Common Sense Approach
Josh Mabus founded Mabus Agency in 2008 with the intention of raising the creative bar in Tupelo, Mississippi, and the Southeast.
The Mabus Agency mission is simple. We retain the best talent Mississippi has to offer, while recruiting across the country with one goal in mind: providing businesses with nationally competitive marketing strategies, brands, websites, videos and print services.
Our nationally recognized work speaks for itself.
Josh Mabus is a minimalist by nature, and with the trappings of marketing and design stripped away, his goal is to help people. He does so by immersing himself in each of his clients until he feels like a part of the client’s company.
We get inspired by our clients—that’s the big difference in this agency. I draw my inspiration internally because the client is the most important thing to me.
Josh has been the creative mind standing between an idea and its potential for as long as he can remember. That’s because of his ability to hear his client’s internal vision in a way that allows him to create a strategy for execution.
Mary Meghan Mabus
VP Operations /
Mary Meghan Mabus believes in creating an environment of mutual admiration that’s both fun and professional. That’s what attracts creativity and talent, in both employees and clients, to Mabus Agency.
It takes a special kind of person to work here — a certain combination of humor, focus, wit and creativity. That personality and skill allows us to work with people who want to work with us and not just the ones who think they need us. They believe in what we do. They believe in our system. They believe in our values.
As the vice president of operations and media director, Mary Meghan spends her time making sure the agency’s creatives stay up to pace with the growth of the business.
Alex Jolly is interested in results. He is a creative who knows inspiration flows more freely in an organized environment. Proven strategy and impressive results are the product of his desire for strategic and deliberate workflow.
I’m attracted to having measurable feedback that allows us to pursue the avenues that will generate the most rewarding responses.
As partner, Alex sets strategic direction for the agency and the businesses it serves. As the agency’s interactive director, Alex implements brand strategy in a way that will give the client the greatest, most tangible brand exposure. He works with the various Mabus Agency departments to execute strategy through online, mobile and software campaigns and then follows through to ensure the campaigns generate desirable and measurable results.
Client Communications Coordinator
Sital Sigh keeps the Mabus Agency and our clients on the same page. She helps the creative team stay focused and makes sure clients’ wishes are met – all of this with an eye toward overall strategy.
“If I do my job, it allows the creative team to make the best, highest use of their skill sets. With my knowledge of the client, I make sure they’re headed in the right direction on a project. In the end, it’s a pleasure to help deliver brand pieces that are both beautiful and strategically sound.”
In being a client/creative liaison, she keeps the lines of communication clear, allowing for more flexibility and freedom on both ends. Sital comes from a background in politics and is glad to break free of the pressure-release cycle of election campaigning. The long-term nature of brand work, she said, allows ideas to fully mature and find their voice.
Selena Nolan is a professional at keeping the Mabus Agency’s many ducks in a row. A habitual list-maker, Selena takes pride in staying organized and meeting deadlines.
“Coming to a creative firm and working with designers and artists is completely out of my box. It’s been fun learning something totally new. The scope of what we do is so much more than just designing an ad or a commercial.”
Selena’s 16 years of office management experience have come in handy while keeping the office, and especially Josh, on track in regards to scheduling and managing daily tasks. From her vantage point, it is rewarding to see how everyone plays their part in bringing a campaign to life.
Jessie McKissick describes herself as a planner — one who has always been good with numbers and strong as an analytical problem solver. At Mabus Agency, she puts her skills to work accounting for the money coming in and out of the agency.
“My job is to keep the lights on and the doors open. Accounting can be boring, so I wanted to work at an ad agency with cool, laid back, creative people. I like to help things run smoothly, because then the work gets valued like it should.”
Jessie has prior experience in the advertising world, but she’s found Mabus Agency to be a unique environment. She gets a kick out of seeing ideas become fully manifested projects, and, as she puts it, being part of such a tight-knit team gives her plenty of opportunities to make herself look good.
Social Media Manager
Sarah McLaurin uses social media to give clients and outsiders a peek behind the scenes at the Mabus Agency. She also manages Mabus’ portfolio of work on the agency’s website.
