Chairman & Chief Creative Officer
Making great work—that’s what Berny had in mind when he started Brownstein Group in 1964. And it’s what he still expects of everyone who follows in his footsteps. As a native Philadelphian, Berny graduated from the University of the Arts with a dream of illustration. But after working on national campaigns at a global ad agency, he saw that fun, clever advertising could showcase clients in a whole new light. He got the bug, and the rest is advertising history. These days, when he’s not exhibiting his watercolors and oil paintings, he’s mentoring a new generation of smart, creative people to share in his passion. Fifty years later, he still believes that great advertising has the power to both move and inspire.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Marc has had a love affair with advertising since his first client meeting at the age of three. After graduating from Pennsylvania State University, he spent eight years as a copywriter in New York—mostly at Ogilvy & Mather—creating award-winning work for AT&T, American Express, Hershey Foods, Time Warner, and Campbell Soup Company. Marc returned to Philadelphia to join Brownstein Group as Executive Creative Director. A few years later, he was appointed President & CEO, and has since furthered the family business into a modern, brand-centric shop that prides itself on early innovation and a robust company culture. Under his leadership, the Agency has more than tripled in size, adding several blue-chip clients to its roster, including IKEA, Lincoln Financial Corp, Saint Gobain, Bimbo Brands, Comcast, AmeriGas, Microsoft, La Colombe, and United HealthCare. Outside of the Agency, Marc serves as special marketing advisor to Penn State University. He is also a director of Brockmans, a UK-based spirits company; an active member of the board of directors of the 4A’s; the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO); Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation; Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce; Chairs the Arts & Business Council; Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia; Philadelphia Film Festival; and Penn State University’s College of Communications. Marc speaks regularly before industry and professional groups, and is a blogger for Advertising Age.
Erin Allsman, APR
Erin Allsman is Brownstein Group’s first-ever Managing Director, overseeing the agency’s public relations, social media, branding and digital practices while also leading the agency’s long-term growth and specialization strategies. Allsman spent the last decade as BG’s head of Public Relations and Social Media, growing the department by 400 percent, launching the social media and content marketing practices and leading the agency to its first national PR and social media awards. She has worked on dozens of notable clients, including IKEA, GORE-TEX®, Saint-Gobain, Independence Blue Cross, Campus Apartments and the Philadelphia Auto Show, along with several architectural firms. She has been featured in PRWeek and PR News and as a speaker at the PRSA International Conference, PR News’ Digital PR Conference, among others. Earlier in her career Erin held PR positions in the interactive marketing, sports apparel, financial services and construction industries. Erin holds a BA in English from Dickinson College, an MA in Communication from the University of Delaware, and is formally accredited in the public relations field.
EVP, Chief Financial Officer & Operations
Carol loves to tend her garden, a devotion born from her passion for planting things in the earth and nurturing them to grow, to come to fruition. Carol brought her broad range of finance, human resource, operations and legal knowledge to Brownstein Group in March of 1998. Carol’s career path has included stops in industries such as banking, medical, software development, retail and advertising. Carol enjoys the creative environment that the agency world offers. It’s her constant support of and engagement in our creative work that allows the agency to grow, to come to fruition.
Director of Client Services
Terry Dukes is passionate about two things: family and advertising – in that order. Looks like we were made for each other. An industry veteran, Terry spent nearly 15 years leading brand teams at Young & Rubicam on clients such as KFC, DuPont, The Vanguard Group, and the US Army. She served a further 8 on the Executive Committee at Havas Worldwide, and led their global teams for ExxonMobil and Charles Schwab. Midway through her advertising career, Terry took a scenic detour into media where she served as Publisher for a group of community newspapers, magazines, and websites on the even more scenic West Coast of Florida. Her recent move to Philadelphia brings her closer to her family (Five children! Six siblings! Just the one husband…). It also makes her the newest member of our own.
Director of Public Relations
Laura Emanuel, APR
Laura Emanuel is Director of Public Relations at Brownstein Group where her responsibilities include department management, strategic planning for both the agency and clients, resource planning and staff development and new business. In her nine years at BG, she has become engrained in the architecture, design, real estate and construction industries and has strong relationships with national and regional media. Laura is also highly experienced in reputation management and crisis communications, frequently serving as the corporate spokesperson for her clients and providing messaging counsel to stakeholders. She graduated summa cum laude from Cabrini College, earning a BA in English and communications. In 2012, Laura earned her Accreditation in Public Relations (APR), the industry’s only post-graduate certification program. Laura has helped win over 30 Philadelphia PRSA Chapter awards and three national PR awards, including a PRSA Silver Anvil, PR Daily’s 2012 Media Relations Awards for “best response to breaking news” and PR News’ 2013 CSR Award for work on Saint-Gobain’s national community relations program with YouthBuild USA.
Human Resources Director
Good policies and even better people – that’s what it’s about for Melinda Ramos. And, with 18 years’ experience in HR, she knows a thing or two about what makes work work. Melinda began her career at Accenture, where she first fell in love with brand building. She then took her talent for talent to Healthcasts, LLC, where, as employee No. 4 and a member of the executive team, she hired more than 65 employees. Most recently, she was the HR Director at Sard Verbinnen & Co. in NYC before she decided to pack it all up and move to Philadelphia. Now, she continues to focus on the four P’s – people, policies, procedures and puppies. Her pup, Charlie, to be exact. She also loves travel, a good bourbon or cigar, as well as watching high-speed chases or zombie movies. In other words, she fits right in.
Director of Brand Strategy
At the center of Anne’s core is insatiable curiosity and a sharp business acumen. As the Director of Brand Strategy, this combination serves clients well as she works tirelessly to unearth the insights and strategies that will allow our clients’ brands to redefine categories, bond with their audiences, and, ultimately, increase sales. With over twelve years of experience in developing strategies for brands like IKEA, UnitedHealthcare, DuPont, and Comcast, Anne inspires her team to push their strategic rigor, go deep, and only emerge when they believe they’ve landed on a truly transformative insight. While Anne loves any good brand challenge, she’s especially taken by Talent Branding. You can find her speaking around the country to rooms full of HR and Marketing professionals about using their master brand to attract the best talent…and keep it! And if you really want to get her going, ask her about The Greatest Generation – Seniors. The first generation to feel truly invincible and defy the aging process is an agency specialty and a category near and dear to her heart. Prior to joining Brownstein, Anne served as the Director of Strategy and Analysis for a digital marketing agency that focused on connecting B2B brands. She also spent the first half of her career implementing customer acquisition programs for financial services institutions, including Citibank and Capital One.