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Kelly Hsieh

Accounting Coordinator

Won a lip syncing contest to “Barbie Girl” by Aqua in middle school drama class.

Fergus Rooney

CEO

Certified scuba instructor, full-time CEO.

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FERGUS ROONEY / CEO

Fergus Rooney is the chief executive officer of EA, a company he co-founded in 1999 with Gabrielle Martinez. A true entrepreneur, Fergus has been a driving force behind EA’s exponential growth from a two-staff/two-client shop to a $30 million-grossing experiential marketing powerhouse. His vision in building agencyEA and its brand transcends to each and every client engagement.

Today, respected brands and organizations from GE and Target, to Hilton Worldwide and Ameriprise Financial turn to Fergus for strategic counsel and direction to connect their brands with their most valued constituents.

Julie McDermott

Graphic Designer

Can say the alphabet backwards.

Genny Aamoth   

Producer

Constantly squelches her inner Valley Girl.

Edgar Ortega

Business Development Executive

Family man, grill master, craft beer enthusiast.

Michael Chen

Producer

Backpacked through 13 countries.

Colin Faul

Senior Producer

Fluent in Spanish (after four drinks). HOLA!

Jeff Sasz

Senior Producer

Advanced skier, and consumer of foods (all of them).

Stephanie Lallas

Associate Producer

Former Huggies baby model.

Casey Crisenbery

Graphic Designer

Contributed illustrations to more than 23 various publications.

Susan Malen

Account Executive

Loves Chinese food. And can actually use chopsticks.

Gabrielle Martinez   

Managing Partner

Die-hard Texan, passionate about the details, wannabe Mariachi.

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GABRIELLE MARTINEZ / MANAGING PARTNER

Gabrielle Martinez is the Managing Partner and co-founder of EA. For the past 15 years, Martinez has played an integral role in the company’s growth from a boutique events agency to a premier experiential marketing partner for brands like Ameriprise Financial, Twitter, the Boeing Company, GE and Target.

Featured as one of Crain’s Chicago Businesses’ “40 Under 40,” Gabrielle’s formula for success includes a creative mind, strategic business approach and mantra to always over-deliver and exceed expectations. 

Gabrielle inspires the creative force of EA to envision experiences that authentically connect brands and audiences. She and her team begin each client engagement with a deep understanding of the business objectives and marketing goals. The end result is an experience that transforms peoples’ perceptions and builds brand affinity. 

A solid foundation in the hospitality and food and beverage industry complements Gabrielle’s creative role in the experiential marketing field. Her design style and common-sense business approach have deeply influenced notable client engagements and solidified trusted relationships with Obama for America, the Obama Family, the internal departments of the White House and Ms. Oprah Winfrey. In addition to overseeing talent recruitment and co-managing the day-to-day of EA’s seven departments, Gabrielle has served as lead consultant to the First Lady’s Communications Team and Social Office of the White House for the event and holiday season since 2009.  

Lauren Vissat

Business Development Executive

Always at the center of the dance floor.

Sarah Spliethoff

Account Executive

Has the best Halloween costumes.

Amanda Butz

Graphic Designer

Ran/biked more than 2,400 miles this year.

Tracy Linnane

Account Director

Cheered at every major baseball stadium in the country.

Margaret Sweeney

Controller

Answers to a million different nicknames.

Susan Gooding

VP of Client Services

Coffee addict, pop culture fanatic and dance contest champion.

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SUSAN GOODING / VP OF CLIENT SERVICES

Susan is an accomplished marketer, developing award-winning and business-building programs for brands spanning a wide range of categories and industries. Susan has worked at some of the best agencies in Chicago, was a Promotion Manager at Kellogg USA, and was a founding partner of a privately held agency that specialized in promotion, experiential marketing, cause activation and customer marketing.

As Vice President of Client Services at EA, she leads the Account Management team to deliver best-in-class client service, cultivate partnerships and drive strategic and execution excellence. At EA, Susan has worked closely with all of EA’s clients including Target, AOL, GE, Hilton Worldwide, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Cartoon Network. In addition, Susan is actively involved in all new business initiatives.

Kristin Lippitt

Senior Graphic Deisgner

Rafted Cataract Canyon’s whitewater in an Ducky Kayak.

Mindy Strauss

Senior Producer

Ran an 8-mile race at 8-years-old…just for fun!

Lucy Kaegi

Business Development Director

Favorite color is sparkle.

