Life at CTP is more than deadlines, emails, and job numbers.
We’re an agency, first and foremost. But what defines us are the things that give CTP its spirit.
To create inspired work, we need to inspire ourselves first.
We’re big enough to field a softball team but small enough to feel like family. We have parties and potlucks. Book club and paint night. Cold beer on tap. Cold brew too. Impromptu gatherings after work. A meditation room dedicated to deep breaths.
We’re an agency, first and foremost. But what defines us are the things that give CTP its spirit.
We make the time to make a difference.
From partnering with the Red Sox Scholars and Read to a Child to donating our holiday party fund to Friends of the Children, finding ways to give back has countless benefits for ourselves and those we connect with. It’s why we consider it a core value here, and why we give our employees paid volunteer time off so they can better help the causes closest to them.
CTP Launchpad Program
LaunchPad is a program designed to fuel a new generation of young talent and open doors for high school Students of Color from the City of Boston. If you have an interest in communications, art, design, writing, photography, videography, statistics, event planning, social media or more, but don’t know how or where to apply your skills, you’re in the right place.
With LaunchPad you’ll gain a solid foundation of marketing understanding and skills, while building valuable, long-term professional mentoring relationships in a real agency setting.
We’re striving to give students a head start in their career, while welcoming much-needed diversity into our industry.
Meet our People.
Alanna is about as CTP as they come. She’s a diehard Red Sox fan, lover of dogs, and being a North End resident who will soon have eaten at all 89 of its restaurants, she knows our stomping grounds better than some of our most seasoned crew. But none of that makes her fit the agency more than her understanding of what makes people smile. Alanna’s past experience on brands such as Planet Fitness, Cracker Barrel, Party City and Capella University has fine-tuned this intuition, and when our clients need to connect with their audience in impactful ways, they can always count on her energetic vision to get them there. Or on a recommendation to one of the North End’s many best-kept secrets, whichever suits their fancy.
Allison is known for lighting up the halls of CTP with her whistling ability. Whether she’s using her green thumb in the garden, or her multi-colored thumb in the Adobe world, Allison whistles her way to outshine and outgrow her competition. As a Senior Designer, she utilizes her focus, patience, and most of all, her slick design skills, to turn rough ideas into outstanding, polished work for her clients.
Andrea loves Mondays. Yes, you read that correctly. Our VP, Media Director really knows how to bring it each week. Growing up on a family dairy farm in Vermont taught her early on the importance of embracing challenges and conquering the day. And she’s carried that outlook with her throughout her career. At various agencies in Massachusetts, Andrea’s used her gusto to elevate brands such as ExxonMobil, Energy Star, New Balance, TSA Precheck, BIC, and Wellesley College. And now that she’s brought her talents to CTP, we’re honored to have such an optimistic personality leading our media team. Especially on Mondays.
Being a Senior Marketing Analyst isn’t widely considered an extreme sport, but Brett’s working on that. When he isn’t chasing adrenaline on skis and dirt bikes – trying new tricks on the slopes or racing Motocross – he’s here at CTP, infusing his work with the same dynamic approach. As someone who lives with his finger on the pulse, it’s only fitting that Brett’s thoughtful dedication to research and analytics never misses a beat.
Brian’s first job – paperboy – included lugging the Boston Sunday Globe around the neighborhood. It was there and then that he decided he’d rather write the news than deliver it. Boy, has he ever. From his reporter days to his time spent as a college publicist to high-pressure jobs as spokesperson for the District Attorney and then the Attorney General of Massachusetts, Brian knows how to get out in front of a story. And our clients rely on Brian to help manage a crisis or keep their brands out in front. He’s done that with tested PR skills and social media acumen. Brian has more than 25 years experience helping brands like MedExpress, Pop Warner and Stratasys tell powerful, relevant stories to their audiences.
Brynn comes to us from Wisconsin, and she’s certainly brought the Midwest with her. From every “Ope, sorry” to every side of ranch dressing, her midwestern traits charm more than those she accidentally bumps into in the office. As our Senior Account Executive, Brynn uses her personable attitude and good ol’ fashioned communication skills to strengthen relationships with our clients. She’s always down to share an idea or opinion on anything from media pitches and new story angles to Star Wars canon and Game of Thrones theories. And if there’s anything she’s more passionate about than PR and pop culture, it’s Packers football. Ope, sorry to all the Patriots fans out there.
