About

Michelle Edelman

CEO & Chief Strategy Officer

Michelle Edelman can be described in one word: fierce. She’s one of the 1% of woman agency owners. She’s among the 1% of agency strategists whose ideas have had lasting cultural impact. And she will quickly become one of the 1% of the go-to people in your circle — because she gets you, and she’s got your back.

Michelle joined PETERMAYER in 2013 to build the future of the agency’s strategy group, drawing from her experience leading marketing for global tech companies and brand planning for global agencies. She rose in the company by establishing integrated planning across disciplines.

Prior to PETERMAYER, Michelle earned a reputation for her astute insights about cultural change, leading to transformational work, such as Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty, which elevated the brand as a contemporary icon.

She holds a BS, MBA and MPH from Northwestern University and the Kellogg School of Management. A Chicagoan who took a stint in Southern California, Michelle now calls New Orleans home.

Brand experience: 3M, Adidas, Allstate, Altoids, Avid, Craftsman Tools, Delta Airlines, Dick’s Sporting Goods, DIRECTV, Disney, Dove, Huggies, Jenn-Air, Kenmore, Maytag, Motorola, Suave

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/michelleedelman

Matt Kuttan

Chief Creative Officer

Matt Kuttan has lived in 10 countries and speaks five languages. His trick for learning the real culture of a place? Talk to the doorman, not the concierge. A voracious traveler who wears his exuberance on his sleeve (literally — note his colorful wardrobe acquired along the way), Matt’s approach to multiculturalism is lived experience coupled with deep curiosity and a genuine love of people.

As CCO, Matt fuels the agency’s creative vision to reflect changing cultural trends and clients’ needs for creative that spans all media. He brings an omnichannel perspective to his creative product and challenges his team to incorporate human-centered approaches to solving business problems.

Prior to joining PETERMAYER, Matt led creative departments at multinational agencies including Leo Burnett, Saatchi X, Burrell, JWT and BBDO. His work has won awards including Cannes, Clios, One Show and Effies.

Matt has an MFA from Tiffin University and has taught at a number of academic institutions and portfolio schools throughout the U.S. as well as in London and Mexico. We aren’t sure where Matt’s source of exuberant energy comes from, but watch this space: We intend to bottle and brand it.

Brand experience: Adidas, Bacardi, Bridgestone, Brooks Running, Coca-Cola, Colgate, Danone, Ford, Home Depot, Hotels.com, Lexus, Mars, McDonald’s, MolsonCoors, P&G, Popeye’s, Samsung, Sprite, Subway, Toyota, Visa, Walmart

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/matt-kuttan-2970525/

Adam Blankenship

Executive Vice President, Client Engagement

Adam Blankenship started out as an architecture/civil engineering double major — he wanted to build bridges. A pragmatist by nature, he did the math on the number of bridges designed and built in a given year and quickly realized the odds weren’t in his favor. He changed his major to advertising, and has been building bridges ever since.

Adam leads the account management and project management departments to ensure the agency is delivering on its promise to be “better together” with our client partners. He passionately believes in the power of creativity to drive business results and coaches his teams to be strong negotiators, empathetic problem solvers and tireless champions of great creative ideas.

Prior to joining PETERMAYER, Adam gained experience at global network agencies like BBDO and DDB as well as independent agencies like McKinney and RPA, working with a variety of brands across categories but developing specialized expertise with automotive brands. But his heart lies in the spirits space — ask him about Craft Cocktail Fridays, and clear your afternoon calendar.

Brand experience: Audi, Bennigan’s Restaurants, Chambord Liqueur, Coldwell Banker, ExxonMobil, Finlandia Vodka, Foster Farms Chicken, GE, Gold’s Gym, Honda, Kia, Mazda, Monster.com, Polaris Motorsports, Subaru, Victory Motorcycles

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/awblankenship33/

Heather Snow

VP, Director of Marketing & Business Development

Heather Snow’s high school sport was swimming: three years a middling freestyle sprinter, culminating in a final, lasting love/hate relationship with Butterfly — that complex orchestration of major muscle groups moving in opposing directions to create forward propellant force. Which is fitting, since “New Business” is the Butterfly of the agency world.

She’s now a hardcore yet graceful builder of PETERMAYER’s business and image, bringing a storyteller’s craft and a consultant’s mindset to the role. Bridging two distinct but interrelated functions, her approach to clients and journalists is the same: putting herself in their shoes, building trust through candor, and looking for the “why” behind the assignment or story.

Prior to joining PETERMAYER, Heather honed her PR craft at MullenLowe and WE Communications and oversaw marketing and business development for Austin-based McGarrah Jessee, which she helped to double in size and elevate from regional to national agency stature.

Heather has a Masters degree in Communications from Victoria University of Wellington, N.Z. and a BA in English Literature from the University of Vermont. She’s traveled around the world without incident, but ask her about the curse of the PDX-MSY travel route.

Brand experience: AMD, Avon, Chaco, Crabtree & Evelyn, GameStop, Kendra Scott, Lyft, Match.com, Microsoft, Outdoor Voices, SkinnyPop, Waterloo, Verizon, Zippo

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/heatheresnow/

Larry Lovell

Vice President, Director of Public Relations

Bryan Rice

Vice President, Director of Project Management

David Crane

Vice President, Director of Account Management

For 300 years, cultures have been colliding in our little crescent of the world. All that colorful history has made New Orleans the perfect place to stage revolutions, set up piracy outposts or open an advertising agency. And that’s exactly what Peter Arno Mayer did 51 years ago (the agency part, not the piracy).

Today, PETERMAYER is an independent, full-service agency of 80 people built around a single purpose:

We help brands move people. Move people to feel. Move people to play. Move people to act.

In a world where media is creative and creative is PR and PR is social and social is strategy and strategy is media, it’s critical to have all these functions in one place working in tandem. We’ve built our agency around this collaborative way of working.

Being together makes us better.

Whether you’re looking to drive more customers to your outpost, or stage your brand’s next big revolution, or both, you have a partner in us.

Hop on.

What we do.

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  • Brand Planning
  • Connections Planning
  • Persona Development
  • Road Mapping

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