Chaffee Communications team members have a depth of corporate and marketing experience that rivals most larger agencies. Besides working together they have individually worked at other agencies, small and/or midsize businesses, and/or Fortune 500 companies. Everyone here is committed to doing whatever is needed to create a successful partnership with our clients.
Nancy J. Chaffee
President & Media Director
Nancy started Chaffee Communications in 2003. After having helped David run the predecessor company, Chaffee & Partners for over 20 years, she knew what type of an environment she wanted to create. She wanted co-workers who would work as a team, be supportive, and be creative problem-solvers. She leads the company with a smile and an unmatched energy level.
Nancy has over 20 years experience in preparing media plans and schedules. She works hard to select and purchase the best media in the most efficient and effective manner for her clients’ objectives. Her negotiation skills are legendary. She can woo any sales rep to get the most impact-oriented, value-added specials.
David S. Chaffee
In the course of his long career, David has held a variety of positions both within and outside the agency environment. This experience has provided him with a strong “client perspective” on business priorities and strategies as well as the most effective ways to attain corporate and marketing communications objectives.
David brings a wealth of consumer and business-to-business account management experience to the table: Citizens~Union Savings Bank, Washington Trust Bank, First Bank, Swarovski Silver Crystal, North Safety Products, Dome Publishing, National Patent Medical, American Insulated Wire and Paul Arpin Van Lines, to name a few.
It was no surprise to us when the Ad Club of Southeastern New England named David “Person of the Year” in 1999. His concern for fairness and honesty as well as his genuine personal warmth and sense of humor make him a real asset to all of us.
Carolyn is a 20-year veteran in the marketing communications industry. Her career has focused on three key areas of expertise: new business development, project management and media relations.
She has served as a vital team member for several local advertising agencies. Carolyn was executive vice president of the Gorman Group. During her 15-year tenure, she directed growth for the three-person design group into an $8.7 million full service agency. Under her leadership, the agency maintained clients representing a wide variety of industries for the domestic and international marketplace. She served as group account manager for Cookson America and it’s subsidiaries for over 11 years.
In 1998, Carolyn joined Trainor Communications. She was a senior member of their account service team with clients such as Lightolier. Her day-to-day responsibilities allowed her to manage the relationship while taking the lead in media relations for the client.
Most recently she was vice president at Chaffee & Partners. She assisted the agency in business development, project management and media relations. She obtained media coverage for the Rhode Island Spring Garden & Flower Show, worked with the local press on behalf of an area law firm, Partridge Snow & Hahn, and supervised projects for MPM Property Management.
As a member of the Chaffee Communications team, Carolyn continues with her account management and strong public relations work: always thinking of the proper spin to a client’s story and successfully getting it out to the public.
Nancy G. Chaffee (We call her Nancy Jr., just to make it easy on everyone.)
Nancy Jr. started her graphic design career at LBC Design in Providence, where she worked for seven years. Her clients ranged from Allied Signal and Newport Creamery to Major Video and Sansiveri. Some of the more unique projects she has worked on are: Rhode Island National Guard Airshow, The Enterpriser board game, 94 HJY Christmas cards and promotions, and a book entitled “How To Buy A Diamond.” As both graphic designer and account manager, she learned that the proper marketing strategy was at the forefront. Anyone could make a nice looking design but if it didn’t hit the target then there was no reason to do it.
From LBC she went into freelance design, working directly with businesses and supporting other agencies. She produced work for Swarovski Optik, RIPTA, Fram and Balfour, among others, and continued with clients such as Newport Creamery.
In 2002 she started working for Chaffee & Partners. “Yes, I had to prove myself before the in-laws would hire me.” She happily joined the team to start Chaffee Communications in 2003. As the creative director she works closely with everyone in the office and focuses on producing work that is on message, within budget and eye-catching.