Our People

Our 100+ skilled and spirited employees focus their insights and energy on meaningful retail, package and product design.

  • Shealena Hartwell

    Production Technician
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    Shealena Hartwell

    Production Technician

    RIT grad loves to bring effective designs to fruition. Enjoys local food, wine, craft beer, diverse cultures, and travel, hopes to visit 30 countries by 30.

  • Eric Meier

    Design Director
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    Eric Meier

    Design Director

    3D and 2D animation, motion graphics and audio design. Loves to play with his kids, fly radio-controlled helicopters, and play golf.

  • Louis Siy

    Master of Design
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    Louis F. Siy

    Master of Design

    Deep background in design for retail spaces and international trade shows. Enjoys being out on the water, fishing, and being a grandfather.

  • Athena Karper

    Senior Designer
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    Athena A. Karper

    Senior Designer

    Creates work for animations, from the design to the editing and compositing. Enjoys video games as a source of entertainment and inspiration.

  • Laura Woodruff

    Design Director
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    Laura H. Woodruff

    Design Director

    Designs retail spaces. Interned at Hatch Show Print. Enjoys volleyball, drawing and excels at salsa dancing. Has deep love for things that crawl, swim, fly.

  • Ron Kingston

    Senior Design Director
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    Ronald J. Kingston

    Senior Design Director

    “Part stylist, part engineer.” All aspects of product design. Loves his grandchildren, his TR-6, watching his daughter play soccer.

  • Sarah Earl

    Designer
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    Sarah Earl

    Designer

    An RIT grad, Sarah loves designing experiences for others, traveling in Europe, cooking gluten-free, country music, and hanging with family pets Duke and Amber.

  • Kelly Vann

    Account Director
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    Kelly Vann

    Account Director

    Finds (professional) purpose by achieving results from effective strategies. Part-time cannonballer who loves pork roll and chocolate chip pancakes.

  • Ali Costikyan

    Associate Account Manager
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    Ali Costikyan

    Associate Account Manager

    Proud Syracuse grad. Question asker & problem solver. Loves dogs, coffee, food, the outdoors, and the occasional glass of red wine (or two).

  • Clarice Wilkinson

    Senior Accounting Coordinator
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    Clarice M. Wilkinson

    Senior Accounting Coordinator

    “Accounting is black and white, so it’s great to practice in a world of colorful people. Love my dog. Knew Dave Chase. For every debit there is a credit.”

  • Lauren Ciereck

    Account Manager
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    Lauren Ciereck

    Account Manager

    Passionate about creativity and making brands grow. Enjoys golf, horror movies, country music, S.U. basketball, and jet-skiing in the Thousand Islands.

  • Kerry Coyne

    Master of Design
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    Kerry A. Coyne

    Master of Design

    Designs for retail spaces, brand identity, presentations, packaging. Enjoys playing with her children, soccer and boating on Skaneateles Lake.

  • Matt Steele

    Design Director
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    Matt A. Steele

    Design Director

    Makes concepts and images come to life with 3D visualization; also writes and records original music, collects guitars.

  • Brooke Williams

    Project Coordinator
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    Brooke Williams

    Project Coordinator

    Forever curious about how technology affects our lives. Passionate about bringing inspired designs to fruition. Always seeking to deconstruct how things work.

  • Sarah Calandra

    Designer
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    Sarah Calandra

    Designer

    An RIT grad, Sarah enjoys “Pinteresting” everything, binge watching Netflix and long walks with her dog, Bruce. She dislikes bad acting, spiders and tomatoes.

  • Carolyn DeGroff

    Senior Project Manager
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    Carolyn B. DeGroff

    Senior Project Manager

    Working on 40 years as designer and project manager. “Helping companion animals and their people to make my corner of the world a better place for both.”

  • Scott Zajac

    Retail Installation Specialist
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    Scott M. Zajac

    Retail Installation Specialist

    Retail installer and product shopper; among his records: a 13-foot receipt at a grocery store. Bowled first 300 game at 16. Youth Leader at his church.

  • Ben Watkins

    Vice President, Strategy
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    Ben Watkins

    Vice President, Strategy

    Ben sees to digital strategies and media analytics, and lives his work via immersion in video games, television, print and Syracuse University sports.

  • David Hine

    Senior Designer
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    David J. Hine

    Senior Designer

    Designer in the product group. A devoted fisherman & hunter who loves camping and anything else he can do to be outdoors.

