Curiously Loyal

Baggers are talented. Hardworking. And seriously curious. Get to know us.

Mark Pugh

Chief of Staff

What's in my bag?

“You won’t have to look very far into my bag to find a plan and maybe a process or two. Besides having a plan for most everything, I enjoy competition, and my blood bleeds a nice shade of orange.”

During the past nine years, Mark has become a Bagger legend of sorts. Not just an all-around nice dude, he is also a logistical genius. He has conquered roles in technology consulting, logistics, project management and operations for several Fortune 500 companies, such as Kimberly-Clark, BellSouth and Macy’s, during the last 25 years—which is great for us since he coaches Brown Bag’s leaders and supports our strategic plans and programs. Mark graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science, Logistics and Transportation from the University of Tennessee and received a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University.

Outside of Brown Bag, Mark can be found dating his wife, hanging out with his daughters and working with church leaders. He is also an avid sports enthusiast and loves any game that involves strategy.

Lindsey Lynes

VP, Operations

What's in my bag?

“All the (cool) mom things, a quick laugh, an old school calculator, a professional book or two, and a stubborn refusal to fail.”

The only thing larger than Lindsey’s role at Brown Bag is the size of her heart. Coupling her enthusiasm with her deep concern for the people around her, she is a driving force that keeps Brown Bag moving forward on the winding road of success. As our VP of Operations, Lindsey provides operational leadership, strategy and vision to ensure Brown Bag is not only a top-notch place to work, but that it also runs at optimal efficiency. She’s behind the scenes, ensuring our people have what they need to bring their A game every day, and she’s out front, leading the charge to take our business to the next level. With Brown Bag since the beginning, Lindsey is responsible for all financial and office operations, professional development, talent acquisition strategy, project management, the pursuit of unbridled fun around the office, and most importantly, taking care of our greatest asset—our people.

Lindsey was also instrumental in getting Vetlocity, a sister company of Brown Bag, up and running. A graduate from the University of Georgia, Lindsey enjoys college football, brunch, Netflix marathons, traveling, and spending time with her husband and two little men.

Billy Derby

VP, Client Services

What's in my bag?

“I travel light with just a toothbrush and Tums, so I can take advantage of any opportunity that arises, and have the medicine to recover from the ride."

Hailing from the great state of Texas, Billy’s contribution to clients is as outsized as his native state. Whether it’s strategy or creative problem solving, we can always count on Billy. He fearlessly leads our Client Services team, making sure we exceed expectations in every way. He’s the guy everybody wants on their side. Before Brown Bag, Billy worked in sales and marketing at Pfizer, Inc., and graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Chemistry.

Outside of work, Billy enjoys live music, hiking, driving fast cars, and being silly with his kids.

Sela Missirian

VP, Marketing and Business Development

What's in my bag?

"I have a fantastic social network and loads of curiosity and creativity to help people solve their marketing problems!"

Sela Missirian describes her role at Brown Bag in three words: sales and strategy. Anyone else would tell you she’s a quick-thinking, problem-solving, semi-omnipotent master strategist. Sadly, that title doesn’t fit on normal-sized business cards so her working title is VP, Marketing & Business Development. Before Brown Bag, Sela worked for several dynamic companies including S1 Technologies, Autodesk (formerly 3D/EYE), Moxie (formerly Engauge Digital) and Brown Bag. Yes, we said Brown Bag. After several years apart, Sela is back home and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Now, who’s crazy for not touching anything in her office since she left?

Sela graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Design from Cornell University. Her list of achievements include the pioneering of social media with big name-brands like AT&T and Food Lion, lecturing on digital marketing at Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business, working in Europe and Asia, earning a Certificate of Wines from the French Culinary Institute and a flair for Armenian cooking handed down from her mother. She also enjoys traveling and blogging about the good life.

 

Jerry Lewis

VP, Creative

What's in my bag?

"A competitive nature is in my bag. I'm a very involved, hands-on kind of guy who would rather be an active participant than sit on the sidelines and watch. This is evident at my job. And it's the experience I've gained by working with great people for many years."

Working on multiple projects while being in several places at once may seem impossible, but not for Jerry Lewis. Although he’s never admitted to having been cloned, how else do you explain his ability to successfully lead a creative department, attend countless meetings, field thousands of emails, teach design classes and coach about a dozen different sports? Okay, we’re not sure how he does it either, we’re just glad he does. During his tenure as a Creative Director, Jerry has worked on big name clients like Pfizer, Allergan, Bridgestone Sports, Precept, Carvel Ice Cream, E-Z-GO, and Piccadilly Cafeteria to name a few. He has also received ShowSouth, Addys, CTAM Awards and has had his work featured in Communication Arts and PRINT.

