Abby McMillen • Lead Designer/Creative Strategist

Abby spent her formative years in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where she developed a true love of high peaks and the solace of open spaces, not to mention all the activities an outdoor lifestyle has to offer. In 2011, she summited the Grand Teton—the impressive mountain in whose shadow she grew up—an accomplishment she’s not sure she’ll ever beat.

Abby’s graphic design career spans nearly two decades and includes stints at agencies both large and small. After graduating summa cum laude from Syracuse University, she landed in Kansas City, where she cut her early design teeth working on several big accounts, including Hallmark, Sprint, Bayer, the Kansas City Zoo / IMAX Theater, Farmland National Beef, Missouri Bank, and Blue Cross & Blue Shield. In demanding environments with tight deadlines and high expectations, Abby quickly learned the value of working with a solid team. After several years, she felt pulled west by the mountains and relocated to Denver, where her client list included Volant Skis and Wyoming Travel and Tourism—both of which provided challenging and exciting creative opportunities.

Seeking to return to a simpler life in a small, mountain town, Abby escaped to Bozeman to deliver inspired design for the Museum of the Rockies and in 2007, she joined Brickhouse as our Lead Designer and Creative Strategist. A strategy maven who loves to deliver creative work that is both clever and relevant to our clients’ demographics, she acts as co-creative director with David, heads up our design department, writes copy (did we mention her MFA in poetry?), project manages when necessary, and is our HR director as well. Sometimes, we even let her answer the phone.

A fitness enthusiast, Abby is a group fitness instructor at the local Ridge Athletic Club (she recruited Jessie to teach as well) and has also created quite a busy niche for herself with disarmingly simple folk dog paintings called Folk Dog Art. In her free time, she’s outside chasing sunshine with her golden retriever pup, George.

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