Brian's advertising career began as an account executive in 1983 at Bozell, Minneapolis. He was then recruited to work on the Anheuser-Busch account at Darcy Masius Benton & Bowles, St. Louis, in 1987. Ralston-Purina's Continental Baking Company provided his first experience on the client's side of the desk, managing products for Hostess®, Beefsteak Bread® and Bread du Jour® brands. Joining Laughlin/Constable in 1990 as V.P./management supervisor, Brian acquired and managed $18MM in advertising programs with Miller Brewing Company, working on a variety of brands. He also managed Sargento Foods, Wisconsin Electric and the Milwaukee Brewers. Brian later served as marketing director at ConAgra over the ReddiWip® and Healthy Choice® brands, among others.