Show Host | Author| Public Speaker
"You only get one time to make a first impression." Jessica Garrett Modkins' award-winning diverse career as a media executive has afforded her the business acumen for success. She is a noted Show Host, Public Speaker, and Author.
She is the founder of Hip Rock Star, a trailblazing, award winning, advertising, marketing, and communications agency that focuses exclusively to build today’s socially conscious brands. Under Modkins’ leadership, Hip Rock Star has been nominated as a 2019 Small Business of the Year by the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce, received the 2017 Key to Miami from Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and the Beacon Council, 2017 Goldman Sachs 10K Small Business, 2018 & 2017 Marketing Firm of the Year from the Black Owned Media Alliance, and the 23rd Annual Communicator Award for Integrated Campaign Distinction from the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts.
Her community activism led to her being appointed to the U.S. Census 2020 Task Force for the Miami-Dade Board of Commissioners and the Economic Growth Task Force for the Town of Cutler Bay, FL. Her keen eye as a social architect has led to pinning articles for the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau on top spots to visit in her first love and hometown - Miami, FL. She was hired as the Executive Director of ColorComm Miami. An International organization for Diverse Women in Communications.
She was also listed as Legacy Miami Magazine’s Most Influential & Prominent Black Women in Business & Industry 2018. In 2017 she was awarded as a Women of Substance Honoree by the Miami-Dade County Black Advisory Board, acknowledged as The Legacy Miami Magazine Power PR Professional 2016 awardee, awarded for the South Florida Black Journalist Association 2016 Outstanding Woman in Media, and Listed for Legacy Miami Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful & Influential Black Professionals in Business & Industry List for 2015.
West Virginia University, Integrate Conference
Florida International University
Miami-Dade College, School of Business
Brown Mackie College - Miami
Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting
Florida Department of Transportation
BOMA, Get to Know Black Media Symposium
Most Powerful & Influential Black Professionals
Fabulous Girls Rock
Miami-Dade County District 7 Social Media Marketing
National Black Journalist Association, FMU Chapter
Miami-Dade County Department of Justice
Meet the Candidates for Office
Deering Estate Foundation
Florida Senate District 40 Candidate Forum
Miami-Dade County Mayoral Debate
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
Based on the book, Images of America: Miami’s Richmond Heights by co-authors Patricia Harper Garrett and The Historic Society’s Founder & Executive Director, Jessica Garrett Modkins, the documentary explores the lives of early settlers in detail and the rationale of the white developer Captain Frank C. Martin who perpetuated social change during Jim Crow. Martin made a bold and unpopular decision in 1949 to build a self-contained community for Black World War II veterans. The documentary will feature intimate conversations with the community’s pioneering residents in an effort to understand their experiences firsthand, and delve into Captain Frank C. Martin’s mindset behind his desire to build homes specifically designed for Black World War II veterans. The film will also take a closer look at the socioeconomic fabric of this time, segregation, and civil rights.
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Jessica Garrett Modkins
c/o Hip Rock Star Advertising
18001 Old Cutler Road
Miami, FL 33157