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Ismael Llano has joined iluma Agency’s account management team as Brand Manager. He brings over 15 years of marketing expertise, with more than 10 years of senior client relations experience, to this integral role on our team. From strategy to communication, Ismael works closely with both our external clients and all internal departments to ensure we elevate the brand while driving local franchise growth. He’s excited to bring his dedication to the franchise world while continuing to grow and learn—and we’re delighted to get to work with such a positive, vibrant and talented leader.

Born, raised, and surrounded by family in South Florida, Ismael attended the University of Miami, where he double majored in art science and advertising, with a minor in marketing. His appreciation for art encompasses abstract and pop artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol.

Having also lived in New York for two years, Ismael wrote a sitcom pilot about a character who moves from Miami to New York to work in advertising. Ismael likes keeping busy. Far from his only creative endeavor, he has also taken part in micro theater plays and currently co-hosts a weekly podcast with a lifelong friend.

Listening to “Pero… Let Me Tell You,” Ismael’s podcast, sounds like you’re hanging out with a couple of friends—and features the “rants and musings of two Cuban-American guys discussing news, politics, culture and arts.” Proudly sharing a birthday with Lucille Ball, Ismael enjoys making people laugh.

Along with his great sense of humor, Ismael also radiates positivity everywhere he goes. Through his podcast he has had the opportunity to interview some of Miami’s greatest—like Sef Gonzales, aka Burger Beast. He has even been sponsored to attend Croquetapalooza, a Cuban food lover’s dream come true. In one of his favorite podcast episodes, Ismael interviewed the leader of Amigos for Kids, a local organization that helps prevent child abuse. He is excited to continue growing his international digital audience and looks forward to building an entire podcast network.

Our upbeat and open-minded Brand Manager offers us this advice: “Don’t just exist. LIVE.” Specific to franchise brands, he recommends an approach that focuses on longevity rather than merely chasing short-term goals. We’re confident that Ismael is exactly the right person to help our franchise clients realize long-term success and get the most from their brand.

Ismael said his favorite part of iluma Agency is the people. He enjoys being surrounded by interesting people who are passionate about what they do.

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The Content and Creative Director of iluma Agency, Sarah Rosenblum, has been with our company for more than 2 years and plays an important role in our LocalLight marketing program for franchisees and multi-unit businesses, including Orangetheory Fitness, Aveda, Massage Envy, and Tapout Fitness.

From social media and blog articles that drive engagement, traffic, and brand awareness to e-blasts and ads that generate clicks and leads, she manages the creative strategy and production of influential digital marketing assets that serve as a perpetual source of growth for the franchise brands we work with. She also develops and hosts a webinar series we developed for Orangetheory Fitness to help local studio owners learn the latest marketing techniques and trends, including “Snapchat & Video Marketing Techniques to Amplify Studio Growth” and “Studio Event Marketing to Increase Growth & Retention.”

Sarah was born in the northeast, moving from Arlington, Virginia, to Dublin, Ohio; Doylestown, Pennsylvania; and Columbia, Maryland before residing in South Florida. She studied sociology at Flagler College and pursued her graduate degree in writing from Nova Southeastern University. Passionate about traveling, some of Sarah’s favorite adventures include hikes in the Faroe Islands and Peru. She also taught English in Nagoya, Japan.

Recently, some of her favorite stories to share with her colleagues are about joining Orangetheory Fitness as a member of their Miami Lakes studio. She is excited to be participating in a workout program that’s efficient, fun, and helping her live a better, healthier life. She completed Orangetheory’s Hell Week fitness challenge in October and is getting ready to experience their 8-week transformation challenge.

Sarah also enjoys circulating her workout summaries around the office for everyone to see. Orangetheory Fitness is a high-tech, heart rate monitored workout that shows results in real-time on screens throughout the class and tracks cumulative performance over time.

From a marketing perspective, Sarah says she gains additional insight by experiencing a brand the way a customer does. Whether it’s working out at Orangetheory or getting a haircut at Aveda, “it helps me connect with prospective new members and clients on an emotional level,” she says. “And I love knowing that I’m not only helping brands find new customers—but that I’m helping people find service or brand they’ll love.”

Sarah and the content, social media, and creative team at iluma Agency are part of our company’s integrated digital marketing approach designed to maximize reach, engagement, leads, conversion, and growth. To learn more about iluma Agency’s LocalLight digital marketing program for franchise brands and multi-unit businesses, please call 786-703-3083, email sales@ilumaAgency.com, or contact us here.

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Samantha LeWinter, Digital Strategy Manager, joined iluma Agency in April 2017. She brings a wealth of expertise and talent to our team, the value of which can be seen every day as we continue to drive better and better results for our clients. Equipped with bright ideas and strong opinions as she lights the way to successful digital marketing campaigns, Samantha truly does what it takes to help brands shine. She’s also a pleasure to work with and simply to know.

Samantha grew up in Weston, Florida, but has also lived in DC and New York, where she gained experience in her roles as Digital Advertising Consultant, Key Account Manager, and Marketing Director. A graduate of Florida State University and jack of all trades, her major in interdisciplinary studies included a focus on public health and administration. Samantha is now a certified HIV counselor who has a passion for helping others and making the world a better place.

Her acts of good will extend to the animal world as well. With a self-professed “rescue problem,” Samantha sometimes tries to find homes for animals she can’t adopt herself. Even when she was little, she cared for injured turtles she found, then released them once they were better. Her current fur family includes a hound mix named Penelope and a shepherd mix named Tela.

One of Samantha’s recent hobbies is renovating the new house she shares with her husband, Eric. Eric is also a graduate of Florida State University. He and Samantha met each other 8 years ago, started dating 5 years ago, and have been married for 2 years. A rainy day, complete with a tornado, wasn’t enough to stop their wedding at the Stranahan House in the New River area of Fort Lauderdale. For their honeymoon, they enjoyed island hopping in the Southern Caribbean.

Traveling is another passion Samantha shares with our team. Her travel bug has taken her spelunking through rainforest caves in Belize as well as off-roading to a beach in St. Lucia surrounded by gorgeous mountains. She likes trying food from around the world, too, with a special love for Thai, Indian, and Korean food. Whether traveling the world or keeping it local, Samantha has an appreciation for the outdoors and any outdoor activities, recounting learning to sail with her dad in the Keys and expressing interest in hiking Kilimanjaro.

One more fun fact about Samantha is that she loves music and going to concerts—especially small music festivals. A fan of Lollapalooza, she also attended the first ever Hangout Festival.

iluma Agency Digital Strategy Manager Samantha LeWinter looks forward to continuing to drive results for your marketing campaign or beginning to work with you in the near future. If you have any questions for her, don’t hesitate to ask.

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You probably don’t know Allison Krupp, but if you know our LocalLight Digital Marketing program, then you know and love her work. A graphic designer at Illuminati Studios for four years, Allison leads our creative team in developing the eye-catching animated social media graphics, advertisement images, and lead-generating landing page layouts that have become so crucial to the success of our clients. Her in-depth knowledge of brand guidelines for the franchises we work with, the time she spends in and outside of the office exploring new artistic trends and lead-generation techniques, and her intuitive eye for marketing design are just some of the characteristics that make her such an integral part of our team. keep reading
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