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Meet some of our team members:

Claudia Brooks D'Avanzo

Claudia Brooks D'Avanzo is founder and president of Creative Communications Consultants, a marketing communications and public relations agency started in 1998 in Atlanta. With more than 25 years’ experience, she has designed national, award-winning programs in consumer and lifestyle marketing, hospitality, retail, travel, sports marketing, healthcare, B2B and non-profit. In 2008, the 10th anniversary of CCC, she created Altruistics, a practice specializing in marketing services for select non-profits.

Prior to starting her own agency, Claudia was a senior vice president for Fleishman-Hillard International Communications, where she worked for eight years. While at FH, she managed the consumer marketing and healthcare practices for the firm's Southeast headquarters office, running national accounts from that office. Before FH she was with Manning, Selvage & Lee and began her career working in public affairs for Lockheed Martin.

Claudia’s expertise covers strategic planning, program management, marketing communications, content marketing, experiential campaigns and special events, national promotions, media relations, social and digital campaigns, influencer alliances, grassroots marketing, and crisis/issues management. Her work has been honored with 10 Phoenix Awards from the Public Relations Society of America, four Gold/Silver Quill Awards from the International Association of Business Communicators and a President's Citation for Private Sector Initiatives.

A native of Marietta, GA., she attended Auburn University (War Eagle!), earning a B.A. in speech communications with a minor in journalism. She later received her M.A. degree in English from Georgia State University. She is a past chair of the PR Advisory Council for the Department of Communications/Journalism at Auburn, where she established the William T. Brooks Endowed Scholarship in Public Relations in honor of her father. Claudia and her husband Michael have two children – Arielle, a University of Georgia alum and senior account manager with CCC, and Adrian, an Honors student/junior at UGA. When they’re not working, traveling or visiting the kids, Mike and Claudia can usually be found on their rural Alabama farm where they spend most of their time mucking stalls, chasing chickens, building campfires and gazing at the stars.


Arielle D'Avanzo

Arielle D’Avanzo is a senior account manager with CCC. She joined our team after three years at Edelman, working in the Washington, D.C. and New York City offices where she developed strong skills and proficiency in content development, consumer media relations, influencer engagement, launch campaign coordination, social marketing and research development. In D.C., she was a member of the Food & Nutrition Team, working on a variety of nutrition/health-focused national campaigns for major brands, including Taco Bell, Walmart, Grocery Manufacturers Association, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Partnership for a Healthier America, American Heart Association, Dannon and Kellogg’s where she worked with teams to help shape public perception and federal policy through influencer engagement, consumer awareness and education. With her sights set on the Big Apple, Arielle joined Edelman’s NYC office as part of the Consumer practice for Microsoft’s Xbox division. She helped manage the coordination and execution of seasonal consumer campaigns and media/influencer/celebrity-focused events around new product launches. Through her work in D.C. and NYC, she’s gained a deep understanding of the consumer media landscape, building a strong network of contacts through work with editors, reporters and bloggers on in-depth feature stories and organic pitch opportunities. Arielle graduated summa cum laude from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in public relations and minor in Spanish. She studied abroad in Cape Town, S.A as part of the Global L.E.A.D. program and held internships during college with Weber Shandwick, CRT-tanaka (now PadillaCRT), Georgia Public Broadcasting, the Atlanta Community Food Bank and UGA’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. An avid runner, she enjoys being outdoors (preferably accompanied by her Yorkshire Terrier and CCC team mascot, Ellie) and experiencing other cultures – especially the edible parts – through her travels to England, Scotland, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Croatia, South Africa and Japan..


JoAnna Brown

JoAnna Brown is a PR-marketing specialist with more than a decade of experience. She grew up in a small town in North Carolina. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Public Relations and Spanish, she returned to her birthplace of Atlanta to start her PR agency career in 2006. She has worked with a wide variety of national consumer clients including Chick-fil-A, Orkin, Hyatt, Gretsch Guitars and Longevity Health Center, garnering expertise in media relations, special event and tradeshow management, social media marketing, and sales/marketing collateral development. An avid health and fitness enthusiast and gym rat, JoAnna earned her certification as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner in 2010. She loves experimenting with healthy recipes to enjoy with her husband, Shea, and their three little boys, Sawyer, Ryan and Shepard. After adopting a child through the Georgia foster care system, JoAnna is passionate about caring for orphans and is an active volunteer with her church’s foster care ministry.


