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Extraordinary Smarts

OUR PEOPLE

From creative minds to strategic thinkers, every member of our team brings their unique perspective and expertise to the table. But we don’t just stay in our lanes, we share knowledge and swap ideas. This collaborative problem solving is just one of our special talents, though—grab 5 minutes with us to see our other talents in action.

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Abigail
Winchester

Creative

Outgoing and worldly (she’s visited 15 countries!), Abby is a master storyteller. She’ll regale you over lunch or weave stories into her designs. But in 5 minutes, she might just talk you into adopting a shelter dog—so watch out

Allie
Johnson

Insights

Beatboxing Allie is a bit book worm, though here it might be apt to call her an internet worm. She’s always reading up on client insights, much to the delight of clients and teammates. Forgot the name of that song? Find Allie; she plays piano by ear!

Allison
Herman

Production

Allison is a life saver, literally and figuratively. She's a former lifeguard, a mental health advocate and still manages to rescue us when the deadlines loom large. Stop by her desk for some pointers on rescuing plants from death.

Andy
Gioia

New Business

Andy cut his marketing teeth on sweets, spending 7 years as brand manager for a chocolate company. A big basketball fan, he helps clients find better ways to play the game—and in 5 minutes with him, he’ll teach you to nail a jumpshot.

Anna
Chudzinski

Creative

As a quick-witted copywriter who minored in business, Anna is the definition of right and left brained. She brings art and logic to everything she does and, if you spend 5 minutes with her, you’ll walk away with a handmade card.

Annette
Fadrowski-Deriy

New Business

Always looking on the bright side, Annette’s sunny outlook helps her spot solutions for her clients’ toughest problems. She’s also a classically trained violinist, and in 5 minutes can play you any concerto you want to hear.

Anthony
Cucco

New Business

Anthony’s seen a few things in his life, including all 7 continents (that’s Antarctica, too!) When he’s not busy collecting passport stamps, he’s rounding up clients for the agency. If you’ve got 5 minutes, stop by and swap some travel stories.

Brad
Bauman

Insights

Dungeon master Brad has an insatiable thirst for knowledge; what his friends call nerdy, we call indispensable to our insights team. A music major in college, he can play a bevy of instruments; in 5 minutes, he’ll can give you a quick banjo tutorial!

Bryan
Alaspa

Creative

Bryan has written over 50 novels, novellas and audiobooks, so it shouldn’t scare you that he can churn out whatever comes his way. Loyal and funny, he’s not just a writer, he’s a yo-yo master! Give him 5 minutes and he can write you a horror story!

Bryan
Gintoft

New Business

Miami born and raised, Bryan has made a northward trajectory both literally and figuratively. He loves his sales job, ultimate frisbee and green smoothies, but especially being a father. Give him 5 minutes for his best Sesame Street impersonations!

Claudia
Pham

UX Design

A recent transplant from California, Claudia jumped in to Chicago living with both feet. She brings that same adaptability to her UX work, creating user-friendly sites. And in 5 minutes, she’ll share the art of the minimalist desk.

Cody
Ziler

UX Design

Cody’s comedic presence is hard to miss in the office, but when it comes to UX design, he is all business. Always looking to amuse, his antics are one-of-a-kind: if you have a hankering for some random 90’s country music, Cody will sing it for you!

Daniel
Hickey

Creative

Daniel is the definition of artistic—a former drummer in a metal band and present-day designer and illustrator, he brings well-rounded creativity to every project. And in just 5 minutes, he’ll turn any surface into a drum set. Magic!

Daniel
Whiteman

Development

Daniel’s that rare technical artist… or is it artistic technician? Either way, he’s the perfect guy for developing digital sites for clients. This Californian also has an ear for the beats; if you need a producer for your gold record, talk to Daniel!

Dave
Olmsted

Creative

Dave is both a smart, versatile designer and our go-to for all kinds of office knowledge. “Hey Dave, how do I…?” “Hey Dave, what’s the best way to…?” All that brain power extends to cocktails, too—have him make you one!

Don
Principe

Creative

Don's meaty writing chops have nothing to do with growing up in a deli (though he’s pretty slick with a slicer.) He’s been a playwright, a sketch comedy writer and an analog photographer to boot. He also makes a mean charcuterie board. Very fancy!

Elena
Valenzuela

Director of Sales & Research Strategy

Raised in Panama, Elena’s multicultural perspective has translated well to her research. Endlessly curious, there’s no factoid she can’t hunt down. And in 5 minutes, she’ll curate a perfect reading list, just for you.

Emmanuel
Cecilio

Creative

‘E-Man’ is always on the move: trail running, canoeing, parenting, etc., so it’s no surprise that a splendid motion comes through in his content creation. A total film buff too, he’s always honing his craft. Have him make you a looping animated GIF!

