You can’t make great wine
with bad grapes.
At Elisco’s Creative Café™ we’ve developed the perfect blend of smart, compassionate and hardworking people. People that you can trust to deliver because they have the experience, education and character necessary. So when your back is against a deadline — and isn’t it always? You can count on us — because we’re the good grapes.
FRONT OF THE HOUSE
Melanie Gross, Account ManageR
As an Account Manager, Melanie works with a variety of clients including Clearview Federal Credit Union, Community LIFE and LIFE Pittsburgh. She also manages public relations efforts for the agency and clients such as Solevo Wellness. Before Elisco, Melanie worked in real estate leading the social media and marketing efforts for new and existing properties. She is a graduate from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in Media and Professional Communication, with concentrations in Corporate/Community Relations and Digital Media. Melanie is Google AdWords certified.
John Caruso, Business Development
John heads up business development at Elisco. His primary focus is to build awareness about the agency’s unique capabilities among prospective clients, in addition to developing and maintaining relationships with current and past clients. Prior to joining Elisco, he established and fostered supply chain management relationships at PLS Logistics. John graduated from La Roche College with a B.S. in Marketing and Business Management.
Jordan fessler, media buyer
As Media Buyer, Jordan works with all things media to negotiate, purchase and monitor advertising space and airtime on behalf of clients. Prior to Elisco, Jordan worked for Renda Broadcasting - WISH 99.7 FM as an Account Executive, where she managed advertiser accounts and sold radio. She is a graduate from the University of Pittsburgh Greensburg with a B.A. in Communication and Visual and Performing Arts, with concentrations in Media Studies and Theatre.
Back of the House
John Elisco, President & Creative Director
With more than 20 years of ad industry experience, John has worked on both the client and agency side of the business in strategic planning and creative. He has helped launch over 500 new products and services in a variety of industries. John has appeared as an advertising guest on CNNfn and Yahoo! Finance Vision. He is an award winning writer and editor and has won multiple Telly Awards and Achievement in Radio awards. He is a graduate of Penn State with a B.A. in English/Writing. He earned his M.F.A. in writing for stage and screen from Point Park University.
Clint Branch, Art Director
Clint is an award-winning art director and videographer. He has created memorable work for national brands including Bayer Healthcare, Victory Motorcycles, Joy Ice Cream Cones, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before joining Elisco, he worked in Charlotte at Tattoo Projects. Clint earned his B.F.A. in advertising from the highly regarded Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. Clint has won a variety of awards including Telly Awards, Addys, and an Aster Gold.
Laura Shirley, Associate Art Director
Laura is a graduate of California University of Pennsylvania where she earned a B.S. in Graphic Design. While at Cal, she led the campus’ vanguard student-run design firm Studio 224. Laura is a member of Pittsburgh’s AIGA chapter.
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