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Abby Bollinger

Programmatic Senior Manager

PMG

Since 2017, Abby has led programmatic execution & strategy across a range of retail accounts at PMG. Outside of her strategic work to push client business forward, her primary contributions include leadership of the Programmatic team’s Learning & Development efforts and acting as a manager & mentor to more junior team members. Looking forward, she is excited by all the continued innovation in the programmatic space and is thankful to all the mentors & managers who have helped her along the way.

Andrew McCurley

Branding & Strategy Executive

BANANA REPUBLIC

Brandon began as a Recruiting specialist at IBM before being promoted to a Digital Specialist in March 2020. From there, he was promoted to a Branding & Strategy Executive responsible for collaborating with all program management to implement innovative talent supply solutions, initiatives, programs, processes, and tools.

Avery Moore

Marketing Manager, Customer Growth & Media Strategy

BANANA REPUBLIC

After graduating UNT, Avery started exploring career options from Wedding Planning to Sales. Advertising stuck. Starting as an intern at Specific Media quickly grew into an Account Manager role at Viant followed by Pandora. She then moved to the Client side, working at Whole Foods Market in ATX. Dallas called her home in 2021, and she continued her career on the Agency side at Arm Candy. In October, Avery started as the Marketing Mgr for Customer Growth & Media Strategy for Banana Republic Factory.

Braidon Clemence

Assistant Director of Multimedia

University of Texas at Arlington

Braidon Clemence is an advertising and public relations professional who is most commonly found with a camera glued to his hand, always ready for the next project. While providing multimedia services to multiple colleges in the DFW area, Clemence focuses on telling the story for his clients in the best way possible that the budget and timeline allows. Outside of the office he can be found participating in AAF and helping facilitate the soon to be – Ad2 Fort Worth as the incoming Vice President.

Bryce Morgan

Creative Director/Copywriter

Johnson & Sekin

Bryce is currently a Creative Director & Copywriter at Johnson & Sekin, leading his team to create in-store merchandise & social content for Chili’s Grill & Bar, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Blake’s Snow Shack, and more over the years. A proud UNT alum, he graduated in 2015 with a BFA in Communication Design and minor in music. His love for writing and design is outmatched only by his love for otters.

Caleb Alba

Associate Creative Director

Launch Agency

Caleb stoked his creative fires early on with illustration before pursuing graphic design at John Brown University. This foundation allows him to focus on the big picture as a Creative/Art Director, while excelling in the utilitarian aspects of any given objective. Over his career he’s created branding, digital, social and video content for a variety of clients like AT&T, Budweiser, Bud Light, SONY, Toyota, Interstate Batteries, Park Place Dealerships, Omni Hotels and Baylor Scott & White Health.

Catherine Babin

Associate Creative Director, Design

PMG

Catherine has created work for many of the brands within PMG’s portfolio including Old Navy, TikTok for Business, Quaker State, Cole Haan, Beats By Dre, and Cook Children’s Hospital. Catherine has led and produced content for the Old Navy account across multiple platforms. In 2021, she led the design team that produced a social campaign for Old Navy’s BodEquality launch, that won a Dallas AAF Silver Addy Award. Catherine enjoys being involved with PMG culture as well as the DFW advertising community.

Christy Luspo

Associate Account Executive

SAMBA TV

Christy Luspo is from Houston and graduated from Texas A&M University with a marketing degree and a sales focus. She has worked in advertising both in sales and in account management, and currently works for Samba TV as an Account Executive in the TV data and digital media space. She’s passionate about connecting with others and is an expert in deepening relationships, penetrating competitive markets, and closing business with top accounts.

Damon Colonnetta

Senior Account Executive

Firehouse Agency

Damon brings order to chaos on our most complex accounts. Whether he’s organizing updates to sales sheets and brochures for Toyota, or gearing up for the next big exhibit launch at the Dallas Zoo, Damon gets the job done with a smile as genuine as his attitude. Damon is also everyone’s go-to happy hour buddy, always ready to talk shop or play foosball, and always with a cold one.

