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What’s In Your Marketing Bag? (2020 Scholarship Winner) | Brown Bag

Brown Bag Scholarship Winner: What’s In Your Marketing Bag?

Strategic thinking. Creative marketing. A modern mindset. 

Here at Brown Bag Marketing, this is our MO. Our unique approach is the “bag” that our clients—local small businesses and national companies alike—count on for all of their digital marketing needs. 

But this got us wondering:

What unique perspectives and skills do other marketing professionals bring to the table?

To answer this question, we turned to the next generation of marketing professionals: college students. In our first-ever Scholarship Essay Contest, we asked students to answer our prompt question in a 500+ word original essay. We were thrilled to receive submissions from all over the country.  

Now, we’re excited to announce that our winner is Kylie Alonso from Point Loma Nazarene University.

Congrats Kylie on your scholarship, and thanks to the many students who participated!

Here’s her winning essay:


What’s in your marketing bag?

I can picture it in my mind now, the exact spot of ground my friends and I sat at to eat our lunches in middle school. We used to play a game—every day—where we would auction off our lunch items to each other. It was exciting, seeing everyone pull their brown sacks out of their backpacks and wondering what was up for grabs that day. Every lunch looked the same from the outside, but we all knew that inside there were endless possibilities. In the spirit of Brown Bag Marketing, my marketing bag may look similar to others, but it’s not until you unpack it that you realize the individuality it holds. With networking, creativity, and problem-solving skills, I am confident that I will be a valuable asset to a marketing agency one day. 

I’m more introverted by nature, so networking was not a skill that came naturally to me. I was never one to establish personal relationships with my teachers in high school; being a 4.0 student doesn’t always mean every teacher knows you well. My first year at Point Loma Nazarene University taught me the value networking holds in the business world. Since then, I have experienced it first-hand. I have had to push myself out of my comfort zone in more ways than one, but I have also gained opportunities I never would’ve had access to if I hadn’t. This past summer, I reached out to one of the MBA professors at Point Loma about an up-and-coming entrepreneurship website our school was creating. I am now the blog writer for the website and have plans to learn the web design for it. Through this venture, I have had opportunities to interview alumni and small business owners to gather content for the blog. Several of the executives I have interviewed have suggested that I reach out to them in the future if I ever need an internship. Networking pays off! This winter, my networking skills landed me a remote internship with Fern Street Circus, a non-profit that conducts community events and classes for underprivileged children in City Heights, San Diego. I am working as a Social Media Marketing intern, helping promote the company’s 30th-anniversary virtual event in February. Clearly, my networking skills have already proved beneficial to me as a sophomore in college. Not only will they give me a competitive advantage in my job search out of college, but they will also assist me in my career one day. I will be able to execute my responsibilities effectively having substantial communication skills. In addition, I will be able to make connections among colleagues and provide opportunities for my team to collaborate with other brands. 

The aspect of marketing that attracted me was the opportunity for creativity. I am passionate about creating—whether it’s bringing my imagination to life on a paint canvas, making digital art, or editing together the GoPro footage from the adventures I’ve been on. I don’t necessarily have natural artistic talents—I just enjoy exploring all my creative outlets. The reason I won the yearbook cover contest in sixth grade was not because my drawings were superb, it was because of my creative innovation. This year, this skill has transformed into an entrepreneurial endeavor—the birth of my adventure apparel company, Seek Supply Co. Brainstorming, designing, and building my brand has been the thrill of my young life. I never imagined that running a clothing company would allow for so much creative expression. I can use my knowledge of business and entrepreneurship to my advantage in my future career, as well as the creative tactics and techniques I have learned through marketing my brand. 

Despite my passion for the arts, I have always been a methodical, analytical thinker, excelling in math and science. My problem-solving acumen has been equally as prominent as my inner creativity. I have a knack for puzzles, riddles, and mind games. I tend to take a logical rather than emotional approach to most issues, and I address conflict head-on. These qualities will prove extremely valuable in the workplace, as they will assist me in not only working through problems but offering solutions. Problem-solving keeps me from complacency; I am always striving for the most effective method of execution. I believe my inclination to problem-solve goes hand-in-hand with my work ethic. I am extremely driven, which is most likely the reason I am a successful problem-solver. When I hit a roadblock, I don’t give up. I remain persistent and optimistic in the face of uncertainty and tribulation. I believe my optimism and ambition will help motivate those around me. 

