We’ve avoided the messy game of defining ourselves by embracing the simple definition of an advertising agency – we are a collection of creative marketing professionals. It’s just that simple.

Paul Diamond
Paul Diamond
Paul Diamond

Partner

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Brian Merckens
Brian Merckens
Brian Merckens

Partner

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Sean Hogan
Sean Hogan
Sean Hogan

Partner

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Doug Newman
Doug Newman
Doug Newman

Partner

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Illinois Blasdel
Illinois Blasdel
Illinois Blasdel

Partner

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Core value #1

We’re a family

We will have ups and downs, good times and bad, but if we stick together and stand up for each other, we will be successful.

Jackie Worth
Jackie Worth
Jackie Worth

Account Supervisor

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Kevin VanEmburgh
Kevin VanEmburgh
Kevin VanEmburgh

Developer

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Tom Stofac
Tom Stofac
Tom Stofac

Creative Director

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Core value #2

Be Resourceful

The answer is out there-explore every possibility.

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Tanya Hoffman Stevens
Tanya Hoffman Stevens
Tanya Hoffman Stevens

Account Director

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Core value #3

Trust Each Other

Everyone here is competent and professional. Let them do their job. It will help you in the long run.

Martha Stanton
Martha Stanton
Martha Stanton

Office Manager

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Core value #4

Share Your Opinion

Your voice matters. Use it.

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Katie Snyder
Katie Snyder
Katie Snyder

Project Manager

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Laura Reed
Laura Reed
Laura Reed

Senior Account Manager

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Culture 21

Core value #5

Always Listen

It’s the only way to learn and understand others.

Kari Porter
Kari Porter
Kari Porter

Content Specialist

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Lauren Meehan
Lauren Meehan
Lauren Meehan

Account Supervisor

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Core value #6

Give Respect/Expect Respect

See: the Golden Rule.

Elizabeth McMahan
Elizabeth McMahan
Elizabeth McMahan

Media Director

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Meredith McGrade
Meredith McGrade
Meredith McGrade

Assistant Art Director

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Core value #7

Pause and take a breath

If you are overwhelmed, confused or unsure, it’s OK to step back, reflect and recharge your brain and body.

Marlana Marts
Marlana Marts
Marlana Marts

Media Supervisor

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Core value #8

Team Works

Teach others, learn from others, and grow together. Leverage all the brain power at DMH.

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David Martin
David Martin
David Martin

Account Director

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Core value #9

Be Curious

Explore your creative mind. Push others to do the same.

Danica Lyons
Danica Lyons
Danica Lyons

Senior Developer

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Core value #10

Ask for help

It’s not a sign of weakness. It is the ultimate show of teamwork.

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Kate Laner
Kate Laner
Kate Laner

Senior Account Manager

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Maggie Hylton
Maggie Hylton
Maggie Hylton

Senior Account Manager

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Core value #11

Give Back

To the community, co-workers and those who need help.

Lauren Hilboldt
Lauren Hilboldt
Lauren Hilboldt

Director of Project Management

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Core value #12

Make time for family, friends, and self

Work to live, don’t live to work.

Carter Herrman
Carter Herrman
Carter Herrman

Integrated Media Manager

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Waffle day

Core value #13

Allow Everyone to take credit

We succeed and fail together. No exceptions.

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Drew Harding
Drew Harding
Drew Harding

Account Manager

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Core value #14

Never stop learning

Hone your skills. Perfect your craft.

Eric Gach
Eric Gach
Eric Gach

Director of Technology

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Kim Funari
Kim Funari
Kim Funari

Director of Social Media

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Waffles

Core value #15

Check your ego at the door

If you can do it on your own, why are the rest of us here?

Wade Callow
Wade Callow
Wade Callow

Search Specialist

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Norman
Kim Butler
Kim Butler
Kim Butler

Accounting/Controller

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Isabelle Brown
Isabelle Brown
Isabelle Brown

Assistant Art Director

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Core value #16

Laugh

Smart, witty, and talented people surround you. If you can’t have a good laugh once in a while, the joke is on you.

