driving results + fostering collaboration
Alchemy at AMS is a turnkey marketing agency focused on social good. We create “media that matters” by developing on-target communication strategies and translating them into unexpected, compelling products that inspire true passion and transform lives. Making a difference is our specialty.
Our team is a division of AMS Pictures, one of the largest creative media agencies in the Southwest that’s been dazzling and empowering audiences since 1982. We’re a bit of an odd bird—a hybrid between a creative studio and a strategic marketing and advertising agency—and we wouldn’t have it any other way. While we embrace the nimble, curious and hungry attitude of a startup, our division has all the benefits of a well-resourced production and post studio, along with highly experienced and exceedingly talented people who excel in their crafts.
Of course, we don’t just make pretty words and pictures—we communicate messaging that’s memorable, actually means something and moves people to action. And we don’t use “collaboration” as an empty buzzword. We work hard to foster open dialogue with clients because when we work in sync as true partners, projects unfold seamlessly and the process of moving from concept to completion is efficient and productive.
The Alchemy at AMS offices house shrewd strategists, artistic powerhouses, digital dynamos, eagle-eyed project managers, web gurus and master storytellers, all collaborating to craft genuinely engaging campaigns and marketing tools that educate, entertain and motivate.
With a background deeply rooted in integrated marketing communications, Ryann can expertly guide campaigns to successfully engage any audience. She’s energized by deep client understanding and collaboration—the kind that leads to intelligent, fun and memorable products, campaigns and events. By combining tried-and-true methods with new ways of thinking, Ryann’s able to marry traditional tactics with modern approaches to yield measurable results and lasting impressions.
Robyn brings organizational firepower, strong planning skills and loads of passion to every project. She ensures company processes are in line with project management objectives, while maintaining efficient resource traffic flow within the agency. Robyn has been integral in developing strong relationships with clients and stakeholders by being responsive, providing frequent project status and success matrices, and directing project traffic through the appropriate channels to ensure successful completion—and very happy clients.
Ryan has worked in various marketing and advertising disciplines for huge billion-dollar brands along with smaller start-ups—with many projects turning into award-winning work. He loves digging into what makes a brand tick and why people interact with them. He is always buzzing with new ideas and believes that if you can think it you can make it; draw, cut, bend metal, whatever it takes.
Digital Marketing Director
With a B.B.A. in Marketing, an extensive background in business and web development, and 9 inbound marketing certifications, Ben’s multi-layered understanding of the digital marketing is an invaluable asset to the team. Joining the Alchemy team in early 2017, Ben has been instrumental in developing Alchemy’s automated, inbound, closed-loop, marketing system. Ben is constantly evolving his skillset and is always up for a challenge—or a round of golf.
Social Media Manager
Jenni leads the process of developing marketing strategy and measuring results. Thriving on the thrill of well-executed campaigns, she digs deep and always asks, “How can this be better?” With a diverse background in marketing, social media and public relations campaigns, Jenni understands the nuances of effective outreach to engage audiences in exciting and meaningful ways. She knows from experience that it’s all about understanding, passion and, most importantly, people.
Pairing strategic thinking with a flair for powerful storytelling, Sara brings an inventive perspective to each communication challenge, yielding truly memorable campaigns and products that exceed expectations. She joined AMS after working on marketing efforts for a diverse array of companies—from MTV to The University of Texas to e-commerce start-ups. Sara leads the Austin creative team to ensure every project is executed in the most engaging and impactful manner possible.
David is an innovative communications guru and master storyteller with a special talent for creating media that supports public interest initiatives. Over the years, he’s worked on numerous campaigns tackling such topics as college and career readiness, public safety, substance abuse prevention, mental health, disability issues and nutrition. From communication strategies to message design and branding, he focuses on developing content that inspires audiences to shift the way they think, feel and behave.
Carly is a jack of all trades with experience in writing, shooting, editing, and dishing out clickworthy content. With a background in broadcast journalism and an active freelance writer, Carly brings a unique perspective and fresh outlook having worked for a variety of brands and stories. A social media-obsessed millennial and a flourishing travel blogger, Carly knows how to deliver content that gets people to click the share button.
Brian oversees all day-to-day digital media assignments, projects and personnel for the Austin office. He crafts budgets, builds schedules and identifies resources for production and post-production efforts in collaboration with producers and project managers. Basically, Brian’s in a league of his own with his ability to plan and manage every detail of any kind of production imaginable, including multi-camera studio shoots, location productions and live events.
For Tom, it seems as if expanding his horizons has been a key theme to his career since it began in East Africa in 1985. His keen sense of timing in the editing room has enabled him to work on thousands of videos for top brands over the years. He moved to AMS Pictures in 2004, crafting a variety of programming that propelled him to Senior Producer. Making a horizontal shift to Alchemy in 2013, Tom still excels in delivering strong stories for his clients in the marketing world.
Kayla puts her detail-oriented, multitasking nature to work by coordinating and managing many different aspects of client projects. She ensures that timelines are adhered to and the scope of work fits the budget, dotting every “i” and crossing every “t” so that any project she touches runs smoothly and efficiently.
Bringing unparalleled enthusiasm and strong organization skills to the Alchemy team, Catherine is ready to roll up her sleeves and jump in any time she’s needed. Mixing her creative personality with her sharp attention to detail, she ensures that the office is running smoothly and our clients are happy.