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.

Meet our People.

Alex Nelson

Alex is a storyteller. Which might have something to do with the fact that his life has been chock-full of material. From hunting moose during a snowstorm in the Siberian wilderness, to living all around the world – including Ecuador, Germany and Spain – there has almost never been a dull moment. And there are no dull moments with Alex here at CTP, either. He’s constantly delivering stories that move people, no matter the medium. So our clients know they can count on him to solve any challenge with a thrilling and powerful mixture of creativity and strategy. Or to help them navigate the Siberian wilderness. Whichever the day calls for, really.

Allison Spitaels

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 Lenig

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.

Brett Labnon

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 Heffron

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.

Carissa Ryan

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 Tuttle

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 Vartanian

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.

Christine Hickey

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.

Corey Welford

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.

Courtney Bombardier

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).

Frank Giovaniello

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.

Fred Conover

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.

Grant Pace

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.

Jared Barnett

Jared is a man of many talents. Believe it or not, he was even once in a punk band. And although he has traded in his combat boots for a more comfortable choice around the office, he still cherishes the importance of his musical capabilities as a video editor. Around here, Jared is our office-Mozart, constantly sourcing music and finding a rhythm — on top of shooting and assembling footage — to bring together all of our visual components. Which means, technically, he’s still a rockstar.

Katie Ward

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 Wu

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.

Lee Allen

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?

Mark Bappe

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.

Mark Fredrickson

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.

Noel Coleman

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.

Sam Coons

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.

Todd Graff

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 Jordan

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.

Will Claflin

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.

Want to see yourself here?

We’re always on the lookout for fresh faces to join the team.