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.
JR's Chief Operations 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.