Regan Bourland
Regan Bourland
Regan Bourland

Senior Developer

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Community day 1

Core value #17

Be Fearless

Push yourself, your co-workers and our clients to go beyond their comfort zones.

Lauren Blood
Lauren Blood
Lauren Blood

Senior Copywriter

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Jared Bergeron
Jared Bergeron
Jared Bergeron

Senior Art Director

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Jim “Cheese” Aylward
Jim “Cheese” Aylward
Jim “Cheese” Aylward

Creative Director Emeritus

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Paul Diamond

Paul Diamond

Partner

Paul is a teacher, student and purveyor of design. His primary responsibility at DMH is managing teams of designers and writers who thrive on his energy, curiosity and passion for problem solving. He often serves as the spearhead for creative concept sessions and has a knack for promoting and inspiring fearless thinking.

Those who have worked with Paul note his infectious positive attitude and keen ability to distill marketing problems down to the base elements. These attributes make him ideally suited in his roles as both a mentor at DMH and as a part-time teacher of Graphic Design at the Kansas City Art Institute.

pdiamond@dmhadv.com
Brian Merckens

Brian Merckens

Partner

Brian has a keen eye for dynamic, inventive design and a keener understanding of how new and evolving technology is impacting visual communications. Tech junkie. Usability Wonk. Design Purist. All of these describe facets of Brian’s strengths. He pushes the company and its clients to embrace technology and beautiful design to solve marketing problems.

Over his 20+ years in the business, Brian has combined his talents as a formally trained designer and added coding and development skills to the mix. That combination provides clients with critical insights into how audiences interact with design and technology.

bmerckens@dmhadv.com
Sean Hogan

Sean Hogan

Partner

Sean is a perceptive, strategic leader with an uncanny ability for analyzing complex marketing challenges and identifying the hidden gems that spark breakthroughs. He is the catalyst at DMH. His endless enthusiasm, unwavering focus on branding and attention to detail kindles the connection between DMH and our clients.

As his occasional bow tie indicates, he also believes in the old school, time-tested approach to client service ­– listen to your clients, devise the right strategy, and execute flawlessly.

With over 15 years of experience across every conceivable industry and medium, Sean brings a wealth of diverse experience to every DMH client. His insights and empathy make our clients feel like they always have a powerful advocate.

shogan@dmhadv.com
Doug Newman

Doug Newman

Partner

Doug has extensive experience working with a variety of clients, from international sports brands and teams to national agricultural and animal health products. His expertise is clearly evident when helping clients to achieve and maintain significant competitive advantages by identifying opportunities and speaking candidly about the challenges they face.

As a business savvy marketer and strategic advisor, Doug’s insight and judgment is highly regarded by all of those who work with him. He’s personable and passionate, and his cool, confident approach to situation analysis is always reassuring.

dnewman@dmhadv.com
Illinois Blasdel

Illinois Blasdel

Partner

Illinois wears many hats, and they all fit. He leads PR and Integrated Media at DMH, but his years of experience also make him a powerful strategic planner for clients across all disciplines. With 20 years of experience, Illinois brings a knowledge and expertise that helps clients position their brand and gain exposure in ways they never knew possible.

Don’t let his buttoned-up appearance fool you, Illinois also has a wild(life) streak, too. He’s an avid outdoorsman who hunts and fishes year round. And if you ever need a spot-on review of the latest Asian cuisine in Kansas City, he’s your guy.

illinois@dmhadv.com
Jackie Worth

Jackie Worth

Account Supervisor

It took 15 years to build the Pyramids of Giza. Cool, but in 15 years, Jackie Worth built a reputation as a forward-thinking, client-assisting, goal-achieving, problem-solving dynamo. One who is able to work with clients to simplify the complex, and one whose favorite two words in the English language are “What’s next?” A question that’s usually followed by, “I have an idea!” Jackie loves working closely in collaboration with her clients and also loves pizza, bourbon, her two Havanese dogs, and the Muppets. Top that, Giza.

