When we say that Paul’s affability and sense of humor belie his remarkable perception insight, and commitment to his craft, you may suspect a healthy dose of promotional exaggeration. But after 15 minutes talking to Paul, your skepticism will crumble — and you may just find it impossible to stop smiling. FVM’s 30+ years in the business is testament to Paul’s vision and integrity. And our addiction to soft pretzels is a testament to Paul’s, well, affinity for doughy goodness.
How do you keep an agency growing and thriving for 30+ years? Spend an hour with Laurie and you’ll discover an enthusiasm and magnetism that have engendered client loyalty for decades. And while you may be bowled over by her professional knowledge and drive, it’s her warmth, honesty, and sense of fun that will have you hooked. Besides FVM, Laurie loves houses and spends her free time on renovation projects with her husband, Mark.
Greatest personal strengths:optimism, sports trivia
Greatest personal weaknesses:grandkids’ laughter, carbohydrates
Preferred method to prepare carbs:Italian cooking
Preferred methods to burn carbs:cycling, yoga
Something that isn’t about carbs:takes nothing for granted
Defining working virtues:tenacity, tenacity, curiosity, tenacity
Defining unwinding exercise:early morning yoga
Most common reading material:client industry intel and news
Unofficial family title:Cruise Director
Dietary mainstay:Amy’s lentil vegetable soup
Aaron has been continually developing his clean, professional design style since his start as a B2B agency intern up to his more recent work with GE and Evonik Industries. At FVM, he helps guide projects through every step of the process, pairing careful strategy with creative design. On weekends, Aaron swaps out his trusty Logitech keyboard for his less trusty (but equally beloved) vintage Honda motorcycle.
Musical guilty pleasure: Miley Cyrus
Marketing guilty pleasure: Direct mail
Not-so-guilty pleasures: Charcoal drawing, trout fishing
Movie intake: At least 2-3 a week
Fav. furry friend: Lucia, the Carolina Dog
Originally from the tiny town of Berwick, PA, Alex brings a broad knowledge of marketing to support some of FVM’s biggest clients. The Drexel grad uses her razor-sharp communication and organization skills to keep messages moving and projects pushing forward. When she’s not color-coding her closet or planning her next cross-country road trip, Alex is soaking in everything Philly has to offer — one cheesesteak and Flyers game at a time.
Cheesesteak of choice: Jim’s Steaks, whiz wit
Not-so-guilty music pleasure: Dave Matthews
Natural habitat: Surrounded by fuzzy blankets, fluffy pillows, candles, and Mad Men
Pet peeves: Sunday drivers, unmade beds
Secret weapon: Homemade banana nut bread
A former journalist, Calvin became a copywriter to build campaigns for clients like Comcast and Best Buy. At FVM, he uses his creative skills to clear word clutter and make brand voices sing, soothe, and sometimes scream. If it were up to him, this bio would just be a tiny GIF of a pug eating pizza.
Good punk, bad rap, Schubert
Updated tally, spectacled FVM creatives:
Frozen pizza novelties, worst to best:
Pockets, Bagel Bites, Rolls
Two marimo moss balls and one single-speed Schwinn beater
Christiana graduated from the Art Institute of Philadelphia and sped straight to FVM with a portfolio that already included work for Di Bruno Brothers and University of Pennsylvania. Passionate and informed, Christiana approaches branding, illustration, layout, and product design with an infectious “bring it on” attitude. She supplements her popularity in the agency with three well-stocked snack drawers.
One-word design process:“sketchy”
Unofficial office duties:produce sourcing, playing devil’s advocate
Guilty pleasures:/r/crappydesign, Netflix marathons
Innocent pleasures:coupon cutting, sushi, pumpkin flavoring
Daydreaming allotment:23 hours, design; 1 hour, everything else
Christina doesn’t feel comfortable unless she’s got a full to-do list and packed calendar in front of her. Organized, thorough, and determined come as standard with Christina, but it’s her talent for strategy, eye for aesthetics, and ability to see the big picture that take her to new levels of awesomeness. As if she didn’t get enough done in-office, she’s also an accomplished traveller, photographer, and mother.
Number of people shot:estimated >5,000
Weapon of choice:Nikon D600
Right brained/left brained:¿Por que no los dos?
Favorite opera, offspring:Carmen, Carmen
Remaining PTOs:not nearly enough
Coleman is our account team’s resident straight shooter and pragmatist. A firm (but friendly!) believer in the power of simplicity, he specializes in streamlining complex strategies while helping clients tackle challenges creatively. With all those key accounts humming along smoothly, Coleman spends his free time writing, recording, and performing tunes of his own at sessions and shows across Philadelphia.
Prized possession:1962 Silvertone Stratotone guitar
Dream musical collab:Alex Turner or Dan Auerbach
Sucker for anything that’s:Actually “craft-made”
Beer season of choice:Winter
Go-to TV:Seinfeld on repeat
Derek has three primary passions: brunch, hip-hop, and email marketing. In other words, he thrives when he’s juggling a diversity of disciplines — wrangling reports, coordinating campaigns, and unearthing the world’s best mimosas/mixtapes/marketing tactics. When he’s not keeping FVM’s digital ad campaigns running smoothly, Derek enjoys shredding the slopes on his snowboard — as long as there’s still time for brunch.
