Has your brand been in the dark? The spotlight awaits.

No ego. No bull. Just groundbreaking creative.

We get it. Sometimes, you don’t even know where to begin. That’s why we’re here. Get ready to partner with specialists who are 100% you-centric, dedicated like you can’t believe. Yes, we are champions for clients like you. When you win, we win. Pure and simple. The truth is grit doesn’t just get things over the finish line: it makes us go to the ends of the earth.

So let’s strategize, optimize, create and collaborate. We’ll clarify your positioning, develop compelling narrative and design, connect your culture to your brand, reach your audience with precision, and increase your impact. All of that. An extension of your team, we develop creative that connects emotionally with your customers. And takes your brand where it needs to go.

Meet Your Team:

CEO / President

Garry Sage

CEO / President

Garry Sage

A highly accomplished entrepreneur and media strategist, Garry Sage’s more than twenty-five years in advertising and marketing have forged a trail of success. From humble beginnings in the remote metropolis of Alaska to Southern California’s expansive field of opportunities, he has triumphed by any measure. Just ask his clients. Combined with his insider experience working for media conglomerates such as ABC and FOX — and his keen insight and ability to maximize audience and target market reach — Garry has led JNS Next to purchase and manage millions of advertising dollars in all forms of media, internationally, nationally, regionally and locally. As the agency’s founder and rainmaker, Garry has acquired more than ten destinations as clients. He has a strong understanding of and great success in tourism marketing. Due to Garry’s exceptional expertise and work ethic, the agency is the market’s leading media buyer. His strategic buys have yielded profitable — in some cases, remarkable — ROI for his delighted clients.

“A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.”

– Jack Dempsey

CFO / Vice President

Judy Sage

CFO / Vice President

Judy Sage

Judy’s marketing savvy and personal connection with clients has fostered strong and enduring relationships with numerous industry leaders. She is a consummate contributor to the team, someone who makes a difference for everyone with whom she works. Among the clients she has served are the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism, the BNP Paribas Open, the City of Indian Wells and the City of Palm Desert, Palm Springs Subaru, California Window & Door, Paper Doll Interiors and many more. “I take pride in giving 100% of my efforts into partnering with our clients, and I strive for their success as if it were my own,” Judy asserts. “Honor and respect is the foundation for all relationships — old and new — here at the agency.”

“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.”

– Zig Ziglar

Vice President of Operations

Risseth Lora

Vice President of Operations

Risseth Lora

Dynamic and talented, Risseth Lora plays two very important roles for JNS Next: she leads the creative team and is the driving force for the agency’s continuous growth. Having spent almost 20 years in the advertising agency environment, she is a true industry hybrid. Originally from Los Angeles, Risseth began her work in public relations. As an intern and after college, she was hired at a top agency whose niche was real estate development, resorts and sports. After many professional achievements during her three years there, she relocated to the Valley, working exclusively opposite the market’s most accomplished creative director for more than seven years. There, she cultivated her understanding of business management as well as her creative in-tuition and the meticulous process behind developing a brand and its visual execution. She joined JNS Next nearly three years ago, spearheading the evolution of the agency’s brand to what it is today. A groundbreaking leader in both directing creative and managing operations, she is shaping the vision for the agency’s future. Risseth currently sits on the Executive Board for the YMCA of the Desert where she guides the marketing/public relations committee and serves as co-chair of the Hoedown at Sundown. In 2019, Risseth was presented with the distinguished “Angel On Earth” award on behalf of Angel Light Academy for both her business success and her community contributions through the YMCA.

“Don’t worry if plan “A” fails, there are 25 more letters in the alphabet.”

– Anonymous

Senior Communications Specialist

David Wells

Senior Communications Specialist

David Wells

David is a marketing, public relations, design and photography professional with experience in multimedia communications, and more than 11 years experience in tourism marketing. David joins the team after nine years in Sonoma Valley. With a diverse range of skills, he brings to his clients a solid understanding of strategic verbal and visual communications, further heightened by his knowledge of destinations, businesses and nonprofits. Staying on top of the latest new media tools and tactics, as well as traditional platforms, David helps clients understand the value of each one. As such, he builds successful marketing, public relations and advertising campaigns on foundational goals and objectives. David has worked with clients including Experience Sonoma Valley, Visit Petaluma, the Sonoma International Film Festival, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art and more. David was the president of Sonoma Young Professionals and served on the board of the Sonoma Chamber of Commerce.

“Once you’ve taken a few punches and realize you’re not made of glass, you don’t feel alive unless you’re pushing yourself as far as you can go.”

– Green Street Hooligans

Senior Marketing Manager

Jessica Walke

Senior Marketing Manager

Jessica Walke

Jessica is the driving force for JNS Next in the San Diego market. Offering more than 10 years of tourism marketing experience, her skill set includes brand development, campaign strategy, advertising planning, research, and advanced creative management. Her passion is creating effective strategies to reach target market segments as she manages consistent implementation of the brand to generate a positive return on investment. In 2013, Jessica was identified as a future leader in the destination market-ing industry by Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI), part of its “30 under 30” program. She is also a 2012 graduate of Leadership Coachella Valley. A San Diego State University graduate, Jessica has served on various association boards including the American Advertising Federation and Junior League.

“Do what you love and success will follow. Passion is the fuel behind a successful career.”