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LUCY KAEGI / BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

Through a passion for excellence and a sharp creative vision, Lucy has acquired and developed some of EA’s most-valued client relationships. Her position reinforces EA’s commitment to resource the best brands and, in partnership, deliver innovative experiential programs. Building on a solid background in strategic event marketing, she thoroughly understands the desired target audience and develops comprehensive programs that connect. Her depth of experiences span across the US, where she oversees event strategy relating to B2B activations, product launches and openings. Lucy has a proven record in communicating a client’s unique value proposition through an experiential strategy and has delivered results-driven programs for organizations including Target, AOL, Coca-Cola and Ameriprise Financial.

Taylor Joyce

Account Coordinator

Addicted to Netflix.

Donna Panacchia

Creative Concept Manager

Swam with sharks.

Dan Brice

VP of Production

Full-time dad, part-time DJ.

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DAN BRICE / VP OF PRODUCTION

As Vice President of Production at agencyEA, Dan is responsible for leading, growing and strengthening the firm’s in-house Production department. He also works closely with the agency’s Client Services team to provide strategic leadership, project management planning and inter-departmental collaboration.

Throughout his career, Dan has managed a diverse portfolio, working with brands and businesses in channels such as consumer packaged goods, automotive, healthcare and financial. He brings an in-depth understanding of execution management and complex workflow with major consumer brands like The Hershey Company, JPMorgan Chase, Bridgestone and General Motors.

Dan’s background in public relations, client service and production allow him to advise programs from a senior level and bring experiences to life for any audience. Prior to joining agencyEA, Dan spent 15 years at Marketing Werks, where he began his career on the road, producing consumer facing marketing programs.

Dan believes in leading by example, and as the head of EA’s large production department, he also serves as a role model, mentor and curator of culture.

Kim Fanone

Account Executive

Can build a campfire, no problem.

Katie Hollimon

Producer

Can ride a unicycle.

Hollie Lewandowski

Production Coordinator

Whistles at a crazy high pitch.

Mary Kate Holland

Account Coordinator

Has more than 100 cousins.

Claire Prendergast

Senior Strategic Communications Manager

Snorts when she laughs.

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CLAIRE PRENDERGAST / SENIOR STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

As the Senior Strategic Communications Manager, Claire guides the strategic vision for agencyEA’s brand, messaging, positioning and voice. She oversees the Marketing Communications Department, which is responsible for the agency’s internal and external marketing communications including thought leadership, digital marketing, public relations, branding, and more. During her time at EA, Claire has also supported clients such as Huron Healthcare, Hilton Worldwide, AOL and GSV with communications, content strategy, and speech and script writing. With a strong background in public relations and public affairs, Claire brings skills in strategic communication, writing and research. Prior to joining EA in 2011, she executed marketing and media relations campaigns for organizations including the Chicago Botanic Garden, U.S. Cellular and Donate Life Illinois. Claire received a journalism degree with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Carol Chapman

Account Executive

Always carries a koozie.

Kristin Barbour

Account Manager

Has perfect Hula Hoop form. And the trophies to prove it.

David St. Martin

Production Director

A bang-on-the-glass, lose-his-voice, scream-like-crazy hockey fan.

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DAVID ST. MARTIN / PRODUCTION DIRECTOR

Joining agencyEA in 2006 with 12 years of combined experience in retail visual design, production and destination management, David quickly established himself as a key member of the agency. Known for his operational excellence, creative problem solving, and work ethic, David manages EA’s team of talented producers in their day-to-day operations. With the VP of Production, David ensures all client campaign strategies are designed, produced and executed flawlessly.

Prior to becoming Production Director, David successfully executed numerous B-to-B activations, product launches and openings for EA clients such as Ameriprise Financial, Twitter, the Boeing Company, Coca-Cola, TopShop, Obama for America, GE Healthcare and Harpo Productions.

His ability to connect brand objectives and target audiences, attention to detail and congeniality make him an asset to every project. In 2012, he was awarded the BizBash Chicago Event Producer of the Year award.

Jason Vargas

Managing Director

Once got Jimmy Page and Robert Plant to donate a truck load of food for the needy.

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JASON VARGAS / MANAGING DIRECTOR

Jason is a creative, business growth expert with executive leadership skills. As Managing Director, he is responsible for agencyEA’s continued growth and evolution. Jason also oversees all EA departments including Business Development, Client Services, Creative, Digital, Finance, Marketing Communications and Production, as well as IT and HR.

