You’re the expert at your craft. At Out & About, we’re the expert of ours.

When it’s time for you to grow your business, you need messaging that resonates and accurately reflects the depth of what you do. While you’re doing what you love, we’ll be behind-the-scenes setting the tone, developing the brand, and executing the marketing that’ll get the word about what you do out and about amongst your audience to engage with your offline and online relationships.
Here’s who’s behind the curtain:

Lauren Hong

President

I’m Lauren, president of Out & About, a full-service marketing firm that I founded in 2013.

After several years of education, traveling, and international work, I landed in San Diego, where I decided to put my design and marketing skills into play by supporting for a few clients. Before I knew it, I had a portfolio, a growing client base, and an insatiable desire to help businesses grow by amplifying their presence.

 

Today Out & About is a 15+ person team with a suite of marketing services and a talented team of specialists devoted to transforming our clients’ marketing. I have the pleasure, day-in and day-out, of leading the creative and strategic direction of O&A.

My past experience is shaped by a degree in graphic design and advertising from Drake University and a Masters in International Studies in South Korea, where I first arrived as a Fulbright grantee. During that time, I worked in international relations and marketing roles at the US Embassy in Seoul, Oxfam Hong Kong, and Humanitas Global Development in Washington, DC.

For me, one thing remained the same throughout each and every industry, mission, and campaign: a singular focus of amplifying the message and reach of my clients.

For you, that means an open mind and a vast wealth of knowledge to make your marketing work for your business.

I’m passionate about small and mid-size business growth because I’ve been there. I know how difficult it is to launch, to grow, and to develop both visual and verbal messaging that reflects your brand and connects with your target market.

I believe in the strength of integrated marketing because I’ve seen O&A’s clients go from an idea in a coffee shop to a team of 15 and a client base that tripled in just one year.

You deserve to spend time doing what you love in your business while your messaging and marketing do the work to engage with your community and grow your presence.

At Out & About, I lead the team with the skills to allow you to do just that. Questions? Don’t hesitate to connect with me on LinkedIn or shoot me a message on Twitter!

Curious about how I get out and about? In my free time, you can find me relaxing at the beach with my husband and puppies, or indulging in new tastes at local farmers markets and restaurants as I get out and about in San Diego, the city that I love.

Hilary LeBeuf

Digital Marketing Strategist

Hi there! I’m Hilary. Born and raised in Detroit, I’ve happily landed in San Diego after several years curating, organizing events, and marketing within the art world in New York City. I’ve been obsessed with the internet as a vehicle to build community, share, and create new culture since the first moment I could tap on a keyboard. Outside of Out & About, I study and do psychological research at the University of California-San Diego. My research interests in decision making, moral cognition, and behavioral economics strongly influence my approach to marketing. Here at Out & About, I’m looking forward to putting my network savvy, love of data, and creative eye to good use in focusing on the “big picture” for our clients. In my free time, you can find me running up a mountain somewhere in Southern California training for ultramarathons.

Cassandra Altmann

Copywriter & Editor

I’m Cassandra and I’m a versatile writer whose expertise includes engaging narratives, articulate copywriting, as well as fine-tuned editing services. From product descriptions to commentary articles, I have developed an aptitude and ardor for promoting small business, lifestyle industry, and non-profit organizations through the written word.

Degreed with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine, I write to satisfy both my passion and my profession. With extensive experience in the servicing and counseling industries, I have the business acumen needed to collaborate with entrepreneurs and marketing teams on their company vision.

An avid beach-goer, dog lover, and adventurer, I am in love with my hometown of San Diego. Annually, I participate in raising funds for Make-A-Wish® San Diego as Marketing Chair for Fashion With A Passion as well as the San Diego Humane Society & SPCA.

