Meet The Team
What I’m good at: Managing, Visioning, Leading, Motivating, Teaching, Strategic Thinking, Creative Concepting, Problem Solving, Being Resourceful.
What I really do: Lead and manage the company to always be growing in all areas— new business, new technology, new services, new people, new systems — while never sacrificing quality, customer service and attention to the details. I like keeping in touch with all of our clients’ work so I can contribute creative and strategic thoughts when possible.
Brands I’ve helped: American Shrimp Processors Association (Wild American Shrimp), The Peoples Bank, Ecolab, Berkshire Corporation, Pillsbury, Biloxi Freezing & Processing/M&M Shrimp, Gollott Seafood, Mississippi Hospitality & Restaurant Association, City of Pascagoula, White Pillars.
How I give Back: I served as a member of the Biloxi School Board for eight years and have served as President of the PTA for North Bay Elementary, secretary of the Biloxi High Diamond Club, a member of Biloxi High Football, Softball, Volleyball and Basketball booster clubs, the Big Red Athletic Foundation, Sunday school teacher for Episcopal Church of the Redeemer.
Recognitions Received: Hall of Fame, University of Mississippi; “Volunteer of the Year” for the City of Biloxi
All-Time Favorite Saying: “Creativity is an economic multiplier.”
Favorite 5-Syllable Word: Positivity
CECELIA SHABAZZCreative Director
What I’m good at: Concepting & Creative Strategies, Idea Generation, Brand Building, Team Motivation, Video Marketing, Broadcast.
What I really do: I’m the agency magician, pulling brand-driven rabbits out of my hat daily.
Brands I’ve helped: As the creative director, I help every brand that comes through TFG, but here are a few: American Shrimp Processors Association, Mississippi Power, Port of Gulfport, Peoples Bank, Mississippi Hospitality & Restaurant Association, Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, City of Pascagoula, Harrison County Utility Authority, South Mississippi Electric Power Association.
How I give back: When I’m not here at the office, you can find me at one of these fine places: Leadership Gulf Coast Board Member (2015-current), Mental Health Association Board Member/ Past VP (2012-current), Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Tourism Board, Commissioner (2012-2016), Mississippi Gulf Coast, Advertising Federation member (2009-current), Pink Louts Project Volunteer, Instructor at Tulane University Gulf Coast where I proudly warp the minds of young creatives.
Favorite 5-Syllable Word: Curiosity.
Renée ArengVice President of Business Development
What I’m good at: Building relationships for the common good.
What I really do: Pursue clients in the tourism sector, as well as in other key business sectors. Serve as a consultant on the agency’s existing tourism accounts that include the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association, Greenwood Convention and Visitors Bureau, Hattiesburg Zoo, City of Gulfport, City of Pascagoula, City of Diamondhead, Hancock Chamber of Commerce, Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce, and the new White Pillars restaurant.
Brands I’ve helped: I am pleased to have been instrumental in bringing the inaugural Gulf Coast Marathon to the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 2016. Over the past three years, I have solidified a three-county destination, unifying the voice and increasing visitation, spending and overall revenue exceeding pre-Katrina numbers.
How I give back: Over six years, our family fostered more than 13 Golden Retrievers, eventually adopting two of them. We are now human parents for Maggie and Bocephus and are comfortably covered with special Golden Fairy Fibers daily!
Name of my Alter-Ego: I believe that we should be ourselves, because everyone else is taken! All my egos and personalities are built into Renée!
Favorite 5-Syllable Word: Imagination.
All-time Favorite Sayings: Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people – Elanor Roosevelt
Recognitions Received: I have been honored as Member of the Year for several organizations; I received Certification as a Destination Management Executive and lead accreditation through Destinations International for Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast. I am the recipient of the 2017 Forever Young Award by Coast Young Professionals and have been nominated for the One Coast Award by the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce.
Brynn JoachimDirector of Account Service
What I’m good at: Strategy for Tourism Marketing, Food & Beverage, Health Care, Real Estate, Banking, Economic & Community Development, Business Development, Advocating for Clients.
What I really do: I’m an organizer of chaos, client dreams and expectations. And I’m also the filler of the company candy bowl.
Brands I’ve helped: Wild American Shrimp / American Shrimp Processors Association, Mississippi Hospitality & Restaurant Association, Greenwood Convention & Visitors Bureau, Tradition master planned community, Gulf Regional Planning Commission, Hancock Chamber of Commerce, City of Diamondhead, City of Pascagoula, Mississippi Power Economic Development, Global Financial Aid Services, Harrison County Development Commission, Charter Bank, Stone County Hospital & Nursing Homes.
Awards I’ve won: Sun Herald’s “Top 40 Under 40”, Outstanding Young Careerist by Mississippi Business & Professional Women’s Association, Outstanding Regional Chariman by the International Council of Shopping Centers and Outstanding Board Member by the Boys & Girls Club of the Gulf Coast.
How I give back: First and foremost, I’m a lover of furry, four-legged friends and a mother to two children – that each have two legs. I not only make dinner, but I also feed creative souls, although not with Mac N’ Cheese from a box. In addition, I help local non-profits and small businesses with marketing.
