Daily thoughts of a MACLYN Account Executive: Courtney Brown

Courtney Brown | MACLYN Account Executive
Courtney Brown | MACLYN Account Executive

Courtney Brown has been a MACLYN employee for almost four years. She shares her favorite things about the job, the hardest things about her position, advice for young people in the industry and much more.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about being an employee here?

Courtney Brown: My favorite part about working at MACLYN is both the people and the clients. We have a very diverse group of employees that have a variety of talents and backgrounds. Likewise, we have an eclectic mix of clients that challenge us as marketers on very different levels. Being able to become ingrained in so many different industries really opens your eyes to so much. 

Q: What’s the most rewarding accomplishment you’ve experienced at MACLYN?

Brown: Working on a strategic marketing or media plan, and watching it come to life. While it’s always nice to hear that your work was successful for the client, driving down the road and spotting a bus that has a MACLYN designed ad on the back is cool to see.

Q: What’s the most difficult thing about being an account executive?

Brown: Time management. Whether its trying to attend multiple client events or meetings, or just carving out enough time in the day to do “desk” work, it’s always a challenge to make sure you stay on time and on schedule.

Q: If you could have any career outside of advertising, what would it have been?

Brown: Growing up I always wanted to be an investigative journalist (I really liked Harriett the Spy). And I still love to write, so probably something in the writing field.

Q: What’s the first thing you do when you get in the office?

Brown: Pour a nice hot cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee.

Q: What advice can you give to young people in the advertising industry?

Brown: Learn to do what others can’t or don’t want to do, and go with the flow! There is always going to be something that others don’t want to do and your boss will take notice of that, and appreciate it if you step up to the plate to do it. Second, go with the flow. I think I’ve had every job remotely related to account work in the last 3.5 years and I’m better for it.

Q: What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

Brown: Outside of spending time with friends and family, I love to cook and garden. I also enjoy golfing and drinking wine.

Q: Are you more likely to give someone a high five or a fist bump, and why?

Brown: High-five. I’m totally old school.

Q: If you were stranded on a desert island with one object, what would it be and why?

Brown: An iPad with an endless battery so I can read books and listen to music.

If you could ask Courtney anything, what would it be? Comment below!

NOW HIRING – The Greatest Executive Assistant Ever!

MACLYN is a boutique creative agency with a client base ranging from national icons to local start-ups. Our award-winning agency is recognized for creating and communicating powerful, timeless brands through traditional, integrated, social and interactive media. 

We are looking to hire the most amazing executive assistant ever!

Why do you want this job?


you agree – it’s cool to work in the ad business.

you have always wanted to work in a fun, collaborative environment.

you thrive on hard work.

no administrative task is too large or too small for you.

you have a knack for conversing and communicating with employees and clients—and can get anyone to smile and laugh.

your career goal is to be an amazing executive assistant for a company that will truly value you.

What are the responsibilities and skills of our amazing executive assistant?

You’ll need to perform administrative duties for agency management and appropriate staff. At various times, your responsibilities will include screening calls, managing calendars, making travel, meeting and event arrangements, handling office supply inventory management, assisting in monthly accounts receivable collections, completing ongoing spreadsheets; troubleshooting, proofreading and manage specific projects, and much, much more.

What kind of skillset do you need?

You need to…

seriously know your way around Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

know how to Google anything and everything.

love making conversation with staff and clients. You have to make clients feel like they’ve known you forever.

have project coordination experience. If you are given a big administrative project, you need to know how to get it done on time and on budget.

have a sufficient knowledge of how to use social media.

Knowledge of WordPress content management a major plus! But not a requirement.

Lastly, and most importantly, you need to be a positive person. Not pretend “positive”, more like you love life even when you’re thrown a curveball positive.

You In?

