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.





Melanie Gross, Account ManageR

As Account Manager, Melanie works with a variety of clients including Senior LIFE, Kane Community Living Centers, Clearview Federal Credit Union, and Community LIFE. She also manages public relations and digital marketing efforts for the agency and clients. 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 Ads 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.



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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. At Elisco, she creates content for clients like Clearview Federal Credit Union, Senior LIFE, and Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. Laura is also a member and volunteer throughout the Pittsburgh design community at organizations such as AIGA, Ad2 and Creative Mornings.


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Market research

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