It’s difficult to separate the company Brian Communications from its namesake, CEO and founder of the firm, Brian Tierney.
Brian Tierney is the CEO of Brian Communications, a full-service communications agency, offering consulting in advertising, public relations, content marketing and digital promotions. The company was started in 2010 and it’s located in Conshohocken, PA.
Tierney used to be the public relations executive and publisher for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Tierney also owns RealTime Media which he bought with the help of venture capital firm called New Spring Capital. RealTime has clients such as CNN and Toys R Us. Tierney is also in demand to speak and has appeared on the BBC, NPR, CNBC, CBS, ABC and FOX.
Tierney graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979, with a major in political science. At the age twenty-two, moved to Washington, D.C. where he worked for the Republican National Committee in various positions. Tierney moved back to the Philadelphia area as a Reagan appointee in the U.S. Small Business Administration’s office.
Brian Communications Clients
Clients of Brian Communications include high profile companies such as Aramark, the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, Independence Blue Cross, the Horatio Alger Association, Newspaper Association of America, AmeriHealth Caritas, The World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015, Republic Bank, Resorts Casino, and Widener University.
More recently, Brian Tierney received the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice at the Papal Honoree Ceremony for service to the church when his company’s handled the media relations during the Pope Francis visit to Philadelphia in 2015.
In 2009, he Pennsylvania Report placed him on “The Pennsylvania Report 100” list of influential figures in Pennsylvania.
He was named to the PoliticsPA list of politically influential individuals in 2002.
Perks and Problems
There is little information to be found about working at Brian Communications. Their stellar client list and the opportunity to work with them seems to be the primary perk.
Tierney’s conservative politics have sometimes come into question professionally, posing a potential problem. According to wikipedia.com, “Mr. Tierney also became the publisher of the Philadelphia Inquirer shortly after Philadelphia Media Holdings bought the paper. Initially, there were concerns about Tierney’s neutrality because of earlier roles he held working in Republican politics and clashes he had with some reporters. But Mr. Tierney calmed those fears by hiring respected journalist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner William K. Marimow as editor of The Inquirer and by signing a pledge not to interfere with the editorial content of the two newspapers.” However, this incident was a few years before he started Brian Communications.
Getting a Job at Brian Communications
The company’s website, briancom.com has an online form to apply for any positions there. The firm also advertises open job opportunities on LinkedIn, Indeed and CareerBuilder. Positions range from Public Relation Interns and Lead Product Designers, to Junior Account Executives and Lead Developers.
The web site says Brian Communications is “always looking for smart, hardworking people, who care deeply about our clients and are passionate about their work.”
Tierney is a member of several board of directors in the Philadelphia area, such as Thomas Jefferson University, the Zoological Society of Philadelphia and the University Museum of the University of Pennsylvania, Also a member of the board for NutriSystem, he played an important role in the company’s turnaround by recommending they dramatically increase the marketing budget.
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