Our Historic Trentham Mansion is One of Maryland's Coolest Spaces

We’re proud to share that our building, the Historic Trentham Mansion, is one of 30 locations chosen for The Daily Record’s first list of Maryland’s Coolest Spaces! Want to know what makes our mansion so cool? Keep reading to find out:

Imagine waking up every day and going to work at an 18th century mansion that is rumored to be haunted by the spirit of a former resident. This unique scenario is a workday reality for the women of Devaney & Associates, a full-service advertising, marketing, and public relations agency in Owings Mills, Maryland. We have been lucky enough to call the timeless Trentham Mansion home since June 2015; however, the historic house still remains a key part of Baltimore County’s architectural history. So, what exactly makes our workspace cool? It begins where most stories do, by looking back at the Trentham Mansion’s fascinating history.

taking a step back in time

The estate was built in 1746, by Reverend Thomas Cradock, on top of the land that was given to him as dowry when he married High Sheriff John Risteau’s daughter, Catherine Risteau. Cradock named the building after the Free School of Trentham in Staffordshire, England, where he had once taught. Besides living in the mansion, the Cradock couple also ran a boarding school for boys on the grounds.

The original home was damaged by a fire in 1857 and rebuilt in 1860; however, the octagonal bathhouse, that still sits at the mansion’s entrance, dates back to 1747 and has been restored to preserve the building’s rich history and design.

The magic D&A Touch

As an agency, we have had the freedom to modify the mansion to fit a business environment and to reflect our style while preserving its history. Our art directors played a key role in personalizing the workspace with custom light fixtures and vibrant color schemes and décor that adorn the walls and floors.

Some interesting aspects in our office include soundproof floral panels in our conference room, a loft with a clawfoot bathtub, and a Sandtown Millworks table made out of wood reclaimed from old Baltimore row houses. Our property also features an outdoor area that has a historic smokehouse with four potbelly stoves, several decks, a fireplace, and a grille. This entertainment space has allowed us to host office events and parties for the community and our clients.

Our resident ghost

And what would a historic mansion be without a ghost that haunts its halls? The ghost is believed to be Catherine Cradock, a descendent of Reverend Thomas Cradock, who was murdered at home by a vagrant who had been residing in the mansion’s barn. While she doesn’t give us much trouble, we have blamed a few bizarre incidents on her presence.

Why we love our mansion

The Historic Trentham Mansion is a special space for many reasons. From its captivating past to its haunted tendencies, the former boarding school turned agency headquarters is a one-of-a-kind building that reflects the personality of the people who inhabit it and the work that we do.

What to Do With Your D&Ay: 10 Best Shows to Binge Watch

If you’ve found yourself stuck at home, and getting a little stir-crazy, due to all of the closures, cancellations, and constant updates concerning the coronavirus pandemic, we completely understand. 

While it may be hard to sit at home, just know that by practicing social distancing you’re protecting yourself and your community…plus, there are still some entertaining things that you can do to help pass the time. 

Your friends at Devaney & Associates are here to provide you with some of the best shows to binge watch while you’re self-isolating, so sit back, grab your popcorn and get to watching!

If you're a fan of laugh-out-loud comedy:

  • Parks and Recreation (Renee’s Netflix/Amazon Prime/Hulu Pick)
  • Grace and Frankie (Jordan’s Netflix Pick)
  • Golden Girls (Lisa’s Hulu Pick)

If you enjoy comedies with a touch of drama:

  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Diane’s Amazon Prime Pick)
  • Good Girls (Jordan’s Netflix Pick)

If you're hooked on anything Fantasy-drama:

  • Game of Thrones (Meghan’s HBO Pick)
  • Outlander (Meghan’s STARZ Pick)

If you're looking to solve a few mysteries:

  • BBC’s Sherlock (Lisa’s Netflix Pick)
  • Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes (Kolleen’s Netflix Pick)

If you're looking for a good scare:

  • The Walking Dead (Karen’s Netflix/Amazon Prime Pick)

Make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter…and share a selfie with us of you binge watching your favorite TV show!

We're Lucky to Work Here Because...

Our clients know they can count on us for campaigns with brains, service with hustle, and people with heart. But we also happen to be a really great place to work. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we asked our team members to share why they feel lucky to work at Devaney & Associates. 

Lindsay Hebert

Lindsay Hebert,            Director of Public Relations

I feel lucky that every day I get to be part of a team of smart, talented and creative women. I enjoy being in a work environment where everyone’s ideas and insight are equally welcomed and valued, and no one needs to fight to be heard.

Lisa D'Orsaneo

Lisa D’Orsaneo,            Account Manager

I’m lucky to work here because I get to make things happen for our clients. Nothing excites me more than when we exceed clients’ expectations at every stage—from strategy to execution.  

Jordan Levush,              Graphic Designer 

I feel lucky to work for D&A because everyone is so welcoming and makes you feel like you are part of the family!

Casey Boccia

Casey Boccia,              Creative Director

I am lucky that I get to do the kind of work that lets me learn something new and unexpected every day. Part of the reason our campaigns consistently succeed is because we take the time to learn our clients’ businesses and industries inside and out. I can safely say I’ve learned more than I ever imagined about the wildest range of topics—everything from elective angioplasty procedures to deli meat manufacturing. 

Renee Landis

Renee Landis,              Account Executive 

I feel lucky to work at D&A because everyone here is so positive and pushes me to be my best. Each day is always rewarding and even on hard days we still manage to have fun here.

