MEET THE TEAM
Leeann Froese and Andrew von Rosen own and head Town Hall Brands, supported by a smart, dedicated, and hard working team of consultants.
The approach of the Town Hall team is to work hard and have a great time doing what we love. Contact any team member by email with the format email@example.com
Meet the team…
THE COMMUNICATIONS TEAM
Leeann Froese – owner
Blessed with a silly spirit, but serious work ethic, Leeann loves people, and they love her. Leeann is Town Hall’s extroverted co-owner, so it is natural that she is its public face.
Leeann’s genuine, warm, and outgoing personality draws people to her. When you are near Leeann, you feel the ideas spark and energy buzz. Her enthusiasm is contagious. Leeann loves to address groups—large or small—and is adept at leading client workshops. She has made a name for herself by earning press coverage for her clients; yet she is the consummate professional, who believes it is her role to stay in the shadows, while she helps make her clients famous—world famous, in fact. For the past 18 years Leeann has worked with Canada’s best-known wineries (yes, she helped them earn that distinction) to dream, shape strategies, and communicate key messages. Her success in generating publicity for her clients translates to a bookshelf filled with press clippings. She knows how to find, craft, and share clients’ stories. These days, the behind-the-scenes work excites Leeann. She loves counselling clients and helping them build brand strategies that they bring to life and implement. Their success is hers. At Town Hall, Leeann’s role is to manage client projects and create and oversee communications strategy. A little media relations is added into the mix. Leeann regularly gives to her community. She was on the committee that established the BC Hospitality Foundation
, an organization that provides financial support to individuals within the hospitality community who are coping with a financial crisis arising from a health or medical condition. Leeann also believes in mentorship and sharing knowledge; hence, she is a member of the BC Chapter of Les Dames d’ Escoffier
, a society of professional women that promotes the education and advancement of, and supplies advice and assistance to, women in careers related to food, wine, hospitality, and nutrition. Additionally, Leeann is a leader at Cub Scouts
, where she and the youth she leads learn new skills together. If she is offline, her favourite thing to do is watch birds.
Sujinder Juneja, FWS
Sujinder Juneja can tell your story; in fact, he can tell it so well that others can’t wait to share it.
Sujinder Juneja is the senior publicist at Town Hall Brands and brings to the group an endless passion for all things wine, food, and music. A gifted communicator, Sujinder’s career began in the music industry, where he spent nearly a decade on the sales and marketing team for the Beggars Group, one of the most respected independently owned, UK-based record companies. From there, Sujinder moved into the world of wine sales, where he oversaw a team of representatives across BC, established a strong working knowledge of the BC liquor industry, and forged solid trade relationships. This accumulated experience and deep skill set serves Sujinder well today as he makes the move from wine sales to communications and media relations in the area of wine and food. At Town Hall, Sujinder specializes in spreading client news and booking media interviews. He is thoughtful and strategic, and has proved to be a leader in earning press coverage for Town Hall’s clients. Sujinder is also the voice for the BC Hospitality Foundation
. When it comes to communicating with media, Sujinder shines. He’s built strong relationships and has established a reputation for reliability and fabulous, shareable client stories. Never one to shy away from the grind, it is common for Sujinder to rise at way-too-early-o’clock so he can arrive at the studio for a breakfast time TV spot. Sure, Sujinder loves talking it up on behalf of others, but he also has a hunger (thirst?) for music, food, beer, and wine. He is a French Wine Scholar
, (FWS), in the middle of his WSET
Diploma and is a PNWBA
(Pacific Northwest Barbecue Association) certified judge. When he’s not working, Sujinder can be found spending time with his family at their Bowen Island home.
Amy’s passion for food, travel, environmental issues and dogs is infectious. When you meet her, you’ll know…
Amy is the food and lifestyle publicist on the communications team at Town Hall. Amy was born in Taiwan, but moved to Vancouver at an early age where her innate love for the great outdoors, the mountains and the sea were able to fully bloom. Living in an environmentally-conscious manner is very important to Amy, who came to Town Hall from a marketing and communications stint at Nature’s Path, a well-known family-owned producer of certified organic foods. Optimistic, spontaneous and compassionate, those that know Amy well say that she also has a natural talent, to be able to step into someone else’s shoes and understand that person’s situation. This talent marries well to Amy’s education: a certificate in public relations and a degree in psychology from Simon Fraser University. Added to this, she is currently working on a master’s degree in forensic psychology from National Taiwan University. A skillful cook, Amy cooks organic, mostly vegetarian meals daily, fusing Chinese recipes passed down from her mother with a western Canadian flair. Amy’s future goals include completing the 30 Day Hot Yoga Challenge (she’s made it to 29) and traveling the world with her three retired mini schnauzer show dogs, Tyson, Kylie, and Rita.
