Widely-Recognized Pittsburgh Agency Doubles Down on Chicago with Christy Kelly as New Partner
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CHICAGO Feb. 10, 2022 Gatesman Agency is growing again and it’s expanding its partnership. In 2021 the marketing and communications agency added 10 new clients and projects, 17 new employees and promoted more than 20 percent of staff. Additionally, and perhaps its biggest news, is that less than a year after promoting Christy Kelly to SVP, Director of Account Management, she has been named the newest partner in the award-winning, independent firm. 

“Christy has been a crucial part of our leadership team over the past several years,” said John Gatesman, CEO. “She brings a player-coach mentality and entrepreneurial spirit to drive remarkable work, and she’s hands-on ensuring client satisfaction while building team chemistry and culture through her demonstrative leadership in account management. Additionally, her tenacity in understanding the digital landscape, combined with her smarts, and ability to collaborate in providing solutions for our clients and new business have been magnificent. We’re very proud to have her as a partner.”

Gatesman, which works with B2C and B2B companies and brands in higher education, healthcare, home and building, retail, transportation and lifestyle continually positions itself as an agency for change - embracing evolution, anticipating what’s next and rising to meet client challenges with creativity, data, diverse points-of-view and integrated solutions. This change-emphasis coupled with its Hacking Human Behavior approach and new capabilities have propelled the company during what became a tumultuous COVID-era for most businesses.  

“Christy is someone who believes in building solutions around real business challenges with a client-centric mindset and that’s made a huge difference for clients and prospects during such a volatile business climate,” said Shannon Baker, president at Gatesman. “Her relationships are pure. They’re built on authenticity, trust and camaraderie. She is someone who pushes for data and stronger insights; someone who has a competitive spirit in pursuit of goals; and most importantly she is someone who believes wholeheartedly in the power of collaboration and creativity. Her ambition and desire to drive impact propel her success with clients.”

The decision to name Kelly a partner solidifies Gatesman’s dedication to the competitive Chicago market by establishing an ownership stake for continued business expansion in the Windy City. While she will continue to play an integral role in new business development, Kelly’s core responsibilities will remain focused on account performance, client satisfaction and team development to ensure the highest standards of excellence in strategic thinking, creative performance and bottom-line impact for the agency’s full brand roster. 

“One of the main goals I have as a partner of the agency is to ensure the work we produce reaches its highest potential by utilizing the full suite of services our team has to offer,” said Kelly. “The power of true integration allows us to design best-fit solutions for our clients and grow as an agency. I’m extremely confident in John and Shannon and the team they have built and I feel the sky's the limit for what's to come.”

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About Gatesman:

With offices in Pittsburgh and Chicago, Gatesman offers expertise in strategy/branding, advertising, public relations, social media, digital and analytics. Gatesman is a partner in AMIN Worldwide, an alliance of over 50 independent marketing agencies, and IPREX, a global communications network.