Janie Gaunce

president + CEO
president + CEO

Artist, cowgirl or drummer in a rock band might all be next career paths for Janie Gaunce. That is, if she would ever quit doing what she loves – which is being a Grape. “Grapevine represents all that I love in a company… the people, the energy, creativity and customer focus. Every day is a new challenge, a fun opportunity that presents a way for us to help a client make a statement for their brand.” Outside of work, Janie has served as a PPAI Board member, active in PPAMidwest, co-founder of "100 Jobs for 100 Moms," as well as a member of the University of Kansas Hospital Advancement Board. A yoga and workout fanatic, we have nicknamed her WebMD because she likes to diagnose our ailments. She’s a foodie married to a non-foodie, with two grown kids and a cuddly Boston named Bennie.

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Steve Sachs

COO + partner
COO + partner

As Partner, CFO and overseer of all things operational, Steve’s day is way more exciting than most financial guys, because he gets to work with an office full of women. Thank goodness Mr. Sachs is patient because he answers to “Hey Steve” all day long. How does he keep his guy card? He’s our muscle as well as spreadsheet master, but we tease him because he actually knows what color Periwinkle is. A spin class regular and avid bike rider, Steve’s a KU grad and happily married with two grown kids. When it comes to servicing our clients, his dedication and focus are second to none.

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Jane Beth McCarty

EVP + director, fulfillment programs
Jane Beth
EVP + director, fulfillment programs

Jane Beth might hail from Kentucky but proudly calls Saint Louis home now. But that doesn’t stop her, her husband and her 3 boys from cheering on their beloved Louisville Cardinals while still showing love to the St. Louis Cardinals as well. One team she always puts in first place is her wonderful team of customers. She loves making them feel they are on a winning team and many of them have become good friends over the years. When not with her work team, she spends her time with her home team cooking and trying new recipes. We heard they were hiring at the test kitchen for Bon Appétit magazine, but we think we’ll hang on to this top chef for a while!

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Kris Palmer

director, brand solutions
director, brand solutions

Our resident Rachel Zoe is Kris Palmer. She’s just as driven as she is style conscious. Every day you’ll find Kris and her team operating with “the sky’s the limit” mentality. She loves that on a daily basis she gets to go wherever the creative journey leads her. Her clients benefit from her amazing sourcing and design talents, and you better not settle for mediocrity. Oh no, that simply won’t do for Kris. But if you’re looking for a jammin’ tune or the best snack drawer in the Tri-state area, she’s your girl. A self-admitted reality TV-aholic, Kris stays busy with four kids and lots of grandbabies. Yep.

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Holly Robertson

director, agency services
director, agency services

Holly Robertson loves working in an environment of ultra-creative individuals. She’s a lover of fashion, is the quintessential foodie, and oozes with enthusiasm for uber-cool stuff. She’s into decorating, antiques and in her next career would love to own a shop featuring her refurbished furniture creations alongside her fabulous baked goods. Holly can knock you out with the smile on her face or her newly developed right cross. She’s become quite addicted to Title Boxing. So, look out! Holly’s a family kind of girl who is enjoying her husband and growing family along with her dogs Bigsby and Sonny!

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Chris Rosburg

director, business development
director, business development

Chris is the kind of guy you need to know, and honestly, we're surprised if you don't already. As National Big Brother of the Year for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, it is easy to see his love of getting to know people is displayed in every facet of his life. In the office, his positivity and enthusiasm are incredibly contagious to us and to his clients. If you are lucky enough to catch him around the 4th of July, his favorite holiday, we can confidently say that Chris will greet you patriotically and probably point you to the nearest fireworks stand. Chris loves being a Big Brother, working out, grilling and all of the things that make America great - mostly SPORTS!!

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Bonnie Champion Rund

senior account director
senior account director

There are few people out there that can honestly say they have a lifetime of love for promotional products. As a child, Bonnie was a sucker for "free promotional cups of candy" and we can't blame her! That love has blossomed into a life-long career of passion for promotions. She is no stranger to the creativity and people here at Grapevine, as she worked here early in her career! We are so happy she has come full circle and found her place back "home". This mother of two daughters pays great attention to detail and loves the fast-paced movement of our industry. However, if she ever decides to give up the wonderful, ever-changing world of promotional products (doubtful), you could probably find her and her new husband slinging cocktails somewhere with sand between their toes. Cheers!

