Mindgrub added Sarah Quackenbush as vice president of client development and John Rainey as engagement director. Quackenbush spent 17 years in advertising prior to Mindgrub, joining from Havas Helia where she was business development director in 2018 and 2019. Previously she was with Planit for nearly seven years, most recently as group account director. An eight-year veteran of the U.S. Army, Rainey brings more than 20 years of sales, client relations, marketing and business development experience to the digital transformation space. He joins from Accella, LLC where he was VP of business development for the web design and app developer.

Craig Ey

Maryland Insurance Commissioner Al Redmer, Jr. named Craig Ey as director of communications for the Maryland Insurance Administration. “I have known Craig for about 20 years and he is the consummate professional,” Redmer said. “While he has taken his talents to other cities, he has maintained deep relationships in Maryland, which will allow him to make an immediate impact as we communicate the important work being done by the professionals at the Maryland Insurance Administration. We are excited that Craig has chosen to join us in public service.” As Director of Communications, Ey is responsible for external and internal communications, media relations and public information requests.

Ey is a veteran media executive. Before joining the Maryland Insurance Administration, he served as editor-in-chief of the Philadelphia Business Journal from 2010 to 2019. Prior to that, he was editor-In-chief of the Birmingham (Alabama) Business Journal for four years and managing editor at the Baltimore Business Journal for seven years. Earlier in his career, he was a journalist and editor at several newspapers in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

MGH announced that Successories – “the leader in motivational awards and gift products for more than 30 years,” according to MGH’s press release – has named MGH its digital agency of record. The agency will handle Successories’ digital marketing efforts across all channels, including Google and Facebook to help drive business and raise brand awareness and loyalty.

“MGH is excited to add Successories to our growing e-commerce client base,” MGH CEO Andy Malis said in the release. “We believe our vast experience in the digital space will help support Successories’ already thriving business and increase brand loyalty among current and future customers.”

MGH also announced it has been named to Ad Age’s 2020 Best Places to Work list. This marks the second year in a row the agency has been named to the prestigious list, which recognizes a select number of companies across a myriad of industries, including advertising, marketing, ad tech and digital media. MGH’s selection places it among the top 25 small-to-mid-sized agencies with 200 or fewer employees. The honor was based on employee and employer surveys and is judged by Ad Age editors. Ad Age’s scoring system includes six key satisfaction areas: employee benefits, company culture, company environment, employee perks, employee development and employee engagement.

Laura Van Eperen, founder and CEO of Van Eperen, has been chosen to serve as vice chair of the Maryland Marketing Partnership, after serving on the MMP Board of Directors for two years.

Laura Van Eperen will continue her service as a member of the executive committee alongside fellow Board members who represent various state regions – from Western Maryland to the Eastern Shore – in the areas of business, economic development, labor, non-profit organizations, marketing and advertising, and public relations and communications.

“I look forward to continuing to contribute to Maryland’s success through the Maryland Marketing Partnership,” commented Laura Van Eperen. “Our dynamic leadership team all have a vested and shared interest in growing the Maryland brand globally as a business-friendly state.”

The Maryland Marketing Partnership, founded in statute as the Maryland Public-Private Partnership Marketing Corporation, was created to develop a branding strategy for the state, market the state’s assets and encourage the location and growth of new businesses in Maryland.

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