Think global, work local. More Work 3M™ Littmann® Nurses Week CampaignUnion Depot Rebrand & Marketing StrategyUnion Depot Farmers Market Brand & CampaignTwin Cities Jazz Fest Event Marketing & RebrandEmerson Food & Beverage Introductory VideoComo Zoo & Conservatory Web Design and DevelopmentAllina Health Brand & TV Broadcast Campaign3M Packaging Design & Production3M Oral Care welcome to spot Welcome, hard-working marketing professional. Whether you’re desperately trying to keep up with the latest trends in omni-channel advertising, or you have no idea what that means and you just want to make a nice video on a tight budget, don’t give up. We’re here to help. At SPOT, we salute you (and support you)! While we’re at it, there’s a few other things you should know about our St. Paul creative agency. We Are: Woman-owned and operatedAn ambitious, thoughtful team with original ideasExperienced marketers who are nimble by natureMindful of marketing budgets, deadlines & KPIsExcited to meet you (and your objectives too!) What we do: Marketing strategy Digital experiences Brand identities & loyalty Video & animation Design Copy & message platforms Photography Amazon A+ content Content strategy Social solutions Websites & landing pages Market research Analytics POP marketing Catalogs Annual reports Event marketing Email marketing Banner ads White papers Infographics Packaging Trade shows Collateral Why Spot? We’re focused. Our clients appreciate that we remember their objectives and deadlines (and, you know, their names and faces, too). We’re integrated thinkers—digitally-focused & print savvy. Because when your sales collateral matches—nay, enhances—your digital strategy and content experiences, your KPIs will follow suit. We may be the only digital agency with an Elton John pinball machine & a candy wall. In fact, we do some of our best thinking around those two things. But if you’d prefer to meet in the conference room or photo studio, we’ve got those too. St. Paul’s Creative Shop Our Clients: Meet the Team: Patty Voje Patty Voje President We have Patty to thank for making SPOT so sweet, and not just because of our office candy wall. With over 20 years of experience in design and marketing, Patty understands agency work from every perspective and is passionate about it every step of the way. Besides running a company, Patty spends her time creating her next acclaimed art piece. Her favorite subject to paint? Cattle. Patty’s talent and leadership helps to make SPOT shine—although her bulldog Ed might argue it’s actually him, making it pretty clear why The Bulldog is one of their favorite spots. Jonathan Alstad Jonathan Alstad Creative Director & Copywriter Really, Jonathan’s title should be Creative Director/Writer/Candy Enthusiast. Lucky for him (and the rest of us), Candyland is located just down the street from SPOT! It was Jonathan’s passion for creative writing that sparked his interest in advertising, where media titans wage war for attention armed only with money and compelling ideas. His background includes working with everyone from mom-and-pop restaurants to Fortune 500 companies, because, as he likes to put it, every story has potential if you know how to tell it. Now if we could only land a candy account! If you’re looking for sweet copy call Jonathan. If you need a sweet treat visit Candyland. Jay Spiess Jay Spiess VP, Client Services If you think Jay’s 15+ years of brand and marketing experience is of impressive stature—just wait till you hear about the New York City skyscraper he helped raise. Seriously. Jay’s passion for this field stretches from building creative strategies to tapping into the digital marketing landscape. With his skill set for guiding business’ thinking, behavior and communications, he can help your company reach new heights. When he’s not busy helping clients achieve their full marketing potential, Jay can be found watching the latest sports game at a local burger joint or microbrewery. Which naturally made his favorite St. Paul spot, Barrel Theory. Anne Wagner Anne Wagner VP Account Management Meet Anne. No really, set up a meeting–she loves them. You’ll soon see how her 15+ years of B2B and consumer marketing experience can work for you. She’s an ace at identifying opportunities, elevating brand identities and designing detailed marketing programs, all done with a smile on her face. So check your calendar and get a meeting scheduled, she would love to have coffee and a delicious treat from The Salty Tart…which happens to be dangerously close to our office. Tory Scales Tory Scales Senior Account Executive Tory’s fun demeanor, creativity, and signature toothpick make him