As I have just spilled the contents of my brown bag, I plan to continue adding to it as I learn and grow in my educational experiences, entrepreneurial endeavors, and professional pursuits. Each of these avenues will further develop my skills in networking, creativity, and problem solving, so I will be properly equipped to enter the marketing field when I graduate.


About our winner

Kylie Alonso is a sophomore business marketing student at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California. She grew up in Santa Clarita, California, where she enjoyed playing softball competitively. Transitioning from athlete to entrepreneur, Kylie created an adventure apparel brand, Seek Supply Company, with 2 friends after her freshman year of college. Kylie enjoys spending her time staying active and outdoors—surfing, camping, and hiking are among her favorite activities. She plans on pursuing her passion for Digital Marketing and Graphic Design, and hopes to do lots of traveling after she graduates. 

Think you have what it takes to be our next scholarship winner?

If you are interested in participating in our next essay contest, we invite you to visit our Scholarship page to learn more about the essay requirements, the selection process and see the next essay prompt. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact us.

Congrats again to Kylie!

Ally Nastasi

Digital Marketing Analyst

What’s in my bag?

“Purple pens (because why use black?), emergency candy, and a deck of playing cards.”

As a digital marketing analyst, Ally is powered by consumer research and data analytics. She uses audience insights, site analytics, and more to win new clients and support digital strategy for existing clients. Ally is a proud graduate of the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business where she earned a B.S in Business Administration and a minor in Engineering and Technology.  If she could have a superpower, she would be mermaid who can control water and hold her breath like a fish –Think H2O meets Katara from “Avatar, the Last Air Bender!” 

Outside of work, Ally is likely watching reruns of Survivor, playing Settlers of Catan with friends, or seeking out the best ice cream places in Atlanta (or even making her own)!

Jen Cole

Senior Designer

What’s in my bag?

“Sticky notes, colored markers and miniature succulents to inspire creativity.”

Jen’s love for color and creativity is apparent in every project she touches. We say, ‘shine on, wild woman!’ And after you experience Jen’s inquisitive and vibrant personality, we’re confident that you’ll feel the same. Jen is a Senior Designer on our creative team. She digests requirements and deliverables in a snap, likely due to her experience with creative agencies and teaching at the Creative Circus. Jen attended the University of Georgia and received her Bachelor’s in English and Women’s Studies, as well as the Creative Circus where she studied Graphic Design.

Outside of work, Jen likes to play tennis, watch anime and hone her amateur gardening skills.

Brandon Levoy

Director, Digital Marketing

What’s in my bag?

“My phone, wallet, a protein bar – and probably a dog toy or two.”

As a Senior Account Supervisor, Brandon strives to hone his talents at the intersection of thoughtful strategy and creative solutions. The combination makes him a skilled client partner -and one of our favorite players at company game nights. He is a designer and strategist at heart, with client experience across several industries, including campaigns for Publix, The Home Depot, Michael Kors, Whole Foods and Disney.

There’s no question about it – this guy is sharp. Brandon was Valedictorian of his high school before going on to graduate top of his class from the University of Florida. Outside of work, Brandon enjoys working out, eating healthy, drinking margaritas and hanging out with his fiancé and two golden pups!

Dave Kuhn

Associate Creative Director

What’s in my bag?

“A trove of random references, movie quotes and impressions.”

As Associate Creative Director, Dave translates the strategic goals of each client and transforms them into thoughtful, clever and effective creative. Prior to joining Brown Bag, he worked on projects for well-known brand identities such as King of Pops, Clemson University, and notable spirit, beverage and industry clients. Dave also conceived and directed custom video content for Cox Automotive’s NASCAR driver teams and created award winning corporate design for Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta.

Outside of work, Dave enjoys traveling with his lovely wife, visiting coastlines, single malts, playing with his dogs, listening to vinyl records and seeing live music.

Kirsten Humphreys

Senior Front End Developer

What’s in my bag?

“A hard working, positive attitude with the uncanny ability to take whatever is thrown my way.”

