Bryan joined Jackson Spalding in 2006 and wears many hats within the agency. He leads our issues management practice and is instrumental in driving efforts in the sports and higher education industries.
Through our crisis and issues management work, he helps manage our dedicated team of crisis practitioners who assist our clients as they navigate tough situations that threaten their reputation and growth. On the sports side, he has led outreach for clients like the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, College Football Hall of Fame, ESPN/SEC Network, Atlanta Sports Council, Mizuno and others. He has also helped manage media relations for marquee events like the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship, 2018 MLS All Star Game, Super Bowl LIII and multiple PGA TOUR-sanctioned events. As the son of an educator, Bryan takes particular pride in supporting our higher education clients like the University of Mississippi, University of Georgia and Berry College.
Bryan also provides strategic support for some of our corporate accounts like Google, Publix and Chick-fil-A.
Before joining our firm, Bryan was an account executive with a boutique agency, where he learned the ropes in media relations, special event planning, copywriting, photography, voice-over, design and overall communications management. Previously, he directed an adoption and family program for the University of Georgia’s Center for Continuing Education and the Georgia Department of Human Resources, Office of Adoptions.
Bryan attended Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Ala., where he was a member of their nationally-ranked golf team before transferring to The University of Georgia to finish school. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Sports Studies with a minor in mass communications and a master’s from UGA’s Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication with an emphasis in political communication. He is still involved at UGA, where he helped launch their sports journalism initiative and serves as an adjunct professor, teaching a class each fall on sports communications. Bryan is a past chair of the Grady Society Alumni Board and now serves on the Grady College Board of Trust.
Bryan is active in the Athens community, where he serves on the boards of the Mercy Health Center and Extra Special People.
In his free time, he enjoys traveling, playing golf, and attending any sporting event that involves his beloved Georgia Bulldogs. Bryan and his wife Ashlea have their hands full with two young children, Hannon and Kyle Grace. Ashlea says that Bryan knows a little about everything, and she hopes he cashes in one day by betting it all in Final Jeopardy.