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Amy Jesernig

Business Development Manager

Let Ben Stiller use her apartment as a dressing room.

Olivia Merlin

Production Coordinator

Most Likely to Join a Trap Shooting Team.

Jessica Murray

Account Director

Award-winning cake decorator.

Susan Malen

Account Manager

Loves Chinese food. And can actually use chopsticks.

Angelina Spaniolo

Senior Creative Strategist

Can read. And write.

Lauren Lorenzetti

Account Supervisor

Retired D1 Tennis player turned Ironman70.3 competitor.

Jacob Stanton

Production Operations Coordinator

Competitive classically trained singer as a child.

Joanna Badamo

Associate Strategy Director

The EA fantasy football champion.

Cari Wafford

Digital Project Manager

Can write a jingle about anything.

Paige Pera

Art Director

Mother of jellyfish.

Claire Holland

VP, Marketing Communications

Snorts when she laughs.

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CLAIRE HOLLAND / VP OF MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS

As the Vice President 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.

Mindy Strauss

Senior Producer

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

Sarah Ruer

Associate Producer

Can create 15 types of balloon figurines.

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 18 years, Martinez has played an integral role in the company’s growth from a boutique events company to a premier brand experience agency for organizations like Hilton, Intuit, the Boeing Company, CLIF Bar and MillerCoors.

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.  

Joe Pisanzio

Creative Technologist

Most Likely to Train with a Master Mask Maker in Italy.

Nate Dicken

Associate Creative Strategist

Capable of Slam Dunking; chooses not to.

Sofia Eddy

Graphic Designer

Her work is on Mars, literally.

Kori Coleman

Associate Creative Strategist

Went skydiving in Hawaii with a tandem instructor named Range.

Kelli Wolfgram

Operations and Recruitment Manager, Human Resources

Former BMX champion in the state of Florida.

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KELLI WOLFGRAM / OPERATIONS AND RECRUITMENT MANAGER, HUMAN RESOURCES

As the Operations and Recruitment Manager,  Kelli spearheaded the adoption of a dedicated human resources team at EA. She has years of experience in small to mid-size organizations providing guidance and direction to senior leadership, supporting rapid growth, stabilizing the organizational structure, and harnessing a company culture built for innovation and driven for success.

Kelli’s broad experience includes employee relations, company benefits, event travel and accommodations, IT management, hiring processes, talent acquisition and the management of a robust network of independent contractors, with experience spanning across professional services, hospitality and company culture. She 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. Kelli holds a Generalist Certification in Human Resources, and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Elise Farrington

Account Executive

Keeps 3M in business with Post-it use.

Erin Behbehani

Account Executive

Addicted to making Spotify playlists.

Ashley Taylor

Operations and Sales Coordinator

Has 12 nieces and nephews!

Natalie Naples

Senior Account Executive

Can hold a conversation using only hip-hop lyrics.

Sarah Spliethoff

Senior Creative Strategist

Has the best Halloween costumes.

Rhonda Grizzard

Producer

Wasn't a licensed driver until age 27.

Katie Graham

Producer

Won an international problem solving competition.

Jordan Lipshutz

Associate Graphic Designer

Makes the meanest enchiladas this side of the Rio Grande.

Lauren Vissat

Associate Director of Business Development

Always at the center of the dance floor.

Rick Cosgrove

Executive Creative Director

Collects vintage furniture (among other things).

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RICK COSGROVE / EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR

As Executive 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 and managing the robust Creative Department. Rick has directed and produced creative solutions for clients such as Hilton, Intuit, Ameriprise Financial, 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.

Caitlin Ferry

Producer

Fluent in Sarcasm.

Stephanie Spence

Associate Producer

Most Likely to Twirl Double Fire Batons as a Featured Majorette.

Alex Gruber

Account Manager

Kicked off his career as a Yo-yo demonstrator.

The-Minh Ly

IT Coordinator

Have ziplined through the canopies in Monteverde Costa Rica!

Samra Qasim

Associate Spatial Designer

Will sing and dance to anything, anytime, anywhere.

Sydny Layne

Digital Project Manager

DIYer aspiring to be the next Martha Stewart.

Brittany Obermeyer

Account Executive

Was once the face of a popular entertainment and comedy article.

Mary Schaefer

Account Coordinator

Taylor Swift's #1 Super Fan.

Jeremy Hilborn

SENIOR MANAGER, PRODUCTION DEVELOPMENT

Worked in Letterman’s mail room.

Amy Bott

Senior Account Coordinator

Loves singing along to oldies, especially The Beatles.