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Suzi Miller

account director
account director

“Not a problem. We can do it!” Suzi’s motto is one of the best we have ever heard! She is always up for a challenge and loves knowing that her clients can always count on her (some for more than 20 years)! No matter where she is, whether it’s near the beach or traveling to her beloved hometown of Portland, Oregon; she is always available to her clients, just with a more scenic view. The creativity and support are her favorite things about Grapevine because it allows her to meet all of the needs of her customers. We love having Suzi on our team because of her determination and her immense love of people. We love people too!

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Phylis Semple

account director
account director

When Phylis isn’t traveling about with her husband, you can usually find her on the golf course or a tennis court. Keeping busy and on-the-go suits her personality in her leisure time as well as at work. The love of juggling many things at once and taking the extra step for every client is what really keeps her on top of her game. What is most important to Phylis is providing exceptional customer service to all of her clients, and being at Grapevine allows her to really get into the team approach and make every client experience a winner. Game. Set. Match. Way to serve up a job well done.

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Susan Smydra

account director
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Meredith Wallace

senior account manager
senior account manager

Meredith Wallace has lived all over, from Pennsylvania to Puerto Rico, but has called Grapevine home for over 15 years – and she says she is still amazed at what is accomplished here each day. We describe Meredith as a walking encyclopedia of knowledge that could be on game shows with the awesome amount of trivia lodged in her brain. With a “never say no” mentality, our clients love her speed and accuracy. Also, she has a fascinating knack for buying the most appropriately hilarious birthday cards. Outside of work, Meredith and her singer/songwriter husband stay busy with their active young son. She says, in another life, she’d love to be selling fabulous homes on a tropical island, if she weren’t working at Grapevine of course.

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Austin Hayford-Moody

account director
account director

From his small hometown beginnings at a Dairy Queen in Iowa, Austin has grown to become a king of customer service in Kansas City. Always with a smile on his face, he feels the best part of the industry is making clients feel like they are part of the Grapevine family. Austin loves stepping up to any challenge and isn't deterred by tight deadlines or demanding projects. When he's not rolling out the red carpet for our clients, Austin enjoys a day the lake, a fine tequila, and his Wheaten Terrier, Maizee. We are also happy to say that, with Austin, we now have a resident ordained minister on staff for any nuptial needs. Just in case…

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Heather Hunt

senior account manager
senior account manager

Heather Hunt’s job philosophy is to do it right, make no excuses and give 500% every day – and her coworkers say that’s exactly what she does. When Heather isn’t being an imaginary NFL scout, she’s definitely obsessing about client needs and tending to a cataloged file in her brain about their “isms.” Nothing slips by Heather! She’s amazingly quick, can tackle twelve projects before 8 a.m., and has a memory like a steel trap. At home, she’s busy, taking care of two kids when she’s not skydiving, running the Warrior Dash or watching Jeff Lewis whip up some incredible style. Heather calls it right the first time and we love her for her passionate pursuit of excellence.

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Michelle Costel

senior account manager
senior account manager

This handy, do-it-yourself kind of gal would someday love to play guitar, give Miranda Lambert a run for her money and bring home her very own Grammy for Country Female artist of the year. And when she’s not dreaming of hitting it big, she somehow makes time to take care of her husband, 2 sons and 2 dogs. Hands-on and detail oriented, Michelle loves the creativity at Grapevine and strives to help her clients find just the perfect item for every one of their events. Now that’s really music to our ears!

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Abby Lopez

senior account manager
senior account manager

How does the saying go? “It’s our differences that make us unique?” Well, Abby has unique down to a T! Green eyes, left-handed, AND she’s a mamma to twins! Not to mention she’s the only Abby (with a “y”) in the office. It’s no wonder she’s such a great fit in this industry. She loves it because every day is different! She works very hard to be dependable for her clients and coworkers. If Abby weren’t here with us (which would just be awful), she would love to learn how to cook and open a bed and breakfast on a beautiful tropical island somewhere. We’ll meet you there, Abby!

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Kathy Dexheimer

customer service specialist
customer service specialist

Kathy Dexheimer has a degree in Apparel Management, along with 30+ years in the industry. Her daughter proudly shares her love of marketing, sporting a degree in Textile Marketing of her own. The apple doesn’t fall far from that tree! Both mother and daughter ended up in the promotional products industry, putting their creative talents to work! Kathy’s philosophy is to be totally committed to client satisfaction, all the time, and is the heart and soul of Grapevine. She plays the mother figure for the office, and is a cook extraordinaire by all standards. In her dream professional career, she’d love to be a bartender in a grass hut on a beautiful beach. Can you hear the Jimmy Buffet music?

