Creative people view life differently. Images, words, and nuances others miss stand out in stark relief.
This insight sparks epic curiosity that leads to an enlightened understanding of human emotion.
And human emotion is what communications is all about.
Don founded JR in 1969 after years of working in advertising and design. With more than four decades of industry experience, Don brings value and insight to product analysis and launch. An Army veteran of Aberdeen, Maryland, he is a lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge.
With more than 30 years in advertising, Jackie specializes in creative and marketing strategy. Prior to bringing ROI to client initiatives across corporate services, Jackie was a creative director for TracyLocke, Ogilvy & Mather, and Frankel and Company. Designer of the McDonald’s Hamburglar, Jackie is a member of the global business network World Presidents’ Organization (WPO) and a proud Rotarian.
After graduating from the American Academy of Art, Chicago, Mason joined JR in 1994. Under his creative leadership, JR sharpened its services and grew to include digital, IT, video, and grassroots innovation teams. His influence with utilizing smart tools revolutionized JR’s workflow and streamlined communications. His keen instincts on brand activation have resulted in numerous award-winning campaigns for global brands including Rubbermaid Commercial Products, KitchenAid, and Sur La Table. Mason is a member of YPO, indulges in vintage cars, and enjoys a serious game of soccer.
After 20+ years in the creative trenches as an award-winning copywriter and creative director, Dawn's passion evolved to helping others realize their own potential. She now leads JR talent recruitment and training and is the driving force behind JR’s culture, attributing employee health and wellness to the environment in which they are inspired to create, learn, and grow. Dawn is a life member of Women's Service League, digs indie films, and loves getting lost in the woods with her Tennessee Walker.
JR's Chief Strategy Officer is a true heavy hitter. After 27 years of perfecting the “client” role at the global powerhouse known as Whirlpool, Mike's focus on exceeding client expectations is primal. From marketing to brand architecture to category expertise, Mike's MBA in Business is put to task 365 days a year.
Every ship needs a smart, levelheaded captain who can see the storm before it hits. With more than two decades of marketing and communications experience under his belt, Ralph is as seaworthy as they come. This level of knowledge and dedication is vital to managing effective and fiscally responsible marketing initiatives.
Don’t let her Midwest charm fool you. This Michigan State graduate is an accounting genius who has been with JR since 1994. Julie not only heads our finance department but ensures company operations are running smoothly at both studio and agency locations. For this mom of three active boys, juggling is second nature. If you ask Julie, the busier the better!
With Rob, we have the best of both worlds. His wise, left-brain persona is a Notre Dame grad who solves problems and leads our studio team with sound logic and practicality. On the flip side, his creative, right-brained self is an award-winning photographer whose passion inspires others on a daily basis. If it were legal, we’d clone him and make a mint.
If advertising were a jungle, EK would be the lion. With more than 20 years of industry experience from around the globe, and an innate eye for superb photography and design, EK is an award-winning leader who is powerful, smart, and calculated.
Earl starts his day with a very strong cup of coffee. As Director of UX, he knows an average day is anything but. To keep projects on track and under budget, this Dale Carnegie instructor relies on strict organization tactics and the occasional cross-country motorcycle ride. Earl completed his undergrad at Kalamazoo College, then ventured to the University of Passau, Germany, to study international trade and finance. “Ja. Das ist für uns der Hammer.”
Amy is a seasoned pro at recruiting the right people for JR. Within minutes she knows who will work and who won’t. As a graduate of Western Michigan University, Amy also understands the need to maintain a positive environment that allows people to work hard and expand their skills in a fast-paced industry. As a result, JR has low employee turnover backed by high employee satisfaction.
This US Army veteran expertly juggles client needs with our digital team to create elegant, imaginative, and insanely cool solutions. The definitive problem solver, Ted is driven by the challenge of meeting client needs with tools that are unique and effective.
Lyn has spent more than 15 years mastering the art of creating positive and productive relationships. Whether leading an existing team or reaching out to new ones, Lyn’s ability to understand and manage account needs is nothing short of masterful.
With 25+ years of marketing experience, Sue brings fierce creativity and professional practicality to every account. Her ability to pair client needs with creative talent results in a clear path for success, from start to finish.