PUBLIC RELATIONS + MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS
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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 holds an M.A. in English Literature 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. In 2018 she was named a “Top Tiger” by Auburn’s Raymond J. Harbert College of Business, which recognizes top fastest-growing companies led by AU alumni. Claudia and her husband Michael have two children – Arielle, a University of Georgia alum and senior account manager with CCC, and Adrian, an Honors senior 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.


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.

 

Kimberly Stier

Georgia native Kimberly Stier joined us in early 2018 as a student intern. Kimberly is a senior at the University of Georgia majoring in Public Relations and Communication Studies. Prior to CCC, she interned for a San Francisco-based marketing firm specializing in beverage, wine and spirits. While there she managed social content, conducted media research and developed communications for journalists, bloggers and social media influencers. She has also worked for UGA’s Office of International Education and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government. Kimberly has a passion for reading, writing and traveling whenever she can, and we’re delighted to have her on the CCC team!


Meet our CCC mascots: Two Great Danes, Lola and Linus, One German Shepherd, Tallulah, and the most fiercest of all – Ellie, the Yorkshire Terrier. This crew of hounds hangs out with us most days, where they spend their time sleeping, chewing, barking, sniffing and distracting the interns. They also make great watchdogs for those late work-nights and 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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