jworth@dmhadv.com
Kevin VanEmburgh

Kevin VanEmburgh

Developer

We like multi-talented folks. So when Kevin joined DMH as a developer, it was an added bonus that he’s an accomplished photographer as well. He spends his free time trail running or chasing down the perfect shot. As a front-end developer, he brings an artists eye to enhance user experience across all digital platforms.

kvanemburgh@dmhadv.com
Tom Stofac

Tom Stofac

Creative Director

A copywriter by trade, Tom has worked at agencies across the country and garnered decades of experience as a seasoned, award-winning Creative Director. He got his start in the world of words as a sportswriter covering high school basketball and wrestling and experienced one of those full-circle career moments when his ad made it into the Baseball Hall of Fame – what we like to call home run work. Tom’s also an above-average harmonica player (better after a few beers), a passionate golfer (maybe worse after a few beers) and expert storyteller (ask him about his Neil Young tale – doesn’t every accomplished creative have one?)

tstofac@dmhadv.com
Tanya Hoffman Stevens

Tanya Hoffman Stevens

Account Director

It takes a special kind of skill set and personality to manage multiple internal teams and client relationships. Tanya approaches both with a warmth and focus that perfectly compliment her ability to bring people and ideas together. From building brand strategies to executing across multiple channels, Tanya’s infectious enthusiasm and years of agency experience make her a natural leader.

Tanya is known to relax by going for little 100-mile bike rides over the weekend. That’s nuts by itself, but when you consider the energy she puts into her clients during the week, it’s downright mindboggling.

tstevens@dmhadv.com
Martha Stanton

Martha Stanton

Office Manager

What would we do without her? While everyone at DMH works to serve the needs of our clients, Martha has one extra client who is a real handful – us. Advertising attracts some pretty interesting and diverse types. Finding a way to corral, cajole, and pamper them is more than anyone should be able to handle. On top of being a great mom, somehow Martha manages to do all the little things that keep us, and our clients, one big happy family, too.

mstanton@dmhadv.com
Katie Snyder

Katie Snyder

Project Manager

Katie told us we had an hour to write her website bio. And, by gum, we’re going to do it. Not just because we like Katie (she’s really likeable), but because she’s a project manager (she’s really good at it) and this is a project. So, quickly; Katie has a dog named George, plays a mean game of volleyball, hates the traveling part of travel but loves the being there part, wants to visit all the National Parks in the U.S. and Canada, is a die-hard Tulsa Golden Hurricane fan and prefers the act of eating to the art of cooking. There’s a lot more, but you’ll have to ask her yourself; our time’s up.

ksnyder@dmhadv.com
Laura Reed

Laura Reed

Senior Account Manager

Of course, she’s a client-tested/client-approved account manager. Of course, she can talk media strategy one minute and messaging strategy the next. But, what you really need to know about Laura, concerns peanuts. Yep. Peanuts. You see, Laura believes that her elephant-like memory is one of the things that makes her such a crackerjack Account Manager. And elephants love peanuts, right? Yet, due to some low-fi childhood trauma we don’t need to dive into here, the smell of peanut M&M’s in her car set her teeth on edge. Another thing you need to know about Laura is that she’s probably going to beat you at music trivia. Turns out there’s a real plus that comes from marrying a DJ. You know, besides all the ‘true love/best friend’ stuff.

lreed@dmhadv.com
Kari Porter

Kari Porter

Content Specialist

Kari graduated from K-State in the heart of Kansas, she’s the second sister out of three, and she’s always in between fascinating documentaries. As much as “the middle” might seem like Kari’s shtick, she’s a top-notch public relations resource on our integrated media team and peaks when she’s writing, planning and strategizing for our client partners. When she’s not swapping original content ideas, she’s curating the latest new music on Spotify, imbibing in craft beers and you guessed it – in the midst of planning her next trip or concert.

