It’s a Matter of People

Connections that Really Matter

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Robin Black, Founder & CEO

Caring. Committed. Consultative.

Robin Black is a true believer in having a life of significance. Robin is the founder and CEO of Connects Marketing Group. In this role, she manages corporate relationships and the sales consultant teams. For more than 25 years, she has brought innovation and creativity to project management. She has a professional and effervescent personality, as well as a deep respect for clear communication, best practices and continuous process improvement.

Working with some of the top service firms, she enjoys helping her clients accelerate their success.

Robin’s specialty is working with her clients in a collaborative and frictionless way.

Her background includes B2B business development, lead generation, sales enablement, customer retention and expansion and strategic planning.

Favorite quote: “Life isn’t about how to survive the storm, but how to dance in the rain.” – Unknown

The bottom line:  Connections made through Conversations Matter.


Lisa Schulte, General Manager

Energetic. Intelligent. Effervescent.

Lisa loves to talk, and people love to talk with Lisa.  The most common phrase heard in our office is, “Everybody loves Lisa.”  In fact, rumor has it, that a major network has a pilot in the works about her life story.

With over 20 years of project management and customer service, she brings organization and communication skills to Connects Marketing Group. Prior to working with Connects, Lisa won the Presidents Award for Inside Sales Achievement from Tyco Electronics.

Favorite quote: “Enjoy the ride.

The bottom line:  Connections made through Laughter Matter.


Bev Monte Calvo, Sales Development Representative

Zealous. Inquisitive. Creative.

Bev likes performing to an audience, so when not singing, she’s capturing the attention of prospective customers, on both a domestic and international playing field, delivering, with her oh-so-fine English accent, a succinctly scripted pitch that has successfully lured and secured thousands of qualified leads for a variety of products.  You could say she’s ruthless, in a nice way, of delivering the goods, but at the same time lending her empathetic ear to potential customers, a blend of which brings in the results!  Working side by side with clients, Bev provides clear communication, partnership, and builds a rapport that allows for a seamless extension of their team.

Bev brings to the party 30+ years of marketing, sales, management, and customer service related experience. Starting her career in marketing in London, she has worked in the travel, medical, electronic components, and financial industries, as well as owning and operating her own retail business. She has been actively involved in public relations and been instrumental in developing community marketing and branding strategies, conducting long-term planning, and budgeting.

Favorite quote:  “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” –  Ralph Waldo Emerson

The bottom line:  Connections made through Relationships Matter.


Kristin Carlson, Sales Development Representative

Intuitive. Compassionate. Authentic.

Kristin has more than 20 years of experience in sales and marketing, account management, and customer relations, as well as group facilitation skills. All of these attributes are advantages for our clients.

She is professional, insightful, and personable while utilizing her solid sales experience, effective communication style, and leadership skills to empower and inspire others to fulfill their passions and purposes in life.

Kristin has worked in many industries, and is always diligent, accessible, proactive, and authentic. She speaks the truth with compassion.

When she isn’t hard at work, Kristin enjoys the outdoors and in her time off can be found on a ski slope, hiking, biking, kayaking, water skiing, scuba diving, or even horseback riding.

Favorite quote: “Be the change you want to see in the world.”– Mahatma Gandhi

The bottom line: Connections made through Thoughtful Communication Matter.


Aristana Firethorne, Sales Development Representative

Integrity. Optimism. Compassion.

Aristana is well organized, intuitive, and persistent in follow through when it comes to reaching her goals, as well as her clients’.  With over 20 years experience in the Natural Products and Health industry as a manufacturer, retailer, and wholesaler, she brings expertise with Small Business Management.

She supports our Sales and Marketing team by doing client outreach, coordination, and business development.  She brings to her role over 13 years of professional B2B Marketing experience in a wide variety of sectors through her work with Connects Marketing Group as a Project Manager and Lead Generator.

She lives by her guiding principals of integrity, compassion, optimism, service, and clear communication, and spends her free time involved with family, community, volunteering, creating art, working with plants and animals and dancing.

She graduated from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo with a BS in Environmental and Systematic Biology with a concentration in Wildlife and Botany.

Favorite quote: “Today’s great oak is just yesterday’s nut that held its ground.”
– anonymous

The bottom line: Connections made through Diligent Communication Matter.


Marie Shimada, Sales Development Representative

Confident. Dependable. Empowered.

After completing law school, Marie sought projects and opportunities that allow for an alternative use of her legal expertise and analytical skills. After multiple years and millions of dollars raised in the nonprofit sector, Marie brings her charisma and enthusiasm to the team at Connects Marketing Group. Her background includes K-12 and higher education, a plethora of pro bono legal affiliations, and the upscaling of nonprofit development programs.

Marie is currently a professional student in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives, as well as the president of a local nonprofit board of directors. Marie’s passion for creating and inspiring positive change continually drive her forward.

Marie’s strength is the ability to make other people smile.

Favorite quote: “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” -Oscar Wilde

The bottom line:  Connections made through Empathy Matter.

Andrea Estrada, Sales Development Representative

Humorous. Thoughtful. Dedicated.

Andrea enjoys the outdoors and time with family and friends. She is a dedicated soccer mom spending most weekends and evenings supporting her son, both on the field and off.  She is an enthusiastic cheerleader.  How many cheerleaders do you know that will call out in both English and Spanish?

The best thing Andrea you may ask? Her sense of humor.  When you make her laugh, really laugh, it will absolutely make your day.

In her prior life, she worked as an Underwriter, then, utilizing her marketing experience, she and her husband started their own business. Andrea has been working with us in business development for over 12 years and has mastered many subjects.  Her results are always spectacular.  Perhaps this is due to her love of research and constant desire to learn. Perhaps because she cares about everyone’s success. Whatever it is, it works.

Favorite quote:  “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit.”- Napoleon Hill

The bottom line:  Connections made through Enjoying Life Matter.


Jessica Lee, Sales Development Representative

Canty. Centered. Charismatic.

Jessica enjoys the outdoors and time with family and friends. She is a dedicated mother of 2 and Navy wife. She currently lives in Hawaii with her adorable family.

After spending over eight years working in customer service, Jessica knows what truly drives conversations and grabs people’s attention. She understands that conversations should be about connecting on a human level and  the importance of clear communication. But she doesn’t stop there, follow through is key in building trust.

Jessica holds Sociology and Organizational Leadership degrees from Arizona State University.

Favorite quote: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou

The bottom line: Connections made through Words Matter.

Christy Korrow, Sales Development Representative

Attentive. Collaborative. Curious.

Christy brings a background as a lead editor in publishing, thriving on timely deadlines and a love for grammar and punctuation.

Her affinity for legal documents and data organization through spread sheets stems from the story that can be told through data and the human relationships that binding contracts represent— whether in the business, social justice, or non-profit sectors.

She is action-oriented and thrives in a team setting, relishing in the synthesis of ideas that spark out of the collective.

Christy is a community organizer and has a commitment to civic engagement. She currently serves on a number of boards in her community. In her down time, she loves to paint, read, study Spanish, and spend time with her family.

Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally, it comes from what you do consistently. —Marie Forleo

The bottom line:  Connections made through Kindess Matter.