Top Independent Creative Media Agency Hires Advertising Veteran Hilary Burns to Lead Market

CHICAGO (February 13, 2019) – Empower, The Creative Media Agency headquartered in Cincinnati, opens its doors in Chicago with the hire of seasoned-advertising executive Hilary Burns as vice president and general manager. A 25-year agency veteran, Burns will lead Empower’s booming Chicago business unit, overseeing notable clients including Cirque Du Soleil, V-Tech, Dremel and Rust-Oleum.

“Empower is planting roots in Chicago because more brands are craving the agile service and unique attention that an independent shop like Empower can offer, which giant holding companies there struggle with,” said Rob FitzGerald, president and chief operating officer at Empower. “Empower’s progressive creative-media approach paired with the hotbed of talent at our fingertips – Burns being a perfect example of that – sets us and our clients up for success.”

Prior to Empower, Burns worked at VMLY&R as group director of client engagement, leading the Conagra digital commerce business. Her agency roster also includes SapientRazorfish, Cramer-Krasselt, BBDO and JWT. After years of working at large agencies, the Gold Effie winner recognized the advantages of joining an independent firm.

“Empower’s creative media approach, 34 years of proven steady growth and long-standing client relationships really speak to the quality of the agency’s model and team,” said Burns. “I’m excited to blend Empower’s capabilities with the vibrant energy and talent in Chicago.”

Burns is joined by Director of Integration, Diana Patterson to help grow Empower’s Chicago presence and serve the agency’s client portfolio. She was recently recruited from Starcom where she served as associate media director, where she focused her efforts on media strategy for Lowe’s. She comes to Empower with a robust retail background.

“My role is to be the glue that binds everything together into a seamless creative-media ecosystem for our clients,” said Patterson.

Located at 440 North Wells near the Merchandise Mart, employees enjoy a prime location and full view of downtown. Designed as an urban loft with brick walls, exposed wood beams and ceilings, the 4,100 square foot space provides an ideal open layout for creativity and collaboration.

About Empower
Empower is The Creative Media Agency. Recognized as an Ad Age Agency A-List Standout, our award-winning integrated team of experts in audience, media, message and measurement deliver data-driven, tech-enabled and emotionally-charged Creative Media.

Tackling business challenges with the precision of an engineer and the heart of a matchmaker, Empower goes beyond securing impressions and makes those impressions personal.

Some of our biggest fans include Brooks Running, Jack Link’s, V-Tech, Bush Brothers, Wendy’s, Famous Footwear, Ashley HomeStore, Gorilla Glue, Rust-Oleum, PetSmart, TriHealth and Fifth Third Bank.

Empower is headquartered in the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of downtown Cincinnati and has a rapidly growing Chicago office. Located in the city’s bustling River North neighborhood – Empower’s Chicago team is just steps from the Merchandise Mart.

While much has changed over the course of our 34-year company history, some things remain: we are fiercely independent and we will constantly challenge the media status quo.

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