A veteran public relations counselor with more than 20 years of experience in media relations, marketing, digital media, public affairs and strategic communications, Tadd has created successful communications campaigns for regional, national and multi-national companies.
Respected by clients and journalists for his industry knowledge, resourcefulness, and grasp of the national and regional media landscape, Tadd plays an active role in partnering with clients to achieve their business goals, raise their community profile, and connect with their audiences.
Tadd’s clients have included companies across a range of industries reflecting Florida’s diverse economy, with an emphasis on residential and commercial real estate, law and professional services, banking and finance, hospitality and tourism, municipal affairs, and arts and culture. As president of Schwartz Media Strategies, Tadd has prioritized community service as part of the firm’s core values, and Schwartz Media Strategies delivers pro bono services to a number of nonprofits and advocacy groups, including The Children’s Movement of Florida, Lotus House, the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and Developing Minds Foundation.
Under his leadership, Schwartz Media Strategies has grown to become one of the top ten largest public relations & marketing firms in South Florida as measured by annual revenues. The company has also been recognized as one of the region’s “Best Places to Work.”
Prior to founding Schwartz Media Strategies in 2005, Tadd was a partner at Miami-based rbb, where he led the firm’s corporate and real estate practices. He previously held an executive position with the Florida office of Weber-Shandwick, one of the world’s largest public relations agencies. Tadd started his public relations career in 1996 with The Phyllis Apple Organization, where he worked with many of South Florida’s leading real estate developers. He also worked on the staff of Florida Senator Bob Graham in Washington, D.C.
Tadd is active in several civic organizations and currently sits on the boards of directors for the American Jewish Committee’s local chapter, Lotus House and Developing Minds Foundation. A native of Miami, Tadd earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida.
Aaron is an endangered species by Miami standards: a third generation native who left town for college and returned home four years later. After serving as creative director for a marketing and advertising shop in Miami, he joined Schwartz Media Strategies in 2008. Since then, he has helped the firm expand its service lines, grow its client roster to include blue chip brands, and recruit and retain talent. Today, he focuses primarily on managing the firm’s operations and building communications campaigns for clients in the real estate, hospitality, public affairs, consumer and financial sectors – including several public companies.
In 2018, Aaron was a commission appointee to the City of Miami’s Community Relations Board. He is a member of The Underline Real Estate Council, and the Institute of Contemporary Art Miami’s Patrons Council. He also serves on Washington University’s Regional Cabinet; as well as the University’s Alumni and Parents Admissions Program, for which he serves as chair. He earned his degree from Washington University in St. Louis, where he majored in political science, art history and archaeology. He resides in the City of Miami with his wife Rebecca and their two children.
Yudi Fernández is a partner managing client relationships, media relations and marketing initiatives, and social media efforts in the firm’s commercial real estate, construction and financial services practices.
Before joining Schwartz Media Strategies, Yudi worked as a real estate and business reporter for Miami Today, where she covered new development projects and reported on residential and commercial market trends.
Raised in Miami, Yudi is actively involved in the community. She is a graduate of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Miami program and has served as a program facilitator. She is a member of Switchboard Miami’s Women’s Leadership Council, promoting awareness and raising funds for the organization that provides counseling, crisis intervention, and suicide prevention services.
She is also actively involved in the Urban Land Institute of Southeast Florida. For years, she has also served as a volunteer and supporter of Women of Tomorrow, a Miami-based mentoring and scholarship program for young women.
Yudi earned a master’s in business administration at Nova Southeastern University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and business at the University of Florida.
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As account director, Allie manages and drives client accounts, conducts proactive media outreach and coordinates marketing and social media efforts on behalf of clients in the firms residential real estate, commercial real estate and nonprofit practices.
Prior to joining Schwartz Media Strategies in 2008, Allie served as marketing manager for Hallandale, Florida-based A. Present Realty Group and in the guest services division of Morgans Hotel Group.
She earned her bachelor’s degree from Florida International University, where she majored in public relations.
Bryna Winer serves as Executive Director, drawing upon more than 20 years of experience managing integrated public relations campaigns some of the most prominent companies in South Florida, including Key International, PEBB Capital, U.S. Trust/Bank of America, Greenberg Traurig, and Studley.
She previously a Senior Vice President at Ander & Co., where she oversaw client service, media relations, crisis management, and integrated marketing for clients in a range of sectors, including law, banking, and real estate. Prior to that, Bryna served as Vice President at Miami firm Thorp & Co.
Bryna holds a master’s degree in mass communication from Arizona State University, and a bachelor’s degree in English literature from York University.
