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Meet our core brain trust – the visionaries leading our experienced collective of maverick communications strategists and relationship engineers: seasoned business development consultants and marketing wunderkinder, tech geeks, a skateboarder, nerds who really did rule band camp, and a few beauty queens who are all pretty damn badass.

We have developed a significantly powerful network of diversified relationships worldwide – from the heart of Indian Country to Los Angeles, Nashville, Houston, Atlanta, New York, Shanghai, London, and beyond – all strategically embedded throughout the fabric of both the public and private sectors. Through this end, we are able to effectively build bridges and in-roads to those individuals, corporate entities, and industry leaders who are positioned to enable our clients to fulfill their agenda. We call this “relationship equity.” Coupled with the depth of our expertise, it is the most important tool at your exclusive disposal, your own “ace-in-the-hole” in the game of big business.

Some have described us as working behind-the-scenes :: actually, we move them ™

Makayla Telfer
Senior Marketing Consultant
Overwhelmingly sought-after by small to large companies and “blue chip” giants, alike, for national and international Marketing consultation, Makayla Telfer leverages her intellectual rigor and specialized expertise for the benefit of 1680’s diverse client roster and strategic partners.
Arriving to the Music City scene in 2011, Makayla Telfer has successfully carved a distinctive presence in several business verticals throughout Nashville and beyond. A Scholars Graduate of the esteemed Creighton School of Business, Telfer blends her extensive background in the professional marketing discipline with a true passion for business and community development as a vehicle for trailblazing in both the private and public sectors.

Makayla Telfer has been tapped nationwide by leading Public Relations and Marketing firms and business entities of varying sizes – from startup companies to large, multinational corporations – for her expertise as a creative marketing professional and business networking resource. Ever the consummate connector, she is truly a “business relationship engineer” with key contacts and influencers in Nashville, Burbank, New York, Omaha, Houston, and abroad.

Bragging Rights
Makayla Telfer’s recent career highlights include:

• Motorola
• StudioNow – video creation marketplace with 7,800+ filmmakers
• Airgas
• Dynamic Air Shelters – global leader in the manufacture of industrial blast-resistant shelters
• Sony Masterworks
• Legendary Music Icon Rodney Dillard and “The Dillards” brand
• NewsCertified Exchange – global media resource service
• 3-time GRAMMY® Award-winner Bill Miller
• National Marketing Agency, OBI Creative (Gateway, Verizon, ViewSonic, Continuum Worldwide)
• MYMIC – virtual technology modeling and simulation and educational training company
• Bigger Picture Group – Country music artists, Chris Cagle and Craig Campbell
• The Roosevelts Beard Company

Industries of Expertise
• Oil & Gas
• Music
• Live Entertainment
• Media
• Healthcare
• Modeling & Simulation
• New Technologies
• Economics
• Mobile Technology
Secret 1680 Super Powers
Known by clients, colleagues – and, especially, our competitors – as the driving force behind 1680PR’s Marketing and Management consultancy, Makayla Telfer’s vibrant personality and Iowa-farmer’s-daughter charm belie the breadth of her front-line experience and deep industry knowledge. Telfer’s inherently strong emphasis on intellectual rigor helps clients of all corporate sizes and verticals transform, adapt, and adopt to the challenges of the global marketplace.
Power Quote
“There’s no time like the now time.”
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Ken Lingad
Senior Communications Strategist / Business Relationships Engineer
“Innovative Native” since 1970-something, our Master Strategist, Ken Lingad, is recognized around the globe as the “Godfather” of the 1680 Brand.
Referenced in Native Peoples magazine as a “visionary impresario,” Ken Lingad is the sole architect behind a multitude of high-profile strategic marketing campaigns. Instantly recognizable at the forefront of the Arts, Entertainment, and Fashion scenes, Lingad is a distinctively authentic icon of the American Southwest, and is the subject and inspiration for the bestselling book, Contemporary Native American Artists. READ more about Ken Lingad on his personal website: KenLingad.com.
Bragging Rights
A “transformational leader,” Lingad’s particular expertise has been sought by scores of the nation’s brightest scholars, established talents, corporations, and government agencies – in addition to feature film, network television, and major record label companies and music talents:

• Presidential Candidate / New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson

• New Mexico Tourism Department

• All 22 New Mexico Indian Pueblos, Tribes, Nations

• New Mexico Indian Affairs Department

• Albuquerque Studios

• Multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning and frequently nominated artists: Bill Miller, Jon Vezner, Black Eagle, Rodney Dillard, and more

