There is nothing like waking up to the smell of change. And today all of us at Brogan & Partners got a snootful.
We have a new managing partner: Ellyn Davidson. She replaces Deidre Bounds who is moving to our sister company, Ignite Social Media, as its COO. Ellyn started as an intern at Brogan 16 years ago. She quickly proved indispensable, ambitious and immoderately capable. She first tackled media and rose to media director, then turned her attention to client service and was soon heading our most important accounts--Michigan Department of Community Health, Travel Michigan, MEDC. She became an agency partner in 1998 and stockholder in 2004.
In 2007 she faced her biggest opponent--breast cancer--and won, becoming an activist, blogger and fundraiser for a cure.
Her next business issue was to learn social media. She has spent the past year working with Ignite Social Media on strategy and business development, as well as conducting a social media boot camp and weekly lunch & learns for all B&Pers.
Today she brings all this experience, energy and brainpower to her new post.
Ellyn will team with a brand new CEO--Maria Marcotte. Maria is our senior partner, second largest shareholder, COO. She joined the agency as business manager in 1990 and soon formed a corporate support team to handle all non-advertising stuff. Money. Legalities. Benefits. Buildings in Detroit and Research Triangle. Interns. Technology. And our most important issue: Morale. She has been part of ensuring that B & P is a place our staff wants to come to every day... that while we have abnormally high productivity, we also make sure every staffer feels loved and valued. Through regular thank yous, Hero of the Month awards, our annual out-of-town Mystery Trips, free Monday Morning manicures and more.
Somehow Maria also finds time to exercise her creativity. As cartoonist for B & P's annual booklet spoofing politics, as an award-winning oil painter, and as a scarily realistic duck carver.
Maria was named COO of the Year by Crain's Detroit Business and has won national Sloan award for innovations in Human Resources.
More soon about Maria and Ellyn's new vision for the agency!
What about me--the agency's former CEO/managing partner? I remain chair and stockholder of Brogan & Partners (as well as co-owner/COO of Ignite Social Media), work for both businesses part-time, and am on the lam the rest of the time. This month, for example, I am in Carmel as a temp nanny to my two-year-old granddaughter Brogan. In March I spent two weeks in Morocco with the SheMachine. I continue to work for boards/orgs who do good deeds. Next spring I plan to intern in DC for a Michigan Senator or Representative. See? Life can be good even when you shake it up and turn over your beloved businesses to others.