Management Team

Aakash M. Patel

Aakash M. Patel is the Founder and President of Elevate, Inc. In addition to his responsibilities in firm management, he helps clients in the areas of community relations, social media, target networking, public relations, and government affairs.

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Julie Connolly

As the Executive Assistant to Aakash Patel, Julie Connolly is dedicated to maintaining the day-to-day technical and creative administrative skills that are required to run a multi-client and relationship-built business.

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Tara Payor, Ph.D.

Tara Payor joined #TeamElevate in June 2017 as the Director of Communications and Media Relations. Tara brings a wealth of expertise from the field of education, and she has a deep knowledge base in professional development and clinical education. She earned her Ph.D., in Curriculum and Instruction, from the University of South Florida.

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Marlee Belford

Marlee Belford is an Account Executive with Elevate, Inc. Although originally born in Washington, DC, Marlee was raised in Tampa Bay and is excited to start her career with #TeamElevate!

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Megan Young

#TeamElevate is excited to introduce Megan Young. Megan joins our team as an account executive, and we know she will rock the role.

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Christina Belchere

Please join us in welcoming the newest addition to #TeamElevate, Christina Belchere! Christina is originally from Hong Kong, but a US Citizen born in Philadelphia. She spent 18 years in different cities around Southeast Asia until 2008, where she attended college at Elon University in North Carolina to get her degree in Strategic Communications.

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“Elevate, Inc. is consistently delivering new strategies for personal and professional growth and has a management team that is more plugged into the community than none I have ever seen. Aakash Patel is the guy to know if you want to speak with that government leader, that radio show, that newspaper—he’s the one!”

‘H’John Mejia - Host - InTheZoneTV

"Bravo to the team at Elevate, Inc. who are consistently proactive in providing connections for the betterment of our business.  Well known and respected in the industry, Elevate has been instrumental in creating new connections with the media and with industry leaders.”

Jason Ashton - CallPass Tech/CallPass M2M Solutions Inc

“Aakash Patel is one of the most talented, thoughtful, and thorough professionals I’ve ever worked with. Intensity and passion for creating useful, stable solutions is unmatched. Every project shines brighter when Aakash Patel is involved.”

Niki Patel, Owner - Ikin Development, Inc

"The team at Elevate, Inc. is excellent at making sustainable, long-term relationships. Through Elevate, I have been connected to incredible business leaders as well as innovators that have assisted in the growth and development of Carmel Kitchen."

Alex Sullivan, Partner - Carmel Kitchen