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 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.
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 asset to the Client Services team. When she’s not adding gold Nate Berkus accessories to her desk at Scout, Jessica enjoys kickboxing, forcing friends and family to buy Mary Kay products, bargain hunting with her husband Sam and playing with her cat, Boudreaux, and Austrailian Shepherd, Winnie.
Amber grew up in Alabaster, Alabama and later attended college at Troy University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a minor in Public Relations. Amber’s initial career path was sports broadcasting, but she eventually discovered how much she loved digital marketing, all things branding and making other people happy. These passions led her straight to Scout! Her friendliness, determination, and creativity are why she is a great addition to our Client Services team.
During her time in college, Amber was a member of the Troy Women’s Soccer team. Since she no longer plays soccer, she enjoys freeing her competitive spirit by having game nights and going to Topgolf. When she’s not working at Scout, Amber can be found with her dog Mitzi, at a nearby Chipotle or hanging out in Disney World or Orange Beach with her family.
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 with his wife Megan and two Frenchies.
Originally from Jackson, Mississippi, Virginia showed an interest in art and design at an early age. Constantly drawing, doodling and making things, she always knew that she wanted to pursue a creative career. Virginia attended the University of Mississippi where she first gained experience doing graphic design work for several student publications while also writing for the college’s newspaper, The Daily Mississippian. Virginia graduated from the University of Mississippi with Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in both Studio Art and Journalism with a minor in English. She later studied at Savannah College of Art and Design where she received a Master of Fine Arts in graphic design.
Virginia focuses on creating digital experiences and building meaningful brands. She is passionate about user experience and elevating brands through great visual design for both web and print. Virginia loves interesting ice cream flavors, yoga, house plants and her cat, Olive. When she’s not at the office, you’ll most likely find her hiking, playing tennis or just kicked back reading a good book.
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