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Mary Ann Sesso


Some people have a knack for connecting the dots and Mary Ann is one of the best connectors in the business. This comes from over 25 years of successfully managing integrated marketing campaigns at several of the region’s top agencies. A recognized leader in the ad community, Mary Ann has put her thumbprint on campaigns for clients ranging from banks to health systems. With a Bachelor’s degree in English from Cabrini College and graduate studies at Temple, Mary Ann’s formal education dovetails beautifully with her street smarts. A former ballerina who gave up arabesques for advertising, Mary Ann can soar. But everyone who knows her appreciates her down-to-earth style.

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What’s your all-time best brag moment in the business?

Back when, I was named one of the Ad Club’s All Stars and honored at a luncheon. I was still a young AE so it was a big deal to me.

If you weren’t in advertising, what would you be doing?

Stand-up comedy. Fall-back job: teacher.

If you were on death row, what would your last meal be?

Lump crabmeat in lemon-butter with a side of lobster tail and drawn butter. And warm rolls smothered in butter. (See a pattern here?)

Who’s the one person who has made the biggest impact on your career?

Norman Tissian (RIP), my first boss. He was brilliant and had every client wrapped around his finger. But he was an intimidating tyrant who scared the pants off those who reported to him. I learned all the good stuff from him, but I also learned what not to do and it’s helped me be a better manager.

What song title best describes you as a professional?

Two Beatles titles come to mind: “Eight days a week” and “I’ll keep you satisfied.”

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