New leaders at helm of Marketing Support Network
Meghan Speer and Joshua Glover are the new leaders of South Fayette business Marketing Support Network.
Founded by Lin Cook, who recently retired, the business was begun in 1981 in Elgin, Ill., as a small advertising agency specializing in catalog companies, hospitals and colleges. Cook had begun doing some marketing consulting based on referrals, and a year later, upon the Cooks’ return to the Pittsburgh area, he began handling the work full time. He opened a two-room office in Bridgeville, then sold the ad agency part of the business but retained the contact center part and eventually moved the company to 200 Old Pond Road in the Abele Business Park.
Glover and Speer initially met at the Urban Impact Foundation on Pittsburgh’s North Side. Glover’s father, Ed, founded the organization, and he has been active in it over the years as a staff member and volunteer.
Speer, originally a volunteer in the foundation’s performing arts academy, now teaches musical theater there. She graduated from North Hills High School and has a B.A. in communication from Thiel College, working in marketing roles at various companies and nonprofits before coming to MSN in 2014 as the director of digital services. She became vice president in January 2017.
Glover graduated from Pittsburgh’s Oliver High School and has a degree in business from Geneva College. He has founded many small businesses and lent practical business skills to multiple area nonprofits. Interested in expanding his portfolio, Glover was looking to engage in support services and possibly launch a startup company. It was a natural fit to bring him as a business partner at MSN when Cook retired.
Marketing Support Network currently serves more than 100 client projects and is celebrating its 36th year in business, providing inbound and outbound contact center services, data management solutions, and digital marketing services. With an original tagline of “Our Mission is Your Mission,” the company has moved forward under its new owners with the motto, “Your Vision is Our Mission” to reflect its continued desire to energetically refocus and serve its clients in multiple trusted and strategic ways to further the visions of these companies even better.
“I am thrilled to take Marketing Support Network into its next chapter as CEO,” Speer said. “The company is full of outstanding people, we serve great clients, and I am proud to be a part of the work we do.”
Charlotte Smith is a Tribune-Review contributing writer. You can reach Charlotte at 724-693-9441 or firstname.lastname@example.org.