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Dan Hom

CEO and President

Dan Hom has more than 20 years of community involvement, business experience and international expertise. As the President of Focuscom, his responsibilities include managing and providing strategy for clients, and driving business development. Dan has significant experience with various communities in San Diego County. Over the years, Dan has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for organizations like the San Diego Hospice, the Risen Project, the San Diego Asian Film Foundation, and the Asian Business Association. He was also a board member of two privately held corporations, each with revenues exceeding $10 million annually.

Born and raised in San Diego, Dan is a community relations expert and his community connections continue to stretch across a wide range of areas and industries. Dan studied political science at San Diego State University with a minor in Mandarin Chinese studies. He currently lives in the city of Chula Vista with his wife, Lisa, and their daughter, Audrey.

Lisa Hom

Controller

Lisa is Focuscom Inc.’s financial controller with a role that focuses on invoicing aspects, directing all accounts receivable and accounts payable. Currently, she is the controller at Polaris Pharmaceuticals Inc. In La Jolla. She is responsible for oversight of all finance, accounting and reporting activities.

Prior to joining Focuscom Inc., she was the staff accountant at Bullen Ruch & Neller, a CPA firm. She has also served at the community service representative for San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts.

Tanita Antonio

PR & Marketing Consultant

Tanita brings a marketing background and excellent organizational skills to the Focuscom team through her personal and educational background. Tanita joined the Focuscom team as an intern while working toward her degree. Upon graduation, she officially joined the Focuscom team and takes on PR and marketing-related projects.

Tanita was born in Sofia, Bulgaria and moved to U.S. with her family at the age of six, which has allowed her to develop a strong appreciation of social and cultural relativism.

She studied at Bellevue College in Bellevue, Washington where she took part in an International Business Program that connected groups of students with small businesses in Seattle for hands on experience in creating and launching a complete marketing plan. This experience inspired her to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Marketing and Communication from Pennsylvania State University. Since graduating in the spring of 2017, Tanita has continued to develop her skill set by being an active member of the Public Relations Society of America in San Diego and will be serving as the Communications Chair and Board Liaison on the New Professionals Committee for 2018.

She incorporates her understanding of diverse cultures into both her professional and personal life. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Nick, friends and family while appreciating sunny San Diego.

Twitter | @ttweetnita

LinkedIn | Tanita Antonio 

 

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Whitney Byrd

Intern

Whitney is a junior at Point Loma Nazarene University majoring in Writing. Born and raised in Denver, CO, she came to San Diego for sun, sand, and school. In her three years of college, she’s discovered, a degree in Writing is going to provide her with skills that can be used in a variety of careers.

At Point Loma Nazarene, Whitney has worked as an Admissions Ambassador since her Freshman year. She works alongside the Admissions staff of PLNU as a tour guide, host of prospective students, front desk worker, and much more. Whitney has also served as a leader in Discipleship Ministries on campus since Sophomore year, helping students grow in their faith and community.

In the Spring semester of her Sophomore year, Whitney studied abroad in Florence, Italy. It was during her semester abroad, when her interest in Public Relations was peaked. In Public Relations Strategies, one of the projects assigned to the students was to help boost a local company’s PR. Whitney and a small group of students worked on a small, English speaking theater company’s public relations by creating a new press kit, maintained social media for the upcoming show, and wrote press releases for the event. In addition to the end of the year project, students wrote short press releases for local events happening within the city of Florence for a magazine called Firenze Spectaculo and also worked on social media and press releases for events through Florence University of the Arts.

During the fall of her Junior year, Whitney was introduced to Focuscom by a professor and has since learned where her Writing career can take her: into the world of public relations and public affairs. She looks forward to seeing what doors this internship will open and the experience she will gain from it.

 

 
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Tomas Urtasun

Senior Consultant

Tomas Urtasun serves as a main point of contact for many of Focuscom’s wide client portfolio while also serving as a business development and daily strategic operation manager. He’s responsible for Focuscom’s largest clients and serves as point person for the agencies’ growing crisis communications arm.

Tomas exhibits keen interpersonal skills and an affinity for working with people from all walks of life. An active leader in the community, he serves as Board Treasurer for the Board of Trustees of San Ysidro Health Center, a top-10 community health network in the nation. He is also a new addition to the Board for San Diego Tax Payers Association and serves as a Big Brother during his free time. 