One glance into Jerry’s office is all it takes to realize he’s a huge Gator fan, which makes sense considering he graduated from the University of Florida (which also helps explain his love of jean shorts and tank tops. Just kidding, he would never wear a tank top.) Jerry is also an esteemed graduate of the Portfolio Center where, as mentioned before, he teaches design. Outside of work, he is a devoted husband and dad as well as an amazing golfer.

Doug Brown

President, Founder

What's in my bag?

Doug Brown? He’s not some faceless figurehead hiding in an office or out on a golf course. He’s always here and he’d love to talk your head off about what Brown Bag Marketing can do for your company’s growth. Or point out an article he just read about your industry. Or gab about marketing in general. Better grab a chair.

Doug comes from a business background. This is one of the many reasons he can relate to you and your company’s needs so well. He sets strategy and combines it with his extensive sales and marketing skills as well as an entrepreneurial spirit. The result? Effective marketing strategies that help build your business. Imagine that.

His track record of building and leading successful marketing teams (from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies) speaks for itself. And when Doug started Brown Bag in 2002, he had clients already lined up to jump on board with his new venture.

Kristen Corley

Content Marketing Manager

What's in my bag?

“My phone so I can Google on demand, a novel to keep the creativity flowing and a game to have fun and connect!”

When it comes to marketing, they say content is king. Here at Brown Bag, we say Kristen is queen of content marketing. She wears the crown with pride, making sure campaign content deliverables are on strategy, on brand and of the highest quality—every time. She’s practically a mind reader, anticipating our clients’ every content need with keen listening skills and a thoughtful approach. Prior to her coronation, Kristen spent over eight years marketing for technology startups and mentoring engineering and technology students at Southern Polytechnic State University. Before that, she earned a bachelor’s in science, communications and media studies from Kennesaw State University.

When she’s not perfecting content here at Brown Bag, you can find Kristen running a business that she started from scratch with her husband. She also loves spending time with her dog, going on hikes, floating down the Chattahoochee River and going to the gym.

Martha Lopez

Director, Learning and Development

What's in my bag?

“Pictures of my family, chapstick, some verve, a big imagination, optimism and a love of helping and collaborating with others.”

How do you know you’ve truly mastered something? You can explain it to someone else. How do you know you’re a true badass? You’re the Director of Learning and Development at Brown Bag. Oh—and you have a motorcycle license. That’s Martha, our resident wizard in all things training and instructional design.  Working across several teams at Brown Bag, she’s a connector and a collaborator who puts her heart and soul into everything she does. That includes a love for language, evidenced by her degrees in literature and French from Oglethorpe University.

When Martha’s not at work, you can find her outside—hanging out with her kids, hiking, mountain biking, dirt biking and taking lots of pictures. If she absolutely MUST be inside, she’s doing hot yoga or going to the movies.

Elizabeth Roos

Account Coordinator

What's in my bag?

“My bag is filled with a pen of every of color, three different snack options, a small multi-use tool kit, a game of travel Yahtzee, and … oh wait … I had to take that out because my bag was over the weight limit! Needless to say, I'm ready for anything life throws at me.”

No two days look alike for Elizabeth. She wears many hats to support the client services team, and rumor has it, she can switch them out using only her mind, just like Eleven from Stranger Things. She honed her mental powers at Washington and Lee University with a bachelor’s in art history. Prior to Brown Bag, she worked as an intern for Camp Twin Lakes, a local non-profit, and Tribe Inc., an internal communications agency.

When Elizabeth’s not running around our Buckhead office, you can find her hitting the pavement for half marathons, hiking, hanging out with friends and family, or checking out the latest exhibit at the High Museum.

Laura Riley

Senior Copywriter

What's in my bag?

“I have my phone, comb, wallet, body spray and lipstick. I like to keep things organized, uncluttered and necessary—just like in my writing.”

Laura’s teammates describe her as flexible, which comes in handy when she’s speaking on behalf of our clients. Her impressive accomplishments in communications begin with a degree in journalism and include publication in the Wall Street Journal CIO Corner. Ever curious, Laura puts her master’s in Technical Communications to work every day, researching and writing about tomorrow’s technologies … and giving us all a sneak peek into the future.

When she’s not using her keen eyesight to spot new tech trends, Laura enjoys gardening, decorating, family, long walks and time with a Brown Bag specialty—pets!

Mary Graddy

Associate Project Manager

What's in my bag?

“Multiple shades of lipstick, colored pens, peanut butter and a bottle opener, because I'm all about style and efficiency.” 

