Welcome to Illuminate Public Relations! We are a seasoned team with nearly 40 years of combined PR and marketing experience in technology. We work with digital media companies to drive awareness and generate results that make a difference by developing and executing campaigns focused on targeted media, analyst and blogger relations, industry conferences and awards and social media.

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Minou Nguyen

Partner

Minou Nguyen is the founder and principal of MN PR, Inc. In 2008, Minou partnered with Steve Stratz to expand her business and form Illuminate Public Relations. She has worked in the technology industry for the past 19 years in a number of industries including online advertising, Internet technology, e-commerce, security, enterprise, consumer technology, gaming, wireless, broadband and telecommunications.

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Steve Stratz

Partner

Steve Stratz is a co-founder and partner of Illuminate Public Relations. He brings more than 19 years of communications and PR experience to his alliance with partner Minou Nguyen. Steve has significant technology experience with a vast number of Web and digital technologies and services, including software, online advertising and gaming, search engines, e-commerce, wireless and interactive TV.

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Steve Stratz is a co-founder and partner of Illuminate Public Relations. He brings more than 19 years of communications and PR experience to his alliance with partner Minou Nguyen.

Steve has significant technology experience with a vast number of Web and digital technologies and services, including software, online advertising, search engines, gaming, e-commerce, wireless and interactive TV. He has worked for or with a number of leading-edge companies, including Zango, aQuantive (parent to Avenue A | Razorfish, Atlas and DRIVEpm), Microsoft, Vulcan, Inc., InfoSpace, Go2Net, Aptimus (formerly FreeShop.com), Washington State Lottery, Piper Jaffray and Deloitte & Touche.

Steve has extensive media and analyst relations experience – a natural progression after spending more than three years as a TV news producer both in Seattle and Spokane, Washington for CBS and ABC respectively. During Steve's career he has launched an array of company and client initiatives and products, while leading major announcements, including re-branding and mergers & acquisitions. A notable accomplishment includes leading aQuantive's acquisition of Razorfish, creating the largest interactive agency in the world. He has also led a number of significant crisis communications situations, including Zango's settlement agreement with the Federal Trade Commission.

He has a lengthy track record of media relations successes, including strategic execution with leading publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, Associated Press, Reuters, Bloomberg, The Los Angeles Times and an array of technology and locally-focused publications and media outlets.

Steve holds a B.A. in Communications from Washington State University. He is active in the WTIA, where he drives the Marketing Special Interest Group events and provides pro-bono PR services to the Northwest Internet Advertising Group.

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Minou Nguyen is the founder and principal of MN PR, Inc. In 2008, Minou partnered with Steve Stratz to expand her business and form Illuminate Public Relations. She has worked in the technology industry for the past 19 years in a number of industries including online advertising, Internet technology, e-commerce, security, enterprise, consumer technology, gaming, wireless, broadband and telecommunications.

Her clients have included large blue-chip companies such as Microsoft to small-medium size businesses including InfoSpace, Ask Jeeves, NetMotion Wireless, Aventail (now SonicWALL), GiftCertificates.com, aQuantive (now Microsoft), BSQUARE, PhotoWorks, LockStream, Mobilitec, Qpass (now Amdocs), ARCHOS, Sun Wah Linux, Captaris, Detto Technologies, allrecipes.com, Sproqit Technologies, Speakeasy and Mercent.

Minou has also worked on several branding initiatives through the development of messaging and positioning and the implementation of a strategic public relations campaign. She has led all facets of internal and external communications including, crisis planning and management, quarterly and year-end earnings, mergers and acquisitions and comprehensive media and analyst relations programs in several industries and verticals on behalf of her clients. Her passion for her work is reflected in her network of contacts and coverage results for clients in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fortune, Forbes, Reuters, Bloomberg, Newsweek, InfoWorld, InformationWeek and Red Herring.

Minou holds a B.A. in Communications from Seattle University.