It’s amazing what a dead battery can do for your career. One fall afternoon, a friend helped a friend replace a dead battery, and what followed was the creation of Anstey Hodge Advertising Group. Founded in 2003, Anstey Hodge has quickly gained recognition for its award-winning creativity and superior service to its clients. Whether it’s traditional printed brochures, ads and direct mail or the latest digital technology, we think that solid creative ideas, strategic planning and plain ol’ common sense has helped us acquire and maintain strong relationships with our clients. In 2009, Anstey Hodge purchased and renovated a 1950s Sunoco service station, located in Roanoke’s historic Gainsboro district. In 2010, the building received an award from the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation for its preservation.

John Anstey
Service Station Manager

John Anstey

If you’re a client or colleague, you know John on a first-name basis. While his title states: “President,” he also performs as a thought leader, trusted client partner and plays an essential role in day-to-day operations. John has over 15 years of experience in marketing and communications, proving his expertise by winning awards from the International Association of Business Communications and the Public Relations Society of America, of which he is also a high-ranking member. Before co-founding Anstey Hodge Advertising Group in 2003, John’s career began at the Corporate Communications department of the Reliance Insurance Company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He then entered the world of advertising as a Senior Account Executive and department head for agencies in Virginia. John earned his MBA from Wake Forest University, complementing his master’s degree in English from Longwood College. The campaigns and projects John has led continue to make their mark on a regional and national scale.

David Hodge 
Chief Technician

David Hodge

Brilliant, thoughtful creative design is what David does best. After winning over 200 awards from creative and marketing based organizations, including the Silver Medal, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Advertising Federation, he’s built a reputation for himself as one of the most talented designers in the region. It’s why ADDY Award shows call upon David each year to critique work in other markets like Houston, Buffalo and Denver for clients including Radio Shack, Lowes, HGTV, and Shell Oil. A co-founder of Anstey Hodge Advertising Group, David is the creative leader of the agency. He ensures all work is executed at a high level, meeting strategic goals and connecting with its intended audience. Born and raised in the Roanoke, Virginia area, David earned his fine arts degree from Radford University. His work has been displayed across the region and in national markets for a diverse range of clients in the higher education, tourism, museum, and senior living industries.

Sarah Sprigings 
Senior Service Technician

Sarah Sprigings

Sarah came to Anstey Hodge Advertising Group from New York City where she worked as a graphic designer at the Iridium Group. There she worked closely with Accenture, United Nations Federal Credit Union and the Pew Charitable Trusts. Today, Sarah is an award-winning art director and illustrator, and works on leading accounts including Hollins University, Taubman Museum of Art and Martinsvile-Henry County Economic Development and Tourism. She designs everything from logos and print ads to stationery and marketing collateral. A cum laude graduate from Virginia Tech, not only has Sarah taken home lots of awards from American Advertising Federation, but also serves as an ADDY Awards judge.

Angela Hamilton 
Senior Service Specialist

Angela Hamilton

With over 15 years of marketing experience, Angela is an expert in building brands, campaigns and relationships between herself and clients, and clients and their customers. Her systematic approach begins by identifying the situation, opportunities and strategic goals. She then develops a well thought-out marketing plan that addresses brand goals to connect with consumers. Before joining Anstey Hodge Advertising Group, Angela worked for ten years as the on-site marketing director for two continuing care retirement communities in Virginia. Throughout her career, Angela has worked with over a dozen retirement communities as either a staff member or a consultant. She also served as the Executive Director for Lynch’s Landing in Lynchburg, Virginia, an award-winning Virginia main street organization. A native of the region, Angela is a graduate from the University of Virginia and is committed to continuing her work in building and supporting brands that serve communities. Also just recently Angela has completed a Social Media certification through the University of Georgia’s.

Christy Hicks 
Service Administration Manager

Christy Hicks

You’ll find Christy at the front desk, where her delightful and charismatic personality is put on full display. Not only is she the first person you’ll meet or speak with, she’s also a utility player who uses her diverse talents to support everyone at the agency in a variety of ways. She began her career in travel and tourism, then moving into an office manager role at a small advertising agency in Roanoke. She most recently spent eight years at the Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, where she played an essential part in the marketing department. Today, she combines her diverse skill set and experience to assist clients and our team in every and any way possible. 

Christina LoFaro 
Service Technician

Christina LoFaro

Christina began her career as a graphic designer at Advance Auto Parts corporate office. While her current work is focused in collateral and print materials, she plans to carry her talents into the digital and interactive realm. Her work has won ADDYs from the American Advertising Federation and now that her skills are being used in an agency setting, she looks forward to doing great work and adding more trophies to her collection. 

Patrick Carrell 
Service Technician

Patrick Carrell

Patrick has designed and built online marketing solutions for some of the area’s leading businesses and organizations. Patrick specializes in HTML, CSS, Wordpress, Javascript Libraries, Front-end Development, Graphic Design, and Illustration—essentially, anything that involves pixels. Prior to joining Anstey Hodge, Patrick successfully founded and ran Hired Guns, an all-digital Web design studio based in Roanoke. Earlier in his career, he was a Web Specialist for Tandem Creative Studios.