Calm, cool and collected, it’s safe to say Mary knows a thing or two about staying on track. Case in point—she once hiked eight national parks in 14 days. At Brown Bag, she forges a path for her teammates amidst the ever-changing, exciting chaos of projects and assists with the day-to-day management of accounts. She first honed her powers of concentration at Georgia State University, where she completed a degree in Business Marketing. Prior to Brown Bag, Mary kept things running at our sister company, Vetlocity, as Manager of Business Operations.

When she’s not making sure we meet our deadlines, you can find Mary conquering more of the great outdoors. Or, if it’s raining, she’ll be channeling her inner artist by coloring, or hitting up the latest new restaurant around town. 

Hannah Ryan

Concierge

What's in my bag?

“I carry a backpack so I can keep my hands free for whatever life throws my way. It’s roomie, but I only carry the absolute essentials: my planner, a hair tie, gum and chapstick.”

Concierge-extraordinaire, Hannah is equal parts frontline defense. Bagger wrangler. And leader of the welcoming committee. Under her watchful eye, Brown Bag runs like a well-oiled machine. Prior to Brown Bag, Hannah worked her way through school, earning her degree in Communications from Augusta University.

When Hannah isn’t keeping our office from spiraling out of control, you can find her cooking for friends and family, sipping on wine and margaritas (never simultaneously, of course) or watching a foreign film.

Rosie Seagraves

Senior Copywriter

What's in my bag?

“I always have a Moleskine, tattered coffee receipts and candy wrappers. All equally a part of the writing process.”

Rosie has a superpower for finding the right words. With quick wit and a keen eye, she is thorough and stylish, crafting everything from messaging strategy to creative deliverables. A true lover of language and research, Rosie holds her BA in English and Spanish from the University of Delaware, as well as her MA and PhD in Hispanic Literature from Vanderbilt University. She spent several years teaching Spanish and Portuguese at the collegiate and high school levels before joining our Brown Bag creative team, making her particularly skilled in wrangling people and words.
When Rosie isn’t creating killer short- and long-form content for us, you can find her playing with her pup Albus Dumbledore, hanging out with her husband, crushing her spin class, evolving her style or researching Queen Beyoncé.

Heather Mansfield

Senior Project Manager

What's in my bag?

"Only the necessities … Chapstick, hand sanitizer and a koozie."

Grace under fire and crazy organized are just the start of what make Heather Mansfield an awesome Senior Project Manager. She has the skills to ensure projects get done on time, under budget and beyond expectations. Before joining Brown Bag, Heather worked for Hodes, Huge, VML and … Brown Bag. Yep, she is an official Boomeranger. Heather holds degrees in English and Communications from Florida State University.

When she isn’t keeping us in line at the office, Heather enjoys playing tennis, spending time with her husband and daughter, sipping great wine, drinking hoppy beers and dreaming of her next beach trip.

Allison Barkas

Executive Assistant

What's in my bag?

“My bag is always big and full of random, mostly useful things—like my planner and lipstick.”

As the right-hand gal to the head honcho, Allison brings her A-game every day. Organized. Reliable. And an endless source of positive energy. Allison is the epitome of grace under pressure. Known around the office for her sunny disposition and team-player attitude, Allison doesn’t just make life easier for Mr. Brown—she makes all of our lives easier. Allison holds a degree in Business Management from Florida State University and an MBA from Mercer University.

Outside of work, you can find Allison at a workout class, cheering on her Florida State Seminoles, hanging on the Beltline, shopping and snoozing away Sunday afternoons.

Shonna Bairos

Project Manager

What's in my bag?

“The essentials: my iPhone, Ray Bans and just the right amount of sarcasm.”

As a Florida Taekwondo State Champion, Shonna can whip just about anything into shape. Which is a good thing considering Brown Bag needs her to keep projects in line and on time. Startlingly honest, passionate and dedicated, she is an ass-kicker of all things. Prior to Brown Bag, she worked at our sister company, Vetlocity, as a Senior Operations Coordinator. Shonna holds a degree in Global Marketing from Troy University.

Outside of work, you can find Shonna at the gym, traveling on the weekend, and attending music festivals.

Cassidy Stallings German

Manager, People and Culture

What's in my bag?

“A big heart for loving, two large ears for listening, running shoes for taking action and just a little bit of pixie dust.”

Around the office, Cassidy is lovingly known as the helper of the people. As the Manager of Talent Operations, she uses her eye for amazing talent to spot, court and acclimate new Baggers. And she does it all with grace, poise and a bottomless well of enthusiasm. Before joining Brown Bag, Cassidy worked at our sister company, Vetlocity. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Georgia State University.

