As SVP Marketing for The Retail Connection, Lea Ann leads the creation and development of the company’s marketing strategy. Lea Ann also serves as a creative resource and branding authority for all Retail Connection offices and clients.
Prior to joining The Retail Connection, she was the Marketing and Creative Director for Texas retail real estate company UCR, and shepherded the brand through its merger with CBRE in 2015. With CBRE she served on the task forces charged with the creation and implementation of the new global Retail Science branding, and the new global website for cbre.com.
Prior to joining CBRE|UCR, she led concept creation at both Tracy Locke and The Richards Group, where she provided creative direction and strategy for many retail and CPG brands including 7-Eleven, Harrah’s, Bennigan’s, Dr Pepper/7UP and Frito-Lay. She’s also done time at Nickelodeon, Bates, and Wunderman in NYC, and has authored a nationally recognized blog since 2008 working with brands like Kellogg’s, JCPenney, Walmart, and Chevy.
Lea Ann received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Advertising Design from The Columbus College of Art and Design and in 2014, was named one of twenty-seven “Masters of Marketing & PR” by Entrepreneur Magazine. She has been a board member and speaker for the Dallas Society of Visual Communications, a panelist for the Social Media Club of Dallas, and a volunteer and speaker for several local educational and philanthropic groups in her North Oak Cliff neighborhood.