Over the past week we've had quite a few changes happen in the industry across six different local agencies. First, the design firm, Little, has promoted three internal leaders to new Vice President positions. Jaye Peterson has been named VP of Account Services, Brooke Brown has been promoted to VP of Operations and Account Services, and Mike Schacherer has been named VP and Creative Director. "As part of our growth and an expansion of client services, we are happy to announce these new positions for three of our many talented staff members," says Joe Cecere, President and Chief Creative Officer for the company. “Their collective leadership, vision, energy and spirit contribute greatly to Little’s ongoing success. It’s a pleasure to acknowledge their contributions.”
Jaye Peterson, Brooke Brown, & Mike Schacherer, Vice Presidents at Little
Second, the B2B digital marketing firm, Schermer, added four notable advertising professionals to their agency. Recently, former Atomic Playpen VP and "digital guru" Paul Frett has joined Schermer as their new VP of Experience and Engagement along with Sr. Copywriter Sara Daugherty who was added to the creative group. This is on top of the additions earlier this year of Scott Miller as a VP Creative Director, former Group Creative Director at Gage, and Jen Alstead as their Director of Agency Operations, formerly Director of Project Management at Bolin.
Paul Frett, VP of Experience and Engagement at Schermer
Third, Gage recently announced that it has added three new employees to its growing team. Isaac Sorensen has joined the agency as senior engagement coordinator, while Firoz Ahmed and Griffin Talbot have been added as senior developers. Prior to joining Gage, Isaac Sorensen was the public relations and social media account manager at Go Buy Local, a multi-channel marketing start-up. Firoz Ahmed comes to Gage from Bluestem Brands, where he developed and maintained software solutions for multiple clients. He was also responsible for architecting, designing, and developing all major applications related to the PayCheck Direct brand. Griffin Talbot brings 10 years of web development experience to his new role and previously was a web developer at Three Deep Marketing. “Our business is built upon the needs of our clients, and the only way we can achieve that success is by bringing in the best possible talent in the industry,” said Tom Belle, president and CEO of Gage.
Fourth, Studio MPLS recently added two new hires including Kari Johnson to serve as a project manager and Sarah Youngquist to work as a designer. Sarah Youngquist is a recent graduate of University of Minnesota’s College of Design and previously held internship roles at Paperista and the University before taking on a contract designer role at Studio MPLS.
Kari Johnson & Sarah Youngquist, Project Manager & Designer at Studio MPLS
Fifth, search marketing agency Nina Hale announced two employee promotions and
the addition of a new team member. Allison McMenimen, who started as an intern in 2010, has been promoted to Account Supervisor, Joel Swaney was promoted to Senior SEO Manager, and Steve Manthei is joining the team as a Business Development & Relationship Manager. Allison McMenimen manages key accounts within the consumer packaged goods and health and wellness verticals; she has also made major SEO and eCommerce strides with one of the world’s largest manufacturers of motorcycles. ”Allison is an invaluable employee to the agency with a strong commitment to leading clients and delivering results with outstanding account management,” said Donna Robinson, Managing Director at Nina Hale. Joel Swaney joined the firm in April of 2012 and has been a key player in technical search engine optimization work for NHI. ”Joel has a very thoughtful and distinct approach to technical SEO. He provides excellent training, insight, and leadership to our SEO team,” said Nina Hale, founder and CEO. Steve Manthei brings four years of sales and marketing experience from both the eCommerce and professional service industries. His focus will be on the continued revenue growth, thought leadership, and marketing of Nina Hale.
Allison McMenimen, Account Supervisor at Nina Hale
Sixth, Pixel Farm added Tammy Kimbler to their team as their Executive Producer. Tammy is joining the agency from Gasket Studios where she’s been EP since 2006. Before that, she worked for NBC promotions, helped launch LA-based STEAM, and EP’ed MPLS-based Hire Wire. In addition to being a great producer, Tammy is known for being an easy-going collaborator and a bit of a food nut.