Brew Top 10 Marie Powell

Want to learn more about the people behind the Brew? This new blog series will give you the answers to the most important questions (and some not-so-important questions) you may want to ask a creative. This week, we’re chatting with Marie, our creative director.


Where did you grow up?

Originally in Baton Rouge, LA where my early childhood years were rooted in the south. At 9 years old, I moved to Portland, OR which gave me a whole new perspective on the world, but ultimately my love for my husband and our southern culture brought me back to the south.

What do you do for fun?

Travelling, painting, being outdoors, experiencing new places, good friends, meeting new people and generally just being on-the-go. With life centered around my family, faith and work, I have a hard time finding any spare time. I really just enjoy anything that keeps me active, and spending time with my husband Brian and two boys Kaden and Kyson.

Did you always want to be a business owner?

Not really! I found my first love for art and design in my early college years, and I knew I wanted to find a career that would be creative. Graphic design and advertising were just the beginning. Owning an agency was something I dreamed about, but never realized how possible it would really become.

What’s your favorite brew (beer/tea/coffee)?

Tin Roof Turnrow

What’s your top Core Value and why?

Family! BREW would not exist if it wasn’t for the importance of family. As a working wife and mother, I had struggled in the past to find a balance between family and career. When I started my freelance business, I was looking forward to setting my own hours so I could be there for my family when they needed me. This lifestyle change reinvigorated both my career and my creativity. With a newfound passion for happiness and work/life balance, I knew there were others out there who might be searching for the same. This became the driving force behind the non-traditional agency model for Brew.

Favorite local lunch spot?

Fresh Market

What’s one fact about yourself that most people would be surprised to hear?

I would consider myself an accomplished fire builder.

Which fictional character (tv show, movie, or book) do you most identify with?

Elastigirl from The Incredibles. Flexibility is very important to our work process at Brew. We are constantly pushing ourselves to exceed the expectations of our clients and find new and innovative ways to deliver. As a working mom, I can definitely relate Elastigirl in my efforts to keep up with kids and family along with my work. Constantly stretching in various directions just to keep up!

What’s your ideal birthday celebration?


Who do you want to be when you grow up (who do you look up to)?

I’ve always looked up to my dad for advice on business, life and parenthood. Raising me on his own through my teenage years and beyond… his patience, humor, and intelligence still inspire me every day.


Check back next week for more from our Top 10 series. Cheers!

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