To Be et al.
Most of the details of this organization’s beginning are better off left to history, except for one very important detail – the name. The individuals who comprise et al. – clients, friends, employees, business associates, vendors – should be listed in our company name. They are not “a group,” they are not “associates,” they are not “and company,” they are et al. and they are the very reason this company came to be.
What’s most important are the beliefs upon which this organization was established and how those beliefs can enrich the lives of others. We can do it our way. We can be honorable, memorable, and impactful. We can be distinctive, unique, and great. We can be ourselves. We can be whatever we choose.
We will be the best agency we can be. Our company history will be an excellent adventure. Et al. will make certain of that.
We’ve got skills.
Leader of the O'Boyz - he's got the ink to prove it • S-N-double-O-P D-O-double-G is like family - for real, he has a furry kid named Snoop
Contrary to what the park ranger says, you should feed this bear • Least favorite smell - Brandi's perfume • Likes wearing shorts and flip flops to work • Nap enthusiast • If it's a bad day for the Hokies or the Vikings, it's a bad day for this guy - don't poke the bear • Marathon runner (ok, that one's a lie)
Billy FogliaCreative Director
Presented with the Silver Medal in Graphic Design at the International Youth Skill Olympics in Birmingham, England by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 1989 - he's kind of a big deal • Mayor Meyera E. Oberndorf proclaimed September 20, 1989 “Billy Foglia Day” in Virginia Beach - we celebrate annually • Needs to hear everything repeated at least twice • Firm believer that there's always room for ice cream or donuts after a meal • Meow, meow, meow, meow, meow
Price HarmonArt Director
Spends more time watching workout video infomercials than actually working out • Takes a nap in his favorite chair every night before going to bed
Cathee BerryArt Director
Has a husband, daughter and a son, 2 dogs (one of whom is a therapy dog) and a bearded dragon lizard • Owned 21 cars in the past 19 years • Likes purses the way other people like shoes • Enjoys a good political discussion • Disco and 80s rock music are her jams • Adores chocolate ice cream
Raised amongst the cheeses of Green Bay, Wisconsin • With a passion for the beach, migrated to coastal Virginia in 2008 • Picked up a few skills and earned her BA at the Art Institute • Loves cruising on any type of board – on asphalt, the ocean, or down a mountain • Often found petting the nearest dog or holding the closest baby • Chicken nuggets.
Served Dom Perignon to Big Daddy Kane at Captain George's back in '88 or '89 and purchased “It's A Big Daddy Thing” on cassette the very next day • Shared that story with Petey Pablo at a Timbaland show • Corn is a perfect food - that is all • Has a history of bringing home interesting lamps from the thrift store • Still has most of her written work from middle school in a binder at home. Next on “Hoarders”... • Has had 2 cars catch on fire • Terrified of wasps • Avoids saying the word “rural”
Sarah WhismanInteractive Director
Retired roller derby girl (Speed Stick) with the Dominion Derby Girls • Once won a Muay Thai fight • New mom to one adorable baby (unbiased opinion) and 2 spoiled Jack Russell terriers with endless energy • Has a twin brother • Always on the prowl for the best chocolate cake in town - Cheesecake Factory is still in the lead with Linda's Fudge Cake, but the research continues • Did I mention that the Jack Russells have endless energy?
Erin MackWeb Designer
The hospital forgot to give her mom one important document when she was born - a birth certificate • Marched in a parade at Walt Disney World wearing a wool uniform in 90-degree weather • Didn't fly on an airplane until she was 28 years old • Oh, you've seen Puffins at the zoo? That's nice. She's photographed them in the wild on a remote north atlantic island in Canada
Kari KempWeb Designer
Loves cooking/creating new recipes out of the leftovers in her fridge • Virginia Beach native • Has a Maltese named Diesel • Spends every New Year’s Eve building Legos instead of going out • A bit of a mechanic—spent many weekends maintaining her first car before finally putting it out to pasture • Once saw JJ Abrams walking around Dogtown, but didn’t approach him because he was walking hand and hand with his wife and didn’t want to ruin the moment
Born in Queens, NY – still a Yankee Fan • Grew up in Ohio – all Buckeye • Collected Snoopy stuff as a kid • Loves the hush of the moment right before a movie starts as he breaks open the Twizzlers • Considers “Star Wars” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark” defining films in life • Rubbed elbows with Tiger Woods, Joe Girardi & Tom Hanks
Aleks AbadDirector of Photography
Born in Hermosa Beach, CA – raised in LA & the South Bay • Fluent in Spanish • Talented in many forms of action sports and has the photo and motion picture work to prove it as a photographer’s assistant, grip, production stills photographer and director of photography • Moved to Virginia Beach, married the love of his life and has 2 kids • Loves Red Wings hockey • Mexican food connoisseur • Puts hot sauce on everything • Can fix anything with black paper and gaff tapes, a Cardellini and a c-wrench
Katie KingVideo Editor/Motion Designer
Mom of two small humans, scifi geek, convention junkie, and music snob • Infected with wanderlust • Tenor • Fair weather cyclist • Hates sportsball season and your team • 757 native, remembers when it was 804 • Get off my lawn, kids • Major life goal is to visit all 58 National Parks (57 to go) • The very first video she ever edited went viral (Google “Galactica: Sabotage”) and it's all been downhill from there.
Naomi VargasProduction Manager
She likes to bake
because she likes to eat cake.
She plays in the sun.
And runs for fun (but not really).
She loves watching the sunset on the beach.
And now the beach is not out of reach.
She's been in advertising for more than a score.
Call her if you have any questions or want to know more.
