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Empower Names SVP Emily Locker as Head of Chicago Office
With Chicago’s explosive growth, Empower has promoted Emily Locker to SVP, head of Chicago. Adding to the agency’s bench strength, comes the hire of SVP, Greg Clausen working with clients like Wendy’s, Tempur-Sealy and Bush Beans.

CINCINNATI – July 9, 2021 – After more than doubling in size since its Chicago grand opening in 2019, Empower has named Emily Locker its Senior Vice President of Chicago. Locker seamlessly balances her leadership of the office and business unit comprised of clients Rust-Oleum, Ashley HomeStore, American Standard, MadeGood and Lexmark Ventures. Most recently, she led American Standard’s highly awarded #Flush2020 campaign that earned two national Gold Addy Awards and was recognized by The One Show and ANA REGGIE Awards.

In her decade at the agency, Locker has officially planted the flag as Ms. Empower Everywhere. She’s the first to have served in three of the agency’s locations. She did a wonderful job running the Ashley HomeStore business while embedded in the client’s office in Tampa. Last summer, Locker moved to Chicago to take over leadership of the office and support its explosive growth. She’s done so with flying colors and grace under pressure.

“Emily Locker embodies Empower’s relentless drive and culture making her the perfect person suited to lead Chicago and its business unit,” said Rob FitzGerald, president and chief operations officer at Empower. “Having worked in all three areas, she infuses Empower’scompany values everywhere she goes,” he said.

Joining the elite team of SVPs at Empower is Greg Clausen. Clausen joins the client leadership team as an SVP by way of Spark Foundry where he oversaw accounts like Dairy Queen, H&R Block, Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s, Nature’s Way Vitamins, Great Wolf Resorts, Gilead Pharmaceuticals, and more. He will be working on clients like Tempur-Sealy, Wendy’s, Jack Link’s, Tri-Health, and Bush Beans.

“I was drawn to Empower’s positioning as the Un-Holding Company, but I’ve been aware of the agency since its founding,” Clausen said. “It’s an agency that media vendors always speak highly of and I believe it’s because the company truly lives its values. I love the fact Empower encompasses the best of both worlds with Media and Creative and while its size is substantial every client still gets senior-level talent on their business,” he said.

About Empower

We are Empower, The Un-Holding Company. Our advantage is simple. Clients first – not shareholders.

From the day we opened our doors in 1985, Empower has challenged the media status quo.

Empower is recognized as one of the top independent agencies by Campaign US, a two-time Ad Age Agency A-List Standout (2021 and 2019) and was crowned MediaPost’s 2016 Media Agency of the Year.

Our integrated team of experts in Media, Creative, Analytics, and Word-of-Mouth Marketing outperform expectations. Celebrating two Adweek Media All-Stars back-to-back while also being honored by the Webby Awards, The One Show and ANA REGGIE Awards proves the eclectic talent at Empower is no one-hit wonder.

Empower’s client and employee tenure rate is unmatched – 3X the industry average. Some of our biggest fans include Tempur Sealy, Fifth Third Bank, Gorilla Glue, TriHealth, Brooks Running, Jack Link’s, V-Tech, Bush Brothers, Wendy’s, GNC, Famous Footwear, Ashley HomeStore, Rust-Oleum, The Body Shop, RoC Skincare and Newell Brands. 

Empower is headquartered in the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of downtown Cincinnati. Our Chicago office is located in the city’s bustling River North neighborhood, just steps from the Merchandise Mart.

While much has evolved in our 35-year history, we remain independent with plenty of hustle…

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