 

Susan Casey

Susan Casey,                      Media Director

It’s easy! Our clients! I feel lucky that we have an awesome and diverse group of clients that provide so many helpful and vital services to the communities that they serve.

Kolleen Kilduff,                Senior Art Director

I feel very lucky that everyone here is so supportive. There have been times I have needed help with things and the Devaney family always pulls through.

Karen Christ,            Accounting Manager

I feel lucky because I get to work in a beautiful historic mansion that was built before we became a nation!  And that mansion is filled with beautiful, talented women.

Meghan Militello,    Copywriter

I am lucky to have co-workers who welcomed me with open arms when I moved to Maryland and joined the team in January 2020. I’ve also learned so much already in my short time working at D&A.

Diane Devaney

Diane Devaney,        President 

I feel fortunate to have such amazing people to work with:  employees who are caring, funny, hard-working, loyal, and creative. And clients who treat us as partners and give us the flexibility to do great work.

happy st. patrick's day from team D&A!

Devaney & Associates Welcomes New Clients to the Family

At Devaney & Associates we specialize in building long-term client relationships. As we usher in the new decade, we also welcome the opportunity to work with new clients. We have had the honor of being tapped by some of the region’s top brands to lead their latest marketing and PR initiatives.

As we start this next chapter, we would like to take a moment to introduce some of our newest clients.

Dunbar security solutions

Dunbar Security Solutions takes safety to the next level. With 360-degree protection, they provide the ultimate security solutions through the fusion of highly skilled staff and state-of-the-art technology. The family-owned business specializes in security for industrial facilities, corporate properties, and premium residential areas.

Dunbar Security Products

As a branch of The Dunbar Companies, Dunbar Security Products creates and administers a specialized line of safeguard banking supplies. Dunbar Security Products offers a substantial line of cash-handling commodities, their most well-known being their unique “tamper-evident” bank deposit bags.

Second Chance

The name says it all. Second Chance is a nonprofit that dedicates its time and talent to deconstructing homes and buildings in order to salvage the useable materials, within and outside the properties, for reselling purposes. If you’ve been to Baltimore, there’s a good chance that you’ve passed their grand (200,000 square foot) secondhand shop. Not only does this nonprofit provide the recovered materials with a literal second chance, but the revenue earned at the retail space also provides job training and personal growth for individuals in the Baltimore area who face employment barriers.

Rachuba

As a 3rd generation family-owned business, Rachuba has over 40 years of expertise in an array of real estate services. With an expansive portfolio including property management, facilities management, custom home building, commercial construction, and real estate consulting, Rachuba has made its name as a company with the experience and means to make any real estate project a reality.

We are so excited to have the opportunity to work with these brands, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds for each of these agency-client relationships.

Do you want big marketing results? Contact us today to see why the region’s top brands choose Devaney & Associates.

The Secrets to a Better Agency-Client Relationship

The average agency-client relationship lasts 3 years. But at Devaney & Associates, many of our clients stay with us for 5, 10, and even 20+ years. Some of our benchmark-beating client relationships include:

  • Carroll Hospital, together since 1997
  • Georgia Relay, 2008
  • MJM Innovations, 2008
  • Maryland Hospital Association, 2010
  • Brotman Financial Group, 2012
  • Presbyterian Senior Living, 2012
  • EVAPCO, 2014
  • Route One Apparel, 2015
  • Leadership Maryland, 2014
  • Chase Brexton Health Care, 2016

So What's the secret to our long-term love connections?

“It has everything to do with our mantra: marketing with brains, hustle, and heart. Our team culture is one that values attitude and work ethic just as much as it values expertise,” explains president and founder Diane Devaney. “We work really hard to find the right people to be a part of the D&A team—people that we know our clients can count on no matter what.”

With that in mind, we asked our team members to reveal how they help keep the spark alive in our client relationships.

The Media Department: 

“Never take a day off when you’re protecting the client’s dollars.”

In the media department, we are often the keeper of the largest part of our clients’ marketing budgets: the advertising dollars. This is a responsibility we do not take lightly. Our clients know we are their advocates. We treat their money as we would our own, and fight for every dollar. We track every placement, continually assess campaigns for their effectiveness, and report on ROI—every step of the way.

The creative Department: 

“Put the brand first and leave your ego at the door.”

At some agencies, the creative is all about them: their egos and their awards. There is a lot of naval-gazing, pushback against client feedback, and treating one’s ideas as if they were precious. We take pride in being a “diva-free” creative team. Our first priority is our client’s brand: presenting ideas that push their business goals and their brand forward.

The Account Services Team:

“Be a good partner. Not just a good vendor.”

Our clients stick with us because they know we’ve got their back beyond today’s project. We answer their calls. We always have a solution or a next step. We keep them informed so they never feel like they’re in the dark. It all sounds simple—but when agencies start to take their clients for granted, these are the first things that go out the window.

The Public Relations Team:

“Honest communication is the best policy.”

Open and honest communication is key to sustaining any long-term relationship, and in the PR department, we make sure our clients always feel heard and understood. Through meaningful media placements, compelling original content, and useful and fun social media personas, our clients trust us to make certain their audiences stay informed and engaged.

Get the agency love you deserve. 

Contact us to learn how we can help you woo audiences with your next marketing project. We can help you with any brand challenge including: 

  • Marketing Strategy
  • Branding Strategy
  • Logo Development
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations
  • Media Buying
  • Website Development
  • Social Media Management 
  • Market Research
  • Content Marketing
  • Direct Marketing
  • Video 
  • Marketing Collateral