Our People

Our 100+ skilled and spirited employees focus their insights and energy on meaningful retail, package and product design.

  • Dave Axton

    Supervisor – Retail Model Development
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    David R. Axton

    Supervisor – Retail Model Development

    Display production. Races Sprint Cars, coaches softball and hockey, drives daughter to Lake Placid for U.S. Luge Team; county legislator.

  • Stefanie Stoddard

    Executive Secretary
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    Stefanie Stoddard

    Executive Secretary

    “The glue that holds it all together.” Loves to golf and enjoys time with family, especially watching her kids’ sporting events.

  • Scott Zajac

    Planogram Technician
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    Scott M. Zajac

    Planogram Technician

    Retail installer and product shopper; among his records: a 13-foot receipt at a grocery store. Bowled first 300 game at 16. Youth Leader at his church.

  • Emma Scott

    Senior Strategy Director
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    Emma Scott

    Senior Strategy Director

    Passionate about research-driven design solutions. A Jersey girl and Cornell grad, enjoys to-do lists, the Yankees, paper stores, porches, and trail running.

  • Lauren Ciereck

    Account Coordinator
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    Lauren K.G. Ciereck

    Account Coordinator

    Passionate about creativity and making brands grow. Enjoys golf, horror movies, country music, S.U. basketball, and jet-skiing in the Thousand Islands.

  • Kristina Henson

    Senior Production Specialist
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    Kristina L. Henson

    Senior Production Specialist

    Shepherds print from design to production, and her daughter from horse show to horse show; enjoys live music, print making and writing.

  • Lindsay Pittard

    Account Manager
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    Lindsay Pittard

    Account Manager

    An experienced software marketer, Lindsay has an MBA and two cats; she reads and listens widely, skis (snow/water), surfs and practices yoga every day.

  • Julie Zajac

    Senior Designer
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    Julie M. Zajac

    Senior Designer

    Graphic design for packaging and retail; art director for her church; mother of two young children, enjoys making family memories.

  • Sarah Earl

    Designer
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    Sarah Earl

    Designer

    An RIT grad, Sarah loves designing experiences for others, traveling in Europe, cooking gluten-free, country music, and hanging with family pets Duke and Amber.

  • Carol Rossman

    Administrative Assistant
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    Carol Rossman

    Administrative Assistant

    Supports product designers and graphic artists; enjoys traveling with her children, sunny days and gardening.

  • Carol Hatch

    Design Director
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    Carol Hatch

    Design Director

    Designs for packaging and retail spaces. Enjoys her Adirondack camp, white-water kayaking, skiing; just returned, reluctantly, from the wilds of Australia.

  • Andy Schweitzer

    Senior Design Director
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    Andrew C. Schweitzer

    Senior Design Director

    Provides graphic/structural design for packages on retail shelves all over America. An Eagle Scout, now his son’s Den and Pack Leader. ADK 46er.

  • Bernadette Sinclair

    Director of Human Resources
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    Bernadette J. Sinclair

    Director of Human Resources

    Bernadette spent the last 11 years in Atlanta, and has returned to be closer to family and snow. An avid reader, she named her daughter for author Harper Lee.

  • Scott Osiecki

    Managing Partner
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    Scott W. Osiecki

    Managing Partner

    Leads product design strategy and helps clients grow businesses through innovation. At his Adirondack camp, he draws, and sits on the porch.

  • Eric Meier

    Design Director
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    Eric Meier

    Design Director

    3D and 2D animation, motion graphics and audio design. Loves to play with his kids, fly radio-controlled helicopters, and play golf.

  • Joel Masters

    Information Technology Manager
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    Joel R. Masters

    Information Technology Manager

    Majors in IT with a minor in Farm Machinery. Has commuted to work via snowmobile.

  • Bill Assimon

    Director of Client Development
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    William S. Assimon

    Director of Client Development

    A long-time marketer, Bill is a sports fan and an avid reader of books that weave together history, sociology and economics.

  • Margaret Lee

    Senior Creative Writer
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    Margaret Lee

    Senior Creative Writer

    Margaret loves open spaces — running, hiking, being active, exploring — as well as watercolor, yoga, dance, craft beer and being a self-proclaimed word nerd.

  • Mike Bellamy

    Senior Model Maker
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    Mike Bellamy

    Senior Model Maker

    Uses C&C milling machine and “all the tools” to create prototypes. Enjoys golf, singing in the choir and launching model rockets with his grandchildren.