kporter@dmhadv.com
Lauren Meehan

Lauren Meehan

Account Supervisor

Is it a safe assumption that when someone’s life goal is to drink wine from as many countries as possible, they’re an automatically likable person? In Lauren’s case, absolutely. And while we support goal-oriented people, we double support the grape, so this pairing was a no-brainer. Lauren joined DMH as a senior account manager, bringing with her agency experience as well as an understanding of the client side of the biz, where she led the marketing efforts of a local coffee brand. She also brought a passion for French fries and a mini Aussie puppy, so yeah – we’ll raise a glass of Slovenian Syrah to that.

lmeehan@dmhadv.com
Elizabeth McMahan

Elizabeth McMahan

Media Director

Elizabeth is a media guru by trade, but what caught our eye was the fact that she scuba dives, plays the French Horn, and has had 5 Boxers whose names all start with “D”. With diverse interests and talents like those, you know she’ll always deliver a creative and smart media plan. Her ability to lead with strategy in media planning and buying make her invaluable to DMH and our clients. Call her smart, funny, thoughtful ... just don’t call her Liz. There’s a story there, we just can’t share it.

emcmahan@dmhadv.com
Meredith McGrade

Meredith McGrade

Assistant Art Director

Meredith has slept on a lot of floors. Which, if it weren’t for touring the country with the band, “Bad Ideas,” would probably be a bad thing. But there was a tour. So, it’s not. It’s a good thing, actually, because it was on one of these floors where Meredith had an epiphany – “Perhaps putting my design skills to work might lead to nights spent in my own comfy bed.” Our clients couldn’t be more ecstatic over that career choice. Meredith is pretty ecstatic, too, keeping guitar and vocal chops on point with a new band, Emmaline Twist. Rock on, M. Rock on.

mmcgrade@dmhadv.com
Marlana Marts

Marlana Marts

Media Supervisor

Marlana Marts is our media supervisor, who loves Mizzou, music and Marvel movies. (And mega milk chocolate M&M’s, maybe?) Her media buying M.O. is to maximize every dollar, and with 15+ years of media experience for extensive consumer and business verticals across traditional, digital and social channels, there’s no greenback that stands a chance. Marlana plays an instrumental role on our integrated media team, helping develop, launch and optimize clients’ media plans. She also plays the glockenspiel – although we were secretly hoping for the mandolin.

mmarts@dmhadv.com
David Martin

David Martin

Account Director

Account Managers have to be strategists, accountants, resource managers, and advocates, many times in the same day. Those folks don’t grow on trees, which is why David is so valuable to his clients. With over 15 years in the ad biz, his wealth of experience and easygoing approach reminds clients they’re in good hands.

He’s equally adept at juggling life away from the office being an avid history buff, cook, guitar player, and dedicated Dad.

dmartin@dmhadv.com
Danica Lyons

Danica Lyons

Senior Developer

The self-described “crunchiest developer you ever met” is also an avid gardener, deeply involved in the community, and likes to make her own wine, jams, soap, pickles, clothes, peanut butter, and yes, even granola. So yeah, she’s pretty crafty.

As a veteran front-end developer with a history in design, she’s also pretty handy in regard to all things digital. Danica’s unique skill set gives her a deep understanding of the connection between creativity and development, giving our work added dimension and depth.

dlyons@dmhadv.com
Kate Laner

Kate Laner

Senior Account Manager

Kate seeks balance in all things. Perhaps because she was right smack in the middle of a family of seven kids. And perhaps why she often follows a hot yoga workout with cold beers on the patio. Balance. The yin and the yang, if you will. And Kate brings that sense of balance to her work, finding just the right balance between the professional and the personal. Like getting to know her client’s business objectives as well as the birthdays of her client’s kids (though she’s yet to meet a client with seven of those). Her marketing expertise is balanced too, spanning everything from pharmaceutical to fast food. Seeking balance? Find Kate.

