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 have 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.
If you’re a client or colleague, you know John on a first-name basis. While his title states: “Principal,” he also performs as a thought leader, trusted client partner, and he 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.
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, Lowe's, 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.
Executive Vice President
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 of 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 School of Advertising.
Senior Art Director
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 Martinsville-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, Sarah not only has taken home lots of awards from the American Advertising Federation, but she also serves as an ADDY Awards judge.
Interactive Art Director
When it comes to juggling multiple projects and deadlines, Matt is the guy you want on your side. He has more than 15 years of experience in creative design and direction, marketing, promotions, project management and social media. Before coming to Anstey Hodge, Matt spent 13 years at The Roanoke Times where he held a variety of positions including Creative Director of the advertising design department, and Laker Media products. A graduate of Roanoke College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Matt is a long time member, and current President, of the Roanoke chapter of The American Advertising Federation.
Linda joined Anstey Hodge Advertising Group after spending more than 20 years as a communications professional for several organizations and public school systems throughout Virginia. Her extensive experience has included a successful track record involving event planning, photography, speech writing, promotions, crisis communications and media relations. Her work has been recognized by the world’s largest advertising competition (the ADDY Awards) through the American Advertising Federation and by an international competition for creative professionals called the Hermes Creative Awards. After creating the community relations department for Roanoke County Public Schools, she founded Pro-Media Works, a studio providing voice-overs for a variety of radio and television commercials and telephone answering systems. She started her career in broadcasting and spent nearly a decade working for television stations in West Virginia, Alabama, Kentucky, Florida and Virginia. Linda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in commercial art, advertising and communications.
Donna Wardell is an expert in building relationships. While her employment settings have ranged from membership associations to higher education, the central theme of each position has always been advancing the goals of the organization and the clients they serve. Prior to joining Anstey Hodge, Donna was the director of communications at the Rutgers University School of Social Work where she managed branding initiatives, produced an award winning newsletter and developed an engaging website. Donna also spent much of her career managing a professional trade association where she specialized in marketing intangible benefits to potential and existing members. Most recently, Donna was the director of alumni relations at Virginia Tech’s College of Science. Donna earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from University of Texas at Austin.
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 moved 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.