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Agency Leadership

Meet the people who continue to inspire our passion for what we do.

Michael Brunner Michael Brunner CEO Michael Brunner CEO
Michael Brunner

Michael Brunner
CEO

Michael is a visionary. And, anyone who knows him would describe him as a savvy business person, who is client-centric and who can spot a big idea coming from a mile away. According to Brunner President Scott Morgan, "I don't think we've ever presented Michael with a challenge he couldn't tackle, except maybe qualifying for the PGA tour, but then again, if he really put his mind to it, who knows." Okay, maybe that's a stretch. The bottom line is that there is nobody better to help a client chart the best course for their brand and their business."

Scott Morgan Scott Morgan President Scott Morgan President
Scott Morgan

Scott Morgan
President

"Scott has played an integral role in keeping Brunner on the cutting edge of industry trends for as long as he's been here," said Brunner's Chief Digital Officer Rick Gardinier. "He's highly competitive - maybe it's his athlete's mindset - but the agency and our clients certainly benefit from it." Anyone who knows Scott would be quick to agree that he isn't satisfied just being in the game - he's always thinking about the best strategy to win. Gardinier added, "You don't just want him on your team. You want him leading it."

Mary Kay Modaffari Mary Kay Modaffari Partner Mary Kay Modaffari Partner
Mary Kay Modaffari

Mary Kay Modaffari
Partner

Without ever losing sight of the big picture, somehow Mary Kay never misses a detail. "She knows all, she sees all, and better yet, she's not afraid to roll up her sleeves to make it all happen for clients," says Brunner CEO Michael Brunner. "Then she gives everyone else the credit." That's just one of the reasons Mary Kay is so well respected and admired among our clients and staff.

Rick Gardinier Rick Gardinier SVP, Chief Digital Officer Rick Gardinier SVP, Chief Digital Officer
Rick Gardinier

Rick Gardinier
SVP, Chief Digital Officer

According to Scott Morgan, President, "When it comes to digital strategy, Rick has been on the cutting edge since before Webster's ever recognized 'Google' as a word." Rick is also known for his ability to build bridges between the technological and creative sides of the digital space, which makes him the perfect person to run our innovation arm, BhiveLab.

Jeff Maggs Jeff Maggs Chief Client Officer Jeff Maggs Chief Client Officer
Jeff Maggs

Jeff Maggs
Chief Client Officer

According to Brunner's Atlanta Managing Director Rich Fabritius, "Don't be fooled by Jeff's brawn because it comes with a lot of brains behind it." A great account "conductor" in his own right, Jeff brings tremendous leadership, energy, enthusiasm, and strategic insight to Brunner clients. Rich adds, "He always has the client's best interests in mind, and he's never afraid to speak up when it comes to doing the right thing to ensure their success."

Rich Fabritius Rich Fabritius Atlanta Managing Director Rich Fabritius Atlanta Managing Director
Rich Fabritius

Rich Fabritius
Atlanta Managing Director

He's a southern gentleman from the North, who uses his incredible people skills and profound problem-solving ability to foster collaboration and innovative thinking among the people around him - both clients and colleagues alike. According to Pittsburgh Managing Director Mary Kay Modaffari, "Rich knows how to get people working together and push them to think at the highest levels to deliver innovative and highly effective marketing solutions to our clients. It doesn't matter from where you hail. You want Rich on your side."

Rob Schapiro Rob Schapiro Chief Creative Officer Rob Schapiro Chief Creative Officer
Rob Schapiro

Rob Schapiro
Chief Creative Officer

Prior to joining Brunner in 2011, Rob spent 14 years at the Martin Agency in Richmond. He has an outstanding reputation in the advertising industry, having created highly effective campaigns for leading brands, such as Saab globally, Miller's MGD brand, Hanes Apparel and their Barely There brand, ESPN's Summer and Winter X Games, and the United States Tennis Association. Rob's work has been internationally recognized by The One Show, Communication Arts, British Design & Art Direction, Cannes, the Kelly Awards, Athena, Archive, Graphis, the Webbies and the FWA.

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Gordon Robertson Gordon Robertson VP, Group Creative Director Gordon Robertson VP, Group Creative Director
Gordon Robertson

Gordon Robertson
VP, Group Creative Director

"Gordon is a craftsman, and clients can see that he loves what he does," said Pittsburgh Managing Director Mary Kay Modaffari. "He always manages to find a way to push past the boundaries while being sensitive to clients' needs. Spend some time with him and you will quickly recognize what a thoughtful and positive approach he takes to everything."

Louis Sawyer Louis Sawyer Chief Strategist Louis Sawyer Chief Strategist
Louis Sawyer

Louis Sawyer
Chief Strategist

"He is fondly known by his colleagues as the professor because he is so passionate about branding," said Brunner President Scott Morgan. His track record of helping clients build brands while keeping an eye on the need to drive sales has made Louis a much sought-after branding expert. He has a knack for quickly seeing through all of the clutter and getting to the heart of a client's problem in what seems like Mach speed.