“It’s cool to create work that produces a concrete result for a client. You really see the difference you made for them, and that makes you take pride in your work. This was a complete direction change for me, career-wise. I wanted something I could enjoy and put 100 percent into.”
Sarah moved back to Saltillo, her hometown, after years of work in billing and patient relations in the medical field. Now she’s the camera behind the cameras on video sets. In the office, you can find her peeking over the shoulders of the design team, popping in on creative brainstorming sessions, and capturing the magic as Mabus presents a client with a fresh campaign.
As a writer and storyteller, JB Clark believes in the power of words and, more importantly, messaging. Using his seven years of experience in the world of newspapers and magazines, he searches for relevance and context—platforms on which to present messaging.
Everyone has a story to tell. Communicating that story effectively and through the right avenues is the difference between success and misunderstanding.
As content director, JB’s goal is finding the social relevance of a company, product or brand; converting it into conversations among community members, stakeholders and consumers; and then guiding that conversation through various media.
Riley Manning’s background combines the facts-first storytelling of newspaper reporting with open and artful writing honed while pursuing his MFA in creative writing. This unique combination gives his writing an eloquently relatable honesty.
“I think there’s a greater identity to a product beyond simple materialism, and there are human connections to be made from it. That’s what I tend to think of our work here as: finding methods of meaningful connection.”
Using his unique combination of rigid and open writing backgrounds, Riley discovers the facts of your brand and weaves them into a story that resonates deeply within – because to tell a story to the world, you must first believe it yourself.
Motion Graphics Director
Aaron joins Mabus Agency from Minnesota, where he began his design career at Minneapolis College of Art and Design and later honed his abilities as a creative for General Mills. He relocated to Mississippi to work at Mabus Agency out of a desire to pursue work that is motion-focused in a creative, collaborative atmosphere.
I like creating work that’s fun and that makes people respond.
As motion graphics director, Aaron specializes in bringing brands and ideas to life with motion in a way that sets them apart in the marketplace. He is passionate about creating client-focused work that is practical.
Jeremy has worked on feature films, short films, music videos and commercials since 2004, and also attended University of Memphis and Florida State, where he obtained a master’s degree in film production.
What I enjoy most about the job is Mabus Agency’s passion to grow and constantly improve. It creates an environment that allows me to continually grow as a filmmaker.
Jeremy joins Mabus Agency out of a desire to be a part of a company that values creativity. As cinematographer, Jeremy utilizes his ability to blend creativity with the technical aspects of film production to create a visual world for the stories our clients need to tell.
Bobby Hudspeth looks at his work as a series of problems to be solved and tries to organize his tasks and efforts to solve the puzzles most efficiently.
For a Type-A guy, this is a liberating place to be. I’ve spent a good deal of my life around creative friends, and I enjoy the creative process, even if my contribution isn’t necessarily creative. Being a Type-A in a Type-B workplace is always entertaining and inspiring.
Bobby organizes client work, communicates between departments and helps organize production so creatives can spend their time creating. He makes sure each Mabus Agency creative has all the tools and information needed for success.
As video editor at Mabus Agency, Ian LaPierre joins the team with a range of experience including working on commercials, TV shows, website and social media content, and helping on set. He strives to produce the best possible work and constantly improve his craft.
“I never want to stop learning and expanding my knowledge of video production. I am grateful to be surrounded by a team that is driven and always striving to improve.”
Ian holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Electronic Media with a minor in Cinema Studies from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. With a desire to be more creative than journalism permitted, his passion for video production stemmed from the film classes he took while pursuing his degree. He is inspired by the works of Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese and Kurt Vonnegut.
At home, Jaime doesn’t take off his shoes until he goes to bed because he is always looking for ways to help wherever he can. He brings the same attitude to the Mabus Agency production team.
“The most enjoyable aspect of Mabus Agency is the constant encouragement to work hard and find creative solutions for our clients while having fun in the process.”
