Chris founded BRADLEYWEST with the simple premise that a consultative and hands-on approach with a group of proven industry veterans at every step will ultimately create a better roadmap to success. Chris has pulled together his go-to team from over 20 years of success and trusted relationships working with start-ups to Fortune 100 brands to deliver effective, affordable creative solutions.
Before founding the agency, Chris has served as Partner at 2 agencies, a global creative agency specializing in packaged goods, retail and tourism and an online direct response agency managing over $120M in online media for global brands. Through development and cultivation of strategic partnerships for clients based in the US, Germany and Japan, he has helped companies achieve explosive growth as well as successful acquisitions. He’s known for his cowboy hat and his mantra, “GO! FIGHT!! WIN!!!”
With 20+ years of both agency and client-side experience, Derek has been a Creative Director (advertising, interactive, two professional sports teams: Atlanta Hawks NBA & Atlanta Thrashers NHL), Art Director (advertising/design, monthly magazine), Designer, Illustrator and artist. Derek has received dozens of industry awards including National Gold ADDY for corporate website and has also been featured in several industry publications including feature chapters in two books. He is versatile, as comfortable creating brands or working within existing standards. He works quickly without sacrificing quality of the work.
When he’s not busy designing your next award-winning, goal-acheiving site or project you will find him throwing himself haphazardly down a mountain on a snowboard, cooking, painting or cursing the golf gods. Has worked with: ORACLE, Motorola, IBM, Eloqua, Logitech, Verifone, Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Thrashers, NBCU, Comcast, Walt Disney Channel, STARZ, Viacom (Nickelodeon, MTV, BET, CMT).
Johnny comes to us from the Land Down Under and brings a unique passion for storytelling, communication and Hello Kitty.
Growing up in Australia and the UK, Johnny has worked as a creative for 15 years on the agency and client sides – and in between. His thirst for discovery and knowledge has peppered an advertising career with a multitude of off-beat odd jobs – think bike messenger, butcher, mechanic, sommelier. That’s Johnny’s unfair advantage – he loves to let his distinctly unusual perspective loose to develop intriguing, enticing and engaging content.
Johnny has had the pleasure to work with big and small brands across the globe, including Blue Cross UK (an animal charity – not insurance), Magicalia Media, Optus Australia, Kathmandu, Tender & True, Slackers, and local tech company OWC.
Laura Bradley is an Atlanta native who is known for her attention to detail. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in Early Childhood Education, she completed her master’s degree in Library and Information Studies. She has worked in a variety of libraries over the last 12 years as a state-certified librarian, most recently managing programs and promotions for a large suburban public library system in the Atlanta area.
Throughout Laura’s career, she has honed her research skills and is now a sought-after research specialist for the private sector. By providing thorough, evidence-based research and insights, Laura supports the dynamic work of the BRADLEYWEST team. To date, Laura has worked on every client BRADLEYWEST has.
Laura resides in metro Atlanta, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. Laura is active in the local and national adoption community, as she and her husband adopted their daughter, Grace, in 2016.
Tanner is a music industry expert with 10 years of experience booking coast to coast tours, managing artists, and producing large and small scale events and music festivals.
Co-founder and drummer of Eminence Ensemble, a nationally touring band from Boulder Colorado started in a college basement and grown to the national level.
Tanner has joined BRADLEYWEST as Sales Director to blend today’s ever evolving music and entertainment industry with the current digital and social marketing era that is defining business development across the globe.
Chris LaFay is an Atlanta native who has been programming websites since the 5th grade. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelors in Management Information Systems in ’11.
He believes that the web industry requires a personal touch which is what many people call user experience. Chris has been influential for BRADLEYWEST by taking a mobile-first mindset as we tie in the customer experience through branded entertainment. The result is increased engagement, fewer clicks and sales.
Before partnering with BRADLEYWEST, Chris’ clients include Home Depot, Cox Media and Velociteach.
Chuck Aikens is a digital marketing veteran with over 20 years of experience doing some form of Internet marketing. He is the founder of Volume Nine, a Denver-based digital marketing agency that he started over 12 years ago.
As a digital marketing agency, V9 helps companies build their brand, increase their traffic and make more sales with Content Marketing, SEO, and Social Media Services. He is also the father of two incredible kids and a pretend scratch golfer.
With 7 years of agency experience specifically in Social Media Marketing, Carly started out in the industry when the industry started. From Social Media Intern to Director of Social at Volume Nine, she has seen, experienced and adjusted to the ever-changing world of social media for businesses. Her strategic thinking and data-driven decisions have allowed her to create widely successful social media campaigns on every platform.
