Brett Mannes
Brett Mannes
SVP, Creative Practice Lead, Higher Education

I put purpose into practice by…

placing every idea on a pedestal and praising it as it propagates, pops and percolates.

Brett creates ideas and turns them into memorable experiences. He has been a creative thinker at some of the nation’s leading communications, design, and branding agencies over the past two decades. He is also a trained performer and educator in the art of improvisation, comedic content creation, and stage presentation.

Brett has gotten to do so much. He worked under the designer of the Nutrition Facts label. He trained Fortune 500 companies as part of The Second City. He ran his own comedy theater. But, most significantly, he directed 25 Elvis impersonators in one of his first projects at AJ.

Brett’s love of theater, performance, and show design helps imbue his work with emotion and excitement. His love of comedy helps lighten it up.

When asked why he loves working at AJ, Brett said, “August Jackson has allowed me to combine all of my personal and professional interests into a role I feel I was born to play—a bad-ass (yet trustworthy) Creative Director.”

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