Carissa has been steeped in some form of technology for as long as she can remember, so she's a natural fit for CTP's growing Tech Practice. Growing up in a Trekkie household, she knows the importance of letting strangers know you come in peace. That’s why we rely on her venturesome spirit and conversation skills to make new clients feel like old friends. As a military brat, she developed her sense of adventure at a young age, and now spends much of her time hopping from country to country. With Boston as a home base, she’s had the opportunity to work with clients all across the hub – from IT infrastructure, cloud data management, marketing technology and cybersecurity to 3D printing and law. It’s great having someone on our team who doesn't believe in no-win scenarios, helping her clients’ messages live long and prosper.
Chip lives to compete. Whether it’s training for a marathon or helping a client gain market share, Chip always keeps pushing. This tenacity comes in handy as he leads the charge for the brands he advises for CTP. Balancing this competitive fire is Chip’s naturally inquisitive nature. More than 25 years in news reporting, pr and marketing have taught him how to ask the right questions and provide the right answers.
Chris is extremely easy going. But, his daily routine is far from it. To put things into perspective, he starts off every day with the mere task of commuting from Providence, Rhode Island. After his morning trek, as our Junior Project Manager, he has the responsibility of keeping everyone happy. And he does so with finesse. From drafting schedules (and making sure they’re followed), to facilitating the completion of creative projects, Chris truly has a knack for multitasking. And after a full day of being the office’s go-to calm, cool and collected guy, he somehow manages to find the time to perfect his famous medium-rare steak recipe. And trust us, it is most definitely worth the train ride to Providence.
As a child, Christine had dreams of being a vet. But after one bite too many, she decided to rethink her career path. Not that we want to thank the animals that bit her, we’re just so glad that path eventually led her to us. Christine brings with her a wealth of skills, from negotiation and therapy, to talent acquisition and party planning. She puts it all to good use here as our Director of People & Culture, and has a knack for brightening people’s days with a simple, lively “hello!” When Christine isn’t holding this place together, she’s either at home binge watching crime and paranormal shows, skiing down mountains at full speed, or sharpening her negotiation skills with her two teenage boys. Needless to say, if anything tries to bite her now, she’s always ready to bite back – with a smile.
Need a video edited to perfection? A real cinematographer behind the camera? Advice on how to cut your own hair, make a cat like you, or sleepwalk your stress away? Corey’s your man. In his many travels, ranging from hometown Ontario, to Philadelphia, to Helsinki, Finland, Corey has acquired a particular set of skills, including a keen eye for visual storytelling. When he’s not creating striking content for our clients, you’ll find him out running, gardening, and just generally not staying still for any long period of time. Even when he’s asleep.
Corey is always moving. Whether he’s working, skiing, hiking, reading or constantly refreshing his Twitter feed, he does not sit still. Which probably explains how he has accomplished so much already. Before joining CTP, Corey spent years as Chief of Staff in the Attorney General’s Office doing the type of work that immediately impacted our community. Between responding to the foreclosure crisis, helping to pass laws, and working with families and victims of crimes, he truly made a name for himself. Now, he’s bringing that energy and skill to our clients. From helping to build their brand, handle communications challenges, or shape public policy, clients know he'll always keep them moving in the right direction.
If you can make a Facebook post about bicycle helmet safety go viral organically, you really earn the title Social Media & Content Specialist. Courtney’s job at CTP is to be fluent in everything from Pinterest to Snapchat, and she always knows the best channels to reach any audience. But what we appreciate most about Courtney is her ability to sign-off the apps in her personal life and really live in the moment, be it sailing, snowboarding, or simply taking her golden retriever puppy Aura for a walk. It keeps her incredibly grounded here at CTP, something our culture thrives on. Speaking of her pup, maybe we can help Courtney go viral again (follow @aura.the.pup on Instagram).
Ask Dave anything. Ask him how to prepare the perfect tailgate spread. Ask him how to interpret a certain facial expression. Ask him if he’s ever been slimed on Nickelodeon’s Double Dare (Yes, he has.) And in return, he’ll ask you questions. Smart questions. Probing questions. Questions you haven’t even thought of. Because Dave is all about solving problems in creative ways, and the best way to do that is to ask the right questions. Just don’t ask to touch the things on his desk--he’s kind of superstitious about that. A seasoned industry executive, Dave has helped grow brands such as Emirates Airline, Boston Red Sox, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, Breeders’ Cup, and American Express Travel.
