The Approach to
Teamwork at Connect

At Connect, we know our success is proof of the power of teamwork. Our event-based promotional campaigns are born from the innovation and diverse experiences of our people. They collaborate in an inspiring office culture, where they are led by example and coached on an individual basis. Our comprehensive training guarantees that they yield big returns for brands and our firm alike.

Rachel O’ Hara

Rachel O’ Hara

CEO & President at Connect, National Consultant

University of Connecticut – Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Minor in Psychology University of North Texas – Masters degree in Education Education field work with various age groups Walk for Wishes participant Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure participant

“I attribute my ability to build a successful business career to my parents who, from a very early age, were committed to raising independent children, who worked hard, and had big dreams. After graduating from college, I moved to Texas on a whim to pursue my masters in education. I fell in love with the marketing industry at a cross roads in my career. I was looking for something different and challenging. I started in a management-training program in 2005 and I was able to attain an upper management position within a year and a half. Since then, I now oversee over 30 offices in multiple industries and cities. It’s truly exciting every time we open up a new city, because not only are we expanding our reach into new markets, but we are providing a chance for members of our hard working team to lead the charge in those cities. My number one priority is passing on management opportunities to our team and growing consistent results for our clients.”

Erica Kennedy

Erica Kennedy

Erica always knew she was meant to live in a big city, so after she graduated from Oklahoma State University with her business degree, she moved to Dallas with no job or plan. She knew she would find her place. Erica began retail management for Abercrombie & Fitch. Her management foundation was built there, she perfected all her standardization, time management, and training skills. She was recruited and transitioned into a management position with Michael Kors. This was her first experience in sales. Erica loved the ever-changing environment and the chance to be directly rewarded for her work ethic, but she wanted more. She interviewed with a pharmaceutical company and for the first time in her life, she didn’t get the position she was chasing after. She then applied to Connect to regroup and perfect her craft of talking to people. She has learned and grown more in the short time she have been at Connect more than with any company she has ever been a part of.

Emily Pickard

Emily Pickard

Director of Customer Acquisition

Emily, originally from Hinsdale, IL., graduated with a degree in Sports Management. In her free time, Emily enjoys reading and cooking. When she is not working at Connect, Emily enjoys traveling to Siesta Key, FL and watching the Real Madrid. A fun fact about Emily is that she does not eat Whataburger.

Gabe Colas

Gabe Colas

Fort Lauderdale, FL., native Gabe, graduated with a double major in Economics and Global Studies. In his free time he enjoys reading and working out. His favorite sports teams consist of NY Jets, Miami Heat, Miami Marlins and Florida Panthers. His favorite destination sport is Paris. A fun fact about Gabe is that in high school, he was the captain of both the football team and wresting team.

Ashlee Paulson

Ashlee Paulson

Ashlee went to college for fashion merchandising and thought she wanted to open a kids clothing store before getting a job with NTA. Her position with NTA was working as an insurance agent. She traveled all over the United States meeting with firefighters and police officers about supplemental plans. After six years at NTA, Ashlee realized that she wanted to grow and to push herself. She went into business development for free standing Emergency Rooms. There she was able to work closely with the marketing company which led her to want to pursue marketing on a larger scale. Ashlee is the oldest of six girls in her family and is also a single mother. She knew that she wanted to find an opportunity to become more of a leader and to become more independent while obtaining skills and a stronger knowledge base for the industry. February of 2017, she was lucky enjoy to interview with Connect. Ashlee has learned more with this company than she has with any other job she has ever had. She can truly call this a career. Ashlee is so passionate about Connect and the people she get to work alongside every day.

Kathy Nguyen

Kathy Nguyen

Office Manager

University of Texas – Arlington, Bachelors of Science in Nursing Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure participant

“I wanted a new career that continued to challenge me and always had room for growth opportunity.”

Jessica Riemenschneider

Jessica Riemenschneider

Director of Corporate Events

Jessica is originally from Hershey, Pennsylvania. Jessica started out in the
hospitality industry. While working at a hotel was fun she wanted
something more challenging. So three years ago Jessica took a leap of
faith and moved out to the Midwest to start in the organization. Since
working with Connect DFW, Jessica has received multiple promotions and
helped open multiple cities. She currently has found a perfect fit in
the corporate events division.

Virginia Bates

Virginia Bates

Virginia has been working as Administrative Assistant in the marketing and advertising world for over ten years! She has had the privilege of watching Connect grow into what it is today and has been blessed with the opportunities to travel to various states to help other admins grow into their new titles. She loves working with such a tight knit group of people, whose goals are to help you reach excellence by motivation and encouragement. Virginia’s goal is to, once again travel and train other admins in other offices that are just getting started.