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Cynthia A. Gurrola and Lisa M. Araujo are the CEO and President of Creative Touch Communications, Inc. The two met during their undergrad studies at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Strategic Partner & CEO
Cynthia has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations, and a minor in International Business Marketing from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She also has an MBA with an emphasis in marketing and a Master’s in Strategic Public Relations. Cynthia worked as an Account Executive for two and a half years for Harte-Hanks’ PennySaver while completing her Bachelor’s, gaining the ‘real-world’ experience it takes to run and grow her own company. Since 2005, she has been a contributing sports writer to a number of newspapers, including The OC Register, The Daily Bulletin, The San Bernardino Sun and The Press Enterprise.
Managing Partner & President
Lisa has a Bachelor of Science in Management and Human Resources from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She attended Cal Poly on a soccer scholarship and received top honors all four years including Rookie of the Year and was an All-CCAA team pick for four years. After college she ventured into the business world and has several years of experience working in purchasing, contracting and human resources for two companies, including the reputable homebuilder, Lennar. She combines her busines niche with her passion for soccer, emerging as a leader and conveying organizational management within the company, as well as taking it to the fields where she is very involved in the youth club soccer scene, training two club teams. She also continues to play in women's leagues and local semi professional leagues.
Darin has been the Lead Developer/Creative Director for an advertising agency specializing in the outdoor recreation industry for the last 7 years. He has developed award winning ecommerce sites, content management systems, dynamic database driven applications for large and small companies, as well as developing online marketing strategies to increase brand awareness on the internet. He has also designed and implemented numerous advertising campaigns in several local and national publications focusing on brand identity and event promotion. Darin has experience in many facets of the advertising business, including Radio, TV, Magazines, Billboards, Posters, Catalog Design, Direct Mail, Email Campaigns, Internet Banner Campaigns and Website Development.
After graduating from high school, Celeste served 4 years in the U.S. Navy as a radar operator. After her discharge from the Navy she attended Cal State Northridge with a major in Fine Art. While in college, she began working as a graphic artist, working within the corporate environment producing everything from sales and marketing print materials, video presentations, ad design to web design and digital photography. Celeste is currently a freelance designer and enjoys spending her non-creative time surfing, running and hiking.
Lauren is studying Public Relations at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She has previous experience in the aerospace industry working for Accuturn Corporation where she focused on customer relations and accounts payable. Lauren has also volunteered in the past for the YMCA, and she enjoys helping children. As she highers her education in communications, she continues to amplify her diligence with Creative Touch.
Sales (Northern California)
Mark Araujo received his Bachelor's degree in Sports management from St. Mary's College of California. There, he also played 4 years of Division 1 soccer where he helped lead the program to their first ever NCAA playoff berth. During college Mark founded a clothing company called Unfluence Society, with a purpose to promote the positive aspects of society while Un-influencing people from all the negative things present in our society and empowering people to take a more active role in creating the kind of world they wish to live and raise children in. After graduating, he went on to work at Gallo Sales company where he worked as a sales representative and account manager, helping launch brands such as Camarena tequila and Naked Grape wines, to name a few. Mark's passion for soccer also led him to get involved in the youth club soccer scene where he coaches a few teams in the bay area, as well as coaching at a middle school.
Sales (Northern California)
Bryan has a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sports Management from St. Mary's College of California. He played Division 1 collegiate soccer from 2006-2010 helping the program achieve their first ever playoff berth in 2010. Bryan's passion, creativity, and integrity for soccer has helped propel him into a career in sales. As a true team player, Bryan has excellent personable skills that allows him to connect with everyone to reach a common goal. He has previous experience as a sales associate in several corporations including Kroenke Sports Enterprises, Qwest, and Nordstrom where he has a track record of successful, credible lead follow up and sales development at multiple executive levels.
Ambryss Haymond is a college student in her last year at Cal Poly Pomona University where she will earn a degree in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations. She graduated from Rancho Cucamonga High School with honors. Ambryss has the ability to speak well about various topics for a large mass of people and has a good grasp of the basic guidelines and regulations to journalism and broadcasting techniques. Ambryss also has four years experience working in financial institutions, six years experience in customer service, five years sales experience and several years experience in a wide range of positions in which the ability to complete formidable tasks were exhibited. Lastly, she plans to successfully work within the public relations field, utilizing her vast amount of experience to eventually maintain a thriving PR Firm of her own.