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Brownstein Group
Office Employees51-100
Total US51-100
Total Worldwide51-100
Marc Brownstein, President & CEO
Marc has had a love affair with advertising since his first client meeting at the age of three. After graduating from Pennsylvania State University, he spent eight years as a copywriter in New York – mostly at Ogilvy & Mather - creating award-winning work for AT&T, American Express, Hershey Foods, Time Warner, and Campbell Soup Company.

In 1989, Marc returned to Philadelphia to join Brownstein Group as Executive Creative Director. A few years later, he was appointed President & CEO, and has since furthered the family business into a modern, brand-centric shop that prides itself on early innovation and a robust company culture. Under his leadership, the Agency has more than tripled in size, adding several blue-chip clients to its roster, including IKEA, Comcast, Western Union, Beneficial Bank, AmeriGas, and the American Association for Cancer Research.

Outside of the Agency, Marc serves as interim director of Drexel University's Lebow College of Business’ Center for Corporate Reputation Management. He is also an active member of the board of directors of the 4A’s, the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Film Festival, and Penn State University's College of Communications. Marc speaks regularly before industry and professional groups, and is a routine blogger for Advertising Age.
Berny Brownstein, Chairman, Chief Creative Officer
Making great work – that’s what Berny had in mind when he started Brownstein Group in 1964. And it’s what he still expects of everyone who follows in his footsteps.

As a native Philadelphian, Berny graduated from the University of the Arts with a dream of illustration. But after working on national campaigns at a global ad agency he saw that fun, clever advertising could showcase clients in a whole new light. He got the bug, and the rest is advertising history.

These days, when he’s not exhibiting his watercolors and oil paintings, he’s mentoring a new generation of smart, creative people to share in his passion. Fifty years later, he still believes that great advertising has the power to both move and inspire.
Phil Edelstein, Director, Brand Strategy & Business Development
Phil's enthusiasm for strategy is matched only by his enthusiasm for, well, everything. After graduating from Tufts University in 2008, Phil began his career at Brownstein Group, where he facilitated quantitative and qualitative studies for in-depth client research projects. After two years, he made his way out to Aspen, Colorado, to act as marketing director of Two Leaves and a Bud Tea Company. There he led a full organizational rebranding, redeveloped the company's e-commerce platform and managed all strategic marketing operations and ongoing communications.

But Phil's love for the agency world never quite dissipated, so he returned to Brownstein Group May 2011. Within two years, Phil grew from Senior Strategist to his current role as Director of the Brand Strategy, where he leads the Agency’s Business Development efforts, and directs branding, strategic planning, and market research initiatives for clients such as IKEA, Beneficial Bank, the American Association for Cancer Research and AmerisourceBergen.
Dan Shepelavy, Executive Creative Director
After a decade spent amongst the collapsing scenery of the music business, Dan migrated to the sequin mines of advertising, as an art director at Gyro Worldwide. In 2004 he joined 160over90, where he served as a creative director. His clients included American Eagle Outfitters, Nina Shoes, Sony Pictures Entertainment, AND1, Nike tennis and SoBe beverages. In addition, he was integral in helping establish its nationally recognized higher education practice.

In 2010, Dan joined Brownstein as the Executive Creative Director – fostering an open, collaborative creative culture rooted in rigorous thinking, unfettered imagination, cultural literacy and craftsmanship.

Dan's work has been recognized by: Communication Arts, How, Print, Step, The One Show and The Society of Publication Designers among others. His work, fine art, as well as his occasional art & culture blog This, That, & Also, Etc., can be found at
Shannon Reynolds, Director, Account Management
If you ask Shannon, the chicken definitely came first. She started her advertising career as an account manager for the Tyson Foods' National Account Sales team in Missouri. She then spent five years in Princeton working with the College Board, New York City Department of Health and PNC Bank. She also managed the Agency of Record responsibilities for United Trust Bank, a regional community bank in northern New Jersey, which was acquired by PNC.

Shannon then managed a team of marketing specialists for PNC's New Branch Development team. In 2006, she was recruited to join the Commerce Bank account team at Tierney Communications. There she managed Commerce through its merger with TD Bank. Shannon joined Brownstein in 2011, and now leads the Account Management team.
Erin Allsman, VP, Director of Public Relations & Social Media
Erin has mastered the metamorphosis from media maven to social butterfly. As Public Relations and Social Media Director, Erin oversees all accounts, manages the department and leads the agency's crisis communication function. She has led award-winning campaigns for a variety of clients in health care, automotive, retail apparel, food, non-profit and professional services and has grown the department to its current status as one of the Philadelphia Business Journal's top 10 public relations firms.

Prior to joining Brownstein, Erin spent time as the Director of Public Relations for two joint-venture companies, Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Co. and DMi Partners, and as the Director of Public Relations for the General Building Contractors Association. Erin also served as director-at-large on the Philadelphia PRSA board from 2009 to 2011, as the 2011 Philadelphia PRSA Awards Program Co-Chair and as the Host Committee Chair for the 2013 PRSA International Conference.