Meet the band
Lead, Strategy & Content
Susan listens for a living. As a veteran of the Boston agency scene, she has worked alongside some of the best and brightest at Digitas, Mullen, PJA and Hill Holiday for brands such as AT&T, American Express Travel, American Express Financial Advisors, Biogen, EMD/Serono, Genzyme, TE and the US Army. Her work usually includes a combination of customer insights, brand strategy, creative direction and copy writing, though sometimes she forgets which is which.
Susan started Branding Band to offer marketing polish to companies often left on the sidelines, such as entrepreneurs over the age of 55, and LGBTQ leaders. Susan sees on-going coaching as an integral part of any client engagement. Everyone at Branding Band not only loves to learn, they also love to teach.
Susan has a BA in art history & psychology from Sarah Lawrence College and an MBA from Simmons College where she graduated summa cum laude and as a Dean's Scholar. She trained with Gerald Zaltman at the Harvard Business School Minds of the Market Lab. Her work has taken her across Europe, Asia and Latin America as well as to the great state of California.
Lead, Creative & Project Management
Mark Field brings more than 25 years of creative leadership experience.with no less than 30 GDUSA awards under his belt. His clients range from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies such as Sears, BankBoston, Polaroid, and IDC.
Mark has crafted award-winning brand experiences across corporate identity, marketing collateral, packaging, trade show materials, and a full range of internet-based media such as websites, social media, and email. He is adept at working with clients from high level concepts through prototyping, on a wide variety of technical platforms. However, Mark is also a big fan of print.
Mark is extremely dedicated to his clients, and believes that the best projects come from a shared commitment to great branding. And as much as Mark enjoys digging in to learn all he can about his clients’ business, he also enjoys teaching his craft. Mark is a gifted and skilled teacher, which is just one of many reasons why clients continue to return to him.
Mark graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth with a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Lead, Full Stack Development
Leslye PJ Reaves is a multimedia artist, programmer, independent filmmaker. She has worked at Johns Hopkins University, creating curriculum and teaching workshops as well as teaching a course for the Carey School of Business; at Morgan State University, where she coordinated and managed the school’s website redesign; and government service provider BRTRC, where she developed projects for the FAA, FBI and Department of Defense.
Leslye holds a B.A. in Film, with a Computer Science minor, from Howard University and a M.A. in Multimedia from California State University, Hayward (now CSU East Bay). She is a teacher, consultant, speaker and writer in the areas of computer art, digital video production, web site design and multimedia technology.
Don’t let the Southern accent fool you. When it comes to staying on strategy or keeping to a schedule, Jill is anything but laid-back. EndFragmentShe believes that challenging assumptions and asking hard questions lead to a more successful project and a better partnership. She loves getting into the business—digging into the story behind the product, getting to know the sales cycles, understanding the way a product gets distributed and how it can be most profitable. Because only then can you find the idea that will bring your marketing to life.
For over 20 years Jill has created memorable, effective marketing communications at agencies, as a freelancer, and for her own clients. She’s a versatile art director and brand strategist who addresses every challenge and opportunity with simple, yet unique, solutions.
Recent Client Experience: A. Clara Boston, buccan, Champps Americana, Clean Membranes, Cresent Ridge Dairy, Ecochlor Ballast Water Treatment, Fertility Within Reach, Gilman Guidelli & Bellow Custom Builders, Kettle Cuisine, Kids Insight, KleerMail, New England Coffee, Newton Food Pantry, Todd English’s Restaurant, Turner’s Seafood, Vaultive, Westfield Child Center.