Familiar with the worlds of commercial real estate and financial services through serving clients such as JLL, KeyBank and Bentall Kennedy, Griffin has a fundamental grasp of how to connect with the media in complex industries. Born and raised in Evanston, Illinois with a 4-year sabbatical in Fort Collins, Colorado, Griffin is currently an Akrete “lifer”, having been an intern for three summers and leveraging that experience into his current role of Associate Account Executive. When Griffin isn’t working, he is writing, recording and performing music.
Q&A with Griffin Teller
What is your favorite part of working in PR?
I enjoy working with people, and PR is a very people-centric business. I never want to work
somewhere where I’m just crunching numbers because I very much enjoy communicating and
If you could drink with anyone from history who would it be?
I’d drink with John Lennon because he was taken from this world too soon and during the height
of his fame and fortune.
What do you do when you are facing a creative block?
I shift my attention to something else, usually by making or listening to music.
One piece of advice you would offer to someone trying to enter the PR industry?
Be flexible. You aren’t going to necessarily get the job or accounts that you want right away,
especially as a young professional, but you have to go in with the right mindset and try to learn
from as many people as you can.
How long have you been working in PR?
How would you describe working for a large PR Firm compared to one like Akrete?
My dad has worked for larger PR firms, and I have noticed that Akrete has a very strong team
culture in comparison. At Akrete we all subscribe to the same ideals, and I don’t think large PR
firms typically foster the same kind of close-knit, values-driven culture.
What is a song to describe your work ethic?
What do you like to do in your spare time? Hobbies? etc…
I like to play and watch basketball, as well as make and listen to music.
What is your favorite book?
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
What are three interesting facts about you?
Quote you live by and why?
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.” – Chinese
I live by this quote because it epitomizes that it is never too late to start something and there is no
time like the present.