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Venus Robinson

account manager
account manager

We nominate Venus Robinson as Accounting Manager of the century. While the account teams have their hair on fire ordering samples, drumming up business, and going to the ends of the earth to discover new sourcing channels, Venus calmly sits in her office making sense of it all, slinging invoices and reconciling billing with her eyes closed. She’ll tell you herself that her attention to detail is unbelievable, and her multi-tasking is second-to-none. Never fear, because Venus is the queen of billing systems. She also holds a membership to GVD’s avid reader club and would love to be a best selling author someday. She has crazy good music on her iPod, and is addicted to word games on her iPad – as all smarties are. Her hubby is an artist and they adore their two dogs and bird.

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Monica Rodden

account manager
account manager

Monica came to us as a production specialist but has recently nestled into her new role as an amazing account manager. When she is not watching her beloved Jayhawks, you can find her cheering just as loudly for her children in their many activities! A left-brain enthusiast and a lover of analytics, she enjoys using facts and figures to move the programs of her clients forward. With creativity flowing through our walls, we love that Monica can successfully mesh the designs with the data! We are happy she is a part of our team and is always willing to work hard to provide the best customer service to our clients.

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Megan Dexheimer

account manager
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Cierra Norris

account coordinator
account coordinator Email Cierra

Nicole Richardson

account coordinator
account coordinator Email Nicole

Sara Babcock

account coordinator
account coordinator Email Sara

Bethany Burton

creative director
creative director

A graduate of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX, Bethany Sexton bleeds purple and is proud to call herself a Horned Frog. Just an ordinary girl trying to live an extraordinary life, she knows that the success of anything lies in the details and hard work. Bethany says that “hard work beats out talent when talent doesn’t work hard” – which is especially true in the fast-paced environment here at Grapevine. As a third generation artist, creativity is life. It’s how Bethany sees the world. But don’t let the artist fool you, she’ll school you on the dance floor and she’s a workout queen!

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Taylor Russo

senior graphic designer
senior graphic designer

Taylor’s been told she could be Taylor Swift’s doppelganger, and she definitely brings a little song and dance to the creative department here at Grapevine. Okay, not literally, but she did grow up singing and dancing and one day hopes to play the guitar! She (clearly) likes to keep busy (and we sure love that about her). Sometimes tight deadlines or long to-do lists force her to crank out her best work, and we can vouch for that! But, what she loves about Grapevine is the creative environment where she can bounce ideas off of other creative minds. She’s excited about the opportunity to challenge her design and creative skills by creating out of the box solutions for clients. Plus, she thinks the people here are pretty great too!

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Tori Foster

graphic designer
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Cheryl Goertzen

copywriter Email Cheryl

Kristin Wood

sourcing + kitting manager
sourcing + kitting manager

Kristin Wood, a KU grad, comes to Grapevine with over 15 years experience in design and product development. She feels fortunate to have always found unique opportunities to channel her passion for creativity into her career. Kristin says that the best thing about Grapevine is being part of a team that is always pushing the envelope. She loves seeing great projects develop from concept to completion. Little things make big things happen. Outside of work, Kristin can most likely be found circling the city (and sometimes the globe) with her two amazing kids and hound dog Hudson.

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Kelly Carrico

production specialist
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Eva Velde

production specialist
production specialist

Hailing originally from Lincoln, NE (GOOOOO BIIIIIIG REEEEEED! GO BIG RED!) Eva comes to us as a sourcing specialist. With her BA in fashion marketing, Eva is the perfect fit for helping our clients find EXACTLY what they’re looking for (and maybe a few things they didn’t know they were looking for!). Others describe her as extremely accountable and maybe a bit of a perfectionist, but if there is a job to be done, she is always up for the challenge. Eva is excited to learn everything she needs to know about the industry from the best in the business! “I’m surrounded by very talented individuals with years of experience.”

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Tasha Rice

production specialist
production specialist

This small town Kansas girl sure doesn’t have a small personality! Tasha Rice won’t hesitate to tell you if a comma is in the wrong place or if your PO isn’t perfect. She lives for details and accuracy – and won’t settle for anything less! Tasha has worked at Grapevine in three different job positions – graphic designer, account manager and now traffic manager. She just can’t get enough! Tasha says that in another life, she would be a travel agent, because she has visited 48 states and 19 countries, and loved them all. It’s not as easy to travel these days with her husband and son – but they still make time. Tasha says her favorite part about Grapevine is that it feels like one big family.