Eli
Alvarado

Development

Before becoming a web developer, Eli was a lube tech, so in a way he’s always worked under the hood. He loves finding the artistry in each site’s details, and in 5 minutes he’ll wow you with his automotive knowledge.

Emmy
Brown

Creative

There are very few things quicker and sharper than Emmy’s wit, but her design executions are one of them! A proponent of the unpredictable, give her five minutes and teach you some basic Japanese linguistics... or to hula hoop with one foot!

Evan
New

Development

A former Smithsonian intern, Evan has Jeopardy-level knowledge on topics ranging from old-school artillery to web development. And in 5 minutes, he’ll get you prepped for your next bar trivia event.

Gerardo
Echeverria

Insights

Guatemalan Gerardo is cold even in summer, but he can still warm up any room he walks into. His ability to adapt to any situation has made Gerardo one heck of a researcher. Give him five minutes and he’ll give you the perfect movie recommendation.

Grey
Ingram

Creative

Married, 2 kids, a mortgage, a Junior Olympics gold medal in diving; Grey’s got it all. You can feel the experience of life in this former “child prodigy’s” writing. Originally from Richmond, he likes to cook, so get that low country fare from him! 

Hannah
McDonald

Insights

Hannah is on top of the latest trends: whether it’s fashion, pop culture or client relevant industry trends. It’s that blend of strategy and creativity that makes her such an insights star. If you’re in to pet montages, she’s got some for you!

Hazel
Imogen

Creative

Born in England but raised in the Midwest, Hazel has killer fashion sense and a British lilt that pops up from time to time. As a designer and illustrator, she’s pretty quick with a pen. And in 5 minutes with her, you can learn to flip one like a pro.

James
Byrd

Development

James doesn’t just like video games, he’s a true expert. That love of problem solving and a penchant for screen time makes him a natural developer. Spend 5 minutes with James to go toe-to-toe in an all-out Pokémon duel.

Jess
Belsito

Insights

Jessica’s your classic Michigander: a gentle soul with a tough veneer and teeth cut in the automotive industry. Ever the collaborator, she doesn’t shy away from anything, even soccer ball juggling contests. Are you up to the challenge?

John
Thompson

Director of Midwest Sales

John’s impeccable style might hide the fact that he’s game to get his hands dirty. And he does—making over 80 gallons of wine a year, from scratch! With 5 minutes, he’ll use his food and drink knowledge to give you a custom meal plan.

Julie
Koenig

Creative

Did you know Julie’s from Cleveland? You did if you’ve ever talked to her. She also a sarcasm connoisseur, making her a designer everyone loves to work with. And in just 5 minutes, she’ll help you spot the raddest thrift store around.

Karen
Krosby

Creative

Karen’s three favorite things? Fresh air, sunshine and really good tea. Oh, and a good book, of course (duh, she’s a writer!). Stop by for 5 minutes and you’ll get a dose of her positivity and word play when she whips up your personal tagline.

Kelsey
Seiler

Creative

Children ask about 300 questions a day, small change to Kelsey’s inquisitiveness! Her curiosity fuels an impeccable flair for copywriting, making everyone’s life here easier. She’s also a Bon Appetit aficionado, so seek her out for new dinner ideas!

Kevin
Meyer

Insights

As a former product designer and former creator of window displays, Kevin can see the big picture and the nitty gritty details. Insatiably curious, he’s always googling. Ask and he’ll create a process for anything in under 5 minutes.

Kristina
Skvarek

Human Resources

It seems like Kristina is always accelerating, which is good because she needs to keep this agency chugging along! Witty and full of joy, she’s a junkie for OLV’s and can help you with any video search sans chicken; she still cooks it well-well done.

Kyle
Monk

Development

Kyle is all about “The Beautiful Game”; he claims it’s soccer, but we think it’s his front end development game. Funny and adventurous, if he’s not near a pitch he’s gaming somewhere else. He’s your guy to talk all things soccer—or dev!

Lauren
Ingram

Creative

Bozo buckets? Check. Potato sack races? Check. Creative design? Double check. Lauren brings a “champions” edge to everything she does, much to the delight of her teammates and clients, but challenge her to a schoolyard game at your own risk.

Lauren-Kate
Mahmood

Creative

A fitness fanatic with a goofy sense of humor, LK keeps us up-to-date on everything from Instagram to clean-eating. When you stop by the office, she’ll welcome you with an animoji video message—recorded in her signature British accent.

Linnea
Volz

Development

Linnea is pretty quiet when you first meet her, but get acclimated and she’ll blow you away, not unlike the webpages she develops for clients. A trained illustrator, she likes to draw, play guitar and dabble in French in her spare time. La belle vie!

Matt
Alexander

Insights

Matthew is quick to say his coworkers are family; judging by the effort he puts into research, that makes him a very family-oriented guy! Loud and energetic, he can play seven instruments, so don’t forget him if you’re recruiting an office band.

