Mary’s passion for transportation has shaped Global-5’s direction for 20 years. Perpetually curious and always learning, she stays on the leading edge of the industry by understanding the importance of managed lanes, public-private partnerships, the convergence of connected vehicles and automated vehicles, and emerging transportation technologies that improve safety, mobility, the economy and the environment. In Florida, she conceptualized and implemented the nation’s first email and text construction alerts for a highway megaproject. When high-speed rail began to gain momentum in America, she founded the High-Speed Rail News Channel to keep the industry informed. Now, she’s watching the progress of the Hyperloop program, and developing knowledge transfer and outreach materials to illustrate the benefits of vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication.
Mary grew up riding horses and rounding up Holstein cows on a dairy farm in Missouri, graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a Bachelor of Science degree in broadcast journalism and film, and later studied at the Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business in Orlando, Florida. In her first career, Mary worked as an anchor and reporter for TV stations in Columbia, Missouri; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Salt Lake City, Utah; Washington, D.C.; and Orlando, Florida, producing thousands of hours of live news coverage. She cofounded Global-5 in 1996 and relishes every opportunity to work with smart, talented people for truly exceptional clients.
Always staying involved, Mary served as chair of the marketing and public relations subcommittee for ITS America’s 18th World Congress Organizing Committee. She has served as the ITS Florida treasurer and outreach committee chair and participates in the I-95 Corridor Coalition. In 2000, the Association for Women in Communications awarded her a National Clarion Award, and in 2004 the U.S. Small Business Administration named her one of the nation’s top five female entrepreneurs.
Transportation has changed dramatically over the past two decades, but for Matt, every change presents an opportunity. Under his leadership, Global-5 continues to thrive by adapting to rapid technological advances, new procurement methods, and shifting priorities in the public and private sectors. In this ever-changing environment, he makes sure that one thing remains the same: the relationships he has built with Global-5’s customers.
Now more than ever, transportation agencies must reach their audiences with a variety of media. Matt keeps Global-5 in the forefront of multimedia production with its in-house green screen studio, HD video production suite, graphic and Web design capabilities, state-of-the-art photography and digital press, providing clients value and creativity they can’t get anywhere else. He has also led the development of groundbreaking applications that deliver targeted traffic updates directly to drivers, transforming the way transportation managers approach maintenance of traffic.
Matt grew up in Calaveras County, California, exploring creeks and abandoned gold mines around the town of San Andreas and the golden foothills of the Sierra Nevada. He attended the University of Utah, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mass communication and advertising while also training with the ski team. He landed his first advertising agency job in Salt Lake City, then headed east to launch the Legal Times in Washington, D.C., and Sport Fishing magazine in Orlando, Florida, the city he now calls home. After six years as national advertising director for AAA’s Car and Travel, he cofounded Global-5 in 1996.
Chief Financial Officer
As Chief Financial Officer, Jenni exercises financial oversight over all of Global-5’s projects. She draws upon more than 20 years of accounting and financial management experience to develop budgets and provide full cost accounting for each project. Her careful monitoring of budgets, hours billed and expenses incurred ensures that Global-5’s clients receive regular invoices and detailed reports of all work performed. She oversees staff travel expenses to ensure compliance with federal, state and local requirements. She also manages vendor relationships so that Global-5 and its clients receive the best value and customer service when purchasing supplies, services and equipment. Additionally, Jenni has worked for certified public accounting firms handling public and private business clients of all sizes as well as individual clients.
A Nebraska native, Jenni graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting. She is also a member of the UNK Athletic Hall of Fame.
Chris Patton, APR
Vice President / Director
With more than a decade of experience as a public information officer in county government, Chris understands the unique needs of government agencies in the field of public relations. As a former newspaper editor and reporter, he also enjoys interacting with the media and helping to shape public opinion. His most memorable experiences as a reporter include a construction tour of the $1.4-billion Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and on-the-scene response to a train derailment disaster in West Knoxville, Tennessee. He also covered the 2001 presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C.
Chris graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a bachelor’s degree in communications. He has lived in Florida since 2001 but still loves his hometown, Detroit.
Director of Creative Services
C.J. is a national award-winning digital artist, web designer, photographer and videographer. He oversees all technology development, graphic design and video production services and printing services. He also developed custom project management systems used by Global-5 and creative and print production teams at other organizations. In his 19-year career he has worked with many high-profile clients and directed the artwork for several magazines, album covers, television commercials, and product design. He has directed the development of branding and marketing collateral for both the I-4 Ultimate and Beyond the Ultimate projects, as well as the Florida 511 Traveler Information System, the Tampa Connected Vehicle Pilot Program, Safe Mobility for Life and Construction Career Days.
Originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, C.J. moved to Orlando in 1986 and earned his bachelor’s degree from University of Central Florida in 1999 in Film & Computer Animation, with a minor in Computer Science.