  • Sal D’Amelio

    Account Director
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    Salvatore J. D’Amelio

    Account Director

    An entrepreneurial spirit at heart, energized by growing enterprises, enjoys competitive rounds of golf and relaxing on the lake with the Mrs.

  • Alex Root

    Human Resources Manager
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    Alexandra Root

    Human Resources Manager

    Dedicated to providing associates with the tools and support they need to succeed. Loves being outdoors, live events and time with family.

  • Karen Bedard

    Strategy Director
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    Karen Bedard

    Strategy Director

    Has the heart of a creative and the mind of a strategist. Loves a good collaboration, including being the parent of two super cool kids.

  • Bill Assimon

    Director of Client Development
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    William S. Assimon

    Director of Client Development

    A long-time marketer, Bill is a sports fan and an avid reader of books that weave together history, sociology and economics.

  • Doug Whitehouse

    Managing Partner
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    Douglas P. Whitehouse

    Managing Partner

    “Work with a fantastic team of talented people. Love old cars: their shapes, sound, character and patina. Love the outdoors, traveling and drawing what I see.”

  • Carol Rossman

    Administrative Assistant
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    Carol Rossman

    Administrative Assistant

    Supports product designers and graphic artists; enjoys traveling with her children, sunny days and gardening.

  • Jade Cole

    Senior Designer
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    Jade Cole

    Senior Designer

    Jade is an RIT grad, kayaker, crafter, reader of the Game of Thrones novels, and a rescuer to Doxy, a foxy kitten found under a trailer.

  • Bill Finch

    Senior Design Director
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    Bill R. Finch

    Senior Design Director

    Creates graphics for retail environments and innovation labs. Writes, plays and records his own music, paints in oils and is a worship leader for his church.

  • Scott Osiecki

    Managing Partner
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    Scott W. Osiecki

    Managing Partner

    Leads product design strategy and helps clients grow businesses through innovation. At his Adirondack camp, he draws, and sits on the porch.

  • Kyle Pienkowski

    Senior Financial Analyst
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    Kyle D. Pienkowski

    Senior Financial Analyst

    Kyle is a CPA in NY and has his Bachelor's in Accounting and MBA from SUNY Oswego. Enjoys time with family and friends, playing basketball and watching sports.

  • Peter Quintana

    Director, Resource Allocation
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    Peter J. Quintana

    Director, Resource Allocation

    Air Traffic Controller for people and projects; enjoys hiking and travel; notes that due to Witness Protection constraints, this is not his real picture.

  • Roxanne Harvard

    Administrative Assistant
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    Roxanne Harvard

    Administrative Assistant

    Coordinates everything and everyone who travels. Makes the best peanut brittle in the world.

  • Steve Mac

    Senior Production Specialist
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    Stephen A. Mac

    Senior Production Specialist

    Preps files for printer, builds mockups. Father, fan of R.I.T. hockey; racing fan, owns world’s largest collection of Super Dirt Week t-shirts.

  • Erin Reeves

    Designer
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    Erin Reeves

    Designer

    A recent graduate from Syracuse University's Communications Design program, Erin has a passion for art direction, problem-solving, sketching and Westworld.

  • Adam Kimble

    Retail Installation Specialist
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    Adam Kimble

    Retail Installation Specialist

    Handy with tools, good with numbers, loved by cats and dogs everywhere!

  • Dan Murphy

    Facilities Coordinator
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    Dan Murphy

    Facilities Coordinator

    Dan fixes everything we break, is putting the finishing touches on a camp in the Adirondacks and serves as a National Disaster Responder for the Red Cross.

  • Jonathan Fitch

    Senior Designer
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    Jonathan A. Fitch

    Senior Designer

    Thrives on a variety of products – from scientific devices to consumer items; enjoys hiking in the Adirondacks, disc golf, snowboarding, and craft beers.

  • Carly Johnson

    Strategy Director
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    Carly Johnson

    Strategy Director

    A local resource for Chase in Cincinnati, leading strategy for P&G. Enjoys cooking, running and her lab Callie.

  • Kristina Henson

    Senior Production Specialist
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    Kristina L. Henson

    Senior Production Specialist

    Shepherds print from design to production, and her daughter from horse show to horse show; enjoys live music, print making and writing.

  • Jim Francescotti

    Senior Model Maker
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    James A. Francescotti

    Senior Model Maker

    Prototypes, mockups and form studies. Works on a pit crew for Super Modified racing team. Outdoorsman, especially in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

  • Cliff Clark

    Senior Vice President
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    Clifford F. Clark

    Senior Vice President

    Applies strategies and shopper-based insights for successful retail projects. Loves to ski, sail and visit Cape Cod. “Wellfleet oysters are the best.”

