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Stacey Paynter

Founder, Strategic Connections
Stacey draws on 25+ years of experience to develop solutions that link a client’s brands more strongly to the bottom line. Her strategic programs impact every “touchpoint” in the sales process, resulting in greater customer loyalty, increased brand preference and enhanced competitive differentiation. Her capabilities include marketing strategy, communications planning, brand management and guiding operational support for marketing initiatives. Stacey’s experience spans many industries, including consumer goods, healthcare, financial services, and retail. 

Since 2004, Stacey has been using her skills to help clients as a consultant in marketing guidance and business planning. Through her company, Strategic Connections, LLC, Stacey has helped her clients develop brand strategies, increase sales, redirect customer acquisition efforts, build operational infrastructure, and expand into new markets.  Recent clients have included Bank of America, BCCI Construction Company, CDW (Healthcare Division), Closet Factory, Eisenhower Medical Center, El Camino Hospital, Lifescan (Johnson & Johnson), and Mercantile Systems, Inc.

Previously Stacey Paynter was CEO of Publicis Dialog, the San Francisco office of the third largest global communications firm.  While there, Stacey used her far-reaching knowledge of collaborative communications to play a key strategic role in each client’s business -- clients such as Countrywide, Hewlett-Packard, L’Oreal, Peak Wines (a division of Jim Beam Brands), Microsoft, Wells Fargo, and Whirlpool.  She also co-authored the vision of Holistic Communications, the media-neutral communications approach which Publicis Groupe adopted and rolled out worldwide. 

Prior to her career at Publicis, Stacey was at EvansGroup, starting as the Production Manager and eventually becoming the COO.  She was responsible for turning the office around to profitability, making it the second-largest and most profitable office in the network. In her 13 years with EvansGroup, Stacey worked on accounts such as Acuson (Siemens), ATL (Philips), Behring Diagnostics, Dakin, Gloria Jean's Coffees, Nestlé, Netscape, Orchard Supply Hardware, Texas Children’s Hospital, Thrifty Rental Cars, Visa and Washington Hospital Healthcare System.

Stacey started her career in the corporate identity industry.  Working with companies such as Castle & Cooke, Dole, American Canners and Growers, Chevron and Clorox. 
Stacey holds a BA degree from San Francisco State University, where she graduated with honors.  She lives in Marin County with her husband and son.