Chris Hawthorne


Chris set out to be a copywriter with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism, but fell in love with the art and science of media planning during an internship at a small Dallas agency. Within her roles at Slingshot and Ackerman, she became an award-winning media strategist working for clients such as the American Heart Association, Mission Tortillas and Joe’s Crab Shack. Chris earned a MediaPost Magazine Creative Media Award for Texas Tourism, plus several DFWIMA Excellence in Interactive Marketing Awards and W3 awards for marketing effectiveness. In October 2017, Chris joined the Balcom team to work her media magic for clients such as Smith+Nephew, Dairy MAX and Sinclair Oil Corporation. Chris and her husband Gary live in Grapevine with their son Barron, cat Squeaky and dog Raven.


  • In college, Chris was cast as a carhop in a Sonic commercial.
  • Chris visited East Germany a few months before the Berlin Wall came down and has an actual piece of the wall.

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