  • Jim Francescotti

    Model Maker
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    James A. Francescotti

    Model Maker

    Prototypes, mockups and form studies. Works on a pit crew for Super Modified racing team. Outdoorsman, especially in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

  • Karen Wicks

    Accounts Payable Coordinator
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    Karen M. Wicks

    Accounts Payable Coordinator

    “I pay the bills.” 30 years ago, went from high school graduation to ChaseDesign; loves her Pekingese (“T-Bone”); given the nickname ‘Mad Dog’ by Mr. Chase.

  • Carolyn DeGroff

    Senior Designer
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    Carolyn B. DeGroff

    Senior Designer

    Working on 40 years as designer and project manager. “Helping companion animals and their people to make my corner of the world a better place for both.”

  • Lisa King

    Managing Partner
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    Lisa King

    Managing Partner

    Passionate marketer focused on retail strategy, brand building and omni-channel solutions. Avid runner, half-marathoner; my best training companion is my Boxer.

  • Kate Percevault

    Designer
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    Kate S. Percevault

    Designer

    Happiest with a coffee in one hand and a sketchbook in the other, Kate believes in playful creativity and exploring new places.

  • Ariel DuChene

    Senior Project Manager, Client Support
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    Ariel DuChene

    Senior Project Manager, Client Support

    Driven by bringing ideas to market. Self-proclaimed foodie who loves family time and outdoor activities (if it’s not too cold).

  • Amy Clardy

    Client Lead
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    Amy B. Clardy

    Client Lead

    Enjoys long walks with her dog, Ralphie, as well as cooking, baking cupcakes, savoring new restaurant experiences, and has a passion for color and design.

  • Ben Watkins

    Strategy Director
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    Ben Watkins

    Strategy Director

    Ben sees to digital strategies and media analytics, and lives his work via immersion in video games, television, print and Syracuse University sports.

  • Riva Powers

    Senior Designer
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    Riva Powers

    Senior Designer

    A second-generation designer, Riva appreciates the visual but relishes designing the entire experience, perhaps to the tune of AFI or the Ronettes.

  • Bonny Dudden

    Senior Production Specialist
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    Bonny L. Dudden

    Senior Production Specialist

    Prepares work for print. Loves painting with watercolors, spending time with her family, her garden, her cat and her camp in the Adirondacks.

  • Tanner Gjersvig

    Senior Model Maker
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    Tanner L. Gjersvig

    Senior Model Maker

    Works as model maker and travels for retail installations. Enjoys hockey, soccer, cycling, the company of his wife and dog.

  • Clint Smith

    Building and Grounds Maintenance
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    Clint Smith

    Building and Grounds Maintenance

    Cares for our buildings and curb appeal during the week; as the pastor of his church he cares for his people every day.

  • Dawn Michalec

    Senior Production Specialist
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    Dawn M. Michalec

    Senior Production Specialist

    “I love my animals more than anything else in the world; I love to play and watch sports; N.Y. Yankees fan (with the ink to prove it).”

  • Jeff Pirro

    Managing Partner
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    Jeffrey P. Pirro

    Managing Partner

    Leads retail design group; creates strategies and translates them into effective solutions. Loves NASCAR racing and Sonoma County.

  • Doug Whitehouse

    Managing Partner
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    Douglas P. Whitehouse

    Managing Partner

    “Work with a fantastic team of talented people. Love old cars: their shapes, sound, character and patina. Love the outdoors, traveling and drawing what I see.”

  • Jade Cole

    Designer
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    Jade Cole

    Designer

    Jade is an RIT grad, kayaker, crafter, reader of the Game of Thrones novels, and a rescuer to Doxy, a foxy kitten found under a trailer.

  • Melissa Chapman

    Vice President of Operations
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    Melissa E. Chapman

    Vice President of Operations

    Coordinates designers, fabricators, retailers and clients so “everyone is happy” at completion. Enjoys her family, friends, art, fashion and fantastic food.

  • Laura Woodruff

    Senior Designer
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    Laura H. Woodruff

    Senior Designer

    Designs retail spaces. Interned at Hatch Show Print. Enjoys volleyball, drawing and excels at salsa dancing. Has deep love for things that crawl, swim, fly.

  • Trina Willardson

    Senior Production Specialist
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    Trina E. Willardson

    Senior Production Specialist

    Ushers print pieces from layout to mechanical. Patriots and Red Sox loyalist. Lives in the country with her daughters and fishes on Otisco Lake.

