As founding partner and President of B/HI, Dean Bender has counseled a wide range of entertainment, consumer technology and corporate brand clients over the years. Responsible for the company’s day-to-day operations, he works in conjunction with Managing Partners Jerry Griffin and Shawna Lynch to exercise his vast knowledge of the issues, trends and policies that impact the agency’s key practice areas. Bender provides corporate, branding and product consultation to the entire firm’s roster of clients including Warner Bros. Consumer Products, RCA, Rovio Entertainment, Facebook Games, Amazon Prime Video, IMAX VR and DC Entertainment, among many others.
Bender is also responsible for the agency’s strategic partnerships with companies that specialize in social media, influencer relations and content creation, as well as aligning B/HI with several agencies abroad as part of the company’s international network, OneVoice.
Prior to the establishment of B/HI, Bender held executive positions at entertainment-based public relations agencies Rogers & Cowan and ICPR Public Relations. From comprehensive and strategic campaigns to damage and crisis control situations, he has worked closely with such recognizable industry leaders as Rupert Murdoch, Reed Hastings and Al Gore on behalf of 20th Century Fox, Netflix and Current Media, respectively.GO BACK
As a Managing Partner at B/HI, Shawna Lynch plays a key role in the client servicing operations of the agency and oversees the Entertainment Content and Consumer Products practices. With more than 25 years of experience in public relations, she brings a vast amount of leadership, knowledge and skill to every campaign she oversees. Lynch has represented some of the largest entertainment brands in the world including DC Entertainment, Warner Bros., Universal, Disney, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Fandango, Hulu and Amazon Prime Video, among many others.
Lynch has developed groundbreaking communications strategies for a wide variety of companies, intellectual properties, and products in the areas of entertainment content, digital delivery, licensed merchandise and television. Among her strengths are strategic planning, creative events/concepts, media relations and corporate positioning.
She is known for getting in the trenches with her account teams and is personally involved in the implementation of every project, contributing on a daily basis to orchestration and execution.GO BACK
Jonah Keel brings more than 20 years of experience to B/HI in his role as Vice President. For B/HI, Keel focuses on building awareness about the company’s full suite of capabilities with prospective clients. Additionally, he’s a key figure in agency client relations for B/HI’s current roster.
Keel oversees the growth of B/HI’s four primary practice areas – Entertainment Content, Interactive Entertainment and Gaming, Consumer Products, and Consumer Technology & Platforms – as well as the ongoing integration of B/HI’s rapidly expanding list of strategic partnerships. Keel’s strengths lie in strategic planning, creative events/concepts, forging collaborative connections, influencer management, and big picture ideation.
Before joining B/HI Keel worked in campaign strategy, social media management, as a promotions coordinator, a freelance journalist, and in business development for a variety of companies including Fox TV, Universal Studios, Regal Cinemas, Disney, Miller, THA/Allied, and Click Communications. On the agency side, he’s worked with marquee global brands including Disney, Marvel, Sony, DreamWorks, Lionsgate, TWC, Starz and Cartoon Network, among others.GO BACK
With over 10 years of public relations experience, Nicole Yavasile develops and executes creative communication strategies, implements media outreach and oversees high-profile media campaigns. Using tactics that marry both traditional and innovative public relations methods, Yavasile has carried out campaigns for clients such as DC Entertainment, Saban Brands, Fandango, Fathom Events, CBS Home Entertainment, Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Magnolia Pictures, Vivendi Entertainment and more.
With experience representing both top studios and independent distributors, she has launched and executed high-profile campaigns for a myriad of film, television, consumer product, publishing and digital releases. Before her tenure at B/HI, Yavasile also represented various start-ups for personal care, fitness and healthcare products.
Yavasile graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in English before earning a master’s degree in Mass Communications and Journalism from California State University, Fresno.GO BACK
Nick Valente has more than a decade of experience across a wide range of entertainment, technology, consumer products and hospitality brands. As Account Director, he oversees the execution of client campaigns, strategic partnerships and events on behalf of DC, Warner Bros. Consumer Products, Kanopy, Magnolia Home Entertainment, RCA and more.
Prior to joining B/HI, he was at BLAZE PR where he led media relations for the nationwide retailer Performance Bicycle, The Daily Grill and The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa. Before BLAZE, he was with Middleton & Gendron (now Eric Mower & Associates), where he launched two major international luxury hotel brands.
Valente received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications with a Public Relations Certificate from Towson University in Baltimore.GO BACK