MOUNT VERNON -- Kokosing River Productions (KRP) will see a change in leadership as President/CEO Matt Starr steps into his new role as Mayor of Mount Vernon and out of operations for the media company.
Taking Starr’s place is lifelong Mount Vernon resident Anne Marie Orr who moves up from her as Associate Producer will now serve as Producer and Director of Client Development.
“I want to make sure that my attention to the City comes first,” Starr said. “I knew that if I were to be elected that I would need to make adjustments in my company. I’m still holding on to my production company - only stepping out of the operations and development aspects of it.
"The company is in good hands, though.”
Starr will continue as KRP’s President and CEO and will serve as executive to the team assuring that the finances are in order. Most of the heavy lifting now falls on Orr’s shoulders, although she has been preparing for the role for quite some time.
“Matt has worked with me over the past five years now, and I’ve learned a lot,” Orr said. “I think that both of us having backgrounds in education is a nice perspective to offer our clients especially when storytelling is finding more ways to brand businesses. I’m enjoying it already.”
Orr also has been busy at work helping to produce the upcoming film Not So Different for the Mental Health and Recovery Board for Licking and Knox Counties, Shop With the Doc, and many other corporate videos and brand launch campaigns. Additionally, she is enjoying her time in Leadership Knox through the Knox County Chamber of Commerce which she says is a key piece to taking over as Producer.
“Leadership Knox has been eye-opening for me,” Orr said. “What’s important to me is that each class shares in developing an understanding of everything going on in Knox County that even those of us who grew up here didn’t know. It’s really about developing relationships so we can all be better problem-solvers in our service to the community.”
As Orr finds her way through Leadership Knox, she is eager to see the non-profit community on a more personal level seeking to get involved more - something that Starr is pleased to see happen.
“This is the kind of fresh perspective that we needed,” Starr said. “It’s time that Anne (Marie) and the rest of the team take over the reigns. Every organization needs some new life breathed into it, and my company is no different. I can’t wait to see what she and the others will do for storytelling in our and other communities.”
Producing is another art form within the entertainment and media marketing fields, Orr said.
“It’s such a collaborative process that requires a lot of energy and passion to storytelling," Orr said. "I can’t wait to be a part of the different messages and stories that we will tell.”