Then please send your resume and a brief intro paragraph to careers@maclyngroup.com

NOW HIRING! Senior Art Director

Do you cringe when see bad kerning on a billboard? Do you collect stuff that’s been designed really awesome, because it’s just freakin’ designed really awesome? Do you find it hard to not Art Direct family photos? Do you love typography in ways you can’t talk about at parties?

If you answered yes to these questions, read on.

We are looking for a visual ninja with a penchant for crafting big ideas to join our team. If you’re a badass and want to hang with other badasses doing amazing work, then we’re the place you should be working.


Our ideal senior art director will be exceptional at:

• Concept and design of big and small: big ideas, advertising campaigns, outdoor, web design, social media posts, mobile etc.

• Identity: logomarks, letterhead, color theory

• Photoshoots: people, product, food, environment

• Building and maintaining a brand look

• The details: kerning, leading, x-heights, cap heights, etc. (If these seem unfamiliar stop reading)


Things you need to start the conversation:

• A stunning portfolio, yes we said stunning

• Experience creating outstanding work for both print and online

• 7-10 years experience, preferably agency experience

• Bachelors degree in Graphic Design or enough experience to justify not having one


Things that will help you get in the door:

• A wicked passion for the work, we’re talking a lot of passion

• History with hospitality, beer and restaurant brands. B2B experience is a plus, but not mandatory

• A collaborative attitude

• Work ethic. No really, work ethic


You in? Send us your stuff: portfolio, resume, creative philosophy and salary requirements to careers@maclyngroup.com

MACLYN IS NOW HIRING a (All Kinds of Awesome) Copywriter

Cheap puns make you angry, even downright nauseous. Your hobbies include rewriting others’ lame marketing copy in your head. You obsessively bookmark, tear out or jot down inspired pieces of writing while that little voice whispers, “Damn, wish I wrote that.” You get geeked learning about new industries markets, culture and worlds, and only fear working with those who don’t.

If this sounds like you, we should talk.

Ideally, you’re exceptional at or can demonstrate that you’re well on your way to nailing:

• Concepting big and small (i.e. big ideas, brand platforms, campaigns, headlines, taglines, social media posts, etc.)

• Long copy (i.e. concept decks, brochures, collateral,

emails, blogs, etc.)

• Building, maintaining and owning a brand voice

• Social media and its ever-changing landscape

• Small parts: details like spelling, grammar and proofing

Things you need to start the conversation:

• Experience creating outstanding work in both the print and digital space

• 1-3 years experience, preferably agency experience (but don’t be shy if you have mad skills from elsewhere)

• Bachelors degree or enough experience to justify not having one

Things that’ll help you get in the door:

• A history with hospitality, beer and restaurant brands. B2B experience is a plus, but not a deal breaker

• A collaborative “I can champion an idea even if it’s not mine” attitude and a passion for creating the smart and the stellar

• A “let’s make this great” attitude vs. a “get ‘er done” one

MACLYN is an independent, boutique creative agency in Chicago’s Western suburbs. We possess the high-octane energy of a startup without worrying about keeping the lights on. Beyond making waves for our clients, we craft stories that people recognize as their own. We’re constantly perfecting the art of delivering insightful, sticky, kickass brand marketing through traditional, social and interactive media.

If you think you’re right for the job, submit your portfolio, resume, creative philosophy (a couple killer paragraphs will do) and salary requirements to careers@maclyngroup.com.




NOW HIRING! Dunkin’ Donuts Sampling Van Crew Member

NOW HIRING for quite possibly the coolest job ever!

MACLYN seeks young, energetic individuals to join our Dunkin’ Donuts Sampling Van Crew for part-time employment. The Dunkin’ Donuts Sampling Van travels all around the Chicagoland area (including NW Indiana) to various events. Our vehicle is a self-contained mobile beverage center that distributes FREE samples (3.5 oz and 4 oz) of a variety of Dunkin’ Donuts beverage products. Events include sports, festivals, parades, benefits, concerts, races, etc. Last year we attended over 90 events at a variety of venues including: Arlington Park, Brookfield Zoo, Cubs, Sox, Kane County Cougars, Chicagoland Speedway, Montrose Harbor, Charter One Pavilion, First Midwest Bank Amphitheater and many other exciting locations in the Chicagoland area.

