BRIGADE welcomes three talented new teammates to diverse roles within its ranks.
We’ve recently hired a meticulous and driven Junior Project Manager, and created two new leadership positions to help propel our agency into a new decade. Leadership and vision are the cornerstones of the new Design Director and Chief Financial Officer positions.
Caitlin Poirier: Junior Project Manager
Our new Junior Project Manager was born and raised right down the road in Holyoke. She studied Marketing, Communications and Advertising at Western New England University, and received an MBA from Salem State. Her background in business landed her positions at both American Tower and LEGO. The love of our local sports teams is strong with this one, but since she is currently between football and baseball season you can find her hanging outdoors with a big fluffy husky named Juno and her not so fluffy fiancé. In the fall she will marry and take the name Buckley, but that still won’t help the fact that she is the 4th “Cait” that BRIGADE has on staff.
Jan Šabach: Design Director
Although our new Design Director landed in the U.S. close to 20 years ago, he is originally from Prague in the Czech Republic and has had tremendous success in the Design field. Over the years he has received numerous national and international design awards from Red Dot, European Design Awards and Graphis. His work has been featured in publications such as HOW, Novum, Print Magazine, and Communication Arts. Jan honed his creative drive at Secondary Graphic Design School in Prague, Charles University in Prague, and Parsons School of Design. Those from New England have most likely seen his art direction over the past year with Take Magazine, but his impressive career also includes a stint with NYC branding agency, Sullivan – not to mention running his own design studio called Code Switch. Jan clearly has collected a few stories from his travels over the years but what we love hearing about most is how his drive to be a designer started by collecting rare and vintage soda cans as a youngster. Dumpster diving all in the name of design!
Don Magri: Chief Financial Officer
Embarking on the second decade of a successful creative agency is a BIG step. A step that required some BIG shoes! Thankfully Don was there to step in at the exact and precise moment we needed him. This was our agency’s first and you might ask: Is it fun watching a “numbers guy” dive into a creative pool of insanity? The short answer is TOTALLY! Truth be told, this is not Don’s first rodeo with a creative company. He took Brooklyn’s Fuzz Productions through the roof, and being laid back and chill made him one of the team instantly. He is also from Holyoke and attended Merrimack College. As a young numbers-cruncher, Don dreamed (on a bed covered in He-Man sheets) of being an FBI Agent. This explains his day-to-day official swagger that we’re sure gets tossed aside while spending time with his family poolside.