About Us

They say a chain is only as good as its weakest link. Lucky for us, every link is solid at Fearey. Our team is what defines us, by bringing experience, talent, enthusiasm and authenticity to every project.

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You, Amplified

Our Story

When Fearey began serving Seattle’s renegades in 1981, the world was a different place. Press releases required envelopes, news cycles were predictable, and our founder was frequently the lone female in the presence of fellow CEOs. 

In the decades that followed, the Pacific Northwest became the birthplace of gravity-defying technologies, boundary-pushing creativity, and life-changing code. And time after time, Fearey was there to amplify the region’s accomplishments.

40 years

Original, Authentic, Fearless

Throughout the last four decades, Fearey’s identity has been defined by three words: original, authentic, and fearless. And while many of our tools have transformed over the years, our most prized remains the same: relationships.

The companies, journalists, and citizens we serve have always been — and will always be — the relationships whose trust we seek to steward.

Under the leadership of employee-turned-CEO Aaron Blank, Fearey has expanded both geographically and professionally. The expertise once encapsulated by two letters — PR — is today supported by a full suite of digital marketing and communication services. Meanwhile, our reach has expanded across state lines and oceans, spanning the west coast with people living in Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii, Alaska, Montana and Colorado.

The mission that has governed Fearey for the last 40 years is the same mission we charge ourselves to guide the next 40 to come: building trusting and enduring relationships one conversation at a time.

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The Team

We are an eclectic group of former journalists, political masterminds, professional storytellers, creative gurus and digital pros who converge for the single purpose of amplifying your story.
Aaron Blank - CEO - The Fearey Group

Aaron Blank

CEO & President

Aaron Blank

CEO & President

Aaron Blank - CEO - The Fearey Group

When Aaron accepted a role as a Fearey senior account executive in 2005, he had little idea that he was stepping onto a path that would lead to ownership of one of the region’s most iconic public relations firms.

Since taking over as Fearey’s CEO and president in 2014, Aaron has led the firm through continuous double-digital annual growth, and solidified the firm’s reputation as a creative communications pioneer. When the City of Seattle secured its first NHL team in decades, local leaders turned to Aaron to help steer the rollout. When a construction disaster brought despair to one of the city’s most familiar streets, he was enlisted to help bring clarity to the confusion.

Named to the “40 under 40” list by the Puget Sound Business Journal and PR Week, Aaron is committed to making a lasting impact throughout the region and beyond. He is involved with The ArtsFund and Children’s Hopechest, and served as the second-youngest president of the Public Relations Global Network, an organization with 54 offices on six continents.

Aaron is a firm believer in the “never eat alone” mentality, with one lonely exception: breakfast. If anyone would like to join him at 4:30am, they’re more than welcome.

Chris Guizlo - Vice President - Fearey

Chris Guizlo

Vice President

Chris Guizlo

Vice President

Chris Guizlo - Vice President - Fearey

Chris’s background in Washington D.C., both in political affairs and nonprofit communications, brings a unique perspective to the work we do every day.

A tireless creator and digital consumer, Chris acts as Fearey’s resident expert on all things content. Chris can be found advising senior leaders across the West Coast on everything from media relations storytelling to social media campaigns. His ability to immerse himself in his clients’ worlds routinely positions him as a subject-matter expert across multiple industries.

When not immersed in the digital world, you’ll likely find Chris enjoying a pint at a local microbrewery, attempting to jumpstart his adult league hockey career, playing with his dogs, or galavanting the world in pursuit of airline miles.

Jacque Seaman - Vice President - Fearey

Jacque Seaman

Vice President

Jacque Seaman

Vice President

Jacque Seaman - Vice President - Fearey

Jacque’s publicity career began in New York City where she worked with a variety of A-list nonprofit, health care, tech and consumer clients focused on everything from HIV/AIDS and breast cancer, to climate change and global health, to education, children and families.

At Fearey, Jacque oversees the agency’s health care and nonprofit practice, and is well-known for her creative media storytelling and thought leadership efforts, helping clients get published nationally.

A native Oregonian, Jacque now calls Montana home and spends her free time working on her house, traversing the outdoors and testing out new recipes in her kitchen.

Jesse Rehm - Creative Director - The Fearey Group

Jesse Rehm

Creative Director

Jesse Rehm

Creative Director

Jesse Rehm - Creative Director - The Fearey Group

Jesse is a Seattle native who has spent the last 17 years living throughout the country. As Fearey’s first in-house Creative Director, she is bringing extensive knowledge of creative design and brand strategy to each account. She has experience working on digital brand strategy, loyalty marketing, and building creative for clients like Dunkin’, The Home Depot, Verizon and Alaska Airlines.

When the work day is done, Jesse spends time with her family outside as much as possible. Biking, skiing, camping – anything for some fresh air.

Christine Nettles - Director - Fearey

Christine Nettles

Administrative Director

Christine Nettles

Administrative Director

Christine Nettles - Director - Fearey

To say that Christine wears a lot of hats at Fearey is to say that Phil Knight wears a lot of shoes. Whether the day calls for a human resources specialist, an IT expert, or an operations strategist, hers is among the first phones to ring.

Christine has been the engine behind Fearey’s smooth legal, financial, and personnel operations for more than 21 years.

When not saving the day at Fearey, Christine is likely creating magic in the kitchen, taking road trips to Colorado, or planning her next global adventure.

