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Analysis & OpinionNovember 11, 2018

Brandcenter alum Rachel Mercer interviewed on We Are Next podcast

Brandcenter alum Rachel Mercer (XD, 2012), Executive Strategy Director at R/GA, talks about why she graduated early to go to VCU Brandcenter, how she found more opportunities when she wasn't given enough work to do at her internship, what newsletters she reads to stay a step ahead of her clients and build their trust, how building a diverse team brought more value to her agency (and the proof!), and her secret to increasing your perceived value in this We Are Next podcast interview.

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Analysis & OpinionNovember 5, 2018

It's A Hard Knock Start-up Life

Brandcenter alum Charles Hodges (CW, 2009), founder of Arts & Letters in Richmond, and other leaders of new agencies are featured in Communication Arts, sharing great advice for starting an agency or creative company. Charles' answer to one question, "What do you want your agency to be known for 5 years from now?" particularly stands out: "If we could be known as one of the most talented and kind places in the business of ideas, I think we’d all be pretty proud."

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AlumniOctober 22, 2018

Haymaker’s Chief Creative, alum Jay Kamath (AD, 2007), Values Hybrid Talents Above All

Jay Kamath went from architecture student to agency co-founder. He and a former 72andSunny coworker started Haymaker in 2017 with a multidisciplinal attitude, hiring people with hybrid talents - and that approach is reflected in the far-ranging avenues that many of Haymaker’s creative endeavors take. In this Adweek article, Jay shares advice and lessons he's learned along the way. 

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In the NewsAugust 31, 2018

Hunter Kelly, Strategy Intern & Akin Abode, Copywriting Intern at HAYMAKER

We Are Next podcast and blog interviewed Brandcenter alum Hunter Kelly (Strategy, 2018) and second year student Akin Abode (Copywriting, 2019) about their internship experience this summer at Haymaker, a young agency started by Brandcenter alum Jay Kamath (Art direction, 2007).

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