• “Forbes” Magazine-listed Business Strategist / Speaking Talent Kelly Hoey

• Women Innovate Mobile – New York

• The Levo League – New York

• Warner Music Nashville

• Fashion’s Night Out NYC – New York

• Lion’esque Style – New York

Summer Sun Winter Moon film for PBS, ITVS, NPR

• Chickasaw Nation Division of Commerce

• Superstar Music Artist Flo Rida

• Eiteljorg Museum – Indianapolis

• U.S. Senator / Presidential Candidate Mike Gravel

• RoadTown Enterprises, LTD – Los Angeles

• Heritage Hotels and Resorts

• SWAIA / Santa Fe Indian Market

• Master Fine Artists Jody Naranjo, Malcolm Furlow, and Kevin Red Star

• Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) – New York

• Legendary Bluegrass artist Rodney Dillard and “The Dillards” brand – Worldwide

Areas and Industries of Expertise
• B2B Liaison between over 200 Native Tribes and Enterprises

• Social Media Communications: Market Research, Strategy, Implementation

• Digital “Guerrilla” Communications and Crisis Management

• Internal / External Communications Counsel for C-level Executives and blue chip companies

• Life / Business Coaching for CEOs and other C-level Executives

• Career Management for emerging talents and established, high-profile music artists

Secret 1680 Super Powers
Ken Lingad is the Chief (pun intended) of our collective’s brain trust. His ability to see ahead of trends in most market segments and business verticals make most of us believe he’s actually a seriously legit fortune teller (but not in that carnival-machine-Tom-Hanks-used-in-Big kind of way). He is most definitely the best friend a person can have…and a FIERCE adversary.
Power Quotes
“Save time and see it my way.”

“Some work behind the scenes – I move them.”

“Larger than life is just my size.”

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Valeria Maltoni
Global Marketing Strategist
You know her by name. You know her by reputation. Startups to large global businesses – agencies, consultancies, and everything in-between – continue to benefit from the strategic foresight and pragmatic action plans created and managed by Italy’s finest export: Valeria Maltoni.

Handpicked by Fast Company magazine for her particular expertise and ability to augment and amplify its brand footprint, Valeria Maltoni is the strategist a number of Fortune 500 businesses with multiple brands, revenue streams, and audiences rely on for brand value and profitable business growth. Leaders in industries as diverse as media and entertainment, consumer goods, beauty, fashion & style, wellness, publishing, and technology tap Maltoni for her strategic mind and hands-on approach. A future-oriented business resource, she drives the creative execution of integrated marketing and communication programs.

Fluent in several cultures and modes of expression with a keen understanding of how influence flows, Valeria Maltoni works at the intersection of digital technology, human behavior, and brand strategy. Her passion for business shines through when translating market goals into strategic action using learning to build a contextual understanding of brand and its relationships – people and their networks – through a framework built on observation, for orientation to lead to decision and action.

Bragging Rights
A future-oriented leader, Valeria Maltoni integrates her purpose and power to increase certainty and action – giving special attention to relationships, identifying the major vectors of influence, and engaging creative expression. Maltoni is known for integrity, outstanding communications skills, and a consistent record of successfully executing strategic vision to grow enterprise value.

• Bologna Business School, Guest Professor for Advanced Digital Marketing Strategy

• Built Social Network for Fast Company and ran 100 Thought Leadership events between 1999-2007

• Venture for America, Business Advisor for startup accelerator with First Round Capital

• International MBA at the Fox School of Business Temple University, Strategy Advisor

• Negotiated an international joint venture to bring and market new products to the US

• Built equity in two prominent global businesses resulting in profitable acquisitions

• Designed Strategic Conversations for 3 annual Rendezvous involving 200 clients & lead prospects in the top S&P 500 companies

• Worked in organizations with business operations in the United States, with strong customer footprints in Europe, and product sourcing in Europe and Asia

• Conducted more than 1,200 hours of simultaneous interpreting and translation work

