Team


“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
Senior Vice President
Rich Products Consumer Brands
Claudia Brooks D'Avanzo

Claudia Brooks D’Avanzo is founder and president of Creative Communications Consultants, a marketing communications and public relations agency. With over 35 years’ experience, she’s designed national, award-winning programs in consumer and lifestyle marketing, hospitality, retail, travel and tourism, sports marketing, healthcare, B2B, government and non-profit.

Prior to starting CCC, Claudia was an SVP with FleishmanHillard. While at FH, she managed the consumer marketing practice for the firm’s Southeast headquarters office. She started her career with MSL Group and Lockheed Martin.

Her expertise covers PR strategic planning, program management, marketing communications, content creation, creative services, experiential campaigns/special events, national promotions, media relations, social/digital campaigns, CSR, internal communications and crisis/issues management. Her work has garnered 10 Phoenix Awards from the Public Relations Society of America, four Gold/Silver Quill Awards from International Association of Business Communicators and a President’s Citation for Private Sector Initiatives.

A native of Marietta, GA, Claudia attended Auburn University (War Eagle!), earning a B.A. in speech communications and minor in journalism, and holds an M.A. in English literature from Georgia State University. She’s a past chair of the PR Advisory Council for the Dept. of Communications/Journalism at Auburn, where she established the William T. Brooks Endowed Scholarship in Public Relations in honor of her father and has been named a “Top Tiger” by the Harbert College of Business, recognizing the fastest-growing companies led by Auburn alumni. Claudia and her husband Michael have two children – Arielle E. Lyons, a VP at Edelman Public Relations specializing in national consumer brands, and Adrian Brooks D’Avanzo, an MBA graduate of Vanderbilt, now a senior associate with PwC’s Strategy& Global Strategy Consulting based in Chicago. When not working, traveling or visiting their kids, Mike and Claudia (a lifelong equestrian) can usually be found on the lake or camped out at their rural Alabama farm, where days are spent mending fences, mucking stalls, chasing chickens, snuggling dogs, building campfires and gazing at the stars.

TESS MARKS

Tess manages influencer marketing campaigns for our clients, and also contributes to event marketing, creative planning and content development. A born and raised Georgia girl with a creative spirit, she graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in hospitality management. After graduation, Tess moved to Atlanta to begin her career in event management for a boutique firm specializing in corporate incentive trips. Soon after, she continued in the event space concepting and developing events in the home decor, food and fashion industries at AmericasMart. She executed cooking events with chefs such as Food Network’s Duff Goldman, and exciting roundtable discussions with some of the home decor industry’s leaders such as Courtney Novogratz and Alexa Hampton. At that point, social media was on the rise and sparked her attention. Tess left the event space and moved on to agency life and has worked in marketing and PR for the past 12 years specializing in social media, content and brand development, influencer marketing and a variety of campaigns in the consumer goods space. But her proudest accomplishment is being mama to energetic toddler George, who keeps her and her husband equally entertained and on their toes, as well as their new daughter, Betty. Outside of being “Mom,” she’s active in her community Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta neighborhood association, is a passionate Peloton rider and a self-proclaimed “grandmillennial” whose idea of a good time is antiquing, Downton Abbey and a nice cuppa.

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 New York City where she ran her own PR and marketing practice for five years, and managed global public relations for St. Regis and The Luxury Collection Hotels. The California sunshine lured her West once again; Lauren is the former head of PR at Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, and now also oversees PR for the Four Seasons Cabo Collection in Mexico. She’s been part of the CCC team for over 10 years as a national publicist, brand planning and creative strategist and general counselor. When not working, she loves to travel, cook and catch up on movies with her husband.

JESSICA KARP

Jessica Karp is a digital graphic designer with 20+ years’ experience. Originally from Florida, she graduated from the University of Central Florida with a B.A. in digital media and a specialization in interactive media. Jessica has worked with dozens of national brands, creating identities, campaign creative, state-of-the-art websites, optimizing search visibility, and creating interactive media and social marketing campaigns. When 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.

LEE RANKIN

Lee Rankin is a marketing communications pro with 15 years of diverse, award-winning experience. Highlighted by work with creative agencies, global and national hospitality brands, technology startups and trade organizations, Lee delivers subject-matter expertise and value-enhancing solutions to every assignment and client relationship. In fact, he’s a former client of CCC and joined our group as a contributor and content creator after moving to Brooklyn in 2019. Lee loves to travel the globe and documents those adventures all along the way (that’s him at the Pena Palace in Portugal). He graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, with a B.A. in history.

Katie Spencer
Katie Spencer is a storyteller at heart with nearly 20 years of experience in journalism, PR and communications. Originally hailing from Melbourne, FL, she actually worked as an intern at CCC while earning her undergraduate degrees in journalism and history at Emory University. She went on to work at Ketchum Public Relations in New York City, where she focused on the public affairs and international communications practice. Knowing that she wanted to take on the newsroom next, Katie moved to Chicago and earned her master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University. Since then, she has worked as a reporter and producer at prestigious media companies including Bloomberg News and CNBC. 
JORDAN SIMS
Charleston, S.C., native Jordan Sims is a graduate student at Auburn University and did her undergraduate studies at Clemson University (Go Tigers!) where she graduated with a B.A. in English and minor in Creative Writing. She plans to graduate from Auburn this spring with an M.A. in English, with emphasis in Creative Writing, as well as a certificate in Technical and Professional Communications, and she’s also a teaching assistant for Auburn’s Dept. of English. Through past internships, Jordan has worked with nonprofits like Habitat for Humanity and the Humane Society and served in various roles — from intern to associate editor — at national and regional magazines (Southern Humanities Review, Decipher and South Carolina Review). When not studying, teaching or working, Jordan loves spending time outdoors and being with her wide circle of friends and family (which often includes ice cream!). This creative spirit looks forward to expanding her skills in the PR/communications field through her time at CCC.
LAUREN KIM
Lauren Kim is an Atlanta native and a senior at the University of Georgia majoring in Public Relations and Political Science with a certificate in Public Affairs Communications. She serves as director of research and strategy at UGA’s student-led Talking Dog marketing agency and is head of event planning for the university’s PRSSA chapter,  in addition to managing PR/social for the on-campus a cappella group, Noteworthy. And if all that weren’t enough, this student multi-tasker is a member of the Delta Gamma sorority and volunteers with the Guide Dog Foundation, where she helps train future seeing-eye dogs. In what little free time she has left, you’ll find Lauren enjoying Jane Austen novels and binging “Gossip Girl.”
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