Jordan Ritchie

Production Coordinator

Once ate a tarantula in Thailand.

Patrick Crosson

Senior Producer

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

Morgan Brown

Associate Digital Project Manager

Prefers her coffee iced and her chocolate dark.

Brittany McCullars

Digital Project Manager

Was a guest judge on The Apprentice.

Kate O’Rourke

Producer

Owns a taxidermy Unicorn.

Jon Kirsch

VP, Building Operations

Has coached basketball for 20 years.

Katie Geary

Associate Graphic Designer

Most Likely to Put a Pug in a Stroller and Take it for a Walk.

Colleen Moss

Producer

Stole the scene as an extra in a Julia Roberts flick at age 8.

Jeff Burgess

Associate Spatial Designer

Buys books and never reads them.

Lucy Stratton

VP, Business Development

Favorite color is sparkle.

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LUCY STRATTON / VP OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

Through a passion for excellence and a sharp creative vision, Lucy’s growth efforts have led EA to become a valued-partner for top brands. Her position reinforces EA’s commitment to resource the best brands and, in partnership, deliver innovative experiential programs. Building on a strong background in marketing and brand strategy, she makes a point to thoroughly understand a company’s value proposition and desired target audience to develop comprehensive programs that connect. Lucy honed her skills spending over 5 years working in account management for clients including Target, AOL, Coca-Cola and Ameriprise Financial. As VP of Business Development, Lucy’s goal is to evolve the agency and its offerings to continue to be the premier solution for clients while building better programs and delivering more results. She oversees a team focused on relationship development and event strategy relating to B2B activations, product launches and conferences. Lucy has an MBA from Kellogg and specializes in growth strategy, innovation and design, branding… and of course experiential marketing!

Colin Faul

Senior Producer

Fluent in Spanish (after four drinks). HOLA!

Alec Richardson

Business Development Manager

Once captivated Janelle Monáe with his dance moves.

Tessa Coan

Marketing Communications Associate

Fluent in gibberish... and English too!

Kendra Lemon

Associate Spatial Designer

Often described as a well-balanced breakfast.

Maeve O’Connor

Associate Producer

Certified yoga instructor with a passion for Jet's Triple Cheese Turbo Sticks.

Rudy Arroyo

Associate Spatial Director

Owns a signed Derrick Rose jersey.

Stephanie Lallas

Senior Producer

Former Huggies baby model.

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 agencyEA’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 each campaign’s success. She ensures that the vision of the creative and production teams are carried out with precision budget tracking at the forefront of the planning process. Margaret earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.

Jeff Sasz

Senior Technical Producer

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

Eugene Jeun

IT Systems Manager

Most Likely to Go On a Five day Trek in Patagonia.

Edgar Ortega

Business Development Manager

Family man, grill master, craft beer enthusiast.

Elle Walters

Senior Copywriter

Literal tree hugger.

Leah Judge

Marketing Communications Manager

Wrote the hook for a hip hop song.

Ricardo Johnson

Facilities Manager

Loves to play basketball and cook.

Christophe Collins

Operations Coordinator - Savage Smyth

Found out my real name is Christophe and not Christopher at 31.

Casey Crisenbery

Senior Graphic Designer

Contributed illustrations to more than 23 various publications.

Dave Priest

Producer

Owns over 600 albums.

Lauren Taft

Production Coordinator

Once made a latte for the lead singer of the Plain White T's.

Becca Lyon

Senior Manager, Marketing Strategy

Most prized possession is Questlove’s drumstick that she caught at a Roots concert.

Kelley Gripp

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Childhood friends with Ludacris.

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KELLEY GRIPP / DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC INITIATIVES

Kelley is a seasoned manager who inspires confidence and motivates team members to perform at high levels. As Director of Strategic Initiatives, Kelley focuses on enhancing the work experience for each team member at agencyEA. Her primary role is to lead the agency through boundary spanning initiatives that champion operational improvements, business transformation, leadership development and process improvement training programs. She combines key project management skills, new technology and team insights in order to facilitate these channels for growth and sustainability.

Kelley’s diverse professional insight and detailed approach make her an asset to every business venture. Her background in project management, non-profit management, sponsorship activation and special event marketing allows her to successfully develop and execute comprehensive strategic plans. During her tenure at agencyEA, Kelley has structured and played a role in the development efforts resulting in over twenty-five new clients including MillerCoors, Huron Healthcare, Northwestern Memorial, Purdue University, Clif Bar and World Routes Development Forum.

Ben Zuber

Associate Producer

Served in the U.S. Air Force Guard in emergency management and post-attack recovery ops.

