Our Professional Team of Seasoned Communicators is the Best in the Business!
Henry de La Garza is a FEMA Certified NIMS Public Information Officer (PIO) and is qualified to manage communications and public information in any situation - regardless of severity, complexity and the number of parties of interest.
Mr. de La Garza is a FEMA Certified NIMS Public Information Officer (PIO) and is qualified to manage communications and public information in any y manner. His FEMA Certifications include: IS-042, IS-100b, IS-200b, G-300, G-400, IS-700a, IS-702a, and IS-800b.
Randy de La Garza is the President and Chief Financial Officer of de La Garza Public Relations, Inc. The first ten years of her career were spent as a corporate securities attorney for The El Paso Company specializing in corporate finance, including shareholder and investor communications. Relying on her business orientation to communications, she made a mid-course correction in 1983 to join her husband in his public relations firm and to manage the business.
Mrs. de La Garza is an active member of Houston's business and civic leadership, serving as President of Taping for the Blind and as a member of Leadership Houston since 1989 where she served on the board of directors and as chairman of the undergraduate program for 1992-1993. She has served on the board of directors of the Houston Community College Foundation, the Texas Institute for Arts in Education, Leadership Houston, the Houston Ballet’s Nutcracker, the Jung Education Center and The Professional G
Tricia Rudisill Bentley, MA, is a FEMA-certified Public Information Officer and public relations (media & communications) strategist with nearly 20 years’ experience spanning the agency and corporate sides of industry and healthcare sectors as well as the past 10 years working in county government. Tricia’s experience includes public advocacy, stakeholder and issues management, media relations and brand development as well as communications planning to National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) and ISO9001 standards. With her diverse expertise, Tricia provides a unique perspective to crisis management and emergency response. She has led public and media relations efforts on local, regional and national scales as well as won several professional awards for her work. Tricia earned her Master of Arts in Mass Communications and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations and a dual major in English Literature from Stephen F. Austin State University. She is an active member of the Houston/Galveston PIO Network and the Public Relations Society of America.
Jim Zura is a Videographer/Editor and Media Relations Specialist for de La Garza. Jim previously worked with Media Consultants for more than 20 years, shooting and editing client videos and role-playing as a TV news videographer for media training, drills and exercises. Jim is an FAA-certified Commercial Drone Pilot-In-Command able to shoot dramatic aerial drone footage not possible by more expensive helicopter flights.
He is NIMS-certified in IS-700, 702, 100, and IS-42 social media training. An award-winning broadcast and corporate video producer, he writes, shoots, and edits network-quality, high-definition videos for Zura Productions, his own full-service television/video production company. Jim has more than 30 years of radio, television, and video production experience. He has worked as location producer and cameraman for practically every major national TV network, including video projects with popular entertainers, sports legends, national news figures, and U.S. Presidents.
Dale Samuelsen is a Videographer/Editor and Media Relations Specialist for de La Garza. He previously worked with Media Consultants, shooting and editing client videos and role-playing as a TV news videographer for media training, drills and exercises. Dale is a FEMA Certified PIO. He has provided live webinar feeds of our classroom training seminars and international video conferencing during drills/exercises.
Dale has more than 15 years of video production experience and has owned his own video production firm, Sweetwater Video Productions, since 2001. Prior to that, he was the Executive Producer for The Health Channel. Dale has produced videos for a variety of clients in the Houston area including Akzo Nobel, Baylor College of Medicine, City of Houston, DuPont, Fort Bend County, State of Texas Department of State Health Services, and Texas Children’s Hospital.
Patti Gras is a Bilingual Media Relations Specialist for de La Garza. Patti has 28 years of broadcast experience as a reporter, producer, anchor and host for Fox, Telemundo, Warner Cable, and KUHT-TV (PBS) where she won seven Emmy awards. She earned three Master’s degrees in journalism, business administration, and international management from elite universities. Fluent in four languages, Patti has role-played as Spanish and French-speaking reporters, community residents, and employee family members during training and exercises. She can translate our training materials and video scripts, and serve as a bilingual on-camera or voice-over talent for video projects produced by her company, Love Smart Living Media.