The (W)right On team is comprised of some of the brightest minds in the communications industry. Our hands-on staff combines passion, creativity and focus to exceed our client partners’ expectations. If you’re interested in joining our team, check out our current openings.
A connected and passionate communicator and successful entrepreneur, Julie Wright leads client strategy development and oversees the hard-working team at (W)right On, inspiring excellence and achievement for the agency’s clients every day. Formerly Director of Marketing for a financial institution with $1 billion in assets under management, Julie served at several public relations agencies in her hometown of Vancouver, B.C. before launching her own agency. She began her career as a journalist, working as a radio news anchor. Today, her knowledge and skill in traditional public relations strategies and marketing communications is matched with her social media and online marketing know-how. Julie is a past chair of the San Diego North Economic Development Council Board of Directors and the President’s University Council, a community advisory group, at California State University San Marcos. She sits on the Board of Trustees of the Tri-City Hospital Foundation and on the advisory board for RSI Systems International, developers of the RoomKey guest experience software for the hospitality industry. Julie has achieved various recognitions for her community service and leadership, including being named a Woman Who Means Business by the San Diego Business Journal in 2010 and a 40 Under 40 honoree by San Diego Metropolitan in 2006. She received the Fran Aleshire Award for Community Leadership from the alumni of Leadership North County in 2009. Julie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of B.C. and a Master of Journalism degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of Western Ontario. She is a 2003 graduate of the Leadership North County program and is active in its alumni group. Julie has two teenage sons, enjoys running along the Del Mar and Solana Beach coastline and collects frogs and Champagne. Twitter LinkedIn Facebook
CEO & Managing Partner
Grant Wright has more than 25 years of senior management experience leading external affairs and business development for major American and Canadian corporations and their subsidiaries. With extensive skills in all aspects of communications including media, regulatory, governmental, community outreach and labor relations; he has also led major infrastructure project development, M&A due diligence and implementation management, marketing and brand development, strategic planning and business plan development for small through Fortune 500 companies. As Managing Partner, Grant provides oversight and senior-level communications and business counsel for the agency’s client partners while also overseeing agency management and administration. Grant holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master of Business Administration degree in Marketing and Finance. Professionally, he has been involved in corporate and not-for-profit boards of directors and is currently a Board Director of the San Diego Venture Group (regional venture capital ecosystem). Wright was also named a Finalist for the San Diego Business Journal’s 2016 Most Admired CEO Awards. During his free time, Grant enjoys scuba diving, hiking and being a mentor for university students entering their professional career. He is also a commercial pilot licensed in both Canada and the U.S. and is the founding board chairman of the now 5,000+ member Southern California Aviation Association that has provided more than $300,000 in student scholarship grants in the past five years alone.
Director, B2B & Infrastructure Development
Chance Shay contributes strong program leadership through innovative communications strategies, established media relationships and cutting-edge outreach tactics. Chance has advanced communications programs for B2B and B2C clients ranging in size from local startups to international enterprises within the technology, entertainment, energy & utility and transportation industries. He is particularly fond of his work with philanthropic foundations, developing strategies to fulfill their mission statement while inspiring others to take action. Chance is an alumni of San Diego State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies and recognition on the Dean’s List with academic honors. In his free time, Chance enjoys running half marathons, playing catch at Dog Beach with his chocolate Labrador Shakespeare, hiking San Diego’s many scenic trails, surfing, attending home games for his favorite sports teams and spending time with his family and goddaughter. Chance’s passion for the ocean extends beyond catching a few waves as he is an active member of the Surfrider Foundation’s San Diego chapter, where he’s a Core Volunteer and member of the “Hold Onto Your Butts Campaign” committee. Twitter LinkedIn
Senior Communications Strategist
Shae is a seasoned professional with over 17 years experience representing world-class travel and hospitality clients. Formerly PR Director with Four Seasons Resorts and a consultant for a wide variety of resorts in California, Hawaii and Mexico, Shae began her career in Hawaii for six years with the state’s largest PR firm. Over the course of her career, Shae has spearheaded numerous campaigns involving everything from hotel openings and property renovations to anniversaries and special events. Her expertise in communications and all things hospitality includes a broad range of niche markets – spa, golf, recreation, weddings, dining, luxury, family and green travel. Shae holds a Bachelor degree from Arizona State University and Master degree in Mass Communications (with PR emphasis) from UC Santa Barbara. In her spare time Shae enjoys playing soccer, running training and spending time with her husband and two kids.
Kat Beaulieu has been creating communications for diverse audiences since 1996. She cut her teeth working in the communications department of North America’s #1 ski resort – Whistler Blackcomb. Since then she’s worked with a variety of organizations, from schools to governments to international corporations. Kat’s background includes work in the specialized field of Human Resources communications, where she crafted employer brands and programs to attract and engage talent. Kat has developed employer marketing campaigns for digital and traditional media and has influenced audiences through social media, reputation management and internal communications strategies. Kat has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of British Columbia. On weekends she enjoys pushing the limits of her communication abilities by practicing dog and horse whispering.
