A. Bright Idea’s boutique approach wins with awards, new business, and new west coast office


From national Telly award to Best in Maryland, local agency delivers creative leading to growth

A. Bright Idea Advertising and Public Relations launches new business with The Wellwood Club restaurant of historic Charlestown, Md., and the opening of a second location in Sonoma, Calif., while celebrating industry recognition for its work in the television advertising, public relations, graphic design and interactive design arenas.

“As a boutique agency, we thrive on developing strong creative that gets results for our clients,” said President and Founder Anita Brightman. “More than just breaking through the clutter, we strive to reach our clients’ audiences and compel them to act. Our recent peer recognition provides additional confirmation of our continued growth and effectiveness in this market.”


A. Bright Idea continues to add new retail and government clients to all areas of its full-service repertoire. The agency recently launched an advertising campaign for The Wellwood, a multi-restaurant, marina, crab house and event venue in historic Charlestown, Md., worked on environmental graphics for the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia, and joined the General Services Administration AIMS schedule.

Awards and Recognitions

A. Bright Idea recently received recognition for a multitude of projects in the areas of television advertising, graphic design, public relations and interactive design.

The agency won two Bronze Telly Awards for the Bel Air Center for Addictions television campaign, “I’m Not an Addict,” which addresses the stigma of drug addiction that often prevents people from seeking treatment and encourages people struggling with addiction to embrace their true identity along with Bel Air Center for Addictions to overcome their addiction.

The agency also received recognition for a variety of projects at the Public Relations Society of America Maryland Chapter Best in Maryland Awards on June 17 including:

  • The John Carroll School – Kaleidoscope annual report design and interactive annual report companion
  • The Kelly Group – View from the Top, economic review event invitation (direct mail)
  • Jordan Thomas Salon and Spa – Highlights email newsletter
  • William E. Proudford Sickle Cell Fund – Sickle Cell Awareness Week community relations


The Best in Maryland Awards judging considers all aspects of a campaign/project including research, planning, execution and results and this year’s entries were judged by the PRSA Pittsburgh chapter.

In addition to its contributions to Best in Maryland entries, A. Bright Idea Interactive, the agency’s interactive division, received recognition by the Graphic Design USA Magazine’s 2010 American Web Design Award for the Wirehead Business Technologies website design.

Finally, Anita Brightman received recognition in the public relations field with her appointment to the Baltimore Public Relations Council 2010-2011 Board of Directors.


After falling in love with Sonoma Valley, the agency expanded its business to provide the same great service to the unique businesses and shops on the West Coast. To capture the experience, A. Bright Idea will be launching several cutting-edge initiatives in the coming months.

210 Archer Street, Bel Air, MD 21014 | (p) 410.836.7180 | (f) 410.836.0186
13750 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen, Sonoma, CA 95442 | (p) 707.935.1377 | (f) 410.836.0186
348 E. Olive Avenue, Suite E, Burbank, CA 91502 | (p) 818.736.5696 | (f) 410.836.0186