easy to pick out in our office. His experience within this field has given him a killer set of skills which we’re lucky to have. Tory has built a career by putting clients at ease, knowing their work is in his capable hands. His wealth of senior-level agency experience spans a variety of B2B clients across a wide number of industries. In his free time, you can find Tory at his cabin with his wife (and co-worker) Lisa, sharpening his skills on our office pinball machine, or perhaps heading out to grab lunch at Deb’s Hot Dog Stand. Theresa Kurth Theresa Kurth Senior Account Executive Even though Theresa insists that she’s from Le Mars, Iowa, and not the actual planet Mars, we’re still not sure. How else can you explain her phenomenally critical eye for detail, unworldly ability to adjust to changes on the fly and super-human strength to manage multiple projects at the same time—all with a smile and a laugh? When she’s not analyzing data, developing strategy, reviewing creative or signaling the mothership, she claims to enjoy concerts, festivals, art galleries and sporting events. It’s why the Union Depot makes a perfect spot for her; she’s able to get to all these places while her spaceship is unavailable. Iowa—yeah, right. Anna Biljan Anna Biljan Account Executive If Anna walked in the office juggling chainsaws… we aren’t sure anyone would be surprised—she’s already pretty well known for being able to juggle a mountain of work. Anna’s a wiz at helping SPOT clients with their marketing needs and helping them see their vision come to life. Outside of work, she can be found with her head buried in a book or exploring downtown with a stop at a local dive bar, like the The Gopher Bar in Lowertown. Josh Braaten Josh Braaten Digital Strategist Josh just wants to know everything. Ever since building his first Geocities website back in the early ‘90s, he’s been obsessed with the internet and how he can leverage it to gather data that empowers better branding and marketing decisions. From building the world’s first brand analytics platform to spending over a year wearing Google Glass and playing World of Warcraft (that’s in-game time, mind you), you can’t wash the geek off him—and he’s okay with that. As a learning-obsessed St. Paul native, Josh wants to give a shout out to the St. Paul Public Library (George Latimer Central Library) for its stunning architecture and wealth of knowledge. Erik Olson Erik Olson Copywriter A prolific doodler and veteran copywriter, Erik brings 20 years of writing experience as well as a background in design to the SPOT team. His talent for detail unites with his ability to see the whole picture, making him a crucial component to any project. His infectious smile and varied early morning music taste both bring a great energy to our office. Even our visiting office dogs know to go to him for the best treats. When Erik isn’t poring over words, he can be found exploring downtown, often visiting the Fitzgerald Theater. Hmmm, what an important, classy, and… tall building? Does the Fitzgerald remind us of anyone we know? Ella Dostal Ella Dostal Project Manager Ella’s interests are as varied as her creative skills. She loves dogs, playing instruments, 80’s movies and crazy, colorful socks. Her title is Project Manager, but she’s happy to utilize her graphic design talents, passion for PR, or her social media skills when needed. With her past experience working for Make-A-Wish Foundation, she’s sure to help make your marketing dreams come true. As a self-proclaimed art nerd, she’s a fan of the Ordway —all the way down to their mosaic-covered trash cans. Justin Bundy Justin Bundy Video Director Justin loves his fiancé. He loves his dog. He loves the outdoors. He loves combing his beard. He loves the Vikings. What can we say—he’s a pretty lovable guy. Justin’s skillset reads like a menu of video talents. Videography with extra sauce? Check. Animation with a side of humor? You got it. Editing with a double dash of detail? Coming right up. And just like Mickey’s Diner, he’s always ready to serve up something hot and fresh you’ll love. Julian Williams Julian Williams Post Production Supervisor Much like his ability to grow facial hair, Julian’s imagination knows no bounds. It’s probably because he spent so much time as a child visiting the Omintheater at the Science Museum of Minnesota. It’s also why he’s always exploring. Exploring new campsites. Exploring new recipes. Exploring ways to get his cat Cooper to stop walking on his kitchen counters. And exploring ways to make our clients’ videos look the best they can with a critical eye focused on every detail—color, pacing, motion, sound effects