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 for the Ohio Promotional Professionals Association (OPPA) in the capacity of Vice President and will be the OPPA 2023 incoming President.
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 one is graduating 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 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 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 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 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.
Sara graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA in design. She worked in the fashion textile industry in NYC for 11 years before starting her family. Since her eldest was born, she has worked in sales, design and marketing and loves being creative with all of her clients.
Sara and her husband Tim live in Westerville and have been married since 2016. They have a ‘Brady Bunch’ of 4 kids - his 2 boys, one in the music industry in LA and one a senior at The Ohio State University, and her 2 girls, one at The Ohio State University and the other a senior in high school. It’s never a dull moment with all of them home.
Fun fact: Sara has an alter ego FoodieGirl because she loves to cook, travel, entertain and eat - check her out on Instagram at foodiegirl_org and an even more fun fact...Candy set her up with her husband on a blind date!
Stephanie graduated from The Ohio State University with a BS in Fashion Merchandising, and minor in Business Administration. Prior to joining Advertise America, Stephanie held leadership roles with notable retail companies such as Express, Limited Too, and most recently, Big Lots, where, as the VP of Merchandising, she had the opportunity to grow align-items-center and lead the 10th largest furniture business in the USA. Having spent time on the wholesale side of the business, Stephanie’s professional experience is multi-faceted, with strategy, sales, analytics, product development and team building being her key areas of expertise.
Stephanie has been married for 27 years, and has two college aged children. Her favorite son attends Kent State University and her favorite daughter is a freshman at Miami University. She and her husband also have two, very spoiled, fur babies…
Fun Fact: Stephanie has travelled internationally 101 times…