ADDY’s, Best Places to Work and More: Here’s What We’ve Been Up To

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March 2016 has been one eventful month for us Quinlanites. We were nominated as a finalist for Buffalo’s Best Places to Work, were married to our work at the American Advertising Awards and celebrated our 29th birthday.

Nothing beats company culture– and we’ll admit ours is a little weird.

Here’s a little sneak peek of what we’ve been up to:

Best Places to Work (Best crew in Bayside)


For the first time ever, Quinlan was chosen as a finalist for the micro category  (10-24 employees) in Business First’s Best Places to Work for 2016. Why? Well, it probably has a little something to do with our intense guitar hero sessions during our Friday happy hours, in-house video series, anniversary excursions and monthly luncheons (some of us are top-of-the-line chefs).

All finalists were invited to the Best Places to Work luncheon on March 16 at Buffalo RiverWorks. But there was a catch: everyone had to come dressed as their favorite TV sitcom. Naturally, we took full advantage of this opportunity and transformed our agency into the cast from Saved by the Bell. We didn’t win best dressed, but that’s up for debate.


In order to qualify as a finalist, each employee was asked to take a survey about their workplace’s culture and asked to explain why the company stands out as a great place to work.

Here’s what a few people had to say about Quinlan:

  • “Quinlan’s culture is outstanding. Our managers care not only about our performance, but about our well-being and level of satisfaction here. We’re built on honesty and trust one another, which you can see not only internally but in our work for our clients, too. We’re hungry for the work we do every day, and have a ton of passion for what we do — and at the end of the day, that’s what matters.”
  • “I rated Quinlan and Company through the roof for the most part because I look forward to coming to work each day. It’s a fun environment where my thoughts and opinions matter, and are encouraged. There is hard work to be done on a consistent basis, but our culture and team make it worth it! I thoroughly enjoy working each and every day, and am extremely thankful for the environment in which I have been placed in. I strongly believe Quinlan deserves the Best Place to Work title.”


Although we didn’t come out as winners for Best Places to Work micro category, we couldn’t be more proud of where we work (and we’re looking forward to giving it our best shot again next year).

Congratulations to all of the finalists and a big thanks to Buffalo River Works and Business First for hosting a great event!



Each year, all of the ad geeks in Buffalo get together to showcase their best work. On March 4, 2016, 10 of Quinlan’s finest rolled up to the Statler for the Buffalo’s American Advertising Awards, hosted by the Ad Club of Buffalo.

This year was one for the books: we went home with six awards, the most we’ve ever won. Allow us to take this moment for some humble brags:


Not only did we come away with six new shiny pieces of hardware, but Jillian Minderler, our own graphic designer and Ad Club of Buffalo Board member, received the Future Star Award for all of her hard work. So yes, things got a little rowdy.

We must give a special shout out to FARM for this year’s sponsorship. The creative theme, Married to your Work, featured a glamorous wedding cake, band that played memorable tunes and an evening dedicated to our love of advertising.

Congratulations to all of the winners from this year’s American Advertising Awards!

Quinlan Anniversary: We’re nearing the dirty 30


Twenty-nine years ago, Lawlor Quinlan left Faller, Klenk & Quinlan to start his own agency: Quinlan and Company. When Quinlan first opened its doors in March 1987, it was a traditional advertising agency built on a strong foundation of work-life balance.

Today, we still believe in those same founding values, but our capabilities have changed quite a bit. Although we haven’t forgotten about our traditional roots, our 20 employees are now skilled in video production, web development, content marketing, branding strategy and more.

To celebrate how far we’ve come, we did what any company would do: we shut down the office for three hours to play nine holes of mini golf at the Paddock Chevrolet Golf Dome. Shooter McGavin’s Kids, Who’s Your Caddy and Team Tiddlywinks gave it their best shots, but the Pile Drivers came away with first place. Don’t ask.

We all felt like winners, though, when the Golf Dome employees brought out a traditional Buffalo post-game feast: pizza, wings and salad. After we each chowed down several servings worth of food, we gathered around to listen to Gary Miller, our CEO, talk about the agency’s state.

“The Quinlan of today is a content driven, digitally focused agency that is ready to build,” Gary says. “With highly skilled staffers on board and more efficient processes in place to generate improved creative product that positively impacts our client’s bottom lines, we are well positioned for expansion in 2016.”

Want to congratulate us? Chat about ad life? Tell us we look like fools? Tweet us @QuinlanCompany.

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