POOLHOUSE, the advertising agency hell-bent on crafting the best campaigns for candidates, causes and companies, announced today the opening of a new Houston office: POOLHOUSE HTX, the hiring of Brian Athey as creative director, and the addition of four new team members. The moves strategically position POOLHOUSE to better support its growing work everywhere from the energy sector, to political campaigns, to CBD, while expanding in-house capabilities of branding, design and digital services.
Stepping into the Creative Director role as of August 1, 2019, Athey earned his branding and creative chops over a decade-long career spanning from Washington, D.C. to the west coast. Beginning his career in politics, he was most recently the owner of creative shop On Point Supply Company. Athey retains a number of clients, adding them to POOLHOUSE’s roster.
“In a way, Brian has been with us from the beginning, as we worked with him in early days to develop our brand. He’s a graphic design genius, a brand visionary and a really nice guy. We could think of none better to build out this branch of our agency,” said POOLHOUSE Co-Founder Tim O’Toole.
Athey is joined at POOLHOUSE by some of his team: Jacqueline Wazir, who will serve as Brand Manager and Tristan Francis as Graphic Designer. At the same time, POOLHOUSE has added Derrick Baber as Copywriter, previously at Prophet, and Laura Parisi as Brand Coordinator, coming from The Carolina Agency.
These hires expand POOLHOUSE’s capabilities in branding, design and website development, complementing existing strengths in video, production and strategy.
“Moving from a team of 10 to 15 in a single bound is reflective not only of demand and growth but also of our appetite. The addition of these talented folks and the establishment of a base in Texas positions us well to further develop a pipeline of new business in politics to energy,” said POOLHOUSE Co-Founder Will Ritter.
Founded in 2013 by Ritter and O’Toole, POOLHOUSE is headquartered in Richmond’s Arts District and opened their East Atlanta office in 2018. In the historic Houston Heights neighborhood, POOLHOUSE HTX gives the agency boots on the ground at the epicenter of the energy field and positions them to better serve political work. Athey and Wazir will anchor POOLHOUSE HTX, while Francis, Baber and Parisi sit with the Atlanta team.