Leadership //

Angela Stiff | Managing Principal and Creative Director

Angela is Copperwing’s founder and serves as both Managing Principal and Creative Director. Copperwing quickly became one of Alabama’s leading communications firms after first opening its doors in 1999. An identity management firm known for strategic thinking and creativity, Copperwing has served accounts such as Neptune Technology Group, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Jackson Thornton, Jim Wilson & Associates, Norment Security Group’s Norshield Division and the Business Council of Alabama.

Angela’s brand-building for these and other companies has been recognized with Communicator Awards, ADDY® awards from the American Advertising Federation (AAF), and the prestigious Starr Award from the Montgomery chapter of the Public Relations Council of Alabama (PRCA). She has been named three times as Designer of the Year and twice as Copywriter of the Year by the local AAF chapter.

Prior to founding Copperwing, Angela was tapped by Gannett’s Montgomery Advertiser to produce the multimedia “Choose to Know” campaign. The campaign won the Gannett International Marketing Competition’s top award.

Angela has also served as art director with Southern Progress Corporation, publisher of Southern Living and Southern Accent magazines, and Regions Financial Corporation.

Angela is a proud graduate of Auburn University, where she earned a BFA in Visual Communications.

Nell Rankin | Principal and Strategy Director

Nell has more than 30 years’ experience in marketing, advertising and media. Working with high-profile clients such as Neptune Technology Group, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, The Shoppes at EastChase, Jackson Thornton and Holloway Credit Solutions on strategic planning and marketing initiatives, Nell has successfully developed communications programs with measurable results. She is recognized for her media expertise and ability to develop media partnerships, promotions and alliances.

Prior to her role at Copperwing, Nell served as the strategic marketing manager and acting marketing director for Gannett’s Montgomery Advertiser. In addition to launching and editing two Gannett publications – the monthly Lifestyle publication, Living in the South, and the quarterly healthcare publication – and launching the Montgomery Advertiser web site, she worked closely with news, advertising and circulation to develop communication and marketing strategies.

A skilled communicator with a variety of audiences, Nell has written articles published in national trade publications, in Living in the South and in the Central Alabama Business Journal.

Nell’s work has been recognized by the American Advertising Federation’s ADDY awards, the Communicator Awards and the Public Relation Council of Alabama Medallion Awards. She has received international recognition as a recipient of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) MAXI award. As a part of ICSC’s continuing education programs, Nell has been the instructor for courses titled, “Principles of Advertising “ and “Media Mix and Media Planning.”

Nell has served on the board of directors for the Montgomery Zoo and the Volunteer and Information Center, and has also served on the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce’s Task Force.

Brian Key | Principal and Account Director

As principal and director of accounts, Brian is responsible for the implementation of branding across all media channels, including public relations, digital and interactive marketing. He has more than 13 years of marketing experience with nonprofit and corporate communications.

Brian's attention to detail, strategic guidance and talent for multi-layered messaging are strengths clients rely on for their brands. Under his account leadership, Copperwing has launched the successful rebranding for clients such as Schreiber, an international manufacturer of wastewater treatment equipment, the Alabama Banking Association, and Rushton Stakely, as well as a socially robust website for the Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust.

Brian is a proud graduate of Troy University with a BS degree in advertising and journalism and Auburn University at Montgomery with a Master’s in public administration and nonprofit management.