Public Information Officer
Dave serves drivers daily by giving them the information they need to stay safe on the road and arrive at their destinations on time. As a trusted source of information, he draws on more than 15 years of communications experience that began in news and talk radio. On the radio, he painted pictures for listeners every day, explaining how the news affected their lives. He brings those same skills to his current role providing public information and outreach for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). He has served as a construction public information officer for FDOT on nearly 70 miles of interstate highways.
A Pennsylvania native, Dave graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania before making Florida his home. He is a recipient of the National Transportation Public Affairs Workshop Newsletter of the Year award and the Florida Public Relations Association Award of Distinction for his work on the Interstate 75 Roadway Expansion (iROX), FDOT’s first design-build-finance project.
Senior Consultant/Content Developer
A problem solver who recognizes opportunities and knows how to capitalize on them, Greg brings a creative and entrepreneurial spirit to everything he does for Global-5 and its clients. His background encompasses advertising, branding, external/internal communications, product marketing, public relations, social media marketing, strategic planning, video marketing, website analytics and more. Prior to joining Global-5, Greg was the marketing director for Allied Specialty Vehicles (now REV Group), a manufacturer of specialty motor vehicles, and managed communications and marketing for NanoSteel, a high-tech materials design company. An avid bicyclist, Greg holds a B.A. in journalism from Memphis State University.
A former newspaper reporter with 29 years of experience in daily journalism, Jay enjoys untangling a jumble of information and communicating it to others in a clear, engaging way. He spent most of his newspaper career in Tennessee and Florida, where he covered transportation for the Orlando Sentinel and wrote a question-and-answer column for commuters. Since joining Global-5 in 2015, he has written for many of the websites and newsletters that Global-5 maintains, manages or supplies with editorial content.
Jay insists his writing process consists of three simple steps: writing, rewriting and running out of time. Nevertheless, he was once one of three national finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in feature writing. He has also won two national APEX Awards of Excellence in Business Communications.
Senior Consultant / Content Developer
Jeff enjoys the challenge of communicating complex subject matter in a clear, concise way. A former senior editor of Civil Engineering magazine, he has authored hundreds of news stories and feature articles about transportation, technology and infrastructure projects around the world, including a popular series on landmark achievements in the history of civil engineering. His current areas of interest include intelligent transportation systems, smart cities and connected vehicles.
Jeff grew up in Pensacola, Florida, and graduated from Duke University in 1992. His work has garnered national and regional awards from the American Society of Business Press Editors, Trade Association Business Publications International and Awards for Publication Excellence.
Technical Support and Special Projects
An expert storyteller in a variety of media, Mike enjoys working on the cutting edge of communication technology. Drawing on a background that blends newspaper journalism, corporate communications, and professional photography, he knows how to engage a variety of audiences in relevant and accessible ways. He has conducted Spanish-language outreach for several major Florida transportation projects and led the development of a first-of-its-kind system for delivering automated highway construction alerts.
Mike has received national awards for his coverage of Florida’s recovery from the 2004 hurricane season and for his photos of postwar Angola. He is a graduate of Washington and Lee University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism, and the New York Institute of Photography. He volunteers as a voting precinct clerk in election years. He is also an active member of Mensa and an officer of the Orlando Camera Club.
Nicolle’s professional background includes over a decade of marketing and sales, event planning and event management experience for private and public entities including cities, counties, transit agencies, businesses and other organizations. She excels at developing marketing strategies for events as well as outreach plans for the launch of new transportation options and services. Her speechwriting, social media strategies and public awareness campaigns have consistently inspired local engagement and a positive response.
Nicolle has a passion for building strong, lasting partnerships with Global-5’s customers and clients. An avid proponent of transit, she enjoys seeing communities experience a better quality of life as they embrace new modes of transportation. She is especially proud of her work developing action plans to help local governments and businesses reduce carbon emissions by promoting transit.
Outreach and Media Consultant
Eddy has a passion for research, writing and sharing acquired knowledge with others. He views his work as an outreach and media consultant as an exciting opportunity to connect communities with meaningful information.
Born and raised in the Tampa Bay area, Eddy graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2013 with a B.A. in journalism and a minor in history. Prior to joining Global-5 in 2016, he spent two years covering health and sciences as a senior writer for The Villages Daily Sun, a Florida newspaper. He has won two Florida Press Club awards for his beat coverage and feature writing.
Video Production Supervisor
Whether she is planning a production schedule, scouting a location, writing a script, or editing video, Kathy loves her work, and it shows in the quality of her creations. She has won Silver and Bronze Telly awards for Outstanding Television Production as well as a Southeast Regional Emmy award for Outstanding Television Production—and continues to produce outstanding video projects for our clients every day.
Kathy grew up all over the world, including Europe, Southeast Asia and the United States. After attending the University of Central Florida, she landed an internship at Orlando’s CBS affiliate, where she worked on hundreds of television projects. She subsequently produced programs for ABC, PBS and the Travel Channel. She is also an amazing cook whose original recipes have appeared in national magazines. You may have even tried one!
