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Maybe you’ve heard. Perhaps you haven’t. We can now officially confirm our acquisition of TrestleMedia, provide some background on the BRAVE move and give our new CTO, Clay Marshall, and the rest of the West Coast team a big CHIEF welcome.

Brought on in 1991 as CHIEF employee #2, we have a long and storied history with Clay. Shifting focus as a Creative Director to reading up on of the internet revolution—becoming among the first DC agencies to develop websites in Drupal—Clay’s agility in the face of constant innovation is nothing short of amazing.

Instrumental to our success in those early years, Clay eventually went out on his own—moving West to Portland, OR, and founding the interactive design and development agency, TrestleMedia, in 2002. Remaining a close confidant and fellow open source evangelist, Clay continued his relationship with CHIEF from afar as a Senior Technology Consultant — working with the team in DC on such high-profile engagements like the Federal Trade Commission and USAID. You’ve also probably seen him around catching the latest tech meetups, presenting at Drupal conferences and cutting loose at our annual SXSW activation in Austin, TX.

Our acquisition of TrestleMedia and appointment of Clay as Chief Technology Officer will advance CHIEF’s innovative technical solutions here at home and in our growing West Coast operations. Clay’s experience, expertise and strategic vision will enable CHIEF to deliver transformative work through broader capabilities, scope and influence. Plus, the Portland team is pretty awesome to work with, too.

CHIEF Co-founder, Margaret Johnson, had this to say about the news: “Clay has been an integral member of the CHIEF family for decades. This is the next evolution of shared commitment and passion for pushing upward to lead transformative change in the industry and with our partners.”

We couldn’t agree more. With Clay’s vision, and Trestle’s expertise and enthusiasm, we’re bringing the bravery coast to coast.

We couldn’t have done it without the encouragement of DC’s tech, design and creative communities who continue to support our journey. We hope you’ll follow along as we take the adventure out West. Sky’s the limit and this is just the beginning for a brave new CHIEF.