Leadership

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Michael A. Olguin CEO
Michael A. Olguin CEO

Outside of the office, Michael A. Olguin is known to travel more than a Jet Blue flight attendant, bleed SDSU Aztec Red & Black, and enjoy taking his ’65 Chevy Malibu for a spin with the top down in San Diego. An avid runner, he has completed seven marathons, yet he knows his way around a nice bottle of scotch and Cuban cigar.

Michael founded Havas Formula in 1992 as a national public relations boutique agency. A senior strategist with more than 30 years’ PR experience, he is equally versed in driving B-to-C and B-to-B programs for clients across consumer, lifestyle, high-tech, consumer technology, sports, entertainment, and travel categories. In addition to serving as Havas Formula’s leader, Michael expanded the agency’s offering with the creation and supervision of specialty divisions Havas FORMULATIN, Havas ATTN, Havas Trust and Havas Street, which offer Hispanic PR, social media and brand activation services, respectively.

Overseeing a nationwide staff of more approximately 200 employees in six offices—New York, Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago, Denver and Miami—Michael splits his very full days across client strategy, leadership team management, and growing the agency through new business development. He is frequently featured as a PR expert in trade and business publications ranging from PRWeek, Ad Age, AdWeek, Entrepreneur and Inc., and as a speaker at industry events including PRSA International Conference and Hispanicize. Through Michael’s leadership and direction, Havas Formula has earned numerous awards and accolades for both client campaigns and agency success.

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Alexis McCance CFO
Alexis McCance CFO

When she’s not busy working in her many Excel spreadsheets, Alexis McCance enjoys playing golf and camping with her husband and two kids. The only one at Havas Formula to have her own private mini-fridge—stocked with beverage essentials Diet Coke and wine—this D.C. transplant can be found starting her mornings with French Vanilla Coffee and occasionally raiding the Havas Formula snack bar as a substitute for lunch.

Alexis has more than 20 years’ experience in the operations field and is principally responsible for working with the presidents in strategic planning for Havas Formula, Havas Street, Havas ATTN, Havas Trust and Havas FORMULATIN. Joining Havas Formula in 1999, she currently oversees the agency’s operations, accounting, human resources, and IT departments. Additionally, she plays a key role in optimizing the company’s structure.

As one of Havas Formula’s longest-standing employees, Alexis has dedicated herself to expanding the company’s business and improving the overall efficiency of operations. In her time at Havas Formula, she has grown her department from two to a 15-person team, expanding the accounting department and bringing HR and IT in-house. She also plays an integral role in sustaining a vibrant company culture and is always prepared for a last-minute BBQ or happy hour.

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Adrienne Cadena President
Adrienne Cadena President

Shortly after starting at Havas Formula in 2005, Adrienne Cadena helped to launch the agency’s brand activation arm, Havas Street. Now serving as its president, Adrienne played an instrumental role in driving Street’s dramatic growth and raising its profile to become one of the foremost activation agencies in the country.

In addition to her knack for business development, Adrienne has successfully created and managed programs for numerous high-profile consumer and lifestyle clients. Her work has included everything from sampling and experiential campaigns (Beam Suntory, Heineken USA, T-Mobile, Pepsi) and mobile marketing tours (Lego, Midland, Herdez) to large-scale activations (Mike’s Hard Lemonade, Wholly Guacamole) and creative publicity stunts and pop ups (J.P. Morgan Chase, Panda Express, edible, Nature’s Bakery).

Overseeing her team out of Los Angeles, Adrienne manages everything from creative concept development, strategy and program planning to program results, analysis and financial management. Always seeking ways to make Havas Street stand apart from the competition, she developed customized online reporting systems to track and measure programs, and she was instrumental in launching Havas Street’s internal recruiting department, which has vetted 25,000+ qualified brand ambassadors nationwide for client programs.

In 2015, Adrienne was awarded the 40 Under 40 Award by PRWeek. A University of Southern California graduate with a master’s degree in communication management, Adrienne serves on the board of advisors for The Center for PR, a group started within USC’s Annenberg School of Communication. In this capacity, she helps to connect corporations, agencies, academics and students to define the future of the industry and develop those who will shape it.

In her spare time, Adrienne likes to stay active by taking Pilates reformer classes, enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters, volunteering at her daughters’ schools, and always cheers on her favorite teams – the Los Angeles Lakers and USC Trojans.

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John Marchini Senior Vice President
John Marchini Senior Vice President

John’s role at Havas Street has been constantly evolving since he joined the team in early 2016. Currently serving as an SVP, he helps to oversee the strategy and creative for client work while also advising the team in terms of the operations and logistics for client programming. Previously serving as the Operations Director for the division, John likes to stay involved, keeping an eye on the logistics including DOT regulations & compliance, leasing, and vendor management. Constantly seeking out cost and operational efficiencies for clients, Marchini also spearheads continuing education for the division which includes emerging trends and industry insights, along with ever changing regulations on the regional and national levels.

Over the course of his 15+ years in experiential marketing, he has worked on numerous national programs for clients including Hormel/MegaMex, KeVita (PepsiCo) and Beam Suntory. John has played an integral part in all facets of event activation from strategic planning and creative to in-the-field execution and management. With a focus on program logistics and operations, Marchini is constantly working with new technologies and vendors to ensure the consumer experience is as immersive and engaging as possible.

Currently living in El Segundo with his wife and two dogs, John can often be found in his woodshop where he crafts furniture, cutting boards, and other custom projects for friends and family. This inclination towards working with his hands has served him well in discussions with fabrication vendors as we build custom elements for our clients.

