Franco Adds Three to Growing Team

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November 26, 2018
DETROITFranco, Detroit’s longest-standing full-service public relations, marketing and social media firm, added Maddie Barnes as an assistant account executive, Jeff Sell as a senior account executive and James Wilson as a digital account executive.
As an assistant account executive, Barnes assists Franco’s B2B team on their automotive and technology accounts. Previously, Barnes supported and media relations efforts for B2C and nonprofit accounts at a Chicago-based PR firm. She also managed social media for the Wharton Center for Performing Arts in East Lansing, Mich. Barnes served as Orchesis Dance Company’s director of marketing throughout her senior year of college. Barnes holds a Bachelor of Science degree in advertising with a minor in public relations from Michigan State University.
Sell works with Franco’s nonprofit clients and is responsible for media relations, content creation, and developing communications strategies in his senior account executive role. He joins the Franco team after spending the six years in television news: an executive news producer at WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Mich., a news producer at WXYZ-TV Channel 7 in Detroit and a producer at 9&10 News in Cadillac, Mich. Sell earned his Bachelor of Applied Arts degree from Central Michigan University, majoring in broadcast and cinematic arts, with minors in both journalism and sports studies.
Wilson joins the Franco team to support social media and digital marketing on the consumer team. He has a strategic mind creating content for marketing and communications. Prior to joining Franco, Wilson served as a social media specialist for the University of Michigan where he created content for U-M’s primary social media channels. He later joined U-M’s Center for Entrepreneurship as a marketing and communications specialist where he streamlined the center’s internal and external communication efforts. Wilson holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts in integrative public relations from Central Michigan University with minors in leadership and multimedia design.
Approaching 55 years of business in Detroit, Franco continues to be Michigan’s leading public relations firm. While providing PR, marketing, social media and design services, Franco brings innovation, creativity and opportunity to its various clients across the globe since 1964.
About Franco
Franco integrates PR, marketing, social media, design and measurement to deliver communications programs that drive organizational performance. Franco was founded in Detroit in 1964 and has been a leader within the industry and the region for five decades. Today, Franco is a full-service public relations agency serving clients in the automotive, technology, healthcare, nonprofit, consumer and professional service sectors. For more information, visit
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