Favorite 5-Syllable Word: Serendipity.
Thomas BroadusDirector of Digital Strategy
What I’m good at: Social Media, Digital Advertising, Public Speaking.
What I really do: I tell all different types of stories through new and emerging mediums.
Degrees I’ve earned: Masters of Arts in Mass Communication from the University of South Mississippi.
How I give back: I’m a board member of PRAM, United Way, Gulfport Youth Sports Association as well as a T-ball coach. I also talk to schools about the dangers of social media.
All-time favorite saying: “The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.” — Mark Twain.
Elizabeth AdamsSenior Account Executive
What I’m good at: Hospitality, Healthcare, Idea Generation, Event Planning, Copywriting, Service Related Marketing.
What I really do: I’m a karaoke queen.
Brands I’ve help: Stone County Hospital, Ocean Springs Chamber, Woodland Village Nursing Center, Leakesville Nursing and Rehabilitation, Stone County Nursing and Rehabilitation, Greenwood CVB, Gulf Coast Shows, & Billy Hewes Insurance Agency, LLC.
Awards I’ve won: Inducted into the Mississippi University for Women Hall of Fame.
How I give back: I am so proud of being a board member for the Gulfport Little Theatre.
All-time favorite saying: “Keep it simple, but significant.” – Don Draper (Mad Men)
Tara GeraldLead Graphic Designer
What I’m good at: Art, Tourism, Entertainment/Events, Identity, Brainstorming.
What I really do: Doodling Deviant, Weaver of Fantastical Tales and the office Coffee Golem.
Awards I’ve won: Countless Gold and Silver awards from the Gulf Coast Advertising Federation as well as Regional Awards for Graphic Design and Branding.
How I give back: I use my blinkers when driving.
Favorite 5-Syllable Word: Exacerbated.
Brenna AplinLead Multimedia Designer
What I’m good at: Logo/Brand Development, Creative Strategies, Digital Design, Animation/Motion Design, Illustration.
What I really do: Read minds. In fact, I know what you’re thinking right now.
Awards I’ve won: More Gold and Silver ADDY awards from the Gulf Coast Advertising Federation than you can count on your fingers and toes.
How I give back: I spent 4 years on the MGCAF Board and as a teacher for the Tulane Graphic Design Department. In addition, I’m an active member of the AIGA Triad Chapter, and have worked with fellow AIGA community leaders on projects for redesigning the experiences of patients and employees for Cone Health in Greensboro, NC.
Name of your Alter-Ego: Jean Grey.
Tyler JohnsonLead Website/Interactive Developer
What I’m good at: Website Development, User Experience, Puns.
What I really do: Website development, chauffeur, fitness instructor, handy-man, and model on the side.
How I give back: I make charitable donations to causes I care about. And I give blood on a regular basis as well as volunteer for the community.
Name of your Alter-Ego: Mr. Wanderlust.
Pauline OrrWebsite Developer & Analyst
What I’m good at: Website Development, Graphic Design, Web Design, Digital Marketing, User Experience, Back-end Development, Front-end Development, and Coding Websites.
What I really do: Code and making jokes as dry as a saltine.
Degree I’ve earned: Graduated cum laude from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Science in Website Development with double minors in Applied Computing and Graphic Design. I was also awarded membership to the Alpha Sigma Lambda honors society by selection of the top 20% of students who have earned over 24 graded credits.
How I give back: I leave the last slice of pizza.
All-time favorite saying: “You strike the match. Why not be utterly changed into fire?”
Brittany BrightAccount Coordinator
What I’m good at: Content Creation, Public Relations, Corporate Relations, Copywriting, Social Media Marketing, Advertising.
What I really do: I spend way too much time on my phone wheelin’ and dealin’.
Brands I’ve helped: Too many to name.
Degrees I’ve earned: 2016 graduate of the University of Mississippi where I earned my Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Corporate Relations.
How I give back: I let the person in the grocery story with only two items go ahead of me in line. Unless I have only two items and then all bets are off.
Name of my alter-ego: Queen Bee.
Mikel HenryAdvertising Operations Manager
What I’m good at: Project Management, Budgets, Office Operations, Compliance, Account, and getting rid of Focus Group hoarding closets.
What I really do: A little bit of everything.
Brands I’ve helped: A lot.
How you give back: I make fresh coffee for the office.
Name of my alter-go: Baseball Momma or Claire Dunphy.
What I’m good at: Traditional Photojournalism, Portraiture, Advanced Lighting, High Dynamic Range Photography, Photoshop, Retouching.
What I really do: Stare at screens and push buttons all day.
Brands I’ve helped: Chevron, ASPA, Peoples Bank, Roy Anderson Corp., Mississippi Power, Stone Co Hospital, PFG Optics, Garden Park Hospital, The Shed, Beach Blvd magazine, Cork & Cleaver, Gulf Coast Women magazine, Gollott’s Seafood, USM, Johnny Fayard, Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center.
How I give back: I am extremely kind and donate a sizable portion of income to the Federal Government. In my spare time, I volunteer at a Brazilian waxing salon for the homeless.
All-time favorite saying: “That’s what She said!”