Director of Marketing
A combined left and right-brained marketing communications expert, Jessica brings over a decade of experience balancing imaginative storytelling with quantitative rigor.
Prior to her role as Director of Marketing and Integrated Media at Schwartz Media, Jessica led the creative direction and digital content creation for several luxury resorts and real estate developments across South Florida and developed engaging campaigns & branding initiatives for a fashion-focused recruitment agency in London.
Combining her love of travel with her experience in marketing and public relations, Jessica focuses on lifestyle, real estate, municipalities, and hospitality accounts at Schwartz Media Strategies.
Jessica earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing and communications from UCF & Johnson and Wales University and her MBA from Nova Southeastern University.
Jen Le is an Account Director at Schwartz Media Strategies, where she manages day-to-day client relationships and spearheads integrated communications programs for clients in the real estate, professional services, and legal industries.
She is an award-winning storyteller, combining impactful messaging and powerful imagery across an array of platforms. For nearly a decade, she has served notable clients in commercial and residential real estate, professional services, and hospitality, including Fisher Island’s Palazzo Della Luna / Del Sol, Pebb Capital, Location Ventures, as well as Fiola Miami, and Doya, both restaurant concepts that are recognized in the Michelin Guide.
With a passion for the arts, she was involved with the Miami Film Festival, serving on the 2022 Host Committee.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Florida. Go Gators!
Senior Account Executive
Paola manages client relations, issues management and media relations on behalf of the firm’s public affairs and real estate accounts. Paola previously worked as Account Supervisor for public affairs, corporate, technology and tourism clients in Latin America at JeffreyGroup. Paola holds a B.A. in Communications from Loyola University and a MBA from Lynn University.
Senior Account Executive
As a Senior Account Executive, Victoria helps run campaigns, develops relationships with clients, and creates ideas that breakthrough. Her responsibilities can range from staffing interviews and pitching reporters, to writing press releases and organizing events. Before joining the Schwartz team, Victoria interned at Alchemy and was an undergraduate research assistant for UF’s STEM Translational Communication Center.
Victoria received her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations, with an outside concentration in Sport Management, from the University of Florida.
Senior Account Executive
Ivanna Agudo is a Senior Account Executive at Schwartz Media Strategies. She brings experience counseling clients across a range of sectors, including real estate, retail, hospitality, and professional services.
Ivanna approaches campaigns with the goal of ensuring clients are seen and heard among key audiences – and that their ideas are shared through a mix of integrated communications strategies.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations & Strategic Communions with a minor in Marketing from American University in Washington D.C.
As an Account Coordinator, Jamie supports media relations and social media activities on behalf of the firm’s legal, real estate and professional services accounts. She keeps client campaigns organized, keeps her fingers on the pulse of what’s trending locally and nationally, and ensures the trains are running on time.
Before joining the Schwartz Media team, Jamie interned at Weber Shandwick and worked as a Communications Assistant for the Institute for Public Relations. Jamie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations, with a minor in English, from the University of Florida.
As an Account Executive, Jenna Bernstein supports the firm’s media relations, digital media, and content-driven strategies on behalf of professional services, destination marketing, and arts clients. Leading with creativity and passion, she executes media relations strategies, develops marketing collateral, and builds social media campaigns focused on engagement.
Before joining the Schwartz Media Strategies team, Jenna worked as the Marketing Coordinator for the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. Jenna earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication with an Area of Concentration in Marketing at Florida International University.
Digital Account Executive
As a Digital Account Executive, Maria Hernaiz implements integrated marketing strategies focused on amplifying clients’ messages and engaging with key audiences. Prior to joining Schwartz Media Strategies, Maria held roles at a luxury magazine, as well as at public relations and modeling agencies. She also operated her own online e-commerce business.
She is an expert in creating online content, with an eye for graphic design and compelling narratives for clients panning from retail to notable law firms.
Maria is a graduate of the University of Florida, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising with a concentration in Business.
Corporate & Lifestyle Events Director
Jennifer Schwartz is a founding partner with Calijen Events, a Miami-based event production firm specializing in social and corporate affairs including fundraising galas, product launches, networking parties and media events. The firm serves as Schwartz Media Strategies’ exclusive special events partner.
Prior to founding Calijen Events, Jennifer served as marketing and special events coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami, where she assisted in the development of fundraising initiatives and targeted events. She began her career with Details Etc., working hand-in-hand with the principal of the firm in managing corporate events throughout South Florida.
Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Florida, where she earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Hospitality Management.