In business, they say never open a pizza shop. In marketing, they say never open an agency, especially if you're still in college.
So naturally my senior year of college I launched an agency called Top Hat. Before long I was skipping classes to meet clients at our company's first office.
Seven years later, Top Hat is a sought-after design and marketing partner with offices in Pittsburgh and St. Petersburg, FL.
Our unconventional spirit has taken us to fun and interesting places. It even caused us to “Work for Beer” once. The campaign scored us countless awards — including (2) Silver Anvil Awards — and catapulted us into the beer industry. It also ultimately landed us the job rebranding one of Pittsburgh’s most-iconic brands — Iron City Beer.
My own unconventional spirit has taken me some interesting places as well. I've served as President of the PRSA Pittsburgh Chapter, the Pittsburgh PR Accreditation Director, and the PRSSA National Professional Adviser.
I’ve also helped manage other agencies, and have been a partner in various other businesses. Some past, some present, and some still to come.