May Wildman - Account Supervisor - Fearey

May Wildman

Account Supervisor

May Wildman

Account Supervisor

May Wildman - Account Supervisor - Fearey

A Washington, D.C. native, May’s PR career has straddled industries as diverse as hospitality, events, food and beverage, film, and mining. An expert in media and influencer relations, PR strategy, and social media management, she sees herself as a matchmaker between brands and storytellers eager to amplify their messages.

Well-versed in the practices of journalism, May serves Fearey’s clients with a robust knowledge of both traditional public relations and social media, and a passion for the art of communication.

A lover of Japanese culture, May’s weekends frequently involve brunching at the latest culinary hotspot and exploring the great outdoors.

Kyle Wall - Account Supervisor - Fearey

Kyle Wall

Account Supervisor

Kyle Wall

Account Supervisor

Kyle Wall - Account Supervisor - Fearey

A veteran of the New York City publicity and communications circuit, Kyle comes to Fearey following 7 years of music- and technology-focused PR in the city that never sleeps. His career has included a variety of eclectic brands including Mixcloud, Bandsintown, 7digital, and Music & Memory, as well as artists including Kenny Chesney, Chicago, Dr. John, and The Polyphonic Spree.

At Fearey, Kyle leads a variety of accounts with a passion for uncovering new narratives that can cut through the noise and novel ways to position clients through unique campaigns.

A native of Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton, Pennsylvania, he spends his spare time writing, recording, producing and releasing his own music as Wharfer. Kyle is a diehard Green Bay Packers fan — and a reluctant supporter of the New York Knicks.

Nikki Arnone - Account Supervisor - Fearey

Nikki Arnone

Account Supervisor

Nikki Arnone

Account Supervisor

Nikki Arnone - Account Supervisor - Fearey

Nikki’s passion for communication is rooted in the performing arts. A survivor of the New York City audition grind, her experience in various musicals and commercials led to a role in marketing Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. Prior to joining Fearey, Nikki led PR efforts for mission-driven clients in the clean energy tech space, the highlight of which was helping to lead the launch of a global climate coalition alongside a former U.S. Vice President.

A natural storyteller and publicity expert, Nikki specializes in securing top tier media coverage for her clients.

When not at work, you can find Nikki on her yoga mat, working on her own writing and soaking up whatever bits of sunshine Seattle will offer.

Bailie Pelletier - Account Executive - Fearey

Baile Pelletier

Account Executive

Baile Pelletier

Account Executive

Bailie Pelletier - Account Executive - Fearey

Bailie’s PR career has spanned the country, including the Midwest, the east coast, and the Pacific Northwest. After gaining both in-house and agency experience, she concluded that agency life best suited her style, as it offered the best opportunities for her creative side to flourish.

Bailie supports various clients with graphic design, copywriting, social media messaging, analytics, and traditional media relations.

When away from the office, Bailie can be found soaking in everything the Pacific Northwest has to offer, including reading, hiking, walking the city, and enjoying time with friends.

Erin Dubots - Account Executive - Fearey

Erin Dubots

Account Executive

Erin Dubots

Account Executive

Erin Dubots - Account Executive - Fearey

A former intern in travel and tourism, nonprofit PR, and book publicity, Erin brings a unique perspective to the Fearey team. Born and raised in upstate New York, Erin first brought her passion for PR to Fearey as a Production Assistant before advancing to her current Account Coordinator role.

A reliable voice on corporate communications, Erin regularly leverages her experience in graphic design and social brand-building to the tremendous benefit of Fearey’s clients.

When not at work, you can find Erin drinking too much coffee, planning her next travel destination, and tirelessly searching for a bagel as good as those in New York.

Kaite Lindquist - Account Coordinator - Fearey

Katie Lindquist

Account Coordinator

Katie Lindquist

Account Coordinator

Kaite Lindquist - Account Coordinator - Fearey

Katie is an Account Coordinator at Fearey. After choosing an interdisciplinary major at Colorado State University, Katie spent her undergrad exploring a wide variety of perspectives and topics. She saw that the common thread running through her favorite subjects was public relations! With an ignited passion for writing, storytelling, and PR strategy, Katie spent the past two years diving into her career, doing in-house PR for CSU’s Career Center, assisting in PR projects for a nonprofit and earning a place on the Public Relation Society of America’s executive committee for the New Pro’s national chapter.

When she’s not catching media placements and pondering blog posts, Katie enjoys spending time with her friends, discussing her favorite coffee brewing methods and crafting the perfect playlist to accompany a drive in the mountains.

Karin Ellefson - Production Assistant - Fearey

Karin Ellefson

Production Assistant

Karin Ellefson

Production Assistant

Karin Ellefson - Production Assistant - Fearey

Karin is Midwest born and raised, but after graduating in December 2020, she is ready to take on the Pacific Northwest. Originally from the Twin Cities, Karin found herself at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she studied advertising and public relations. (Go Big Red!)

During her time at school, Karin was able to have experiences doing public relations and advertising for both in-house teams and traditional agencies. She has a passion for writing, connecting with brands and for people, whether that be from working with social media, through client relations or building relationships with her coworkers.

Karin will be calling Seattle home in the next few months, where she is excited to explore the city, hiking, and enjoying new scenery. When Karin isn’t working, you can find her running, reading, traveling or spending time with her friends and family.