Deja Bowman

Senior Strategist – Brand Media

TRG

Deja Bowman has been working at TRG for almost two years. She started as a Brand Media intern before being hired full-time as a Junior Strategist. Deja is currently a Senior Strategist in the Brand Media Department, working on regional and local brands, contributing to expanding brand awareness, generating leads, and connecting the brand with the consumer by positioning the brand’s message in front of the appropriate audience at the opportune moment.

She is also an active member of Black at TRG and TRG and the volunteer group We at TRG. She has volunteered her time at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center and the Ronald McDonald House through these groups.

Deshaun Artis

Senior Manager, Brand Marketing

Sam's Club

DeShaun Artis, a native of Magnolia, AR, is a Senior Manager of Brand Marketing at Sam’s Club, leading campaigns across merchandising, acquisition & community impact. DeShaun’s previous experience includes Dentsu Creative, LERMA/, & Deloitte. He hopes to show others through his work and actions that their voices make a difference when it comes to representation in the advertising and marketing industry. DeShaun is an alumnus of the University of Arkansas School of Journalism & Strategic Media.

Emily Pfeifer

Group Strategy Director, Media Strategy

TRG

After graduating from Trinity University in San Antonio, Emily started her media career in Los Angeles. She happily returned to Texas in 2017 and moved to TRG, rising to her current role as Group Media Strategy Director. Along with her client work, Emily leads the Moms@TRG ERG and was a mentor in the 4A’s 2022 Multicultural Advertising Internship Program. Although she is passionate about her work, Emily’s most important roles are as wife to her supportive husband, Jeff, and mom to her sweet and spicy toddler, Cora.

Emily Puig Hope

Senior Strategist

Saatchi & Saatchi

Emily Puig Hope is a Senior Strategist at Saatchi & Saatchi where she conducts consumer research, crafts briefs, and leads strategic thinking on vehicle launches and brand initiatives for the Toyota business. After a short stint in LA working on brands like Honda, Apartments.com, and UNICEF, she is thrilled to be back in her home state. Off the clock, she can be found playing with her two Australian Shepherds, learning a song on guitar, or studying the consumer zeitgeist (aka scrolling TikTok).

Eric Miles

Paid Social Media Manager

Camelot Strategic Marketing and Media

My name is Eric Miles. I have been working at Camelot just under 2 years and in that time have worked across multiple FinServ, HealthCare, QSR, and Retail clients. When I am not working, I enjoy adventuring outside, playing with my dog Molly, and traveling.

Francesca Martinez

Account Manager, Client Success

RKD Group

I recently took a personality test, and my results described me as an “advocate” – someone guided by values and humanism in all things . . . someone driven to be a force for good in the world. As an Account Manager at RKD Group, I’m one of many advocates dedicated to working alongside our non-profit partners to make the world more humane, just, and compassionate by connecting donors to meaningful causes. Through innovative fundraising strategies, the non-profits my team and I serve have been able to achieve breakthroughs never thought possible, and we’re not finished yet. As we say at RKD Group, onward.

Gabby Lanza

Programmatic Activation Specialist

Apple Services

Gabby Lanza is a Programmatic Activation Specialist at Apple Services, developing strategy and testing solutions in the programmatic space. Previously, she has led key initiatives on major brands such as McDonalds, Beats by Dre, and Cirque du Soleil, pushing for innovation in emerging areas such as CTV, the Metaverse, streaming audio and more. She was a co-founder of the BIPOC employee resource group at her last role, which promoted diversity and inclusion practices within the ad industry – an area she is passionate about and continues to fight for.

Grisel Perez

Sr. Digital Marketing Manager

Avocados From Mexico

Grisel Perez is a Senior Digital Marketing Manager at Avocados From Mexico. She has been with AFM for 7-years with key roles on both the Brand and Digital teams. As a core member of AFM’s Marketing team, Grisel has supported yearly strategic planning, research initiatives, and has overseen AFM’s brand media plans and creative work.

Presently, Grisel is focused on digital strategy, the execution of digital/social campaigns, and digital creative production for AFM. She has been a key contributor for the past five Super Bowl campaigns and in 2022 the AFM brand led the 2022 Super Bowl social conversation for the two weeks leading up to the Big Game. AFM’s Super Bowl campaigns have won multiple awards and media recognition for their unprecedented performance over the past years and have generated billions of impressions for the brand.