  • Athena Karper

    Designer
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    Athena A. Karper

    Designer

    Creates work for animations, from the design to the editing and compositing. Enjoys video games as a source of entertainment and inspiration.

  • Peter Lynch

    Chairman
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    Peter F. Lynch

    Chairman

    Shepherds the culture of ChaseDesign, directing the present, envisioning the future, and seeing that we have the resources to get there.

  • Jonathan Fitch

    Senior Designer
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    Jonathan A. Fitch

    Senior Designer

    Thrives on a variety of products – from scientific devices to consumer items; enjoys hiking in the Adirondacks, disc golf, snowboarding, and craft beers.

  • Kara Gjersvig

    Senior Designer
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    Kara H. Gjersvig

    Senior Designer

    Designs for retail and research. Enjoys company of her husband and dog, DIY projects, reading about vampires, Pinterest, Words with Friends and Candy Crush.

  • Peter Quintana

    Manager of Resource Planning
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    Peter J. Quintana

    Manager of Resource Planning

    Air Traffic Controller for people and projects; enjoys hiking and travel; notes that due to Witness Protection constraints, this is not his real picture.

  • Jill Wilson

    Cybrarian
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    Jill Wilson

    Cybrarian

    Jill keeps our digital library neat and tidy so everyone can find what they seek. A fan of Rush, she's seen the band live 16 times, including front row.

  • Matt Steele

    Design Director
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    Matt A. Steele

    Design Director

    Makes concepts and images come to life with 3D visualization; also writes and records original music, collects guitars.

  • Clarice Wilkinson

    Senior Accounting Coordinator
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    Clarice M. Wilkinson

    Senior Accounting Coordinator

    “Accounting is black and white, so it’s great to practice in a world of colorful people. Love my dog. Knew Dave Chase. For every debit there is a credit.”

  • Matt LaManna

    Accounting Analyst
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    Matthew D. LaManna

    Accounting Analyst

    “Jack of all trades;” degree in Accounting and MBA from LeMoyne College; loves fishing, camping, the beach and the Yankees.

  • Zach Clark

    Project Manager
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    Zachary R. Clark

    Project Manager

    A proud St. Bonaventure and SU grad, Zach is a rich blend of intelligence, wit, and sarcasm. Enjoys pizza, Mexican, and Monday meetings.

  • Claire McAuliffe

    Account Manager
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    Claire E. McAuliffe

    Account Manager

    Communicator, moderator, advocate; danced professionally with touring company of A Chorus Line and spontaneously in the streets of Havana.

  • Glenn Christoffel

    Manager, Design and Implementation
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    Glenn N. Christoffel

    Manager, Design and Implementation

    Concept development, engineer, project management, construction, and installation. Hunter, fisherman, camper, gardener and joyful father of two.

  • Don Kang

    Design Director
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    Don Kang

    Design Director

    A native of Seoul, birthplace of K-Pop and Gangnam style, Don brings unique perspective and energy to every retail, product and package design project.

  • Brad Hall

    Senior Vice President
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    Brad D. Hall

    Senior Vice President

    Combines our insights and design with client objectives. Devoted to family, disruptive DIY projects and his ‘64 Porsche.

  • Ingrid Parsons

    Senior Designer
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    Ingrid A. Parsons

    Senior Designer

    Loves the collaboration of large projects, being a mom, gardening, fine food and the Minnesota Twins.

  • Matt Farrell

    Senior Design Director
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    Matthew W. Farrell

    Senior Design Director

    Concept development for retail environments; brings things to life in 3D; enjoys volleyball, camping, family time and classic cars, especially his ’68 Camaro.

  • Eric Smith

    Managing Partner
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    Eric W. Smith

    Managing Partner

    Raises the bar at work, raises goats at home.

  • Donnalyn Smith

    CEO
  • Sean McNaughton

    Senior Strategy Director
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    Sean McNaughton

    Senior Strategy Director

    Visual storyteller and unabashed data & science nerd. Loves having kids, which gives him the excuse to do things he’d rather do anyway

  • Cassie Hubbard

    Project Manager
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    Cassandra E. Hubbard

    Project Manager

    Cassie is all about on-target installations that exceed expectations. Also friends, family, dramas on Netflix, Spanish reds and her dog Scrappy.