A resourceful and astute problem solver, Kirsten has never met a challenge she couldn’t handle. As our Software Developer, Kirsten is responsible for front-end development and QA testing. No matter the task, if Kirsten’s on the job, it’s as good as done. Kirsten previously worked at Marc Jacobs and graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design.

Outside of work, Kirsten enjoys searching for her next favorite restaurant, exploring new cities and spending time with her nieces and nephews.

Mary Graddy

Senior Account Manager

What’s in my bag?

“Multiple shades of lipstick, colored pens, peanut butter and a bottle opener, because I’m all about style and efficiency.” 

Calm, cool and collected, it’s safe to say Mary knows a thing or two about staying on track. Case in point—she once hiked eight national parks in 14 days. At Brown Bag, she forges a path for her teammates amidst the ever-changing, exciting chaos of projects and assists with the day-to-day management of accounts. She first honed her powers of concentration at Georgia State University, where she completed a degree in Business Marketing. Prior to Brown Bag, Mary kept things running at our sister company, Vetlocity, as Manager of Business Operations.

When she’s not making sure we meet our deadlines, you can find Mary conquering more of the great outdoors. Or, if it’s raining, she’ll be channeling her inner artist by coloring, or hitting up the latest new restaurant around town. 

Jessica Gorman

Copywriter

What’s in my bag?

“Creativity, a giddy passion for beautifully written prose and a pack of gum for fresh breath.”

Jessica makes her role as an Account Supervisor look easy. She’s a creative thinker, team player and always up for a new challenge. Before becoming a Bagger, Jessica was a writer and on-camera personality for NASCAR. She graduated from the University of Alabama where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations.

Outside of work, Jessica enjoys traveling, taking Pilates classes, cheering on the Alabama Crimson Tide, curling up with a good book or trying a new local restaurant.

Ryan Glancy

Digital Marketing Manager

What’s in my bag?

“A spicy chicken sandwich with pepper jack cheese, large fry and extra Chick-fil-A sauce.”

Known for being a leading digital strategist, at The Bag, Ryan is responsible for developing and executing paid media, SEO, analytics and CRM strategies. Prior to joining our team, he served as the Sr. Digital and Brand Manager at Park ’N Fly and the Digital Marketing Manager at Triumph Motorcycles America. Ryan also graduated from Kennesaw State University with a BBA in Marketing.

Outside of the office you can find Ryan spending quality time with his wife and one-year old son, listening to records, agonizing over any Atlanta sports team or enjoying an ice-cold adult beverage.

Proudly Supports

Piedmont Park Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to preserve and enhance the park.

Kelly Campbell

Director, Business Development

What’s in my bag?

“My journal of quotes and ideas, a book, a snack, and some lip gloss because I like to do everything with an extra bit of style and sass.”

Witty, intelligent, and up for any challenge, Kelly brings her enthusiasm to everything she does. Whether she’s planning her next trip or preparing for a new business pitch, she keeps her passion for helping people at the top of her list. Prior to business development, Kelly lead talent acquisition and still drops in the talent office from time to time. Before Brown Bag, Kelly was an Executive Recruiter for The Intersect Group. She graduated with a degree in Intercultural Studies of Business and French from Wofford College where she was also a member of the women’s soccer team.

Outside of work, Kelly enjoys spending time outdoors, adding stamps to her passport, reading, writing, and dancing—and she’s always up for a new adventure!

Tricia Peters

Director, Strategic Accounts

What’s in my bag?

“A planner to stay organized, coffee for unlimited energy, a positive attitude and a sense of humor to keep things light.”

As Director of Strategic Accounts, Tricia (“TP”) manages projects with a cool, calm demeanor. Her determination to help others shines in her projects and random needs around the office. And her resilience is commendable. Not only has Tricia been in the Brown Bag family more than 12 years, she’s held several different positions during her tenure. But that’s not because she’s indecisive – she’s a quick learner and eager to bridge the gap whenever necessary. Simply put, Tricia is a dream come true for our team and clients.

Tricia enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, pushing herself at boot camp, spending time outdoors and cheering on her favorite football team, the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Izzy Barrett

Senior Account Executive

What’s in my bag?

“A notebook, chocolate covered espresso beans, a book of jokes and the NY Times Best Seller magazine.”

