Manifest Creative

Manifest creative

About Us

We go above and beyond to make our clients' worlds a little easier. 

 

The Team

 
 
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President & CEO

Monica Rhodes

As the President & CEO of Manifest Creative, Monica takes immense pride in the work her team does managing a diverse group of non-profit associations and planning a variety of meetings and conferences. A hands-on leader, Monica regularly carries out client services, consults with clients, manages projects and oversees business development efforts and the strategic direction of the company. From meeting deadlines, exceeding expectations, negotiating contracts, implementing best practices and executing forward thinking events, there’s no detail too big or small for her and her team. Monica’s “Figure It Out” mentality and ability is now a company philosophy that empowers the team to improvise and be inventive to meet each client’s needs.

For nearly 20 years, Monica has devoted her talents and honed her skills in non-profit administration, event and meeting planning, marketing, program and project management, media and public relations, community relations and outreach, photography, hospitality, transportation and tourism promotion.  

After 10 years of building her career in public relations, she launched Monica Rhodes Unlimited in 2010. A naturally gifted networker, Monica quickly found a niche providing PR, marketing and event planning services to a wide range of organizations. In 2012, she expanded her services to include association management, an organic progression after previously managing organizations such as the South Main Alliance and Houston Museum District Association and changed the company name to Manifest Creative. 

Monica’s client roster has included corporate and non-profit organizations in industries such as visual and performing arts, museums, education, weather and climate, beverage distribution, architecture, hospitality, dining, government, medical, transportation and tourism. She has served on various non-profit boards and committees and is currently an Advisory Board member of Hope Stone, Inc.

 
 

 
 
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Vice president & COO

Maureen T. Maiuri

Maureen officially joined the Manifest Creative team in May 2012 as Vice President & Chief Operating Officer when the firm expended its scope to include association management. 

Maureen oversees the bulk of the association management services provided to Manifest Creative’s clients. Her experience and leadership management shine through in this instrumental role, which includes coordinating with client committees and boards of directors, supervising staff, managing client websites and databases, and executing client events and conferences. She also manages vendor relations, administers membership services, coordinates the production and distribution of all communication materials and provides general administration. Additionally, she serves as financial manager and bookkeeper for Manifest Creative and all association management clients. 

Originally from Philadelphia, Maureen has called Houston “home” since 2005 when she began her career as a meteorologist at Weather Research Center (WRC) and museum coordinator at The John C. Freeman Weather Museum in the Houston Museum District. She became Chief Meteorologist in 2008 and Executive Director of the Museum in 2011.

 
 
 

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CLIENT SERVICES DIRECTOR

Stephanie Franklin

Joining Manifest Creative in June 2019, Stephanie provides the team with over 20 years of experience in diverse corporate industries and the non-profit sector, bringing a wealth of knowledge in forming and maintaining successful client relationships. Her skills in sales, marketing, event management and training transitioned seamlessly to nonprofit positions focused in education and program management, community programming, professional relationships, and partnership management and building. With her commitment to client needs, Stephanie ensures successful outcomes for every Manifest client she supports whether drafting and executing clients’ comprehensive project plans, collaborating with host and planning committees or confirming budgets and event plans stay on schedule. 

Prior to joining Manifest, Stephanie served as a Branch Director at the Salvation Army where she directed and oversaw all operations of programs with a primary focus for program implementation and building key professional partnerships and relationships with local city officials and other organizations. She also served as a Program Manager at Junior Achievement where she developed successful community events as a liaison between schools and organizations. In her role with JA, Stephanie managed successful partnerships and relations with over 50 schools in the Houston community and implemented financial literacy, entrepreneurship and workforce readiness.

When away from work, Stephanie enjoys going to the theatre, listening to live jazz, studying to become a winemaker, spending time with her family and traveling to wine countries.


 
 
 
 
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event manager

Erin Brown

Joining Manifest Creative in July 2019, Erin brings over a decade of strategic event planning and management experience that ensures each client’s vision will be achieved. From pre-planning to wrap-up, Erin manages all aspects of events, which allows clients to focus on event content and their attendees. Prior to joining the team, she operated her own business, planning and executing events for a variety of clients. Erin has worked on small- to large-scale events, including Super Bowl LI, and with diverse industries including nonprofit organizations, law firms, professional and civic associations and professional sports teams.

A native Houstonian and proud University of Houston alumni, Erin is actively involved with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo as a member of the Steer Starlettes Committee, which raises funds to support the hardworking youth of Texas. She also is a devoted Houston Texans fan and loves all things football, enjoys cooking, watching heartwarming romantic comedies or doing powerful flow yoga.

 
 

 
 
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administrative manager

Kris Edelheit

Kris joined Manifest Creative in August 2018 and provides membership and Board of Director services, along with general and financial administrative support, to keep Manifest Creative’s day-to-day operations humming and its clients happy. She brings to the team over 45 years of office management experience in diverse industries from real estate, architecture, retail, oil/gas, legal, accounting, private concierge to a local writer, as well as business owner. Kris enjoys the demands of a fast-paced work environment and problem solving to get the job done. Whether working as a team or individually, her objective is to always be one step ahead and provide the necessary support to make others’ jobs just a little bit easier and a lot more fun. 

A native Houstonian married with three children and one adorable grandson, Kris spends her free time doing laundry, learning about essential oils, sipping chardonnay, hanging out with family and friends and cheering on the University of Alabama (#RollTide)…not necessarily in that order.