It’s a communications team designed to meet the unique demands of the technology sector: crystallizing complex ideas, targeting highly intelligent buyers, and moving at the speed of tech.
Since 1997, we’ve given voice to the industry’s top thinkers and performers; influenced hundreds of successful product launches, acquisitions, valuations, and IPOs; and helped raise nearly a billion dollars of institutional investment.
We are actively seeking entry-level PR and communications professionals who would like to share our passion for technology, are armed with experience in public relations and social media, and would like to be a part of a fun, growing firm. We provide an entertaining, warm, and “smart and happy” workplace, and we regard our team in the highest light. If you or someone you know is interested in talking to us further, let us know.
Elizabeth Shea is president and CEO of SpeakerBox Communications, the firm she cofounded in 1997. Elizabeth spent the first part of her career in Silicon Valley, working for Apple, Inc., SuperMac Technologies and Momenta Computer. She relocated to the east coast to work for top-tier integrators Falcon Microsystems, EdgeMark Systems and I-Net—companies that delivered Oracle, Apple, Silicon Graphics, Compaq, Sun Microsystems solutions and more.
Elizabeth prides herself on being active in the community, giving back to the organizations that groom entrepreneurs and future business leaders and connecting people with shared interests. She serves as chair of the board for the Technology Marketing Alliance, a group she co-founded with other industry partners in 2006. She also serves on the board of MindShare, an invitation-only member-based organization of CEOs. She is an active member in the invite-only FounderCorps Group, an organization of serial entrepreneurs dedicated to supporting the entrepreneurial journey. She has served on the board of EO, the Entrepreneur Organization, a global organization of CEOs; Women in Technology, a 1,000-member association in Washington, DC; and SECAF (Small and Emerging Contractor Advisory Forum).
In May 2017, Eiizabeth and SpeakerBox COO Lisa Throckmorton were recognized by Washingtonian Magazine as two of the “Top 100 Tech Titans,” recognizing their contribution in giving back to the technology ecosystem. In 2015, she was recognized by Tech Bisnow as a “Top Power Women in Tech.” In 2016, Elizabeth and SpeakerBox won a Gold Stevie Award for “Excellence in Women-Run Businesses.”
Other industry and peer accolades include the prestigious SmartCEO “Brava Award” in 2009 and the “2008 Women Who Mean Business Award” from The Washington Business Journal. Other awards include Women In Technology’s “2005 Entrepreneurial Leadership Award” and Washington Women In Public Relations’ (WWPR) annual “Woman of the Year Award” in 2001.
Lisa has been with SpeakerBox for fifteen years and serves in an executive management role for the firm and its clients. She provides strategic oversight on client accounts, manages day-to-day operations of the business and oversees staff development. With strong experience in the open source, security, wireless, enterprise software and supply chain space, Lisa focuses on enabling her teams to deliver against aggressive communications goals.
Lisa has carved out a niche in the startup community, giving a voice to relatively unknown innovators and organizations in need of remarkable, creative thinking to stand out from the crowd. She has entrenched herself in the DC Tech scene, significantly raising the profiles of companies in the region and the region itself. She digs in with emerging companies and organizations and possesses a strong understanding of their unique growth triggers, market pressures, and core requirements for success.
Lisa has been recognized with numerous awards and achievements for her contributions to the communications profession and technology industry. In May 2017, Lisa was recognized alongside CEO Eiizabeth Shea by Washingtonian Magazine as two of the “Top 100 Tech Titans,” in the Dealmaker category. Lisa was listed among the “Power Women in Tech” by Tech Bisnow and “Top 10 Most Powerful Women in the DC Startup Community” by IntheCapital.In 2006, Lisa was named a finalist for PR News’ PR People Awards in the Agency Executive of the Year category—an accolade that honors outstanding leadership and achievement. In 2004, Lisa was recognized as a finalist for Washington Women in PR’s Woman of the Year award. This award acknowledges women in the Washington metro area who have demonstrated leadership, honor and community action. In 2005 and 2002, Lisa was honored as a Women In Technology (WIT) Rising Star Award finalist and President’s Award recipient for outstanding contribution and dedication to the organization, respectively.
Katie Hanusik brings a strong combination of business development, public relations and marketing experience to her role as executive vice president at SpeakerBox. She oversees all client services, and participates in business development and marketing efforts for the firm, leveraging her more than twenty-five years of experience in the business community and past positions working for a national advertising agency and integrated marketing company. Katie also oversees many of the firm’s largest clients including SolarWinds, Sonatype, Juniper Networks and Intel.
Katie takes a unique approach with clients, identifying early what they are trying to accomplish, and building an appropriate program that helps them to meet their goals. Katie also serves as a mentor to several members of the SpeakerBox team advising them on career development, media strategy and account management.
Pete Larmey is a vice president at SpeakerBox Communications where he leads the development of strategic editorial content programs. His insight and direction shape external content efforts and help clients achieve their unique editorial goals.
Pete has more than two decades of experience in external communications, including public relations, media relations, content relations (including blogging, article, and white paper writing), search engine marketing, website content development, social media and more.
Pete’s experience spans several industries, including: healthcare; government (federal and state and local); legal; education; consumer, B2B; mobile; online and local search; and technology (including enterprise software and operating systems, unified communications, mobile and telecommunications).
Director, Client Services
As the director of client services, Jess provides direction and communication strategy about PR initiatives and social media campaigns to her clients. She also serves as a project manager for the firm’s editorial and digital services projects where she manages expectations, timelines, deliverables, and supporting infrastructure.
As an account lead, Jess prides herself on her ability to be an active part of her clients’ team, serving as valuable counsel and driving forward key initiatives in a scrappy yet strategic way. Her technology experience crosses numerous industries including open source, cyber security, healthcare, telecom and wireless. Jess works with a variety of SpeakerBox clients such as TeleWorld Solutions, DuPont Fabros Technology, and Accuver.
Prior to joining SpeakerBox, Jess was the senior director of public relations and marketing at Audax Health, a digital health platform. There, she hit the ground running with a new marketing department, developing content strategy, overseeing PR and marketing campaigns, and managing the department’s day-to-day operations.
Jessica graduated from East Carolina University with a B.S. in Communications and has been a D.C. metro