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Steve Luquire, CEO / Founder
Steve Luquire co-founded LGA in 1984, building the business from a three-person shop to one of the Southeast’s leading advertising, digital, marketing and public relations agencies. He maintains involvement in many aspects of the agency’s services, including branding, strategic counsel, public relations and new business initiatives.

Steve is devoted to LGA’s clients and understands that the company’s most valuable assets are the people who contribute to making LGA a special place to work. He has received the Charlotte Ad Club’s highest honor, the Silver Medal Award, and the Public Relations Society of America’s Infinity Award for representing the highest standards of character, career and service. Charlotte Magazine has listed Steve as one of Charlotte’s 50 most influential leaders.

Throughout his professional career, Steve has remained deeply involved in his community and region. He currently serves on the boards of Teach for America, The Salvation Army, Presbyterian Hospital Foundation, OrthoCarolina Research Foundation, Charlotte Merchants Foundation, Charlotte Sports Commission and Charlotte Collegiate Football. He led LGA’s efforts to assist Charlotte in its successful bid to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention. He also serves as vice chair for the PGA TOUR’s Wells Fargo Championship.

Steve is an ex-officio chairman of the North Carolina Partnership for Economic Development, past chairman of the 16-county Charlotte Regional Partnership, founding member and vice chair of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Foundation and former executive board member of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.
Peggy Brookhouse, President / Partner
With more than 25 years in brand development and advertising, Peggy Brookhouse oversees all facets of the agency’s business, from advertising to public relations to digital. She has led scores of brand articulation sessions to develop brand platforms that are strategic, relevant, differentiating and user-friendly for business-to-business, business-to-consumer and nonprofit clients. Her passion, strategic counsel and results-oriented mindset have helped clients grow their stature and bottom line.

In 2011, Peggy led the pitch that resulted in LGA being awarded the North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development account. She also oversaw the team that assisted Charlotte in its successful bid to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention. In 2009, Peggy led a regional brand extension campaign for BB&T, cementing the bank’s leadership position in the financial services industry. Her repositioning of North Carolina State University helped the institution establish a bold presence, capturing the attention of students, parents and stakeholders. Peggy also has led a number of initiatives to support economic development in Charlotte. One of her accomplishments included steering the Charlotte USA brand initiative and campaign, in which she built consensus among leaders from surrounding counties and articulated a unified brand for the region. These efforts heightened perceptions of Charlotte and attracted business investors and relocation prospects to the area.

An integral part of the business community, Peggy was one of 25 businesswomen honored at the Charlotte Business Journal’s 11th Annual Women in Business Achievement Awards and was the 2011 recipient of the American Advertising Federation of Charlotte’s Silver Medal Award. Peggy is a board member of Levine Museum of the New South, the Charlotte Regional Partnership, the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, Urban Ministry Center, an advisory board member of Queens University of Charlotte’s School of Communications, and will serve as chair of the 2014 American Heart Association Go Red for Women Charlotte campaign. Peggy is a graduate of the University of Tennessee where she majored in advertising.
Steve Dunkley, Chief Creative Officer / Partner
Steve Dunkley joined LGA in 2007 and leads the firm’s creative work, insisting it be grounded in brand strategy designed to propel business forward. During his tenure, he has led integrated campaigns for BB&T, North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development, Piedmont Natural Gas, American Tire Distributors, Presbyterian Hospital, Novant Health, North Carolina State University, Carolina Panthers, National Gypsum and more.

His extensive agency experience includes a decade at Foote, Cone & Belding in Chicago and San Francisco, where he worked on Levi Strauss & Co and was instrumental in helping go from being an online bookstore to one of the world’s largest retailers. He also spent six years as executive creative director with Trone Advertising in Greensboro, N.C.

A graduate of Appalachian State University, Steve began his career as a writer at Long Haymes & Carr in Winston-Salem, N.C. Throughout his career, Steve has helped many successful brands, including Gatorade, Citibank, Coors, Jacobsen, Bobcat, Yamaha, MTV, AT&T, SC Johnson, Sotheby’s, Syngenta and VF Corp. and has worked closely with a number of celebrities including Michael Jordan, Harrison Ford and Leonardo DiCaprio to launch creative platforms.

His honors include CLIO, EFFIE, One Show, ADDY®, Emmy, Print Regional Design and Mercury Awards and being recognized at the New York and London film festivals.
Brooks Luquire, Senior VP / Director of Client Services
Brooks Luquire brings 15 years of marketing, sports promotion and sponsorship experience to his client relationships. As senior vice president / director of client services, he manages marketing campaigns for several key LGA accounts, including Visit North Carolina, Carolina Panthers, Belk Bowl and the Charlotte Sports Foundation. He also is involved in a number of new business initiatives to support the agency’s continued growth.

Prior to joining LGA in 2008, Brooks worked for Miller Brewing Company as an associate manager for its sports and entertainment marketing division in Chicago. Previously, he served as vice president of sponsorship and event marketing with Bank of America in Charlotte and Dallas, where he built partnerships with Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball, Little League Baseball and the Baseball Hall of Fame. Brooks began his career providing day-to-day management of sports and entertainment marketing and sponsorship negotiations for the Carolina Panthers.

A dedicated community volunteer, Brooks serves on the Charlotte Chapter Board for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Urban Ministry Center Steering Committee.

Brooks earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from Pennsylvania State University. In their spare time, Brooks and his wife Jenny enjoy traveling to new places, attending concerts, tasting new craft beers, playing a variety of sports and spending time with their families (including their black Lab, Deacon).
Judi Wax, Executive VP / Director of Public Relations
Judi Wax has nearly three decades of experience in public relations, primarily at Chicago agencies. She provides vision and leadership for LGA’s award-winning public relations department and has led successful brand-building programs for hundreds of business-to-business, business-to-consumer and nonprofit clients. She has broad experience in message development, media relations strategy, thought leadership, crisis communications, merger and acquisition communications and media training.

Prior to joining LGA in 2006, Judi was a senior vice president / deputy general manager in Chicago at Edelman, the world’s largest independent PR firm. She also held executive positions at several other leading agencies in the Midwest and is a former feature writer for the Chicago Tribune and the Daily Herald, the largest suburban daily in the Chicago area.

Judi understands the value of building collaborative relationships between her clients and third-party advocates for her clients’ brands, connecting Brett Favre with Snapper lawn mowers; linking Amy Grant with Land O’ Lakes Butter; putting author Vicki Iovine together with Kimberly-Clark Pull-Ups; facilitating a partnership between the National Headache Foundation and Pharmacia; and using Nelson B. Watts, MD, to spread the word about osteoporosis for the American Association for Clinical Endocrinologists.

Judi is a 2009 Charlotte Business Journal Women in Business Achievement Award winner. She serves on the board for Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region and is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). She has earned numerous industry awards. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois.