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PREVIOUS:

Chief Marketing Officer, OceanGate Inc.

Executive Director, Equal Footing Foundation

Chief Knowledge Officer, Ruder Finn

MEMBER:

Marine Technology Society

National Ocean Industries Association

Global Advisory Board for BLUE Ocean Film Festival & Conservation Summit

Northern Virginia Technology Council Executive Circle 

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 AOL, the American Red Cross, Google, HP, General Dynamics, Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, CBS 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 with a concentration in Marine Science, and completed postgraduate work at Fairfield University's Graduate School of Communications, now Fairfield University's Charles F. Dolan School of Business

She resides in Middleburg, Virginia

 
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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.

 
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Amanda Hobbs - Social Media Manager

Amanda is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a B.A. in History and she is incredibly excited to be joining the Gryphon team as its Social Media Manager. She will be managing the company's social media pages and working to increase the company's social media presence. Amanda is new to the social media environment and is eager to hone her skills and learn more about the company and the industry.

In addition to her social media work, Amanda is a creative person. She is currently pursuing her MFA in screenwriting and film studies at Hollins University hopes to do big things in film industry one day.

 
 
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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.