"The most valuable outcome of our work together was understanding what makes KOCO so great, and learning how we can make ourselves even better in the future. Thank you for making yourself so available throughout this process; our interactions have always been professional, positive, thoughtful and worthwhile. The investment we made in your services has already begun to pay off. The feedback we have received from staff, families and the community-at-large has been overwhelmingly positive. Our new brand really reflects the spirit of KOCO: fun, energetic, creative! From our new website and uniforms to our new street sign and Facebook page, KOCO now has the means to present a consistent, professional and positive image of our excellent programs."
Roxann Barton | Director | Janet Santos | Assistant Director | KOCO
"Community Renewal Team won the 2013 PRSA Best in Show award and the Gold in the ‘Websites’ category for achievements in utilizing an interactive website to bolster and expand connections core audiences. While there were many willing to put the time in, this would have been a completely different project without the leadership and guidance from Cecil Phillips-Ritchey of CPRdesignco. Cecil took the time to understand our agency and what we needed. We are truly grateful for her dedication, knowledge and skills that played a pivotal role in the success of our website along with a new branding portfolio."
Joseph Stanford | Dir. of IT | Community Renewal Team
"Cecil came to Gilead with a knowledge base that rarely exists; she combines her years of social service work with a keen sense of design and audience. She got invested in our mission, and took the time to know the agency and “see” what we do. Cecil consistently pushing us to move forward with our branding.
Lucy McMillian | Dir. of Development & Public Education | Gilead Community Services
"We have found that CPRdesignco brings together creativity and flair with professional and responsive service. Over several projects, the process has been pleasurable and the end result, satisfying. Through their design work, CPRdesignco has given vibrant life to our words, and has exponentially increased their impact."
Samantha Dynowski | Dir. of Advocacy & Outreach | CT Early Childhood Alliance
"Cecil Phillips-Ritchey posseses an aptitude for understanding clients that makes her stand out from other integrated communication consultants. She thoroughly researched the history and intent of the integrated marketing project for the Community Renewal Team (CRT) and paid close attention to all stakeholders during consultation sessions to capture the essence of the job at hand. She ensured that her work reflected the values and future aspirations of the CRT. Based on the process and final product Phillips-Ritchey completed for CRT, she would make an excellent addition to any team and would be a great hire for any job."
Krista Heybruck-Santiago| Dir. of Research | Community Renewal Team
“I’m thrilled to recommend the services of CPRdesignco LLC. My agency was fortunate to work with Cecil Phillips-Ritchey on a comprehensive re-branding project. Cecil worked with our board committee to clarify our needs and propose several excellent approaches. The treatment she developed goes way beyond good-looking graphics all the way to unified, meaningful and attractive materials that communicate our mission and values. Our final report won national recognition for its emotional content and unique and beautiful look. Our website is user-friendly and incorporates the humanity of our agency mission. I cannot recommend Cecil highly enough!”
Anne Levie | Board of Directors | Jewish Association for Community Living
"The Jewish Community Foundation engaged Cecil Phillips-Ritchey in 2011 to help build its brand and provide strategic marketing of the organization. She worked closely with staff and lay leadership to develop a comprehensive marketing strategy and brand that has served the Foundation well and which we continue to use.
Cecil works at the highest level—providing vision and strategy—but is also willing and able to help out with the "nitty-gritty." She has designed ads, written copy, negotiated with vendors, selected media and supervised marketing interns. She is a consummate professional and effective project manager. Cecil created a polished image for the Foundation that also has heart."
Deborah Rothstein, J.D. | Former VP Philanthropy | Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford
"As a sole proprietor I pay special attention to the partnerships I form. I look for someone who exhibits a similar work ethic and holds themselves to a high standard. I found all of this and more when I worked with CPRdesignco. Cecil Phillips-Ritchey brings a comprehensive skill set that is rare in the consulting business. She is strategic in her thinking, creative and giving with her ideas — always keeping the best interest of the client in full view."
Anita Ford Saunders, APR | Principal | AFS Communications
“Cecil Phillips-Ritchey is creative in her approach, reasonable, willing to talk things through, and a pleasure to work with. She delivers great results and demonstrates a high level of integrity.”
Kate Miller | Executive Director | Fund for Greater Hartford
"We are all very impressed with how Early Literacy and Your Community: Helping Young Children with Language and Reading turned out. We will definitely keep CPRdesignco in mind for future projects and refer others."
Dave Martin | Policy Associate | William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund
“Cecil is an absolute dream to work with. She offers highly creative ideas and well-focused themes that generate results time and again. I welcomed her excellent and professional work ethic along with dedication to getting assignments done ahead of schedule and under budget. Cecil knows how to deal with any kind of client, possesses a superior knowledge of her subject matter and can be trusted to be reliable project after project. I would highly recommend Cecil for anyone in need of her services.”
Jerry Graham | Marketing | Yankee Gas
"Through a very strategic process, we collectively created a step-by-step approach to create a brand identity that naturally facilitated a clear vision and solid image to support our passion and our skills. Her systematic process to facilitate our company’s comprehension of our core values, led to a branding and personality awakening, which naturally resulted in a clear design focus for our new look."
John Turenne | President & Founder | Sustainable Food Systems
“We used CPRdesignco to help us identify a target audience for our written materials and design our materials to reach that target audience. Cecil was skilled at all these tasks. She facilitated focus groups of agency staff, upper level administrators and staff of social service agencies and was persistent in tracking down needed information.
She presented recommendations in a full report and then worked with us to synthesize the report and summarize the recommendations to make it easier for our Board to act on the recommendations. She quickly understood our agency and the appropriate ways to work within the agency. She offered alternative designs and helped us identify the advantages and disadvantages of each. She was responsive, gracious and patient throughout the process.”
Jane McNichol | Executive Director |
Legal Assistance Resource Center of Connecticut
"CPRdesignco was exactly what we needed to get the job done within budget. Cecil first helped us prioritize which markets we needed to focus our marketing efforts to best fit our business. Next, she created graphical compositions which encompass what we do."
"Our web-visitor statistics now show that people are spending more time on a per-page basis as well as visiting more pages within our website. On a personal level, Cecil is very cordial and easy to work with, and values our time as much as her own, which is important in today's tough business environment. We are proud of our website which would not have been possible without her effort, and attention to detail. We plan to hire Cecil in the future for our next website/marketing campaign."
Steve Giarratana | Owner | Connecticut Aerial Photo LLC
"Cecil showed remarkable skills and dedication to her craft. She now uses these skills, along with an extensive professional background to service clients under her sole proprietorship. I highly recommend Cecil as a strategic thinker and a designer. She is thoughtful and passionate, and continually strives to produce work that is both meaningful and visually impactful.”
Jeff Solak | Senior Designer | bertz design group
"I am VERY impressed with your design work on the Energy Guide. Your help has given CTLCVEF more of a presence both at the LOB and on a state level and it is worth more than I can say. Your patience, timeliness, experience and professionalism is to be applauded."
Beth Byron | Former Education Program Director | CT League of Conservation Voters Education Fund