About Us

OPUS 59 CREATIVE GROUP WAS LAUNCHED IN EARLY 2010 by Mark Harrison and Derick Wells, when the two partners brought together their businesses — Opus Communications and Fifty-Nine Design + Marketing. But the story goes much deeper: Opus 59 Creative Group came about as the result of the collision of complementary talents, along with the discovery of a shared collaborative approach and work philosophy. We provide strategically-focused marketing and design for the sake of your business’s health and well-being. We draw from 40-plus years of collective experience as creative director, designer, strategic planner, writer, editor and public relations executive. We know creative marketing from the corporate side as well as the agency side. We’re good citizens and business people first and creative problem-solvers second. Our process begins and ends with your business objectives. We work to understand your customer’s perspective to ensure we’re talking the right language.
 Then begins the fun part.

ABOUT MARK HARRISON

Mark formed Opus Communications in 2007 after 16-plus years of experience in marketing communications and public relations. Mark began his career as a writer and editor, then worked with Charlotte full-service agencies Loeffler Ketchum Mountjoy, Anderson Communications Group and Corder Philips. Mark’s work in public relations, strategic planning and advertising account supervision has served clients in a variety of industries.  He is a Charlotte native and graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill.

ABOUT DERICK WELLS

Derick started Fifty-Nine Design + Marketing in 2007, after working as creative director at Premier, Inc. in Charlotte and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina in Columbia, and as art director at University Health Care System in Augusta, Georgia. Derick’s work has garnered awards including ADDYs, the IABC Palmetto Award, and SCPRSA’s Mercury and Silver Wing awards. Derick is a designer, a writer and a creative problem solver who knows how to make a difference in marketing.  He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and a native of North Augusta, South Carolina.

ABOUT CELI MERCHANT

Celi joined Opus 59 Creative Group in 2016. She moved to Charlotte after graduating from the College of Charleston. As a marketing professional in the nonprofit sector, she gained experience in brand management, social media marketing, video production, and campaign coordination. After discovering a passion for design, she pursued an education in graphic design and worked as a freelance designer. She enjoys utilizing her experience to create print materials and digital experiences.