Team

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Phyllis Grabot*

Public Relations Director

What do you do?
I work on a variety of client programs that include speaker placements, media relations, public relations and marketing communications.

What is your favorite movie and why?
Planes, Trains and Automobiles … because it’s hilarious and stars two of the funniest actors, Steve Martin and John Candy.

What is your favorite place to travel and why?
France. I was a high school exchange student and lived with a French family for two months. It was very exciting and I still enjoy the language, the people and my adopted French family!

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Lauren Hanson*

Digital Marketing Strategist

What do you do?
I develop digital strategies that drive leads, improve sales performance and create brand evangelists for clients. To get there, I pore over data, synthesize large amounts of information and simplify processes.

What inspires you?
Getting results by creating content that demands attention.

What makes you happy?
Cooking my family fresh homegrown food that makes them say “yum!”

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Madeleine Kanazawa

Account Coordinator

What do you do?
I am the best supporting actress in the office. I analyze data and lend a hand to anyone in need of an assistance. Simply put, I make spreadsheets look less scary. Boo!
What makes you smile?
French Fries.

What inspires you?
French. Fries.

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Sunny Lee

Creative Director

What’s your job?

My job is to listen for the answer and put it into action.

What makes you happy?

Weekend brunches with a Bloody Mary and a few good friends.

What inspires you?

Smart people with a passion for what they do.

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Bonnie Nijst

President and CEO

What do you do?
I get things out of people’s way. Including anything blocking our team from the resources they need to do amazing work. Or branding and marketing challenges that our clients need smart solutions to overcome. Which sometimes means getting them out of their own way.

What makes you smile?
That look on a client’s face when we present a solution that they’ve never considered. Checking my phone and seeing nothing scheduled for the weekend. Being in a room filled with the people I love.

What inspires you?
People who show up. People you can count on. People who do the hard stuff. And they do it with grace, generosity and humility.

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Enrique Ortega

Graphic Designer

What do you do?
I make things look pretty. At least that’s what non-design people tell me.

What makes you happy?
The smell and feel of print!

What inspires you?
Life inspires me. The unexpected finds during your day that spark an idea and make it into your work.

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Deborah Pardes*

Copywriter

What do you do?
I write and think. Usually in that order. Which makes my writing thoughtless … at first. But then I think, which usually affects what I wrote. Which makes sense if you really think about it.

What makes you happy?
I get happy every time I commit to loving a process I’m in or a journey I’m on. By doing this, I’m not a slave to results. When I get some, it always feels like Christmas and that makes me happy, too.

What inspires you?
People who say what I just said about happiness. They make great company.

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Melanie Polk*

Strategist

What do you do?
I provide forward-thinking, creative marketing expertise through flexible client relationships that produce win/win results.

What makes you smile?
When I know I have helped someone come to a professional or personal ‘a-ha’ about themselves or something they are working on.

What inspires you?
People that have achieved success by overcoming obstacles through sheer determination and hard work. The best are those who also have a ’servant leadership’ mentality – who do it because they love it AND care about their co-workers and clients.

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Bonnie Quintanilla*

Vice President, Public Relations

What do you do?
I develop strategy and creative, innovative programs using social media, content, and public relations to build awareness, loyalty and support for our clients, their products/services, and causes.

What do you do for fun?
I create. Through glass and clay art, I celebrate life and challenge people to “turn left” — to think in new ways and see things from different perspectives.

What makes you happy?
Time well spent, either with family and friends, in the service of others, creating art, or doing work that I know will make a difference.

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Catie Saralegui*

Account Director

What do you do?
I measure twice and cut once. I listen with intent, interpret with precision then communicate and coordinate with care. I do all this with the goal of flawless execution. And with the hope that the process makes things as easy and pleasant as possible for those around me, facilitating the best environment possible for creating great work.
What makes you happy?
I’m easily entertained. I smile when I see others smile. Sometimes I smile so I can get someone to smile. I think I’m happiest when I get time with family and friends – reading my husband’s work and discussing it with him. Or a good meal shared over great conversations discovering new things about those I care about; or just enjoying what I already know and love with them.
What inspires you?
I’m inspired by seeing others succeed. Maybe it’s seeing that moment someone learns something new that they may have struggled with for a while. Or a team as they find a good solution to a complex issue. Seeing someone overcome an obstacle or limitation and accomplish something they’ve been working towards.

*Members of the ZEESMAN network.

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Nancy Winebarger*

Copy Director

What’s your job and what do you do?
I manipulate the masses. In a good way … helping people move people to think, act or feel differently. Using words and ideas, mostly. But interpretive dance is not out of the question.

What do you do in your spare time?
What is this “spare time” of which you speak? When I’m not working—and no weight-bearing bones are broken—I’m usually sailing, hiking or climbing the walls (literally, figuratively, yes).

What inspires you?
Campari.

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Arthur Zeesman

Chief Strategist

What do you do?
Research. Analysis. Problem solving. Tracking and testing. Mostly, I just listen. And wonder: What needs to be asked? What do the answers mean? What are the missing pieces? And how does it all fit together?

What do you do for fun?
Wander the back streets of Los Angeles discovering their diversity, unique neighborhoods and cultures.

What makes you smile?
My kid in college figuring out how to make it work on his own.