Cleveland Spears, III

President and CEO

Cleveland is a native New Orleanian, an alumna of the University of New Orleans, and has more than 17 years of experience in marketing, advertising, public relations, and event production. He founded the Spears Group in July of 2008 with a small staff that has grown to seventeen full time employees and a client roster of global businesses and non-profits.

A husband, father, and a strategist, Cleveland leads the agency’s trajectory as the President and CEO. He thrives in business development and creating a diverse base of relationships from which the agency draws inspiration. In addition to the Spears Group, Cleveland leads our events team, Festivals for Good, as well as sits on several community boards. 

Spears Group is 100% black owned and DBE, MBE, and SBA 8a certified.

Malana Joseph Mitchell

VP, Public Relations

Ronald Evangelista

VP, Operations

Terence King

Director of Events

Elle Schmidt Tully

Director of Event Marketing

Jennifer Verges

Director of Account Services

Mike Hartnett

Associate Creative Director

Rachel Zinsel

Senior Designer

Milka Horst

Public Relations Manager

Christy Marino

Public Affairs Manager

Reggie Cockerham

Event Operations Manager

Meredith Adams

Account Executive

Beverly Vappie

Account Coordinator

Dejah Tanner

Associate Designer

Stephanie Cronan

Executive Assistant

Eric Cross

Account Coordinator

Spears Group


New Orleans, LA
Houston, TX
Philadelphia, PA


812 Gravier Street
Suite 1B
New Orleans, LA 70112

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