Our firm is now based in Southern California — However, the Garis family legacy of promotion, entertainment and publicity success goes back almost a century. It began in New York City, with the creation of the world renown (four star) Garrison's Restaurant & Night Club located across the street from Radio City Music Hall. Garrison's became "the" place to be seen in New York. For over 33 years, the clientele read like a celebrity who's who list. From names like Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor to Frank Sinatra's Rat Pack and Broadway's brightest stars – everyone was there. Hollywood's A-list, the media elite, and the icons of political power all mingled at Garrison's. Many famous names including comedian Bob Hope, and singer Rudy Vallee even worked for the Garis family while getting their start in entertainment. Promoter Jim Garis - grandfather of National Publicist, R. J. Garis (see R. J.'s bio below) also played a significant role in launching the entertainment careers of music stars Kate Smith, The Andrew Sisters and more.
Agency Director, R. J. Garis — was raised in and around Hollywood, CA and the entertainment industry. He grew up in the famous San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, and went to school with many celebrities including: Maureen McCormick (Marcia on the Brady Bunch), Danny Bonaduce (The Partridge Family), Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde and others. He graduated from Chaminade, one of the nation's most respected prep schools. Some famous Chaminade alumni include: actor Martin Sheen, Fox TV's Melissa Francis, actresses Tracy and Missy Gold, actor Jonathan Taylor Thomas, and Robert C. Wright, Chairman / NBC Universal and many others.
R. J. Garis was admitted to the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists / Screen Actors Guild (AFTRA-SAG) while in college at the University of Califonia, San Diego (UCSD). He holds degrees in both Political Science (with an emphasis on campaign strategy), and Multimedia Publicity Management. He also holds a national certification in Journalism Arts from CNSI. After college - he gained extensive experience initially working for the Hollywood studios in film and entertainment public relations, as well as with a major law firm as lead media relations counsel. Today, his practice includes a wide variety of both domestic and international projects. He is very proud to have been selected to provide special services to The White House, and several members of Congress. He has also been a speaker at many events, and a judge at the World Championship of Performing Arts.
The Garis agency has been featured by major national media including: USA Today, ABC, CBS and NBC News, E-Entertainment Television, The Today Show, Us Magazine, ESPN Magazine, Court TV, The Los Angeles Times, In-Touch, Marie Claire Magazine, Star Magazine, Politico, Income Opportunities Magazine, Office.com, The Wrap, Hollywood Life and others.