She’s been published in digital marketing textbooks, given academic lectures on Social Media at University of Denver and presented at big events like Denver Startup Week.
18 + years of advertising industry experience. Former ad agency Owner and President. Award-winning Copywriter and Creative Director. Web 2.0 start-up Founder and CEO. Winner of numerous prestigious awards, including Clio Best of Show and Radio Mercury Award Finalist. Mensa member. Golf, poker and guitar player. Global traveler. Little League baseball coach.
Jonathan has a diverse background spanning over 15 years working with advertising agencies and disruptive technology companies. His video-focused content approach has been employed to create award-winning work for brands like Coca-Cola, Oracle, HP, and 3DR. From Emmy-nominated broadcast spots to film and 3D motion graphics, Jonathan’s services start with a crucial understanding of brand strategy, producing content that gets results across the entire spectrum of video content.
• Emmy Nominations for commercial work for the Atlanta Braves and Gas South
• Addy Awards for multiple video-based campaigns
• Davey Award winner for video content
• Creative Director/Director of Content for many disruptive technology companies over the years such as TrackingPoint, 3DR, and others
• Built an award-winning broadcast department from the ground up for Blue Sky Agency and a Native Advertising Studio for Cox Media Group
Matt Lankes, a seventh-generation Texan, grew up in Austin playing soccer and
watching his father take pictures for the Austin American-Statesman. “I grew up around the camera,” says Lankes who has made his living through photography since attending St. Edward’s University, specializing in portraits of people in their environments. “I try to get to the core of the person,” says Lankes, who likes to spend time with his subject. “I try to make a portrait that shows who a person really is. I think that one thing that runs through most of my pictures is that the subjects are not posing; they are relaxed, and not putting on a face.” Lankes credits his children, Sinead and Nicholas, with keeping him focused. “They’re my inspiration,” he says. In his spare time, Lankes still loves to play soccer and travel the world.
Lankes’ clients include HBO, LiveStrong, Y&R, Texas Music, Fox Searchlight, Texas Monthly, New York Times, Interview, Time Inc., Newsweek, GSD&M, Austin Monthly, Lee Jeans, Random House, Warner Brothers, Cowboys and Indians, Chevy and Pentagram Design.
Lankes currently has his work in the permanent collection of The National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian and at The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University.
Christopher Vu Gandin Le is an award winning photographer and videographer. His work centers around people of color and social justice. Vu helped launch the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Veterans Crisis Line, and after the public health work of launching those programs, he created national ad campaigns to grow those hotlines to over 1,500,000 calls per year. He’s been a TED Prize finalist and has worked with Native American tribes to create large scale suicide prevention campaigns. In all of this work, Vu is a storyteller, bringing very personal narratives to light. Vu has a BFA from the University of Evansville for Theatre Production (Lighting and Sound design) and an MA from Teachers College at Columbia University in Communication and Instructional Design. He was trained in film photography and darkroom technique at Columbia University, and his studio work is intimate, engaging and highly collaborative.
Vu’s website is: www.gandinle.com
Nicole Mlakar is an Austin, Texas based commercial and editorial photographer with a specialization in Animal photography.
She has worked with such clients as Apple, Purina, Tender & True, Whole Foods, REI, Reebok and Venmo.
Happiest with a camera in her hand, Nicole’s photography is focused on lifestyle imagery that captures real moments in time.
Nick’s expertise in multimedia and music has helped pave the way for his career in the music industry which has spanned for over 10 years with one of the more “up and coming” acts in the music scene, Eminence Ensemble. This success has taken Nick all around the country and on recent international performances. BRADLEYWEST featured Nick’s vocals for our most recent song, “Certifiably Better” with Eminence Ensemble. As co- founder and one of the main writers of the groups music, Nicholas always has a knack for out of the box thinking and creative processes that help to get the job done. He always brings a fresh and spirited approach to the work he does for BRADLEYWEST.
Taylor is an audio engineering professional with nearly a decade of experience. From producing large stages, mixing national artists and installing sound systems around the country, to creating clean and quality audio content for all styles of live and recorded production and clientele, Taylor strives to create the highest quality product for everyone.
Through international travel and doing many national tours with a band, Taylor has gained valuable knowledge and perspective on the wants and needs of a variety of audiences across the United States and beyond. This drives a desire to meet expectations, as well as provides an accurate and helpful lens through which we can help reach all demographics.
Taylor joined BRADLEYWEST as Sales Director and his knowledge of production and the music industry has helped us produce original content and reach new markets and consumers through branded entertainment.
We are always on the lookout for talented people. Although there are no full-time positions available at this time, we continuously work with contractors all over the U.S.