Strategy & Creative Team
Marie Brewer Powell
Principal / Brand Strategist / Creative Director
Marie has more than 17 years of branding, design and advertising experience that ranges from developing multi-media advertising campaigns to creating high-powered designs for national brands. Her background extends 2500 miles across the country from Baton Rouge, LA all the way to Portland, OR. Over the course of her career, Marie has worked her way up the creative ladder from graphic designer to art director, creative director to brand strategist and now agency owner - and most importantly wife and mom. She has received dozens of awards for her creativity from the American Advertising Federation over her career. BREW was founded in 2010 by Marie to provide clients with strategic and creative communication materials that help to identify their brands and grow their businesses. Marie is on a mission to build an inspiring work environment for family-centric people that supports flexibility, encourages mobility and ignites creativity.
Art Director / Front-End Web Developer
As a self-taught graphic designer with a degree in advertising from Louisiana State University, Cristina has been able to bring together her love for design and strategic communication to help clients find solutions for their businesses that are both beautiful and effective in the busy marketplace. With over 10 years of experience in design spanning both traditional and digital mediums, Cristina has had the opportunity to fill a variety of roles while continuously expanding on her skillset. Her passion for design stems from her background with local small businesses, and a desire to help real people find real solutions that help them make genuine connections with their clients. At Brew, Cristina has filled the role of art director and front-end web developer, and has worked with clients large and small, local and national, to develop strong creative concepts and stunning visual solutions. Cristina describes both her design aesthetic and approach as simple, modern, and streamlined, and loves being part of the process from concept to completion. Besides design, Cristina is passionate about good food and wine, fashion, beautiful paper goods, and of course, her family – husband Barrett, daughter Lyla, and son Royce!
Senior Graphic Designer
Katie began her career as a graphic designer in 2002 after graduating with a degree in Graphic Design from Southeast College of Technology. Throughout her 16 year career some of her clients have included Eatel, Gartner Films, Kayu Furniture, St. James Parish Hospital, Monkeys Amok Software Consulting and the Ascension Chamber of Commerce. Katie’s strengths are her work ethic and her keen eye for detail. She is 100% devoted to assisting her clients in an efficient, well organized manner by providing them with high quality work and solutions. Although her background is in print, she also specializes in web design. One of her most significant accomplishments include a 2007 Addy award for her work on a casino website. Katie achieved one of her life long goals in 2013 when she opened her own online store, Spark Design Studio, which she uses as an outlet for her creativity designing t-shirts with a local flair. In her free time she also has a huge passion for interior design. Her style is an eclectic mix of modern and vintage, with a little splash of bohemian. Katie is a free spirit who is grateful for the opportunity to do what she loves every day.
Account Manager / Digital Marketing Specialist
Originally from Baton Rouge, Presley graduated from LSU with a BA in Mass Communication with a concentration in public relations in 2013. After graduation, Presley held an Account Manager position at Search Influence in New Orleans, the largest online marketing agency on the Gulf Coast. As an Account Manager at this firm, she specialized in managing 150+ SEO, PPC & social media client accounts from various clients all across the country. Presley’s strong suit is strategizing and delivering customized online marketing campaigns, backed by the results to measure them. Proficient in Google Analytics and Google Search Console, she delivers a strong campaign strategy in the beginning, while ensuring it keeps performing indefinitely. For Brew, Presley provides customized digital marketing and SEO strategies for clients looking to gain better traction on search engines. She's responsible for auditing websites to provide areas of opportunity for SEO, including on-site, off-site, and local SEO, while also performing SEO deliverables and managing best practices for to Brew team to effectively implement.
Production Coordinator / Accounting
Tori Breen graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2013 and has found success by opening her own bookkeeping business, servicing clients in the Lafayette and Baton Rouge areas. She is organized, efficient and an integral part of the BREW team. Her young daughter and son keep her and her husband busy, but when she does have some down time, you can find Tori spending time with her friends and family, shopping, or fishing.
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Jacqueline Chen Valencia
Partner at Connective Agency / Director of Research & Insights
Jacqueline’s passion is identifying communications solutions to organizational challenges and enabling companies to capitalize on market opportunities, regardless of industry. She loves to learn about all types of businesses and help them connect with their employees, customers and communities. She spent the first half of her career learning everything about PR, branding and integrated marketing at Ogilvy, working with clients across the finance, technology, consumer goods and professional services sectors. She spent the second-half of her career in-house at awesome companies like Adecco (workforce solutions), Amedisys (healthcare) and Balfour Beatty (commercial construction). Jacqueline has a BA from New York University from the College of Arts and Sciences Communications School with honors in Journalism, and if someone paid her to go back to college she would go back to NYU in a heartbeat. She enjoys pretending to play tennis well, binge reading books, magazines and (gasp!) print newspapers, running (well, really jogging), practicing yoga, traveling, hiking and spending time outdoors with her family.
Manuel F. Valencia
Partner at Connective Agency / Director of Business Development
Manny is founder + partner at Connective Agency and is a MBA graduate of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He is a trained project manager and leadership/strategy consultant that approaches every interaction with a high degree of sensibility and sophistication. Manny is the kind of person that clients trust with their brands, and partners and teammates want to spend time with. He respects others, communicates honestly and operates with integrity all the time. Manny starts most days with an energy walk called the ‘hour of power’, using this time each day to figure out ways to best serve his clients and how to leverage his network and experience building, growing and operating early-stage, fast-growth business-to-business, professional service and consumer brand companies. He works alongside founders, owners, CEOs and executive committee members to grow companies from startup to sales acceleration to initial public offering. He also participates on several boards of directors for education-focused and community action non-profits.
Principal at Peak Media / Director of Media
Melissa Campbell is an award winning media professional with broad-based experience in traditional, digital, social, and mobile media. With over 18 years of experience, Melissa has spent the better part of her career devising media strategies that enhance the creative and elevate the brand. She understands that the most effective media strategy comes from a unique understanding of the brand and deep insight into the customer. Prior to launching her own business in 2007, Melissa honed her skills at one of the largest media agencies in the region and also built a name for herself on the station side working in TV, Radio and Digital media. Melissa’s experience working on both the station side and the agency side of the business brings an incredibly unique perspective that most media planners and strategists don’t possess. She understands the inner workings of the media entities because she’s been on both sides of the desk. As an additional arm to the Brew team, she's able to negotiate the most effective media campaigns while keeping the creative and marketing strategies in-line. Over the years she has earned vast experience encompasses successfully managing accounts in every major sector from automotive to medical, banking and beyond. Melissa makes a difference both in her work and in her personal life by staying actively involved with multiple charitable organizations. She focuses her efforts and energy on increasing funding and awareness to both Autism and Cancer. She loves food…Loves IT! She enjoys pretending she’s a chef, watching her beloved Tigers and Saints, and spending time with her husband and two boys.