Frank is a father of two boys (three if you include his dog) and he spent a year in the competitive Second City sketch comedy writing program in Chicago – which means he’s got a lot of experience in hard work and a great sense of humor. So it’s no surprise that he thrives here at CTP doing the difficult work of organizing and crunching the numbers. As our finance director, you’ll pretty much always be able to find Frank at his desk with two freshly sharpened #2 pencils at the ready. And if you’re lucky, he’ll even tell you a joke or two.
If you want to know what Fred is all about, just look at his agency. Like Fred, CTP prides itself on its passion, selflessness and commitment. The passion shines through in the work. The selflessness in the countless charitable acts performed. And the commitment in Fred’s – and the agency’s – desire to put a client’s needs ahead of our own. Since 1996, Fred has helped grow CTP from a small shop in Lynnfield to a major player in the Boston ad community. He’s also proud that the agency gives its time to non-profits like Friends of the Children, Read to a Child and Woofgang.
On the wall of Grant’s office is a sign bearing a single word: Simplicity. And it’s Grant’s habit of keeping things simple that has made him a creative giant in the ad world for nearly 30 years. His work for the original BudBowl was the driving force behind one of the most successful ad promotions in history. And his groundbreaking (and air-breaking) SmartBeep ads are routinely seen on America's Funniest Commercials. Grant has worked with Michael Jordan for Hanes, re-launched Audi in the U.S. and spent more time with the Red Sox than Peter Gammons. But it’s his brain power (rather than his star power) that makes Grant such a valuable resource to all our clients. He regularly helps them tell their brand stories in ways that cannot be ignored. Or forgotten. Oh, and Grant is also, quite simply, one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet.
When Isabella filled out her new hire sheet to help us write this bio, we counted 11 exclamation points. And if you know Isabella, nothing could surprise you less. A proud Peruvian, Canadian, Italian, and American, home is anywhere she can bounce off the walls. One minute she’ll be drafting internal documents and coordinating client meetings, the next minute she’s power-walking over to you to tell the story of when she got hit in the face by a duck. We believe every office needs that one person who can catch anyone off-guard. And with Isabella, we have about 3 of those persons packed into one.
Winter is coming – and Katie Ward could not be more excited. Whether hiking up a mountain or skiing down one, our New Hampshire native embraces any challenge with a smile. Which might explain how she found herself thriving in the middle of Mayor Menino’s press office before finding her way to us at CTP. Here, she spends her days tackling the messaging and communications strategies that help our clients tell their stories, be it through social media, digital content, media relations or anything else the task calls for. And she does it the way she does everything else in her life – fearlessly.
Kim is one of our in-house experts on everything from Game of Thrones, to Friends, to John Wick. A true junkie of all genres, she always saw herself working on movies in another life. And being the passionate communicator that she is, Hollywood would be in good hands. Her creative desire to help people tell their stories is matched only by her hyper-organized brain and flowchart skills. It makes her a natural leader on CTP’s media team, and a client’s most trusted side-kick. If you need a thoughtful and strategic approach to a media campaign - or suggestions on what to binge watch next - Kim’s got you covered.
Lauren is responsible for delivering on the agency’s mission of making extraordinary things happen for our clients, their customers and our people across brands and assignments. She has nearly 20 years of experience from both big agencies and small, and has a knack for rolling up her sleeves, immersing herself in a client’s business, and making great things happen for both the client and agency. She has worked on a whole host of retail and financial services brands including Fidelity Investments, Fisher-Price, Cumberland Farms, Citizens Bank, IKEA, Papa Gino’s, D’Angelo Sandwich Shops, Arbella Insurance and Green Mountain Coffee/Keurig.
Lee is our bookkeeper. And having been at CTP since the beginning, she knows a thing or two about how to keep our wheels of commerce turning. Funny thing is, her spare time is spent working with non-profits. How’s that for integration?
Lizzie started her career here at CTP as an intern on the account team. From there, she rose swiftly through the ranks, impressing everyone in her path – which is why she’s with us today as a full-fledged Account Executive. And she’s not done impressing us just yet. Whether she’s showing off her elaborate note-taking skills or her “Best in Massachusetts Friends’ Trivia” title, Lizzie is always coming out on top. Our clients know they can count on her to understand their needs, put strategic plans into action, and remind them which season it was where Ross and Rachel were on a break.
