Agency Work is a series of podcast interviews with people working at creative agencies in Richmond, Virginia. The focus of each interview is advice for college students and recent graduates who are interested in working at a creative agency. Each guest will provide background information on the work he or she does at a creative agency and provide advice on how to prepare for a job doing that work within an agency. The topics will be inclusive of the range of work that creative agencies focus on (e.g., graphic design, branding, copywriting, video production, animated illustration, audio recording, photography, user experience design, packaging, public relations, media planning, etc.) and the various roles people have within creative agencies. Our goal is to showcase the broad range of skills and roles in the creative community to help people see the variety of career opportunities.

Host of the Agency Work Podcast

Parker Plaisted

Parker Plaisted

Photo Credit: Woolf Photography

Parker Plaisted is the host of the Agency Work podcast. Over the past seventeen years, Parker has worked in client-side marketing management roles for companies selling consumer products. He has also done freelance work helping companies acquire new customers and improve customer engagement through digital platforms. Parker has extensive experience working with several creative agencies on the client side and has a deep appreciation for the creative work the agencies have done for him.

Fun Facts about Parker

Earned an MBA degree from Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University with concentrations in marketing and strategy in 2001.

Managed the launch and marketing for the Epson Stylus Photo 2200 inkjet printer, which was the most popular desktop inkjet printer for professional photographers for a few years.

Managed the go-to-market launch for 20 products.

Traveled to China, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, England and Germany on business trips.

Had lunch with actor Anthony Hopkins and met a few more celebrities in Los Angeles.

Earned a BS degree in Physics-Engineering from Washington and Lee University.

Earned an MS degree in Imaging Science from Rochester Institute of Technology. Parker did his thesis research in holographic imaging.

Worked as an engineer on a team at Xerox that designed the laser scanners used in digital printers and copiers.

Worked for consulting companies solving difficult technical problems in product development for imaging technology companies.

Served as an expert witness in a patent infringement case, and successfully defended the patents against claims of prior art in an intensive, two-day interrogation by the opponent’s attorney.

Held the title of Director of Color Science while working for a consulting firm and solving color science problems for clients.

Born and raised in Richmond, but spent most of his adult life living in other cities around the United States.