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Stephanie Lallas

Producer

Former Huggies baby model.

Megan King

Graphic Designer

Biggest NASA fan this side of the Milky Way.

Nikki Weitz

associate spatial designer

Guaranteed to laugh at any pun, no matter how terrible.

Michael Chen

Producer

Backpacked through 13 countries.

Erin Behbehani

Account Coordinator

Addicted to making Spotify playlists.

David St. Martin

VP of Cultural Development

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

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DAVID ST. MARTIN / VP OF CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT

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. During his tenure, David has developed a deep understanding of EA’s business, process, culture and vision for the future through his role as Producer, Senior Production Manager, and eventually, Director of Production. As such, it was a natural progression for David to become the agency’s Vice President of Cultural Development, where he cultivates, refines, infuses and evolves agencyEA’s unique company culture. David focuses on creating an environment where agencyEA’s employees, partners and stakeholders embody the agency’s core values, mission and vision – ultimately enabling the firm to become a more effective player in the marketplace.

Prior to becoming VP of Cultural Development, 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. In 2012, he was awarded the BizBash Chicago Event Producer of the Year award.

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.

Kori Coleman

associate creative strategist

Went skydiving in Hawaii with a tandem instructor named Range.

Lucy Stratton

Director of Business Development

Favorite color is sparkle.

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LUCY STRATTON / DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

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.

Paige Pera

Art Director

Mother of jellyfish.

Steve Meixner

Producer

Has been to 45 MLB stadiums.

Christina Schreiner

Account Manager

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

Craig Douglas

Creative Strategist

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

Kirk Bell

graphic designer

Lego enthusiast.

Ricardo Johnson

Building Maintenance Engineer

Loves to play basketball and cook.

Taylor Joyce

Account Coordinator

Addicted to Netflix.

Dan Kuharchuk

Senior Spatial Designer

Gearhead. Born and raised.

Amy Jesernig

Business Development Executive

Can bust a serious move.

Jon Kirsch

VP Building Operations

Has coached basketball for 20 years.

Joanna Badamo

Creative Strategist

The EA fantasy football champion.

Donna Panacchia

Creative Executive Manager

Swam with sharks.

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DONNA PANACCHIA / CREATIVE EXECUTIVE MANAGER

During Donna’s professional career, she’s gained many valuable skills through the planning, creation and implementation of comprehensive marketing communication campaigns for clients such as S.C. Johnson, Georgia Pacific, Blistex and National Dairy Council. Her experience also includes creative event planning, project management, press kit development and media buying and planning. At agencyEA, Donna is responsible for the creative development of innovative and effective experiential marketing executions, and guiding the team and project through the development and production process. During her time at EA, Donna has worked with clients such as GE Capital, Rush University Medical Center and The University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences and the Canadian Tourism Commission.

Suzanne L’Erario

Director of Production

Neverending quest to find Sloane Peterson's white fringe leather jacket.

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SUZANNE L’ERARIO / DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION

Suzanne brings more than 15 years of experience in brand management and event production to agencyEA. Previously, Suzanne has executed mid-to-large scale programs with multi-million dollar budgets and large teams for clients such as Foley & Lardner LLP, Accenture, Roche Pharmaceuticals, Microsoft, NorthHighland, and LP Legal.

As agencyEA’s Director of Production, Suzanne manages EA’s growing production team, oversees all production team assignments and staffing, fosters innovation and team initiatives, spearheads the creation of new agency best practices and guidelines, and serves as an agency-wide resource for all production-related matters. At agencyEA, Suzanne has also supported clients like GE Capital, Hampton Hotels, and Hilton Worldwide in a production capacity.

Claire Holland

Director of Marketing Communications

Snorts when she laughs.

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CLAIRE HOLLAND / DIRECTOR OF MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS

As the Director of Marketing Communications, 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.

Sarah Ruer

Production Coordinator

Can create 15 types of balloon figurines.

Jennifer Golz

Associate Graphic Designer

Dream car is a 1960s Land Rover Defender.

Kelley Gripp

Associate Director, Strategic Growth and Development

Childhood friends with Ludacris.

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KELLEY GRIPP / ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, STRATEGIC GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT

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 Associate Director, Strategic Growth and Development, 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.

Patrick Crosson

Producer

That dog bark in the office, that's actually his laugh!

Danica Milich

Producer

Plays the saxophone.

Kate Swanson

Associate Producer

Owns a taxidermy Unicorn.

Brett Haymaker

Creative Technologist

Regarding personal style, It's been described as ‘grandpa chic.

Lauren Vissat

Business Development Manager

Always at the center of the dance floor.

Brittni Mangan

Account Executive

Serves as EA’s European correspondent.

Katie Graham

Producer

Won an international problem solving competition.

Elle Kane

Interactive Marketing Manager

emojis = preferred method of communication.

Stephanie Like

Production Coordinator

Makes life-altering monster cookies.

Cari Wafford

digital producer

Can write a jingle about anything.

