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About This is the part where we tell you that we’re a full-service marketing communications firm working on some of the biggest brands and most impactful projects around the world. But that doesn’t totally define who we are.

Our Philosophy


At PHG, we believe that when good people come together to work on clients and causes they’re passionate about, great things happen. So we’re committed to attracting those kinds of people and providing the guidance and resources needed to do work that makes them — and their clients — happy and successful.

We’re a group of people with loads of talent, no egos and a love for doing what we do.


Oh, we also have a bar, our own music and film festivals, our own beer, our own video game, a half-decent kickball team, and our own local charity — the CNY Diaper Bank.

So there’s that.
PHG Staff

Our Team

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Full-time Team Members
Tana Heer
HR Director
Tana Heer
Olivia Trunfio
Social Media Strategist
Olivia Trunfio
Cathy VanOrder
Director of Production Services
Cathy VanOrder
John Rice
Assistant Media Strategist
John Rice
Sam Merlin
Motion Graphics Designer
Sam Merlin
Matt Chatham
Creative Director
Matt Chatham
Miranda Hagen
Junior Art Director
Miranda Hagen
Denisse Espalter
Media Strategist
Denisse Espalter

Our Partners

Pinckney Hugo Group

Doug Pinckney 
Doug knows what it's like to be a client because he's been one. Prior to co-founding Pinckney Hugo Group, he spent nearly two decades in senior marketing positions that took him all over the world. This has given him a unique perspective that allows him to be uncommonly effective in solving marketing challenges. Also, he's pretty good at the golf thing.

Chris Pinckney  
Chris likes to create great work that works. He oversees PHG's award-winning team of creatives in making sure everything our agency does is not only amazing—but effective. Before PHG, Chris worked as a senior creative for agencies in New York and Connecticut. Before that, he carried cement.

Aaron Hugo 
Aaron is our clients' secret weapon. He creates and executes strategies designed to make our clients happy and their competition miserable. With both agency and client-side marketing experience, Aaron has worked on everything from small startups to the biggest brands in the world. In short, he makes things happen.

Syracuse HQ

The Courtyard

Our private courtyard makes a great spot for a meeting, lunch, and the occasional hotdog eating contest.

Employee Lounge

The employee bar and lounge offers a place to relax and get social— offline, that is.

Conference Room

It would take 63,069,600 of our conference room tables to reach from the Earth to the Moon. (It still wouldn't be long enough to handle some of our all-staff meetings.)

Our Culture

From employee events and shared milestones to professional development and committees, here’s a look at what makes us, well, us.

20th Anniversary Celebration
20th Anniversary Celebration 

We celebrated our big milestone with a party for our staff and their families. It featured plenty of food, drink and, judging by the morning-after Snapchats, way too much karaoke.

20th Anniversary
20th Anniversary  

in September 2022, we reached our 20th Anniversary and looked back on two decades of growth from a small shop above a liquor store to a near 100-person agency doing global work. A lot has changed – especially our headshots.

PHG Learns
PHG Learns 

We’re big on staying on top of trends, sharing best practices and learning something new. We’re also big on lunch. Our PHG Learns professional development sessions bring it all together.

PHG Committees
PHG Committees 

Whether it’s making PHG a better place to work, finding new opportunities for learning or helping out in our communities, we have plenty of ways for the team to get involved.

Changing things for the better
Changing things for the better 

In 2016, Michela Hugo discovered an unmet need in our community. So we worked with her to start the CNY Diaper Bank. We are deeply committed to this cause, and so far we’ve been able to distribute over five million diapers to local families in need. Nope, not a typo. Five million.

Mental Health Week
Mental Health Week 

With Mental Heath Awareness Week at the agency, we can’t thank the team enough for creating this week of talks, activities and resources to help make mental health a priority at PHG.