IT Manager and Security Specialist
As Global-5’s information technology (IT) manager, Jerame specializes in IT business integration, system administration, redundant network designs, data replication and off-site high availability. He has implemented state-of-the art server and network systems and multi-tiered data protection systems for fast recovery and data archiving. He also creates safe networks by deploying firewalls, VPNs, intrusion prevention systems and spam/virus filtering. Jerame led Global-5’s transition to a new IT system to keep up with its growing capacity and security needs.
Jerame’s expertise encompasses a wide array of hardware and software including Windows Server 2012, Microsoft Exchange Server 2013, SQL Server 2014, IIS 7.5, Red Hat Linux and CentOS Linux 7, 10 GigE and Fibre Channel deployment, WatchGuard firewalls, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, and Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization deployment. He is also a Microsoft Dynamics GP certified partner.
Jon is a long-time editor and photographer whose work has been seen on every major market television affiliate in the United States and every network in the United States and Canada. His news production skills include videography, editing and post-production supervision. He regularly documents Global-5 clients’ projects and successes.
Jon’s work is seen regularly on ABC, CBS, ESPN, NBC, NFL Films, the Sunshine Network, TNN, WGN TV, WWE, and XFL. Additionally, his clients have included A&E, Access Hollywood, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Clear Channel, Court TV, Cox, Dutch TV, the Family Channel, Hard Copy, the History Channel, Honda, Household, Midas, Nabisco, NHK TV, PAX TV, PBS, Pizza Hut, Saab, Steelcase, Suzuki, Time Warner, the Travel Channel, Westinghouse, and many others.
Outreach and Media Specialist
Lisa brings more than 15 years of office management and administrative experience to Global-5, but integrity, dedication, and attention to detail are the qualities that set her apart. She puts her database management skills to work as she tracks up-to-the-minute performance metrics, enabling the Global-5 team to focus on the most effective methods of delivering outstanding results. She also has a strong background in planning, coordinating and managing logistics for public meetings to raise community awareness, provide public information, and promote public involvement.
A Maryland native, Lisa graduated from Elon University in North Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy before making Florida her home.
Public Information & Community Outreach Specialist
Drawing on more than a decade of experience in military public affairs, Marc is well versed in effectively packaging messages for a wide variety of audiences. As an active-duty Marine, he served as a combat correspondent and earned numerous accolades as a radio and television personality in Japan, and also while deployed to Afghanistan’s war-torn Helmand province. Marc also earned humanitarian awards for his work providing community outreach following Japan’s devastating earthquake of 2011. He now continues his work in military public affairs part time while serving in the Army National Guard, but spends most of his time with Global-5 cultivating a strong relationship with the local community.
Born on Misawa Air Base near Tokyo, Japan, Marc graduated from Brown College in 2004 with an A.S. in Computer Science, and from the University of Iowa in 2013 with a B.A. in Communication Studies.
Senior Outreach Specialist
A public relations professional with more than eight years of experience, Mariam excels at helping organizations communicate more effectively. Specializing in media relations, she has generated local, regional and national coverage for clients ranging from nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher education to corporations and trade associations. As project manager for Florida 511, she plans, implements and evaluates public relations and marketing activities while paying careful attention to budgets, resources, deadlines and client records.
Mariam earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Florida. As a volunteer, she has actively participated in the child abuse prevention efforts of the Children’s Home Society of Florida and served on the advisory board of Emerge USA, an organization that seeks to engage Muslim, South Asian and Arab American communities through educational events, voter initiatives, and leadership development.
Outreach and Media Consultant
A seasoned media relations and content management specialist, Rob excels at increasing favorable public opinion by developing and delivering messaging that addresses stakeholder concerns. His areas of expertise include government and business partner relations; media relations; crisis communications; event planning and coordination; and collateral development and distribution.
Rob has extensive experience in the Tampa Bay market, including several years with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Storm sports teams. His work in the Arena Football League included developing a brand identity, establishing a reputation as a subject matter expert for the news media, and earning media attention for his organization. Rob earned his BA in Communications and Media Studies from the University of South Florida in 2010.
Outreach and Media Consultant
As a strategy coach, brand consultant, and online business manager, Stephanie works with companies and individuals to create innovative ideas, products, and business solutions. With over a decade of experience working with globally recognized brands, she has proven herself to be a valuable asset in the world of business.
Her extensive background in restaurant management, training, marketing, and operations, paired with both an A.S. in Graphic Design and a B.A. in Advertising/Public Relations from the University of Central Florida, have allowed her to become a multifaceted brand consultant with a thorough understanding of how all parts of an organization operate.
Knowing that every client’s needs are different, Stephanie’s unique skills allow her to fully understand, create, and customize plans that work specifically for each organization. This approach to the branding and marketing industry is uncommon, which makes her experience and innovative ideas a powerful combination.
Graphic Designer and Web Developer