The native tribes of Alaska knew that whales were precious. Once their members caught a whale, they worked together to use every part of it. Blubber became lamp oil, rib bones became house rafters, jawbones became sled runners. Nothing was wasted. At Idea Grove, our team embraces a similar mindset. When we come up with a whale of a story idea, we work to extract value from it across every B2B marketing channel – public relations, social media, search marketing, email nurturing, and paid media.

That synergy makes us a true team. It also ensures the sum of what we do is even greater than the parts.

Scott Baradell B2B tech PR firms
Scott Baradell B2B tech PR firms

Scott, president of Idea Grove, oversees one of the fastest-growing and most forward-looking public relations and inbound marketing agencies in the southwestern United States. Idea Grove focuses on helping technology companies reach media and buyers; and its clients range from venture-backed startups to Fortune 200 companies.

Scott launched Idea Grove in 2005 along with his groundbreaking blog, Media Orchard. He has been a consistent innovator in the public relations and marketing space. Scott was among the first to understand the role of blogging in audience building. He was quick to recognize the vital importance of content quality and the power of social sharing.

IG 101

I once was in a tour bus attacked by Japanese Snow Monkeys.

My favorite sport is basketball.

The first recipe I learned to make was for a liverwurst sandwich.

michelle doss B2B tech PR firms
michelle doss B2B tech PR firms

Michelle, senior vice president, is responsible for leading a team of public relations, content, and social media professionals for Idea Grove's business-to-business technology clients.

Michelle has 20 years of experience in international public relations and marketing communications. She joined Idea Grove after working for Hewlett-Packard (HP) for nearly a decade, where she managed public relations for various lines of business including hardware, software, services, printing, and channel partner enablement.

Prior to HP, Michelle was a vice president at GCI Group, where she ran public relations programs for various Austin-based software companies. She also spent seven years at Edelman, the leading global independent public relations firm.

IG 101

My great uncle was a member of the Texas Outlaw gang Bonnie and Clyde.

I had half my head shaved in high school.

My favorite rapper of all time is Eazy E.


Etta is Idea Grove’s vice president of operations, which includes oversight and management of the agency’s finance, accounting, human resources and IT support.

In this role, Etta provides critical financial and operational management in the areas of financial planning, annual budgeting, revenue forecasting, cash flow management, reporting and analysis. She is also responsible for managing a breadth of staff and operational functions that requires strategic and tactical oversight and execution.

Etta brings more than 20 years of finance and accounting experience to Idea Grove. Most recently, she spent 17 years working for Omnicom Group.  In this role, Etta was a key member of Rapp’s finance team.  Her focus at Rapp was on maintaining a successful, profitable business for the Dallas operations, leveraging industry best practices.

Before Rapp, Etta was with global PR agency Ketchum where she increased revenue and profitability, and put necessary processes in place across the agency’s Dallas office.

IG 101

I was an early entrepreneur: I designed my own clothes for the first time at age 14.
I know how to ride a motorcycle.
Once, I cliff dived on a dare.
LIZ Cies b2b technology pr firms
LIZ Cies b2b technology pr firms

Liz, account director, works to build public relations programs that create awareness among customers, media, analysts and industry influencers.

A public relations and social media authority, Liz helps clients navigate and create consistent messaging across a wide range of print and online platforms. She works with companies involved in cloud management, Internet telephony and network monitoring and security.

With more than eight years of experience working with B2B companies, Liz joined Idea Grove from AWeber, a leading email marketing software company. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Texas A&M University.

IG 101

Don’t let that last name throw you off! It rhymes with “Rice”, “Nice” or “Precise”. It should have been Seuss (as in Dr. Seuss) had immigration official not misspelled it many generations back.

I’ve played the piano since I was five, and love to learn new instruments. Currently I’m trying to conquer the mandolin.

The strangest job I ever had was in college, where I was paid to sit outside the classrooms of athletes on academic probation and make sure they arrived to class.

