Leary is a visual storyteller and brand builder. He is currently serves as consultant in corporate communications for Chick-fil-A Corporation. He provides strategic and tactical support to organizations by helping them to implement more visual storytelling presence in their communications. Some of his clients include Newell-Rubbermaid, Coke, Georgia Tech, and The Carter Center. He is also adjunct professor teaching photojournalism at The Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communications, University of Georgia.
Leary’s work has taken him across the United States and beyond — to Peru, Burkina Faso, Canada, France, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Portugal and Romania.
The experiences of this award-winning communications allow him to engage audiences with storytelling that builds organization’s brand. His U.S. clients find that ability translates into making their messages cross-culturally relevant with diverse American audiences and within the mainstream media.
Prior to forming his own company, Leary worked on staff for The Hickory (N.C.) Daily Record and theCOMMISSION magazine in Richmond, VA. For nine years he was on staff with PR team at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Ga.
Leary is also a teacher. He is adjunct professor teaching photojournalism at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at The University of Georgia. He enjoys sharing his expertise with others. He has taught storytelling and brand building at The University of the Nations, Kona, Hawaii; Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.; Reinhardt College, Waleska, Ga.; Berry College, Rome, Ga.; Portfolio Center, Atlanta, Ga.; and Dallas (Texas) Baptist University.
He also has been a guest lecturer at World Journalism Institute, Washington, D.C.; Southwestern Photojournalist Conference, Fort Worth, Texas; Art Institute of Atlanta, Ga.; American Society of Media Photographers. Atlanta (Ga.) Chapter; and the Southeastern Photographic Society, Atlanta Ga.
Clients often contract him to teach their staffs to become more visually effective in building their brand.
Leary lives in Roswell, Ga., holds degrees in social work and communications, and is married to Dorie Griggs. They have three children.