Outside of work, you can find Cass teaching fitness classes at a nearby studio, curled up with a fantasy novel or hanging with her husband, pup and girl squad.

Kirsten Humphreys

Jr. Software Developer

What's in my bag?

"A hard working, positive attitude with the uncanny ability to take whatever is thrown my way."

A resourceful and astute problem solver, Kirsten has never met a challenge she couldn’t handle. As our Jr. Software Developer, Kirsten is responsible for front-end development and QA testing. No matter the task, if Kirsten’s on the job, it’s as good as done. Kirsten previously worked at Marc Jacobs and graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design.

Outside of work, Kirsten enjoys searching for her next favorite restaurant, exploring new cities and spending time with her niece and nephews.

Nicole Baird

Senior Project Manager

What's in my bag?

“Coffee, and lots of it. A pack of gum for when I finish my coffee, Life Savers Gummies because everyone needs a sweet treat once in awhile, and a great ready-for-whatever-comes-my-way attitude!”

As a project lead, Nicole is the definition of grace under pressure, making sure projects remain in-scope, on-time and on-budget. With her trusted Starbucks always by her side, she helps develop and define project approach with ease, all the while facilitating constant communication between all departments and clients. Before Brown Bag, Nicole worked for Otis Elevator and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Georgia with a degree in Marketing.
Outside of work, Nicole loves traveling, exploring Atlanta, checking out new restaurants, concerts, and, of course, UGA football!

Kate Ray

Art Director

What's in my bag?

"I have an assortment of cameras to document everything around me, a library of resources to keep me up to date, a sketchbook to communicate ideas, and a bag of treats for the adorable paws that walk around the office."

Whether she’s diving into a project or searching for the best tacos in Atlanta, Kate doesn’t hold back in her daily pursuit of perfection. A team player with a positive attitude, Kate is great to work with and highly supportive of everyone around her. Before Brown Bag, Kate worked for an Atlanta healthcare marketing agency and graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a degree in Advertising.

Outside of work, Kate enjoys photography, printmaking, hiking, playing with her Aussie-Doodle (we are all obsessed with him), HGTV, and she is a taco and margarita connoisseur.

Annie Brown

Welcoming Committee/Motivator

What's in my bag?

"Treats, my fashionable purple leash, an antler to chew on, a gentle disposition … and always hoping for more treats."

Dedicated, passionate, and always willing to lend a helpful paw, Annie is a vital part of the Team. She’s always been best-of-breed (or breeds, in Annie’s case) when it comes to her job, whether it be sitting, staying, or greeting visitors. She takes great pride in being a champion catnapper and Brown Bag’s go-to motivator. Whether you’re looking for an afternoon pick-me-up or a mid-meeting break, a snuggle with Annie is just what the doctor ordered.

Outside of work, Annie enjoys elevator rides, chasing squirrels, long walks on the leash, sleeping, and hanging with her lab brother, Earl.

Lisa Long

Account Supervisor

What's in my bag?

“In my bag you will find laugher, kindness, a good sense of humor and an ‘always can do better’ attitude.”

Whether she’s running a marathon or providing stellar account management service, Lisa knows a thing or two about going the extra mile. A problem solver with a positive attitude, Lisa helps her clients meet their business goals while continuously providing opportunities for growth. Before Brown Bag, Lisa worked for Team One and Grey Worldwide Atlanta, and she graduated from Kennesaw State University with a degree in Communications.

Outside of work, Lisa enjoys tennis, running, boot camp, gardening, concerts, traveling and time with her family.

Kara Humphreys

Designer

What's in my bag?

"My bag has a pocket—a pocketful of sunshine!"

How do you communicate an idea without words? Easy. Hire Kara, give her a Mac, then sit back and be amazed at the visual fireworks she produces on a daily basis. Described as “short and sweet with lots of talent,” it’s easy to see why Kara has quickly become a Brown Bag favorite. Before Brown Bag, Kara worked for Turner Broadcasting. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Savannah College of Art and Design.

Outside of work, Kara enjoys kayaking in her pink kayak, watching Netflix with her cats, Henry and Luna, crocheting (when Henry isn’t stealing the yarn), thrift stores, antiques and ice cream!

Jason Kimbell

Account Director

What's in my bag?

“In my bag, you’ll find a bottle of Crystal hot sauce because, well, life can always use more spice. You will also find a couple of Red Bulls, a Sharpie and an iPhone. Finally, there’s a Tupperware container full of tenacity and passion for great work. Clients and coworkers dip into this all the time. I have a lot to share.”