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Victoria Armas Vice President
Victoria Armas Vice President

SoCal Native, Victoria Armas, bleeds Dodger blue and is a self-proclaimed music enthusiast. Mother of 2 children and 2 Frenchies, Victoria enjoys family time at the beach and has a ‘thing’ for seafood and sushi. She likes to stay active taking exercise classes in muy thai, pilates, and most recently sought out yoga to help provide some balance to her busy schedule.

Working in the industry for 12+ years, Victoria truly understands what it takes to be successful in the field. Her career in field marketing started with Red Bull Energy drink where she worked as a brand ambassador, quickly working her way up to market and regional manager roles supporting brands such as Miller Brewing Company, New Balance, and HobNob Wines.

Victoria joined Havas Street in 2010 and has played an integral role in the day-to-day field operations for one of Havas largest clients, Heineken USA. Her get-it-done attitude and process implementation helped to increase the agencies scope on the Heineken business that began as a regional program soon evolving to a national program for the brand portfolio.

Having grown up in a large family, Victoria works hard to foster a family environment within her field teams encouraging best practice sharing and collaborative efforts. Leading a national structure, Victoria always has her finger on the pulse of all market happenings, whether it be a traditional sampling event in a neighborhood sports bar or an onsite activation at Coachella.

As an AVP, Victoria supports clients by helping to ensure consistency across markets, execution strategy, best-in-class reporting, KPI tracking, and budget management.
Victoria’s scrappiness, solutions, persistence and hardworking ways have made her a trusted “go-to” for all national field programs.

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Amy MacFarlane Associate Vice President
Amy MacFarlane Associate Vice President

Amy is a seasoned experiential marketer with previous experience in the adult beverage space on brands like Guinness, Absolut, Jose Cuervo and Dos Equis. Over the past 10 years, she helped build a successful 40+ market on-going experiential program for State Farm. Most recently, Amy spent the last year leading a small agency with clients such as Tim McGraw, ESPN, ACC, adidas, USA Today and NFL Green. Her recent work included overhauling the Atlantic Coast Conference’s fan experiences to be focused on sustainability, inclusion, philanthropy and health & wellness. Similarly, she managed a recent adidas program focused on the brand’s sustainable events and vision to elevate sport through philanthropy/inclusion practices.

Coming full circle, she is back in spirits leading the Jim Beam experiential business, overseeing client development, program creation, budget management and program strategy.

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Erika Ivey Associate Vice President
Erika Ivey Associate Vice President

With over 14+ years working in the field marketing and experiential industry, Erika understands what it takes to build impactful programs for her clients. The start of her career began with executing grassroots field marketing activations as a team lead to quickly being promoted to region manager roles to build major CPG brands such as vitaminwater, smartwater, NOS Energy and Keurig.

Since joining Havas Street in 2019 as an Account Director, Erika has played a pivotal role in the planning and execution of Covid-safe activations for her clients. Keeping a pulse on industry insights, continuously changing regional/national mandates and the implementation of rigorous brainstorms, Erika has been able to successfully design meaningful experiences by listening to the needs of her clients target consumers for brands including Farmer John, Farmland, Nature’s Bakery, Chase, Real Food From The Ground Up Snacks and LEGO. Thus, driving the business forward with these existing and newly cultivated relationships.

In her current AVP role, Erika supports her clients by maintaining transparency with her clients through the development of their programs, which includes strategic planning, concept ideating, budget management, KPI tracking and industry leading reporting tactics.

When Erika isn’t grinding with her work family, she’s spending time with her husband, 3 children (two of which are twins) and 2 tuxedo cats. Erika enjoys family time playing in the outdoors, exploring new restaurants, catching a game at Dodgers stadium and hitting up a local music venue on her off-time. Finding balance between it all can prove to be challenging at times, but working with a supportive and well-structured team, makes the day-to-day more than manageable and rewarding when you see the fruits of your labor come to life.

Capabilities

Our strategic approach can be broken into ten service areas that enable us to create powerful stories about your brand and its products/services. Our intention is to create an emotional connection with target consumers at a time and place when it is most important to them, allowing your brand to achieve relevancy and differentiate itself from the competition.


Person writing date on sticky note Strategy & Creative Ideation

Disruptive and sticky experiences, structured to extend the conversation and build brand loyalists

Creative Design & Fabrication

Dedicated designer for experiential programs

Event Execution

Flawless execution with every detail considered providing maximum results

Budget Management

Detailed and accurate, maximizing savings and identifying reinvestment opportunties

Hand interacting with mobile device PR & Social Integration

Seamless alignment with sister PR and Social divisions for 360 programming

Risk Management

Liability insurance, legal and direct hiring

Staffing & Training

Dedicated, in house recruiting team. Consistent brand messaging, PR + experiential

Venue / Vehicle Procurement & Permitting

Vetted components for the ideal consumer engagement

Logistics, Production & Operations

Extensive research and efficient planning

Reporting & Custom  Online Tools

Program specific online system to track engagements/metrics 

Strategic Approach

Drive Interest
We work with clients and research the category to define the target consumer and then develop a strategic plan for driving interest.
Building Engagement
We create a memorable and shareable experience for the consumer and amplify it with social media interaction and media relations support.
Inspire Action
Each engagement is aimed at influencing consumers to attach to the brand, share their experience with others, build loyalty, and ultimately motivate purchase.
Secure Results
We build our KPIs based on the client’s goals. Whether focused on product sampling, buzz building or consumer interactions, we measure all aspects of the program.

Engagement Methods


Events


In-Store Demos


Mobile Marketing Tours


Publicity Stunts


Guerrilla Street Teams


Sampling Programs


Pop Up Activations


Strategic Partnerships


Retail Support & Local Events


Large Scale Activations