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Ricardo Johnson

Facilities Manager

Loves to play basketball and cook.

Alec Richardson

Business Development Manager

Once captivated Janelle Monáe with his dance moves.

Alex Gruber

Account Manager

Kicked off his career as a Yo-yo demonstrator.

Susan Malen

Account Manager

Loves Chinese food. And can actually use chopsticks.

Brian Donahoe

Account Manager

Visited Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania.

Amy Bott

Account Coordinator

Loves singing along to oldies, especially The Beatles.

Jason Oertell

Business Development Coordinator

Elementary school Ping-Pong champion.

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.

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 Associate Director of Human Resources and Executive Operations, 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.

Angelina Spaniolo

Senior Creative Strategist

Can read. And write.

Mindy Strauss

Senior Producer

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

Katie Geary

Associate Graphic Designer

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

Colleen Kelly

Producer

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

Lauren Robinson

Account Coordinator

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

Lu Zhang

Associate Spatial Designer

In the process of taste-testing every ramen place nationwide.

Sydny Layne

Digital Project Manager

DIYer aspiring to be the next Martha Stewart.

Jon Kirsch

VP Building Operations

Has coached basketball for 20 years.

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.  

Eric Jensen

Account Manager

Boy band enthusiast.

Edgar Ortega

Business Development Manager

Family man, grill master, craft beer enthusiast.

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!

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.

Lauren Vissat

Senior Business Development Manager

Always at the center of the dance floor.

Katie Graham

Producer

Won an international problem solving competition.

Kristen Liggett

Group Account Director

Makes a mean cocktail.

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.

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.

Jessica Murray

Account Director

Award-winning cake decorator.

Patrick Crosson

Producer

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

Caitlin Ferry

Associate Producer

Fluent in Sarcasm

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.

Elise Farrington

Account Executive

Keeps 3M in business with Post-it use.

Casey Crisenbery

Senior Graphic Designer

Contributed illustrations to more than 23 various publications.

Tessa Coan

Marketing Communications Associate

Fluent in gibberish... and English too!

Brittni Mangan

Account Executive

Serves as EA’s European correspondent.

Jillian Ann

Business Development Coordinator

Bit by a shark while living in Australia.

Stephanie Spence

Production Coordinator

Most Likely to Twirl Double Fire Batons as a Featured Majorette

Danica Milich

Producer

Plays the saxophone.

Courtney O’Keeffe

Graphic Designer

Most Likely to Record Her Own Murder Podcast

Michael Chen

Senior Producer

Backpacked through 13 countries.

Sydney Howe

Account Coordinator

Has a slight obsession with Frank's Red Hot.

Kate McGivney

Account Executive

Once met Aaron Carter at a softball tournament.

Alex Bennett

Producer

Most Likely to Take on Laser Tag as a New Hobby

Elle Walters

Copywriter

Literal tree hugger.

Jeremy Hilborn

SENIOR MANAGER, PRODUCTION DEVELOPMENT

Worked in Letterman’s mail room.

Erin Behbehani

Account Executive

Addicted to making Spotify playlists.

Joanna Badamo

Associate Strategy Director

The EA fantasy football champion.

Hunter Haas

Group Account Director

Favorite food is birthday cake.

Stephanie Like

Associate Producer

Makes life-altering monster cookies.

Caitlin Shukwit

Account Coordinator

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

Olivia Merlin

Production Coordinator

Most Likely to Join a Trap Shooting Team

Becca Lyon

Senior Manager, Marketing Strategy

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

Sarah Ruer

Associate Producer

Can create 15 types of balloon figurines.

Sarah Spliethoff

Creative Strategist

Has the best Halloween costumes.

Pawel Puchniewicz

Spatial Designer

Most Likely to Lose Track of Time in a Museum

Stephanie Lallas

Producer

Former Huggies baby model.

Katie Haney

Senior Account Executive

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

Kelly Hsieh

Senior Accounting Manager

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

Mary Schaefer

Account Coordinator

Taylor Swift's #1 Super Fan

Silvia Tangaro

Associate Graphic Designer

Can heel-click like a boss.

Brittany McCullars

Digital Project Manager

Was a guest judge on The Apprentice.

Liza Nikitas

Senior Producer

Fluent in movie quotes and song lyrics.

Ben Zuber

Production Coordinator

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

Alyssa Jadwin

Associate Graphic Designer

Can fit 23 grapes in her mouth.

Paige Pera

Art Director

Mother of jellyfish.

Leah Judge

Marketing Communications Manager

Wrote the hook for a hip hop song.

Colin Faul

Senior Producer

Fluent in Spanish (after four drinks). HOLA!

Neeli Amin

Senior Account Coordinator

Obsessed with all things food-related.

Nate Dicken

Senior Operations Coordinator

Capable of Slam Dunking; chooses not to.

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.

Eugene Jeun

IT Systems Manager

Most Likely to Go On a Five day Trek in Patagonia

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.

Taylor Joyce

Senior Account Coordinator

Addicted to Netflix.

Steve Meixner

Producer

Has been to 45 MLB stadiums.

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.

Monika Pawar

Associate Graphic Designer

Puts hot sauce on everything.

Emily Bouchard

Producer

Favorite food & wine pairing is fried chicken & champagne.

Paige Preissler

Associate Producer

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

Kori Coleman

Associate Creative Strategist

Went skydiving in Hawaii with a tandem instructor named Range.

Maeve O’Connor

Associate Producer

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

LeNore Murovic

Creative Resource Manager

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

Amy Jesernig

Senior Business Development Executive

Let Ben Stiller use her apartment as a dressing room.

Kirk Bell

Senior Graphic Designer

Most Likely to Be a Lego Enthusiast

Kristin Barbour

Account Director

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

Kate Swanson

Producer

Owns a taxidermy Unicorn.

Asia Ligas

Spatial Designer

Always smiling on the inside.

Donna Panacchia

Print Manager

Swam with sharks.

Joe Pisanzio

Creative Technologist

Most Likely to Train with a Master Mask Maker in Italy

Kerry Roach

Senior Account Executive

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

Rudy Arroyo

Associate Spatial Director

Owns a signed Derrick Rose jersey.

Jeff Sasz

Senior Technical Producer

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

Hollie Lewandowski

Production Coordinator

Whistles at a crazy high pitch.

Cari Wafford

Digital Project Manager

Can write a jingle about anything.

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.