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Brighton Introduces New Hires

Among the holiday season, Brighton has welcomed new members to the team! Below we introduce you to Troy Jones, Andi Garavaglia, Robb Blackwell and Melanie Moriarty, who now work in a variety of our departments.

 

Meet Troy Jones!

What is your current role at Brighton?

Senior Art Director

What does this role entail?

You mean besides getting Molho coffee?

What was your first week working at Brighton like?

Learning about dog nutrition, designing BBQ sauce logos and making kick-ass chili. Bright-on!

What are your hobbies?

Is happy houring a hobby? (Just kidding.)

I love to cook. I’m perfecting my own enchilada sauce as a side venture (or for cheap holiday gifts, whichever). I’m kind of a closet gearhead. I do my own work on my motorcycle and my not-quite-vintage BMW. I sketch and paint and watch SpongeBob with my girls. When I’m not with them I watch zombie shows, drink wine and go to concerts.

Can you share a “fun fact” about yourself?

I have titanium screws in my hip from an ice skating incident. This isn’t over, Tonya Harding.

Anything else you would like to add?

I raise two daughters: Jaycee, who is about to graduate high school, and Logan, who is about to graduate from being a Daisy to a Brownie. I have a Weimaraner named Stella who has starred in a few commercials and is convinced that she’s human.

Meet Andi Garavaglia!

What is your current role at Brighton?

Assistant Account Executive in the pet care department

Before Brighton, what was your professional role?

I was a student athlete, balancing D1 athletics and a full academic schedule.

What was your first week working at Brighton like?

I spent my first day without a laptop and passed much of the day sending out circus-themed holiday cards with popcorn tins. It was like fate’s way of foreshadowing that the show was about to begin.

Can you share a “fun fact” about yourself?

I’m so used to exercising that it’s more routine than recreation, but when I find time to kill I study Italian or read. I love traveling and lived out of a carry-on backpack for four months through 10 European countries.

Meet Robb Blackwell!

What is your current role at Brighton?

Production Artist

Before Brighton, what was your professional role?

I’ve worked at several St. Louis advertising agencies over the past decade but spent the past year at a retail environmental graphics agency in Atlanta. I created everything from brochures to outdoor signage for a Northeastern chain of banks.

What was your first week working at Brighton like?

I hit the ground running and got to know the processes and clients here. Everyone was very welcoming and excited to have more hands on the production team.

Can you share a “fun fact” about yourself?

I play tenor saxophone with a local community concert/marching band. I’ve also played with a few rock and Motown bands in the past and am looking to form a new one soon.

Meet Melanie Moriarty!

What is your current role at Brighton?

Junior Copywriter

Your favorite thing about working at Brighton?

My office is right by the kitchen, so I’m one of the first to find out if there’s food up for grabs. Oh, and the people have been pretty great, too.

Can you share a “fun fact” about yourself?

One time I was an extra in a commercial for a St. Louis BBQ restaurant. All I had to do was sit at a table, eat chicken and smile. For two hours, I thought I’d caught my big break—I was finally going to be a local celebrity! The commercial never aired.

What are your hobbies?

Currently, my main hobby is pretending to be a runner. I wear Nike shorts around my apartment, make jogging playlists for my iPod and sometimes consider registering for half-marathons. But as a pretend runner, I’m not technically allowed to ever go for a run…so this is a hobby that requires a lot of willpower and dedication. In order to keep myself from running, I watch TV.




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