We’re an honest, passionate team of strategic + creative storytellers.

Hearth Agency is a full-service marketing + advertising agency specializing in real estate. We believe in the importance of belonging. It’s more than just finding your place. It’s research. It’s placemaking. Friend-making. Teambuilding. Everyone deserves the opportunity to find their tribe, and our ideal blend of experience and expertise will help make that happen. At Hearth, our clients work directly with the co-founders on every project to bring brands to life.

Our story begins in 2006 at Roni Hicks & Associates—a 40-year old advertising institution specializing in marketing real estate. In walks Ari Wells, fresh out of SDSU’s School of Art + Design, eager to start her career in advertising. A mutual love of the 80s and placemaking lead to an unbeatable partnership with then-marketing coordinator, Ellen Wong. Flash forward to 2019—after 13+ years of working side by side, it was overwhelmingly apparent that Ellen and Ari would stick together and start something new.

We started Hearth Agency together, to continue working with—and on—all the things we ♥.

Ellen Wong

Co-Founder, President
Chief Executive Officer
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Ellen found a launchpad for her passion for marketing while attending the prestigious New York University. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Media and Communications, Ellen realized she was destined to live in perfect weather year round and returned to her San Diego roots. She soon joined Roni Hicks & Associates, where she spent the next 14 years working her way up to Account Services Director. Ellen led the account team to deliver unrivaled, proven strategy and highly engaging campaigns to clients, including three of the 50 master-planned communities that were on the RCLCO Real Estate Advisors list of top-selling communities in 2019.

Ari Wells

Co-Founder, Vice President
Chief Creative Officer
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Ardent artist at heart, Ari is constantly creating. Growing up with a strong family of teachers and artists, she was always encouraged in her creative pursuits. From wallpapering her entire bedroom with Got Milk and Absolut campaigns, to making logos for every extracurricular club in high school—all signs pointed her to a career in design. She thrived as an art major at SDSU, where she embraced her passion to tell stories via thoughtful typography and tantalizing visuals. In 2006, she accepted a position as Graphic Designer with Roni Hicks & Associates. 10 years later, she was leading her department as Creative Director on all agency accounts. Her smart, exuberant aesthetic continues to drive captivating, successful campaigns for clients across North America.

Trusted collaborators

Every professional we collaborate with is not only an expert, but they specialize in the business of building community. Get to know our brilliant friends!

  • Teri

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    Teri has built and activated some of the most valued brands in community and resort development. For 11 years she was the CMO and architect of the Newland Communities brand in 14 states and 30+ communities; prior to that she handled Intrawest’s resort club brand development for a decade. Her company, tst ink, collaborates with respected and innovative community developers, homebuilders and entrepreneurs to identify customer insights and ask “how might we” with a passion and energy to squeeze the best ideas out of everyone and turn those ideas into places and experiences that matter to the people who will live there. Teri is a sought-after and engaging public speaker and facilitator.

  • Vanessa

    Vanessa Chow,

    Media Director

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    Vanessa is an experienced Media Director who has been working in the advertising industry for nearly 20 years. At her company Hello Media LLC, she collaborates with clients and brings her skilled expertise in strategic planning, media buying, paid search management, and digital analytics. Previous agencies include Roni Hicks & Associates, OMD, Universal McCann, Team One, and Saatchi & Saatchi across real estate, non-profit, automotive, entertainment, travel, and tech industries.

  • George

    George Stephanos,


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    Traditional and digital illustration, motion graphics, photo retouching, mechanical files and comprehensive sample builds—these have all been George’s specialty for the past 22 years. A graphic artist’s key asset is the ability to adapt to the challenge of every job, and George has excelled at this—from service bureaus to ad agencies, from dry transfer type to setting text in InDesign—always delivering at the highest standard.

  • Megan

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    Megan’s passion resides where design and marketing meet—and in the intricacies that make them harmonize. After graduating from SDSU with a degree in English and a handful of Daily Aztec bylines, she attended Interior Designers Institute in Newport Beach, where she cultivated her love for aesthetics. She spent the next eight years focusing in the residential real estate world, where she found her niche in combining the analytical with the creative, helping clients implement influential, and engaging marketing strategies with cohesive designs. Inspired by the power of marketing and branding, she created her own consulting business, working with clients through logo creation, brand concepts, marketing, social strategy, and implementation. Megan’s dedication to strategy and thoughtful composition allow her to effortlessly convey the look, feel, and voice of a brand across a range of marketing channels.


Why ‘hearth’?

For centuries, the hearth was the central foundation of a home—often the most important feature. Today, the hearth is a warm, welcoming place to gather. A huge piece of what we do—and a huge part of where we’re going— hearth speaks to community.

When were you established?

We opened our doors on November 4, 2019—but we've been partners in business for nearly 15 years!

Where are your offices?

We work in a 100% virtual office environment. Being fully remote lets us work practically anywhere. In today's world, we believe this is the best way to stay nimble and service our clients both effectively and efficiently. Plus, it brings our clients' costs down, which no one seems to be complaining about ;)

What kind of work do you do?

We bring people and places together. We tell stories. We ask questions. We dig deep. We must know all sides of the story to best tell yours. We create, cultivate, and nurture your brand, all the while ensuring that the brand itself and your audience truly align. Only then will your brand take on a living, breathing life of its own. It becomes an experience—a community. Are you a residential builder or developer? We can build out your brand and marketing program to ensure your community’s success. Are you a commercial developer or retail owner? We'll make sure you're a leader in your market. We're here for you for everything from websites to social media programming to event coordinating and beyond. Get the full scoop on our services page to see how we can help you!

How can I contact you?

Need to get a hold of us? Give us a ring at +1 (858) 381-0845 or send us an email at hello@hearthagency.com and one of our founders will answer. (You can also take a leisurely scroll to the bottom of the page and contact us via the form you find there.) If you're in San Diego and want to meet face-to-face, let us take you to coffee—our treat!

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Serving clients across North America

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