After a few years being a sub-par bass guitar player in a sub-par heavy metal band, Paul decided that advertising might be a better career choice. Since then, he’s logged over 20 years of advertising, design and brand-building experience working at agencies like Arnold Worldwide in Boston, Huey/Paprocki in Atlanta and SlaughterHanson and Lewis Communications in Birmingham. He’s done work for brands such as Royal Caribbean International, The Hartford, US Postal Service, ING, CNN, Turner Classic Movies, Amsouth Bank, Protective Life, KinderCare Learning Centers, Mastercraft Boats, Honda Small Engines, Vanderbilt Medical Center and Prevent Child Abuse.
Paul has won just about every award given for advertising and design including The One Show, Communication Arts, Archive, Effies, The New York Festivals, Print Regional Design, MPA Kelly Awards, Hatch Awards, London International Advertising Show, US Ad Review and local, regional and national ADDYs. He has also had his work reviewed by the The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
The Birmingham Advertising Federation has named Paul Business Leader of the Year, Creative Director of the Year, Art Director of the Year and Copywriter of the Year.
Paul is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Birmingham and is an avid indoorsman. He and his wife Emily have two children, Ian (16) and Natalie (13).
Originally from Huntsville, Alabama, Karen has been passionate about art and design since she was only a wee child. She even designed her own business cards in elementary school. Growing up around her parents’ photography studio helped inspire her appreciation for color, composition, and creativity.
She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Auburn University with a BFA in Graphic Design.
After graduating from Auburn, Karen worked as a publication designer in Chattanooga, TN before relocating to Birmingham where she has been designing brand identities, books, ads, invitations, and websites. Karen constantly strives to create work that is both beautiful and functional.
In her free time, she enjoys drinking Starbucks café mochas, reading, running, practicing yoga, and watching documentaries.
A Birmingham native, Peyton grew up sneaking onto the Highland Golf Course and feeding the ducks from its pond. Being raised in the Agency business spurred her love for all things Marketing and Advertising. This love led to her pursuit of a Marketing degree with a Supply Chain Management minor from Auburn University.
Since joining the Scout team in 2013, Peyton has loved working with clients in healthcare, law, popsicles, and everything in between. She loves that no two days look the same for her, and how her knowledge base expands with each new client. She loves this variety that Scout offers, where she is on set for a commercial one day, and composing case studies or editing website copy the next day!
In her spare time she enjoys making recipes from Pinterest (usually all things chocolate) for her husband, enjoying the Birmingham music and food scene, and watching re-runs of her favorite show, Parks and Recreation.
Jessica prides herself as an L.A. girl (lower Alabama that is) even though she was originally born in New Jersey. Growing up in Fairhope, she jump-started her advertising career by selling yearbook ads in middle school. She gradually progressed to yearbook editor at Samford University, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism Mass Communications and a minor in Graphic Design.
Before she was a “girl Scout,” Jessica worked for Portico Magazine, Progressive Farmer Magazine and Alexander Advertising, Inc. Her triple-threat combination of creativity, organization and positivity makes her an exciting new asset to the Client Services team. When she’s not adding gold Nate Berkus accessories to her desk at Scout, Jessica enjoys kickboxing, selling Mary Kay products (not just for grandmas any more), bargain hunting with her husband Sam and training her cat Boudreaux not to bite.
Even from a young age in her hometown of Huntsville, Alabama, Betsy has always excelled at art. In fact, in the first grade she won “best rocket patch” for space week and she definitely made the best ceramic Christmas angel in kindergarten. When she grew up a little, Betsy went to Auburn University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Graphic Design. There she met her husband, Cameron, and went on to receive an honorary architecture degree for being in his studio so much. Betsy then found her way to Birmingham where she enjoys designing for clients, illustrating funny little characters and creating her own fonts. The biggest things that keep Betsy designing are the drive to make people smile at her work, and when clients tell her to “make it weirder.”
When she’s not at work, you can find Betsy outside spending time at the lake, tending to her hydrangeas, or riding her bike to Steel City Pops. When she finds the time, Betsy also loves traveling to different parts of the world and backpacking around Alabama.
Born left-handed, people told a young Josh that he was creative, and because of his glasses, people told him he was good at computers. He took that information to heart and started developing websites in high school while taking graphic design courses and repairing computers. He developed his first website in the late 90’s and has been working on websites and in ecommerce in some way or another ever since. Working through five versions of PHP and thirteen versions of Photoshop, Josh has seen a bit of everything over the years.
Originally from Minneapolis, Josh doesn’t quite understand how Birmingham weather works. However, he is grateful for the significant reduction in the number of below-zero days he’s experienced since moving down south seven years ago. When he’s not working at Scout, Josh can be found working (or also not working) on his 100-year old home in Southside.
Originally from Charleston, West Virginia, Emily has lived most of her life in Birmingham, Alabama. She graduated from UAB School of Nursing and began working as a Registered Nurse at UAB Hospital in the surgical intensive care unit (SICU) and later in the trauma burn unit (TBICU). The net result of those experiences means that it is nearly impossible for her to be “grossed out.” Being married to Paul Crawford for nearly 20 years is further proof that she can persevere in any situation.
Emily has never met an organizational challenge or daunting task that she couldn’t sort out. In a room full of creative people, her extreme organizational skills come in handy. In her spare time, she tries to teach her two children to be organized and basically serves as their very own Uber driver. Emily and Paul love to explore all the new places to eat in Birmingham’s fast-growing food scene.
Being completely obsessed with how social networking sites work, Michael started trying to build his own social network in middle school. Only after figuring out what he was writing was “code” he decided to look more into web development. Having a creative side, he was accepted into an art academy for the remainder of his k-12 career. Finding them through a student teacher at the art academy, he was picked up by Kinetic, a local web design and development firm, right out of high school, and built cool stuff there for two years before joining Scout. When Michael isn’t behind a computer screen, he likes getting lost in the beautiful back roads of Alabama.
Eve grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and later attended college at Auburn University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. The choice to study graphic design came from her love of collecting interesting packaging as a child, as well as her desire to illustrate during her free time. Eve comes from a family where math is considered a foreign language and art, writing, and music are always the topics of discussion. Eve’s grandfather was a graphic artist here in Birmingham, so she believes that her love for all things art and design runs in the family. When she’s not working at Scout, Eve enjoys antiquing and watching HGTV while daydreaming of one day decorating and designing her own home. One of her greatest loves in life is her 10 year old chocolate labradoodle named Cocoa.
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