Steve Meixner

Producer

Has been to 45 MLB stadiums.

Traci Pratt

Human Resources Manager

If she could live off cookies, she would.

Isabella Jacobs

Production Coordinator

2009 Powderpuff Football MVP.

Donna Panacchia

Print Manager

Swam with sharks.

Haley Paszkiewicz

Associate Digital Project Coordinator

Two-Time Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin' Challenge Winner.

Kristin Barbour

Account Director

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

Olivia Otterness

Associate Digital Project Manager

Journeyed down the fjords of Norway to step foot on the same land as her distant relatives.

Katie Haney

Account Manager

Has an addiction to gym shoes — owns over 30 pairs!

Taylor Joyce

Account Executive

Addicted to Netflix.

Caitlin Shukwit

Senior Account Coordinator

Three-time competitor on the national television show, American Ninja Warrior.

Alyssa Jadwin

Associate Graphic Designer

Can fit 23 grapes in her mouth.

Cate LeSourd

Marketing Communications Coordinator

Traveled to 5 continents by the age of 17.

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 17 years of experience in brand management and event production to agencyEA. Suzanne has been with EA for over 4 years and serves as the Director of Production. Suzanne manages EA’s growing production team – overseeing all of its 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.

Suzanne has also supported client projects like Hilton Worldwide (Hampton and TRU), Intuit, CCM, Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, GSV and CFGC in a production capacity.

Leigha Kristoff

Creative Strategist

Used to write Harry Potter fan fiction.

Kate McGivney

Account Executive

Once met Aaron Carter at a softball tournament.

Susan Gooding

VP, 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.

Danica Milich

Producer

Plays the saxophone.

Emily Bouchard

Producer

Favorite food & wine pairing is fried chicken & champagne.

Hollie Lewandowski

Production Coordinator

Whistles at a crazy high pitch.

David St. Martin

VP, 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.

Asia Ligas

Spatial Designer

Always smiling on the inside.

Monika Pawar

Graphic Designer

Puts hot sauce on everything.

LeNore Murovic

Creative Resource Manager

Animal lover, antique hunter, DIY-er, avid gardener.

Hunter Haas

Group Account Director

Favorite food is birthday cake.

Stephanie Like

Producer

Makes life-altering monster cookies.

Madeleine Bennett

Associate Graphic Designer

Always listening to comedy podcasts and baking vegan treats.

Kristen Liggett

Group Account Director

Makes a mean cocktail.

Caroline Wilson

Account Supervisor

Australian made Chicagoan.

Kelly Hsieh

Senior Accounting Manager

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

Kirk Bell

Senior Graphic Designer

Most Likely to Be a Lego Enthusiast.

Pawel Puchniewicz

Spatial Designer

Most Likely to Lose Track of Time in a Museum.

Sarah Fischer

Copywriter

Might have been a French poet or horticulturalist (or both!) in a past life.

Fergus Rooney

CEO

Certified scuba instructor, full-time CEO.

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FERGUS ROONEY / CEO

Fergus Rooney is the chief executive officer of agencyEA, 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 event management company to the leading global brand experience agency it is today. His vision in building agencyEA and its brand transcends to  every client engagement.

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

Jessica Yarbrough

Account Supervisor

Almost tall enough to touch the moon.

Courtney O’Keeffe

Graphic Designer

Most Likely to Record Her Own Murder Podcast.

Liza Nikitas

Senior Producer

Fluent in movie quotes and song lyrics.

Sydney Howe

Account Coordinator

Has a slight obsession with Frank's Red Hot.

Alex Bennett

Producer

Most Likely to Take on Laser Tag as a New Hobby.

Brian Donahoe

Account Manager

Visited Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania.

Silvia Tangaro

Associate Graphic Designer

Can heel-click like a boss.

Neeli Amin

Account Executive

Obsessed with all things food-related.

Barbie Hernandez

Operations Coordinator

#1 fan of Albaneses mini gummy worms.

Jillian Ann

Business Development Coordinator

Bit by a shark while living in Australia.

Lauren Robinson

Account Coordinator

Sang in the World Children's Day Concert with Celine Dion.

Eric Kirkes

Production Coordinator

Has an addiction to cactus-print clothing.

FUTURE + FINANCIAL PLANNING

CULTURE & BENEFITS

Health & Wellness

We offer a comprehensive health insurance package that includes medical PPO, dental and prescription 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, we offer a 401k retirement plan along with contribution matching to enhance our employees’ ability to build their financial futures.

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 and prescription 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, we offer a 401k retirement plan along with contribution matching to enhance our employees’ ability to build their financial futures.

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.