He has worked previously for the U.S. Congress, San Diego Gas & Electric, Hutchens P.R., and Southwest Strategies, and internationally as a consultant for Enersud Clean Energy in Rio de Janeiro. Tomas has a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of San Diego.

Tomas is a 2016 San Diego 40 Under 40 Honoree, representing a group of bright and outstanding individuals. He was a finalist for San Diego Magazine’s 2013 Latinos Making a Difference. He’s also an avid athlete and competes in sports leagues year around. Tomas is bilingual and grew up in Imperial Beach, California.

Twitter | @Tomas_Urtasun

LinkedIn | Tomas Urtasun

Olivia Stafford

Account Executive

Olivia brings a fresh perspective and passion to learn and grow to the Focuscom team. In her efforts in the culinary, beer, arts & culture, nonprofit and local businesses spaces, she has garnered local, national and international media recognition for Focuscom’s clients. From her start as an intern to being promoted to an account executive, her desire to share a company’s story has guided her to be successful in media relations, community engagement and producing creative content.

In her commitment to always sharpen her industry skills, Olivia is a member of the Public Relations Society of America San Diego/Imperial Counties and served on the 2017 New Pros Committee as the Event Co-Chair and Treasurer. She was awarded the 2017 New PR Professional of the Year Award by the organization at the Edward L. Bernay's Mark of Excellence Awards.

A San Francisco Bay Area native, Olivia moved to San Diego simply due to her passion to learn Spanish. She attended Point Loma Nazarene University, majoring in Spanish and minoring in both Writing and Public Relations. She enjoys and values the rich Spanish-speaking community in the San Diego-Tijuana area. She served as the Education Sponsorship Program Coordinator as a part of Mexico Ministries at PLNU. While in this position, she created a pen pal program between university students and children living at an orphanage in Tijuana. Olivia’s sense of cultural awareness comes from travelling Europe, studying abroad in Sevilla, Spain and being completely immersed in a Spanish-speaking culture.Olivia offers bilingualism, writing, interpersonal communication skills and a creative mind to the team.

Twitter | @oliviacstafford

LinkedIn | Olivia Stafford

Andie Unson

Account Coordinator

Andie is a foodie, golfer and PR Practitioner all in one.

She was born and raised in Manila, Philippines and grew up speaking both English and Tagalog. She began playing competitive golf at the age of seven. Balancing school and golf at such a young age taught her how to be disciplined and a multitasker. Traveling to several parts of the world gave her the opportunity to develop her communication skills with individuals from various backgrounds. Andie competed in several tournaments in San Diego during her junior golf days, so deciding to move to the area to join the Focuscom Inc. team was a no-brainer.

Andie strengthens the Focuscom team because she works well in a fast-paced environment and is always up-to-date. She bring her excellent strategic and creative research skills to the company, as well as her keen eye for design.

Andie attended Pepperdine University with a degree in Public Relations. She graduated in April 2017 with Magna Cum Laude honors. During Andie's years at Pepperdine, she was a member of the women's golf team from her freshman to senior year, a part of Pepperdine's PRSSA chapter and interned at fashion, entertainment and food PR agencies. She is thrilled to jump into the field of PR and explore the field of public affairs at Focuscom.

Twitter | @andieunson

LinkedIn | Andie Unson 

 

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Rachel Bontempi

Intern

As part of the intern team, Rachel brings with her both enthusiasm and boundless positivity. She currently attends University of California, San Diego as a full-time student working toward a double major in Literatures in English and Communications. She is on track to graduate Spring of 2019 with honors. Having grown up in the Bay Area, Rachel continued her California residency by moving to San Diego for college and hopes to stay in California for as long as she can.

Prior to joining the Focuscom team, Rachel was a member of the Chief Operations Officer for the UCSD chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta for all of 2017 and is currently the New Member Director. She has also served on various councils such as Member Development Committee and Nominations Committee. Additionally, she is a primary member of the Women SPEAK group on campus, an organization which partners with the Preuss Middle School to offer mentorship in positive body image, healthy relationships, mental health, and more. Rachel is excited to carry these experiences with her as she joins the Focuscom team and to learn more about both PR and the world of public affairs.