Heather R. Huhman, editor and media relations

Heather R. Huhman, founder & president of Come Recommended, has more than a decade of public relations and marketing experience, specializing in media relations, content marketing, and social media. She is also a well-recognized career expert, an experienced hiring manager, and someone who has been in nearly every employment-related situation imaginable.

Heather knows and understands the needs of today’s employers and seekers. Her expertise in this area led to her selection as a regular contributor to EntrepreneurGlassdoorLinkedInMashable, Recruiter.com, and Tech Cocktail. She also formerly contributed to Blogging4Jobs, Business Insider, Business2Community, Examiner.com, ForbesWoman, HR Communicator, Huffington Post, Parade, Personal Branding Blog, USNews.com, The Wall Street Journal, Women Powering Business, and Yahoo! and has been interviewed for hundreds of articles appearing in The Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, Bloomberg Businessweek, CBS Moneywatch, Fox Business, The Washington Post, AOL Jobs, and more.

Additionally, Heather has been recognized by CareerBliss as one of the Top 10 Gen Y Experts on Twitter, one of 20 Power PR Women to Follow on Twitter by The Daily Muse, one of 13 Super Experts to Follow in 2013 by Campus to Career, one of the Top 25 Twitter Accounts for Job Seekers to Follow by Corn on the Job, and been named to dozens of other lists during the past four years.

CNN/CareerBuilder also recognized her in 2009 and 2011 as a ‘top job tweeter you should be following,’ and she was included in Monster.com’s ‘The Monster 11 for 2011: Career Experts Who Can Help Your Search.’

Finally, Heather is the author of Lies, Damned Lies & Internships: The Truth About Getting from Classroom to Cubicle (Happy About, 2011) and #ENTRYLEVELtweet: Taking Your Career from Classroom to Cubicle (Happy About, 2010) and the e-books Attention Job Seekers: Your Search is at Stake! 9 Steps to Becoming an Expert Marketer & Getting Hired in Today’s Digital World (2011), Relocating for an Entry-Level Job: Why You Probably Have to & How to Do It (2010), Graduated, Unemployed & Un(der)insured: Why You Need to Stop What You’re Doing Right Now to Purchase Health Insurance and How to Pick the Provider & Plan Best for You (2010), and Gen Y Meets the Workforce: Launching Your Career During Economic Uncertainty (2008).

Heather has a certificate in content marketing from the Content Marketing Institute, master’s certificate in Internet marketing from the University of San Francisco, and a B.A. in communication from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She resides in the Washington, DC area with her husband, dog and cat.

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  • Three words that describe Heather: Passionate, driven, enthusiastic
  • Favorite sports team: Chicago White Sox
  • What Heather likes to do when she’s not working: Although she works quite a bit, Heather does enjoy working out at the gym, spending time with her husband and dog, reading, and consuming news.
  • Favorite quote: “Happiness does not come from doing what you want, but wanting what you do.” — Unknown
  • What Heather wanted to be when she was younger: Vet or teacher
  • Favorite food: Used to be pretty much anything with carbs, but the doctor says the answer is now turkey

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Amanda Brenci, editor and media relations

amandabrenciAmanda Brenci, editor and media relations specialist, graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.A. in Public Relations and Advertising and a Certificate in Public and Professional Writing. Prior to joining Come Recommended, Amanda gained experience as a corporate communications intern at a sports digital media firm and as a public relations intern at two Orlando-based PR agencies in the lifestyle and restaurant industries.

A proud Army Brat, Amanda has lived in a number of places throughout the United States and overseas. As a result of her previously mobile lifestyle, she has grown accustomed to building and maintaining relationships (social media is her best friend). It was also necessary to know how to quickly adapt to different cultures and environments – a skill she now appreciates.

Amanda currently resides in the Orlando, FL area.