  • Sarah Watkins

    Manager, Project Management & Production
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    Sarah Watkins

    Manager, Project Management & Production

    Sarah crossed the country four times in her career, most recently in from Oregon. When not in the car, she bakes, crafts, and attends to her terrier Sammy.

  • Dawn Kerr

    Senior Process Designer
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    Dawn Kerr

    Senior Process Designer

    Enthusiastic problem solver who always wants to know “why?” Loves to bake and eat baked goods.

  • Jon Cammarata

    Design Director
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    Jonathan D. Cammarata

    Design Director

    Designs packaging, merchandising and identities. Loves being a dad, car guy, advocate for manual transmissions and ADK 46er. Knows that Han shot Greedo first.

  • Mike Shamon

    Senior Designer
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    Mike Shamon

    Senior Designer

    A Central New York native and a proud Villanova graduate. Enjoys design, following sports and running.

  • Brooke Williams

    Project Coordinator
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    Brooke Williams

    Project Coordinator

    Forever curious about how technology affects our lives. Passionate about bringing inspired designs to fruition. Always seeking to deconstruct how things work.

  • David Aureden

    Director of Client Strategy
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    David B. Aureden

    Director of Client Strategy

    Came to Skaneateles via London, Lisbon, Moscow, Bentonville. Still shoots pictures on film; smells the roses; leads our team in the Polar Plunge.

  • Chris Andrews

    Senior Design Director
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    Christopher P. Andrews

    Senior Design Director

    Manages retail projects; designs for print and video. Enjoys the Adirondacks, and has cycled in the Pyrenees, following the route of the Tour de France.

  • DeAnna Hine

    Project Manager/Production Supervisor
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    DeAnna K. Hine

    Project Manager/Production Supervisor

    Manages projects from design to installation. Experiments with new recipes; enjoys spending time with her family, the outdoors, and spoiling her chocolate Lab.

  • Steve Mac

    Senior Production Specialist
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    Stephen A. Mac

    Senior Production Specialist

    Preps files for printer, builds mockups. Father, fan of R.I.T. hockey; racing fan, owns world’s largest collection of Super Dirt Week t-shirts.

  • Kerry Coyne

    Senior Design Director
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    Kerry A. Coyne

    Senior Design Director

    Designs for retail spaces, brand identity, presentations, packaging. Enjoys playing with her children, soccer and boating on Skaneateles Lake.

  • Ron Kingston

    Design Director
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    Ronald J. Kingston

    Design Director

    “Part stylist, part engineer.” All aspects of product design. Loves his grandchildren, his TR-6, watching his daughter play soccer.

  • Stephanie Scriven

    Research Director
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    Stephanie Scriven

    Research Director

    A seasoned researcher with a passion for uncovering drivers of customer behavior, preferences, and perceptions.

  • Courtney Schwarting

    Senior Designer
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    Courtney L. Schwarting

    Senior Designer

    Graduate of R.I.T.; creates graphics for retail environments. Enjoys cycling, swimming, and hand-drawn typography.

  • Jason Farr

    Senior Designer
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    Jason W. Farr

    Senior Designer

    3D modeler for virtual reality projects; finds time for house repair, child-chasing and golf.

  • Dave Mayer

    President
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    David Mayer

    President

  • Shealena Marnell

    Production Technician
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    Shealena Marnell

    Production Technician

    RIT grad loves to bring effective designs to fruition. Enjoys local food, wine, craft beer, diverse cultures, and travel, hopes to visit 30 countries by 30.

  • Marty Cregg

    Chairman
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    Martin S. Cregg

    Chairman

  • Roxanne Harvard

    Administrative Assistant
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    Roxanne Harvard

    Administrative Assistant

    Coordinates everything and everyone who travels. Makes the best peanut brittle in the world.

  • Dan Murphy

    Facilities Coordinator
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    Dan Murphy

    Facilities Coordinator

    Dan fixes everything we break, is putting the finishing touches on a camp in the Adirondacks and serves as a National Disaster Responder for the Red Cross.

  • Heather Niland

    Strategy Director
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    Heather M. Niland

    Strategy Director

    Studies shoppers’ decision-making process. Enjoys the lake and being Mom to a boy active in lacrosse, soccer and painting.

  • David Furth

    Senior Mechanical Designer
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    David A. Furth

    Senior Mechanical Designer

    Research and development. Makes and plays guitars; owns a 1963 Sunbeam Alpine and is owned, in turn, by a Great Dane.

