Laura Collins

Laura Collins

Senior Partner


Laura joined IMR in 2012 as one of the company’s first employees with nearly eight years of public relations experience. Previously, Laura worked for two premier public relations firms in Chicago, implementing successful local and national marketing and media relations campaigns for chefs, restaurants, retail and lifestyle brands.

Laura believes that variety is the spice of life, and at IMR, she enjoys working with a diverse group of unique and extraordinary partners. From spearheading media relations efforts for one of the country’s leading culinary events – Chicago Gourmet – to guiding strategy for some of the nation’s most talented chefs, she appreciates the excitement that comes with each day.

Specializing in strategic national media relations campaigns for clients across the country, Laura has secured coverage in top media outlets such as the Today Show, Bon Appétit, NBC Nightly News, USA Today, Food & Wine and countless others.

Driven by the passion of the clients with whom she collaborates daily, Laura most enjoys being a part of their continued success and growth. She translates that energy into her work at IMR, where her executive leadership inspires colleagues at all stages of their career. Laura’s dedication and pure love for her craft make her an integral part of the IMR family and led to her being named Senior Partner in 2018.

An enthusiast of entertainment and all things home-related, Laura can be found keeping up with the latest celebrity happenings, binge-watching Bravo and spending quality time with her family.

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Joseph Fandel

Joseph Fandel

Multimedia Director & Partner


Joseph “Joey” Fandel joined IMR in 2013 and has since overseen and expanded the scope of the agency’s video arm. This expansion culminated in 2018 with the introduction of Belli Films, an in-house production division providing innovative videos to augment clients’ digital campaigns.

During his tenure, Joey has worked with clients across a wide variety of industries and directed countless projects, including televised commercials, in-room video for leading hotels, drone footage for luxury resorts and specialized content for social media platforms. His experience has taught him to be a versatile cinematographer with the ability to adapt to any shooting environment, from the biggest event to the tiniest kitchen.

Born and raised in central Illinois, Joseph has been passionate about filmmaking since an early age. He eventually followed that passion to Bradley University in Peoria, IL, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Media Production. Prior to joining IMR, he began his career interning and freelancing for several different creative agencies, including Northwestern University’s Advanced Media Production Studio.

Joseph lives in Chicago and loves the cultural opportunities that the city creates, from new restaurants to arthouse movies. But mostly, he spends his free time binge-watching Netflix.

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Taylor Fisher

Taylor Fisher

Account Director

World Traveler
Dog Mom
Netflix Binger

Taylor Fisher joins IMR Chicago as an Account Director with six years of public relations experience. Previously, she was part of the team at Kirvin Doak Communications in Las Vegas where she worked with a variety of clients in industries ranging from hospitality and food and beverage to nightlife, gaming, nonprofit and healthcare.

During her tenure, Taylor has spearheaded myriad PR campaigns, handling strategic planning, creative pitching, event management and crisis communication, always striving to exceed client expectations. She brings a wealth of knowledge to IMR where she will continue telling creative and compelling stories on a local and national level.

Taylor holds a bachelor’s degree in communication with a focus in public relations from Bradley University. In her free time, she can be found enjoying a glass of wine, catching up on the latest true crime docu-series and exploring Chicago with her friends and dog.

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Janet Isabelli

Janet Isabelli

CEO & Founder


Janet Isabelli has consulted the nation’s premier travel and culinary destinations for the past 20 years. Prior to founding her first company, Isabelli Media Relations (IMR), in 2011, she held the position of Vice President at Wagstaff Worldwide, where she led the company’s Midwest office for nearly a decade. Previously, she served as the Assistant Director of College Programming at the University Chicago, where she oversaw large-scale events and conferences for students, faculty and alumni of The College.

In her tenure, Janet has led campaigns for internationally recognized entities such as Soho House & Co., InterContinental Hotel Group, Trump Hotels, the Illinois Restaurant Association, the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association, branding expert Adrienne Weiss and the James Beard Foundation. The media relations campaign for one of the nation’s premier epicurean events – Chicago Gourmet – falls under IMR’s care, as well as those for countless award-winning hotels, restaurants and culinary brands throughout the U.S.

As CEO, Janet provides strategic counsel while empowering the agency’s partners and executive team as they lead smart, results-driven client campaigns. In addition, she guides nationwide business development for the firm, including that for IMR’s video production arm, Belli Films. A skilled practitioner in crisis communications, Janet also plays a critical role in devising successful outcomes for both individuals and businesses in need of this specialized expertise.

