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Brunner Reinforces Management Ranks with Promotion of 14
With emphasis on Creating Powerful Ideas for Business and Life agency announces new roles

Pittsburgh (July 22, 2019) – As the marketing industry shifts, so do the asks of the people behind the scenes. Being nimble, flexible and agile are merely table stakes. Instead, leaders advancing marketing are those who complement the aforementioned attributes with a mindset focused on heart, attitude and collaboration. And fortunately Brunner has that sort of talent in droves.

“We’re delighted to announce the promotion of 14 employees from all areas of the organization. As we approached the midyear mark, we recognized the strides made in 2019, many of which are due to the talent, fierce dedication and commitment of our people,” said Michael Brunner, CEO and Chairman. “These employees bring to life our ethos and will continue to cultivate a better future for our clients, cities and industry.”

Recent promotions include:

  • Chrissy Lynn has been promoted to Associate Director, Operations

o   Chrissy has played an integral role in the development and rapid growth of Performance Marketing at Brunner. She joined the agency three years ago, after nearly a decade in digital marketing, and has since been promoted from Operations Manager to Associate Director, Operations. In addition to her day-to-day responsibilities, she’s also part of the Lunch ‘n Learn committee focused on knowledge sharing and continued education.

  • Matt Cancilla has been promoted to Associate Director, Data Management

o   With a background including both agency and client-side, Matt has leveraged his expertise, and more than a decade of experience, as a senior leader within Performance Marketing. Promoted from Database Operations Manager, Matt will lead the agency’s growing data management capabilities while also collaborating with Data Science to build upon the agency’s analytics abilities. He’s a graduate of Grove City College.

  • Ryan Bopp has been promoted to Senior Manager, Display

o   Fast approaching his four-year anniversary with Brunner, Ryan was promoted from Digital Account Manager to Senior Manager this year. With expanding accountabilities including a full swath of paid social media and digital display client responsibilities, Ryan continues to be a strong agency contributor building on his nearly seven years of digital marketing experience.

  • Luke Navickas has been promoted to Senior Manager, Search

o   After transitioning from a career as an educator at West Allegheny School District to digital marketing, Luke cut his teeth at a national search firm. After three years there, he joined Brunner in 2015 as a Search Account Manager focused primarily on lead generation, acquisition and SEO. He will maintain that focus in his new role. In addition to his position with Brunner, Luke is also a volunteer firefighter and youth soccer coach.

  • Justin Shaffer has been promoted to Senior Manager, Search

o   An addition to Brunner in late 2018, Justin was speedily promoted from Search Engine Marketing (SEM) Manager to Senior Manager, Search. In this role he is Brunner’s lead SEM expert providing strategic counsel and oversight to client activities. With more than six years of experience, he’s a graduate of Geneva College and works alongside his brother Adam who began his career with Brunner in January.

  • Nate Wachter has been promoted to Account Director

o   A tenured member of the Account Management team, and with nearly a decade of experience, Nate has been part of the Brunner family for almost seven years. His most recent promotion from Senior Account Manager to Account Director comes after a banner year during which he led key accounts, contributed to the growth of the Atlanta office and continued to demonstrate leadership. He’s a member of the Atlanta Ad Club.

  • Brian Klingensmith has been promoted to People and Culture Manager

o   A member of the Shared Services team, Brian is now People and Culture Manager after coming to Brunner as a Human Resources Generalist in 2016. In this position, Brian is accountable for all activities facilitating the embodiment of Brunner’s core values: heart, collaboration and attitude. With past roles including positions with leading healthcare and financial organizations, Brian will celebrate his three year anniversary this fall.

  • Katie Collins has been promoted to Brand Engagement Manager

o   Katie first joined Brunner in 2013 as a Public Relations Consultant Freelancer. Quickly building a reputation steeped in success, she has been promoted three times in six years. She is now Brand Engagement Manager after most recently serving as a Brunner Social Media Strategist. In addition to her leadership within Brand Engagement, she’s also an avid traveler.

  • Brad Green has been promoted to Senior Visual Developer

o   Brad’s been a Consultant, a Programmer, a Developer and now, he’s a Senior Visual Developer. Part of the core BHiveLab team, he started with Brunner in 2017 as a Visual Developer after spending about six years on the client-side with companies including national retailers, gaming companies and financial institutions.

  • Michael Rohn has been promoted to Application Developer

o   After spending several years in consumer-facing positions with major tech retailers, Michael joined Brunner two years ago. After completing training with Coding Dojo, he applied his experience and skills as a JuniorApplication Developer. This year, his achievements were recognized with a promotion to Application Developer.

  • Amy DePalma has been promoted to Visual Developer

o   With background in digital and traditional design, Amy applied her strengths, vision and passion to a variety of Brunner client projects over the past three years. During her almost 10 year career, Amy has spent time with public companies, design firms and now with Brunner’s Digital Experience group. A Slippery Rock University grad, Amy was promoted from JuniorVisual Developer to Visual Developer.

  • Emily DeShantz has been promoted to Producer

o   Emily honed her early career skills on production sets for TV shows and movies. She then harnessed that experience in roles with Brunner including New Business Coordinator during which she supported pitches and new client onboarding. Since 2016, she has been promoted three times including Broadcast Business Affairs Manager, Associate Producer and now Producer.

  • Kailey Hazlett has been promoted to Talent Acquisition / Office Administrator

o   Hired as an Agency Services Coordinator in 2016, Kailey demonstrated an immediate and innate understanding of the agency’s functions. This resulted in a move into a Junior Project Manager role in 2017 and then Executive Assistant / Agency Services Specialist in 2018. Most recently she’s been promoted to Talent Acquisition / Office Administrator and is a member of the American Marketing Association.

  • Jordan Mitrik has been promoted to PR and Content Senior Specialist

o   Jordan came to Brunner in the midst of one of the agency’s busiest seasons as a 2017 intern. Within months he was promoted to Junior Content Creator, then PR Specialist and now PR and Content Senior Specialist leading key agency accounts. Named PRSA Pittsburgh’s 2019 Rising Star, he’s also a member of the chapter’s executive board and volunteers each year with The Pitch.


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Brunner is an independent marketing agency that creates powerful ideas for business and life. The firm operates at the confluence of Creativity, Data Science and Technology.