Sabina Gault is CEO of Konnect, an award-winning communications and marketing agency with offices in Los Angeles, New York and Austin, TX. Sabina’s passionate approach to client service, strategic communications, and measurable results are key to Konnect’s rapid rise from a small startup founded in 2009 to reputable mid-sized agency with an average annual growth rate of 60 percent. Konnect has been named the #1 PR Agency on the Inc. 5000 “Fastest Growing U.S. Companies” list for the past four years and was ranked #3 on the Los Angeles Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work” list in 2017.
Sabina leads a team of 50 staffers across three offices who are committed to her mission of providing personalized service, quantifiable value to the bottom line and overall brand-building excellence for clients in franchise, consumer packaged goods and family-oriented lifestyle areas. Running a company in an ever-changing media landscape where magazines close their doors weekly, social media channels are evolving at lightning speed and marketing strategies need to be addressed in a very individualized manner brings on some challenges. Konnect has set itself squarely at the forefront of being able to meet these challenges head on with a scrappy attitude, intelligent insights into business priorities and overall focus on what success means for each client in the current environment. Sabina has built a culture where people love coming to work and enjoy putting their best foot forward on a daily basis, and it has paid off in growth of the business and a substantial list of legacy clients.
Sabina is a graduate of Berkeley and currently resides in Long Beach, California with her husband and two children who keep her grounded while also being a big part of what drives her success.
Monica met Sabina in September of 2008 in a cold conference room on the corner of Wilshire Blvd. and La Brea and immediately thought she was crazy. Never had she seen so much energy, noise, intelligence and assuredness come out of one person all at once. Knowing immediately that this was something special, Monica took a chance and began working alongside Sabina in what quickly turned into a two-woman show. Today, Monica acts as the Chief Operating Officer of Konnect PR, in which she finds solutions and offers insight to almost every large company decision. Her more than 10 years of experience allow her to strategize big picture plans that make a difference for clients and have greatly contributed to Konnect PR’s growth. A cool tempered, thoughtful, creative and intelligent leader, Monica sees her position as COO as part of who she is as a person. She whole-heartedly gives her time and energy to helping Konnect PR and its staff succeed and demonstrates an infectious love for what she does and the people she works with. Prior to coming to Konnect PR, Monica played a crucial part in both English and Spanish-language campaigns for brands including Got Milk?, Cheerios, Delta and Nike, at agencies including PMK*BNC and RLPR. Her experience in PR spans across CPG, travel & hospitality, non-profit and personal publicity, and she is always eager to expand her knowledgebase. Monica is a graduate of the University of Southern California where she majored in public relations. When she is not working, thinking about work, or attempting to work, Monica enjoys spending time with her family, traveling to new destinations, shopping, smothering her dogs Bowie and Glen Coco with love, trying new foods, shopping and watching USC Football. As for her initial thought about Sabina being crazy… she was right. Crazy in the best possible way.
Carmen is a communications executive with 20+ years of experience launching and establishing brand reputations. At Konnect Agency, she works with the management team to infuse her expertise in transforming industry insights into high-performing strategies and business growth into all accounts. Carmen has helped corporations, destinations, entrepreneurs and start-ups navigate the cluttered media landscape to connect directly with consumers. Her comprehensive knowledge of a variety of client industries and the tactics and disciplines required to have a voice in the marketplace have made her a standout resource for a range of tourism destinations, lifestyle-oriented consumer goods, and food and beverage brands. At the top of Carmen’s accomplishment list is her twelve-year-old daughter, whose insights and opinions about what works and what doesn’t she can always count on to be spot on. When she’s not experimenting in her kitchen, taking the latest on-trend studio fitness class, reading stacks of magazines or binge watching the latest Netflix series, she is most likely traveling and exploring places near and far. Carmen graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Psychology.
With nearly 15 years of public relations experience, Amanda is the Vice President of Konnect Agency. In her role, Amanda leads multi-faceted communications strategies across Konnect’s core disciplines in the Food & Beverage, Franchise, Lifestyle and Family Brands space. She brings high level leadership development to Konnect’s teams in order to deliver the highest level of success to its diverse clientele. She previously served as one of the agency’s Managing Directors, where she was responsible for providing strategic counsel and support to a roster of clients that includes The Goddard School, Sky Zone, Dave & Buster’s, Munchkin, Pure Growth Organics, MGA Entertainment, and the Teletubbies brand. Working closely with all teams across agency offices in Los Angeles, New York and Austin, Texas; Amanda helps to oversee the design and implementation of innovative strategies, storytelling and influencer outreach. A true lover and consumer of all things pop culture, Amanda is adept at thinking outside of the box and proposes creative solutions to help further the growth and recognition of the agency’s clients. Amanda received her B.A. with an emphasis in Public Relations from California State University, Fullerton and is incredibly lucky to live by the beach in Huntington Beach with her husband and son.
Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America
2015 Sabre Awards – Animal Care Category for the Found Animals Foundation campaign 2014 Sabre Awards – Best Agency Website
2017 #3 LABJ Best Places to Work 2016 #7 LABJ Best Places to Work 2015 #29 LABJ Best Places to Work 2013 #7 LABJ Best Places to Work
2014 PRSA Bronze Anvil – “Best Press Kit” for Munchkin
Platinum Winner: Konnect PR Brand Video, 2013 Nautica Malibu Triathlon, Fatburger Launch in NYC Gold Winner: Munchkin Mbaby Product Launch, Pure Fix Featured in Inc., Babiators Featured in The Wall Street Journal, Fatburger Featured on The TODAY Show
O’Dwyer’s Top U.S. Independent PR Firms
2015 American Business Awards – Company of the Year 2015 American Business Awards – Executive Executive of the Year: Sabina Gault
Small PR Agency of the Year
Sabina Gault – 2018 Enterprising Woman of the Year