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 honed her instincts for business management as well as her creative intuition and the meticulous process behind developing a brand and its visual execution. She joined JNS Next back in 2016, 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

Vice President of Communications

David Wells

Vice President of Communications

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 over 15 years of tourism marketing experience, her skillset includes brand development, campaign strategy, advertising planning, research, and creative management. Her passion is creating effective strategies to reach target market segments while managing consistent use of brand and generating a positive return on investment.
Jessica spent ten years with the Greater Palm Springs CVB, most recently as the Director of Marketing. While serving in the marketing department, Jessica was responsible for building the destination’s brand and developing award winning marketing initiatives to effectively reach leisure and convention travelers. A San Diego State University graduate, Jessica was identified as a future leader in the destination marketing industry by Destination International (DI) as part of its “30 under 30” program. She is also a graduate of Leadership Coachella Valley. 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

Senior Digital Manager

Andrew Portener

Senior Digital 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 content 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

Senior Marketing Manager

Jerremy Sage

Senior Marketing Manager

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

Senior Finance/HR/Office Administrator

Lauren Sage

Senior Finance/HR/Office Administrator

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

Digital Marketing Manager

Katelyn Greene

Digital Marketing Manager

Katelyn Greene

Katelyn is an integrated digital marketing professional bringing a strong force to the team with more than 10 years experience in the field. Katelyn delivers superior digital marketing strategies for her clients to drive brand loyalty and awareness.

Her way of building a trusting relationship with clients helps to ensure customer retention and growth. Katelyn is certified in Google AdWords and Google analytics and has undergone extensive training in all aspects of digital marketing. Her passion for helping people motivates her to tackle a hands-on approach to business strategies in social media, content strategy and digital marketing communications. She enjoys being a part of an innovative and digitally advanced team where her skills help to accomplish client success. Katelyn joined JNS Next after more than 10 years at LOCALiQ, a division of Gannet in Coachella Valley.

“You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breathe, trust, let go and see what happens.” – Mandy Hale

Marketing Coordinator

Jayme Stark

Marketing Coordinator

Jayme Stark

A recent graduate from California State University, Monterey Bay, Jayme earned a bachelors degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. She initially joined JNS to assist in the creative department, but quickly demonstrated an interest and in depth understanding of social media in business. Jayme currently oversees all organic social media management for the agency’s clients. She is also gifted behind the lens, and builds libraries of imagery for select clients as part of their overall social media strategies. In her spare time, Jayme enjoys coaching softball. She is currently the Head Coach for the Xavier College Prep high school softball team.

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

– Eric Thomas

Communications / Social Media Associate

Andrea Gonzalez

Communications / Social Media Associate

Andrea Gonzalez

A recent graduate from California State University, Chico, Andrea’s enthusiastic and strong communication skills have led her to have a passion for public relations and marketing. As the newest member on the team, Andrea will be focusing on the public relations aspect here at JNS Next. In addition to her PR skills, she has a third eye when it comes to social media and website development which has allowed her to dig deeper in the marketing field. Andrea is a goal-oriented professional which excels thoughts quickly into actions when working on a new project. Her passion for helping others and creating bonds with people in a professional matter really helps to bring structure to the team. She loves to anticipate a positive mindset because she believes it leads to a fun and energetic environment. Her excitement to be on the team is something she looks forward to every day and seeing the company’s progress in the long run.

“The energy of the mind is the essence of life.”
― Aristotle, The Philosophy of Aristotle

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

Brand and Creative Partner

Kelly Cummins

Brand and Creative Partner

Kelly Cummins

Kelly Cummins has used her masterful design eye, business savvy and intuitive magic with 100+ small business owners and nonprofit leaders from coast to coast who have called her, on multiple occasions, their secret weapon behind the scenes.

She started her career as a graphic designer, quickly jumping into digital and web design, brand strategy and management, and evolving into creative direction and strategic marketing. Having spent most of her 13-year career leading her own design and marketing business, she brings an entrepreneurial fire that inspires a level of creativity, ingenuity and agility you don’t find in an average designer. Kelly has a unique way of really getting to the heart of what an organization stands for, intimately gets to know its customers, and through thoughtful and purposeful words and visuals, crafts brands that deliver impact.

Our name isn’t just some cliché, cool-kids trope about resisting authority, tradition or control. While we do strive to approach marketing and design with an exceptionally different perspective, we believe true rebels are those who are real, raw and passionate AF.

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.

Let’s talk

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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