Twenty years ago, Mark left Iowa and traded in his farmer pants for a career in advertising. After working in a bunch of different markets, from Raleigh to San Francisco, he finally settled in Beantown, where he got down and dirty in several agencies up and down the feed lot. He finally hung his hat at CTP and now manages our ever-growing creative department. And he’s always happy to trade in his hayseeds for a few Hatch bowls. Mark has worked with large brands such as Boston Red Sox, Miami Dolphins, New Balance, Microsoft, Mass Tourism, Breeders’ Cup, Red Hat, Shaw’s Supermarket, Stonyfield Farms, and Lahey Clinic. Mark also has a soft spot for man’s best friend, putting his skills to work for the MSPCA and Mass Animal Coalition.
It’s hard to stay at the forefront of technology. But that’s exactly what Mark has done for the last 30 years. As VP of Communications at EMC, Mark helped turn the data storage and cloud computing leader into a franchise IT brand. Today, after switching from the client side to the agency side, Mark leads CTP’s growing tech practice. He’s bringing his considerable knowledge to bear for clients such as Red Hat, Actifio and Extreme Networks, positioning them as leaders in a dynamic, interconnected world. While technology (and marketing, for that matter) constantly change, one thing stays the same: Mark’s ability to tell a brand’s story in new ways to new audiences. It’s this expertise that has made Mark a technology leader from Boston to San Francisco.
Nikki is a copywriter’s worst nightmare. Not because it’s challenging to connect her fascination with true crime to her exemplary Management Supervisor skills. No, what makes writing her Bio so excruciatingly hard is that words simply cannot capture her incomparable Nikki-ness. Her relentless, life-affirming positivity. A fierce hunger for uncovering unique consumer insights. And uncanny ability to foster collaboration. Her spirit. Warmth. What she brings to our culture. And the manner in which she consistently navigates our client’s projects from start to finish with intelligence, thoughtfulness and the best damn laugh this side of Ithaca, NY. You kinda just have to experience her for yourself.
As the captain of her college rugby team, Noel fine-tuned her “never give up” attitude. And it’s that exact attitude that makes her a great project manager. At CTP, Noel uses her persistence to make sure that all of her projects are properly color-coded, organized, on time, and exceptionally done. And like a real team player, she also makes sure that everyone on her team has the assets they need to bring these projects to life. So, her days are pretty busy. But no matter what she’s got on her plate, she never misses a step. That’s why we know we can always trust Noel to help us bring home a win.
It’s hard for us to connect the dots between Sam’s past experience and his position here as Junior Copywriter. He used to be in the middle of the ocean supporting top secret operations for the military, now he’s in the middle of the CTP kitchen telling anyone who’ll listen how Game of Thrones should have ended. Whatever path brought Sam to us, we’re grateful because his conceptual mind and writing skills always come in handy. Including the time he wrote his own bio.
Steve likes to see things through from start to finish. Whether it’s his latest home renovation project, or helping a client develop, hone and implement a strategy for their brand, Steve works closely with clients like Red Hat and the Boston Red Sox from strategy conception to positioning refinement to campaign completion. He ensures all their brand initiatives are as rock solid as his new kitchen counters. For the last two decades, Steve has worked with some of the biggest brands from coast to coast including Dunkin Donuts, AutoDesk, New Balance and BlueCross BlueShield.
Todd spent his early professional years as a sportswriter for the Greensboro News & Record. There he quickly developed an affinity for covering golf events after his first links assignment: Tiger Woods’ historic victory at the ’97 Masters. Turns out, Tiger wasn’t the only winner as Todd went on to win national writing awards himself. Now, he's crafting public relations programs for our various clients, and getting them atop the leader board. Todd has over 17 years of experience, specializing in media relations, strategic counsel, crisis management and product launch. He works closely with the travel, golf and tech industries, for clients such as Pinehurst Resort, Stratasys, Innerscope Research, and the Lynch Foundation.
Tyler is not your average nerd. Sure, he actually enjoyed calculus class and knows everything there is to know about Game of Thrones. But he also fought in jiu jitsu tournaments – and once placed second. Which probably explains his fiercely competitive ability to understand what makes businesses tick and the way impending market factors might impact them. Or how he’s able (and more than willing) to work with statistical formulas and methodologies all day. So when our clients need clear, actionable insights based on complex thinking – or a compelling Game of Thrones fan theory – they know Tyler is their guy.
Anyone can tell a story. But how many people can capture that story on film, edit it to perfection and write the music that will bring the story to life? Will can. As a thought leader in our digital department, Will helps our clients create emotional, shared experiences with customers. An accomplished musician, expert poker player and a filmmaker since the age of 8, Will is as captivating himself as the stories he so deftly tells.
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