– Meg Whitman, former Hewlett Packard president & CEO

Digital Marketing Manager

Andrew Portener

Digital Marketing Manager

Andrew Portener

Andrew is the proven digital expert of the team. His focus revolves around digital advertising planning and implementation, social media and website services for the agency and its clients. His extensive background features development and management of websites, having started his own digital business at the age of 16. Andrew also worked as a product intern for FoxSports.com, followed by a position as digital con-tent manager for the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project. Prior to joining JNS Next, he held a role as digital media manager for Palm Springs Desert Media for four years. His highly evolved skills and impressive wealth of expertise make him a tremendous addition to the JNS Next team.

“You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.”

– Wayne Gretzky

Account Supervisor

Jerremy Sage

Account Supervisor

Jerremy Sage

Upon joining the JNS Next team, Jerremy was quickly recognized for his unstoppable enthusiasm. Among his many duties, he is responsible for initiating and organizing media activity for major accounts including the Greater Palm Springs CVB, Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism, Desert Oasis Healthcare and BNP Paribas. His contributions include direct communication with all related media vendors as well as the sub-mission of assets to each media outlet ahead of deadline. Jerremy’s can-do attitude is contagious: everyone around him is positively influenced by his innate ability to substantially improve everything he works on. Jerremy has developed key value-added expertise in strategic planning and has honed his vital skills. He is adept at identifying targets and processes, and cultivating opportunities that greatly benefit client goals.

“Action is the foundational key to all success.”

– Pablo Picasso

Social Media Strategist

Larry Nelson

Social Media Strategist

Larry Nelson

Larry brings years of industry experience, from hospitality to entertainment and marketing. Using his in-depth social media knowledge, he has helped numerous businesses and organizations experience great success by increasing traffic, influence, engagement and sales. Having worked for award-winning advertising agencies and now for JNS Next, Larry knows what it takes to bring excitement to a brand and captivate any audience. All of which drives his quest to help businesses grow by leveraging social media strategies that work.

“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”

– Confucius

Office Manager / Finance Assistant

Lauren Sage

Office Manager / Finance Assistant

Lauren Sage

Accolades in abundance, Lauren Sage graduated from California State University, Sacramento on the Dean’s List with Phi Theta Kappa Honors. She received her bachelor’s degree in Deaf Studies and American Sign Language. Lauren’s diverse experience working with retail, education, health and beauty as well as with accounting industries has given her a broad scope of understanding for marketing trends and target audience engagement. As a desert local (born and raised), she is familiar with and connected to the culture and community of the Coachella Valley. Adding to her many talents and attributes, Lauren is creatively driven and a relationship builder. From daily endeavors to planning big events, she not only manages the office but also is a party planner extraordinaire. An organizer by nature, Lauren brings order and stream-lined communication to our staff. Her positive attitude elevates everything she does as she helps equip the team for success and promote the agency. Look up “team player” in the dictionary and you’ll see her picture.

“Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.”

– Martha Graham

Creative Coordinator

Jayme Stark

Creative Coordinator

Jayme Stark

Jayme Stark is a recent graduate from California State University, Monterey Bay. Jayme graduated college with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing, while playing DII collegiate softball on scholarship. She is currently the Head softball coach at Xavier College Prep High School, as well as the head softball coach of a 12 and under travel softball team, located out of Palm Desert. In addition to her passion of helping aspiring young athletes achieve their goals, she is also is the writer of health and wellness column featured in Coachella Valley Kids Magazine titled, “Kid’s Live Your Wellest”.

“Everybody has a dream, but not everybody has a grind.”

– Eric Thomas

Office Assistant

Stephanie Sage

Office Assistant

Stephanie Sage

Stephanie Sage is a young professional who brings positivity wherever she goes. In addition to her full work schedule at JNS Next, she studies at Liberty University with a major in international business and a minor in accounting. Having been a fierce competitor in riding horses, show jumping for seven years, Stephanie knows what it means to work hard. Her passion towards horses and animals has developed further a foundation of care and compassion, something she brings to the office every day. Add to that her bubbly, outgoing personality, something which not only helps her connect with clients but also brings structure to the busy JNS Next work environment. Stephanie’s background specializing in scheduling, time management and organization en-ables the team to achieve winning outcomes for agency clients.

“Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it!”

– Dennis P. Kimbro

Graphics/Production Coordinator

Matt Crabb

Graphics/Production Coordinator

Matt Crabb

Creative and brimming with energy and ideas, Matt takes design and motion graphics to an entirely new level for the agency and its clients. He is a soon to be graduate from Arizona State University majoring in Graphic Information Technology with a focus in graphic design and sub-focus in 3D animation and motion graphics, and already has proven himself to be invaluable to the team. He is on the cutting edge of what is next in the design realm, and brings a fresh perspective to all projects he collaborates on.

“Skills are cheap. Passion is priceless”

– Gary Vaynerchuk

Strategic Partners

JNS Next maintains an exclusive partnership with the following top tier professionals in the industry to assist in carrying out our work and vision.

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Help your brand soar.

At our core, we are a tight-knit group of pros with an insane work ethic: brand innovators and strategic storytellers, designers and digital disrupters, content creators and producers, community builders, and a mighty media force. Leveraging technology and our considerable alliances to deliver unheard-of ROI. We’ve forged unprecedented performance and analytics in destination marketing and beyond. Add to that casinos, car dealerships and cities, retail and real estate, economic development and plenty more. We check our egos at the door, and develop creative that builds worlds.

So let’s have a conversation, about your business and your goals. We’re committed beyond measure (though our metrics are pretty spot-on). When it comes to your success, we do whatever it takes to put you in the spotlight. And make you shine. Count on it.

Time to amplify your impact?

If you’ve been mulling things over for a while, we’d love to help. Contact us today at info@jnsnext.com or 760.775.0000.

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