Spreading the word through mediaBorn and raised in Las Vegas, Sharry Quillin has always loved this city. As an entrepreneur at an early age, Quillin discovered she had a knack for business and a gift of selling. Now media specialist and CFO of Quillin Advertising, Public Relations and Social Media, she married into the advertising business. “I met my advertising guru husband, Tim, and joined forces with him in his agency in 1999 as media director. I was responsible for planning and placing millions of dollars in national and local media. This was a natural fit for me as I continuously looked for ways to increase returns for the clients.”
He later sold it, and “Together we opened Q ad|pr in 2003, and as the saying goes, the rest is fantastic history.” Quillin Advertising, Public Relations and Social Media works with clients across multiple industries including financial, automotive, health care, housing, retail, fashion, architecture, law and nonprofit.
At the age of 17, she started in the insurance industry and opened her own insurance agency at the age of 19, which provided property, casualty, life and health insurance. She sold the agency in 1996 after 15 years in business and then worked full time for Rapport Leadership Training as the national sales director. As the first woman in this role, Quillin was charged with launching various Rapport classes throughout the country.
She credits both parents for her success today. Quillin looked to her father, Harry Skalla, for inspiring her professionally. “He was a successful agent and manager for Farmers Insurance. I witnessed how he directly helped people through difficult times in their lives by protecting them with coverages he sincerely believed they needed. I knew it was an industry that would allow me to work with people while providing me the opportunity to grow and prosper along with our valley’s population.”
Quillin also gained inspirational lessons early on from her mother, Estelle MacAlister, which she later applied to her own career. “My mother blazed trails working among the upper management of male-dominated corporate structures and taught me to acquire the skills and confidence I needed to remain independent yet employable. At the same time, she taught me to always give back to the community that I live and work in.”
A true philanthropist and avid proponent of community involvement, she volunteers her time and serves on a variety of boards and nonprofit organizations. Quillin is a member of the United Way Women’s Council, Woman’s Club of Summerlin and a past member of the American Heart Association’s Circle of Red. She is also a past board member of the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada and supporter of the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation, Senior Law Program, Lied Animal Foundation, Heaven Can Wait and the American Lung Association.
“As a lifelong resident of Las Vegas, I had a unique perspective on the city and the businesses that existed outside of gaming. It allowed me to find a niche that I believed interacted with the entire business community,” she explained.
Quillin’s fun-loving persona is one that she cherishes and nurtures daily. “I love that I’m known as a boisterous personality! I’m an avid dog lover, I enjoy spending time with my four dachshunds, gardening and enjoying a false sense of my horticultural talents. My family means the world to me, and I love my family time.”
Quillin is also obsessed with the advertising industry and the many marketing trends taking place on an ever-changing basis. “I strive to be forward-thinking and invest greatly in ongoing education for our employees at Quillin. My motto is, ‘If you’re not in a state of growth, you’re in a state of decay.’” Sharry Quillin manages innovation in her business, personal life and Southern Nevada as a true Fearless Female.