If you’re looking for fierce enthusiasm with full attention to detail, you need Izzy. And with phrases like, “that’s Izztastic” or “let’s Izzify it” floating around the office, it’s clear she’s made a positive impression on all of us. As an Account Executive, Izzy’s skillset is golden. Day-to-day, she facilitates successful initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and delivery for her clients. She’s always open to a new challenge or helping her colleagues with a complex project. Izzy is sharp, eager to succeed and a compulsive over-deliverer. Prior to taking on her current role as Account Executive, Izzy led the sales team for an animal health start-up.

Outside of the office, Izzy enjoys staying active and playing in sports leagues, traveling and spending time with family.

Nicole Baird

Director, Strategic Accounts

What’s in my bag?

“Coffee, and lots of it. A pack of gum for when I finish my coffee, Life Savers Gummies because everyone needs a sweet treat once in awhile, and a great ready-for-whatever-comes-my-way attitude!”

As a project lead, Nicole is the definition of grace under pressure, making sure projects remain in-scope, on-time and on-budget. With her trusted Starbucks always by her side, she helps develop and define project approach with ease, all the while facilitating constant communication between all departments and clients. Before Brown Bag, Nicole worked for Otis Elevator and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Georgia with a degree in Marketing.

Outside of work, Nicole loves traveling, exploring Atlanta, checking out new restaurants, concerts, and, of course, UGA football!

Scott Bailey

Senior Application Developer

What’s in my bag?

“Computer and headphones”

A fearless Jedi skilled in the ways of the Mobile Strike Team, Scott is no ordinary Mobile Developer. Whether it’s developing native iOS apps or writing new code, Scott is fearless in the face of a new challenge. Before Brown Bag, Scott worked as a Computer Science Tutor and as a .NET developer. Scott graduated from the University of South Carolina Upstate with a degree in Computer Information Systems.

Outside of work, Scott enjoys binge watching The Office, gaming, and hanging out with his dogs.

Sela Missirian

VP, Strategy and Business Development

What’s in my bag?

“I have a fantastic social network and loads of curiosity and creativity to help people solve their marketing problems!”

Sela Missirian describes her role at Brown Bag in three words: sales and strategy. Anyone else would tell you she’s a quick-thinking, problem-solving, semi-omnipotent master strategist. Sadly, that title doesn’t fit on normal-sized business cards so her working title is VP, Marketing & Business Development. Before Brown Bag, Sela worked for several dynamic companies including S1 Technologies, Autodesk (formerly 3D/EYE), Moxie (formerly Engauge Digital) and Brown Bag. Yes, we said Brown Bag. After several years apart, Sela is back home and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Now, who’s crazy for not touching anything in her office since she left?

Sela graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Design from Cornell University. Her list of achievements include the pioneering of social media with big name-brands like AT&T and Food Lion, lecturing on digital marketing at Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business, working in Europe and Asia, earning a Certificate of Wines from the French Culinary Institute and a flair for Armenian cooking handed down from her mother. She also enjoys traveling and blogging about the good life.

Jerry Lewis

VP, Creative

What’s in my bag?

“A competitive nature is in my bag. I’m a very involved, hands-on kind of guy who would rather be an active participant than sit on the sidelines and watch. This is evident at my job. And it’s the experience I’ve gained by working with great people for many years.”

Working on multiple projects while being in several places at once may seem impossible, but not for Jerry Lewis. Although he’s never admitted to having been cloned, how else do you explain his ability to successfully lead a creative department, attend countless meetings, field thousands of emails, teach design classes and coach about a dozen different sports? Okay, we’re not sure how he does it either, we’re just glad he does. During his tenure as a Creative Director, Jerry has worked on big name clients like Pfizer, Allergan, Bridgestone Sports, Precept, Carvel Ice Cream, E-Z-GO, and Piccadilly Cafeteria to name a few. He has also received ShowSouth, Addys, CTAM Awards and has had his work featured in Communication Arts and PRINT.

One glance into Jerry’s office is all it takes to realize he’s a huge Gator fan, which makes sense considering he graduated from the University of Florida (which also helps explain his love of jean shorts and tank tops. Just kidding, he would never wear a tank top.) Jerry is also an esteemed graduate of the Portfolio Center where, as mentioned before, he teaches design. Outside of work, he is a devoted husband and dad as well as an amazing golfer.