As an avid drummer, Jaime has been involved in the music industry for over a decade. The experience gave him the opportunity to explore audio and video production, which has given him the tools to flourish in in a production environment. At Mabus Agency, Jaime ensures that inventory is stocked while assisting with art and set design. He keeps the video department on schedule and running smoothly.
Lead Web Developer
Mike Reynolds enjoys the “wow” reaction he gets from clients when he shows off their new website, so he does his best to stay on the front end of web development.
For the most part, every client I’ve met with has been really excited — I think they see the value of a fresh website. When they get really excited it motivates me and makes me feel like I’m working not only for Mabus, but for each of our clients.
He works hard with the Mabus Agency development team to plan and program websites that lead the way in online design and interactivity.
Joe Cain spends his time figuring out how the end user will react with his design because that is the nature of the web. Thinking of the end user challenges Joe to not only think about what the website needs to be but also innovate toward what the site could be.
People can look at a website and say it looks better than another, or it functions better, but they can’t always articulate why. I want to know why and I want to figure out how to make my sites look and function better.
To develop better looking and functioning websites, Joe searches websites for things he doesn’t understand, in an effort to broaden his programming capabilities.
Lead Graphic Designer
To Emma Geiger, the goal of art is to invoke a feeling in the viewer. Her love of abstract expressionist and surrealist art, combined with her marketing background, allows her to balance that emotion with strategy in a way that communicates the client’s message while eliciting a response.
I enjoy making something out of nothing. An ad may not seem like a work of art, but creating a simple, well-designed piece can be just as memorable as anything hanging in a gallery.
As a graphic designer, Emma starts with strategy. She knows poor delivery will prevent a message from connecting with viewers and consumers, no matter how good it looks.
Corey Childers takes the minimalist thinking of the mid-century Saul Bass posters and Batman comic books he admires into his projects. He places importance in typography and layout before moving on to other elements that would cause clutter.
I like the structure offered by graphic design, typography and minimalism, as well as the freedom to break that structure.
To Corey, working within guidelines requires more forethought and creativity, leading to better work. That’s why he thrives in an advertising environment, where he can apply his eye for design to the guidelines set forth by his clients.
Robbie Richardson has always been drawn to aesthetics, typography and design which is why he enjoys the opportunity to fill the spaces around him with art through the practical lens of marketing, advertising and commercial design.
Art was always presented to me as more of a hobby or luxury with no bearing on the real world. That is, until I got into graphic design. Everything we use is designed by someone, and I want to make sure that design is full of creativity and imagination.
Robbie immerses himself into the branding of each client he works with so his art is a reflection of the client’s business model and personality.
Caleb Hunt began drawing and illustrating when he was in kindergarten, but it wasn’t until college when he realized he could draw every day and use his art to help people as a graphic designer.
I wasn’t necessarily naturally gifted, illustrating and hand drawing are just things I’ve always enjoyed doing, so those are the things I’ve gotten better at. Some people do carpentry or play guitar after work. I love to go home and draw, even after drawing at work.
Caleb enjoys being able to add creativity to a product or landscape without — watching it evolve from pure functionality to a well-designed product or ad.
Taylor has been paying attention to design her whole life. Even as a child, she didn’t like a product unless its package was visually appealing.
I like the fact that Mabus is making a change in the design scene in Tupelo and in Mississippi, and I’m excited to be a part of it.
Taylor moved from the greater Salt Lake City area to help elevate creativity in our region. She knows even the people who don’t consider themselves aesthetically wired are drawn in by good design, which is why she uses her creativity to help others communicate visually.
In college, Fallon took a color theory class that her parents affectionally dubbed “coloring.” She has been designing ever since — first at design firms in Cincinnati, Ohio and now at Mabus Agency. Fallon is passionate about creating design that elicits a connection between consumers and brands.
I’m constantly researching, thinking and working through problems. My desk is perpetually covered in scraps of to do lists, notes and sketches — I’m constantly inspired and learning.
As brand designer, Fallon works alongside Mabus Agency’s brand strategist, Paul Mitchell, to develop new brands and refresh existing brand systems while also offering general support to the design team.