What can be said about Lorilee Rager? She’s talented and driven enough to have built a thriving business from scratch, but humble and kind enough to ask for help writing her own bio. That’s right, this bio is being written by a totally objective third party who also just happens to be one of Lorilee’s biggest fans. To any naysayers out there who may say that this is a contradiction and can’t be possible: first, let me encourage you to keep reading. Secondly, let me encourage you to actually meet Lorilee. You will leave that meeting thinking things like, “Wow, that stranger on the internet was totally right.” and, “I really, really hope that wasn’t my last meeting with Lorilee Rager.”
Around Clarksville, many know Lorilee as founder of and Chief Creative Problem Solver at Thrive Creative Group, LLC. This distinction didn’t happen overnight. Like most greats, her journey has humble beginnings. Lorilee’s passion for design started at a young age. As a farmer’s daughter raised in Allensville, KY, she sought out creative outlets like drawing and photography. Eventually, she would grow up to attend Austin Peay State University right here in Clarksville, TN where she would earn her BFA in Graphic Design.
Upon graduation from APSU, Lorilee would go on to experience the marketing industry from many sides. She worked in sales for years before accepting a position as Graphic Designer at an agency called Ad One here in town. Later, Lorilee served as Graphic Design Coordinator with Gaylord Opryland Resorts in Nashville, TN.
Following her time with the Gaylord Hotels team, Lorilee took on a full-time role as a creative entrepreneur. Which, truth be told, may have been more than she bargained for… in a good way!
She started Thrive Creative Group, LLC as a freelance business in her own home in 2004 after welcoming the first of two sons into the world. Back then, all the creative-problem-solving-magic happened at her dining room table, pushed forward by a team of two. Thrive has since grown to become an award winning graphic design, custom WordPress website development and marketing firm employing a team of 10!
“Thrive Creative Group exists to help small business owners turn their dreams into realities, all while helping ease the burdens and challenges that can accompany the web, design and marketing aspects of running a business.”
In addition to her passion for equipping other small businesses to excel, Lorilee has cultivated experience with several community-focused organizations in Clarksville, including the Acuff Center of Excellence. Lorilee is a Leadership Clarksville graduate (Class of 2011) and currently serves as an Executive Board Member. She is also a proud member of the Clarksville Chamber of Commerce, member of AIGA, and former member of Aspire Clarksville. Lorilee continues to support APSU (Go Govs!) via scholarships, internship offerings and was even honored to act as Adjunct Professor for Graphic Design III in 2016.
In 2018, Lorilee was named the first recipient of the Mann Distinguished Alumni Award for 2018 for Art + Design at Austin Peay State University.
Although it comes with no official title, one of Lorilee’s greatest accomplishments is maintaining a fierce devotion to the Thrive team and to the integrity of work they create together. Encouraging a truly special company culture that encourages team members to become the best versions of themselves both personally and professionally is just one way Lorilee is making a positive impact on the city of Clarksville and beyond.
In her personal life (yes, even with everything listed above, she still has a personal life!), Lorilee is a wife, mom, friend, coffee addict and animal lover. Be sure to follow Thrive on social media for cute snaps of Thrive’s “office pup”, Emma. Lorilee and her family are members of Madison Street UMC in Downtown Clarksville and are proud to be part of the Clarksville Community.
What can be said about Lorilee Rager? More like, what can’t be said about Lorilee Rager. She leads, she innovates, she mentors. She hosts great pool parties and is a weirdly good office-DJ, relying solely on Spotify and the diverse assemblage of music stored in her own brain. She’s totally awesome, and it’s from her genuinely awesome heart that Thrive Creative Group was born.
Doesn’t your business deserve totally awesome? What are you waiting for? Schedule that meeting with Lorilee and the Thrive team today.
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