C. Grant and Company is an ensemble of spirited individuals who fuse strategy and story to create unusually effective marketing plans and campaigns.
Because many of us came from your side of the desk, we are different from a traditional agency. We are focused on providing measurable results to our clients and moving quickly to make a “we-couldn’t-have-done-that-ourselves” difference. We work collaboratively to add value that shows up in spreadsheets as well as creative accolades.
Our electronic, broadcast, media, and print communications produce break-throughs with current customers, discover and convert prospects, and supply the grapevine with tools for promotion to live on well past the initial campaign.
We value agility, trust, discipline, intuition, focus, faith, fun, and that little sliver of light that can be widened to reveal a different, better future.
is a graduate of Wheaton College (IL) and earned a Master’s Degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Prior to founding C. Grant & Company, he served for more than 20 years in the corporate world as Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications at The ServiceMaster Company, Vice President of Marketing at Harper Collins/ Zondervan, and Vice President at CTi.
At ServiceMaster, a Fortune 500 service company, Chris reported to the president and led marketing, advertising and promotion, and branding initiatives, sales and field staff support, internal and external communications, new product development, and managed the national accounts program, corporate call center and corporate research laboratories. At Zondervan, a division of News Corporation's HarperCollins division, Chris reported to the president and was responsible for all marketing, sales and retail support, product design and packaging, media relations, market research, and direct marketing for all Zondervan product lines, including the Bibles, trade books, academic and reference books, gifts, children’s, and new media. While at CTi, a leading magazine publisher, Chris reported to the Senior Vice President and was responsible for all advertising sales and promotion.
Chris has received numerous professional awards during his career, including American Marketing Association (W. Michigan) “Trailblazer Award” for Marketing Organization of the Year and American Marketing Association (Chicago) Gold Award for Market Research. He also teaches at Wheaton College (Ill.) as adjunct Marketing professor.
Jymette Seager has been with C. Grant & Company since September, 2004. She specializes in servicing the needs of some of our firm’s key accounts. She has worked as an independent project manager and copywriter for many years after experience in the corporate world. She worked for 6 years as the Public Relations/Communications Director for Associated Agencies, Inc., Earlier in her career she was employed as a Marketing Representative for Mobil Oil Corporation. She has a degree in Communications from Purdue University.
Julie Busteed previously applied her administrative and management skills at senior leadership levels at ServiceMaster, Moody Memorial Church and The Christian Working Woman. She also assists in the management of Gap Digital, a recording studio specializing in the production of long-form audio drama. She is a graduate of Bethel University.
Tiffany Self is a public relations professional with a media focus in both traditional—print and broadcast—and social media outlets. Before joining C. Grant and Company, she was the media relations director at Wheaton College (Wheaton, Ill.), where she interfaced with Chicago media and national media, including the “Today Show,” Fox News Network, CNN, and The New York Times. Tiffany holds a bachelors degree in Behavioral Sciences from Northwest University (Kirkland, Wash.). A native of the Pacific Northwest, Tiffany now resides with her family in the Chicago area.
Jenni Funck is a journalist in the Chicago area. She has written feature stories, columns, and restaurant reviews for websites and newspapers in the Sun-Times news group since 1999. Jennifer holds a Masters degree in English literature and creative writing from Southern Methodist University and is a member of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. She works extensively in social media and is a professional blogger.
Mark Neal is a social media professional residing in the Chicago area. He holds a literature degree from Wheaton College as well as a Master's degree from National-Louis University. He has worked as a journalist for Suburban LIfe Publications, covering local news stories and events in the Western suburbs of Chicago. He has also published poetry, interviews and articles in various print and online journals and websites. He is currently at work co-authoring a book on C.S. Lewis.
Keri Wyatt Kent
Keri Wyatt Kent is the author of ten books, and co-author or contributor to several others. A former business reporter for the Daily Herald, she's worked for eighteen years as a freelance copywriter and journalist. A social media champion and blogger, her writing experience includes marketing, public relations, magazines, newspapers, blogs, websites, and ghostwriting. She holds a B.A. in English Lit from Wheaton College.