The best ideas come from teams that bring different perspectives and experiences to the table. So that’s how we’ve built our team.
Our company is made up of people who know the industry well enough to know there’s always room for improvement. We bring highly experienced, senior-level talent to every engagement. By putting together teams of people with specific skills and capabilities specific to the engagement, we can meet a project’s challenges with the best combination of strengths.
For over 16 years, Jillian Rudman has been working with organizations
Jim Humes has been helping financial services and consumer products companies for the last 15 years.
Kris Detwiler has more than 20 years of marketing experience in the financial services industry and has been partnering with JRA
Ann Bohrer brings over 17 years of practical experience to JRA.
Emily Wyckoff brings to JRA over 13 years of professional experience as a project manager and coordinator.
Kristin Glunt brings more than 20 years of experience as an HR and Learning & Development professional to JRA.
Eric Wilinski brings to JRA more than a decade of experience in defining and executing on branding strategies.
Nichole Guy brings over 15 years of design and strategy expertise to the JRA team.
Director of Administration
Kristen brings to JRA more than 10 years of client service experience.
For over 16 years, Jillian Rudman has been working with organizations to help them envision their futures in ways that can set them apart. Prior to launching JRA in 1998, Jillian managed the West Coast operation of State Street Global Advisors, focusing on marketing and new business development for SSgA’s institutional practice. She led the business development effort for SSgA in Sydney, Australia, where she introduced two new products to market, and was instrumental in growing assets from $6 billion to $11 billion in six months.
Before SSgA, Jillian developed the institutional business practice at Robertson Stephens Investment Management. Earlier in her career, she held marketing and sales positions at Investment Research Company, Massachusetts Financial Services, PanAgora Asset Management, and The Boston Company.
Jillian has been involved with The Professional Association for Investment Communications Resources in Washington, DC (former President of the Board, Advisory Board Member); The Center for Attitudinal Healing in Sausalito, CA (former Board Member); and The Institute for Private Investors in New York, NY.
Jillian has been providing executive coaching and leadership development workshops to individuals and corporations globally for over 16 years. In addition, she completed twelve months of extensive coursework in psychotherapy at Pacifica Graduate Institute and has facilitated weekly peer-to-peer support groups in Sausalito for over seven years. Recognizing the importance of fitness and its impact on clarity of mind and purpose, Jillian’s training work extends beyond the corporate realm: Jillian has been a group and individual fitness trainer since 1987, and currently runs Pilates Pro, Barre Pro and Bootcamp Pro classes at Pilates ProWorks in Mill Valley, CA.
Jillian graduated with honors from The University of Michigan with a BA in Political Science and History.
Jim Humes has been helping financial services and consumer products companies define, articulate, and communicate their brands and business strategies for the last 15 years. At JRA, Jim brings brand strategy and storytelling expertise to help firms better express who they are, what makes them different, and how they can frame their opportunities. Jim’s experience includes five years at SY Partners, where, as a Strategy Team Lead, he led clients such as Charles Schwab, eBay, Coca-Cola, Hewlett-Packard, Johnson & Johnson, GE, Apple, and Nike through engagements that focused on brand innovation and business strategy. Prior to joining SYP, Jim held strategy and user-experience roles at Walmart.com, Sapient, and Studio Archetype.
Jim holds a BA in English Literature from Rice University and an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University.
Rick Shaughnessy brings 30 years of practical experience to JRA. Rick’s role with JRA includes presentation training, business strategy, product development, and distribution-related initiatives. Prior to working with the JRA team and setting up his own consulting practice, Rick was Product Specialist and Director of Marketing for a $30 billion equity investment team at American Express Asset Management. He previously served as Director of Communications at Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management, where he acted as principal spokesman for the firm and oversaw development and production of communications programs for institutional, managed accounts, and offshore markets.
Rick holds a BA from Wayne State University.
Kris Detwiler has more than 20 years of marketing experience in the financial services industry and has been partnering with JRA for over ten years with a focus on content strategy and brand identity.