BRITTANY McLaughlin b2b technology pr
BRITTANY McLaughlin b2b technology pr

Brittany is a PR and media relations professional with an agency background and experience serving clients in internet telephony, enterprise information management, healthcare, and commercial and residential real estate. Brittany supports a variety of Idea Grove clients, many of which provide a Software as a Service (SaaS) offering.

Brittany’s experience includes developing and implementing strategic short- and long-term integrated marketing campaigns that support the primary business goals of her clients. She’s passionate about leveraging all aspects of marketing and communication to tell the unique story of a client’s brand.

Prior to joining Idea Grove, Brittany served as an account lead at Nuñez PR Group, where she worked with several nonprofit, healthcare and real estate companies. Brittany earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations from The University of Texas at Austin, as well as a certificate in Business Foundations from the Red McCombs School of Business.

IG 101

I once walked 60 miles in three days to raise support and awareness for breast cancer.

When I was four years old, my family found an alligator in our pool.

I’ve performed on stage with Josh Groban.

MEGAN Chesterton b2b technology public relations firms
MEGAN Chesterton b2b technology public relations firms

Megan, art director, is responsible for creating visuals for client projects. 

She works to create infographics, eBooks, website graphics, print collateral and more. Megan’s Idea Grove clients are involved in industries that include finance technology, digital solutions, IT management and mobile retailing.

Before joining Idea Grove, Megan worked as an in-house graphic designer for more than two years. She graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design.

IG 101

When I was a kid, my dream job was to be an Ice Capades performer.

My hair has been every color of the rainbow.

Every morning I drive to work to ridiculously loud electronic dance music, to wake up.

Les, senior content manager, crafts compelling content for Idea Grove’s technology clients, everything from managed IT service providers to enterprise hardware and software companies. His specialities include white papers, case studies, blog posts, byline articles and ebooks, just to name a few.

Les has a knack for translating complexity into language any audience can understand, from techies all the way to the C-suite. His nearly 30 years in software and IT gives him a unique understanding of both the seller’s and buyer’s points-of-view.

Before turning his full attention to copywriting, Les was director of IT operations and development for NTT America. He now uses that knowledge and experience to serve the needs of Idea Grove’s hi-tech clients. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M University.

IG 101

The hobby my friends never believe is home cheesemaking.
I lived as an expat in Mexico for almost 4 years.
I’m a writer... One day after major shoulder surgery, I was back at my keyboard.

Farha, account executive, is responsible for day-to-day servicing of accounts, writing marketing material, supporting SEO, social media, and creative strategies across all accounts.

As a recent graduate of the University of Arkansas, Farha has had numerous opportunities to pursue her desire to expand her knowledge and experiences in public relations, advertising and marketing. Previously, Farha has worked as an Account Coordinator at Publicis Hawkeye and as Publicist Intern at Sunshine Sachs in West Hollywood managing social media and digital platforms, strategically planning digital and print campaigns, and coordinating music and film events.

She graduated from the University of Arkansas with a major in Advertising and Public Relations and a minor in Marketing. While in school, she worked part-time as media director, blogger, stylist, and model of Wild Villagers clothing located in Manhattan and Los Angeles.

IG 101

I was a state finalist in the Miss Teen Texas Pageant the summer before my freshman year of college.
I was in kickboxing, karate and Kung Fu for 8 years and still practice kickboxing.
Music, fashion and art are my biggest passions. I love to paint more than anything.

Donna, account executive, contributes to Idea Grove’s public relations team by conducting research, helping clients gain coverage in leading industry trade publications and managing client needs. Throughout her time at Idea Grove, Donna has gained experience and knowledge with IT solutions including cloud computing, business process automation and hyperconverged infrastructure solutions.

Prior to completing a public relations internship with Idea Grove, she attended Texas State University – San Marcos and completed her Bachelor’s of Business Administration in marketing.

IG 101

I love the outdoors (although TX summers are rough).

I attempt to CrossFit.

My favorite rock band is Led Zeppelin.