Lindsey Lynes

SVP, Strategic Accounts

What’s in my bag?

“All the (cool) mom things, a quick laugh, an old school calculator, a professional book or two, and a stubborn refusal to fail.”

The only thing larger than Lindsey’s role at Brown Bag is the size of her heart. Coupling her enthusiasm with her deep concern for the people around her, she is a driving force that keeps Brown Bag moving successfully forward. As our VP of Strategic Accounts, Lindsey leads brand and business strategy for a portfolio of clients, as well as a team of marketing professionals. Aligning her client’s goals with the roadmap to get them there, she is focused on developing the right people and the appropriate solutions to ensure long-term success. Ever evolving and multi-dimensional, Lindsey leveraged her technical and business acumen to lead Vetlocity, a loyalty-based rebates and rewards start-up, and her passion for growing talent as the VP of People and Culture, before heading up her current team. With Brown Bag since the beginning, Lindsey combines her experience across marketing, HR, operations, and finance to bring the right mix of creative solutions to meet an organization’s needs.

When she isn’t guiding her clients or the next generation of professionals, Lindsey stays busy leading her two young children in many of the same things—positivity, showing up, and leading with grit and grace. Lindsey was born and raised in Georgia, but now enjoys calling coastal Connecticut home. She holds a BS in Marketing and Sales and a Certificate in Business Leadership from The University of Georgia and is SHRM certified.

Proudly Supports

Kids in Crisis, a non-profit organization in which trained Crisis Counselors help children and families cope with unsafe situations, family conflicts, substance abuse, mental health issues, school problems.

Laurie Michaels

President

What’s in my bag?

“Family photos, assorted lists (with 6 kids, there are lists of lists), and depending on the day, the family pup, Lotto.”

During Laurie’s career, she’s worked in virtually every operational capacity, from strategy to execution to marketing to training. She can plan, she can evaluate, she can write things, she can manage things and she can sell things. She’s taken what she’s experienced and used it to synthesize comprehensive insights into how operations work well: that means equipping people, establishing processes, and driving results.

Basically, Laurie is a can-do gal with a lot of heart. She looks at Brown Bag’s goals and applies her talents to making sure we have what we need to reach them. Call that role what you will: Driven Leader, Level-Headed Project Manager, Committed Quartermaster, or One-Woman-Optimization Machine. We’re just thankful she looks out for us and our clients.

So, really: how can she help you?

Lisa Long

Account Director

What’s in my bag?

“In my bag you will find laugher, kindness, a good sense of humor and an ‘always can do better’ attitude.”

Whether she’s running a marathon or providing stellar account management service, Lisa knows a thing or two about going the extra mile. A problem solver with a positive attitude, Lisa helps her clients meet their business goals while continuously providing opportunities for growth. Before Brown Bag, Lisa worked for Team One and Grey Worldwide Atlanta, and she graduated from Kennesaw State University with a degree in Communications.

Outside of work, Lisa enjoys tennis, running, boot camp, gardening, concerts, traveling and time with her family.

Elizabeth Roos

Account Executive

What’s in my bag?

“My bag is filled with a pen of every of color, three different snack options, a small multi-use tool kit, a game of travel Yahtzee, and … oh wait … I had to take that out because my bag was over the weight limit! Needless to say, I’m ready for anything life throws at me.”

No two days look alike for Elizabeth. She wears many hats to support the client services team, and rumor has it, she can switch them out using only her mind, just like Eleven from Stranger Things. She honed her mental powers at Washington and Lee University with a bachelor’s in art history. Prior to Brown Bag, she worked as an intern for Camp Twin Lakes, a local non-profit, and Tribe Inc., an internal communications agency.

When Elizabeth’s not running around our Buckhead office, you can find her hitting the pavement for half marathons, hiking, hanging out with friends and family, or checking out the latest exhibit at the High Museum.

Harrison Michaels

Marketing Operations

What’s in my bag?