Prior to joining EA, Jason spent 20 years at two of the largest experiential marketing firms in the country. His innovative strategies have allowed leading brands to build awareness, generate demand, promote customer retention and launch new products through broadcast, digital and live experiences.

Primarily working in the areas of entertainment, lifestyle and sports, Jason has directed the work for leading Fortune 500 clients by identifying the best approach to forming one-on-one relationships with their consumers. He also has a vast and deep array of experience that includes working in automotive, consumer package goods, consumer electronics, financial services, healthcare, retail, and the telecom industries.

Jason studied marketing communication at Columbia College and business at The University of Chicago, where he has been an adjunct professor of experiential and promotional marketing for nearly a decade. He resides in Chicago with his wife and twin daughters.

Nate Dicken

Operations Coordinator

Capable of Slam Dunking; chooses not to.

Ricardo Johnson

Building Maintenance Engineer

Loves to play basketball and cook.

Rick Cosgrove

Creative Director

Collects vintage furniture (among other things).

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RICK COSGROVE / CREATIVE DIRECTOR

As Creative Director, Rick leads a team of exceptional designers and strategists that bring EA’s creative concepts to life. Rick’s keen eye for logistically sound design ensures a solid, comprehensive creative solution for EA’s clients, whether through print, digital or spatial channels. With a background in architecture and design, Rick brings a holistic approach to transforming spaces and experiences.

Rick’s tenure at EA has evolved from serving as the agency’s first in-house designer to leading and growing its robust Creative Department, which now includes a team of spatial and graphic designers as well as concept managers and strategists. During his time at EA, Rick has directed and produced design solutions for clients such as Hilton Worldwide, Ameriprise Financial, GE Healthcare, AOL, Boeing, and Lurie Children’s Hospital. In 2011, he was awarded the BizBash Designer of the Year award, and he has been a guest speaker for multiple Design and Event conferences.

Kelley Gripp

Business Development Executive Manager

Childhood friends with Ludacris.

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KELLEY GRIPP / BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE MANAGER

Kelley is a seasoned manager who inspires confidence and motivates staff to perform at high levels and consistently exceed expectations. She brings more than 10 years of experience in non-profit management, sponsorship activation and special event marketing, which allow her to excel in developing and executing comprehensive strategic plans. 

Kelley’s diverse professional insight and detailed approach make her an asset to every project and new business venture. As Business Development Executive Manager, she takes an analytical approach to marketing with focus on growth, retention and attaining revenue goals. Her strong leadership enables EA’s Business Development team to pinpoint the needs of each client in order to provide complete solutions. At agencyEA, Kelley has led strategic efforts resulting in new clients including Edelman/Mitsui, Leo Burnett/ComEd, Huron Healthcare, Northwestern Memorial, Ohio State, Twitter, Starkey Hearing Technologies and World Routes Development Forum.

Elise Trattner

Marketing Manager

Likes turtlenecks, knitting and canning - but is far from 90 years old.

Stephanie Like

Production Coordinator

Makes life-altering monster cookies.

Amy Jesernig

Business Development Associate

Can bust a serious move.

Jessica Austin

Business Development Coordinator

Failed her driver’s test…twice.

Brittni Lally

Account Executive

Serves as EA’s European correspondent.

Dan Kuharchuk

Senior Spatial Designer

Gearhead. Born and raised.

Kelli Wolfgram

Executive Operations Manager

Former BMX champion in the state of Florida.

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KELLI WOLFGRAM / EXECUTIVE OPERATIONS MANAGER

As Executive Operations Manager, Kelli serves as the primary executive assistant to agencyEA’s owners and Managing Director. Kelli oversees the day-to-day operations of the entire office, including employee travel, IT management, and various HR tasks. Kelli also manages and oversees agency-wide recruitment and the hiring process for both full-time and freelance staff. Since joining EA, Kelli has worked on major projects including The Oprah Winfrey Show’s final taping at the United Center, Lurie Children’s Hospital opening events, the Hampton Hotels General Manger’s conference, and The White House annual holiday décor.

Erin Behbehani

Account Coordinator

Addicted to making Spotify playlists.

Brittany McCullars

Digital Project Manager

Sat next to Donald as a guest judge on The Apprentice.

Joanna Badamo

Account Manager

The EA fantasy football champion.

