Meet our current Big Bold Business Team:
Donna R. Thompson is the publishing director and owner of Woodpecker Press, LLC (est. 2008), a publishing company dedicated to helping business owners self-publish. To that end, she publishes the Big Bold Business® Book Series, which features short, easy-to-read chapters of business insight and advice written by business owners. WP also provides editorial services to publishers and public relations services for authors, entrepreneurs, and small businesses.
Her passions are publishing and public relations. Donna loves helping her clients understand publishing and the benefits of adding that “published author” credential to their list of achievements. Her business background together with her extensive career in publishing allow her to bring her unique combination of insight to every project.
Joyce Restaino, an award-winning writer and editor, turned her training, talent, and love of words and writing into a business when she launched Joyce Restaino Writing and Editing Service 20 years ago. Because poor writing creates a negative impression, she helps businesses, organizations, and entrepreneurs polish their image through the written word. Using the power of the written word to boost visibility and credibility, the company specializes in creating and cranking out content for clients by transforming their knowledge and know-how into articles, blog posts, newsletters, e-zines, tip sheets, and special reports. Joyce is also happy to ghostwrite or coauthor an e-book or hard copy book with individuals who dream about becoming published authors.
Raquel Bonassisa, a NYC design veteran and Parsons School of Design graduate, owns Hit Designs, a graphic design boutique. After working in many sectors of design for such clients as Pepsi, Colgate, Budweiser, Miramax Film, and the NBA Sports, Bonassisa created her boutique design studio in 2002. As creative director, she leads a team of designers, photographers, and Web and interactive artists to create stunning ads, Web sites, and other marketing materials. Hit Designs strives to provide the best resources the big city has to offer right here in New Jersey.
Gene R. Sower is the owner of SamsonMedia.net, an interactive agency specializing in website development, search engine optimization (SEO), email marketing and social media marketing. Based in Montclair, New Jersey, SamsonMedia.net has a diverse base of small business clients as well as large accounts like Cisco Systems.
Prior to starting SamsonMedia.net in late 2005, Gene was the VP of Production for West Glen Communications in New York, which specialized in producing and distributing broadcast-quality public relations TV and radio content for Fortune 100 companies.