KCD PR President Kevin Dinino is regarded as a leader in financial public relations and strategic communications. He works closely with his team to ensure all clients receive sound counsel, effective solutions, and impactful results.
Before launching KCD PR in 2009, Kevin served as Vice President of Public Relations for LPL Financial, the nation’s largest independent brokerage firm, where he managed the public relations department and provided strategic communications direction to the executive team. He is an industry and Wall Street veteran and a sought-after source for public relations and marketing insights relating to finance, high tech, cybersecurity, and other related topics. Through his years in public relations, Kevin has developed influential relationships and secured coverage in major media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, BusinessWeek, and CNBC.
Kevin is a graduate of the State University of New York College at Buffalo, where he earned a B.A. in Public Communication, and is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). He resides in beautiful San Diego with his wife.
Philippa Ushio is a Managing Director at KCD PR. She leads teams in developing communications strategies and mounting multi-disciplinary campaigns to protect and enhance business value.
Throughout her career, Philippa has provided strategic counsel to clients facing a wide variety of complex issues, focusing particularly on their communications challenges. She has led a myriad of innovative programs around the world that have advanced the business objectives of clients in many different industries, including financial services, fintech, hardware, and software. Previous client experience includes working with respected brands such as Trulia, HSBC, Credit Suisse, Slack, The Government of Dubai, Jones Lang La Salle, William Blair, Schroders, and Investcorp.
Before joining KCD PR, Philippa was the founder of Wall & Broadway, a consultancy that specialized in providing strategic communications solutions to technology startups. She began her career in the Middle East with FTI Consulting where she led communications strategy on the restructuring of the Emirate’s government healthcare funding program while also consulting for Lloyds TSB and the Emirates Group.
Philippa holds a first-class degree from St. Andrews University in Scotland and postgraduate masters in public and media relations from the School of Journalism in Cardiff, Wales. Philippa is actively involved in the San Diego technology startup community, she volunteers for Tech Coast Angels, and lives in San Diego with her husband and son.
Vice President of Corporate Development
For nearly 25 years, John has led fully integrated marketing, media, branding, and investor communications campaigns to help achieve ambitious revenue, market share, and brand awareness goals for multinational corporations, newly minted public companies, and fast-charging startups. He has overseen all aspects of account management, from strategic planning, market research, and budget development to production, scheduling, execution, and ongoing measurement.
John is deeply experienced in leading campaigns for global and national businesses across an array of verticals, including financial services, real estate (REITs), software, cybersecurity, high tech, biotechnology, education, entertainment, consumer services, IT, oil and gas, manufacturing, semiconductor, electronics, retail, transportation, and more. He has extensive experience in both traditional and digital campaigns, aligning strategy, messaging, and branding for email marketing programs, social media campaigns, websites, and offline channels like live events, OOH advertising, and broadcast media plans.
A 12-year member of the Board of Directors of the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI), John served as two-time president and remains on NIRI’s Advisory Board. John lives in the greater San Diego area with his family.
VP, DIRECTOR OF MEDIA RELATIONS
Tony Vignieri is VP, Director of Media Relations at KCD PR. He is responsible for handling media strategy and public relations activities for clients in the finance, high tech, and transportation spaces.
Prior to joining our team, Tony held the role of Vice President of Media and Public Relations at LPL Financial. His background includes serving as Chief of Corporate Communications at Vistage International, and he started his career as a broadcast journalist for ABC and CBS News affiliates in New York, Minneapolis, and Houston. He has received three Telly Video Awards, four Associated Press awards, two Page One awards, and a national public relations award.
A father of four and an avid tennis player, Tony resides in Carlsbad, CA with his wife Elizabeth.
Janette is a seasoned marketing strategist who helps KCD PR clients grow their businesses and expand into new markets. She has extensive experience in leading go-to-market strategies for financial services companies, and provides clients with strategic marketing insights, while also driving the agency’s marketing initiatives.
Prior to joining KCD PR, she developed and executed marketing strategies in the broker-dealer and RIA spaces, and has led post-M&A integration of marketing and communications efforts in the financial industry. Janette’s launch experience includes advisory, asset allocation, and practice management programs. While living in Australia, Janette was the investor relations manager for GPT, a publicly listed REIT.
Janette earned her MBA in Entrepreneurship from Concordia University in Irvine, California. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, major in Marketing, from Charles Sturt University in Australia. She is currently completing her Global M&A certification with the Institute for Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances. She lives in San Diego.
Amanda Powers is a KCD PR Account Executive responsible for tracking industry trends, researching media opportunities, pitching client news, developing social media marketing strategies, and creating content for marketing materials. She is passionate about the public relations industry and enthusiastic about supporting all of her clients’ business objectives.
Prior to joining the team, Amanda was a marketing coordinator at Great Ecology, an environmental consulting firm in La Jolla, California and managed external communications strategy for the development team at Invisible Children, an international non-profit. Amanda moved to San Diego in 2012 from Boston where she was an Account Coordinator at the Dobbin Group, where she was charged with securing placements for clients in well-known equine publications.
Amanda graduated from Union College in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in History with a concentration on Africana Studies. She is a seasoned equestrian and spends most of her time at the barn, traveling, and with friends and family.
STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION CONSULTANT
Genevieve Crain is seasoned communications leader who specializes in developing strategic messaging frameworks and content marketing programs for B2C and B2B clients. She supports global and emerging businesses with fresh campaign concepts and informative, actionable copy that lives across a variety of platforms, while helping them establish an authentic and consistent verbal style that resonates with their audiences.
Genevieve also oversees complex website executions, acting as a hybrid project manager/creative director/writer, providing oversight of everything from look and feel concepts to SEO/UX to creative execution. She has worked with leading brands including Staples, Belkin, Brain Corp, LPL Financial, Avery Dennison, Zappos, Hasbro, and many more.
Senior Account Executive
Audrey Green is a KCD PR Senior Account Executive, responsible for harnessing new media opportunities, pitching client news, social media strategy, and business development.
Audrey has a rich career background in PR, marketing, web development, and journalism. As VP of Media and Marketing at Tentrr, she spent a ridiculous amount of time sleeping outdoors as she spearheaded communications for a New York-based startup that Outside Magazine dubbed “the AirBNB of camping.”
At the New York Stock Exchange, Audrey spent five years working as Communications Manager, where she handled PR and digital marketing surrounding major corporate events including IPOs, celebrity endorsements, and rebrands for a wide range of Fortune 500 clients including Anheuser-Busch, PepsiCo, UnderArmour, and TD Ameritrade. She built the NYSE’s global brand social media strategy from the ground up, bypassing one million Twitter followers in three years.
Audrey earned her degree in journalism from the George Washington University, and loved being a reporter. She was a staff writer for Gannett daily newspaper The Journal News, and a producer for the Australian Broadcasting Company. She also edited magazines and travel brochures for The Walt Disney Company. Her favorite princess is Ariel.
Kelly is an Account Coordinator for KCD PR. She is responsible for strategizing public relations and marketing goals and objectives, utilizing social media to promote client events and thought leadership, conducting media relations, and assisting on new business activities. She also assists with KCD PR’s internal public relations and marketing objectives.
Kelly previously served as the Digital Content Manager at The Daily Aztec, SDSU’s independent, student-run newspaper, and oversaw all PR, social media, and online content. Kelly has been with KCD PR for more than two years and has worked her way up from intern.
Kelly is a graduate of San Diego State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations, and a minor in Finance. She is a seasoned equestrian and spends most of her time adventuring with friends, at the beach, exploring new restaurants, and traveling.