Tom Astley

Lead Interactive Developer

Met Kenny G in an elevator.

Jeremy Hilborn

Senior Producer

Worked in Letterman’s mail room.

Alec Richardson

Business Development Executive

Has a chin underneath that beard.

Craig Douglas

Creative Concept Manager

Answers fantasy football questions on a weekly sports talk radio show.

Daniel Walden

Senior Designer

Starred in a Nike running commercial.

Hunter Haas

Account Director

Favorite food is birthday cake.

Daniella Cos Tovar

Account Coordinator

Sings in the shower… and (sometimes/accidentally) in public.

Christina Schreiner

Account Manager

Rivals Vanilla Ice with her ‘Ice Ice Baby’ rendition.

Kristen Liggett

Account Director

Makes a mean cocktail.

Rudy Arroyo

Spatial Designer

Owns a signed Derrick Rose jersey.

Jessica Murray

Senior Account Manager

Award-winning cake decorator.

Steve Meixner

Producer

Has been to 45 MLB stadiums.

Jon Kirsch

Director of Operations

Has coached basketball for 20 years.

Brittany Wetzel

Production Coordinator

Spits sick rhymes.

Paige Pera

Graphic Designer

Speaks a secret, made-up language called "Edaguese."

Saleigh White

Business Development Coordinator

Born with no wisdom teeth, but still very wise.

Liza Nikitas

Producer

Won a gameshow hosted by Chuck Woolery.

Katie Graham

Producer

Won an international problem solving competition.

Danica Milich

Producer

Plays the saxophone.

FUTURE + FINANCIAL PLANNING

CULTURE & BENEFITS

HEALTH & WELLNESS

We offer a comprehensive health insurance package that includes medical PPO, dental, prescription, and vision coverage, as well as life and disability benefits. That’s all swell, but on select weeknights, we also offer complimentary yoga classes to all employees. #Namaste

Office Camaraderie

Frequent happy hours, quarterly company outings and parties, teambuilding events, employee of the quarter celebrations, and more. Plus, we sincerely like one another, which makes working together a whole lot more fun.

creative environment

Visitors regularly tell us that our office is one of the coolest spaces they’ve ever seen, and we agree! The office was designed by our internal team, which means it facilitates collaboration and creativity, has unique details at every turn and fits us just right. Our team also benefits from working on the “latest and greatest” technology.

future & financial planning

EA is more than just a job, it’s a place where you can build a career. EA employees benefit from internal mentorship and customized career tracks. Additionally, our 401k retirement plan provides employees with the ability to make pre-tax contributions.

lifestyle & perks

EA offers three weeks paid vacation, Summer Fridays, comp days, casual work environment, ping-pong, PacMan, non-profit support, and funding for professional development.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

We’re always looking for ways to give back, and frequently donate our time, talent and resources to some of Chicago’s worthiest non-profit organizations including After School Matters, The Honeycomb Project and Lurie Children’s Hospital. Individual employees also receive agency support for the charities and non-profit organizations most important to them.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

We offer a comprehensive health insurance package that includes medical PPO, dental, prescription, and vision coverage, as well as life and disability benefits. That’s all swell, but on select weeknights, we also offer complimentary yoga classes to all employees. #Namaste

Office Camaraderie

Frequent happy hours, quarterly company outings and parties, teambuilding events, employee of the quarter celebrations, and more. Plus, we sincerely like one another, which makes working together a whole lot more fun.

creative environment

Visitors regularly tell us that our office is one of the coolest spaces they’ve ever seen, and we agree! The office was designed by our internal team, which means it facilitates collaboration and creativity, has unique details at every turn and fits us just right. Our team also benefits from working on the “latest and greatest” technology.

future & financial planning

EA is more than just a job, it’s a place where you can build a career. EA employees benefit from internal mentorship and customized career tracks. Additionally, our 401k retirement plan provides employees with the ability to make pre-tax contributions.

lifestyle & perks

EA offers three weeks paid vacation, Summer Fridays, comp days, casual work environment, ping-pong, PacMan, non-profit support, and funding for professional development.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

We’re always looking for ways to give back, and frequently donate our time, talent and resources to some of Chicago’s worthiest non-profit organizations including After School Matters, The Honeycomb Project and Lurie Children’s Hospital. Individual employees also receive agency support for the charities and non-profit organizations most important to them.

OPEN POSITIONS

open positions