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VOL. 129 | NO. 94 | Wednesday, May 14, 2014


Miller Named Partner at Signature Advertising

By Kate Simone

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Kevin Miller, creative director at Signature Advertising, has been named a partner at the Memphis-based agency. Miller joined Signature more than 10 years ago as a senior copywriter and has won numerous awards for creative excellence.


Hometown: Coralville, Iowa

Experience: Bachelor of Arts, Iowa State University; Master of Business Administration, Texas Christian University; held copywriting positions at Radio Shack (then Tandy) Corp., Witherspoon and others; hired as senior copywriter at Signature in 2002, was promoted to creative director and became a partner at Signature in 2014.

Family: Wife, Shauna, and three boys: Hudson, Catcher and Stanton

Favorite quote: “Best dad in the history of ever.” – Catcher Miller

Favorite movie: “Rushmore”

The sports teams you root for: Iowa Hawkeyes, Memphis Grizzlies

What’s playing on your stereo right now? Alabama Shakes, The Black Keys, U2, The Beatles, Spoon

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Tennis, travel, scouting and writing

What talent do you wish you had? I would love to plug in a Les Paul electric guitar and start playing like Jimmy Page.

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My dad. I remember him going to work early, coming home late and working weekends, but he always made time for us. He was able to accomplish his goals for our family and himself, without shortchanging anyone. It’s a great balancing act.

What’s changed at Signature since you started working there? In the 10 years I’ve been here, the whole industry has changed. Signature has been ahead of the curve in many ways, such as investing in the digital side of our business, finding cost efficiencies and remaining nimble. We wouldn’t still be here if that didn’t happen.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? My goal coming out of college was to find a job as a copywriter, earn a promotion to creative director and to one day own my own agency. I’m proud to have gotten as far as I have in my career, but my greatest accomplishment is one I didn’t foresee in college – meeting my wife and raising our three sons together.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Make sure your ideas are heard, but don’t forget to listen.


Brian Tisdale, director of account services at Signature Advertising, has been named a partner in the agency. Tisdale joined Signature more than 12 years ago as an account coordinator. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Memphis.

Rhodes College has awarded Teresa Beckham Gramm the Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Teaching. Gramm joined Rhodes in 1999 and is an associate professor in the department of economics. Katherine White has been awarded the Clarence Day Award for Outstanding Research and/or Creative Activity. White joined Rhodes in 2009 and is an associate professor in the department of psychology.


Allie Mounce has been promoted to lead designer at Second to Nunn Design. Mounce joined S2N Design a year ago as a designer and previously worked as a graphic design coordinator for The Orpheum Theatre.

David Wade, an attorney with Martin, Tate, Morrow & Marston PC, has been selected by MBQ magazine as a Power Player among Memphis lawyers in business litigation. Wade is a director and shareholder with Martin Tate and a member of the firm’s litigation section.

Cindy DeBardelaben has been named the new midday host for Classic Hits 94.1 KQK. DeBardelaben currently serves as Entercom Memphis’ director of marketing and will continue in that role.

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