Must be available on weekends and during the week. Our season begins in April and runs through October with a handful of events in November and December on weekends. About 20 hours per week until Memorial Day and MANY more hours in the summer through Labor Day. Early morning and evening shifts. Applicants should be at least 19 years of age, motivated and energetic.

Crew members are responsible for stocking the van, driving to events (does not require special license), preparing beverage samples at the events, distributing coupons, and representing Dunkin’ Donuts. To see photos from our 2013 and 2014 season, visit www.ddsamplingvan.com.

Training provided by Dunkin’ Donuts on all equipment and health department regulations. All crew members are required to attend Chicago Summer Food Sanitation Course.

E-mail your resume to:
Dunkin’ Donuts Mobile
Promotions Manager


MACLYN Hires New Associate Creative Director

Creative agency MACLYN is proud to announce the hiring of Eric Bryning, as Associate Creative Director

Eric BryningLisle, Ill. – Creative agency MACLYN is proud to announce the hiring of Eric Bryning, as Associate Creative Director.

Bryning joins MACLYN bringing over 20 years of award-wining experience. He’s worked with great Chicago agencies including tris3ct, Geometry, Arc Worldwide, Havas Worldwide and The Marketing Store. His creative portfolio comprises a variety of brands including McDonald’s, Electrolux, General Mills, Kellogg’s, PETsMART, Verizon Wireless, Canadian Club, Chicago Kahlúa, Old Style Beer, Valvoline and more. Continue reading MACLYN Hires New Associate Creative Director

Advertising Agency MACLYN awarded brand redevelopment agreement for national gasoline brand, Clark Brands LLC.

Lisle, Ill. — Creative agency MACLYN, has been hired by Clark Brands LLC to develop a unified, world-class brand identity for the national gasoline franchise. Clark Brands operates in 30 states and the District of Columbia, servicing over 1,000 locations and expanding into new markets each year. Continue reading Advertising Agency MACLYN awarded brand redevelopment agreement for national gasoline brand, Clark Brands LLC.

“Tis a Grand Gift”

Maclyn is proud to be a part of the re-launch of McCaffery’s Irish Cream Ale, exclusively brewed for Ballydoyle Irish Pub and Restaurant by the father & son team at Argus Brewery.

After creating the “Remember the Legend of McCaffery” campaign, consisting of light-hearted tall tales that speak to the legend of Clan McCaffery and further immortalized by McCaffery’s Irish Cream Ale. We are thrilled to finally see our work come to life. Tonight at Ballydoyle Downers Grove we officially Remember the Legend. Tis a grand gift indeed.

Creative Agency Maclyn Group awarded brand development contract for MileNorth Hotel’s new rooftop bar and lounge

Lisle, Ill. — Creative marketing agency Maclyn Group has been hired by MileNorth, a Destination Hotel, to develop a brand for their rooftop bar and lounge. MileNorth, located along the Magnificent Mile in Chicago is a combination of sophisticated style and authentic, Chicago-inspired hospitality.

MileNorth’s new rooftop bar and lounge, opening in spring of 2014 will re-define the downtown Chicago rooftop scene. The bar and lounge will feature “natural and pure” cuisine balanced with a rich décor in a residentially modern atmosphere. Bill Murphy, Maclyn agency principal is excited about the project. “We’re thrilled, MileNorth’s rooftop bar will be the pinnacle of Chicago nightlife offering a sophisticated respite from the busy downtown bustle complimented by breathtaking views of the city.”

About Maclyn Group

Maclyn Group is a boutique creative, branding and marketing agency located in the Western suburbs of Chicago with a client base ranging from national icons to local start-ups. The award-winning agency is recognized for creating and communicating powerful, timeless brands through traditional, social and interactive media.