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Pamela Graham

production specialist
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Jim Owens

warehouse manager
warehouse manager Email Jim

Kate Fields

warehouse support
warehouse support Email Kate

Drew Owens

warehouse support
warehouse support Email Drew

Cordell Marshall

warehouse support
warehouse support Email Cordell

Max Mazon

company store support
company store support Email Max

Rayma Seeley

accounts receivable coordinator
accounts receivable coordinator Email Rayma

Elizabeth Pullim

accounts payable coordinator
accounts payable coordinator Email Elizabeth

Mallory Nachbar

human resources
human resources Email Mallory

Katie Thomas

administrative assistant
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Christy Dore

agency director, implementation
agency director, implementation

A veteran of the promotional product and advertising worlds, Christy found she couldn’t stay away from the creative and fast-paced environment of Grapevine. This Excel spreadsheet guru makes for the perfect Traffic Manager of our senior living accounts. Working out, baking, and hanging out with her two fat cats are some of Christy’s favorite hobbies. We’re convinced her glass-half-full attitude and ability to handle stress comes from being a great mom to her two daughters and a loving wife to her husband of nearly 20 years!

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Dawn Billinger

agency director, strategy & integrated media
agency director, strategy & integrated media

This sporty gal joined our Grapevine team to help us implement integrated media from ground zero! She spends her days directing our media team, maintaining relationships with our media vendors, and planning for all things paid media. Off hours, Dawn loves to binge TV shows or watch classic movies with her pup, Patsy Cline. She's even got a bucket list agenda to get through AFI's 100 greatest movies of all time! Dawn's excited about the opportunities here at the Vine, and we're excited to have her (and her sense of humor) as a part of our team!

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Lindsey Rapoff

group director
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Kristin Walker

senior account manager
senior account manager

Kristin is her name and cooking is her game. Well... at least when she's not at the Vine rocking it as an Account Manager. Her twin boys; their dog, Goose; and pet guinea pig, Katie keep her busy at all times. This woman can truly juggle it all! She brings her entrepreneurial background to the table, and she loves that her teammates here are funny, smart and selfless with their knowledge. After a long day, Kristin likes to take a ride on her Peloton or laugh at a good joke. We're super glad she's here to chuckle at our terrible punchlines!

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Sherry Saylor

account manager
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Tammy Kucharski

sr. account manager
sr. account manager

This mom of three loves to spend her days cheering on the Chiefs, Royals and Jayhawks! When she's not in the cheering section, she's rocking it as an Account Manager here at the Vine. With more than 20 years of marketing experience, Tammy brings her love for senior living clientele and her expertise in relationship building to our team. Tammy starts each day with a clean slate and a forward-looking attitude, and we couldn't be happier to have her positive outlook on our side. A concert, movie, and musical lover, Tammy brings the music and action to everything she does here at GVD!

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Kathryn Mock

account manager
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Sophie Reeves

account manager
account manager Email Sophie

Hannah Schell

project manager
project manager

Hannah’s favorite thing about Grapevine is the fast-paced, creative environment, and being a world traveler with unique experiences, it doesn’t surprise us at all. After spending a year abroad in Australia exploring the Outback and taking her chances evading dingos (true story!), she has decided to plant roots in Kansas City. We couldn't be more excited! She loves tackling any challenge that comes her way, and her levels of organization and flexibility truly shine as she has taken on responsibility here on the vine. We are also very happy to report that Rigby, her sweet fur-child, has made appearances at the office handing out the most adorable “high-fives”. Looks like her pup is incredible. too!

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Vickie Greener

project manager
project manager

Dedicated. Dependable. Determined. As a mother of two boys who makes time to fit in 5-6 workouts a week while working full time, it’s not hard to see why Vickie encompasses all three of those descriptors. After spending 12.5 years on the vendor side of our industry at a printing company for promotional products, Vickie brings to Grapevine the knowledge and experience of working in pre-press and customer service. She also brings her encouraging spirit and love for people. Her desire to see others do better than they thought possible and her passion to help people is what keeps Vickie driven and what makes her such a great asset to our team.

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Khaled Abduljabbar

implementation manager
implementation manager Email Khaled

Jennifer Johnson

billing manager
billing manager

As a former client of Grapevine, Jennifer fully appreciates the outlook at Grapevine, and now shares the “we can make it happen” kind of attitude. Jen is a lover of fine details and is focused on crossing those “t’s” and dotting those “i’s” – and our clients love that she has razor sharp radar. When she’s not working, Jen enjoys traveling to tropical locations, volunteering, watching sports and managing a very busy family that includes a husband, two kids and a dog. What she’d really love to do in another life is be a whale trainer, but only in a clear pool as she is afraid of the ocean! Oh yeah, and frozen pickle juice – she loves it!

