Introduce yourself! Who are you?
I’m Megan Fazio, and I am the proud CEO & Founder of Neon Public Relations, LLC, a full-service PR and marketing firm based in Las Vegas which represents hospitality, entertainment, adventure and non-profit clients. As a PR biz professional with several years of travel & tourism-related industries, multi-agency, high risk accounts, and non-profit PR experience, I focus on helping businesses penetrate targeted markets and attain high visibility in their respective markets by garnering positive buzz and media attention. I’m a trusted PR advisor and my clients count on me to lead successful media campaigns, develop strategic messaging, build relationships, and protect their brands and reputations.
My English mastiff Xena is my heart and soul (and the Neon PR office mascot). I recently hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and am an avid SCUBA diver.
Who would you say is your #1 inspiration?
My exceptional clients and team! Working with great people and great clients inspires me to do better. The best days at work don't involve personal successes, they involve the success of everyone around me.
What is one thing no one really knows about you?
I have slight obsessive compulsions about my house. Everything must be in its place! The few who know about this will try to move things around and see how long it takes me to notice (HINT: it isn’t long…)
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Treat others the way you would like to be treated.
What would you say to 20 year old you?
Outperform. If I could offer 1 piece of advice to my 20-year old self, I'd tell myself to outperform. To outperform myself the day before; to outperform my boss, peers and my parents. Not by way of evoking a cut-throat competition, but to use the examples of hard workers around me and not only match their leadership and initiative, but outperform it. By the age of 20, I was a Junior in college with 3 PR internships under my belt, and looking back now that I have had my own firm for 6 years, I wish I saw more 20-year old interns trying to show me up, and keep me on my toes, and wish that I had gone further above and beyond what was asked of me at that age. I often stopped myself when all the boxes were checked off my task list (especially if there was no money involved—we all have had to pay our dues with those unpaid internships) but it’s important to be hungriest at a young age, to set the bar high for the increased responsibilities that come with adulthood.
What’s your dream job?
I would be lying if I said anything other than where I’m at now.
Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel?
Of course. I think doubt is natural for people who care about you, and also natural for ney-sayers, but I just use it as fuel for success. I needn’t be concerned with how doubters made me feel then when I can only imagine what people who doubted me feel now.
What message do you think every woman should hear?
Ain’t no mountain high enough.
What is your favorite thing about where you live?
There is so much more to Vegas than just boozing in the casinos! Red Rock and Mt Charleston are two amazing hiking spots that if you go—you won’t even believe you’re in Vegas. Plus, where else can you take the controls of an airplane after a 30-min safety briefing and recreate your favorite Top Gun scene (Sky Combat Ace), race a Ferrari (Exotics Racing) and shoot machine guns (Machine Guns Vegas) in ONE day? (All sober activities I might add). Those kinds of adventures along with the entertainment and culinary scene here make this city like adult version of Disney Land. Magical.
What do you love most about yourself?
My ability to inspire others to be the best version of themselves. … I also secretly love that I have zero email notifications on my phone at the end of the day. And it’s not because I don’t get a gajillion a day. I am not one of those people with a junked-up inbox who leaves irrelevant emails or doesn’t reply. I also move emails to a Junk Folder and unsubscribe to all irrelevant ones every Friday so I can keep my inbox free of clutter!
Do you remember a specific time you overcame adversity?
YES. When I first moved to a new city (Las Vegas from Houston) I was struggling. I was overworked, underpaid, and definitely an office outsider (hey, girls are great and most of the time, ‘GIRL POWER!’… but the reality is, some people are jealous and often for no reason, some women aren’t so supportive and would rather bring you down than build you up – it’s just the way life goes sometimes). SO. I overcame that by removing myself from that situation and it was invigorating and the best decision I’ve made. THIS IS YOUR LIFE. If you don’t like something, change it. If you don’t like your job, quit. Do what you love, and do it often. – All quotes from the Holstee Manifesto. I recommend everyone adopt it as an ethos – I have the entire quote framed in my home to inspire, remind and keep me on track.
What motivates you most?
What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
Finding great talent is hard. The culture at Neon PR is so important to me and building a great team is imperative, so getting that right and finding a balance of people who subscribed to those values of effectiveness was a delicate and evolving process, but when you find the right people, it’s truly rewarding.
What is something on your bucket list?
The Northern Lights!
What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs?
To the young’uns: Don’t let anybody tell you that you ‘can’t’. And if they do, use that as a driving force to prove them wrong – but hustle in silence and let your success speak for you. Being young and having better ideas or knowing what works better than people older than you is intimidating. But don’t let the grind shine, let your results shine. It’s the age old ‘Don’t talk the talk – walk the walk’. You’ll earn respect instead of shouting about how much you deserve it on the path to it. To the older, wiser first-time entrepreneur: Use the years you’ve spent working for other companies and observing various strengths and weaknesses to hone in on what makes sense for how to run your company. Learning from former company or employer mistakes can be the most valuable tool for running a successful company.
How many days do you work per week?
I believe every engaged entrepreneur hasn’t taken a day off since Day 0 of their start up. It’s like my baby, and there’s no days off being a parent!
If you could go back in time to the first day of your startup, what would you communicate to yourself?
That the people around you are what make your business better. I invested way too much time for way too long in people that had negating factors. Sometimes there’s no way of knowing if someone isn’t what you thought until you’re already involved, but I wish I would have ‘trimmed the fat’ sooner.
Where do you plan on taking your business?
My business revolves around making other people’s businesses succeed, and I plan every day on how to take Neon’s clients to the top (of the headlines)!
More About Megan
Megan Fazio is the CEO & Founder of Neon Public Relations, LLC, a full-service PR and marketing firm which represents hospitality, entertainment, adventure and non-profit clients.
Megan is based in Las Vegas and loves spending her free time with her English Mastiff, Xena, when she's not exploring the world.