|Some people stand out for their courage and determination to succeed. Amanda Ruisi left her job as senior press manager for NBC in 2010 to open her own agency, AKR Public Relations. Starting out with only a handful of clients, she’s used her talent for cultivating relationships to build an agency that works with such firms as the Weinstein Company, the ASPCA, and Old Spice, along with such celebrities as Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Lopez, and DJ Pauly D on various ventures. Results: Most of her campaigns earn in the neighborhood of 100 million media impressions. Some say that her clients become family to her, and she will never let that change.