broker, in Hawaii, as well as in New York. He guides numerous boards today: Surfing Heritage Foundation, 501(c)(3) based California, Board Member, and also serves as current chair of the Operational Committee and board liason to the Oral History Committee. He is a Member of the San Onofre Foundation, 501((c)(3) based in California, Board Member. He is acting Executive Director of the Surfing Heritage Foundation. In addition, he serves as Co-Chair of the Sign Biz Advisory Board, guiding all aspects of the international Sign Biz Association.
As Chair of the Operational Committee of the San Onofre Foundation (SOF), Paul lends expertise in fundraising, Board governance, and strategic planning. The SOF is a California non-profit, charitable corporation, whose mission is to provide education, protection, and preservation for the California State Parks at San Onofre and San Clemente State Beaches. As a public liaison to these parklands, the San Onofre Foundation's mission is to foster a comprehensive stewardship of this unique recreational resource, with its historically important sites and environmentally significant setting. Created in 1971 by Richard M. Nixon’s presidential decree and supported by then-California Governor Ronald Reagan, San Onofre State Beach is among the top fiv most visited State Parks in California, with annual attendance exceeding 2 million.
Mary is a recognized expert in leadership, management, sales and service training. With more than 25 years of corporate experience, she has trained thousands of people in over 25 countries worldwide. She has been a Strategic Partner with the founders of Briget for over 7 years. Mary developed the sales people, managers and trainers that grew Jenny Craig Int’l. from a $68M company to more than $260M, first as Director of Sales and Trainings and then as VP of Franchise. During this 11-year tenure, she authored and delivered franchise-training programs for their expansion from 50 to over 800 Jenny Craig centers. Her expertise led her to a position of Global Director of Sales Training for Callaway Golf, resulting in company revenue growth from $700M to more than $800M in a three-year period.
While a consultant for TmaG, the company increased revenues from $600 million to over $1.2 billion and the Sales and Service teams became #1 in their industry. Those roles helped her develop a business acumen that enhances her association management skills today. Her expertise in the areas of organizational development, curriculum design, training and coaching enable her to skillfully facilitate executive teams, volunteers, start-ups, sales managers and professional trainers, crossing all channels of commerce. She provides Briget’s clients with business development services, strategic planning, marketing, event management, coaching, team building and expert training in sales/service.
Mary is a requested speaker and presenter at colleges, churches, and association groups on topics such as Power Growth Strategies, Managing Conflict, Your Mission Field, and Selling in Today’s Marketplace. She has a proven track record of achieving visions, improving competencies and increasing revenues in small companies, associations, non-profits and Fortune 500 Corporations. Mary is a creative, results-oriented Management Executive who guides non-profits to successful growth, delivering with energy, ethics and enjoyment. "This is really one of my greatest passions. I love both the aspects of driving the non-profit through better internal support and I LOVE making meetings extraordinary."
Frank Pisano, CPA, Tax Attorney, Financial Manager. Frank began his career in 1982 by founding Hoffski & Pisano, CPA's with James B. Hoffski and Francis X. Pisano. Originally specializing in taxation, the firm has expanded its areas of service to encompass all facets of accounting including compilation, reviews and audits; tax planning, research, compliance and representation before the US Tax Court, IRS and state and local taxing authorities with respect to both examination and collection matters; consulting, including non-profit financial planning, and employee benefits. Their team works with many non-profits and associations, and successfully manage accounts in excess of $100 Million. Because he is an attorney, as well as CPA, Frank is uniquely positioned to partner with clients and provide services and expertise beyond those of a typical accounting firm. In this fashion, Briget fulfills its commitment to provide a wide variety of services in a competent, efficient and cost effective manner.
Scott Mead, MULTIMEDIA ENGINEER With a 20-year career in music and multimedia engineering, Scott is the ultimate video production pro behind the scores of workshop DVDs, organization presentations, and the videography that makes it all come together. He started in Ann Arbor in 1980, and his clients have included the University of Michigan Staff on behalf of Yamaha for their new digital consoles, Guitar Center on behalf of Lexicon for their new computer hardware and digital reverbs, and original soundtrack development for Philips Consumer Electronics and Dominos Pizza. He brings great talent to each client's director orientation products, association fundraising messages, and multi-platform video content to highlight outreach programs. He authors countless educational DVDs. He leads the creative team in developing compelling presentations for many associations and corporate entities. His years of experience combine with great talent to yield professional videos for delivering your vision.
Denise Barrett offers more than 29 years of experience assisting individuals who own small businesses as well as association executives, and leaders in the corporate workplace. Her years of experience assure that each new client's accounting software setup and facilitation is seamless. With the most advanced security measures available today, she and the bookkeeping department team provide all client bookkeeping services, payroll, and sound fiscal management. As each new Chairman or Executive Director assumes the reins for your organization, Denise gives each Briget client a thorough understanding of each financial report, and she serves each individual client according to their specific need. Denise brings her upbeat approach to the training center classes as well as one-on-one consulting in Southern California with offices in San Diego and Dana Point. Denise brings a wealth of experience to individuals in business from her personal experience building a small business, as well as hundreds of business owners she has served over the years. Denise and her husband Sean have 4 children and 5 grandchildren. The grand kids are her favorite hobby!
Alicia brings more than 15 years of industry experience and a deep understanding of the fundamentals of good design to her role as Graphic Designer at Briget. Coming from a family steeped in the graphic arts, (her grandfather was an offset printer and her mother a graphic designer), she was exposed to design from childhood. She opened her own business in 1994, and before she sold it in 1998 to a large firm, her work was featured in numerous magazines. Alicia's knowledge of business, combined with a tremendous skill in print and design software applications helps all association clients. Alicia delivers more than just an academic viewpoint, creating compelling and visually balanced marketing newsletters, graphics, and report designs.
We have a full-time staff of 15 people in account service, creative, media and finance to deliver full service solutions.Utilizing the high-quality team at Briget can positively impact the costs associated with high staff turnover (attrition) rates, and particularly when considering the average cost per hire which could range from $2,000 - $6,000 depending on the industry. Administrative Overhead (for management and administrative staff, clerical, payroll taxes and benefits) as well as General Expenses (such as office supplies, mail and telephone, utilities and rent) are all included in Operational Support. In addition, the partners and staff have developed a network of service providers in those disciplines in which the firm does not possess specific expertise.