About Us

FORWARD Florida

FORWARD Florida is published by Forward Florida Media, Inc., a privately owned Central Florida corporation. Its owner and president is Susan Revello.

The company’s mission is to educate both internal and external audiences to the economic development opportunities in Florida. Stories address key industries across the state, including transportation, real estate, sports, health care, education, entrepreneurship, tourism, the environment and technology, among others.

A major initiative in 2016 has been digital growth and the company now reaches millions through its website, e-newsletter and social media platforms, that include Twitter and Facebook.  Readers are located throughout Florida, the U.S. and the world.

In addition to the award-winning print magazine, FORWARD Florida also has expanded its services to provide marketing, including custom publishing, strategic messaging, graphic design/collateral and social media.

Targeted distribution includes C-suite executives, legislators in Washington, D.C. and Tallahassee, economic development professionals, site selectors, venture capitalists and targeted industries in Florida and across the nation.

The company recently expanded its office space in Lake Mary, Fla.

 

FORWARD Florida Team

Susan Revello | Publisher
susanr@forwardflorida.com

Revello has more than 28 years’ experience in public relations, marketing communications, business and magazine writing, corporate communications, advertising copy writing, media buys, mergers & acquisitions, brand development, website content development and consulting. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida.

Career highlights:

  • Director of Corporate Communications, Worldwide, Renaissance Hotels & Resorts – Miami
  • Media Relations Director, the Americas, Hilton International – New York
  • Agency owner, Revello Marketing – Boynton Beach, Florida
  • Public Relations Director, Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach – Manalapan, Florida
  • Senior Account Executive, former RY&P agency
  • Account Executive, Todd Persons Communications – Orlando
  • Advertising Account Executive – Orlando Business Journal
  • Consultant – Clients included Phelps Dodge, Creative Gaming, 3M

 

Joel Brandenberger | Associate Publisher
joelb@forwardflorida.com

Based in Washington, D.C., Brandenberger has extensive experience in legislative affairs, trade association management, campaigns and journalism. He is a graduate of Texas Tech.

 

Krystina Ramos | Digital Editor/Web Design
krystinar@forwardflorida.com

Ramos is a web graphic designer, a graduate of the University Central Florida, she also specializes in social media management and web development. Her interests include writing, entrepreneurship, marketing analysis and technology.

 

Michael Candelaria | Contributing Editor
mikec@forwardflorida.com

Candelaria is a 30-year veteran of the magazine industry in Central Florida. He has served as a writer and editor for publications ranging from city/regional and business magazines to travel/leisure and sports magazines. Formerly, he was the editor of Orlando magazine and the 1996 president of the Florida Magazine Association. He is well known in the Central Florida community, working with high-profile organizations such as the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce, Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission and Visit Orlando. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida.

 

Jeffrey Rembert| Copy Editor
jeffr@forwardflorida.com

Rembert is a long-time communications professional having served as a writer, editor and public relations executive for numerous publications and companies, including daily newspapers, local and industrial magazines and corporate communications in agriculture, hospitality, insurance and real estate finance sectors. He holds two bachelor’s degrees from Texas Tech University and The University of Texas.

 

Melissa Woods | Creative Director
melissaw@forwardflorida.com

Woods has more than 15 years of experience in the communications field – art directing, designing, writing and editing for print publications. Before joining the FORWARD Florida team, she worked for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Orlando Sentinel, Savannah Morning News and the U.S. Marine Corps. Her design work has been recognized by the Florida Magazine Association (FMA), University Professional Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) and the University and College Design Association (UCDA). She has a degree in journalism from the University of Florida.

 

Alex Jackson | Digital Marekting/SEO
alexj@forwardflorida.com

Jackson has extensive experience in search engine optimization, international optimization, local SEO, content creation and social media development.

 

Contact Us

Headquarters
250 International Parkway, Suite 134
Lake Mary, FL 32746

susanr@forwardflorida.com
407-915-5628