Strategy & Creative Team
Marie Brewer Powell
CEO / Brand & Creative Director
Marie has more than 18 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.
After graduating, Becky began her career in graphic design, but working directly with clients quickly led her to an offered position in pre-press technology. Realizing how much she enjoyed working with people, Becky decided to pivot to commercial printing sales when she was offered a position with Hederman Brothers Printing in Ridgeland, Mississippi. Becky built and managed a book of business that included servicing accounts such as LSU Athletics, Our Lady of the Lake RMC and Walk-On's Enterprises. After over 20 years of selling print, Becky is excited to return closer to her design roots! She is able to bring what she has learned throughout the years in printing account management to help clients and grow business.
Born to Cuban parents in New Orleans, LA, Cristina was destined to be passionate, creative and a hard worker. As a self-taught web developer and graphic designer with a degree in advertising from Louisiana State University, Cristina has been able to bring together her love for design and communication to help clients find digital solutions for their businesses that are both beautiful and effective in the busy online marketplace. As a strategic thinker and digital director for Brew, Cristina has worked with clients large and small, local and international, to develop strong digital strategies and stunning visual solutions. Her work includes brand and digital advertising, managing the build out of our award-winning websites and managing our SEO, SEM and social media teams – coordinating with them to ensure digital marketing success. She works side-by-side with our account and project managers to ensure timely delivery of all materials and quality output of all websites and digital marketing campaigns.
Media Director & Buyer
Strategic media and marketing professional with extensive years of experience including media buying, media agency management, marketing partnership negotiations and management, strategic planning, cross functional leadership, relationship building and project management. Skilled people manager with ability to lead and inspire others. Expert multi-tasker who thrives in a fast environment. Extensive experience with Coca-Cola marketing partnerships including Six Flags, NCAA Final Four, Simon Malls, and iHeartMedia Sprite Lounge. Loyal, collaborative, and will not stop until the job is done.
Front-end Website Developer
Michael is a front-end web developer, who began coding when he was young, making websites for his favorite Pokemon. He held a few different tech jobs early in his career before finding his passion in web development. Earning a degree in Entertainment Technology (Associate of Applied Sciences) began his development journey. After finding work in the advertising industry as a developer, Michael grew a love for helping local businesses reach their business goals by increasing their web presence with beautiful, responsive websites. At Brew, Mike continues his work by leveraging the web and technology to increase our clients’ digital reach and footprint.
Senior Graphic Designer / Video Editor
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.
Graphic Designer / Illustrator
Meghan has always had a passion and talent for art and drawing, which motivated her in her pursuit of graphic design. She visited London during a spring intermission to visit studios and other graphic designers which only fueled her desire to be successful in this field. She graduated from the highly-respected graphic design program at Louisiana State University, and continues to learn and grow her skills while working at Brew. She is eager to provide clients with a design that reflects their mission and vision, and to also provide them with original and high-quality work.
Project Coordinator / Digital Marketing Specialist
Chelsea graduated Cum Laude from Louisiana State University in 2018 with a degree in Mass Communication and concentration in Digital Advertising. Once she got into her major, she realized she not only had a knack for advertising, but business as well, which led her to also pursue a Minor in Business. Chelsea was also on the LSU Women’s Soccer team for 4 years and captain her senior year. Her soccer mentality led to her drive for success and leadership within her work at Brew. Chelsea has more than 2.5 years of experience in digital media. In 2015, she managed social media and publications for LS International, a professional services firm specialized in the fields of executive search, career and leadership consulting. She is very optimistic to learn more about the ever-changing digital media and all that it entails. When Chelsea is not in the office, she is probably traveling with her family and friends. She has traveled to over 24 countries with hopes to see as much of the world as she can. Chelsea's passion for travel and experiencing other cultures has greatly influenced not only her outlook in life, but also her approach to work and client relationships.
Production Coordinator / Bookkeeper
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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Principal at Performance First Digital / Director of Digital Media
Krista Pouncy-Dyson is the face of entrepreneurship in New Orleans. For 17 years, she was an advertising sales leader at NOLA.com and The Times-Picayune. She had been part of the advertising engine that helped NOLA.com build on the epic growth in audience size and client base following Hurricane Katrina. "I evacuated to Atlanta after the storm," Mrs. Pouncy-Dyson says. "Back then, the largest Louisiana companies were trying to contact their employees who had scattered. They needed them back at work. So a lot of them desperately needed their ads in the newspaper and online. For me, it meant being on the phone around the clock selling and managing accounts even when we didn't know what was going on with our home and neighborhood." In 2008, the New Orleans Ad Club noted her contribution to boosting the local adoption of Internet advertising with an ADDY award for the top digital salesperson of the year. (Source: adclubnola.com/awards/ad-persons/) But in the past couple of years, it hasn't been NOLA.com or some other media brand she's been building up; it's been her own. In January 2016, she launched her agency, Performance First Digital. "So many companies needed a solid partner who could help them strategize across all of their media and marketing efforts — not just print and digital. Performance First Media is all about helping marketers make themselves more visible to their target audience and getting the most out of what they're spending." In the short time since the firm's launch, Mrs. Pouncy-Dyson has attracted a vast array of clients, including East Jefferson General Hospital, Baton Rouge Community College, Multicultural Tourism Network, and her firm handles digital campaign fulfillment for The New Orleans Advocate. Mrs. Pouncy-Dyson is an active member of several organizations, including the New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network, The Algiers Economic Development Foundation, and the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce. She currently serves on the Board of Directors Executive Committee for the Regional Black Chamber of Commerce providing leadership for a variety of the organization’s activities including Media relations. She also is a Board member for the Algier's Economic Development Foundation. Her key strengths and competencies include; Highly adept in creating and applying processes and practices that raise campaign effectiveness. Mrs. Pouncy-Dyson has a keen knowledge of print, outdoor, broadcast, and digital media strategy best practices. She exhibits excellent project management and execution with an emphasis on attaining client goals and objectives. Ms. Pouncy -Dyson is Google AdWords certified and has successfully attended Cardinal Path’s Google Ad Words and Google Analytics courses. Mrs. Pouncy-Dyson holds a B.S. degree in Communication from Xavier University. She attended graduate school at the University of Alaska with a focus in Public Administration and is a 2018 graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10K Small Business program.
Principle at Creative English / Copy Writer
Since 2003, Jeff English has acted as principal and founder of Creative English Communication Consultants, which specializes in strategic communications planning and execution. Jeff earned his degree in advertising in 1990 and spent 13 years employed with some of the region’s top advertising, public relations and design firms. Over his career he has worked with such clients as NAPA Auto Parts, Bank One, Hancock Bank, Louisiana State University, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, McDonald’s, Mississippi Power, Baton Rouge Area Foundation and more, as well as a variety of state agencies. At Brew, Jeff assists our creative team with content strategy and development, creative campaigns and copywriting.