David Lied David Lied VP, Shopper Marketing David Lied VP, Shopper Marketing
David Lied

David Lied
VP, Shopper Marketing

"I don't think I've ever seen anyone bring so much enthusiasm and positive thinking to the job," said Mary Kay Modaffari, Pittsburgh Managing Director. "He puts his whole heart and soul into every aspect of every project or campaign." You can't count on seeing David in the office very often, though. You're more likely to find him out wandering the aisles of a retail outlet somewhere, talking with consumers about their experiences "at shelf" and the "path to purchase" that led them there.

Ken Johns Ken Johns SVP, Digital Strategy Ken Johns SVP, Digital Strategy
Ken Johns

Ken Johns
SVP, Digital Strategy

"Ken is one of those rare traditional account guys who 'got' digital very early on and consequently led many of our clients into the digital realm long before their competitors ever logged onto the Internet for the first time," said Chief Digital Officer Rick Gardinier. Today, Ken remains equally grounded in emerging, digital, and traditional media. He is the kind of talent every agency today is scrambling to find - someone who has a finger on the pulse of current digital trends while keeping a foot in the traditional world, always ensuring that the solutions we deliver to our clients produce results.

Katie Bicknell Katie Bicknell SVP, Measurement and Analytics Katie Bicknell SVP, Measurement and Analytics
Katie Bicknell

Katie Bicknell
SVP, Measurement and Analytics

Katie was instrumental in developing the Business Intelligence offering at Brunner to help clients take advantage of customer data and meld it with market research to deepen understanding of key targets, define new opportunities, and uncover high-potential markets. "I've been working with Katie for a long time, and I don't care how many times you've looked at your data," said CEO Michael Brunner. "Give it to Katie, and I guarantee she'll see something you didn't see before." Today, Katie uses her superior analytical skills to further enhance Brunner's measurement and analytics capabilities.

John Roden John Roden SVP, Chief Quality Officer John Roden SVP, Chief Quality Officer
John Roden

John Roden
SVP, Chief Quality Officer

"John is a technology visionary," said Chief Digital Officer Rick Gardinier. "He could be talking about Web services and cloud computing with renowned technology experts one minute and then discussing innovative business solutions with a Wharton-educated executive the next minute." There is a new term in our industry used to describe the charge of bridging the gap between big ideas and technology - "Creative Technology." We can show you example after example of how John has been living and breathing Creative Technology ever since he joined Brunner more than a decade ago.

George Potts George Potts VP, Director of Social Media George Potts VP, Director of Social Media
George Potts

George Potts
VP, Director of Social Media

“George is courageous and resourceful. He figures out how to get things done rather than focusing on reasons why things can't be done. He is relentless,” said Chief Client Officer Jeff Maggs. “And this is exactly why he leads our social media practice, a rapidly growing and constantly changing area of marketing that requires a unique doggedness. Clients at all levels appreciate his tenacity and view him as a trusted advisor, helping them understand and advance their social media marketing.”

Matt Blackburn Matt Blackburn VP, Creative Director Matt Blackburn VP, Creative Director
Matt Blackburn

Matt Blackburn
VP, Creative Director

Is he a strategist or a creative director? Is he a digital thinker or a traditional ad guy? Well, “yes” to all—which is why Matt Blackburn is creative director at Brunner. “He is crazy talented,” said Rich Fabritius, Brunner Atlanta Managing Director. “He’s a great blend of creative firepower and emerging digital technologies and trends. And, he can kill karaoke.”

Anthony Monahan Anthony Monahan Interactive Creative Director Anthony Monahan Interactive Creative Director
Anthony Monahan

Anthony Monahan
Interactive Creative Director

Anthony is on the cutting edge of digital marketing and advertising. He fosters innovation and originality in every opportunity—inspiring others to create impressive, intelligent work in both digital and traditional spaces. A seasoned creator and designer, he has worked in creative director roles for SapientNitro, KBS+ and the Grey Group to lead creative projects for PUMA, Armani Jeans, and RadioShack. For five years, he was a creative lead with the BMW digital account, helping to redesign their website. He has received accolades from the London International Awards, the One Show, AIGA, the AAF, the Internet Advertising Awards, and more.

Steve Radick Steve Radick VP, Director of Public Relations Steve Radick VP, Director of Public Relations
Steve Radick

Steve Radick
VP, Director of Public Relations

Steve has experience in government consulting, organizational communications, and change management which shapes his unique perspective on public relations – placing value on developing strong business goals and relationships. Steve worked at Booz Allen Hamilton for nine years where he founded and led their Social Media and Digital Strategy practice. Later landing with Cramer-Krasselt in Chicago, he held prominent roles for clients Heinz, TransUnion, Cedar Fair Amusement Parks, Cetaphil, and Porsche. He was named one of PRNews’ 15 to Watch For in 2009 and has maintained the Social Media Strategery blog for the last five years.