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Amanda Byler

administrative specialist
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Erika Hash

administrative assistant
administrative assistant Email Erika

Jon Hurst

digital marketing manager
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Renee Boling

associate media director
associate media director

With more than 20 years of media planning & buying experience, Renee was the perfect fit for our media team. We're stoked to have what we like to call a 'world-class negotiator' on board. Off hours, you can find this mom of two coaching basketball or collecting anything cow-related. It's no surprise that she enjoys being a part of the Grapevine family since she is super close with her own family. In fact, she's so close that she can see her childhood home by just looking out her kitchen window!

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Krista Peterson

senior media buyer/planner
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Logan Artley

media buyer / planner
media buyer / planner

Media planner by day and assistant wedding planner by night, Logan brings a "what she tackles, she conquers" attitude to our team. Contrary to TLC's beliefs, this girl is all about chasing waterfalls. Logan is absolutely fascinated by the ocean and all of its unknowns. In fact, this landlocked girl claims she'd be a marine biologist in another life! When she's not busy taking on new challenges here at the Vine or sipping on a chai tea latte, you can find Logan cheering on the Jayhawks. Rock chalk!

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Nate Xiong

media analyst
media analyst Email Nate

Makenzie Holcomb

associate media buyer
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Rhonda Hernandez

web developer
web developer Email Rhonda

Mackenzie Champion

account manager
account manager

The forecast predicted that Mackenzie would have been a meteorologist in another life, but we're pretty glad she decided to join our team as an Account Coordinator instead. This KU alumna (and her cat Stella) come to us with positive and hardworking attitudes. Okay... maybe Stella just comes to us for scratches. All jokes aside, we love that Grapevine has allowed her to find a career that incorporated all aspects of her major. When this organization queen isn't busy making our team look stellar, you can find her cooking, baking, or cheering on the Chiefs and Jayhawks!

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Kelsey Whittle

account manager
account manager Email Kelsey

Carrie Davis

marketing coordinator
marketing coordinator Email Carrie

Riley Clause

marketing coordinator
marketing coordinator Email Riley

Megan Duncan

marketing coordinator
marketing coordinator Email Megan

Hannah Lord

marketing coordinator
marketing coordinator Email Hannah

Sydney Lintner

marketing coordinator
marketing coordinator Email Sydney

Kendra Meek

senior art director
senior art director

Kendra is a woman of endless interests and talents and we are so glad creativity is one of them! She is an art director with 13 years of creative experience, and her hard work has opened a lot of doors eventually leading her to us! As a lover of all things active, her determination doesn’t stop in the workplace. Wakeboarding, snow skiing, motorcycling … the list doesn’t end! We are beginning to think adrenaline may be linked to her creativity, and we aren’t mad about it. If you need a new podcast to listen to, ask her. Need a new running route? Need advice on being a “boy mom”? You know the drill. Ask her anything!

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Hannah Lavenburg

graphic designer
graphic designer Email Hannah

Chad Stevens

graphic designer
graphic designer Email Chad

Scott Campigli

senior graphic designer
senior graphic designer Email Scott

Sue Spade

production designer
production designer Email Sue

Jessica Scro

senior graphic designer
senior graphic designer Email Jessica

Kelly McKeighan

production designer
production designer Email Kelly

Kyndal Wolf

production designer
production designer Email Kyndal

Tracy Benbrook

senior copywriter
senior copywriter

With utmost confidence we can assure you that this bio is flawless, because we know that Tracy triple-checked it. As our Quality Assurance Specialist, she has a keen eye for detail and problem solving that allows us to create the best of the best! She does her own fair share of creating by spending time in her kitchen. Her cats, Basil and Saffron, act as the most adorable sous-chefs while she makes her own yogurt and bread, along with many other recipes! Tracy brings great expertise to our team, and we are so glad to have her on the ground floor of all of our creative processes.

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Emme Griffith

senior copywriter
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Heather Groenke

copywriter Email Heather

Kristen Jones

proofreader Email Kristen

Claire Caterer

proofreader Email Claire

Tia Simpson

digital specialist
digital specialist

Tia is her name and social media is her game! Our newest Social Media Specialist is a KC native who loves to practice yoga. As a matter of fact, this yogi is certified to teach High Intensity Interval Training yoga classes! When she's not balancing our social accounts or in her warrior one pose, you can catch her hanging out with weiner dog, Murphy, or munching on some homegrown tomatoes. Her favorite thing about working here is the changing environment and the multitude of opportunities. And honestly, we're just so darn glad she's here.

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Kelsey Graff

communications & pr specialist
communications & pr specialist Email Kelsey

Megan Gorman

social media specialist
social media specialist Email Megan