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.
Relationship & Project Manager
Drew is a natural analyst. He looks at Mabus Agency’s systems in totality and finds areas where we can become more efficient.
“I’m kind of like an air traffic controller, keeping everyone informed about what’s coming while facilitating communication between our clients and the agency. I try to improve our processes in a way that empowers what we do, makes life easier for us, and makes our work better for clients.”
Prior to his arrival at Mabus Agency, Drew worked as a lead analyst for Corelogic | FNC helping develop mortgage software for Wells Fargo. A seasoned software developer himself, Drew knows how to make good systems even better.
Katie has been a professional communicator and problem solver for 16 years. Her experience as a logistics analyst gives her the experience to organize client needs. She maintains ongoing ABA certifications in product, marketing, and compliance training.
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.
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.
Director of Brand Narrative
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.
Captivating photography is a vital asset in building a brand. In an industry crowded with bland stock photos, stimulating imagery can set your institution apart with just one glance. Kamau is always looking for ways to add freshness where it’s least expected, which makes him a perfect fit for Mabus Agency.
“Whatever I’m photographing, I want to make it new every time, especially when it comes to portraits. For Mabus Agency, that means blurring the line between corporate and artistic aesthetics to take pictures with depth and drama—pictures that reach out and grab someone just walking by.”
Kamau’s eye is artistic as well as accessible, honed by his unique blend of commercial experience and fine arts education. He constantly pushes his own boundaries to produce pieces that engage our clients’ audiences.
Sarah ensures Mabus Agency’s creative work gets results—on TV, radio, web, billboards, in print, or any other medium. While brainstorming a new campaign, Sarah helps identify each piece’s intended audience as well as the best ways to reach that audience.
My job is to build a media plan that is as good as the creative we design for it. I get excited when I see our work ‘in the wild,’ like when our ads catch me off guard while I’m scrolling on my phone or streaming TV shows.
Sarah’s sharp communication skills and meticulous nature make her perfect for her role as media director.
For Krista, the medium is the message. She specializes in aligning design with distribution, and she connects Mabus Agency’s creative work with media outlets of all forms.
“My role is like a conductor—everyone else is here to put on the show, but I help make it all harmonize with a strategy.”
Krista knows she’s done her job well when she encounters Mabus Agency’s creative work outside of the office. She loves being the first to see creative content and takes pride in making sure Mabus Agency campaigns find their perfect audience.
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.
Director of Content Strategy
Dave came to Mabus Agency after an impressive career as senior content strategist at BB&T and program manager of content strategy at H&R Block. He’s worked at every level of financial marketing and is an expert at creating compelling bank marketing content.
“I enjoy getting into copy, helping to craft and shape it with the goal of making it the best it can be. Formulating strategies to get the right content to the right audience in the right medium is a fun challenge.”
Dave plays a crucial role on Mabus Agency’s content creation team, developing financially-focused pieces that are innovative and creative without losing their simplicity and accessibility. With his editorial eye, Dave helps tighten Mabus Agency’s branding efforts with a laser-like focus.
Jordan has always loved the tactile aspect of making art, from the feedback of charcoal on a fresh page in her sketchbook to the satisfaction of pulling a photographic print from developing fluid in a darkroom. As a graphic design student at Mississippi State University, she became interested in how art and design manifest themselves differently from one medium to another.
“I like the idea of being behind ordinary things that people see every day. You know you’ve made something good when it makes a person pay attention to a thing they would usually take for granted.”
At Mabus Agency, Jordan helps bring fledgling ideas into full focus in a project’s conceptualization phase. By building, tweaking, and refining those ideas, Jordan helps bring out the true spirit of our campaigns and projects.
In middle school, Chris fell in love with the big, bold art of comic books and video games, and he admired guerrilla street artists like Shepard Fairey. For Chris, typography bridged the gap between organic art like graffiti and mainstream graphic design. The spirit of his work is to merge the styles in a compelling way that is still accessible to the masses.