Jr. Communications Strategist
Aisha brings a competitive advantage to the (W)right On team with her diverse background and unique upbringing. Her experiences in very different parts of the world including Salt Lake City, Utah and the island of Penang in Malaysia have challenged her to develop into a interculturally competent person. She has accumulated broad experience in journalism, public relations, marketing and advertising with clients in various industries such as healthcare, consumer, technology, hospitality, entertainment and government. After graduating high school at the age of 16, Aisha attended San Diego State University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Arts in Journalism and an emphasis in Public Relations. Her love for writing, culture, socializing and traveling comes together perfectly in her position at (W)right On.
Kara is known for her “out of the box” thinking and passion for the media industry. As Communications Coordinator, she supports (W)right On’s land development, energy, utility, technology, B-to-B, professional services, hospitality and non-profit clients. Before joining (W)right On, Kara served as a PR Assistant at a boutique PR firm and supported communications for the Orlando Magic and LA Clippers. She graduated from California State University, San Bernardino with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with an emphasis in PR and Mass Communications. As a California native, she enjoys the beach, Disneyland trips, crafting, and being outdoors.
Marketing & Administrative Coordinator
Ronda Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cal State University San Marcos, with a major in Communications and minor in Video/Film production. She additionally brings administrative experience from La Vida Del Mar as well as CW6 Channel and the Rock Church production team.
Design & Multimedia Specialist
Keely brings an eye for design to the (W)right On team. Her experience stretches from web to print media, designing for local businesses, schools, and corporate structures. Keely seeks to create art that motivates the audience to see and experience the world in fresh and exhilarating ways. As an artist and innovator, she engages various mediums including graphic design, sculpture, illustration, dance and music. With a passion for expression she strives to build relationships around fostering creativity and collaboration. Keely has a Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in Graphic Design from San Diego State University.
Lead Developer and Technical Resource
Phelan Riessen is a passionate web and graphic design artist with over 25 years of experience designing and building more than 60 websites for a variety of organizations. Skilled in fontography, web design, photoshop and web marketing strategies, Phelan also holds a strong presence in the San Diego tech community by serving as an organizer of several large scale events including RefreshSD, March Mingle and Startup Week.
Collin Chappelle is a visual storyteller with over 12 years’ experience shooting editorial, commercial and corporate projects, specializing in melding technique and craft to share client partner stories. His diverse experience ranges from community journalism, B2B storytelling and commercial advertising for such clients as Coca-Cola, the United States Marine Corps, AMWAY, Milk Life, NASCAR and many others. In combination with his expertise in cinematic composition & lighting, Collin shoots using the latest Canon digital still and cinema cameras and equipment tailored to each unique project. This includes 6K-capable cameras, aerial drone capability, and specialty lighting and sound equipment, all with the specific goal of elevating the filmic qualities of a client partners’ visuals. Collin holds Masters of Art in Commercial Photography from Savannah College of Art & Design and is a current member of the American Society of Media Photographers and American Photographic Artists.
Two-time Emmy award-winner Kevin O’Hara brings more than 20 years of experience in video production to (W)right On’s clients. Known for his attention to detail, he artfully produces compelling clips, corporate videos, news footage and commercials while maintaining laser focus on client goals and budget. He also orchestrates multi-camera live events. His corporate portfolio features Callaway Golf, Johnson & Johnson, Qualcomm, GE Capital and California Community Colleges, among others. Kevin also has experience working with nonprofit clients including Father Joe’s Villages, New Haven Youth & Family Services, North County Trade Tech High and Interfaith Community Services.In addition to his coveted Emmy award, Kevin has been recognized with numerous accolades, including several Telly awards for outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs and an Axiem Award for excellence in electronic media. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Visual and Performing Arts with an Emphasis in Arts & Technology from California State University San Marcos and an Associate of Arts degree and Certificate of Achievement in Radio and Television from Palomar College. Kevin prides himself on staying current with new equipment, technologies and best practices. LinkedIn
Director, Research & Analytics
As Director of Research & Analytics based out of (W)right On’s Vancouver office, Hamish leads (W)right On’s survey and stakeholder information gathering initiatives North America-wide. A former advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada, Provincial Premiers, City Mayors and dozens of elected officials, he also served in the government of Canada overseeing the quantitative and qualitative research activities of federal government agencies. With experience using every sort of data collection method to provide critical insights for strategic planning, marketing and other organizational activities, Hamish has worked with dozens of private and public sector client partners, including the world’s largest mining company. In 2004 he worked in radio business development in Kabul, Afghanistan, and he has volunteered in democracy building activities in Bangladesh and Jordan. Today, Hamish is frequently sought out by the media as expert commentator for national television, radio and print publications. Prior to joining (W)right On, Hamish worked as the Research Director for Angus Reid Public Opinion, conducting and performing analysis on surveys in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Oxford in England, a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree from the University of Toronto and enjoys history, writing and sailing.