Kathy Vargo (former Detroit sales director, Billboard, Blender, and ELLE Magazines, longtime Detroit ad agency veteran and current Marketing Director, Detroit Music Awards) co-founded Metro Detroit’s hottest events, publicity and promotions company – On the Rocks Detroit – in 2008. OTRD has since been an integral part of massively successful music-based festivals and events, spearheaded national and regional publicity/PR and marketing campaigns for the music, arts, food and liquor categories, and created many lucrative and innovative sponsorship packages. Our clients include the top echelon of Detroit’s brands and talent.
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“OTRD constantly puts the Crofoot Ballroom in the face of new markets. We bring OTRD into both strategic planning and implementation. Sometimes they supply the extra troops to carry off a campaign… other times the field command… in either case, we consider them key players on our team.”
Blair McGowan, Owner, The Crofoot Ballroom
"I've had the pleasure of working with Kathy on many occasions. Kathy has a unique pulse on both the business and creative communities and her niche is bringing them together to make great things happen. She is dependable, creative and most importantly passionate about her work."
Frank D'Angelo, Event and Program Planner - Corporate & Government Affairs at DTE Energy