“My wallet, sometimes with or without cash inside of it, along with a burrito filled with as much cheese as possible”

Harrison is a young and energetic sales marketing enthusiast from the OTP- Alpharetta, GA. He currently studies business and professional sales at Indiana University.  With sales, lead management, and sales forecasting running through his blood, he is always eager to learn new strategies to enhance his sales skills. Harrison is a quick thinker who loves being challenged with new ideas and questions. He loves all things Atlanta, where he plans to further his career after college.

In his free time, he can be found cheering on his favorite teams (Indiana and the Braves) with friends and enjoying time with his massive family.

Hollie Rivers

Digital Project Manager

What’s in my bag?

“Chapstick, a notebook, PILOT pens, dog treats (you never know when you’ll meet a new friend), and also a snack.”

Hardworking, clever, and a creative problem solver at heart, Hollie is known best for ultimately being of help in any way she can. With 5+ years of experience in creating and implementing effective marketing strategies and campaigns for Atlanta-based nonprofit organizations, and developing relationships, she is skilled in all facets of marketing, and always actively looking to learn more to help better serve clients. 

When not in the office, you can find Hollie hiking with her dog Kylo, storytelling at a local farmer’s market, caring for foster kittens, or grabbing a drink outside on a rooftop somewhere.

Leslie French

Senior Copywriter

What’s in my bag?

“I recently downsized. So it’s really more about what’s no longer in my bag, which would be my beloved bug spray, 23 ink pens, 10-lb. wallet and extensive scrunchie collection. Now, I’m travelin’ light. I’m down to 12 pens.”

Leslie is a Senior Copywriter who has a wealth of experience in both B2C and B2B, and has some pretty good stories and accolades to show for it. While not a fan of the Oxford comma, she is a fan of thoughtfully crafted copy that connects with the target audience. Leslie believes some people do read every word, however delusional that may be. She clings to that, in fact, so it’s best to not dispute it.

When Leslie’s not writing copy that people simply can’t look away from, she enjoys hiking, kayaking and camping with her family, attempting intimidating recipes and catching live music. She’s from the Muscle Shoals, AL, area, so music is in her blood. If you get it, you get it.

Ellen Regan

Social Media Specialist

What’s in my bag?

“A book, coffee at all hours of the day, and pop-culture knowledge that no one asked for.”

As a Social Media Specialist, Ellen is all things social strategy. She coordinates our organic social accounts and is always thinking of creative ways to implement forward-thinking strategies. An Auburn University graduate, she studied Public Relations and Marketing and is constantly trying to further her knowledge! 

Outside of work, Ellen enjoys trying a new restaurant (specifically Italian), watching tv shows that will probably get cancelled, or grabbing a drink with a friend.

Michael Davis

VP, Digital Strategy

What’s in my bag?

“Even though I’m a digital marketer, I always keep analogue writing implements like nice notebooks and pens in the front pockets of my messenger bag. In the main compartment I keep a focus on helping people and organizations thrive.”

Michael is here to work with our clients to leverage digital marketing strategies in ways that have real positive business outcomes.  He comes with a decade and a half of digital marketing leadership experience spent as an independent consultant and then at a successful Dot Com, a Fortune 10 company, and two large non-profits. Michael’s time in marketing was split by a four-year stint as a Cavalry Scout in the US Army, including a fifteen-month deployment to Iraq. He has been described as an interesting blend of loveable dufus, data nerd, and whiteboard warrior.

When Michael isn’t working with our clients to develop their next digital strategy, he has the joy of sharing his life with his wife and three children. In the rare instances when he has some free time, you will find him in the woods either hiking, camping, fishing, or (if he is especially lucky) all three.

Victoria Petrosky

Designer

What’s in my bag?

“X-acto knife, quarters for the nearest pinball machine, and chicken red curry… doesn’t matter the time of day, I will devour it.”

Victoria’s goal at Brown Bag is to unveil new and surprising design solutions through hard work and happy accidents. She is a go-getter who loves doing creative deep dives. She takes critiques and runs with them, all while being her goofy and wildly supportive self. Victoria graduated from Emerson College where she received a bachelor’s in Theater Studies. She then went on to attend the Creative Circus with a focus in Graphic Design.

When Victoria is not designing, you can catch her in North Georgia hiking or relaxing at a winery. 

Maddie Rosenbaum

Graphic Designer

What’s in my bag?