Go-to order:French toast, bacon, coffee
Food lover… except for:Seafood
Ultimate snowboarding sacrifice:44 shoulder dislocations
Current album rotation:To Pimp a Butterfly, Saturation, Blonde
Latest rap obsession:Trick Daddy
One of six siblings (including her twin!), Greta’s at her happiest working with big groups in fast-paced environments. At FVM, the Saint Joseph’s grad uses her lively demeanor and attention to detail to keep projects moving seamlessly between clients and the creative team. When she’s not on the move biking, hiking, or practicing Vinyasa yoga, Greta surrounds herself with family and friends ⎯ preferably to country music, on a warm summer day.
Crowning athletic achievement: Biked across the country in 2013
Preferred pastry: Insomnia Cookies
Favorite “Bachelor” season: The last one with Colton, duh
Most millennial attribute: Willing to pay extra for avocado
Dream destination: New Zealand
A former competitive cricket player, Hasnain knows a thing or two about tackling tough challenges. At FVM, he uses his expertise in strategic planning and web development to navigate clients’ complex requests — and bring flawless websites and apps to life. When he’s not collaborating closely with Team FVM, Hasnain can be found attending sporting events with his closest teammates, son Amaar and daughter Safiya.
Everyday essentials:Adobe Suite and dual monitors
Fuel for work:Coffee, black
Fuel for family time:Slow-cooked butter chicken
Undying loyalty:Manchester United
Thrill wish list:Shark diving…or skydiving
Helen takes accounting, personnel, and business matters seriously, keeping FVM the finely-tuned marketing machine it is. When she’s not crunching numbers and crushing budgets, Helen rules over the cleanest office kitchen in America through a mixture of fear and…well, just fear. But hey — just look at those counters sparkle!
Things best kept predictable:numbers, hours, vitamin C intake
Things best kept unpredictable:the route at next weekend’s Porsche rally
Green pepper consumption:quotidian
Unconventional pastime:toying with telemarketers
Least favorite nouns:ice, winter, snow, frost, late timesheets
Jon is our chief strategist and resident metaphorist. Give him a complex marketing challenge and he’ll sketch out the solution, illustrated with comparisons to three-legged racing, hotdogs, and obscure TV shows — yet it all makes perfect sense. Happiest with a whiteboard and a problem to solve, Jon inspires the agency to break boundaries, create incredible work, and take every opportunity to have a good laugh.
Puzzle genre(s) mastered:client business
Preferred board length:long
# of silent H’s in name:0 (first), 1 (last)
Favorite state ending in –mont:Vermont
Most comfortable around:creatives, family (not in that order)
Not content with content, copy and creative writing, Jon also leads our brand strategy efforts. He finds answers to our clients’ challenges, including those they don’t know they have, develops positioning recommendations, and tells their stories in fresh and compelling ways. And he’s writing this bio as you read it. He’s just that fast.
Client experience:food, AI, healthcare, pest control, gaming
Specialties:making technical stuff un-boring
Most likely eating:wings, extra-hot wings, Coke Zero
Favorite verbs:appease, excise, launch, slide
Weapons of choice:semantics, Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard
After years of managing top accounts, Karen now leads the charge on strategic media planning and campaigns. One of our most studious FVMers, she devours webinars and whitepapers on a daily basis to deliver a fresh perspective on all things marketing. With three sons, a husband, and five nephews, she spends the rest of her time happily outnumbered by boys.
Hours of client research completed:whatever number comes after an octillion
# of conclusions jumped to:0.00
Honor-bound duties:understand client needs, finish leftovers
Only thing holding hair at bay:Aussie Sprunch spray
Care instructions:requires direct sunlight, frequent watering
Outgoing and go-getting, Kiersten supplies FVM’s key accounts with rich experience in financial services and food marketing. From planning to execution, Kiersten ensures every campaign step meets her impossibly high standards. And when her teeth aren’t sinking into her duties as Account Executive, they are bared for a fierce game of Giganotosaurus vs. T-Rex with her 2-year old son.
Runs on: pasta, tomatoes, olive oil
Preferred flooring: sand
In her earbuds: Freakonomics podcast
Dislikes: n/a (she’s really that nice)
Signature corny truism: “Life’s a beach.”
Equal parts creative and strategic, Russell is a design force to be reckoned with. From logos and typography to animation and UX, his talents enhance the digital presence of all our clients. Russell’s at his best when creating brands, immersed in interaction design, poring over the latest trends, or crunching through his daily quota of carrots.
General working style:tinker and trim, keep it modular and organized
Thinks in terms of:type, interaction, Eddie Izzard quotes
Favorite low-emission vehicles:hybrid-engine sedan, whisky-powered skateboard
Know any good restaurants?my kitchen (reservations required)
Most commonly absorbing:project briefs, coffee, inaccessible music
Tom is FVM’s brand guardian. With global experience in editorial, PR, and marketing, he spends his days making sure people know who we are and what we’re capable of. When he isn’t guiding new business, promoting the agency, or making a cup of tea, he’s usually thinking about making another cup of tea.
Unrepentant loyalties:Liverpool FC #YNWA
Most requested skill:high shelf reaching
You can’t live without:Yorkshire Tea, KEXP, Friday night
Number of progeny:2