  • Carly Johnson

    Cincinnati Strategy Lead
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    Carly Johnson

    Cincinnati Strategy Lead

    A local resource for Chase in Cincinnati, leading strategy for P&G. Enjoys cooking, running and her lab Callie.

  • Kyle Pienkowski

    Senior Financial Analyst
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    Kyle D. Pienkowski

    Senior Financial Analyst

    Kyle is a CPA in NY and has his Bachelor's in Accounting and MBA from SUNY Oswego. Enjoys time with family and friends, playing basketball and watching sports.

  • Kihm Winship

    Senior Copywriter
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    Kihm Winship

    Senior Copywriter

    Writer, broadcast producer, tea drinker; walks to work; moonlights as valet to a dachshund.

  • Marlena Leonardi

    Senior Designer
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    Marlena E. Leonardi

    Senior Designer

    Rochester native, S.U. grad and visual storyteller; loves cats, cooking and live music; tagged in crowd at Lollapolooza 2013.

  • Brad O’Connor

    Controller
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    Brad O’Connor

    Controller

    Oversees accounting. Enjoys time with his family, cheering on the Yankees, Bills, and Orangemen, and playing Monopoly with the Syracuse real estate market.

  • Ann Moore

    Receptionist
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    Ann M. Moore

    Receptionist

    Has the uncanny ability to recognize almost every voice she has heard in 20+ years. Enjoys her family, country music and camping.

  • Sal D’Amelio

    Client Lead
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    Salvatore J. D’Amelio

    Client Lead

    An entrepreneurial spirit at heart, energized by growing enterprises, enjoys competitive rounds of golf and relaxing on the lake with the Mrs.

  • Bill Murphy

    Registered Architect
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    Bill L. Murphy

    Registered Architect

    Assures that what has been designed can be built. Loves to play with his kids: golf, soccer, t-ball, skiing.

  • Myles Proudfoot

    Managing Director/Behavior & Insights
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    Myles Proudfoot

    Managing Director/Behavior & Insights

    As global capability lead for P&G in shopper research, Myles worked in Europe, China and the U.S. He brings a world of expertise and many curry recipes.

  • Kara Roth

    Vice President
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    Kara Roth

    Vice President

    “I love finding the jewel among the jewels, the one thing that’s going to connect your brand to the consumer in a way that’s just magic.”

  • Randy Johnson

    Designer
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    Randall D. Johnson

    Designer

    Came from West Palm to learn to snowboard. Also enjoys surfing the Web with frequent visits to Vimeo and Motionographer.

  • Sarah Cipro

    Designer
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    Sarah Cipro

    Designer

    An RIT grad, Sarah enjoys “Pinteresting” everything, binge watching Netflix and long walks with her dog, Bruce. She dislikes bad acting, spiders and tomatoes.

  • Cliff Clark

    Senior Vice President
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    Clifford F. Clark

    Senior Vice President

    Applies strategies and shopper-based insights for successful retail projects. Loves to ski, sail and visit Cape Cod. “Wellfleet oysters are the best.”

  • David Hine

    Senior Designer
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    David J. Hine

    Senior Designer

    Designer in the product group. A devoted fisherman & hunter who loves camping and anything else he can do to be outdoors.

  • Louis Siy

    David O. Chase Master of Design
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    Louis F. Siy

    David O. Chase Master of Design

    Deep background in design for retail spaces and international trade shows. Enjoys being out on the water, fishing, and being a grandfather.

  • Arden Carmody

    Strategist
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    Arden Carmody

    Strategist

    Entrepreneur and avid experimenter who enjoys DIY projects from making kombucha to gardening. Home is the outdoors and smell of salty sea air.

  • Laura Ferrel

    Strategy Director
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    Laura Ferrel

    Strategy Director

    Copywriter and recreational writer of fiction and bad poetry. Advocate of children's literature, Finger Lakes wine, and the Oxford comma.

  • Bill Finch

    Senior Design Director
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    Bill R. Finch

    Senior Design Director

    Creates graphics for retail environments and innovation labs. Writes, plays and records his own music, paints in oils and is a worship leader for his church.

  • Matt Chadderdon

    Senior Client Strategist
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    Matt Chadderdon

    Senior Client Strategist

    Balances strategy, design and storytelling to envision solutions. Married to the love of his life; father of four; Le Moyne lacrosse and Buffalo Bills fan.