Matt
Bergeson

Creative

Caffeine-fueled ‘Bergy’ has created work featuring everything from bull-fighting Sumo wrestlers to nunchuck-wielding leprechauns. When he’s not writing unique voices for clients, he’s studying ancient religions or looking for evidence of alien life.

Matt
Hale

New Business

What makes Matt so good at his job? He’s up for anything. Whether it’s a science class or a last-minute bungee jump (not kidding), he goes all in. Stop by for some of that spontaneity—he’ll plan your next trip with a map and a coin flip.

Matthew
Pranica

Creative

Complimenter extraordinaire and sock connoisseur, Matthew brings a keen eye for beauty to everything he makes. Get a glimpse of his slick style when you schedule 5 minutes of social dancing lessons with him.

Matt
Wu

Development

Some people spend their free time playing video games, Matt spends his creating them! It’s that passion for development that makes him so great at his job. He’s got a rustic side, too; join him for some woodworking or learn some new bird calls!

Michael
Cox

Creative

Motor City Mike is always one to give you an honest-yet-thoughtful opinion. He loves variety, which comes in handy when working with a myriad of clients. Give him 5 minutes and he can hand-letter your name in any style you want.

Neil
Helsper

Creative

A master of dry humor, Neil has a way with words that serves him well as a copywriter. He’s also a committed collector of strange and fascinating facts. Stop by and he’ll tell you a 5-minute tale of historical weirdness and intrigue.

Parvathi
Mukundan

Insights

Jersey girl Parvathi is always down to explore her new hometown; restaurants, museums, shops: you name it! With that curiosity, it’s no wonder she’s a key cog on our insights team. An avid tennis player, in 5 minutes she’ll wipe you off the court!

Pele
Joez

Photography + Videography

A pre-med back in the day, Pele found himself day dreaming about photography while in the lab. Now he shoots everything from portraits to apartments. Spend 5 minutes with him and you’ll leave with a picture-perfect balloon animal.

Phillip
New

Development

Ask Phillip anything about planes—between that and web development, he’s a whiz at stuff that goes over most people’s heads. And on a more down to earth level, 5 minutes with him and you can score a sweet self-defense move.

Priya
Chugh

Creative

Priya’s a bit of a homebody, preferring to curl up with a book, brew some homemade kombucha, and create some designs that are out of this world. Known for her taste and thoughtfulness, in 5 minutes she can find the perfect meme for any situation!

Rose
Colianni

Creative

Rose has the keen gift of seeing growth potential in everything, and not just her Bernese Mountain Dog puppy, either. Her savvy UX designs help bring all her clients’ websites to life. Kind-hearted and funny, she’s always up for trying something new.

Sara
Bang

Creative

From Seoul to Chattanooga, Dolly Parton to Beyonce, Sara is all about balance, the best trait of any UI/UX designer. An avid reader in both English and Korean, she’s mastered the lost art of patience. Need a cheerleader, Sara will hype you up!

Scott
Fujii

Director of Production

Master of the poker face, Scott can keep us on our toes. He’s a problem solver at heart, and the guiding force behind ES99. Come by the office to spend 5 minutes with him and he’ll offer seriously sage advice for whatever you need.

Sergio
Velasquez

Insights

Sergio’s wrestled a few alligators away from his parent’s garage; if he were any more Floridian, he’d be a meme! As it is, he rocks digital media behind the scenes, always there for the team when needed. And he can roll a burrito in 7 seconds, ftw!

Sophia
Presutti

Creative

Curious who the 2nd best piccolo player in the state used to be? Hint: it’s Sophia! This bubbly, energetic adventurer has the beat, especially when it comes to graphic design. Give her 5 minutes and she can color coordinate your entire closet!

Spencer
Garnett

Insights

Spencer’s a baseball guy; the consummate team player in the field who comes through at the plate. That’s also a metaphor for his research skills that keep us knocking out big league content. Give him 5 minutes and he’ll teach you to throw a knuckler.

Stacie
Thompson

VP/Director of Creative

Our fearless leader in all things strategic, beautiful or coffee related (she loves her pour over!) Stacie’s vision makes every project better. She even designed our office—stop by and she’ll plant a tiny succulent for you.

Steve
Weiss

Creative

Steve doesn’t have to tell you about his kiddos to know he’s a dad—his jokes always give him away. That sense of fun keeps his designs fresh, too. Give him 5 minutes and he’ll keep you laughing with a lesson in improv.

Taylor
Fenderbosch

Creative

A part-time stage manager and full-time language nerd, Taylor knows how to make your brand sound its best. Book 5 minutes with her and receive a creative found-text poem, plus a free lesson in telling stage left from stage right.

Tripp
Barry

Creative

Former model/ on-and-off again stand-up comedian Tripp brings some serious heat—er, wit—to his writing. His affable approach to creative keeps the team even-keeled, regardless of the pressure. A 16” softball legend, stop by for a 5-minute hero story!