Prior to founding her own consulting practice in 2000, Kris was Vice President of Client Service at Independence Investments, where she consulted with clients on portfolio performance, investment strategy, and financial market conditions. She also sold investment products, developed the corporate marketing brochure, and wrote the firm’s quarterly investment report.
Earlier in her career, Kris was an institutional equity salesperson for Fidelity Investments and an institutional fixed-income salesperson for Goldman Sachs.
Kris graduated with highest distinction from the University of Virginia with a BS in Accounting. She received her MBA from Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School of Business Administration. Kris is both a CFA and CPA.
Ann Bohrer brings to JRA over 17 years of practical experience as a project manager. Prior to JRA, Ann was Marketing Resources Manager at MetWest. She project managed the firms’ rebranding and website re-launch, which was honored in the prestigious ReBrand 100 competition in 2009. Ann managed the production of all of MetWest’s collateral — including presentations, fact sheets, newsletters, and white papers — as well as its RFPs. Prior to MetWest, Ann was Assistant Vice President at Wells Fargo where she created proposals and presentations to market retirement plan services and investment management products.
Ann holds a BA with Distinction from Pomona College, and a Certificate of Multimedia Business & Production from AFI. She was the Galantier Scholar at the Art Students League in NYC for two years. Ann is a former Chairman of the Board for The Professional Association for Investment Communications Resources.
Emily Wyckoff brings to JRA over 13 years of professional experience as a project manager and coordinator. Prior to JRA, Emily was a Senior Project Manager at SYPartners. She managed all aspects of projects related to work for clients IBM, Visa, Levi Strauss & Co., eBay, California Pizza Kitchen and PWC. Responsibilities included developing project plans, setting and maintaining the sequence of work for the team and the client, and executing final work products. She also managed all aspects of large-scale events, from content development to print and event production. Prior to SYPartners, Emily was a Senior Environmental Insurance Underwriter at American International Group and a Senior Associate at Kearns & West where she managed multi-stakeholder collaborative processes surrounding water and other natural resource issues.
Emily holds a BS in Environmental Studies from Northern Arizona University. She enjoys any outdoor activity, especially exploring the many hiking trails around her home.
Eric Wilinski brings to JRA more than a decade of experience in defining and executing on branding strategies. His copywriting expertise spans print and online advertising, direct mail, branding and training videos, case studies and white papers, and product and company naming. Clients who’ve benefited from Eric’s work include Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley, Charles Schwab, Merrill Lynch, Toronto-Dominion Bank, and Bank of America, as well non-financial services companies like Google, Intel, Starbucks, and Accenture.
Eric holds a BA in English Literature from Dartmouth College and an MA in Creative Writing and English Literature from New York University.
With over 15 years of experience in design and strategy, Nichole has collaborated with some of the world’s greatest brands, working to envision and activate change for their clients and employees. She has designed employee and customer experiences for companies such as Amgen, Charles Schwab, Facebook, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Starbucks, Steelcase, Silicon Valley Bank, and United Technologies. Her work has appeared in Communication Arts, Graphis, How, I.D. Magazine, Print and Step Inside Design, and has been recognized by The Art Director’s Club and AIGA.
Nichole is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
Kristin Glunt brings more than 20 years of experience as an HR and Learning & Development professional to JRA. Believing that transformation is essential for the modern workplace and key to business growth, Kristin is relentless in proposing innovative solutions and linking training and learning goals to long-term business strategy. Kristin has a bachelors in Communication from Santa Clara University, masters-level coursework in Organizational Development, multiple coaching and facilitation certifications. Prior to forming her own firm and partnering with JRA, Kristin held senior leadership positions at Wells Fargo & Co, Intraware and ExecuTrain.
Kristen brings to JRA more than 10 years of client service experience. She graduated with high honors from Biola University with a BA in Communication Studies. Prior to JRA, Kristen was a chef and kitchen manager for a conference center in the North Bay. She also was previously employed as a client relationship specialist and operations manager at a wealth management firm in Sonoma County. In this position, she managed the production of all administrative tasks, client communications and event planning. Kristen’s passion for helping individuals and companies thrive, direct communication style, and sense of humor help her develop deep connections with clients.