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Red Sage V.P. of Sales & Marketing, Michelle Stark, Joins Forbes Communications Council


Decatur & Huntsville, AL — Michelle Stark, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Red Sage Communications, one of the Southeast’s leading full-service integrated communications agencies, has been accepted into the Forbes Communications Council, an invitation-only community for executives in communications, marketing, and public relations.

Stark was vetted and selected by a review committee based on the depth and diversity of her experience. Criteria for acceptance include a track record of successfully impacting business growth metrics, as well as personal and professional achievements and honors.

Red Sage is among Alabama’s Top 15 Advertising and Public Relations Agencies, according to Business Alabama’s 2021 Top Rank Magazine. As an executive leader, Michelle drives business development, sales, and marketing initiatives to grow the agency and deliver industry-leading solutions for partners.

She has provided crisis communications, senior strategy, creative direction, and messaging support for major clients including Fortune 500 and Inc. 5000 companies, as well as award-winning multi-channel campaigns and digital projects.

“We are honored to welcome Michelle into our community,” said Scott Gerber, founder of Forbes Councils, the collective that includes Forbes Communications Council. “Our mission with Forbes Councils is to bring together proven leaders from every industry, creating a curated, social capital-driven network that helps every member grow professionally and make an even greater impact on the business world.”

As an official member of the Council, Michelle will connect and collaborate with other respected executives in a private forum. She will also be invited to share her industry insights in original business articles published on, and to contribute to Q&A panels alongside other subject matter experts.

“I’m looking forward to networking with communications executives across the globe, sharing experiences, and driving our industry forward through thought leadership,” said Stark. “To be included in this group of esteemed professionals and entrepreneurs is a career highlight.”

Before joining Red Sage, Michelle worked as a television broadcast journalist for more than a decade – earning one Emmy Award and multiple nominations while anchoring and reporting at ABC and CBS affiliates across the nation. In Alabama, she worked as a morning anchor and technology reporter for Huntsville’s WHNT News 19. During her 10 years as a technology reporter, Michelle gained special insight into industrial and consumer technology trends, as well as digital communications and new media. She spent years covering tech startups and established companies such as Micron, HP, and later, key players in the government contracting ecosystem.

In 2019, Michelle was among a select inaugural group invited to serve as a mentor in HudsonAlpha Institute of Biotechnology’s Navigate program. Modeled after MIT’s Venture Mentoring Service Program, Navigate matches entrepreneurs with mentor teams of c-suite executives, experienced entrepreneurs, and subject matter experts.

Stark also serves as North Alabama’s Chapter President (SPRF Jamie Palmer Chapter of the Year Winner) for the Public Relations Council of Alabama, supporting professional development in PR. She is a member of the Huntsville Botanical Garden Advisory Board and was a two-term Chair for the Southern Economic Development Council‘s Communications Committee, helping to plan the region’s largest and most respected annual conference for economic developers and community marketers.

Michelle is often tapped as a featured speaker for professional development conferences and programming. Throughout her career she has earned numerous accolades from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, American Advertising Federation, Public Relations Council of Alabama, and various state broadcasting and press organizations. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and holds a B.A. in International Relations.


Forbes Councils is a collective of invitation-only communities created in partnership with Forbes and the expert community builders who founded Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC). In Forbes Councils, exceptional business owners and leaders come together with the people and resources that can help them thrive. Forbes is a world-recognized global media company, focusing on business, investing, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership, and lifestyle.


Red Sage Communications, Inc. is a full-service integrated agency based in Huntsville and Decatur, Alabama, serving clients across the Southeastern United States. For more than a decade, the company has been known as one of the region’s most respected for both quality of work and customer experience. Red Sage provides support in strategic planning, branding, traditional and digital marketing, advertising, public relations, web development, graphic design, and more. The agency also specializes in several areas: B2B & B2G, economic development and community marketing, healthcare and non-profit. Learn more about Red Sage at

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