The Collective

Our Beginnings:


In 2010 two of the Mid-Atlantic region’s most distinctive creative directors tired of the “Big Box” ad agency experience and decided to join together.  John Auge and Steve Gray saw an opportunity to get back to basics – to deliver on a more personal promise – to savor the excitement of every challenge.

A few years later Scot Drake added his media expertise to the venture and Auge+Gray became Auge+Gray+Drake, aka AGD+.


AGD+ balances the quick responsiveness and rate-friendly experience of a small firm with the decades of experience and proven track record of a large firm.
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If you or your firm would be interested in becoming a partnering firm, please contact us.


We welcome the opportunity to collaborate with the best communications and creative professionals. If you are interested in becoming part of our team, please contact us.


In branding and relationships, we apply the same values:
be smart, honest, effective, fun and inspiring.

Our Team & Partner Firms

Designed to be different.

We scale our business and services around you. Our nimble team and collaborative partners can provide anything from project consulting services to comprehensive brand and media relationships.

“There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no and wow. Wow is the one to aim for.” –Milton Glaser

John Auge

For over 25 years, John has counseled thousands of clients ranging from high-profile senior executives and top government officials to small business owners and non-profit organizations. An innovative designer, John specializes in branding and identity and corporate communications.
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.“ –Albert Einstein

Steve Gray

Steve has developed and directed nationally award-winning and results-driven campaigns. Specializing in strategic marketing communications, campaigns and brand management, Steve’s high-impact marketing style has been sought after by businesses, associations and governmental agencies of every size.
“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said a faster horse.“ –Henry Ford

Scot Drake

Scot is an expert at using research, branding, creative messaging and cost-effective media buying strategies. With 15 years of marketing and advertising experience, he is adept at negotiating competitive media price points, developing strategic marketing plans and evaluating campaign results.
“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” –Yoda

John Westfall

With more than 15 years in graphic design, John is responsible for award-winning creative and successful campaigns for clients across the country. He works with clients to establish the proper visual identity and effective marketing creative direction with a can-do attitude and focus.

“And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.” –Confucius

Linda Cook

With more than 35 years’ experience in agency production management, Linda has in in-depth understanding of the printing and creative world. She is intimately familiar every step of the production process—from creative concept development to final production and delivery.

Our Collaborative Partners