Andria Brown has joined doug carpenter & associates llc as copywriter, responsible for creating concepts and copy for online, print, broadcast, direct mail and other forms of communication for client communication. Brown has more than 15 years’ experience as a professional writer and editor.
Hometown: Minnetonka, Minn., by way of Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Chicago
Education & Experience: Bachelor in English from Northwestern University; 15 years as a professional writer and 10 years providing independent public relations services with a background in technology, insurance, retail and the arts.
Family: Locally, my daughter Meredith, 9, my son Abraham, 5, and a large Memphis family-by-choice.
Favorite quote: “It is much more important to write than to be written about.” – Gabriel García Márquez
Favorite movies: “Out of Sight” and “The Commitments”
The sports team(s) you root for: Minnesota Twins and the Grizzlies; when it comes to NCAA, all my allegiances and animosities are in the Big Ten.
What’s playing on your stereo right now? Harlan T. Bobo, “Too Much Love”
Activities you enjoy outside of work: Making jewelry, reading, trying to find something on Netflix
What talent do you wish you had? I will never get over my fundamental inability to be a guitar-slinging singer-songwriter.
Who has had the greatest influence on you? Nearly everything I do, for better or worse, can be tracked in some way to my parents. I’m either following their example or conscious that I’m diverging from it.
What attracted you to doug carpenter & associates? I was drawn to the firm’s commitment to creativity and originality, both in their work and in the way they see Memphis. I was moving from an established corporate environment, so I was intrigued by the idea of joining an organization that was using decades of combined knowledge to create a fresh, distinctive entity.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? In 2005, I took over a retail store that catered to new mothers and had seen me through my own early motherhood. The store closed in 2008, but I’m still told by former customers how much it meant to them. I’m grateful that I had the chance to be of some use at such a critical time in their lives.
What do you most enjoy about your work? Every day, I’m excited to see what happens next. I think that’s the best sign that I’m in the right place.
If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? My dad always told me, “People live down to your expectations,” and I’ve found that to be very true. Set the bar so high that just grazing it means success. It’s really the reaching that matters.
Wilder Hubbard has joined doug carpenter & associates llc as director of creative implementation. Wilder will oversee production and fulfillment as well as manage quality control and brand guideline standards for all the agency’s clients.
Linda Bourgeois and Maryann Holman of the Travel Leaders agency at 6445 Poplar Ave. have been honored with a 2012 Travel Leaders Agency of Excellence award. The awards are presented to Travel Leaders franchisees based on their leadership and business success.
Larry Hilbun has been named Lifeblood board chairman. Hilbun previously served as the organization’s vice chairman and secretary of the board, as well as chairman of the Bartlett/Arlington/Lakeland volunteer donor council.
Wiseman Ashworth Law Group PLC, which operates a Memphis office, has received a first-tier ranking in the 2012-2013 U.S News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” ranking in both the medical malpractice and personal injury litigation defense categories.
Chad Green has joined the Cordova office of Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. as a financial adviser. Green will help clients plan for financial goals through personal, long-term financial planning relationships.
SRVS has won a gold MarCom Award in the publications-brochure category. MarCom Awards honor outstanding achievements by marketing and communications professionals.
The Greater Memphis Chamber communication and programming team has won three MarCom Awards: The Chamber’s website won a platinum award; and the Chamber Beat Weekly e-newsletter and Memphis Crossroads Magazine: Young Memphis 2012 each won a gold award.
The Southwest Tennessee Community College Communications and Marketing Department has won 15 MarCom Awards. They include platinum awards for Southwest Now TV Show (culinary arts) and advertising photography (culinary arts); gold awards for the 2011-2012 catalog, Southwest Now Magazine fall 2011 issue, 2010-2011 Foundation annual report, design web/web graphics (Softball at Buckhead), special event marketing (Dress to Impress), mobile website, magazine ad (Your Best Choice registration) and the “Southwest Showcase” video; and honorable mentions for television campaign (I Chose Southwest alumni testimonials), design web/web graphics (Southwest Idol), website, outdoor media billboard and outdoor media bus kings.