  • Three words to describe Amanda: Driven, passionate, optimistic
  • Favorite sports team: University of Central Florida Knights
  • What Amanda likes to do when she’s not working: Both a granny and child at heart, Amanda enjoys baking, reading, playing the occasional video game (child at heart, remember?), and spending time with friends, family and her JackWeenie, Bailey. She has a severe case of Wanderlust, but ultimately loves spending time curled up on her couch in pajamas with a cup of coffee.
  • Favorite quote: “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” – C.S. Lewis
  • What Amanda wanted to be when she was younger: Archeologist
  • Favorite food: Italian – all day, every day!

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Crystal DeTemple, editor

crystaldetemple90x90Crystal DeTemple, editor, has long had a passion for the order of words and all the spaces in between. Combined with her meticulous attention to detail and dirty little habit of correcting errors, she eagerly took on the challenge of meeting the expectations of Come Recommended’s outstanding clientele.

Prior to joining Come Recommended, Crystal gained valuable professional experience as a freelance copy editor, guest blogger and content developer for online magazines, as well as masterfully word-smithing her personal parenting blog. Crystal also focused in English Composition and creative and business writing at Towson University, after studying Music Therapy at Elizabethtown College.

Crystal enjoys being outdoors, photography, music and any form of art and expression she can expel her musings through. She is constantly looking for occasions to get craft-tacular, and is a bit of a hoarder when it comes to those little remnants of everyday life, that she can glue down or pin up.

  • Three words that describe Crystal: Dedicated, creative, compassionate
  • Favorite sports teams: Sports are not so much her thing. Favorite musicals though… this might take a while.
  • What Crystal likes to do when she’s not working: When not working, Crystal spends most of her time with her children, making believe and believing anything is possible. She also teaches children music at the School of Rock, and performs as a vocalist with the Frederick, MD, singer and songwriter, Wally Worsley.
  • Favorite quote: “Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” ― Martin Luther
  • What Crystal wanted to be when she was younger: Teacher and a writer. Dreams do come true.
  • Favorite food: Pickles! The answer is always pickles.

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Marikaye DeTemple Kane, client lead

marikayedetemple90x90Marikaye DeTemple Kane, our client relationship director, is most excited by planning. (Really exciting, right? But seriously, that’s what she loves!) Daily, she spends her time working with clients and the CR team on strategizing new and improved ways to meet and surpass everyone’s goals. She loves the challenges, demands, risks and rewards of stepping outside her comfort zone to keep ahead of industry trends and ensure new idea’s come to light. She’s always looking for the most organized, efficient, and productive way to build your brand and help your bottom line.

Prior to joining Come Recommended, Marikaye gained experience across a range of public relations and communications settings — broadcast radio, nonprofit PR, government community relations, and within an advertising agency. 

When not on Skype, Marikaye can be found coaching at the local soccer fields. She is passionate about the use of sports as a means to teach youth valuable life-long lessons.

Marikaye resides in the Pittsburgh, PA area.

  • Three words that describe Marikaye: Ambitious, passionate, caring
  • Favorite sports teams: Pittsburgh Penguins, Penn State Athletics
  • What Marikaye likes to do when she’s not working: Marikaye is a people person… most of the time! She enjoys trying new adventures and traveling with friends, but also likes to take that rare moment to relax and enjoy a cup of coffee outside in the morning, or a bag of popcorn and a classic movie on the couch. She also spends a lot of time with her dog Max.
  • Favorite quote: “If you keep on believing, the dreams that you wish will come true.”
  • What Marikaye wanted to be when she was younger: Children’s diabetes educator
  • Favorite food: Anything Italian with a chocolate dessert to follow!

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Jessica Hertz, client lead and media relations

jessicahertz90x90Jess Hertz, media & client relations manager, graduated with honors from Ashford University with a B.A. in Public Relations and Marketing. Prior to joining Come Recommended, Jess built her experience in the marketing and public relations fields by working in various industries including aviation, software, real estate and manufacturing.

Although born and raised in Maryland, Jess now lives in southern Pennsylvania with her husband, son and their spoiled rotten black lab Lola.

