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our work

a5 stands for healthy, sustainable communities.

At a5, we aim to do great work – for our clients and for the environment. In addition to making a5 a sustainable business, we actively work with clients who want to learn how to be good for business and good for the environment.

Since 2007, we have co-produced (with Seven Generations Ahead) GreenTown: The Future of Community, which connects the public sector with the private sector to develop healthy, sustainable communities. We also work with planners, architects, landscape architects, governmental agencies and non-profits to develop better environmental practices.

In the words of Lou Reed: "Well, Americans don't care for much of anything, land and water the least". While we think the environmental paradigm should be positive, not punitive, awareness, knowledge and understanding is needed to protect people and planet. For our part, we work toward "inspiration, aspiration and perspiration" to create healthy, sustainable communities.

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GreenTown Aurora February 26, 2015 Two Brothers Roundhouse GreenTown at Kent April 13-14, 2015 Kent State University Hotel

client experience

about a5

a5 is a Chicago-based brand and digital agency. We work to tell our clients’ stories in clear, concise, consistent and compelling ways. From branding to outreach and engagement to digital communications, advertising, public relations, social media and events, a5 marries strategy + creativity + account management to generate results for our clients.

Focused on creating healthy, sustainable communities, a5 works with the public and private sectors to engage in conversation, break down barriers, find common ground and work together.

John Harris, Principal

John Harris is president and co-founder at a5. A writer by trade, Harris has been a reporter at Forbes (where he wrote the first national story on Starbucks), editor at Rockford Magazine and communications director at The Marmon Group. Passionate about creating healthy, sustainable communities, Harris works with the a5 team on branding and digital work, including advertising, PR, social media and outreach/engagement. He serves on the boards of the Ray Bradbury Carnegie Waukegan Library, Friends of Richton Park Foundation, Triton College Foundation and the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance.

Fletcher Martin, Creative Director

Fletcher is a founding principal and creative director at a5. He is responsible for the design development and creative direction of a5 projects, including branding and identity, interactive design, naming and more. He has served as an executive board member (Treasurer) of the Chicago chapter of the AIGA – the professional organization for design. He has also served as a volunteer creative director for two creative rallies for EPIC, a non-profit that pairs volunteer writers and designers with worthy causes and organizations.

Clarice Harris, Business Manager

Clarice Harris is a partner and a5’s director of operations. Clarice’s role includes implementing strategies to ensure productivity and efficiency of operations with the intention of increasing revenues and profitability. Clarice also oversees administrative and HR aspects of the firm and aims to make the work experience for a5 team members rewarding, challenging yet enjoyable and fun. Clarice formerly worked in Philanthropy and Communications at Rush Medical Center where she helped raise $10 million for the Rush Heart Institute. Clarice also chaired numerous non-profit fundraisers and served as president of both the Oak Park Women’s Guild and St. Giles School PTO. Clarice graduated from Carroll University with a BA in Communications.