“It’s almost never good to be the same as everybody else. We make things here that are memorable, and for something to be memorable, it has to be just a little bit uncomfortable. I like finding out where that line is.”
Following a graphic design career in the corporate banking world, he brings institutional knowledge along with his creativity as our production designer.
Laura has her hand in everything around the office, and she’s crucial to keeping Mabus Agency organized. Spot logs, media placement, and spreadsheets are her game.
“What I do is really straightforward. Maybe in itself this stuff doesn’t sound exciting, but they’re things that, in a really concrete way, have to be done. I get a sense of accomplishment out of that.”
A stickler for details and deadlines, Laura is hardly ever sitting down in the office. She constantly moves from department to department following up on tasks and making sure they get done.
Brandie’s experience runs the gamut of the accounting world—from real estate to government contracting to the automobile industry. With degrees in both accounting and marketing, she’s a double threat and a versatile team member at Mabus Agency, where she works to streamline our back office functions and keep track of our cash flow.
“I just like numbers. I like giving things structure, so that everything has a place and gets treated properly. It’s crucial for keeping our practices consistent from project to project.”
Having worked in various highly regulated industries, Brandie is comfortable in the financial world. She’s adept at establishing processes that help Mabus Agency and our clients get the most out of every penny.
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.
Christine acts as the right hand to Mabus Agency leadership. Not only does she manage schedules and communicate with clients, she facilitates client onboarding process and plays an integral role in managing these projects internally.
“Everyone has needs and everyone has resources. I think of these things as puzzle pieces, and making it all fit together is fun for me.”
Christine is a master of multi-tasking who knows the right questions to ask in order to get a real sense of our clients’ needs. She’s dedicated to seeing projects through to their fullest potential.
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.
To Michael Gann, the way consumers interact with a product is by far the most important aspect of design. From product packaging to websites, he wants to visualize all of the ways consumers can tangibly use the products he designs.
“I remember when I realized web design was much like packaging design because when you get on the Internet you interact with the website and unravel it. A really good website says so much about a company, that they care about what they do so much.”
To achieve the high level of interactivity Michael expects from his websites, he spends the greatest part of his time with strategy, thinking out every level of the website before programming.
Josh came to web developing after earning his undergraduate degree in graphic design. His design background and keen eye bring a unique twist to his projects as a front end developer with Mabus Agency’s web team.
“I love to see how things interact. I don’t like for elements to be static on the page. Even someone with no web background knows when they see a good website because it interacts with them. It’s fun knowing what I want to see happen and then making it happen.”
Coding websites is a labor of love too meticulous for anyone without a true passion for the work. Josh is constantly working to deepen his knowledge of web developing by learning from the rest of the web development team.
As a Mabus Agency brand designer, Brennan helps piece together the elements of a brand into a cohesive, consistent identity. He constantly thinks about how graphic design, color palette, and typefaces can be unified in an intentional way.
“Lots of times, design elements can be strong on their own but fragmented as a whole, because they don’t work together. The right pieces in the right places interact with each other, making something boring into something extraordinary, and making your client relatable to everybody.”
Brennan favors subtle, subversive brand work over bigger-is-better campaigns. He loves collaborating with other departments, using everyone’s input and vision to construct the perfect brand for Mabus Agency’s clients.
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.
President, Chief Creative Officer
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.
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.
Chief Strategy Officer
Leading Mabus Agency’s Financial Services Marketing division in our Raleigh office, Hunter and his team dig deep into transactional and engagement data and craft marketing programs that help companies acquire prospects wisely, deepen relationships, and retain customers.
Hunter Young has always pursued the toughest marketing challenges. He led the global and retail web teams at BB&T ($200B asset bank) and managed marketing and data teams at one of the fastest growing community banks in the country before joining Mabus Agency.
Mary Meghan Mabus
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.