VINCENTOWN, NJ. – Stokes Creative Group, Inc., a certified woman-owned business (WBE/DBE/SBE/WBENC), is proud to announce that Joanne Stokes, founder and president, was selected by NJBIZ as a 2021 recipient of the prestigious “ICON” award.  The NJBIZ ICON Awards recognize New Jersey business leaders for their contributions, their success and their leadership. Winners were chosen by a group of independent judges following an open nomination period.

Joanne Stokes started the company as JMS Visual Communications in 1985 providing construction photography. Joanne Stokes is a visionary, creating a thriving small business after starting as a one-woman company. She identified a growth area and seized the opportunity to build a firm that has supported 30 families for decades. She is a natural-born salesperson, and she created an agency that is well-respected and delivers quality work for its clients.

“I’m honored to be recognized, especially amongst so many incredible New Jersey leaders,” stated Joanne. “Any praise belongs with our team, which consistently provides exceptional services and products for our clients. This journey has been rewarding and I am thankful for the opportunities we’ve had that contributed to our success.”

Joanne is active in her community and church, having served in leadership roles for numerous philanthropic endeavors. She is currently in the board of the Healing Hands Foundation (, a non-profit committed to providing medical, dental, and surgical care to people in need around the world. Joanne’s professional affiliations include the WTS International Women’s Business Council and Philadelphia Leadership Council, WTS Central Florida, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, American Society of Highway Engineers, former board member (2007–2013) and the NJ Alliance for Action. She/Stokes has been recognized with numerous awards including Top 250 Private Companies, NJBIZ; Best Full-Service Marketing Agency by South Jersey Biz Magazine, Small Business Awards, South Jersey Biz; Small Business Growth Success Award, NJSBDC – Rutgers Camden; New Jersey’s Top Advertising Agencies, as published in NJBIZ; and Outstanding New Member Award, Southern New Jersey Development Council.

Today, from its four offices in NJ, NY, MD and FL, the Stokes creative team of more than 30 professionals can handle any project — from marketing for an equipment company to public outreach on a $4 billion project. They are currently hard at work on several major infrastructure projects, including the Long Island Rail Road in New York and the Purple Line in Maryland. Stokes’ team designs and creates anything needed to tell our clients’ stories and make them successful.

Stokes is a certified Woman Owned Business (WBE/DBE/SBE) throughout the East Coast and maintains a national WBENC certification status. The company’s explosive growth is a result of the team’s ingenuity and expertise at making their clients stand out from the rest. Experts in the field, Stokes employees have won awards for their clients, for themselves, and for the company.

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About Stokes Creative Group, Inc.

Stokes Creative Group, Inc. is a full-service marketing firm with more than 35 years in business, specializing in the transportation and construction industries. The Stokes team’s diverse expertise allows them to provide unique approaches to achieve the specific business objectives of their clients. Additionally, their goal is to help clients tell the story of their successes and triumphs as the inspiration to develop a story that will set them apart from their competitors, or help the company grow.

Stokes Creative Group, Inc. is as unique as their clientele, and has had the pleasure of working directly with industry leaders. They have offices throughout the East Coast, from Florida to New York.

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