Hattrich Named Outstanding Alumnus

ST. LOUIS (MAY 12, 2016) – August (Gus) R. Hattrich received the Webster University School of Communications (SOC) 2016 Outstanding Alumnus award at the SOC commencement ceremony held at the Muny on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

Gus Hattrich at podiun for commencementHattrich graduated from the School of Communications in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in media communications. He has since built his career in the advertising and strategic communication industry. In 2011, he joined Paradowski Creative as president. He has grown the agency from 15 employees and $1 million dollars in billings in 2012 to over 50 employees and $28 million dollars in revenue in 2015. He built Paradowski into the fastest growing business in Saint Louis, ranked at the top of the 2015 St. Louis Business Journal's list.

In her introduction of Hattrich, School of Communications Associate Dean Paaige K. Turner said, “During my visit to Paradowski and in conversations with Gus, it was apparent his success is based upon outstanding critical thinking skills…the very skills with which you (graduating seniors) will leave Webster University. Gus purposefully reflects upon what needs to happen to build creative teams and to create a workplace that supports that creativity.”

Hattrich started his creative career as a copywriter at Thunderbolt Marketing where he worked for two years before joining the Zipatoni Company. He spent eight years helping grow Zipatoni into the largest agency in St. Louis.  Eric Rothenbuhler and Gus Hattrich

In 2003, Hattrich left Zipatoni to open Moosylvania. After growing Moosylvania to a 100-person advertising agency, he sold his interests in the company in 2011.

Hattrich serves as a board member for Operation Food Search. He also volunteers with Gateway 180, the region’s largest women's and children’s homeless shelter.

Gus Hattrich is a member of the SOC advisory board. He and his wife Danielle have four daughters and are expecting their fifth child in June.  

About the School of Communications
The School of Communications at Webster University prepares students to excel as skilled professionals in the global field of communications. We provide theory and practice in media courses framed within a liberal arts-based curriculum, augmented by personalized mentorship, and professional development opportunities. Sixteen distinct majors are available at the undergraduate level and master’s degrees in six diverse fields of communications. We offer BA and MA programs on the Webster campuses in Geneva, Vienna, Leiden, Thailand, and Ghana, as well as in Saint Louis and online.

About Webster University
With its home campus in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Webster University (www.webster.edu) comprises an action-oriented global network of faculty, staff, students and alumni who forge powerful bonds with each other and with their communities around the globe. Founded in 1915, Webster is a private non-profit university with more than 17,000 students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa and in a robust learning environment online. The university is committed to delivering high-quality learning experiences that transform students for global citizenship and individual excellence.

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