Barnes Agency is a full-service marketing, advertising and public relations firm based in West Virginia that possesses experienced leadership and the proven ability to create powerful and inspirational campaigns that are unique, that stand out and most importantly, get results. Barnes Agency also has a regionally unprecedented ability to look at life from a client’s perspective.
With leaders who maintain more than 50 years combined experience in the corporate marketing arena, Barnes Agency’s leaders too have been clients. That gives Barnes Agency the unique perspective of developing initiatives from the client’s point of view and with a diligent eye toward achieving not only awareness, but results. Read more (+)
A proud community supporter, Barnes Agency’s continued success has allowed it each year to become even more philanthropic as a sponsor and supporter of numerous community and statewide non-profit organizations and causes it believes will benefit West Virginians. In addition, the agency is currently looking to expand its footprint to other locations throughout the nation.
To date, Barnes Agency and its leadership have received over 350 regional and national awards for advertising excellence.
Agency Role: Jeff is a marketing and PR professional with more than 25 years of experience. He is responsible for overall agency operations, business development and achieving client results. Making sure the agency is moving forward and raising clients’ advertising bar to national quality regardless of the budget is Jeff’s primary objective. Strengths: Film and video creative direction, aggressive media buying, media relations, strategic planning, business development, business to business networking and client results. Background: Prior to launching Barnes Agency in 2003, Jeff was vice president for four large regional and national hospital and healthcare systems. He was held accountable for growth in revenue while maintaining and enhancing the image and brand identity of the organizations he served. Jeff served as spokesperson for each system and maintains a tremendous relationship with both regional and national media outlets. To date, Jeff and his team have been awarded over 350 regional and national awards for advertising excellence. Prior to establishing his business career, Jeff played professional baseball for the Texas Rangers.
Agency Role: Susan is a marketing and PR professional of more than 20 years with the primary role of overseeing the effective delivery of Barnes Agency’s strategic and creative services to clients. Meeting and exceeding client expectations is Susan’s ultimate priority. Strengths: Strategic planning, project management, writing and content development, branding, budgeting, media buying, media relations, event planning, database management. Background: Prior to joining Barnes Agency, Susan was senior vice president of marketing for a large, highly results-driven regional banking system where she was accountable for marketing and public relations initiatives that moved the bottom-line for multiple lines of business across a network of 28 banking centers in three states. She is a graduate of Miami University with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and finance.
Agency Role: A seasoned design veteran with more than 20 years of experience, Tony is responsible for conceptualization, design and layout of marketing materials for Barnes Agency’s clients. He also takes the lead in mentoring the design students that participate in the internship program that Barnes Agency hosts in association with Marshall University College of Arts and Media – School of Art and Design. Strengths: Tony’s well-rounded experience allows him to meet a multitude of clients’ needs. From graphic design to photography to web design, Tony’s skills make ideas come to life. Background: Tony received a bachelor of fine arts with emphasis in graphic design from Marshall University. His experience is far-reaching and includes work for large advertising agencies, video production companies, printing companies and most recently, one of the region’s largest healthcare systems.
Agency Role: Lindsey is a graphic designer charged with producing a variety of print and digital media solutions for our clients. She also provides additional creative services including illustration and storyboarding. Strengths: Lindsey strengths include graphic design services such as logo design and brand development, analog and digital illustration, and web design. Background: Born in Florida, Lindsey received an Associate of Science degree in illustration from Florida School of the Arts in 2011. She then went on to obtain a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in graphic design from Marshall University in 2017. While a student at Marshall, Lindsey began working as a creative services intern for Barnes Agency in 2016 before being welcomed into the agency family upon graduation.
Agency Role: As Director of Videography and Post-Production, Michael provides national quality video production, editing and custom music scores for many Barnes Agency clients. A West Virginia native, Stryker is an Emmy Award-winning, Grammy-nominated, nine-time Gold Addy winner, and winner of multiple Telly awards for video production, directing and cinematography. Strengths: His passion for ground-breaking documentary film production has carried Michael to new heights in his professional endeavors. The ability to see the big picture while putting the client’s needs and message first has been a proven factor in his success. Background: His credits also include a variety of videos that have appeared on Country Music Television, a short film that was commissioned by the Thailand Tourism Board to help promote Northern Thailand globally, and many more.
Agency Role: Julie is a marketing and PR professional with more than 20 years of experience. She is responsible for supporting and maintaining a proactive service relationship between the agency and assigned clients and to efficiently move projects through the production pipeline. Strengths: Strategic planning, creative concepts, multimedia, writing and content development, editing, branding, event planning, media relations and graphic design. Background: Julie has a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design, a master’s degree in Journalism/PR and a second master’s in Organizational Development. Her work has earned awards from the West Virginia Chapter of PRSA, the Kentucky Society for Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing and the Tellys. She has experience working with nonprofit and arts organizations, higher education, small businesses, with most of her career spent in the healthcare industry.
Agency Role: Ashley is a marketing, PR and public policy professional with more than 10 years of experience. He is responsible for generating new business opportunities for the agency. Strengths: Writing, media and government relations, organization and leadership development, public speaking, research and higher education management. Background: Prior to joining the Barnes Agency, Ashley spent nearly eight years working in higher education. Since 2011, he has worked as an organizational and public policy consultant. Ashley holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Marshall University, a Master of Science Degree in Strategic Leadership from Mountain State University and a Master of Arts in Education Leadership from Wheeling Jesuit University.
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