Team

Melissa Kandel is the founder and CEO of little word studio. A third-generation entrepreneur, Melissa supports real estate brands, leading executives, food/wine companies and more with high-quality content to engage targeted customers and grow their businesses through content marketing. Born in New York, Melissa now lives in Newport Beach, Calif. She wrote her first story at age nine and has been writing ever since, earning a B.A. from Columbia University and a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications. Prior to little word studio, she was global director of PR, communications and digital media for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, the youngest-ever employee to be named director at the company. Melissa contributes articles to Forbes as a member of the Forbes Communications Council, an invite-only community of senior-level executives. Her writing has appeared on the cover of REAL ESTATE magazine, in Mortgage Women Magazine, Inc., and more. In 2018, she was named by Z Publishing House as one of “California’s Emerging Writers.” She’s also a member of Rebecca Minkoff’s The Female Founder Collective.

Alexa Wicklas’ detail-oriented approach to design gets businesses large and small noticed with a beautiful web presence. Alexa’s background as a fashion designer imbues her sites with a sense of aesthetic elegance, and her ability to integrate MLS data allows for real estate clients to showcase properties to buyers and consumers worldwide.

Debbie Gallant is a respected leader in the real estate industry, and proven sales mastermind. Debbie offers lively, engaging training on a variety of topics, including: real estate, leadership and sales. To view a list of her services, click here.

Jessica Hennessey is a veteran digital strategist. Over the last 20 years, Jessica has worked with brands such as Texas Instruments, Rapid7, Ipswitch, Steiff USA, and Lexia Learning in the areas of web design and development, usability, digital marketing, and business analysis. Using data to bridge the gap between technical needs and functional requirements, she develops results-oriented digital strategies that create positive ROI. She specializes in robust web strategy (international expansion, domain consolidation, marketing automation integration); UX and conversion rate optimization (wireframes, prototypes, behavior flows); SEO strategy; and web performance analysis.

Edgar Reyes brings experience, a keen sense for detail and a creative eye to every click of the camera. His work has appeared on ABC 7 and he has photographed for the Academy Awards, the Dodgers and Ford. View a selection of his work on Instagram, @er1251.

Austin is the little word studio office dog, a rescue terrier from Southern California. He enjoys barking loudly during conference calls, hiding bones in weird places, (under the shower mat, really?) and chasing the cats of 25th Street. Ask him about his lopsided ears, he’s all … ears.