Hailey Becker

Partnership Supervisor

LERMA/

Hailey knows how to connect clients, creatives, and strategists to collectively drive brand purpose, messaging, and ultimately: produce results.

After graduating from UT Austin, she spent four years managing The Home Depot brand, cultivating client relationships while primarily working on content production and consumer marketing across all departments. She was drawn to LERMA/ by the agency’s vision and the opportunity to focus on Partnership Marketing, working with brands she is passionate about, such as The Salvation Army, He Gets Us, Scottish Rite for Children, and the College Football Playoff Foundation.

Imani Black

Digital Media Specialist

Imani Black, LLC.

Imani is a University of North Texas graduate who started her career in advertising at Saatchi & Saatchi. She has since then embedded herself into the Dallas community with her notable creative projects under her brand, Imani Black.

Imani has partnered with local businesses such as Trinity Cider, Land of a Thousand Hills Deep Ellum, Mind Your Mat Company, and more on several successful marketing initiatives. She has also produced a docu-series titled Day With Dallas and curated virtual 3D art galleries with her abstract photography work. She’s even recently had a sold-out solo exhibition at a gallery in Downtown Dallas. Imani currently serves as our Creative Director on the Ad 2 Dallas Creative Committee.

Jonathan Alvizo

Art Director

Dieste Inc.

In 2016, Jonathan began his career as a content creator at TwentyNine Thirty Creative where created original visual content to reflect the client’s specified “aesthetic” and strategy. This theme continued through his career with Oak Lawn Coffee, Commerce House, The Infinite Agency, and 3 years at PMG where he worked on accounts such as Old Navy, Beats by Dre, TikTok for Business, and Shell. Jonathan recently took a position Dieste Inc. as an Art Director.

Joran Hoyt

Creative Director

TracyLocke

Jordan moved from Louisiana to Dallas in 2016 to intern with TracyLocke. At the end of his internship, he was offered a position with TracyLocke. Starting as an art director, Jordan has quickly grown in his career, and he is now a Creative Director. When he’s not working, Jordan enjoys spending time with his wife, Christin, and being an ultimate girl dad to his daughter, Emmy. He is a die-hard baseball fan and enjoys being outdoors.

Julia Cardali

Account Supervisor

Spire Agency

Julia plays a critical role in managing strategic planning, creative output and client relationships at AAF District 10’s most-awarded B2B agency. In three short years at Spire, Julia has been promoted to both Sr. Account Executive and Account Supervisor. Today, she manages several of the agency’s key accounts, including TrinityRail, Tyler Technologies, Howard Hughes Corporation, Avantax and Cox Media. Julia began her career in the B2C realm at TM Advertising working on a number of household brands including Universal Orlando, No Yolks and American Airlines Federal Credit Union.

Kayla Riley

Management Supervisor

Team One

Kayla is a Management Supervisor at Team One, known for her dedication to creating remarkable work. Over the past six years, she has played a pivotal role in bringing fully integrated campaigns to life for luxury automotive client, Lexus. Outside of the office, she serves on the board of Ad 2 Dallas as the Media & Donations Director. Kayla’s enthusiasm for championing work, driving insight-led creative solutions, and bringing people together has led to an incredibly rewarding career in Advertising. And she’s just getting started.

Kira Heine

Account Coordinator

3Headed Monster

Based on the portfolio of this Texas trailblazer, clearly this ain’t her first rodeo, but oh wait it is! How many recent graduates can say they led an account that put a tiny flying man on tv, launched a major rebrand, all while wrangling creative directors who’ve been in the biz since she was born? In just 3 months Kira propelled as a valued Account Coordinator amongst 3Headed Monster’s band of misfits. Somebody pass this girl boss more espresso shots because she’s just getting started, Dallas.

Lauren Butowsky

Creative Project Manager

Samsung Electronics America

Lauren began her career at Publicis Hawkeye work on the Capital One account, where she served as client facing lead for all projects. Her career then lead her to 3Headed Monster where she worked as a senior account executive for 3 years, before transition out of agency life to work on La Madeleine French Bakery & Cafe and Samsung Electronics America. She is currently a Project Manger for Samsung.

