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Archer Malmo Adds Eight New Employees, Promotes 14

By Archer Malmo Staff
January 26, 2016

Archer Malmo, a leading independent brand communications agency, today announced five recent new hires in its Memphis office and three in Austin. New hires include Brittany Kelly to account service; Kelsey O’Briant and Bret Weaver to creative; Brendan O’Brien, David Shakir, Nick Welp and Brian Wentzloff to digital; and Rachel Cupo to accounting, all bringing the agency’s total headcount to 190. Additionally, 14 Archer Malmo employees were recently promoted, 11 from the Memphis office and three from Austin.

“We’re more committed than ever to adding great talent in Memphis and Austin, while continuing to recognize the contributions of current folks,” said Russ Williams, CEO of Archer Malmo. “We’re looking forward to what the new year will bring.”

New hires include:


  • Brittany Kelly was hired as a new account manager. Prior, Brittany served as a senior social media profile manager at Main Street Hub in Austin.
  • Kelsey O’Briant joins Archer Malmo full-time as a junior art director after interning with the agency for the past year while getting her master’s degree in advertising from the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Nick Welp is a new full stack developer on the agency’s digital team. Nick previously served in a similar position as an independent web developer and lead developer for several independent websites.


  • Rachel Cupo joins the agency as an accounts payable specialist. Previously, Rachel served as administrative assistant at Brookdale Senior Living in Brentwood, Tennessee.
  • Brendan O’Brien was hired as a digital email deployment specialist. Brendan was previously a business services supervisor for LivingSocial in Tucson, Arizona, where he also specialized in email campaigns.
  • David Shakir is a new junior digital developer. Prior, David worked in a similar capacity at Signature Advertising in Memphis.
  • Bret Weaver joins the agency full-time as a brand standards proofreader after freelancing in this capacity for a few months. Previously, Bret served as a copywriter at Baptist Memorial Health Care and as an online content producer for The Commercial Appeal.
  • Brian Wentzloff was hired full-time as a new senior digital developer after freelancing in this capacity since July. Brian previously served as the co-founder and CTO of Memphis-based startup Musistic.

Additionally, Emily Brueck was promoted to account manager; Kristen Dickerson was promoted to art director; Wil Gatlin was promoted to senior digital developer; Robby Grant was promoted to vice president, digital development and technology; Ashley High was promoted to director of digital strategy; Diana Hopkins (Austin) was promoted to account executive; Ben Hopper was promoted to senior digital analyst; Melissa Lim (Austin) was promoted to account manager; Mary Maxwell was promoted to account executive; Lialah Putman-Harper was promoted to senior art director; Diana Sanders was promoted to senior digital marketing specialist; Mario Van Gastel (Austin) was promoted to media and planning strategist; Chase Wallace was promoted to digital developer; and Houston Wickham was promoted to junior digital developer/email deployment specialist.

About Archer Malmo

Archer Malmo, with offices in Memphis, Tennessee, and Austin, Texas, combines brand thinking, data and technology to help growing brands adapt to the digital and creative complexities of today. Since 1952, we’ve continually evolved to changes in the industry, helping level the competitive playing field for midsize companies. The agency’s combination of discipline specialists, strategic orientation, creativity and culture yields strong client relationships and business results. With more than 150 people,  Archer Malmo is one of the oldest independent agencies in the U.S. and has been recognized by Advertising Age and others as a “Best Place to Work” and has been named to the “Inc. 5000” list of fastest-growing private companies in America for five consecutive years.