As the Founder and CCO of MODintelechy, Maria has nearly two decades of experience developing branding and marketing campaigns for local and national clients. Her work has earned 16 ADDY® awards and 51 American Graphic Design Awards, with special recognition as one of Graphic Design USA Magazine’s “People to Watch.” She was named an Austin Under 40 Awards winner, an honor granted annually to Austin’s emerging business and community leaders, as well as a winner in Austin Woman Magazine’s Woman’s Way Business Awards. Maria is also a featured writer for elite publications such as Entrepreneur Magazine and the Austin Business Journal. A dedicated philanthropist, Maria is passionate about giving back to the Austin community and is a long-time supporter of Ballet Austin and Austin Sunshine Camps. She serves on the Fashion Marketing Advisory Board for The Art Institute of Austin as well as on the Board of Directors for the Girls Empowerment Network (GEN) and Center for Child Protection, where she is a founding member of the Guardian Angel Society. In addition to her professional and volunteer duties, Maria has a wide range of personal interests like skiing, interior design, and checking countries off her travel list—31 so far.