Brew Stocks Up On Talent

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Working with big names like Virgin Mobile and Citibank, Brew has expanded its staff base with Ned Sundby-Munson, Nicki Folkens and Savanah Brihn as designer-art director, senior project/account manager and assistant communications planner, respectively.

Mr. Sundby-Munson has already partnered with ex- Fallon executive creative director and Brew co-founder Bruce Bildsten in creating viral films that have drawn a quarter million film views on the agency's web site. Before Brew, the University of Minnesota graduate interned at Crispin Porter & Bogusky and Saatchi & Saatchi, London, followed by a slew of freelance gigs at a number of top shops.

Ms. Folkens joins the 7-month-old Brew from Colle & McVoy where she was project and account manger on both advertising and interactive sides of brands like Time Warner Cable and Nestle Purina. Before Colle & McVoy, Folkens was a senior project manager at Best Buy and The Carlson Companies.

Ms. Brinh was first introduced to Brew after working with co-founder and ex-director of connection planning at Fallon, Michelle Fitzgerald, when she interned at the agency.

With more young blood entering the advertising industry, Bildsten credits Brew with allowing new talent to explore their creativity.

"Younger talents are interested in working for the untraditional agencies," Bildsten said. "They're not even interested in talking to the big traditional agencies but to the new breed agencies like ourselves because we are trying new things."

Brew prides itself in bringing creativity and media together. And with a staff of eight, Brew hustles and collaboratively works to produce the best product for its clients.

"We play this role of mistress agency," Bildsten said. "More and more large brands are turning to agencies like ourselves--giving us a portion of their budgets or a product from their portfolio because they're looking for fresh thinking. And like a mistress, we're kept quiet."

In addition to Brew's work with Nikon and Porsche, the agency has also recently scored Sun County Airlines and Wine That Loves.
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