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Marian Hughes

Co-Founder, Managing Partner

Marian tackles communications and digital marketing with a “never settle for good enough” attitude. This type of thinking, as well as her desire to work closely with creative and clever thinkers that she deeply respects, led Marian to co-found Tier One and build an innovative communications agency that continually modernizes itself and its offerings.

She has worked for several communications powerhouses, including Hill+Knowlton and Weber Shandwick, as well as a boutique firm in Silicon Valley during the area’s dotcom hypergrowth.

Marian believes certain methods and approaches can get stale in an instant. As a result, she’s always pushing the agency to stay ahead of the curve by looking forward in search of innovative solutions. Her curiosity, enthusiasm for new things, and endurance encourages clients to think big and reach for higher goals.

Marian has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Santa Clara University.

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The one book I'd want if I were stuck on a desert island:
"The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane." It's a beautiful story and the memories I have reading it to my kids are equally as beautiful.

The one word that best describes me:

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be:
My two grandmothers — Ollie May Sly and Margaret O'Leary — two strong women whose values greatly influenced my life.

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