Yesterday was a day to celebrate the companies and individuals that make Charleston’s Marketing Community what it is. As we all gathered together for a delicious lunch by Charleston Marriott and dessert from Glazed and Wild Flower Pastry, the buzz around the room was contagious. Warren Peper led the ceremonies while throwing in a little humor for all.

Congratulations to the 2011 Post & Courier Marketer of the Year, Jessica Munday, President and Founder of Trio Solutions!

Winners of the 2011 SPARK! Awards include Levelwing, Visiture, and Charleston Wine and Food Festival!

As Warren Peper said, all of the above winners set a high bar for the rest of the Charleston Marketing Community! We are all lucky to live in the beautiful city of Charleston, and it makes our jobs that much more enjoyable!

Thank you to all who participated to make this event shine!


We are thrilled to announce the Departure Media Marketer of the Year Finalists!

Marcia White, Senior Director of Marketing For Academics And Admissions
College Of Charleston
Category: Education

Krista Robertson, Interactive Marketing Manager
Roper St Francis Hospital
Category: Healthcare

Laura Bright, Director of Marketing
Maverick Southern Kitchens
Category: Hospitality & Tourism

Lee Deas, Principal/Owner
Obviouslee Marketing
Category: Marketing & PR

Barry Waldman, Vice President of Communications and Marketing
Trident United Way
Category: Nonprofit

Get your tickets now for the highly anticipated Charleston AMA Spark Awards on Thursday, November 12, at 6 p.m. at the historic American Theater. Spark brings together the brightest in marketing, where winners will be revealed. This year’s soiree will prove to be the best one yet, with comic relief, great music, outstanding food and cocktails, and plenty of time to network.

rick_thumbName: Rick Quinn
Company: {e} house studio
Title: Partner

Two sentences about your company/position.

At {e} house studio, we specialize in helping your business find, communicate with, and win the hearts and minds of your customers — real people, who have real problems to solve. Our Web sites and 360-degree digital marketing programs create satisfying, engaging experiences that create devoted customers — and drive tangible results.

I am a partner and I help organizations improve their customer satisfaction, retention and brand perception, which leads to improved financial performance, which I did as a VP for Sears where we improved our customer satisfaction by 14% points in 3 years. Reference: The Employee-Customer-Profit Chain at Sears, Harvard Business Review Reprint 98109

What is the best advice you could give a younger marketer?

With the social media tools of today, the best companies and marketers will learn how to leverage the open conversation about brands and ensure the internal operations of companies can deliver what their brand promises.

What is your favorite website or who is your favorite person to follow on Twitter?

Why are you a member of Charleston AMA?

I have worked or consulted with large organizations all of my life and we want to have not only an organization that serves national clients but local clients as well. We grew up in smaller communities and therefore we also want to be a part of the wonderful community of Charleston.

Be the Spark!

Capitalize on the opportunity to be recognized as an industry leader and be the Spark. There’s no better way to gain credibility from your peers, garner respect from your supervisors and receive a wealth of marketing for your company than by winning an industry award.  Entering gives you a unique opportunity to showcase your work, allowing prospects to see firsthand your talents and capabilities, while reinforcing with existing clients why they invest in your services and value your input.

Charleston AMA is accepting entries for the Spark Awards through October 15. Don’t miss your chance to shine.

Nicole Garrigan
Director of Spark Awards
(843) 693-4183



Are you the next American Marketing Association SPARK Award winner?
It’s simple: enter, win, be recognized.

The AMA Spark Awards recognize the most effective marketing campaigns in South Carolina and awards seven companies and one individual that have demonstrated outstanding leadership and programs in the previous calendar year. The entries are judged on the ability to show results through clearly defined objectives strategies and tactics. Entries may be submitted at the Charleston AMA website.

Winners will be announced and awards presented at the Sparks Awards Soiree November 12, 2009 6pm at The American Theater. Tickets to the Soiree can be purchased on the Charleston AMA website and are $25 for members and $40 for nonmembers. If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Garrigan at 843.693.4183 or info@charlestonama.org.

rachelName: Rachel Hutchisson
Company: Blackbaud, Inc.
Title: Director, Corporate Relations & Philanthropy

In two sentences, tell us about your company/position:
Blackbaud is the leading global provider of software and services designed specifically for nonprofit organizations. I oversee the company’s global philanthropic and volunteerism initiatives, relying on my 17 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations to help the company and our employees make a difference in the world.

What is the best advice you could give a younger marketer?

Get as much diverse experience as you can before you decide to specialize in any one thing. In support of that, look for ways to add to your experience through volunteerism and personal activities. Often these opportunities allow you to challenge yourself in ways that might not be possible in whatever job you might hold at the moment.

What is your favorite website or who is your favorite person to follow on Twitter?

I love www.audible.com, more for the service it provides than the actual website. I’ve turned my daily commute into extra “reading” time.

Why are you a member of Charleston AMA?

I first got involved in the AMA on the national level, through Blackbaud’s support of the AMA Nonprofit Marketing Conference. We invest in the work done by the AMA Foundation as a way to support the profession and encourage the development of additional resources for nonprofit marketers. Through the AMA, I have developed many wonderful relationships with marketing colleagues both locally and nationally. This past summer, I joined the board of the AMA Foundation.

Twitpic Contest


Are you an inspired marketer in Charleston? If so, show us! Charleston AMA is officially kicking off its photo contest this Wednesday, August 19.

The rules are simple:

– Take a picture of what inspires you as a marketer or what inspires you about Charleston.
– Submit your photo via Twitpic to Charleston AMA’s Twitter account: @CharlestonAMA

Our September event speaker, Noah Everett (who happens to be the creator of Twitpic) will pick his favorite! The winner will receive 4 tickets to the next Pecha Kucha event!

Pecha Kucha is an informal forum for creative people to meet, network and show their work in public. Tickets will be supplied by Parliament – Charleston’s creative cluster group.

Deadline for photo entries is Wednesday, September 9, at 5:00 p.m. Don’t miss your chance to win tickets to one of the hottest creative events in Charleston!

And, join us at our September event where we’ll announce the winner and show all of the photo submissions.