Colleen Hahn - President & CEO
Colleen Hahn is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Gryphon Media Strategies. Hahn’s marketing and communications expertise extends from the energy, defense and technology sectors to the entertainment and media industries for both business-to-business and business-to-consumer companies. From strategic plan engagements and business growth strategies to tactical communications programs, Hahn and the team at Gryphon work with executive management, boards and leadership teams to conceptualize strategy, develop short and long range goals and implement those carefully evaluated programs to ensure results. The firm focuses on market data analysis and research to help clients develop comprehensive plans and campaigns that strengthen, advance and evolve company brands.
Prior to the launch of Gryphon, Hahn spent 2 ½ years with OceanGate Inc., a global provider of manned submersible solutions for commercial, research and military applications. As Chief Marketing Officer, Hahn was responsible for the company's global marketing and corporate communications programs, investor and analyst relations, and sales and market development. Hahn’s strategic initiatives included positioning OceanGate's growth strategy and cultivating opportunities in new and existing markets worldwide. Hahn was responsible for the development of strategic partnerships in specific industry verticals to establish and fast track the company’s products and solutions into sales cycles. Hahn also managed OceanGate’s documentary, feature film and digital media efforts to broaden the company’s message to private and public stakeholders.
Over the past 25 years, Hahn’s strategic insight and innovative programming have helped to build and sustain strong corporate and brand reputations. She has worked closely with executive management teams and CEO’s on strategic plans to guide business profitability and growth. Hahn’s expertise in establishing new and emerging technology spans the defense, commercial and entertainment industries. Throughout her career, Hahn has worked with leading companies including Amazon, Amazon Web Services, AOL, the American Red Cross, CBS, Discovery Channel, Disney Nature, Google, HP, General Dynamics, Microsoft, Rolex, and Universal Television.
She has won several marketing, film and media awards, and written extensively on business-to-business marketing.
Hahn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, completed postgraduate work at Fairfield University's Graduate School, and is currently securing an MFA in screenwriting from Hollins University.
She resides in Middleburg, Virginia
Susan Westwood - Vice President
Susan Westwood is an accomplished marketing professional who brings her background as a Vice President at the digital and integrated marketing agency DigitasLbi to Gryphon Media Strategies.
She has extensive experience in digital marketing, social media, integrated marketing, SEM, online advertising, website UX design/development, e-mail marketing, product marketing, engagement marketing, loyalty programs, collateral, sponsorship/partnership programs, brand development and identity.
Her experience includes work for Charles Schwab, Sony, Blue Shield of California, Humana, The Smithsonian Institution, and many other clients. Susan's focus is delivering innovative programs to drive customer engagement, sales, brand equity and ROI.
Sam Nolan - Digital and Social Media Manager
Sam recently joined Gryphon Media Strategies as the manager and coordinator of digital and social media programs. He is responsible for creating and curating digital content for a wide range of client engagements including events, summits and tradeshows. Sam’s role helps to drive campaign strategy across paid social media, display, video and search. He assists in the development of integrated digital campaign strategies to optimize performance and increase conversion. His strengths in digital photography, film and linear editing supports Gryphon’s larger client film projects including a recent short for Amazon Web Services and IOSTIA.
Chiara Carney - Consultant
Chiara served as Director of Brand Development for Gryphon Media Strategies until November of 2015. During this time, she worked closely with our clients to develop comprehensive brand and messaging platforms that align with organizational values and objectives. Her talents lie in brand identity design, content creation and print collateral, social media, and website and graphic design.
Chiara is a professional Hunter/Jumper Rider and is currently the assistant trainer for Skyland Farm in Middleburg, VA. Throughout her riding career, Chiara has competed at the country’s best horse shows, including the Pennsylvania National, Washington International (D.C.) and the Devon Horse Show in Pennsylvania. She has won numerous state and zone championships in the Junior and Amateur Hunters, as well as the Wayne Carroll Sportsmanship Award at the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden in 1997. A highlight of her career was riding Ainsley Treptow’s The Impressionist to victory in the $250,000 HITS Hunter Prix (New York) in 2012.
Originally from Livorno, Italy, Chiara holds a B.A. in International Business from The College of Charleston.