OUR TEAM

Candace Mccullers

Candy is the President and CEO, and has her Bachelor of Advertising Specialty Information (BASI) from the Advertising Specialty Institute.  She currently serves on the Board as President for the Ohio Promotional Professionals Association (OPPA).

Candy started Advertise America in 1995 while working at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, D.C. in the Resident Representative Division.  Candy supported over 80 countries sourcing, procuring and supplying everything from start to finish for the offices and residences of the Diplomats of the IMF assigned to those member countries.

Candy met her husband, Mark, in 1992 on a blind date.  They got engaged in Versailles France and married in 1995.  They have three wonderful children, a boy and two girls.  The girls are Irish twins at 11 months apart and are the same age for 3 weeks every year!  Their son and one of their daughters graduated from THE Ohio State University, while the other graduated in May 2022 from the Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD).

Fun fact:  Candy and her family rescued a black Lab, ‘Roxy’.  We brought her home and introduced her to our other two dogs, a Miniature Yorkie and an English Springer Spaniel.  Turns out, Roxy was pregnant and had TEN puppies.  So, for at least three weeks, we were the loving home to THIRTEEN dogs!  Our story even made the cover of our Home Owner’s Association neighborhood magazine.

 

Mark McCullers

Mark has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Kentucky and a Masters in Sports Administration from St. Thomas University in Miami, FL.  In his role as Advertise America CEO, Mark oversees Finance & Administration including strategic planning.  Mark comes from the sports & entertainment industry where his career spanned 30+ years of senior management producing and promoting major events such as FIFA World Cup, Super Bowl and Olympics.

Mark has been married to the engine of Advertise America, Candy McCullers, for 23+ years.  Recent empty nesters, Mark and Candy have three kids, Corey, Camryn and Carson.

Fun fact: Mark was the catcher on his high school baseball team that won the Kentucky State Championship in his senior year and he was President & General Manager of Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew from 2004 until 2014, winning three league championships and one MLS Cup during his tenure. 

 

Amy Sabedra

Amy graduated from Indiana State University with an Associates Degree in  Early Childhood Education. The last 17 years she owned and operated an In-Daycare. She also has many years of retail experience; assistant store manager for Blockbuster Video and lead customer service representative for both The Gap, Inc and DSW.

Amy has been married for 25 years, and has two children. Her son recently graduated from the University of Kentucky and was commissioned into the United States Army, and her daughter is a sophomore at Texas Christian University.

Fun Fact: Amy loves to play games with her family and friends. 

 

Cortland McCullers

Cortland currently serves as an Account Executive focusing on business development and account management. Cortland is responsible for identifying new clients and cultivating existing relationships to help grow the business and ensure that our services and deliveries are exceeding customer expectations.

Cortland is a proud graduate from The Ohio State University with a degree in Economics and a particular interest in marketing and brand strategy. An avid golfer and outdoorsman, Cortland is often finding time to play a round or training for the next race.

 

Lynnette Gehrlich

Lynnette has served as Advertise America’s Finance Director since 2013. Lynnette oversees all corporate financial management including day-to-day accounting, tax processing, payroll, budget management and financial reporting.

Lynnette graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and has over 20 years of financial leadership experience. 

 

Brandon Ballinger

Brandon leads our graphic design and marketing teams, and helps us offer client service solutions. He graduated at the top of his class in 2009 with a degree in Digital Design & Graphics form CSCC. He comes to us after spending 2 decades in the food service industry, as Regional Manager for a growing family of critically acclaimed restaurants throughout central Ohio. 

Fun Fact: Brandon and his wife Christina were married in 2015 atop the Brooklyn Bridge, and their daughter Maxwell was born in 2018.

 

 

 

Sharon Ezell

Sharon is our SVP of Finance & Administration.  She is a CPA with over 25 years of accounting, finance, human resources, and management, and brings with her many years of experience in the specialty advertising industry.  Sharon’s background also includes banking, insurance, public accounting, and controller services. 

Sharon graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky where she majored in business administration and finance with a minor in economics.  She also attended the University of South Florida where she studied graduate level accounting courses required to sit for the CPA exam.

Fun Fact:  Sharon lived and worked in the Cayman Islands for several years where she was able to pursue her love of scuba diving.  She met her husband, Steve, while living on the tiny island of Cayman Brac.  One of her favorite scuba diving adventures was a Valentine’s Day dive with reef sharks in Nassau, Bahamas. 

 

David Slyby

David is the VP of Sales at Advertise America.  As the sales manager of our growing sales team, he has helped the company obtained an official status as a Diversity, WBENC Supplier for Major League Baseball

David has over 30 years of experience in Sales including working for the Cincinnati Bengals, National Football Team in sponsorship and event sales.  And he has worked in the Advertising Specialty industry for several years, creating new clients and managing sales teams. 

David and his wife Kelly have two grown children living in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Fun fact, David is a Cedarville University graduate where he also teaches as an adjunct professor in Sports Marketing and Sports Sponsorship.   

 

Erin Holsinger

Erin currently serves as a Senior Account Executive focusing on account management. Erin is responsible for cultivating existing relationships to help grow the business and ensure that our service is exceeding customer expectations. 

Erin is a graduate from the University of Dayton with a degree in Marketing. She has 12 years of experience in Senior Living Marketing and Sales as well as digital marketing strategy experience. 

Fun Fact: Erin is married with two kids ages 14 and 12. All of her free time is spent playing chauffeur and cheering on both kids who are involved in many sports and activities.  

 

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