GEM Communications and Consulting, LLC was established in 2011 by Margie Mandli, principal and owner. Mandli spent 18 years at Abbott Laboratories in various senior management roles from employee and executive communications to public relations and marketing. GEM is a full-fledged virtual agency. Bringing together seasoned and experienced independent practitioners, we operate like an agency without the overhead expense.
GEM partners with top-notch professionals who share our values:
Relationships– realizing that through natural chemistry, trust and confidence, together we can make a difference and bring out the best in each other
Service & Integrity – doing what’s right for the business and the people we serve
Flexibility – recognizing there is not just one way to approach a solution, we customize our approach based on the problem, your audience and our collective input
Excellence – focusing on the possibilities not the limitations, knowing there is usually a “diamond in the rough” to be discovered and shared brilliantly.
These are the gems of our business. Though we are each independent in our practice, we work as a team, and often as a family, to help you shine. Here’s a glimpse of the core team of GEM. We bring in other practitioners, as the project requires.
GEM Principal and Owner
Margie has more than 25 years of corporate and marketing communications experience ranging from consultation and strategy development to tactical implementation and measurement; experience in executive and employee communications, change management, acquisition communications, public relations and brand identity communications; digital marketing, video and social media. Clients have include AbbVie, multiple organizations within Abbott, small businesses and non-profit organizations.
Partner and Strategist, Westwords Consulting, LLC
Paula West brings over 20 years experience in innovative, creative solutions that bridge business and technology. Her background spans multiple industries and multiple disciplines encompassing organizations of all sizes – from Fortune 500 companies and large-scale social charities to sole proprietorships. Projects span multiple practice areas including IT project management, application development, graphic design and web development. Strong analysis skills focused on understanding and interpreting clients’ needs to produce high-quality results – from web sites to print design.
Tom has more than 20 years experience in health care marketing, including research, product marketing and project management. As a team member of GEM, Tom plays a critical role in client relations, new business and the overall creative process in meeting clients needs. Tom’s analytical skills allow the GEM team to think critically about the needs of the business and the people our clients serve.
Independent Cinematographer and Editor
Matt has more than 15 years of creative video and film production ranging from documentaries to short films. He has played a leading role in recent corporate video work that GEM has provided. With an un-assuming creative flare, he brings a strong discipline to the video work and never tires in making every project brilliant and fun.
Marketing and Communications Senior Consultant
Rebecca is a seasoned marketing communications professional with nearly 20 years of experience in writing, editing, presentation development and delivery, consulting and vendor management, print and web project management, and communications support for senior leadership. Rebecca not only brings strong writing and editing skills to the GEM team, but her expertise in managing large-scale marketing and communications projects, issues management, facilitating cross-functional meetings, and company brand and identity are all strong assets.
Human Resources Senior Consultant
Mark has over 30 years of experience in all disciplines of human resources — from change management, talent management, acquisitions and mergers, executive coaching and business partnership. He brings to our team a wealth of knowledge and wisdom when approaching complex change initiatives. He spent 30+ years in senior level roles in health care and consumer products companies.
GEM was inspired by Principal Margie Mandli’s children, Gianna, Elliana and Matthew. It’s through them – gems given by God – that she and her husband find true purpose in life…by shaping, encouraging and enabling them to be the best they can be in all that life presents them. No amount of communications or marketing can be successful if there is not a fundamental belief in who you are and your own gems. GEM works to establish and identify those reasons to believe – your brilliance – and helps express those reasons through strategic marketing and communications.
“It has the glory of God and a radiance like a very rare jewel, like jasper, clear as crystal.”