Liz Miralrio

Paid Social Media Manager

Camelot Strategic Marketing & Media

Liz Miralrio is an advertising professional with over four years of experience in social media expanding across a variety of industries such as tech, retail, e-com, and finserv. Liz is currently a Paid Social Media Manager at Camelot. Liz is passionate about helping grow and develop others, which is why she is an active member of the UNT Latinx Alumni network, focusing on building connections with students, sharing her tips and experience to break into the advertising industry. Outside of work Liz enjoys spending time with her husband and their orange tabby cat.

Madison McQuary

Brand Manager

Agency Habitat

Madison is a Brand Manager at Agency Habitat. She is passionate about enhancing the brand-to-customer relationship through strategic planning and creative applications, specifically when it comes to social media. She recently graduated from TCU where she participated in the National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC) and placed 2nd in the nation for her Tinder campaign.

During her 2 post-grad years, she volunteered with AAF Fort Worth & started Ad 2 Fort Worth. While serving on the AAF board she realized the opportunity to re-engage students & younger members. She has been collaborating with AAF District 10, & Ad 2 National to start an Ad 2 chapter. Ad 2 Fort Worth is being voted on in late November and Madison will be the incoming President.

Patrick Aaron Russell

Associate Director Search

TRUth Advertising

In 2020, Patrick joined TRUth Advertising & now serves as Associate Director of Search. Patrick has the distinct honor of working alongside digital marketing superstars Alex Habib & Aaron Ross in developing & executing paid search strategies for consumer brands around the world. Since joining the Search Team in Q2 of 2020, they have driven strong results & fostered meaningful partnerships that contributed to a more-than-15x increase in media spend on Google per quarter.

Patrick considers himself fortunate to continue developing his marketing & comms skills under the tutelage of Strategic Planning Director Melissa Modersohn, Media VP Alice Ovadia, & CEO Yousef Kattan. TRUth’s Search Team has won DFW Interactive Marketing Association’s Most Innovative Search Campaign 2 years running. Past & present clients include (but are not limited to): TGI Fridays, Pollo Campero, Liberty Tax, SMU, Dr Pepper, McDonald’s, Coors Light, Jack Daniel’s, & Ford.

Sarah Sims

Account Executive

Plot Twist Creativity

Sarah is a brand manager at Plot Twist Creativity, where she works on the H-E-B, Favor, Raising Cane’s, and Witte Museum accounts. She also enjoys being highly involved in agency events and culture.

A born-and-raised Longhorn, Sarah graduated from The University of Texas in 2020 from the comfort of her living room. Before joining Plot Twist, she worked as an Account Manager at Unrivaled Group, an Austin-based agency where she gained experience in the fintech and entertainment industries. Still fairly new to Dallas, Sarah is learning her way around the city and how to be a hockey fan.

Sonya Naderi

Marketing and Public Relations Specialist

Dallas Children's Advocacy Center

Sonya Naderi is a Marketing and Public Relations Specialist with over 7 years of experience. With her constant desire to innovate, Sonya draws from her background in digital marketing to drive positive results and expand organizational reach. She combines her love of marketing with her passion for progression to raise awareness for nonprofits in Dallas County. Sonya earned her B.S. in Integrative Studies (Marketing, Communications & Journalism) from the University of North Texas.

Stanton Cross

Senior Account Executive

The Marketing Arm

Stanton Cross is currently a Senior Account Executive at The Marketing Arm where he oversees B2B organic social media on its cyber security account, Palo Alto Networks. Beyond working on the day-to-day client business, Stanton is also involved in cultural initiatives for TMA, most recently organizing and leading a Pride Happy Hour and trivia event.

Prior to his time at TMA, Stanton worked at TracyLocke where he managed multiple field marketing campaigns for T-Mobile, Metro by T-Mobile, and Sprint.

Taylor Sexton

Partnership Director

Richards Partnership Marketing

As Partnership Director, Taylor has played a key role in the negotiation, execution, and valuation of over $300M in sponsorship agreements connecting client brands to the world’s top sports and entertainment properties. He has been instrumental in leading some of the biggest partnerships in the agency’s history: between Choctaw Casinos & Resorts and the Texas Rangers – soon to be the largest agreement linking a tribal nation to a team in MLB history; between Cache Creek Casino Resort and the Golden State Warriors, between Credit One Bank and the WWE, and between Go RVing and the X Games, to name a few.