IridiumGroup is comprised of experienced, diverse professionals with unique skill sets. We are flexible, focused, and responsive to changing client and market needs, with a passion for ongoing learning – from strategy and messaging to design to digital development of brands and marketing initiatives. Our executive leadership team is reflected below.

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Dwayne Flinchum

President & Founder

With 30 years of experience in marketing and communications, Dwayne has managed many successful branding and marketing initiatives for a wide range of commercial and nonprofit clients. He now serves as brand steward for every IridiumGroup client, ensuring that all goals are achieved on every engagement. A member of AMA, BMA, IABC, and PRSA, Dwayne has received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Alumni Award from Virginia Tech.

Hails from: A small family farm in Christiansburg, Virginia
Inspired by: Many forms of art including Basquiat, Pollock, Nevelson, Twombly, Agnes Martin
Most proud : My two amazing children; founding and managing a business in NYC for 21 years
After hours: Art & design, photography, history, fitness (spiritual and physical), and any opportunity to be in nature

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Janese Castro

VP, Operations and General Manager

Janese serves as the operations and finance manager for IridiumGroup for over 10 years, and leads the team in marketing and new business development. Prior to joining the firm, she managed financial operations for Interior Transformations, Communication Mastery, and Tapehouse Editorial. In addition to her work at IridiumGroup, Janese has founded and managed a successful online accessories company.

Degrees: AA Business Administration, Borough of Manhattan of Community College
Currently Learning: BA Fashion Merchandising Management, Fashion Institute of Technology
Unofficial Job: Technology Fairy and Team Mom
Favorite vacation spot: Paris, France

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Yi Son Ko

Creative Director

Yi Son manages IridiumGroup’s most innovative design and creative branding solutions. Prior to relocating from Seoul, Korea, where she was employed at Hyundai Corporation, she spent several years in the UK working for Sears Davies Designers, Merrill Lynch, Dar Al Handasah, Heath Lambert Group, Sport England, and Imperial College. She has extensive experience leading the creative development of brand identities and has worked with a wide array of brands ranging from Hilton Hotels to LG Electronics.

Degrees: MA Communication Design, Manchester Metropolitan University (UK)
Currently learning: Adobe Creative Cloud
Next place to visit: Yellowstone National Park
Unexpected talent: Muay Thai boxing

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Abdullah Hassan

Production Director

Abby has more than 15 years of experience in the editorial and advertising industries with an emphasis on print production. As IridiumGroup’s Production Director, Abby manages the execution of all client-approved deliverables. He has led several initiatives for our global corporate clients, including brands such as Accenture, UNFCU, and the Simons Foundation. Abby’s previous experience includes production management for Jeff McKay, Inc., and assistant to the creative director of Essence Magazine.

Degrees: BA, Fashion Institute of Technology
Currently learning: Web programming
Hails from: Brooklyn, NY (yes, Williamsburg)
Dream pet: Rosie from The Jetsons

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Ezra Cohen

Executive Producer

In the mid 90’s Ezra became obsessed with interactive media. He has an extensive portfolio from an array of clients including AOL, MTV, DirectTV, HBO and Google. Because of his dual background, graphic design and technical production, Ezra brings unique strengths to every interactive project. He has the ability to conceptualize the potential of a website, work smoothly with art directors and translate that into a finished product.

Degrees: BFA Sculpture, University of the Arts, Philadelphia
Currently learning: Czech language
Why IridiumGroup: I teamed up with Dwayne because of the quality of his design portfolio
Unexpected talent: Sandwich making

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