Blunt and way out-of-the box...
Her depth of involvement in a project can always be measured by the size of her hair.
An award winning art-director, entrepreneur, avid diver and humanitarian.
An award winning art-director, entrepreneur, and humanitarian, Maria Petrenko was born in a small village near Russian city Taganrog. Upon completing her degree in Information Systems in Economics at Taganrog State University, Russia, she moved to the USA to pursue a career in Marketing Management and Advertising. In 2000, Maria received her Masters Degree in Advertising form Michigan State University. Over the course of next 5 years, she aided development of many local, national, and international brands working in different agencies including Cox Advertising in New York City, Strategic Interactive in Lansing, and Adams Outdoor Advertising in Ann Arbor. In 2005, Maria joined forces with a friend and advertising media guru Amy Gramebeu, to create Orange Egg Advertising, a conceptually different award-winning, full-service advertising agency, where Maria works as Creative Art Director till today.
Incorporating her degree in Information Systems, in 2009, Ms. Petenko founded Hadrout Advertising +Technologies, Orange Egg’s sister company, with the main purpose to provide state-of-the art information technology, creative and web services for small to medium businesses and start-ups. A year later, Hadrout Advertising won its first Addy award for consumer web-site. Overall during her career, Maria received a number a different awards, including Addys for advertising campaign, outdoor advertising, political campaign, web-design, public service, and an AdWheel Award.
Not your average graphic designer, Maria knows business and how to nourish it to success. A creative entrepreneur, she has interest in and/or co-founded several successful retail operations and on-line start-ups. She is also heavily evolved in working with several Detroit non-profit organizations, and is big supporter/spokesperson for the city’s re-development.
While business is where Maria’s mind is, her heart is into something quite the opposite. An ambassador for Habitat for Humanity International and International Global Village Team leader, she has lead and participated in a number of projects aimed to eliminate homelessness and poverty housing in Haiti, Africa, and India. This fall, Maria is assigned to lead a project in Malaysia.