  • Three words that describe Jess: creative, perceptive, motivated
  • Favorite sports teams: She’s definitely more of a movie person but enjoys watching the World Cup and the occasional Premier League game if she happens to catch it.
  • What Jess likes to do when she’s not working: Jess enjoys reading fiction novels, keeping up with her favorite shows and thinking up at-home DIY projects with her husband.
  • Favorite quote: “Life is not primarily a quest for pleasure, as Freud believed, or a quest for power, as Alfred Adler taught, but a quest for meaning. The greatest task for any person is to find meaning in his or her own life.” – Viktor Frankl
  • What Jess wanted to be when she was younger: a forensic psychologist
  • Favorite food: Nachos, anything with red curry, ice cream and salt and vinegar kettle chips — so, health food mostly.

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Kristen Klempert, content creator and social media

kristenklempert90x90Kristen Klempert, senior content creator and social media specialist, graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology with a minor in writing. While living in St. Louis, she worked for several area publications and wrote about everything from restaurant reviews to concerts to falafel recipes.

After college, Kristen’s curiosity and love of travel got the best of her and she spent time living in Madrid, Spain. She taught English during the week and wandered around Europe on the weekends. In her opinion, there’s no better way to gain an appreciation for the power of words and communication than overcoming daily language barriers.

Kristen’s something you don’t see very often: a fifth generation Floridian. She’s recently returned to her hometown and resides in Stuart, FL.

  • Three words that describe Kristen: Creative, dreamer, empathetic
  • Favorite sports team: St. Louis Cardinals. Go Red Birds!
  • What Kristen likes to do when she’s not working: Kristen always tries to give herself at least one adventure day a week, be it big or small. Whether she’s traveling some place new or taking her dog, River, to the puppy park, Kristen loves to explore the world around her. Still every so often she’ll spend her time binge watching whatever TV show has recently caught her fancy.
  • Favorite quote: “The hardest thing in this world is to live in it. Be brave. Live.” – Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • What Kristen wanted to be when she was younger: President, doctor, but always secretly a writer
  • Favorite food: Never underestimate the power of a great cheese pizza

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Jeffrey Previte, content creator

jeffreyprevite90x90Jeff Previte, content creator, earned his B.A. in English at the University of South Florida.

He previously wrote surveys for an information and measurement company, contributed content to a lifestyle website, and worked as an editorial coordinator for a publishing company.

Jeff loves to read and write when he is not hiking, camping, kayaking, exploring local breweries, playing with his pug, listening to comedy podcasts, or watching movies. He currently resides in Tampa.

  • Three words that describe Jeff: Ambitious, honest, compassionate
  • Favorite sports team: Boston Red Sox
  • What Jeff likes to do when he is not working: Read modern American authors, submit content to blogs, play with his pug, meditate, plan his next camping trip, attend concerts, and learn to cook.
  • Favorite quote: “I would like my life to be a statement of love and compassion–and where it isn’t, that’s where my work lies.” – Ram Dass
  • What Jeff wanted to be when he was younger: Writer
  • Favorite food: Penne alla vodka

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Aimee Simone, content creator

aimeesimoneAimee Simone, senior content creator, has a B.A. in Communications and English writing with minors in Public Relations and Spanish from Rider University. Prior to joining Come Recommended, she worked as an editor for Pharmacy Times, where she developed content for students. She also spent 3 years as a writing intern for her university’s Office of Communications.

Aimee loves words and is fascinated by their nuances. She is intrigued by the writing process and is surprised every time a mess of ideas transforms into copy. Aimee loves lists, outlines and heavy metal. She currently resides in Hamilton, New Jersey.

  • Three words to describe Aimee: Creative, easy-going, passionate
  • Favorite sports team: The Rider University Football team (undefeated since 1951!)
  • What Aimee likes to do when she’s not working: Aimee loves learning aerial arts and is addicted to pole fitness. When she’s not pretending she’s in the circus, she enjoys discovering new music, relaxing with friends and family, and babysitting her sister’s dog.
  • Favorite quote: “The most sophisticated people I know—inside they’re all children.” — Jim Henson
  • What Aimee wanted to be when she was younger: A librarian or a Broadway star
  • Favorite food: Chicken burritos with generous spoonfuls of guacamole. Extra cilantro is a must!

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