Archive for “May, 2016”

Welcome our newest Influence team member, Vilma Canalejo!

3724_10153202876566503_8033410458339360704_nOur Summer 2016 Internship program has begun, welcoming our newest team member, Vilma Canalejo.  Vilma is a Cuban immigrant from Havana, and has lived in Mexico for many years.  She enjoys music and dance, and is a constant attendee of local Zumba classes.

Vilma is passionate about  hispanic current affairs, particularly in her homeland of Cuba.  She volunteered last month at Florida International University’s Chicas Poderosas event, which focused on hispanic students pursuing careers in journalism, media, and technology.

Vilma is currently studying journalism at Florida International University, and is entering her final year.  She joins us as a Public Relations intern.

Barlington Group plans overhaul of key Brickell area office building

The Barlington Group’s next commercial project is at the gateway between Little Havana and the Brickell area neighborhood.

The four-story office building, at 90 SW 8th St., will be converted into a landmark building with retail on the ground floor, offices and a rooftop restaurant.

The official launch of the Barlington project coincides with the Miami-based company’s decision to join the Influence Communications family.

Barlington Group

Founders Bill Fuller and Martin Pinilla II started Barlington in Miami in June 2004, as an urban development company committed to revitalizing neighborhoods within the urban core. Since its inception, Barlington Group has acquired, developed, and managed commercial projects with a value exceeding $100 million. Projects have focused on asset repositioning, ranging from multi-family, retail, office, hotel, and mixed-use buildings.

A key to their strategy involves sometimes investing in the businesses that lease space in their buildings. Currently, their properties include a wide variety of tenants including restaurant Toasted, bar and entertainment space Blackbird Ordinary and music venue Ball & Chain, all of which have helped solidify the character of the neighborhood.

Influence President featured as guest on “This Week in South Florida”


Helena Poleo, President & Strategic Communications Director at Influence Communications  joined “This Week in South Florida” as a guest on May 15, 2016 to discuss the severe food and health issues in her home country of Venezuela.  The discussion with Michael Putney, veteran journalist at WPLG Local Ten News, involved other Venezuelan leaders in the South Florida community.

You can watch the full show here.

Join the Influence Summer Internship Program

Influence Communications is now taking applications for its Summer Internship Program.
interns - summer 2016
Our internship program is offered for 3 months long and can be extended for up to 6 months. It is an unpaid position and is offered as either part-time or full-time.
Interns receive direct training from each of our four principals in the areas of
Strategic CommunicationsIntegrated MarketingMedia & Public Relations, and
Public Engagement/Community Outreach. Interns can expect to leave the program with a rich portfolio that reflects a range of experiences with clients in the for-profit, non-profit and government sectors.
Influence Communications seeks highly driven applicants with strong skills in writing, research, and social media. Ideal applicants are passionate about news, bilingual, and have references who can speak to their personal and professional integrity. You are eager to learn and acquire new skills toward a long-term career in Communications.
Prior interns have gone on to full-time employment within our firm, as well as full-time positions with major international companies, including Univision, Assurant, Sproutloud, and Sapient Nitro.
To apply, please email your resume to