“My bag is a black duffle, and over the weight limit. Filled with an outfit for every occasion and a planned color coded itinerary… My OCD travels with me everywhere.” 

Maddie’s role at Brown Bag Marketing is to create and produce content to be posted online, increase traffic to clients’ social media and appeal to target audiences. Creating posts, pages, and applications to attract consumers. Coworkers describe her as “the one with the color coded calendar” or “large iced coffee in hand”. After attending Mississippi State University, she moved to Atlanta to pursue her Graphic Design career.

Outside of work she usually is taking a nap, binge watching another season of Real Housewives, or cheering on her bulldogs with a cowbell in hand. 

Gabriela Garcia

Account Manager

What’s in my bag?

“An agenda, coffee, wine opener, and an always-be-open-to-learning attitude!”

Gabriela’s love to constantly learn and be challenged is seen through her ability to take on new projects quickly and support the Client Services team with day-to-day responsibilities and deadlines. No matter what the project may be – Gabriela is always up for a challenge. She got her work ethic from the University of Georgia and has worked for a start-up company, where she was a one-woman marketing team, to working for larger well-known accounts like Nissan.

When Gabriela isn’t in the office she enjoys going to the pool during the summer and having wine and charcuterie nights with her friends.

Aimee Simmons

Project Manager

What’s in my bag?

“Color notecards/pens for jotting down creative solutions, sunglasses to see a new perspective, and a funny take on life.”  

As a Project Manager for Digital, she builds strategic puzzle pieces into BIG picture realities. She has 8 years of experience as a marketing project manager. With her sharp eye for detail and creative problem-solving skills, Aimee manages numerous integrated deliverables for a variety of digital marketing strategies, initiatives, and communications for our clients. She also brings extensive experience working with non-profit organizations and development teams. 

Aimee is an Atlanta native. Outside of the office, she enjoys exploring historical sites with her hubby, attending Broadway plays at the Fox Theatre, taking her shichon pup on sniff ‘n strolls, writing, and mentoring younger women. 

Brandon Sisia

Junior Designer

What’s in my bag?

“I like to travel light and only stock up on the essentials. A MacBook computer, pair of headphones, a water bottle and my love of all things design.”

A young creative with an old-soul, Brandon comes to Brown Bag all the way from New York City where he attended Fordham University and graduated with a BA in Visual Arts. As a Junior Designer, he will be developing engaging design solutions while collaborating with our awesome team of creative Baggers.

Outside of business hours, you can find Brandon listening to various genres of music, learning to fish, or shooting hoops.

Ansley Tolbert

Marketing Operations

What’s in my bag?

“In my bag you will find matcha lemonade, a bullet journal, bread, the color green everywhere, and my guitar (it’s a heavy duty bag)”

Ansley is an enthusiastic marketer from Atlanta, Ga. She is currently studying marketing and data analytics at the Univeristy of Colorado Boulder. With some background work in social media strategy, SEO, and consumer research she is excited to work with other Brown Baggers to grow her knowledge in the industry. Ansley loves to ask questions and is a positive person who can often be found dancing while working (mostly moves from Tik Toks).

In her free time Ansley loves to spend time doing anything possible outdoors (skiing, running, kayaking, etc..), playing her guitar, and eating chips and queso with friends.

Brenae Johnson-Davis

Ux developer

What’s in my bag?

“If you opened my bag you would see a MacBook Pro, AirPods, a faded band tee, and Chai Tea Latte.”

Brenae graduated from Kennesaw State University with degree in Technical Communication. She is a UX Designer but has coding skills hence the UX Developer role. Brenae previously worked in corporate as a UX Designer redesigning UI, creating UX best practices, establishing UX culture, and developing custom web applications.

When not at work Brenae loves vintage shopping at local stores, trying out local taverns, and going to sporting events. Also, she is currently making 70’s inspired music and creating a streetwear line.

Hunter Abell

Front-end developer

What’s in my bag?

“A board game to break the ice, a book with a great story, some tickets to an Atlanta United game, and an adventurous, can-do attitude.”

A hard worker with a real propensity for Google-Fu. Hunter excels at problem solving and meeting challenges head-on. He has never met a challenge he couldn’t tackle. As a Front-end developer, Hunter is in charge of building badass websites to meet all your needs. He is passionate about creating fun and memorable pages. Hunter has previously worked for Laneway Education in Sydney, Australia and graduated from Berry College with two degrees: Creative Technologies and Business Management.

