Our Team

Jay Cranford

Chief Creative Officer/Partner

As the chief creative officer, Jay is responsible for making sure every clients’ creative ideas, across all media channels, effectively engage and connect with the desired target audiences.

Jay attended the University of Pennsylvania and later graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with a degree in economics. He immediately began his advertising career in Los Angeles, working on the Toyota account at Saatchi & Saatchi. Jay then spent nine years with TBWA/Chiat/Day where he crafted the launch campaign for Sony PlayStation and created results-getting campaigns for some of America’s best-known brands, like Energizer Batteries, Nissan, Jack in the Box, Reebok, ABC Television, Unocal, Minit-Lube, and Quaker State Motor Oil.

Jay’s work has appeared in such prestigious shows as the Cannes International Advertising Festival, the One Show, the London International Awards, the Obies Outdoor Awards, the Radio Mercury Awards, Creativity Magazine’s Advertising Annual, Archive, the AAAA O’Toole Awards and the National ADDY Awards competition.

His experience includes Arkansas Parks and Tourism, Stamp Out Smoking, Hot Springs, Oaklawn Racing & Gaming, Centennial Bank, Arkansas State Police (Click It Or Ticket), University of Central Arkansas, ABF, Kum & Go, Road Runner, Tyson Foods, JB Hunt, Terminix, Meineke Car Care Center, TCBY, Snap-On Tools, SportClips, Pollo Campero, Texas Department of Insurance, Arkansas Economic Development Commission, Iowa Department of Economic Development, the Houston Airport System, Riceland Foods, Baptist Health, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and The Oxford American.

Ross Cranford


A 1990 graduate of Georgetown University, where he earned a double major in Government and Fine Arts (studio), Ross wrote screenplays and interned with the “King of the B Movies” Roger Corman in Los Angeles before signing up with the Clinton for President Campaign in 1992. As a member of the Clinton Administration, Ross was a Presidential appointee in the United States Department of Commerce focusing on legislative and budget issues for NOAA.

Ross returned to Little Rock and joined CJRW in 1995, working on nearly every account the agency serviced over the last two decades, helping to generate billions of dollars in revenue and results for clients such as Alltel, First Commercial Bank, Metropolitan National Bank, the Arkansas State Fair, St. Vincent’s Health System, the Central Arkansas Library System, the Clinton Presidential Center, Arkansas Game and Fish, the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, Visit Hot Springs, the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, and Oaklawn Racing & Gaming.

Ross has won countless advertising awards including three Best of Shows at the Arkansas ADDYs, many Regional ADDYs and two National ADDYs— most recently for the country’s best poster campaign promoting the 2014 live racing season at Oaklawn.

Chris Cranford


Chris has been working in the film/video industry professionally for almost twenty years—seven of which he served as Creative Director of Jones Film Video.  While working with Jones Film Video, Chris was responsible for directing, photographing, and editing TV campaigns and videos for clients such as Arkansas Parks & Tourism, Oaklawn Racing and Gaming, Stamp Out Smoking, Centennial Bank, University of Central Arkansas, Clinton Presidential Center, Hot Springs, and Riceland Foods, among others. His latest reel can be viewed at this link.

In 1994, he graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television and returned home to Little Rock to direct his own independent feature film in 1997, Sagittarius. He has also directed and produced his own independent feature documentaries and worked on many others. 
Chris has worked for clients in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and San Francisco including national projects for Kellogg’s, McDonald’s, the U.S. Army, A & E Network, The History Channel, Walmart, and Mozilla’s Firefox web browser. His work has garnered many awards over the years, including local Best of Broadcast ADDY awards three years in a row (2012-2014), and in 2015 his photography won a National Addy award. His photography has been featured in gallery shows in San Francisco, Oregon, and New York City, including winning first place in an international photo competition sponsored by Soho Photo in New York in 2013.