Melissa Williams

Copywriter and Editor

Hi I’m Melissa – copy and content writer. After graduating from Chapman University I began my career at a real estate research firm and after moving to San Diego I worked with a nonprofit for over seven years. During that time I also worked as a freelance writer “for fun” and wrote for PR firms, SEO companies, websites, and some local and national publications. Writing has always been my passion and I decided to take the leap and have now been a full time copywriter for two years. I’ve written for companies in many diverse industries including: nonprofits, fashion, tech, business development, finance, and health/wellness. I’m currently finishing a thesis for an MA in English with an emphasis in Nonfiction Writing, and I’m a certified copy editor.

Minae Kim

Graphic Designer

My name is Minae. I’m a Graphic Designer. I graduated from Drake University with my Bachelors of Fine Arts, Graphic Design and received my Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from San Diego State University. I’m comfortable working in both print and digital design and I’ve explored typography, poster projects, studio, and branding/commercial work. Through hosting a full exhibition of my work and teaching undergraduate courses, I’ve learned how to produce work in all different mediums, styles and platforms. I’m thrilled to be a part of the Out & About team!

Kim Emerson

Graphic Designer

Hi! I’m Kim. I began my adventure in the field of graphics in 1992, after graduating from San Diego State University. I mainly work on graphic design projects in an effort to devise imaginative and intuitive solutions for clients. Lucky for me, my clients range from large corporations including Cox Communications, Rady Children’s Hospital and Nordstroms, to more “grass-root” start-ups such as Resonance Technologies LLC, Flexuport, and Childcare Bridge. With more than twenty years in the industry, I continue to be motivated and energized by the diverse opportunities that exist in today’s branding of organizations/individuals by translating ideas into effective and innovative designs.

Justin McCobb

Production Coordinator

Hello! I’m Justin, a creative and highly motivated marketing professional with a passion for technology. My in-depth knowledge of film and all things technology sets me apart from other marketing professionals.

From promotional videos for small businesses to marketing campaigns for start-ups, I strive to bring the latest trends, technology, and tools to each project. While serving in the military, I was fortunate to gain much of my technological knowledge through hands-on experience. I am proud to be a U.S. Navy Veteran with 5 years of military service. While in the Navy, I served on the U.S.S. Tarawa as the Business Administrative and Information Technology Head of the Engineering Department and received a Letter of Commendation for my service.

Driven to build on my experience in the Navy, I obtained a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Point Loma Nazarene University, where I was the co-founder and marketing officer of the on-campus Veterans Club.

I have been married to my beautiful wife Renee for 10 years. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, photography and meeting new people.

Kyle Magee

Full Stack Developer

Hey! I’m Kyle and I’ve been in the Web Developing world for over nine years. I’m fluent in HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP and a handful of other coding tools. After earning my Graphic Design degree and Digital Design degree from the Art Institute of California, San Diego, I jumped into a Graphic Designer role at Capativa Technology. Soon after Capativa, I decided to practice more Digital Design and landed an opportunity to be the Web and Application developer at GreenBox Art and Culture. Since then, I’ve continuously gained more knowledge and experience as a web developer and am excited to help the versatile clients that Out & About partners with!

Mylo

 

Mylo is the resident first impressionist at Out & About. He greets and thoroughly sniffs each and every one of our visitors. He takes pride in his showmanship and strives to make sure no opportunity to jump, twirl, or charm our neighbors is ever missed. His favorite pastimes are sitting on the couch and watching the sunsets. When he’s not at Out & About, you can find him doing somersaults over his brother, Teddy.

Teddy

 

Teddy is the newest and littlest addition to the Out & About team. Teddy is currently serving an apprenticeship under the supervision of Mylo, the top dog at Out & About. During his apprenticeship, Teddy is product testing the latest chew toys, studying pulling at heartstrings, inspecting the trees of Downtown San Diego, and practicing partner acrobatics with Mylo. When he’s not putting in the hard work to make the whole neighborhood smile, he enjoys sniffing the floor and finding the best spot to hide in plain sight.

UNIFY YOUR MESSAGE. AMPLIFY YOUR BRAND. GROW YOUR REVENUE.