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DOUG FREE JOINS THE STEPHENZ GROUP AS DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC SERVICES; MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS AGENCY EXPANDS SERVICES

 SAN JOSE, Calif., July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The Stephenz Group, one of Santa Clara County's largest independent advertising agencies, announced the addition of Doug Free, age 38, to its senior staff in the newly created position of director of strategic services. Free's responsibilities will include assisting in developing overall communications plans for clients, evaluating and meeting clients' public relations needs, expanding the agency's presence in the high technology market, and developing strategies to meet the changing needs of clients going forward.
 "We're delighted that Doug is joining us at this juncture in our growth and development as an agency. Our challenge over the past years has been to anticipate and meet the changing needs of our clients," said Barbara Zenz, founder and president, The Stephenz Group. "The depth and variety of Doug's experience, coupled with his strengths in strategy and analysis, supports the direction we see our clients heading and complements the long-term direction of the agency," said Zenz.
 Free brings with him over 12 years experience in advertising, public relations, and marketing communications in both agency and corporate environments. Before joining The Stephenz Group, Free spent four years heading up the public relations efforts for Pyramid Technology. Prior to Pyramid, Free served as an account supervisor at Franson & Associates, a San Jose-based high technology public relations firm. Free received a B.A. in literature and history from Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Ore.
 The Stephenz Group
 The Stephenz Group, founded in 1981 by Barbara Zenz, president and chief executive officer, and Stephanie Paulson, vice president and creative director, provides a complete portfolio of integrated marketing communications, services, including advertising, public relations, communications and marketing consulting services, and marketing collateral development. The company's client roster is comprised of a wide variety of industry leaders including Becton Dickinson, Epson, GE Nuclear Energy and Unify. The company has grown into one of the leading advertising agencies in Santa Clara County because of its commitment to quality, creativity and strategy in all its service offerings. By focusing on key industries such as high technology (computers and software), biotechnology and financial services, the agency has enjoyed strong, sustained growth even through periods of downsizing in the industry.
 For more information, contact The Stephenz Group, 150 Almaden Blvd., Second Floor, San Jose CA 95113. Telephone: 408-286-9899, or fax: 408-286-9866.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Doug Free is single, 38 years old and a resident of Mountain View. He attended Woodside High School and Menlo School, and is a native of the Bay Area./
 /CONTACT: Barbara Zenz, president and chief executive officer of The Stephenz Group, 408-286-9899/


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