From his basement in 1969, Don built JR on the foundation of hard work, creativity, and smart efficiency. Specially trained in information navigation, Don’s resume includes working with the Pentagon, launching the first frozen pizza, and transforming JR into one of the first fully digital agencies in the country. With more than five decades of industry experience, Don brings untold value and insight to product analysis and launch, along with a whole lot of wisdom.
Creative content and marketing are in Jackie’s blood. Starting her career on the client side in health and beauty, she then moved on to sharpen her skills as an art director for global agencies Ogilvy & Mather and TracyLocke. Now on the front lines of client-agency partnerships, Jackie is leading JR into the future with an exacting focus on client ROIs. A proud Rotarian and member of the global business network YPO Gold, she maintains an extensive global network with her finger firmly on the industry pulse.
Nearly 30 years of leadership in global business have made Mike a true heavy hitter. As a former Global Director at Whirlpool Corporation, his focus on exceeding client expectations is primal. Under Mike’s leadership, JR strives to be the ultimate strategic partner for brands through innovative marketing solutions driven by strategic insights and technology-forward approaches. From product development expertise to brand architecture and strategy, Mike's industry insights are put to task 365 days a year.
Drawing from a gut-level collaborative instinct and over 23 years in the creative industry, Mason continually influences operational innovation to support overall company success. Mason has lived and breathed every aspect of creative life from business to content creation, receiving multiple ADDY, Telly, and MarCom awards. With work for clients such as Coca-Cola Foods, Bissell, and Newell Brands, and Whirlpool Lean Training, he deeply understands balancing the operational realities of a creative agency while driving exceptional efficiencies for clients.
With Rob, we have the best of both worlds. His wise, left-brain persona leads our studio team with sound logic and practicality. His creative, right-brained self is an award-winning photographer with work for brands such as Cabela’s, Newell Brands, and Walmart. Rob's passion for both process and creativity combined with 30 years in the field brings the perfect mix of vision, strategy, and organization to every initiative.
Lyn has spent more than 15 years mastering the art of creating positive and productive client relationships. From media buying to project management, Lyn has expertly facilitated solutions for global brands including Sur La Table, Newell Brands, and Whirlpool Corporation. Whether leading an existing team or reaching out to new ones, Lyn’s ability to understand and manage account needs is nothing short of brilliant.
After 20 years in the industry from Michigan to Colorado, Katie knows exactly what it takes to exceed client goals. Her deep understanding of client relations comes from work with brands such as Hamilton Beach, Whirlpool Corporation, Vail Resorts, and Colson Group. With the ability to distill and articulate complex cross-channel needs to internal teams, Katie is a fierce advocate for brands and the ultimate collaborator.
Strategic and technology-forward, Marino is an award-winning creative leader who has driven Fortune 500 brands to multimedia digital frontiers. With 25+ years of experience in energizing brands such as Kellogg's, Kimberly-Clark, and Sherwin-Williams, Marino is known for his dynamic content and digital-first thinking. Passionate about data, strategic insights, and technology, he believes the best creative ideas provide real, engaging, and long-lasting connectivity with consumers.
Darrel comes to JR with 20+ years of experience, hundreds of system launches, and a long list of very happy clients, including Heinz, Pfizer, and General Motors. His pioneering approach blends Silicon Valley savvy with Midwestern industry to develop new and creative technology solutions. His groundbreaking work keeps our clients at the forefront of digital content and delivery innovations.
After 25 years with JR, Amy’s ability to recognize “the perfect fit” is uncanny. With a B.A. in Management and Human Resources, she has helped build a culture that is highly collaborative and overflowing with talent. In this fast-paced industry, Amy also encourages a positive environment, allowing people to thrive by working hard and expanding their skills. As a result, JR has low employee turnover backed by high employee satisfaction.
As an ultramarathon runner, Justin is no stranger to the chase. For nearly 20 years, he has been keeping pace with digital trends through collaborations with a range of clients for both Google and OMD. At JR, Justin channels his energy into making marketing measurable. Leveraging the most meaningful insights from research and strategy, he delivers customized solutions for each and every client.
25+ years in finance and accounting lend Maria deep insights into all things financial. A key player in the foundation and growth of a 1,300 member Credit Union in Chicago, Maria continually seeks innovation and won't hesitate to build something better from the ground up. With that rare and genuine passion for numbers, Maria strives to streamline processes and increase operational efficiencies while enabling long-term strategic goals for JR.