10 years ago, renowned introvert Parker Ress started a whole company in order to be able to talk about herself in the third person to prospective freelance clients. Lo these many years later, she’s used her passion for PowerPoint and penchant for making lasting relationships to create and nurture this hive-minded design collective. You may bless her heart after you’ve learned a little about her (me):
Favorite unpopular opinion: I like my coffee on the slightly hotter side of warm
Fighting style: armed to the teeth with details and supporting data
Most useful superpower: ability to banish most PowerPoint gremlins
Most annoying habit: reminding you I’m a Capricorn all the time
Creative Director and Buzz Maker
After moving back down south from the cold tundra of Connecticut, Leslie saw a chance to leave Big Agency life behind and try her own path. It worked out better than she ever imagined. Along the way, she reconnected with a classmate she’d met in the trenches at NC State’s College of Design. Their twisted sense of humor instantly united them. Parker’s expertise in the “Dark Arts” (PowerPoint) scared, nay, awed Leslie and allowed her to focus on the design she loves (everything but PowerPoint). The rest, as they say, is history. Get to know our perpetual over-achiever:
Favorite unpopular opinion: cars should never have carpet
Fighting style: turns red, gets flustered, regroups and then goes in for the kill like a honey badger seeking vengeance
Most useful superpower: harnessing the power of beautiful colors
Most annoying habit: making things TOO perfect
Designer and Hive Heavy Lifter
Need a logo? Need a BILLBOARD? Maureen works in all shapes and sizes. Bring your random thoughts, your wildest dreams, your diner napkin sketches and your company motto. Let her throw them in her cauldron and boil up a marketing campaign that embodies YOU. She’s here to help create, design, and brainstorm with you. She is fluent in Illustrator, Photoshop, PowerPoint and dragon training. She’s got a “make it vector” button, and she’s not afraid to use it. Don’t take our word for it, hear from Maureen herself:
Favorite unpopular opinion: expiration dates are REALLY just suggestions!
Fighting style: rabid butterfly
Most useful superpower: loud is my ONLY superpower, but trust me, it can be EXTREMELY useful!
Most annoying habit: constantly wondering if are you mad at me?
Designer and Brand Pollinator
Krissy is a designer and NY native with an absurd appreciation for stinky cheeses and all things ‘Bravo’. Particularly focused on branding and conceptual design, Krissy loves to transform your off-the-wall ideas into simple and strategic visual solutions that don’t scare small children. Krissy believes that effective design should be consistent and evocative, always with a specific audience in mind. She takes a similar, perhaps more intense, approach to her Spotify playlists and challenges you to prove otherwise. Krissy says:
Favorite unpopular opinion: very anti-Oasis and The Matrix (point of contention in my marriage), very pro-Danny DeVito
Fighting style: cold as ice, through my silence, you’ll feel my wrath
Most useful superpower: crafting and devouring charcuterie boards
Most annoying habit: “Can I apologize for the apology?” – Larry David… but also, me
Overheard in the Hive…
Virtual Apiary clients know that good design helps ideas stick. Here’s what has our recent clients buzzing.
Virtual Apiary is the wind beneath my wings when I run into a presentation design challenge. Their expertise is in the minutia of how to design and build rock solid executive presentations and templates, making them dependable and beautiful. Rebecca AamodtCreative Director, Digital & DTC Renfro Brands
Over the years, Parker has been my absolute go-to for the complicated project, the absurd deadline project, the need you to work over the weekend project, the “need you to figure this out” project, the make it beautiful but keep it in brand project. She has never once failed me, and through it all manages to keep her irreverently professional demeanor that not only makes me want to slow clap her achievements but snort coffee through my nose. Phil StephensPartner / VP, Client Services, Signal
As a health services researcher, my work often involves the presentation of concepts and statistics that can be difficult for audiences to grasp.Working with VirtualApiary has really helped to communicate key aspects of my work in a more visually appealing and intuitive way. Their talent, professionalism, and collaborative spirit are unmatched.Thank you. Michael Cary, PhD, RNAssociate Professor, Duke University School of Nursing
Virtual Apiary began designing our annual Corporate Sustainability Report several years ago. Now Aptar leaders around the world turn to Parker and her team for report design, presentations, strategy cards and more. Their efforts go beyond the standard offerings of a design firm. They have taken time to learn our history, brands, communication style and culture. We consider Virtual Apiary an extension of our company. Beth HollandVice President, Global EHS & Sustainability
Partnering with Parker and her team at Virtual Apiary has produced many quality projects. Despite questionable choices in snacks, Parker is a trusted resource as part of that success. Her ability to get the best out of people means I know that I can count on her team just as much as I count on her –she has the ability toteach and do. Parker is not afraid to offer thoughtful suggestions, and it’s this collaborative spirit that I appreciate most.The confidence I have had, and you will experience, is demonstrated each and everyday. Jamie BlackburnTechnology Solutions
My business would not be where it is today without Virtual Apiary. The team is tremendously talented, and their terrific personalities make a truly pleasurable partnership. Barbara CowardFounder, MBA 360 Admissions