• Keynote Speaker for a number of international events and conferences including: Dare Conference Philadelphia; Search Marketing Expo (SMX) NYC; Inbound Boston; Content Marketing World (#CMWorld) Cleveland, Consumer Good Technology (CGT) Sales & Marketing Summit NYC; Inside Sales Summit virtual; CES International Las Vegas; Digital Age 2.0 Sao Paulo, Brazil; reThink Oslo, Norway; WOMMA Summit Las Vegas; CTAM Summit, Vocus User Group conference Baltimore; Solo Session at SxSW Interactive Austin; Confab the Content Strategy conference Minneapolis; Blog World Las Vegas; Future M Summit Boston; MIMA Summit Minneapolis; Web 2.0 Expo NYC; Mediabistro Community Manager roundtable NYC; Brand Camp University Detroit; The Inbound Marketing Summit Boston; Marketing Prof’s B2B Forum Boston; Mediabistro Circus NYC

• Published Author at ConversationAgent.com, and Learning Habit weekly

• Authored articles for Communication World magazine, Industria Clandestina, Fast Company

• Introduction to “Working and Writing in Groups” – Ohio State University Prof. Locker’s Business and Administrative Communications, 6/e (2003, McGraw-Hill)

Industries of Expertise
• Retail Commerce

• Media & Publishing

• Media & Entertainment

• Packaged goods

• Beauty, Fashion & Style

• Technology

• Risk Management

• Digital Strategy & Innovation

• Strategic Conversations

• Social Media & Content Marketing Integration

• Influence & Advocacy Work

• Social Crisis Strategy & Plans

Secret 1680 Super Powers
Imagination, curiosity, and a connective mind that activate in relationship guru, content jujitsu, able forecaster, and insatiable learner form.

Power Quote
“Business substance with Italian style.”
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Joe Moore
Senior Graphic Designer / Art Director
Our resident super hero, Joe Moore often plays the Superman to our Lois Lane when it comes to high-caliber design miracles that always save the day for our clients’ diverse needs, wants, and sometimes-outrageous demands.

Joe Moore brings nearly 20 years of Graphic Design experience conjuring creative solutions for print and web. A sought-after creative visionary, Joe loves the whole creative process, from research, to brainstorming, to communicating, to design. Ever the consummate and modest professional, he divides his time between expanding his national and international work portfolio and spending quality time with his lovely wife Sarah; their two sons, Maddox and Mason; and their pug, Vegas.

Areas of Expertise
• Print

• Logo

• Identity

• Web

• Making every project he touches bold, beautiful, and badass.

Secret 1680 Super Powers
To psychically predict what time of night one of us will call him for help with a last-minute rush job for a client who called after close of business on a Thursday evening.
Power Quote
“Of course I can do that.”
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Elijah Rawlings
Video Director / Editor
Don’t let his youthful vigor and classic sense of fashion fool you – our Samba-wearing Video Director and Editor, Elijah, is an EMMY Award-winning talent with boundless creative vision.

Elijah Rawlings brings a vibrant and infectious creative energy to all of our projects. Our go-to guy for video content creation, directing, and post-production, his artistic sensibility is a perfect blend of classic cinematography philosophy and modern methodology.

Areas of Expertise
• Principal Photography

• Directing

• Video Editing (FCPX)

• Post-Production

Secret 1680 Super Powers
The ability to keep his hallmark Adidas Sambas immaculately clean
Power Quote
“I just feel like we’d all have a better day if we took a few minutes to stretch and touch our toes.”
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Thomas Kies
Account Executive
As you can see from his staff picture, Thomas Kies spearheads 1680’s Public Service Announcement campaigns – because we care.
Renaissance Man…Craft Beer Connoisseur…Skateboarding Ace…and the only guy in our ranks to sport a beard, Thomas Kies brings a fresh perspective to our Account Team. Working seamlessly with our sister company, 1680Entertainment, Thomas builds client relationships, manages deliverables and timelines, and strategizes with our C-suite for projects of all sizes – local, regional, national, and international.
Bragging Rights
The least likely among us to actually brag, Thomas rocked his beard and wore Oxfords before they were hip in Nashville.

• Multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning artist Bill Miller

• The Roosevelts – National Indie-Rock Act

• Jeff Gilkinson – GRAMMY®-nominated multi-instrumentalist associated with The Dillards, Tom T. Hall, Jackson Browne, Art Garfunkel, Jennifer Warnes, Waylon Jennings, Gram Parsons, and more

• Legendary Bluegrass artist Rodney Dillard and “The Dillards” brand – Worldwide

Secret 1680 Super Powers
Thomas solves problems that keep our CEO up at night.
Power Quotes
“Beer careful.”

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