the power behind digital engagement
With more than two decades experience working with Fortune 100 companies including IBM, Chase Manhattan Bank, NationsBank, Microsoft, Merck, Medco Health Solutions, UnitedHealth Care, American Airlines, Verizon and Express Scripts. Smith brings know-how to critical functional areas including finance, technology, marketing, digital strategy/e-commerce, and operations.
Smith has helped redesign VisualSteam as a critical resource for digital engagement focusing on small to medium sized businesses.
Smith holds an MBA and a BA in Economics.
Leslie Hughes is the Founder of VisualSteam and currently a Strategic Advisor to the company. Her career has focused on change, growth and scaling great image businesses. Hughes has focused the better part of her career on helping companies profitably grow their businesses. She has led companies from start-ups to operations with over $100+MM in revenue. She has worked with brands including Kodak, Corbis, Discovery, Microsoft, and NTT Docomo.
Hughes received her MBA from the Edwin L Cox School of Business at SMU and her Bachelor's degree from The Colorado College. She is the proud mother of two.
Karen D’Silva is a visual strategist specializing in interpreting lifestyles and societal shifts into images that emotionally connect with their audience. Karen has been collaborating with some of the world's top commercial photographers, including Christa Renee, Penny De Los Santos, Anne Menke, Elinor Carucci, Stewart Cohen, Jill Greenberg and Mathius Clamer. Building successful self-promotion and marketing campaigns.
At VisualSteam, D'Silva specializes in working with clients on content strategies, development, and visual marketing.
D'Silva received her Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts.
Kris Hook brings a unique and valuable history of global sales and business development expertise. Kris has had the advantage of learning sales management and business development techniques from internationally recognized trainers including Sandler, Aslan, and Franklin Covey.
Hook brings knowledge, experience and strong client relationships to VisualSteam. She works on east coast business development across client segments.
Ashley Smith brings marketing, communications and design skills to the VisualSteam team. She led the recent brand refresh, and works with clients on marketing and design projects.
With years of advertising experience in NYC and San Francisco, Smith has a deep and broad understanding of advertising, communications, creating effective messaging, and the importance of great design. She has worked with companies including Vibrant Media, FCBi, and Harrison & Star.
Smith holds a Bachelors degree from the Colorado College.
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