Brian Meehan, Comm ’94
Brian Meehan believes in the value of teamwork. “Most of the success you have in life directly correlates with the people around you,” he says. “You achieve nothing on your own. I’ve been blessed my whole life to be surrounded by quality people and organizations like MU.”
Meehan has spent his career in corporate and agency communications. He started at Milwaukee’s Pettit National Ice Center, a U.S. Olympic training facility where he was responsible for media relations, promotions and special events. He played a key role in the planning and execution of national and international speedskating events featuring world-class athletes such as Bonnie Blair.
He then joined Celtic Inc., a full-service marketing communications agency in Brookfield, Wis. In 2005, Meehan purchased majority control of the business and became president.
“You limit your potential when you’re afraid to take a chance,” he says. “It’s not always about who has the best idea or product; it’s about who is willing to take a chance.”
Brian’s Jesuit education shaped his business philosophy.
“When you own a business, it’s all about meeting the needs of your customer base — providing quality goods and services. But what’s most gratifying is when your business becomes much greater than that. When a business can contribute to the overall common good, that’s when you’ve achieved true success,” he says. “A year ago, we developed the Elevate program at Celtic. Elevate is the philanthropic arm of our agency. Without a doubt, it’s what makes me most proud about the agency and the wonderful people I work with.”
Elevate has worked with such organizations as the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, the Milwaukee VA Medical Center, Milwaukee Rescue Mission and Sojourner Truth House. “Our vision is to create a network of small businesses — working together — to tackle the needs of our community.”
Brian has stayed active with the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication Alumni Association Board and served as president during the 2004-05 term. He and his wife, Jennifer Meehan, Nurs ’95, have two children.