SmartBug Media Hires Award-Winning Advertising and Marketing Executive Damon Yerian as VP of Creative

SmartBug Media – a leading intelligent inbound marketing agency that assists businesses in generating leads, increasing awareness, and building brand loyalty through inbound marketing, digital strategy, design, marketing automation, and public relations – announced the addition of Damon Yerian as Vice President of Creative. In this role, Yerian will lead the in-house creative team; working to yield award-winning work while driving leads for the sales teams.

Yerian previously served as the VP of Creative Services for Gilbreath Communications, Inc., a multi-million-dollar advertising and marketing agency, where he managed and mentored the creative team and their day-to-day operations. While in this role, Yerian contributed to the agency being inducted into the Southwest Advertising Hall of Fame, received more than 75 awards from the American Advertising Federation, the American Marketing Association, and the Public Relations Society of America, and was honored with four national Telly Awards for video and broadcast development.

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“I am excited to become a SmartBug and to work with an intelligent and forward-thinking team – testing and surpassing the boundaries of inbound marketing in today’s marketplace,” said Yerian. “It’s an honor to join one of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States and to be able to work at a company in which I connect with their mission to stay curious, innovate always, and define success based on our clients’ success. I look forward to leading and building our creative team, while producing award-winning work for our clients and strategizing on products and services to grow our clients’ brands and ROI.”

Yerian will work with the creative team to create deeper connections with current customers while developing innovative ways to extend SmartBug’s content development offerings.

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“The addition of Damon to our leadership team is a strategic and necessary step for our growing agency,” said Ryan Malone, Founder and CEO of SmartBug Media. “His background will be an asset in guiding our agency, and our clients, through the creative development process–across all aspects of the brand experience. His strong operational expertise will be critical as we continue on our growth trajectory, and we are excited to have him as part of our team.”

Yerian has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design from Missouri State University and currently serves as the Membership Director for the American Advertising Federation (AAF), Seattle Chapter. He also has served as a panelist and moderator for various AAF programs and has judged several regional AAF award competitions.

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