SVP, Account Managing Director
Angela Presnell is the type of person who knows what she wants and how to get it. In our interview, she talks about how she came to become an SVP, Account Managing Director, her passion for supporting victims of domestic violence, and her favorite spot to wind down with her two golden retrievers.
Where are you from, and where do you live now?
I was born and raised in Kansas City. I split my time between there and Seattle, supporting our KC and Seattle offices, servicing McDonald’s.
How did you get into the ad industry?
I majored in advertising and graphic design in college, so I always knew I wanted to be in marketing and advertising in some capacity. While I have experience in both client and agency roles, most of my career has been with agencies working on various multi-unit retail accounts, including Captain D’s Seafood, Q Lube, Thrifty Car Rental, H&R Block and, most notably, McDonald’s. I love the creative energy and collaborating that comes from working in an agency. I truly believe the best ideas come from leveraging the total, combined strengths of individual team members.
Do you have any passion projects?
A passion of mine is giving back to my community and serving those in need. Having worked with McDonald’s, I’ve had the opportunity to work with Ronald McDonald’s House Charities and find ways to use our local marketing efforts to support their mission. In doing so, I also learned about the importance of successfully managing fundraising efforts. I have been particularly active in supporting Hope House, a domestic violence organization serving eastern Kansas City. I was drawn to their mission of empowering women to end the cycle of domestic violence. The goal of Hope House is to ensure that everyone deserves a life free of abuse by providing critical services like emergency shelter, therapy and legal representation and assistance.
When did you become involved with Hope House and how has the pandemic affected your work there?
I joined the Hope House Board in 2016 and led the Revenue Generation and Communications Committee until taking over as Board Chair in 2019. I served as Board Chair for two years until October 2021. As Board Member and Chair, we support the Hope House CEO and leadership team, lead fundraising efforts and consult in areas of our expertise. The pandemic not only impacted how we serve clients but our fundraising efforts as well. For services, we utilized technology to meet clients where they are and adapted new hotel programs to expand emergency shelter services. We canceled or moved our fundraising events to a virtual environment which impacted private funding significantly. The 2021 Believe Gala was our first in-person event in nearly 18 months, raising nearly $370,000 to aid in our efforts to end the cycle of domestic violence. We were honored to have Christy Salter-Martin share her survival story, which inspired the Netflix Documentary.
The pandemic has certainly shifted things. Tell us about what’s changed in your work with McDonald’s.
The Pandemic has definitively changed the way we work. I love the flexibility, but we’ve gotten used to everyone being “on” and it often feels like things are moving faster than ever before. Finding the time to step away is so important in creating balance. Having a flexible office space has been a great way to change up my environment and engage with team members face to face. A rare, but cherished opportunity.
On another note, my daughter recently graduated from the University of South Carolina, and I’m excited to share that she will be getting into the agency business as an Associate Account Planner. As a working Mom, I’ve done my best to demonstrate that you can have a successful career. There have been some bumps along the way but seeing her succeed in college and now starting her career makes me think I may have done a few things right.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
As empty nesters we have lots of spare time, so our two golden retrievers get a lot of attention. I enjoy wine tasting, exploring new cities and getting outdoors. My favorite spot to enjoy the outdoors is at our family lake home in Missouri. It’s a special place that has been in our family since before I was born. Days on the pontoon with family, friends and our golden retrievers are the best.