The New Faces of MCG!
Kellie Ward, Director of Client Service
After designing with MCG for four years, Kellie has a new role. As Director of Client Service, she will be the contact for all accounts. Originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee, Kellie is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She completed a Bachelor’s of Art degree in graphic design with minors in business and studio art.
A summer internship led her to Morris Creative Group, where she also worked as a designer during school. After college, Kellie Ward gained graphic design and marketing experience in the East Tennessee healthcare industry and also worked as a freelance designer. Kellie’s artistic style is hands-on with close attention to detail on all projects. She strongly believes art and design can be used to improve many aspects of our clients’ businesses and our community through aesthetics, functionality, and the communication of information.
Traveling and exploring new places are Kellie’s passions. So far, she has traveled, worked, and studied abroad in Europe and Australia. In addition to traveling, she also enjoys cooking, painting, photography, and spending time on the water.
Liz Hoover, Senior Designer
Liz Hoover attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where she graduated with her Bachelor’s in graphic design. Liz then began working for Morris Creative Group as a designer. She moved to San Francisco where she worked as a designer for the Leo Burnett advertising agency. She relocated to New York City where she worked as a freelance designer and obtained her master’s in figurative sculpture from the New York Academy of Art. Liz then began working as an assistant for renowned artist, Jeff Koons, until she returned to Knoxville where she worked as an interactive designer for Scripps network.
Liz is excited to be back at MCG, and she looks forward to applying her vast experience to create new and functional designs to meet client demands. Liz’s method of design includes collaboration with others, and she considers all aspects of what the design communicates to the viewer. This method has allowed her to target the specific audience she is trying to reach, and strategically incorporate a clear message in her designs.
When she is not working, Liz loves to travel and spend time outdoors. She recently traveled to Thailand, where she enjoyed hiking, and soaking up the local culture. Liz also enjoys reading, exploring the Great Smoky Mountains, and spending time with her dogs, Monte and Martin.
Matt Patteson, Graphic Designer
Matt Patteson was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee before attending the Ringling College of Art and Design. After graduating with his BFA in design and interactive communications, he gained experience as a design intern at Morris Creative Group. Subsequently, Matt worked independently as a freelance designer with physician groups at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, and with a privately owned sports enterprise.
Matthew chose graphic design because of his creative and outgoing personality, and because it allows him the opportunity to express his individuality through his work. After gaining experience through freelancing, he decided to return to MCG because he enjoyed the challenge and opportunity of using his design skills to satisfy the needs of demanding clients. Matthew enjoys the strategy behind creating new designs for branding and marketing purposes.
In his free time, Matthew enjoys exploring new technology, cooking, and spending time with his black lab, Virginia.
Brian Schroeder, Marketing and Communications Intern
Brian Schroeder is a native of Pittsburgh, PA and is a Senior at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He is pursuing a degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Business Administration, and has had experience working for Wyndham Vacation Ownership and the University of Tennessee Conference Center. Brian chose Communication Studies because of his interest in understanding more about interpersonal and organizational relationships within the business environment. In his time at MCG, Brian hopes to learn more about how a full-service marketing agency operates, and plans to work in the advertising or marketing industry upon graduation.
Brian is excited to contribute to projects through his creative ideas and attention to detail, as well as gain real-world experience in the industry. He was drawn to MCG by their broad and diverse client base, and the opportunity to work on many different types of projects in a fast-paced environment.
When Brian isn’t at MCG, he likes to spend his free time on the golf course or watching any kind of live sporting event. He is also an amateur movie critic who enjoys travel to new and exciting places.
Ben Maxey, Graphic Design Intern
A native of Knoxville his entire life, Ben Maxey is entering his Senior year at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where he is pursuing his BFA in Graphic Design. He enjoys graphic design because it offers him the chance to create design that helps people accomplish their goals no matter what they may be. Ben says his favorite part of design is that it allows him to use his originality and variation in design to help solve problems and create memorable experiences for others.
Ben is excited to bring his skills to Morris Creative, and to learn more about how design can contribute to the successful branding of a business. He describes his design style as clean, diverse, and interesting to a broad spectrum of people. Whenever possible, Ben likes to incorporate motion into his designs to make them more interactive.
In his free time, he enjoys video games, movies, and everything super-hero related. His favorite stories are Star Wars and A Song of Ice and Fire.
Jonathan Edwards, Marketing and Communications Intern
Jonathan Edwards has spent most of his life in Knoxville and is a senior-year advertising student at the University of Tennessee. He was attracted to advertising because of the creative aspect and hopes to work in alternative media and guerrilla marketing in the future. It is his love for creativity that drew him to Morris Creative Group, along with the wide range of clients and the ability to work on all types of projects.
Jonathan is looking forward to spending the summer at MCG to learn more about the advertising industry and gain experience working in a real agency. He hopes to use his creative ideas to help benefit MCG and its clients.
In his free time, Jonathan enjoys playing guitar, writing and producing music, and long-boarding.
We are excited to have everyone on our team at Morris Creative!