and more. Leah Palmquist Leah Palmquist Creative Director Creative Director doesn’t even begin to encompass everything Leah does. But can we help it? She can basically do it all. Her talent and passion for design, digital strategy and social media come together to create a powerful force. Her unique skillset leaves clients amazed and somehow, she finds time to continue her creativity with original artwork. Leah can often be found at Creators Space, where she explores painting, photography and more, while also helping out with their social media. Like we said, she can do it all. Kelley Stafne Kelley Stafne Creative Director Kelley’s 20 years of experience working with Fortune 100 companies like 3M makes her a valuable member of our creative team. She specializes in elevating and evolving brands through her design work across a variety of print and digital platforms. While she’s used to the pressure of working on big-company brands, Kelley never passes up an opportunity to flex her creative muscles on smaller, local brands too, making her design skills strong. Working with Kelley is definitely like a walk in the park—maybe that’s why she loves Mears Park so much, luckily it’s just outside our office window. Teri Springer Teri Springer Senior Graphic Designer Teri’s sense of humor and infectious positivity make her fun to work with. Her boundless creativity and eye for detail in her design work are a joy for our clients—and to the kids she mentors through ArtBuddies. Teri has some interesting hobbies, and she has the tape to prove it. Literally. On VHS tape. When she’s not enjoying her collection of obscure James Spader movies and how-to videos, she can be found camping, playing with her two cats, or gardening. If you happen to bump into her at the St. Paul Farmers’ Market say “hello” at your own risk—she’s famous for long midwestern goodbyes. Tara Sullivan Tara Sullivan Design Intern Tara’s passion for everything design makes her a valuable intern at SPOT. Her attention to detail and creativity is evident in both her work and flawless nail polish designs. She joins the team with a new graphic design degree from the University of Minnesota. Tara’s love for design has led her to explore a variety of mediums within this field. You can often find her at a local coffee shop working on her latest animation, illustration or storyboard. Thankfully, the Black Dog Cafe is a close walk from our office for any brainstorming sessions or early morning coffee runs. Erik Lehrke Erik Lehrke Production Artist Erik’s creative industry skills are as impressive as his collection of vintage music posters—and that’s saying something. He’s a master in production, layout, trouble-shooting and workflow management. Need someone to polish your project? Talk to Erik. He’ll get it done with his technical expertise, Adobe Certification and talent for finding efficient time-saving solutions. When Erik isn’t aiding the SPOT team, he’s catching up with the latest science podcast or YouTube channel, volunteering, or following one of his favorite radio stations—like The Current Although he loves listening to music, his ears are also always open to hear about your project’s needs. Lisa Scales Lisa Scales Production Artist Lisa’s production and design experience has given her both a creative eye and an eye for detail. No glasses needed—her skills are that sharp; whether it’s successfully getting files to print or helping keep our heads above the water with edits. Born and raised in Minnesota, Lisa can often be found at the cabin swimming, boating and relaxing in the outdoors with her husband (and co-worker) Tory, two boys and dog Lewey. When her eyes aren’t on work, they are usually pouring over a recipe, an episode of Schitt’s Creek, or her next book. Which easily makes Subtext Books her favorite St. Paul spot. Dana Kraft Dana Kraft Production Artist If detail is your thing, then Dana is your guy. With over 20 years in marketing production, Dana brings extensive quality control to SPOT. You can ask him anything regarding prepress, printing standards or media development and he’ll have an answer. His scientific mind doesn’t miss a thing. The more complicated the project the happier he seems to be. Whether it’s a creative mailer, POP or custom package, there’s not a challenge he won’t take on. The Minnesota Science Museum is a good place for big thinkers like Dana to visit…and, well, think! If you’re like-minded you might want to check out their current exhibits. A SPOT FOR YOU. Connect with us today and see how SPOT is your perfect fit for strategic marketing solutions that incorporate thoughtful design and messaging to boost your brand.