Equal parts problem-solver and innovator, Jason has a passion for success, especially when it’s related to his client’s business. Whether he’s solving an issue, creating an opportunity or participating in a BBQ competition, Jason takes every challenge seriously and is determined to succeed both for himself and those around him. Before coming to Brown Bag, Jason worked on big accounts for ad agencies in Atlanta and New Orleans and graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Communications.

Outside of work, Jason enjoys anything that gets him outdoors, live music, books, all things BBQ, his family, college football, professional tennis and golf.

Danny Cashin

Director, Project Management

What's in my bag?

“I got rid of my old bag and have a new one. This one is focused on keeping things simple.”

Danny actually got his start at Brown Bag years ago as an intern and worked his way up through the ranks. After several years of impressive work, Danny took an extended lunch break and wasn’t seen for several years. We now know he was actually on a walkabout, gathering invaluable experience from various sources before returning as a full-fledged Senior Project Manager. As the ever-evolving guy he is, Danny continued his Bagger journey by becoming our Director of Digital Projects. Danny graduated with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Spring Hill College.

Outside of Brown Bag, Danny enjoys spending time with his wife, Mary (a former Brown Bagger) and their dog Lucia, watching the Braves, playing softball and messing around with his jeep.

Robert Mashburn

Director, Business Operations

What's in my bag?

“A chill pill. A big bottle of chill pills (enough to share). Life can be stressful, but only if you let it. The same goes for work. Bobby McFerrin had it right.”

Quiet yet engaging, precise but laid-back, Robert may seem like an enigma wrapped in a riddle but his mission is simple: help clients succeed and do it in a way that makes it enjoyable for everyone involved. We’re happy to report, he excels at doing exactly that. Prior to taking on digital marketing here at Brown Bag, Robert had a career in journalism, managing newspaper sports departments from Atlanta to Abu Dhabi, and a successful tour running the project management group for another local interactive firm.

Outside of work, Robert enjoys food, wine, books, music and travel.

Kelly Campbell

Business Development Manager

What's in my bag?

"My journal of quotes and ideas, a book, a snack, and some lip gloss because I like to do everything with an extra bit of style and sass."

Witty, intelligent, and up for any challenge, Kelly brings her enthusiasm to everything she does. Whether she’s planning her next trip or preparing for a new business pitch, she keeps her passion for helping people at the top of her list. Prior to business development, Kelly lead talent acquisition and still drops in the talent office from time to time. Before Brown Bag, Kelly was an Executive Recruiter for The Intersect Group. She graduated with a degree in Intercultural Studies of Business and French from Wofford College where she was also a member of the women’s soccer team.

Outside of work, Kelly enjoys spending time outdoors, adding stamps to her passport, reading, writing, and dancing—and she’s always up for a new adventure!

Kristin Gisi

Manager, People Operations

What's in my bag?

“Endless thoughts and countless alternatives to any problem that comes my way.”

Like the Great and Powerful Oz, Kristin busily works behind the curtain to ensure Brown Bag runs like a well-oiled machine. Unlike the Great Oz, Kristin is great with people, has a constant smile, a sunny disposition and is always eager to help in any way possible. Kristin graduated from Georgia College & State University where she majored in Marketing and minored in Management.

When she isn’t in the office, Kristin enjoys exercising, shopping, going to the beach and anything that involves the outdoors.

Rob Williams

Senior Application Developer

What's in my bag?

'Everything . . . it's a big bag!'

Although he describes his role as that of an Interactive Henchman, Rob is an affable curmudgeon whose role at Brown Bag is continuously expanding because he not only meets every challenge, he crushes them like an SEC team playing in the national championship. Before Brown Bag, Rob worked for Internet Gaming Inc., where he did UI design for online gaming. He also worked for Virtual Magic where he specialized in Web and Flash development. Rob has a degree from AIA in 3D Modeling and Animation and a degree from SPSU in Game Design and Development.

Outside of Brown Bag, Rob is into volleyball, old cars, and collecting lawn trolls.

Pauline Pellicer

Associate Creative Director

What's in my bag?

"A koozie, because I like to keep things fresh."

If you think of a graphic designer as somebody that creates pretty-looking things that make the world a better place, then Pauline completely agrees with you. You see, Pauline has been creating pretty things for some time now and even though we’re not sure of her global impact, she is certainly having a positive effect here at Brown Bag. Before Brown Bag, Pauline worked at Coastal Living Magazine, American Cancer Society, The Reynolds Group and Sellier Design. Pauline graduated with a Bachelors in Graphic Design from the University of Georgia.

Outside of work, Pauline likes touring Atlanta, checking out new restaurants, spending time with friends, cheering on her Bulldogs and anything involving sun and/or water. Her proudest moment was the time she went skydiving and lived to tell about it.

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