Life at CTP is more than deadlines, emails, and job numbers.
You can feel the difference between a place that exists solely to generate revenue and a company with a desire to stand for something more lasting and valuable. Guess which one we are?
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.
We proudly and actively support causes in our community. From partnering with the Red Sox Scholars and Read to a Child to donating our holiday party fund to Friends of the Children, to giving our people time off to volunteer. Finding ways to give back has countless benefits for ourselves and those we connect with.
We’re more than agency people.
We’re dog people, cat people, people people, chefs, contrarians, actors, musicians, runners, skiers, freaks, and geeks. It’s nice to meet you.
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 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.
Being inspired by the beauty of structural design comes naturally when you’re growing up as the son of an architect in Istanbul. And after unexpectedly discovering a love for computer science, after years of traveling the world with his family, Alphan decided the career he chose had to be one that would help him understand the world unseen. The world within the internet. At CTP, Alphan infuses his work with his passion for structural design, creating architectural masterpieces in the digital realm. His remarkable ability to create seamless user experiences online help build our clients’ businesses on a foundation of excellence. We are incredibly fortunate to have a talent like Alphan here at CTP. And with all the world has shown him, it’s no wonder he consistently delivers things no one has ever seen before.
In addition to being smart, funny and incredibly buttoned-up, Angela also holds a black belt in karate. Which means she understands things like self-discipline, channeling energy and remaining calm under pressure. Our clients love that Angela utilizes these skills to help them meet their day-to-day responsibilities, and long-term objectives. We love that she’s so sweet and kind around the office. And we’re not just saying that because of the whole black belt thing.
When Ariel was younger, she liked to create films for fun. She spent most of her days writing scripts, organizing scenes, doodling storyboards and asking her friends to be extras in her latest project. And she’s still very much a do-er today. At CTP, she spends her days putting those organizational and project-oriented skills to work. She asks questions, tests assumptions, sketches out wireframes, makes a ton of lists, and organizes digital content in a simple and relevant way for her audiences. And we’re lucky to have her – because every project she works on here at CTP leaves the audience wanting an encore.
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.
If you ask Caitlin what she’d like to do on her day off, she’d tell you that she could easily spend a whole day organizing and completing her latest DIY project. It’s that unique blend of curiosity, attention to detail, and patience that makes her an incredible asset to our PR team. On any given day here at CTP, she’s putting those strengths to work for our clients by managing and transforming their brand stories into media-worthy content. And she does it meticulously.
As a huge Batman fan, Caitlyn is somewhat of a superhero herself. Especially to her clients, whom she aids on a daily basis. She has a varied background and special set of skills including a combination of brains, personality, and experience that sets her apart in her role as Senior Account Executive. Every day, Caitlyn is the go-to person for making sure the agency delivers on their promise of smart, beautiful, effective work. It’s her dedication that makes the streets -- and hallways at CTP -- safe for us all.
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.
Christian’s childhood dream was to be a rockstar. And at CTP, he is one. We’re not just saying that because he can actually shred on electric guitar, or because his vast knowledge of beer makes him a great resource when planning office parties. It’s mostly because there isn’t a single obstacle you can throw his way that he won’t face head-on. As Media Coordinator, Christian’s day-to-day revolves around organizing data analysis and translating it into media plans that “wow” our clients. Easy work for a guy who codes for fun, has run 4 marathons, practices that guitar every day, and still finds the time to never miss a Bruins game. Rockstar status achieved, Christian. So does that make us co-workers or groupies?
With Christina behind the wheel as Associate Creative Director, our clients can expect to be taken to unexpected places. An art director by trade and a traveler at heart, Christina’s work is inspired by her globetrotting. She might be intricately finessing a layout to reflect the serenity of her trips to Southern Italy. Or maybe she’s leading an intense, stampede-like social campaign akin to her Masai Mara camping experience in Kenya during the great wildebeest migration. Either way, with Christina’s multi-faceted vision driving the creative team, it’s best we all buckle up.
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 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.
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.
When we asked Dustin to list 5 things that are essential for doing his job, one of his responses was “never being too comfortable with my knowledge”. It’s that growth mindset that allows him to always be prepared for the next Google algorithm change, and to be ready to shift strategies for our clients accordingly. That same mindset is also probably the reason for his impressive list of hobbies – one of which includes canning and preserving lemons to use for his homemade Old Fashioneds. We’re lucky to have him here at CTP, especially for happy hour.
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. With major accounts like the Boston Red Sox, the Breeders’ Cup, Eastern Bank and Red Hat. He’s also proud that the agency gives much of its time to non-profits like Mentor, Red Sox Scholars, Cradles to Crayons and Read to a Child. Fred sits on the 4As New England Council Board of Governors and is active in a 4As Forum Group, sharing ideas and insight with other agency leaders. But, truth is, Fred is just as happy to sit and read to child, or sit down opposing batters as the pitcher for our agency softball team. That’s what Fred is all about.
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.
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.
Jesse’s official title at CTP is Art Director, but she prefers Professional Dabbler. If you hang around her for any amount of time, you’re sure to see her debut a new skill – be it woodworking, dirty pour painting, calligraphy, screenprinting, or even laser cutting. Let’s just say if CTP were a summer camp, Jesse would be the arts & crafts counselor. And while our clients don’t typically ask her for anything dirty poured or laser cut, they can be sure the passion that fuels all that dabbling will always shine through in her work, no matter what it is.
With Katherine’s organization and multitasking skills, she’s able to keep CTP running smooth. But just as importantly, she keeps it colorful with her offbeat humor and unique expertise. She’s a playlist connoisseur, a mixology master, and a humble maker of the world’s best grilled cheese (patent pending). She also shares a birthday with Harry Potter, which does little to convince us there’s no magic involved. But spells or no spells, we can always count on Katherine to keep the office not only on-track, but laughing the whole way.
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?
It was when Lindsey was hanging off a very high cliff that she realized she’d do anything for a good idea. She’s faced Storm Troopers for Disney, shivered in freezer for Hood Ice Cream, and trekked in the mountains of Guatemala for School the World. As an Associate Creative Director for CTP, she makes sure every idea we come up with is worthy of our clients' brands, and facing her next fear. But hopefully she won't have to free climb anymore rock faces. Because that was nuts.
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 a USA Rugby All-American in college, 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.
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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