Janet was named one of Crain’s Chicago Business’ “40 Under 40” emerging business professionals in 2007 and one of the city’s most influential women in food in 2015 by Chicago Woman magazine. Additionally, she was honored in Newcity magazine’s “Food & Drink 50″ in 2011, 2013, 2017 and 2019. She holds undergraduate degrees in Law, Letters & Society and Spanish Language & Literature from the University of Chicago, where she is active in the alumni community.

In addition to fitness and cooking, the Chicago native enjoys exploring islands all over the world – and Instagramming each and every journey.

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Rachel Laden

Rachel Laden

Account Manager

Positive Thinker
Social Butterfly
Beyoncé Aficionado

Rachel joins IMR as an Account Manager with experience in public relations, advertising and communications. Previously, she held a position with All Points Public Relations, where she worked with clients across the franchise industry nationwide ranging in specialty from restaurants to children’s art programs and boutique fitness concepts.

Rachel’s expertise includes developing influencer marketing campaigns, managing grand opening tactics and event details – as well as launching press outreach initiatives such as signed agreement and growth strategy announcements on a local and national news level. She brings a great amount of enthusiasm and passion to deliver brand messaging and storytelling as a member of the IMR team.

Rachel holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and Advertising with a minor in Business Management from DePaul University. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, catching up on the latest episode of The Bachelor/Bachelorette and exploring the best brunch spots in Chicago.

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Olivia Murphy

Olivia Murphy

Account Coordinator

Country Music Fanatic
Bacon Enthusiast

Olivia is thrilled to start her full-time career as an Account Coordinator with IMR. Born and raised in Lake Forest, IL, she recently graduated from Miami University of Ohio with her Bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing and minors in Marketing and Creative Writing. Due to having a mother with chef-level skills in the kitchen as well as being a stickler for grammar, Olivia developed a love for food and writing simultaneously from a young age.

Olivia has always been one to follow the food trends in Chicago’s restaurant scene and even created her own food blog with a friend from high school. Coincidentally, she even covered some of IMR’s past clients before joining the team! She can’t wait to apply this prior knowledge to her role and to her notable accounts such as Bonci, The Purple Pig, The Paramount Group, Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago and Chicago Gourmet.

In her spare time, Olivia loves to watch historical docuseries, play tennis with her year-round coach (her dad!) and listen to one of her 100 carefully crafted Spotify playlists.

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Managing Partner


John cofounded IMR after 18 years of working in the hospitality industry. His background includes working with and directing some of the most highly acclaimed concepts throughout the U.S. and in the Caribbean. These include the Mobil Five-Star Maisonette in Cincinnati; the legendary Augusto’s as owned by Chef Augusto Schriner in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Esquire Magazine’s Best New Restaurant, the Blue Door at Ian Schrager’s Delano Hotel in South Beach; Miami’s iconic Coconut Grove institution, Green Street Cafe; celebrity chef David Burke’s Primehouse at The James Hotel in Chicago; and as general manager of The Purple Pig in Chicago, named one of Bon Appétit Magazine’s Best New Restaurants in America and helmed by James Beard Award-winning Chef Jimmy Bannos Jr.

Based in Miami, John oversees all financial and operational aspects of IMR, including contracts, negotiations and compliance. He also leads business development, strategic partnerships, event planning, culinary production and restaurant consultation for the agency. John serves as the lead for the James Beard Foundation’s annual Taste America initiative in Chicago. Since 2014, he has co-produced the event with executive producer and founder Bowen & Company, raising substantial funds for the Foundation’s education and scholarship programs.

John enjoys spending time with his wife on holiday in St. Barth and admiring modern art.

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Marci Ponto

Marci Ponto

Account Executive

Sugar Fiend
Freestyle Rapper
Makeup Enthusiast

Marci Ponto brings more than three years of public relations experience to her current role as Account Executive. Marci gained valuable experience working with a myriad of Chicago’s top chefs and restaurants including CH Distillery, Daisies, etta, Marisol and many others. Her expertise includes the execution of restaurant openings, event management and proactive pitching to secure local and national placements –which lends to creative, effective campaigns for clients like ACME Hotel Company, Bonci, The Purple Pig, Time Out Market Chicago and Yūgen.

A Chicago native, Marci is a graduate of DePaul University where she studied Public Relations and Communication Studies. Although not much of a chef herself, she is extremely passionate about food and loves trying new restaurants and experiencing everything the city has to offer. In her free time, she enjoys binging on T.V. shows, experimenting with the latest beauty products and spending time with her family, friends and dogs.

Photo by Eric Kleinberg Photography