Michael Young 

Founder & CEO

Michael founded Actual as a leading creative, brand-building agency that helps clients solve their most pressing communications and marketing challenges. Michael brings a global business perspective and deep expertise across a range of post-industrial technologies, including: cloud, SaaS, fintech, 3D printing, IOT, and artificial intelligence.

Prior to starting Actual Agency, Michael spent 20 years in leadership roles at independent and global agencies, including Access and Ketchum. His area of expertise is integrated communications (paid, earned, shared, owned) for global technology, b2b, and corporate brands.

Michael hosts the Purpose, Inc. podcast where he talks to industry leaders about corporate purpose and stakeholder capitalism. Listen to the podcast.

Michael is a partner at Actual’s parent, Millwright Holdings. Michael is a graduate of the University of London where he earned a BSc. (2:1, Hons) in International Relations.

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Matt Weaver

Senior Vice President

Matt brings a unique blend of deep corporate, B2B, financial and reputation management PR experience to his clients, having managed communications programs within industries ranging from enterprise technology to cell-based therapies. He is a problem solver, anticipating client needs, ideas or problems, to help that client thrive in today’s competitive landscape. His philosophy on PR stems from the words of Q in James Bond: “Never let them see you bleed and always have an escape plan.”

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Christine DeJoy

Vice President

Passionate about today’s ever-evolving media landscape, Christine is a seasoned public relations and communications professional with over 19 years of experience. As Vice President of Actual Agency, Christine manages a broad range of communications matters for clients and is committed to assembling and managing alliances to meet communications and public relations objectives. Her client experience spans broadcast (NBC, CBS), digital media (Fremantle, Smiletime), and fintech (BMO). Christine holds a B.A. in Telecommunications from Ball State University and an Entertainment Business Management degree from Vancouver Film School (VFS).

Lisa Helfer

Lisa Helfer

Vice President

Lisa has developed and directed strategic communications initiatives for the B2B and B2C technology, SaaS and healthcare industries for nearly two decades. Focused on long-term business growth and maximum brand visibility, her client experience includes Nokia, Microsoft, Intel, Amazon, Talend, CleverTap and RingLead. She builds consensus among decision-makers and stakeholders at all levels of an organization and understands what drives success in today’s highly competitive business environment. As Vice President of Actual Agency, Lisa is an efficient team leader who is passionate about C-suite thought leadership and unique approaches to media relations and content development.


Andrew Ryan 

Director, Content Strategy

Andy’s B2B writing skills are unparalleled and his ability to take a complex B2B value proposition and turn it into a pithy, compelling blog post or byline helps distinguish our client executives as thought leaders with a smart POV. Andy is a triple threat: he also possesses an uncanny ability to craft a trend or market-facing pitch that elevates our client out of the product-only mindset and gets them into meaningful coverage that decision-makers find most valuable. He currently handles writing for Celestica, Techstars, 7Park Data and Clarizen. 


Brittney Blanchard

Account Supervisor

Brittney Blanchard is a media relations guru who began her career in the Bay Area. Brittney has extensive communications experience in cybersecurity, storage and technology, working with brands like Facebook, Intuit and Pulse Secure. Brittney also has extensive experience in social media, event management and product launches.


Khush Chaudhary 

Account Supervisor

Versatile, intuitive, persistent, relentless: qualities that define a superlative communications practitioner like Khush Chaudhary. Khush began her career with KPMG in India. She relocated to New York City to earn her Masters at NYU. She has expansive communications, thought leadership, crisis reputation & management, and social media experience, with brands including Ernst & Young, American Express and Deloitte. Khush has also worked with senior leaders in Fintech and enterprise technology helping them shape executive visibility and thought leadership platforms. 

Alex Balis

Alex Balis

Senior Account Executive

Alex Balis is a creative and dynamic public relations professional with experience executing impactful strategic communication plans for a variety of clients across multiple industries. She began her career in Las Vegas with the corporate public relations team at MGM Resorts International and transitioned to the agency world to further grow her media network. She has a proven track record of securing key placements in national outlets including Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, Cheddar, Thrillist, Billboard, CNBC and more.


Marques Wilson

Senior Account Executive

Marques Wilson specializes in public relations and investor relations supporting clients in healthcare, ad-tech and technology. Marques has expansive communications, marketing and social media experience working with financial services like Square 1 Bank, NanoVest, Inc.


Brian Aiken

Account Coordinator

Refined and resourceful, Brian Aiken is a public relations professional who began his career in Portland, Oregon. He comes from a background in enterprise technology working with cloud communication and SaaS companies such as CleverTap and Dialpad. He also holds expertise in event coordination and social media.

Your Team + Our Team = The Team

The Actual Team lives to solve your most pressing communications problems. We can help maximize the impact of your PR, content and digital marketing programs.

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