Drew McLellan has worked in advertising for 30+ years and started his own agency, McLellan Marketing Group in 1995 after a five-year stint at Y&R.
He also owns and runs Agency Management Institute (AMI), which offers agency management training, consulting and facilitates agency owner peer networks for small to mid-sized agencies (advertising, digital, marketing, media, and PR).
The mission of AMI is lofty yet simple — help agency owners increase their AGI, attract better clients and employees, mitigate the risks of being self-employed in such volatile business, and best of all — let the agency owner actually enjoy the perks of owning the joint.
Drew is still active in his agency as well, which has been around for 25+ years, and is still cooking, so much to his parents’ eternal relief, it seems to be working out.
Drew’s often interviewed/quoted and published in Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, AdAge, New York Times, Washington Post, AdAge, CNN, BusinessWeek, and many others. The Wall Street Journal calls him “one of 10 bloggers every entrepreneur should read.”
Drew is also the host of Build A Better Agency podcast, which is among the top 5% of all podcasts produced and features subject matter experts with a depth of expertise in the agency space. His latest book, Sell With Authority (2020) has earned rave reviews, and even better — agency owners who’ve read and applied it are getting results!
When he’s not hanging out with agency owners and their staff, Drew spends time with his daughter and soaking in the Dodgers’ World Series win!
Drew has a Master’s Degree from the University of Minnesota but alas, he cannot remember their fight song.