klaner@dmhadv.com
Maggie Hylton

Maggie Hylton

Senior Account Manager

Maggie is living proof that creative people don’t just work in the creative department. I mean, when you’re a mix of culinary school, business school and period drama fandom, creative things are just bound to happen. Like, for instance, attending Renaissance Fair as a zombie Anne Boleyn. Or being able to look at a fridge full of currants, hot sauce, GMO tofu and baby corn and saying, “sweet, a little kitchen alchemy and dinner is served.” Of course, Maggie covers a lot of other things around here, like business, marketing and media strategies, to name but a few. Turns out being able to apply creativity to account service is a bit of alchemy as well.

mhylton@dmhadv.com
Lauren Hilboldt

Lauren Hilboldt

Director of Project Management

Every circus needs a Ringleader, that person who keeps the show moving along. Lauren basically helps scope and track every project in the agency and makes sure the right people are doing the right thing, on any given project, at any given time. Sounds easy right?

You might expect a Project Manager to be part prison guard, part IRS agent, but you’d be wrong. Rather than forcefully serving work subpoenas, she serves up hugs and encouragement.

lhilboldt@dmhadv.com
Carter Herrman

Carter Herrman

Integrated Media Manager

Carter Herrman has four R’s in his name. Which, in the grand scale, isn’t as cool as having, say, 11 toes, but it’s still pretty cool. You know what else is cool? Carter. He builds guitars, then he plays ‘em. Plays ‘em pretty good, in fact. Good enough to blow away his 8th grade class with the Eddie Van Halen solo from ‘Eruption’. And good enough to jam with his dad, a fixture in the KC music scene. When he’s not playing guitar, Carter is a virtuoso at analyzing ad metrics for DMH clients. Let me see you do that, Eddie Van Halen.

cherrman@dmhadv.com
Drew Harding

Drew Harding

Account Manager

Every office needs a token Nickelback fan. Right? Ok, maybe not, but we’ve got Drew. Greater than his appreciation for controversial rock bands is his undying passion for the Kansas City Chiefs, Jayhawk basketball and the 1986 classic, Top Gun. Drew’s hard work during a summer internship parlayed into a full-time position on our account team, where he continues to cultivate client relationships and manage creative and strategic projects, all while keeping an A+ attitude and solid sense of humor. So, look at this photograph... it’s Drew Harding, assistant account manager.

dharding@dmhadv.com
Eric Gach

Eric Gach

Director of Technology

Tech-savvy doesn’t even begin to describe Eric’s expertise in computer science. Since a young age, he’s been captivated with the workings of things and would spend hours tearing apart and reassembling computers, just to take a closer look. As a back-end developer, Eric helps manage the server-side of our technology services and is multilingual when it comes to programming languages – and self-taught, at that! His passion for the fast pace of the digital world spills into a fascination for cars and racing. Coding is like his own virtual racetrack. Eric is a website warrior, but he’s also an avid traveler, thrill-seeker and comedian at heart.

egach@dmhadv.com
Kim Funari

Kim Funari

Director of Social Media

A former Medieval Studies scholar may not be who you’d expect to find at the helm of a social media program, but if it is, you’re come to the right place. Despite her off-beat background – or maybe because of it – Kim is a whiz at crafting creative social media strategies across a variety of industries, from finance to retail and beyond. She gets her thrills in figuring out what makes an audience tick and using that insight to generate soaring engagement. When Kim’s not cooking up the next big social splash, she’s likely test-driving just about any recipe she can find, including small-batch craft cocktails (and, lucky for us, sharing with friends is very much in her wheelhouse).

kfunari@dmhadv.com
Wade Callow

Wade Callow

Search Specialist

Wade is a huge fan of wide-open spaces. Which makes our no-offices, everybody-in-one-big-room floor plan a natural fit. Although he’d much prefer wider, more open, outdoor spaces with all manner of flora and fauna. Kind of like the rolling hills of his childhood in Weston, MO. It’s also a natural fit that this small-town boy loves the freedom of running his accounts, using his skills to improve each penny of spend. A self-professed hobbyist, Wade also enjoys beating the living daylights of anyone foolish enough to challenge him in video games.

