Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of The Design Group, Telly Noel, Sr. is a recipient of the 2012 Arkansas Business 40 Under 40 award. This award recognizes business and political leaders in Arkansas, under the age of 40, who’ve made exceptional strides in their fields and who bear watching.
Noel, along with co-owner and Chief Executive Officer Myron Jackson, leads Arkansas’s largest multicultural marketing firm. In just five years, The Design Group’s annual billing has risen in excess of five million dollars, with clients including the Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency (ARORA), the Arkansas Minority Health Commission, Arkansas Energy Office and the Clinton School of Public Service Center on Community Philanthropy.
Noel also owns several other businesses, including co-ownership of Twelve Modern Lounge, which has quickly become one of Little Rock’s most popular night spots. The married, father of three devotes a considerable amount of time giving back to his community. He is a member of the board of directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas, owner of the Sox Nation Baseball Club, and dedicated coach to local basketball and football teams. Noel is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Jackson, who was bestowed the 40 Under 40 honor in 2011, said he’s thrilled that well noted Arkansas Business has taken notice of The Design Group’s hard work in building a solid, reputable and profitable company, two years in a row.
“The Design Group creates great value for our clients, and one of our own being recognized in 40 Under 40 is a wonderful, added bonus,” Jackson said.
“I’m privileged to stand with the other honorees this year as young professionals who are changing the landscape of business and politics in Arkansas,” Noel said.
“This honor also solidifies our stance that The Design Group is the team to turn to when you need to reach Black, Hispanic, Urban and Youth markets. This distinction highlights the excellent work my firm does every day on behalf of our clients, so I share this honor with them.”
About The Design Group
The Design Group (designgroupmarketing.com) is a full-service, multicultural communications firm that offers companies expertise in sourcing the wealth of opportunities available within African American, Latino, Urban and Youth consumer segments. The Design Group was built on the ideology that to achieve positive market momentum and to experience sustainable growth, brands must exist in and outside of traditional communication channels.