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When I’m not working, I can likely be found chasing my two little boys and puppy, yelling at athletes on TV who can’t hear me, watching Keith Moon clips on YouTube, devouring something with ketchup, reading anything I can find on Muhammad Ali, chasing fresh powder on a mountain out west, or running a few miles on the Chicago lakefront. I live in Chicago with my two sons. (more)
As the CEO of Wunderman Thompson Central, I’m responsible for overseeing all agency operations in the Central Region, with a special emphasis on growing new and existing business and expanding the agency’s capabilities. The Central Region encompasses nearly 300 people across four offices, which include: Chicago, Minneapolis, Austin and Memphis.
For more than 20 years, I’ve used my breadth of experience spanning sales, marketing, business development and public relations to generate innovative solutions for client businesses. My passion for selling strong ideas and solutions has led me to implement noteworthy strategies across a world-class portfolio of brands such as Huggies, SC Johnson, J.M. Smucker, GOJO (makers of PURELL), CDW, Ford and Marriott.
Prior to joining Wunderman Thompson, I was the Managing Director of SapientRazorfish in Chicago. While at SapientRazorfish, I looked after the business, human and cultural health of the office. I also served as the architect and business lead for a portfolio of brands in categories including CPG, insurance, retail, fashion, pharma and healthcare. Before that, I was the Executive Vice President of Digital and Social at Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, Inc. in Chicago, where I built and led a team of award-winning digital strategists and founded the agency’s award-winning social media practice in 2008. Prior to Ogilvy, I was the global partnership lead for a division of Nokia.
I’m particularly proud of my passion for selling innovative ideas and solutions; the trust my clients put in me; and the joy I take in finding and developing talent. I’m also energized by the challenge of further shaping the future of Wunderman Thompson. As a strong advocate for equal work/life balance and employee satisfaction, earlier this year, my LinkedIn essay imploring my employees to stop apologizing for “having lives” became a viral thing.
Finally, I believe people are inherently decent. Let's not let each other down, ok?