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 YPO Gold and a proud Rotarian.
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.
Continually advancing fresh, creative content delivery across mediums from traditional broadcast to digital, Mason’s experience with brands big and small spans 23 years. Drawing from his gut and a keen ability to collaborate with people, he works to build smart teams that deliver smart solutions for clients. Fueled by a passion for all things tech, Mason drives innovation to streamline processes and generate powerful ideas.
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.
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.
After 20 years in the industry from Michigan and Colorado, Katie knows exactly what it takes to exceed client goals. Her fierce knowledge of the JR service field is balanced by her determination to never back down from a challenge.
Creative, strategic, and technology-forward, Marino is an award-winning creative leader who has driven Fortune 500 brands to multi-media 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.
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.
With nearly 30 years wrangling finances for both small startups and global companies such as Whirlpool and Stryker, Kevin offers corporate insights infused with an entrepreneurial spirit. Convinced that everyone can love—or at least appreciate—finances as much as he does, Kevin strives to streamline processes, making them transparent and easy to understand. Integrity, honesty, and a readiness to jump in at any level are written into his DNA as he looks to enable JR's long-term strategic goals.
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.