Atlanta, GA – MELT, the award-winning sports, culinary and entertainment marketing firm, announced the hiring of several new executives to bolster its continued growth and expansion. The new hires come from some of the top media networks and agencies in the country and will support MELT’s growing client and services base.
PATRICK HODGES NAMED ART DIRECTOR
Hodges joins MELT from The Global Thinking Agency where he was an Art Director and worked on campaigns for the likes of New Balance, Shared Hope and Vornado. Prior to his stint at Global Thinking, Hodges was an Art Director for BFG Communications where he worked on accounts such as Camel, Stella Doro, Dr. Oetker Pizza and Lance Crackers. Hodges graduated from The Louisiana State University with a BFA in Graphic Design, is a registered chef and author of an award-winning cookbook.
LONNIE GARNER NAMED ART DIRECTOR
Garner joins MELT from Turner Sports where he was a Senior Designer working in the creative development of all Turner Sports properties in the areas of digital, on-air and other forms of traditional media. Prior to his stint at Turner, Garner was a designer for CSE where he worked on several accounts including ATT, AFLAC and many others. Garner graduated from both the Illinois Institute of Art and The American Academy of Art.
TARYN RUDOLPH NAMED ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE
Rudolph joins MELT from The Octagon Agency where she worked on The Home Depot account for their sponsorship of ESPN College Game Day. Her responsibilities included providing account leadership and tactical support for the 16-week traveling experience during college football season. Prior to her stint with Octagon, Rudolph worked with The International Speedway Corporation (ISC) on the sales, service and marketing division of ISC. Rudolph received her BS from the University of South Florida and her MBA and MS from The University of Central Florida.
SHANNON MACLEAN NAMED ACCOUNT COORDINATOR
MacLean joins MELT straight from MELT’s highly-acclaimed MELT University intern program where she worked summer of 2016. Her performance in MELT University was so impressive that she earned a spot on The Holiday Inn Express Pancake Selfie Express SEC Tour and is now being elevated to Account Coordinator. A graduate of The University of West Georgia with a BA in Psychology, MacLean also was a student-athlete and played for the UWG Women’s Soccer team.
“I’m so proud of each one of these new MELT team members,” said MELT Chairman/CEO Vince Thompson. “They represent the best of the best and I look forward to their contributions to both our team and our clients.”
Founded by CEO Vince Thompson in 2000, MELT, LLC, is an Atlanta based fully-integrated sports and entertainment marketing agency offering clients advertising, original content development, digital, social media, event and experiential marketing, retail and consumer promotions, brand strategy and sports property evaluation and activation. Check us out at www.meltatl.com, on facebook.com/MELTatl, or on Twitter @MELTatl.