Outside of work Hunter loves all things hiking, biking, ultimate frisbee, board games, bourbon, and finding new adventures wherever he goes.

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Randall Wunder-smith

Senior Copywriter

What’s in my bag?

“Empathy, honesty, a yearning for transformative truth and a sense of humor. Also: a terawatt-powered BS detector, which I self-apply regularly. Every creative needs one.”

Does Randall work at Brown Bag? Well, yes. But it’s more than that. Randall writes at Brown Bag. There’s a big difference – as big as the ideas he uses to propel our clients into brighter, more compelling stories for their businesses. And don’t let his penchant for wit and deadpan fool you. Randall’s a deep guy, ready to pour himself into understanding a client’s industry and build authentic connections with their customers, all with the right selection of the right words. It all started when he completed his BA and MA in English from Auburn University. He’s also got years under his belt as a retail grocery worker, even more time spent in college-level faculty development and a fair amount of freelance canoodling in web design.

When Randall’s not translating great ideas into impeccable copy, he’s got no shortage of hobbies and interests, including, but not limited to: tabletop gaming, speculative fiction, miniature painting, miscellaneous nerd culture, beer, etymology, Icelandic sagas, the intersection of secular humanism and mystical thinking, and relationships worth investing in. And cats. Lots of cats.

Rob Williams

Lead Front End Engineer

What’s in my bag?

‘Everything . . . it’s a big bag!’

Although he describes his role as that of an Interactive Henchman, Rob is an affable curmudgeon whose role at Brown Bag is continuously expanding because he not only meets every challenge, he crushes them like an SEC team playing in the national championship. Before Brown Bag, Rob worked for Internet Gaming Inc., where he did UI design for online gaming. He also worked for Virtual Magic where he specialized in Web and Flash development. Rob has a degree from AIA in 3D Modeling and Animation and a degree from SPSU in Game Design and Development.

Outside of Brown Bag, Rob is into volleyball, old cars, and collecting lawn trolls.

Kim Trubey

Senior Account Supervisor

What’s in my bag?

“A Philly Cheesesteak Wiz Wit.”

Kim is known by her peers for being a client advocate who keeps the finish line in sight, anticipates the curve balls, and constantly adapts to any situation thrown her way – seriously, that came from a lengthy excerpt written by one of her past coworkers. As a Senior Account Supervisor here at Brown Bag Marketing, she is able to utilize her former skills and experiences by ensuring the best possible work is delivered on time and within budget for our clients. Prior to joining our team, Kim attended East Carolina University where she received a BS in Advertising and Communications. After earning her degree and spending a stint of time in Tech sales, she moved on to work for a couple of large Ad Agencies in the Philadelphia area where she worked for brands such as Under Armour, Planet Fitness, Aetna, CVS Health and Comcast.

Outside of work, Kim enjoys cheering on any Philadelphia sports team (Go Birds and Flyers!), spell checking Kanye on Twitter, traveling and cooking.

Dan Michaels, CEO

What’s in my bag?

“A laser focus on showing how Brown Bag Marketing can radically improve the future for our clients. And, if I’m honest, a bunch of really cool costumes that I picked up at Party City.”

Probably 50 percent of Baggers know Dan as the guy who went full Grinch for Halloween (his favorite holiday); the other half sees him in his everyday costume, Mr. Enthusiasm.

He’s here to make people’s work develop to its full potential, as fast as he can make that happen. He’s all about helping others grow. Not surprisingly, Dan doesn’t talk much about himself. He wants to talk about whomever he’s talking with. Hey, you could be next.

And if so, you should know he’ll bring unparalleled sales acumen to the conversation. Hold up: that doesn’t mean schmaltz. Turns out they don’t teach that at Emory’s Goizueta Business School, where Dan earned his MBA. Instead, whether he’s talking with a designer, a client, or a prospect, he’s always hunting for a way to take what they do and make it great. You will not find a more energetic, innovative cheerleader for your business’s success.

Put simply, the guy’s a human accelerator. Just don’t ask him to present to your Board on Halloween, unless they’re into gorilla suits.

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