Lorilee Rager

Lorilee Rager founder of Thrive Creative Group

Lorilee is the founder and fearless leader of Thrive Creative Group, LLC. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN, and is an active alumnus in the Art and Design department. Lorilee is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Graphic Design at Vermont College of Fine Arts.




Lorilee has oodles of experience in marketing from all sides. She began in sales and marketing at Ethan Allen Furniture. Then, as a Graphic Designer at a local advertising agency. Lorilee then moved on to Gaylord Opryland Hotels in Nashville, TN as a Graphic Design Coordinator and later moved up to the Gaylord Hotels corporate marketing team.

During her career, Lorilee was also becoming an entrepreneur. She started Thrive in 2004 from her dining room table just before welcoming the first of two sons into the world. Back then, all the magic happened late nights with strong coffee! Thrive has since grown into award-winning website development, graphic design, and marketing firm with an incredible creative team of 9 hard working kiddos. (10 if you count Emma, the office Frenchie!)


“Find out who you are and do it on purpose!”
-Dolly Parton

Lorilee channels her inner Dolly with her love of creativity, compassion, and giving back. She is involved with several community organizations in Clarksville. Lorilee is a Leadership Clarksville graduate and currently serves as an Executive Board Member. She is also a member of the Clarksville Chamber of Commerce, Madison Street United Methodist Church, and a past board member at the APSU Acuff Center of Excellence. She also supports Austin Peay via scholarships and internships. Lorilee was an Adjunct Professor for APSU Graphic Design III in 2016. In 2018, Lorilee was the first recipient of the Mann Distinguished Alumni Award for Art and Design at her alma mater. Lastly, she’s a proud member of AIGA, the professional association of design.


In her personal life, Lorilee enjoys reading, writing, drawing, strong cups of coffee, her bulldog, being a mom, wife, and friend. Be sure to follow Thrive on Instagram for new work, office fun, and cute photos of her pup, Emma. If your business would want to work with us, schedule a meeting with Lorilee and the Thrive marketing team today.

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