Emily Reeves Dean

Director of Brand & Social Strategy

Emily creates order from chaos—taking mounds of information, understanding it, organizing it, and finding the insights required as a foundation for development of strategy and measurable tactics. As an expert in brand management, digital marketing, and social media innovation, she’s led marketing teams for many well-known multinational brands, as well as startups, in retail, personal services, home services, B2B, healthcare, technology and other industries. Prior to joining Cranford Co., Emily was a communications consultant and digital marketing strategist with fourteen years of experience at another regional agency as Director of Digital Innovation and Insight Planning, as well as Director of Account Management and Planning. A 2015 Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 Honoree, she is the author of a memoir about her experiences dealing with the loss of her brother, a Navy SEAL Team 6 member killed in Afghanistan. She is also a winner of the “Know Your Value” competition with Mika Brzezinski, part of a nationwide movement to empower women in the workplace.

John Jacobs

Senior Art Director/Animator

John has worked in advertising for the last 17 years, pursued art in various forms, and has worked as a designer, animator, Web developer, copywriter, and all around creative bon vivant since he entered the advertising field back in the mid 90s. He’s worked with clients such as Elvis Presley Enterprises, Hallmark, the U.S. Marshal Service, the U.S. Army, TCBY, Terminix, Atlantic City CVB, Albuquerque CVB, and the tourism departments of the states of Arkansas, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Utah. And many more clients, both large and small.

In addition to being an award-winning visual designer, Jacobs is also an award-winning writer. He is the author of many novels, released by some of the largest publishers in the world, including Hachette Livre and Simon & Schuster. His essays have appeared on Huffington Post and CBS Weekly.

Byron Buslig

Art Director/Illustrator

Born in the Philippines, Byron was raised in Houston until moving to El Dorado, AR. Recently, Byron graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a degree in Studio Art with an emphasis in Graphic Design and Illustration. His illustrations have been featured numerous times on the University of Arkansas campus and during the Art in the Park event for UALR. He won the “Designer of the Year” award during the Arkansas College Media Awards (ACMA) in 2015 along with numerous other awards in the design and illustration categories.

He has worked with clients such as Sanshee, Nippon-Ichi, Sentai Films, and Arkansas Hospice Foundation.

Amy Frazier Turpen

Media Director

For the last twenty years, Amy Frazier Turpen has worked at Arkansas’s largest advertising agencies planning and buying hundreds of millions of dollars in media for many of the state’s largest companies. Now she’s joining Cranford Co. to expand the three-year old creative communications company’s scope of services to include in-house strategic media planning and buying.

“Media is currently one of the most innovative and creative fields in the world of advertising and marketing,” said Turpen, “From traditional platforms like TV, radio, outdoor, and print, to digital and social networks like Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter, the way we reach consumers with our message changes almost on a day-by-day basis. I could not be more pleased to be joining forces with the region’s recognized leaders in strategic creative communications to add in-house media to their full-service capabilities.”

Across the last two decades, Turpen has been the lead media strategist for clients including Arkansas Parks & Tourism, CHI St. Vincent, Visit Hot Springs, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Arkansas Department of Heritage, Arkansas Scholarship Lottery, and many more. “We pride ourselves on giving our clients direct access to the top talent. And we’re thrilled that like-minded experts want to come and work with us,” said Jay Cranford agency partner and chief creative officer. “The timing was perfect to add Amy’s incredible depth of experience and knowledge to our team, bringing a whole new area of expertise our clients needed.”

“We’ve all worked with Amy in senior leadership positions at other agencies over the years, “said Emily Reeves Dean, Director of Brand and Social Strategies. “The addition of Amy to our team of leaders at Cranford Co. gives our clients the most experienced and well-rounded communications lineup in the state. As I’ve always said, it doesn’t take a huge team to create extraordinary results, just a smart team.”

Mallory Dollarhite

Media Assistant

Mallory Dollarhite works with Media Director Amy Turpen to cultivate strategic media planning and buying as our Media Assistant. Before coming to Cranford Co, Mallory spent nearly half a decade working in corporate e-commerce for H&M and Dillard’s where she was nationally recognized for her creative work.

She is certified in Digital Marketing from Cornell University and graduated from the University of Arkansas with a BS in Human Environmental Sciences.  Mallory knows that a strong, consistent media plan is a key factor in the advertising world today.