J.O., a Fort Worth based full-service marketing agency, announced today that three staff members have been promoted within the agency. Liz Heck has been named Director of Strategic Development, Jason Van Orden will serve as Associate Creative Director and Melissa Warner has been promoted to Public Relations Account Executive. 

“I’m thrilled to be able to offer these promotions to staff in reward for their hard work and dedication to our clients and to J.O.,” said Jennifer Henderson, president and founder of J.O. “My hope is that through these promotions J.O. will continue to grow through additional clients, services provided and eventually additional staff members.”

Liz Heck joined J.O. in 2009 and previously served as the agency’s Director of Marketing and Public Relations. As Director of Strategic Development, she will work with J.O. founder and president Jennifer Henderson to develop a comprehensive business plan and oversee strategy for growth of the agency and oversee all marketing, advertising and public relations for assigned clients. Heck also handles marketing activities for the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo through Innovador, LLC, a Fort Worth-based full-service marketing and management consulting firm. Heck received a Master of Business Administration with marketing concentration from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) in 2012. She received Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Public Relations and Broadcast Management from UTA in 2004. Prior to joining J.O., Heck served in various public relations, advertising and marketing capacities for Orasi Development, The Hondo Group and Susan Jacobs, Inc. She is active in the community serving on the Board of Directors for the Greater Fort Worth Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, is a member of Komen FWYP, a young professionals organization supporting the mission of Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth, and Panther Club, a fundraising club and standing committee for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth.

Jason Van Oden joined J.O. in 2009 and previously served as Senior Art Director. As Associate Creative Director, he will lead the agency’s creative department, overseeing and mentoring art directors and interns within the department. In addition, he will provide creative strategies for agency clients through design, messaging and innovative marketing tactics and assist with brand building efforts for J.O. Van Orden has more than 13 years of professional design and brand development experience including concept, brand marketing and management of projects from initial client meetings to completion and delivery of final, approved projects. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Montana State University in 2003. Before relocating to Fort Worth, Van Orden served as Art Director for 45 Degrees North. 

Melissa Warner began her career at J.O. in 2012 as Public Relations Assistant. With her promotion to Public Relations Account Executive, she will oversee all marketing, strategy, advertising and public relations for assigned clients. She will also work closely with the Public Relations Manager and account service team to innovate new and profitable marketing solutions for clients. Warner earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Communication and Comparative Cultures and Politics at Michigan State University. Prior to joining J.O., she worked for Capital Area Michigan Works! and interned for the Office of the Governor of Michigan. Warner is a member of the Greater Fort Worth Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. 

About J.O.

J.O. is an award-winning advertising, design, marketing and public relations agency with fresh ideas, solid concepts and proven results. Founded in 1998 by Jennifer Henderson, J.O. has grown to include 10 staff members, two paid interns and an impressive client base. J.O.’s mission is to partner with growing enterprises to generate new revenues through original and strategic communications by virtue of tenacious talent, an instinct for innovation and a passion for our clients' profitability. J.O. transforms its creative thinking and innovative ideas into a product that meets the objectives, deadlines and budgets of each project, specializing in strategic planning, marketing, public relations, social media, branding and web design. J.O. has also been named one of three finalists for the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 Small Business of the Year award for the 1-10 employees division. For more information please call 817-335-0100 or visit www.jodesign.com.