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VOL. 130 | NO. 210 | Wednesday, October 28, 2015


O’Brien Joins Sullivan’s Creative Team

By Kate Simone

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Chris O’Brien has joined Sullivan Branding’s creative team as group creative director. In this role, O’Brien specializes in the design, development, and implementation of creative campaigns. He’s also responsible for overseeing the agency’s creative operations and product.

Hometown: Memphis

Experience: I attended Washington & Lee University and have a B.A. in European History, which means I have a lot of useless knowledge about the Habsburg Dynasty. I also spent a fair amount of time in the journalism department, working at the radio station. This would eventually lead to a career in the advertising industry. For the past 17 years, I’ve worked for ad agencies as a copywriter and creative director to help create memorable advertising for clients of all sizes across the country. For the last five years, I’ve been in Memphis.


Family: Is this where single people with no children usually list their dog? Well, I don’t have a dog. So I’ll say my MacBook Pro.

Favorite quote: “I hope someday we will be able to put away our fears and prejudices and just laugh at people.” – Jack Handy

Favorite movie: Three-way tie: “Fargo,” “Goodfellas,” “Pulp Fiction.”

What’s playing on your stereo right now? The Pharcyde, “Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde”

Activities you enjoy outside of work: Watching Z-bounds, cutting it up on the ones and twos, running, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, HBOing

What talent do you wish you had? I wish I had the ability to beatbox like Doug E. Fresh.

Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My dad. He’s been a great role model and always supported me, especially when I needed it the most. Like when I dropped out of graduate school. And that time I dropped out of law school. Oh, and that other time I dropped out of law school. But with his guidance, I eventually discovered a fulfilling career in advertising. And with his encouragement, I pressed on even when times seemed bleak.

What attracted you to Sullivan Branding? Sullivan Branding is one the most-respected advertising agencies in the region. The opportunity to utilize all my skills and talents to lead the creative department and help them do the best work possible was tough to pass up.

What do you most enjoy about your work? Working with clients who recognize the importance of great advertising and know that the safe option is a guarantee for failure.

If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? Learn to drive a stick shift. It’s more fun, more economical, and your friends won’t ever ask to borrow your vehicle.

Sullivan Branding’s account service team has added account manager Alayna Brown, and account coordinator Helena Kooi. These team members work directly with clients in order to plan, develop and implement branding and marketing strategies.


Whitney Rosenblatt has joined Vaco Memphis as an executive recruiter for Vaco Logistics, responsible for recruiting and placing Memphis-area logistics professionals in a variety of management roles. Prior to joining Vaco, Rosenblatt was a staffing coordinator at Williams-Sonoma Inc.

State Systems Inc. has added three employees to its Memphis team. Mark Walker Brown, hired as marketing director, previously served as the instructor support liaison for the Brigham Young University Independent Study program. Jeremy C. Jones, who holds a dual role as sprinkler designer and sales representative, formerly designed fire sprinkler systems for Security Fire Protection’s contracts department. Chad Dunlap Farr, hired as an account executive, previously worked as a Realtor for Crye-Leike.


United Housing Inc. has promoted Priscilla Reed to lending manager and hired Nadia Aguirre as assistant loan processor. Reed most recently was special projects coordinator working to rebuild the Lending Department. Aguirre previously served as a financial counselor with Financial Counselors of America for eight years.

Lindsay Dotson has joined Eclectic Eye as office administrator for its Midtown and Collierville stores. Dotson previously lived in San Diego and Portland, Ore., where she worked as an office manager, purchasing manager and accounts payable assistant.

Karen Forrest, a brokerage consultant for Agency Services Inc., has been awarded the Charted Life Underwriter professional designation from The American College, Bryn Mawr, PA. Forrest has more than 20 years’ experience in the insurance industry.

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