Sarah Spliethoff

Account Executive

Has the best Halloween costumes.

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.  

Kristin Barbour

Account Manager

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

Liza Nikitas

Senior Producer

Won a gameshow hosted by Chuck Woolery.

Jason Oertell

Business Development Coordinator

Elementary school Ping-Pong champion.

Nate Dicken

Operations Coordinator

Capable of Slam Dunking; chooses not to.

Casey Crisenbery

Senior Graphic Designer

Contributed illustrations to more than 23 various publications.

Alec Richardson

Business Development Manager

Once captivated Janelle Monáe with his dance moves.

Saleigh White

Business Development Coordinator

Born with no wisdom teeth, but still very wise.

Paige Preissler

Associate Producer

Believes any problem can be solved with a cupcake or a puppy.

Hunter Haas

Account Director

Favorite food is birthday cake.

Daniella Cos Tovar

Account Coordinator

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

Kristen Liggett

Account Director

Makes a mean cocktail.

Brian Donahoe

account executive

Visited Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania.

Mindy Strauss

Senior Producer

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

Rudy Arroyo

Senior Spatial Designer

Owns a signed Derrick Rose jersey.

Edgar Ortega

Business Development Executive

Family man, grill master, craft beer enthusiast.

Jodi Degyansky

Account Manager

Lover of all animals and organization.

Angelina Spaniolo

Creative Strategist

Can read. And write.

Kerry Roach

Account Executive

Played basketball in Amsterdam representing the U.S. (in high school).

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.

Jeremy Hilborn

Senior Producer

Worked in Letterman’s mail room.

Elle Metz

copywriter

Literal tree hugger.

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 passion for purposeful and cohesively designed experiences consistently ensures comprehensive solutions for EA’s clients. With a background in architecture and design, Rick brings a holistic approach to transforming space for live engagement.

Rick’s tenure at EA has evolved from serving as the agency’s first in-house designer to building the robust Creative Department. During his time at EA, Rick has directed and produced creative solutions for clients such as Hilton Worldwide, Ameriprise Financial, Arby’s, GE Healthcare, Boeing, and Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. In 2011, he was awarded Bizbash Chicago’s Designer of the Year, and he has been a guest speaker for multiple Design and Event conferences.

Elise Farrington

Account Coordinator

Keeps 3M in business with Post-it use.

Colin Faul

Senior Producer

Fluent in Spanish (after four drinks). HOLA!

Kate McGivney

Account Coordinator

Once met Aaron Carter at a softball tournament.

Caitlin Ferry

Associate Producer

Fluent in Sarcasm

Kim Gallagher

Account Executive

Can build a campfire, no problem.

Susan Malen

Account Executive

Loves Chinese food. And can actually use chopsticks.

Ben Elkind

Digital Strategist

Plays music journalist by night.

Becca Lyon

Marketing Communications Manager

Closet bookworm and aspiring Food Network star.

Jill Sullivan

business development coordinator

Bit by a shark while living in Australia.

Brittany McCullars

Associate Director of Digital

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

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BRITTANY MCCULLARS / ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF DIGITAL

Brittany brings 10 years of experience in marketing, sales and digital strategy to EA. For the past four years, she has focused specifically on digital planning and strategy. Her background includes technology product development, web and mobile application management, and budget and scope management. Brittany has a passion for merging digital with live activations to enhance the customer experience and is always on top of the latest technology trends. She has activated digital extensions for clients such as Hampton, Publicis, Target, Assurance, GE and AOL.

Margaret Sweeney

Controller

Answers to a million different nicknames.

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MARGARET SWEENEY / CONTROLLER

As agencyEA’s financial controller, Margaret oversees the budget management process for EA’s clients as well as general accounts payable and receivable.

With a background in accounting, finance and real estate, Margaret’s role is extremely vital to the agency’s success. She ensures that the vision of the creative and production teams are carried out with precise budget tracking at the forefront of the planning process. Margaret graduated from Loras College with a bachelors degree in accounting.

 

Jessica Murray

Senior Account Manager

Award-winning cake decorator.

Kelly Hsieh

Accounting Manager

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

Jeff Sasz

Senior Producer

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

Kelli Wolfgram

Associate Director of Human Resources and Executive Operations

Former BMX champion in the state of Florida.

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KELLI WOLFGRAM / ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES AND EXECUTIVE OPERATIONS

As the Associate Director of Human Resources and Executive Operations, 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.

Hollie Lewandowski

Production Coordinator

Whistles at a crazy high pitch.

Julie McDermott

Graphic Designer

Can say the alphabet backwards.

Carol Chapman

Account Manager

Always carries a koozie.

Genny Aamoth   

Digital Producer

Constantly squelches her inner Valley Girl.

FUTURE + FINANCIAL PLANNING

CULTURE & BENEFITS

HEALTH & WELLNESS

We offer a comprehensive health insurance package that includes medical PPO, dental, prescription, and vision coverage. 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. 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.

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