Laura BoltTraffic Manager
She also goes by the nickname Sunshine
Brianna DempseySocial Media Manager
Always roots for the underdogs • Loves the numbers 2 & 3, and most of all 23 • Mama bear to Ace, and wifey for lifey to her BFF Hubby • You can’t choose your family, but she did; Half-Adopted by a Superman Dad • Mom, Dad & Brother are Veterans of the US Army, so she decided to study Peace Studies at the University of Peace & the Science of Well-Being from Yale • Oh yeah, and Communications & Journalism at Radford • Every night when 8:30pm rolls around, she eats Cheez-Its, Cheetos or Chocolate • Knows she annoys everyone at OEA by passing out inspirational quotes- but does it anyway • Social Media is her jam
Brandi JacksonMedia Director
Acts as chauffeur, chief arbiter, cheerleader and WWE referee for her 3 teenage sons • Roller skating queen – used to compete in the 80’s and still loves it; although “camel” spins and “lutzes” are no longer part of her repertoire • Possesses a savant-like ability to remember the birthdays of almost everyone she’s ever met, yet sometimes can’t remember what she ate for breakfast • Do NOT challenge her to a game of foosball; she will most assuredly own you
Alicia CacaceMedia Planner/Buyer
Astrology fanatic with a freckle in her left eye • Collector of lighters (but a non-smoker) and cheap sunglasses • Obsessed with mason jars • Loves people watching, music, art, dancing, bike riding and pitbulls • Wants to live off the grid in a tiny house and travel the world in a teardrop camper
Britt SwanAccount Executive
All kinds of awesome – told she should be bottled and sold by the half dozen • Excels at resourcefulness in the face of inconvenience – has learned that rubber cement can fix a shoe, Wite-Out™ is “boo-boo glue” for anything paper related, and staples can temporarily fix a purse (no relation to MacGyver) • Useless yet impressive information is her guilty pleasure • Online novelty death calculator predicts demise at 59 by headset electrocution while playing Street Fighter Omega
Stacy BundyAccount Executive
Nothing purple or orange exists in her wardrobe • Peonies and hydrangeas are her favorite flowers
Nikki ThomasAccount Executive
Queso Queen • Shark Week fanatic • True crime podcast enthusiast • Reading restaurant menus online is a favorite hobby
Kevin GaydoshPR Director
He's a little blood platelet factory and regularly donates his annual limit (16 times) of “triple” bags every year at the Red Cross • Doggie daddy to Rudy (25lb Schnoodle) and Scrappy Doo (16lb Norwich Terrier) • Has actually stood on the corner in Winslow, Arizona • Grew up about 20 miles from Punxsutawney, PA but has never been to see the celebrity groundhog • Has a weakness for collectibles from the “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” TV special and “Star Trek” Hallmark ornaments
Georgia PutneyPR Assistant/Digital Marketing Assistant
Blink-182 diehard still devastated over latest breakup – Team Tom DeLonge forever • Only listens to mix CDs in her car, most of them from 5+ years ago • Lives at the oceanfront but only goes to the beach a handful of times each summer due to traumatizing “accidental” tanning oil instead of sunscreen event in high school • Tried first hamburger at 20 years old – hasn’t eaten one since
Jeff DoyAccount Executive
Would hate to be a turtle • Lived in 8 states and 2 countries before his 18th birthday • Last movie experience was “Lincoln”. Before that was “Lord of the Rings” in 2001 • Was ticketed for reckless driving in college...ON A BIKE • The judge threw that one out • Like Bon Jovi, he's “seen a million faces and rocked them all” • Lives by the motto - “when in doubt, call 'em out!”
Kristy GibsonAccount Executive
Black is her signature color • She can usually be found by the water cooler discussing the newest horror drama show or movie - Blames her love for scary things on her mom for making her watch “Nightmare on Elm St.” when she was 6 • Has a bug out bag ready for a zombie apocalypse with her best friend • Believes that there is no such thing as too much caffeine • Likes to say Shiitake Mushrooms, often, around her 3 daughters • The beach is where she’d most like to be right now, like literally, on the beach, not a block away
Charles LakeAccount Services
Virginia Beach native • ECU Pirate for life. Lives for elevation – high school pole vaulter and collegiate snowboarder (yes, that exists) • Closet nerd – puns and Dad jokes are his specialty • Strong believer in trying everything once.
Rachel HughesAccount Services
Befriending animals is a hobby, right? • Doesn’t kill spiders • Well-rounded – favorite movies range from Amelie to Kill Bill • Likes to drink tea, wear pj pants, and read books and blogs.
The team at OEA has become an extension of Liberty Tax Service, ready and willing to accept any task with enthusiasm.Martha O’Gorman - Chief Marketing Officer, Liberty Tax Service
OEA has created communications programs that have allowed us to balance retail advertising with solid brand management...couple that with great creative, and we couldn’t be happier.Ray Vrscak - General Manager, Michael Jordan Nissan
The O’Brien Team makes the creative process extremely simple. There are no pain points!Gina Gremminger - Sr. Customer Development & Marketing Advisor, Sentara Healthcare and Optima Health
We couldn't have been happier with our experience working with the O'Brien team. They were fun, professional, flexible, and genuinely interested in getting to know us and our goals, which made for a great final product.Mosquito Joe
We have been very pleased with the marketing program put together by O’Brien et al. From the website, to pay-per-click advertising, the corporate video, to office posters, the patient eblast program and new brochures, the group finally has a comprehensive marketing program in place.C. Morris - Atlantic Orthopaedic Specialists
The O’Brien team makes the creative process extremely simple. There are no pain points!Gina G. - Sentara Healthcare and Optima Health