How We Came To Be

star•board   [‘stahr-bawrd]
  1. the steering side of a ship or vessel; the right side.
  2. the only consulting firm you will ever need to hire … period.
See also: relationship

Starboard Strategy Corp. is the brainchild of its president, Marie Gemelli-Carroll, who has more than 35 years of combined experience in advertising, marketing, sales, promotion and public relations. Whipsmart and dedicated, Marie utilizes the intelligent efforts of proven colleagues to spearhead a consulting firm specializing in strategic planning, communications, marketing and public affairs. As lead consultant, Marie helps clients in corporations, local governments, nonprofit organizations and communities build and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with key audiences through strategy development, implementation, and communications outcomes and measurement.

Marie served as chief facilitator for Downtown Cincinnati Inc.’s Vision Task Force while also maintaining her position as government affairs director for Cincinnati Bell Telephone’s southwest Ohio territory. In addition to her corporate experience, she managed a number of consumer and business-to-business accounts for advertising and sales promotion agencies in Cincinnati. She is a recipient of the Wendy R. Steele Award for Volunteer Excellence and several Public Relations Society of America Cincinnati Chapter awards for client work.  She is a member of Leadership Cincinnati Alumni, the Cincinnati City Manager’s Advisory Group, and a former member of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Communications Commission and several nonprofit boards and committees.


Starboard’s team of professionals affirms our mission of fostering strategic relationships that aim to best bring about a solid contribution of sustainability to our clients’ enterprises.

In short, we do what makes sense to achieve an overall cooperative aspect that will enrich a client’s standing in its community. We begin by asking what you do, then follow that with the more crucial question of what do you need?

Our mission is pliable. To meet the needs of the time, we provide sound conceptual and analytic solutions that can be modified as goals, budgets and industry benchmarks change.