wcallow@dmhadv.com
Kim Butler

Kim Butler

Accounting/Controller

For someone with the word “Controller” in her title, Kim is delightfully agreeable. When she’s not running our accounting department, she’s running – literally. She’s done countless 5Ks, 10Ks, and even a half marathon. Kim is also a passionate KC sports fan and calls cooking and baking her favorite hobby. This glowing bio will cost her a dozen chocolate chip cookies delivered to her favorite copywriter.

kbutler@dmhadv.com
Isabelle Brown

Isabelle Brown

Assistant Art Director

We have a theory the expression “calm, cool, collected” was created because of Isabelle. Maybe it’s her ready-steady demeanor. Or the fact that she plays enough instruments to be her own traveling band. Or, heck, maybe it’s the fact that both her thumbs are double-jointed. As a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, Isabelle operates with an imaginative lens through and through. And, as a young creative, her sleeves are so full of tricks that we’re trying to start taking wardrobe pointers. Illustrations? Book binding? Check, check, check. Her experience ranges from letterpress printing to the entertainment team at Nickelodeon. And, because we know you’ll ask, no, she never got slimed.

ibrown@dmhadv.com
Regan Bourland

Regan Bourland

Senior Developer

Co-founder of the lovingly-dubbed Bourland Wiggle Brigade (a.k.a. three super-spoiled pups) doesn’t completely sum Regan up – but it’s an awfully great start. Now a developer, Regan has spent 15+ years in the marketing and advertising universe accumulating an arsenal of experience, from mural painting to photo editing to publication layout, graphic design, animation, user experience and every spectrum of web development. So, as you can probably tell, Regan isn’t the “say no to new adventure” type. Need more proof? Traveling, hiking, biking, snowboarding and kayaking all top Regan’s list of favorite pastimes. Plus, of course, spending quality, cuddly time with the legendary Bourland Wiggle Brigade.

rbourland@dmhadv.com
Lauren Blood

Lauren Blood

Senior Copywriter

We needed a strong bio for Lauren, but, because she’s our go-to whenever strong copy is needed around here, it seemed self-serving to have her write this. So, here we are. Lauren (AKA, Lo) is a self-professed word, food, music and cocktail geek. She’s also our resident DJ and Punmeister General whose ‘dig in, get the information and ask the right questions’ approach to copywriting makes her indispensable to clients and much-sought-after by designers. Ask her about modeling for Huggies– but don’t bring up her inability to master the intricacies of the Pull-Up diaper. It’s a touchy subject.

lblood@dmhadv.com
Jared Bergeron

Jared Bergeron

Senior Art Director

It seems like every time people walk by Jared’s desk you hear them say, “Oh, that’s cool!” It happens enough that we’re pretty sure he’s not just lucky. His “man of few words” persona belies a creative fluency informed by his travels around the world. Ask him about his mural project in Belfast or stories about his family in the Philippines. Then again, you could just walk by his desk to see the next cool thing.

jbergeron@dmhadv.com
Jim “Cheese” Aylward

Jim “Cheese” Aylward

Creative Director Emeritus

First of all, who doesn’t want to hang out with a guy named “Cheese?” He’s got to be fun, right? The answer is absolutely – which is why we had to keep him around, even post-retirement. Cheese’s impact on the ad community in Kansas City and beyond is nothing short of awe-inspiring. In his decades of copywriting and creative direction, he’s contributed to countless award-winning campaigns and mentored creative leaders all over the world. In 2018, Cheese deservedly earned the accolade, Creative Professional of the Year. Life as a retiree is anything but tiresome for Cheese – he spends his days hanging with his many friends and extended family, drinking ice-cold beer, sending funny emails and outplaying your wit, typically donning a Hawaiian shirt (wait, nothing has changed!)

jaylward@dmhadv.com