Our Team

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Aquila Mendez-Valdez

Owner & CEO

With a decade of industry experience in both the blogging and public relations field, Aquila Mendez-Valdez launched Haute in Texas in 2011 as a personal blog where she still writes in the hopes of providing women with fun, intelligent content they can use in their everyday lives. Through its growth and her own professional growth with one of the top PR firms in South Texas, she developed a specific expertise in helping her clients propel and curate their online and in-person presence. Word of mouth and a results-oriented approach has helped Haute in Texas grow into a full-service agency, specializing in digital marketing, media relations, and community programming. Aquila’s combined passions of public relations and influencer marketing often collide with a one-of-a-kind approach to living the haute life.

In addition to her responsibilities as Owner of Haute in Texas, Aquila also serves on the NAWBO San Antonio board as Marketing Director, the Marisol Deluna Foundation board, and on the Nominating Committee for Fashion Group International’s San Antonio chapter.

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Our team is made up of goal-getters and communication connoisseurs all about the pursuit of the haute life. We are passionate about helping our clients be better, every day.

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Leia Unger

Account Manager

Originally from Dallas, Leia moved to San Antonio to attend Trinity University and fell in love with South Texas right away! She can also be found teaching yoga, traveling to Austin to visit her sister, and finding the best vegan restaurants in the city.

She specializes in social media marketing and is HIT’s digital advertising guru, utilizing her attention to detail and love for writing as tools to increase every client’s online presence. She is always an email or a phone call away, and takes pride in learning about every facet of each client’s industry.

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Katherine Vega

Account Coordinator

Kat is a born and raised Texas gal currently living in Southern California. We like to say she’s running the Haute in Cali office! She actually began her journey with HIT as an intern in the Fall of 2018 and then continued with the company until Summer 2019 as an Account Coordinator. After graduating college, she moved to California to participate in the “Disney College Program,” an incredible internship program with the Walt Disney Company. In a twist of fate, the program was cut short due to the pandemic; but Kat decided to stay in California to pursue her dreams. During this time she rejoined the HIT team and has seamlessly transitioned back into her Account Coordinator role. One busy gal, she has now restarted her role with Disney and still finds the time to go to the gym, hang out at the beach, shop at Goodwill (her favorite store!) and explore all sunny Southern California has to offer.

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Susan Terese

Account Coordinator

Susan Terese joined the “Haute Life” as an account coordinator in 2020. She previously worked in non-profit public relations and marketing in Austin, TX, and in for-profit marketing and communications in Washington, DC. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland. Susan loves creating copy that helps clients share their stories and promote the good they are doing in the world! Susan serves in various leadership positions on her kids’ school PTA boards and activities, including Girl Scout leader and chair on the marching band booster club. When not working, she can be found with her family at the soccer field, dance studio or exploring nature! Yoga and her new covid skill – sourdough bread baking – are her go to for relaxation.

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Jessie Mangum

Graphic Design and Branding Specialist

Jessie is a graphic designer and a native San Antonian. After receiving her degree in Marketing, her passion for creativity grew as she explored the design and artistic side of marketing. Tackling everything from logo design, website work and social media marketing, she is always excited to grow her clients’ brands into something beautiful. When she isn’t working, her creative roots are always showing, whether it is painting or decorating or even taking over her kids’ school projects.

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Priscilla Sanchez-Silva

Executive Assistant

Priscilla Sanchez-Silva brings great hair, amazing lipstick shades, a sprinkle of creativity, and all the to-do-task-list-creating skills to enrich the robust HIT team. Priscilla has been with the HIT team for two and a half years as executive assistant and keeps the books straight though her locks are anything but. Always the entrepreneur, she prefers the flexibility of stacking contractor positions, giving her space to pursue other passions. As if keeping up with her curls wasn’t time-consuming enough, she also spends her free time serving on various non-profit boards, getting her graduate degree, moderating the OG mom Facebook group in San Antonio, and scheduling spontaneous time. Community outreach is a calling, a talent, and you may see her around town wearing various (fashionable) hats throughout the community. She often hears, “I think I know you from somewhere…” Chances are you do!

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Sarah Larkin

Account Assistant

Sarah was born and raised in San Antonio, and graduated from Clemens High School with a perfect 4.0 in 2019. Anxious to learn more about the world and different cultures, she decided to further her education abroad in Spain. She is currently attending IE University and is completing her degree in Business Administration. She is proudly the newest member of #TeamHIT and came on board as an Account Assistant in May of this year. Sarah expresses her creativity in every way, especially her hair. She is thrilled to begin pursuing a career in marketing, and strives to learn and participate in any way she can. When she finds the time, Sarah travels across Europe, sews and sculpts.