Michelle Guglielmo Gilliam, president of Point Taken Communications, has more than 20 years of experience in public relations and marketing. Gilliam is a former television producer, reporter and fill-in anchor who has worked for The People’s Court and various local TV stations. Gilliam has also served as a producer of private conferences for the United States’ military, arranging presentation topics, booking speakers and managing profit and loss for events. Additionally, Gilliam has overseen marketing and public relations for a variety of corporations, mid-size businesses, small businesses and nonprofit organizations including high-end pet resorts, veterinary clinics, animal welfare organizations, salons and spas, natural stone fabricators, landscape designers, interior designers, retail stores, real estate agents, schools and more. Point Taken has secured media coverage for clients across the world including the USA Today website, the ABC News website, DailyMail.com, Mirror Online, local news stations across the country and Jacksonville-based media outlets such as Action News, Channel 4, First Coast News, the Florida Times-Union, WOKV, Fernandina Beach News Leader, Clay Today and the St. Augustine Record.
What do you love most about Your City?
I love that Jacksonville is a stunning city with so much opportunity. I love that everyone has a connection to everyone else, so Jacksonville is like a small town that is the size of a big city. It also helps that the people are so warm and welcoming.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
Avocado toast at First Watch
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – Hitting the alarm to get the last few minutes of sleep.
10:00 AM – Meeting with clients or subcontractors about current or upcoming projects
12:00 PM - Favorite Power Lunch spot/meal?
Cowford Chophouse / Farro & Kale Salad
7:00 PM - Enjoying time with my son after dinner
11:00 PM – Sleeping. I need a good night’s sleep to give my clients my best work.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
Tons of Diet Coke and Unsweet Tea, a glass of red wine or an Aperol Spritz
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
Canva / smexaminer
What should everyone try at least once?
Learning a foreign language
Where do you enjoy getting lost?