Shatterbox Continues Expansion

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New media and branding firm adds designer

As it enters the fourth month following its merger with regional IT power Hensley, Elam and Associates, Lexington-based branding and new media design firm Shatterbox has once again expanded its staff.

Hensley-Elam co-founder and Shatterbox CEO Russ Hensley announced that Cody Chatham has joined the firm’s team, one of the 15 new jobs the company expects to create during the next two years. Chatham will serve as a graphic designer and work out of Shatterbox’s offices on 163 East Main Street in Lexington, KY.

“We’re proud to bring someone with Cody’s background working with global corporate companies with revenues into the Shatterbox team,” Hensley said. “I have no doubt he will be a tremendous asset.”

Chatham joins Shatterbox after spending the past four years performing freelance design work . A native of Lexington, he studied design at Academy of Art University in San Francisco. His focus will be on print graphic designs and logo development, an intricate part of the branding process.

"I’m excited to have Cody on our team,” said Jeff Ruth, Shatterbox’s president. “Design is a passion for him – something he eats, breathes and sleeps. That kind of enthusiasm is invaluable and exactly what we’re looking for at Shatterbox.”

Shatterbox was founded in Lexington by Ruth, who still steers the company’s day-to-day operations as Chief Creative Officer. Among Shatterbox’s current clients are Gray Construction, the University of Kentucky and Fazoli’s Restaurants, while it has also done work with the United States Olympic Committee and Kentucky Historical Society. Ruth has personally won more than 40 local Gold Addy Awards since 2002, has had work published internationally has recently won multiple national awards.

Hensley-Elam is a regional IT company that offers Web hosting, website development, computer programming, network management and off-site backup as well as consultation from its software engineering and infrastructure services group. Hensley finalized a deal in late spring to acquire controlling interest of Shatterbox, making it the company’s third significant move in a year, as it followed the acquisitions of IT services providers The Computer Place, of London, Ky., and Lexington-based Voltaic Commerce.

The absorption of Shatterbox pairs Hensley-Elam’s resources as one of the region’s leading IT services firms with Shatterbox’s creative and branding talents to form a unique company capable of enhancing clients’ productivity along with its exposure and marketing initiatives.

For more information about Shatterbox or Hensley-Elam visit http://www.shatterboxstudios.com or http://www.hea.biz. Additional information can be obtained by calling (859) 280-2603 or e-mailing Scott Hamilton at scott(at)shatterboxstudios(dot)com.

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