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Julie Tannehill Is The Glue That Keeps Phelps Media Group Together

Natural Leader BY LENORE PHILLIPS

Businesses can be compared to a living, breathing organism. When they are born, they need strong guidance and dedication to get them off the ground. Once they are a few years in, they need stable guidance by a steady and caring hand, and once they reach maturity, they need honest, accomplished and experienced management. In many instances, it is hard for businesses to find and keep the type of people who can fill these roles. It is even more difficult to find the same person that fulfills each need. Phelps Media Group, an equestrian-focused marketing and public relations agency, is fortunate to have a professional that fills those needs and more through Wellington local Julie Tannehill. Tannehill was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania, and spent most of her young life in Memphis, Tennessee, where she was a typical horse-crazy teenager. It was not until 1996 that she and her family relocated to Boca Raton. During that time, Tannehill was a professional in the hotel and hospitality industry. During the late 1990s and early 2000s, Tannehill enjoyed a successful career that took her from Boca Raton to Orlando and back again. After meeting and marrying her then husband, Tannehill was able to fulfill her lifelong dream of purchasing a farm and owning several horses, while focusing on training and natural horsemanship. “The horse farm was the dream of my life, and for seven years, I

Julie Tannehill at her desk at the Phelps Media Group office in Wellington. PHOTO BY PHELPS MEDIA GROUP

chose to not work and enjoy my home and horses,” Tannehill recalled. After her professional hiatus, Tannehill dove back into the workforce at the American Cancer Society in West Palm Beach. Little did she know that the nonprofit organization would lead her down an entirely different path that included Wellington businessman Mason Phelps. “The American Cancer Society was where I got my foot back into the door of Wellington,” Tannehill said. “While I was working on the American Cancer Society gala in Wellington, I ended up meeting Mason and working with him

on event sponsorships. Because of my lifelong history with horses, Mason had always been an idol of mine, and we really clicked when we worked together, which was thrilling.” Phelps courted Tannehill to come to work for Phelps Media Group in 2007. “One of the main reasons I took the position with Mason was because the first offices were located on the show grounds of the Winter Equestrian Festival,” Tannehill recalled. She accepted the position of office manager with the fledgling business and immediately proved her versatile skill set and “can do” mentality by aswellington the magazine | march 2020

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March 2020 | ON THE COVER Paralympian Rebecca Hart, who is profiled this issue. ©Photo ©WHITE FENCES EQUINE PHOTOGRAPHY | Incredible Talent...