As Principal and Founder of Taylor & Company, Julie is personally involved with her clients. She focuses on image management, strategic media plans, and media relations. A creative industries professional since 1982, Julie’s career covers every aspect of communication: publicity, marketing, writing, consulting, and editing. Her close relationships with global media outlets ensure pitches are heard, and stories are placed.
Julie served on the National Board of The American Institute of Architects as 2014-2016 Public Director. For her commitment to the design industries, she was granted Honorary Membership from the AIA in 2018; she previously received Honorary AIA status from the Los Angeles Chapter. Julie is the only public relations professional given an Allied Professions Honor Award by the AIA California Council.
Prior to founding Taylor & Company in 1994, she was Director of Public Relations and Communications at Pacific Design Center, which recruited her for that position and relocated her from New York City, where she was a magazine editor for several years.
As an editorial veteran, Julie has first-hand knowledge of editors’ needs and processes. She is presently the West Coast Correspondent for ArchNewsNow.com and Editor of the Society of Architectural Historians/Southern California Chapter News. Julie has published countless magazine articles in trade, consumer, and business publications, and is the author of four books on residential and commercial design. National and international publications interview her on design and business topics.
She is a regular guest speaker for UCLA Graduate School of Architecture, University of Southern California, AIA/LA, Southern California Institute of Architecture, and Society for Marketing Professional Services. She maintains active memberships in AIA, SMPS and Public Relations Society of America, among other professional, design, architecture, and creative associations.
Julie graduated from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, with a BA in Art History.
Heidi Simonian joined Taylor & Company in 2013 with more than 10 years of experience in public relations. As Account Executive, Heidi creates and implements publicity plans, communications materials, and interesting media pitches to maximize exposure through all types of media coverage. Heidi thrives in creating attention grabbing story angles and compiling thorough pitch packages to support those narratives. She serves as the main contact for her clients as well as with the media.
Heidi has always had an interest in the arts, architecture, design, and cultural experiences. Prior to joining Taylor & Company, she held several PR and media relations positions at art museums in Orange County and Los Angeles, including the Bowers Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). This exposed her to not only promoting world-class exhibitions, but working with many of today’s notable contemporary artists.
She received a BA in Communications and Art History at the University of Southern California (USC).
Donna Peters joined Taylor & Company in 2016 as an Account Executive, with previous experience in design, lifestyle, hospitality, and fashion PR. Donna has an extensive background in public relations and communications, a passion for formulating an effective narrative, and a natural ability to build lasting relationships.
She graduated early in three years from The University of Texas at San Antonio with an Honors BBA in International Business. She then received her MBA in International Marketing with Cum Laude Honors from Houston Baptist University, and has studied abroad in Barcelona, Shanghai, and Beijing.
Her interests, in addition to public relations and meeting new faces, include travel, volunteerism, and reading classical fiction, poetry, and philosophy.
James joined Taylor & Company in 2014 as Account Coordinator, where he applied his graphics and photo background to upgrading our processes for managing visual assets, overseeing social media campaigns, and creating clippings. Promoted to Assistant Account Executive in 2017, he’s involved in the creative aspects of representing clients by contributing to PR strategies, pitching the media, and preparing awards submissions.
His previous marketing and communications experience included working with the Los Angeles Times, UCLA, and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). He received a BA in Art History from UCLA, where he crafted his degree with an emphasis on Contemporary Art and Architecture through specialized international programs in France and Australia.
James’ interests, among skateboarding and photography, include being an active member in his community to help the homeless by organizing food banks at local shelters.
With a background in media design and production, Alea Ford joined Taylor & Company in 2017 as a Digital Media Coordinator. She organizes and maintains client files, image files, media lists, and distributions, and she archives media placements and manages all social media accounts. Prior to joining Taylor & Company, Alea’s previous media and communications experience included working in the education and marketing industries. She earned her BA in Telecommunications from Indiana University.
Besides media and communications, Alea’s interests are exploring greater Los Angeles and partaking in art and cultural events.
Nina Bye manages the daily workings of the office and provides clients with placements, publication copies, and reprints. Her many years of administrative work contribute to Taylor & Company’s smooth-running office. She worked in the entertainment industry prior to joining Taylor & Company in 1999.