THE DESIGN TEAM
Andrew von Rosen – owner
Andrew von Rosen is Town Hall’s co-owner, senior designer, and less-public face. He’d love it if all his daily tasks could involve baseball. Perhaps, in this case, the diamond is the boy’s best friend.
Straight out of art school, Andrew began his design career as Andrew von Rosen’s Graphic Plant, providing custom silk screens and pop art. In those days, you’d find him hanging around Smash Gallery
admiring the work of 12 Midnite
and Jim Cummins, a.k.a. I Braineater
. Since 1989, he has provided graphic design services and finished printed materials—in all shapes and sizes—to a long list of very happy clients. While building his freelance career, he worked in-house at the now-shuttered Step magazine, as well as at Music West, Vancouver Film Festival
, and Reel West
productions. As time passed, the freelance work grew and Andrew took his accumulated experience in design and production to start his own company. Over the past two decades, he has built a strong team and worked with many prestigious clients to complete a variety of design projects, performing or managing all tasks related to print materials, point-of-sale and merchandising items, advertising, and packaging. Along the way, Andrew and his team have developed a specialty in wine industry–related print and packaging. He has created more than 40 winery labels since 2008, and knows what the wine business requires: What is legal, what paper stock stays intact in ice-bucket water, what closures have the best performance and look. Most importantly, Andrew has design savvy. He knows what it takes for a design to become both memorable and remarkable so it stands out on a retail shelf and inspires people to reach, grab, and buy. Andrew’s non-working hours are dedicated to both baseball and the community at South Vancouver Little League
, where he coaches and is vice president of the board. He also gives his time and resources to the Vancouver Canadians Baseball Foundation
, which works to get underprivileged children out onto the diamond and playing baseball.
Laurisha has worked with Town Hall for two years and implements many client projects for the Town Hall design team.
Laurisha’s skill set includes rolling out multiple design items for brands and events, designing within brand guidelines and elevating brand design wherever the opportunity presents itself. Her thoughts on design are to create with a strategy and to make the client shine. When she is not devouring the latest design blogs, you can find Laurisha bringing her personality and whimsy to her design work and life.
Felicia is a lead designer at Town Hall. She creates designs that communicate and inspire—designs you can feel good about.
Before pen hits the paper, Felicia is listening. To your story. What your brand has to say, tell the world. With a complete understanding, she can use her design skills to clearly and effectively visually convey your message to your audience. Since graduating from Capilano University, Felicia has worked on 40 plus packaging and branding projects with Town Hall. With her incredible attention to detail and passion for design, every project is a challenge she is excited to take on. Felicia has highly developed skills for typography, layout, packaging design, branding & logos, product mockups, brand DNA development, and illustration. She is also a mother of soon to be two kids, and one fur baby.
Lindsey Ataya represents Town Hall from Whistler, BC. But she’s no ordinary mountain girl.
Originally from Victoria, BC, Lindsey started working with Andrew von Rosen in 2005 after graduating with a diploma in Display+Design from Langara College in Vancouver. Two years of intensive schooling taught Lindsey a unique combination of three-dimensional design and graphic presentation complemented by courses in marketing and communications. With Andrew’s guidance, Lindsey has built on these skills and developed into a designer capable of performing any task he throws her way. Lindsey particular expertise is in layout, and she uses it to oversee the production of Reel West magazine, acting as the art director for the bi-monthly film industry publication as part of her role with Town Hall. Lindsey, a freelance designer, contributes to Town Hall remotely from Whistler, BC. In addition to freelancing, she holds a part-time position as a senior designer with Pique Newsmagazine
. When not at her iMac browsing design blogs for inspiration, Lindsey is most likely to be found outside, on the mountains, in the trails or at the local softball diamonds, usually with her husband Marc and their dog Starla in tow. Lindsey and Marc expanded their family in summer 2013 with the addition of a baby boy, and Lindsey already has plans to get him on skis for the 2014-15 season. Lindsey’s favourite quotation is from a book titled, Why You Are Australian (which, unlike most of the population of Whistler, she isn’t): “Adventure makes the soul sing and your heart want to explode and your spirit soar into a world that suddenly seems huge again.” Lindsey believes that work-life balance is the key to staying inspired and during the past 10 years has spent a portion of the past 10 years collecting postcards from her stops in Europe, Thailand, and Australia, revitalizing her creative spirit along the way.