Lauren Dutton-Breen

Lauren Dutton-Breen graduated from Suffolk University in Boston with a communications degree in hand. She soon high-tailed it to the West Coast to work for Fox Searchlight and enjoy summer year-round. While at Searchlight, Lauren’s work in the Awards Department helped to bring in 13 Oscar wins and 28 nominations. She later relocated to Massachusetts and then New York City, where she continued to work in PR and event marketing in luxury products, hospitality, food, film, music, theater and more. She’s been part of the CCC team for two years. Now back in Los Angeles, she spends her down time traveling, experimenting in the kitchen and snuggling with her “tiny” Mastiff puppy, Buckley.


Jennifer Dunaway

Jennifer Dunaway is a PR consultant who began her career with us in 2004. From working with lifestyle marketing agencies to large consumer brands over the last 10 years, Jen’s expertise includes media relations, social marketing, community/influencer engagement and special events. She has worked with a variety of companies including HoneyBaked Ham Company, Intercontinental Hotel Groups, The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show, Morton’s Steakhouse, f’Real Foods, Rosewood Hotels and Simon Malls. A graduate of Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in communications studies and English literature, Jen served as president of Vandy’s Atlanta alumni chapter. She is an active volunteer with The Atlanta Community Food Bank and the Junior League of Atlanta, for which she was VP of marketing and currently is VP of community, planning the League’s centennial celebration this year. A true Hospitality State native, this Mississippi gal loves to cook and play hostess in her home in Atlanta.


Jessica Karp

Jessica Karp is a digital graphic designer with almost 15 years’ experience. Originally from Florida, she graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.A. in digital media and a specialization in internet and interactive media. Jessica has worked with dozens of national brands, creating identities, sales collateral, developing websites, optimizing search visibility, creating interactive media and social marketing campaigns. When’s she’s not pulling all-nighters on behalf of her clients, she can be found restoring her mid-century modern home in Atlanta’s historic Collier Heights, playing the piano or just relaxing with her Siamese cat, Jeffrey— who, by the way, has his own Facebook page.

 

Taylor Gill

Taylor Gill is one of our 2017 student interns. A senior at the University of Georgia, she is majoring in Public Relations and actively involved in UGA’s PRSSA chapter, serving on the event planning committee. Taylor is also a member of UGA’s student-run public relations agency, where she’s worked with a variety of clients in the Athens area, handling social media content development, promotional concepting and special events. Last year, Taylor headed to Los Angeles where she interned for a major national clothing brand. While there she gained experience in PR and promotions through the fast-paced lens of the fashion world. During her time in LA, she developed blog content, curated and created social content for the brand, and helped coordinate events and collaborations with celebrities and influencers. Originally from Alpharetta, Ga., Taylor is passionate about fashion, food, dogs, reading and photography. We’re delighted to have her on the CCC team!


Meet the CCC mascots: Our three (yes, three) Great Danes–Lola, Linus and their pup, Samantha Lucille –and last but never least, fierce little Ellie the Yorkshire Terrier. These gentle giants and little pipsqueak hang out with us all the time, where they spend most of the day sleeping, scratching, sniffing and distracting the interns. They also make great watchdogs for late work-nights and, most importantly, help us keep any unruly clients in line.

We’re so happy with Creative Communications. They’ve taken our PR to the next level with breakthrough programming and exceptional service. There’s no project too big or too small for this dynamic, professional team. Our brand successes are a direct result of the exceptional promotions they do for us. CCC also has played an integral part in the development of our digital and social media strategies. We’ve truly found an integrated PR partner that works seamlessly with the brand team and our other agencies.”
 
Shannon Gilreath
Director of Marketing
Farm Rich/Rich Products Corp.
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