  • Joel Masters

    Information Technology Director
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    Joel R. Masters

    Information Technology Director

    Majors in IT with a minor in Farm Machinery. Has commuted to work via snowmobile.

  • Analiese Cohen

    Account Manager
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    Analiese Cohen

    Account Manager

    Avid marketer, communicator, and organizer. Enjoys crafting, the great outdoors, yoga and good food.

  • Claire McAuliffe

    Vice President, Account Management
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    Claire E. McAuliffe

    Vice President, Account Management

    Communicator, moderator, advocate; danced professionally with touring company of A Chorus Line and spontaneously in the streets of Havana.

  • Marty Cregg

    Chairman
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    Martin S. Cregg

    Chairman

  • Lauren Mays

    Designer
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    Lauren Mays

    Designer

    A graduate of RIT, Lauren is passionate for all things art and design. When she’s not working, Lauren enjoys hiking, cooking and illustration.

  • Laura Ferrel

    Strategy Director
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    Laura Ferrel

    Strategy Director

    Copywriter and recreational writer of fiction and bad poetry. Advocate of children's literature, Finger Lakes wine, and the Oxford comma.

  • Clint Smith

    Building and Grounds Maintenance
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    Clint Smith

    Building and Grounds Maintenance

    Cares for our buildings and curb appeal during the week; as the pastor of his church he cares for his people every day.

  • Kara Gjersvig

    Design Director
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    Kara H. Gjersvig

    Design Director

    Designs for retail and research. Enjoys company of her husband and dog, DIY projects, reading about vampires, Pinterest, Words with Friends and Candy Crush.

  • Tyler Springer

    Senior Project Manager
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    Tyler Springer

    Senior Project Manager

    Tyler likes people, nature, art, books, empathy, music, travel, Wes Anderson films & tries to never suppress a generous impulse.

  • Matt LaManna

    Accounting Analyst
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    Matthew D. LaManna

    Accounting Analyst

    “Jack of all trades;” degree in Accounting and MBA from LeMoyne College; loves fishing, camping, the beach and the Yankees.

  • David Furth

    Senior Mechanical Designer
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    David A. Furth

    Senior Mechanical Designer

    Research and development. Makes and plays guitars; owns a 1963 Sunbeam Alpine and is owned, in turn, by a Great Dane.

  • Dawn Kerr

    Senior Strategist
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    Dawn Kerr

    Senior Strategist

    Enthusiastic problem solver who always wants to know “why?” Loves to bake and eat baked goods.

  • Ann Moore

    Receptionist
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    Ann M. Moore

    Receptionist

    Has the uncanny ability to recognize almost every voice she has heard in 20+ years. Enjoys her family, country music and camping.

  • Peter Lynch

    Executive Chairman
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    Peter F. Lynch

    Executive Chairman

    Shepherds the culture of ChaseDesign, directing the present, envisioning the future, and seeing that we have the resources to get there.

  • Joe Lampertius

    Strategic Partnerships and Development Lead
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    Joe Lampertius

    Strategic Partnerships and Development Lead

    Leading growth & integration across IPG. Prior, was GREYshopper’s Global CEO leading 500+ professionals. He loves positive & proactive thinking!

  • David Aureden

    Director of Client Strategy
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    David B. Aureden

    Director of Client Strategy

    Came to Skaneateles via London, Lisbon, Moscow, Bentonville. Still shoots pictures on film; smells the roses; leads our team in the Polar Plunge.

  • Andy Schweitzer

    Senior Design Director
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    Andrew C. Schweitzer

    Senior Design Director

    Provides graphic/structural design for packages on retail shelves all over America. An Eagle Scout, now his son’s Den and Pack Leader. ADK 46er.

  • Chris Riccardi

    Human Resources Assistant
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    Christine Riccardi

    Human Resources Assistant

    Loves to work with people and help them reach their goals with a process using Young Living Essential Oils and a modality called Aroma Freedom Technique (AFT).

  • Lindsay Pittard

    Account Director
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    Lindsay Pittard

    Account Director

    An experienced software marketer, Lindsay has an MBA and two cats; she reads and listens widely, skis (snow/water), surfs and practices yoga every day.

  • Leah Kotas

    Designer
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    Leah Kotas

    Designer

    An RIT grad, INFP, and passionate designer. Enjoys herbal tea, 80s and 90s music, and having fun with friends and family.

  • Steve Lambrecht

    Account Director
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    Steve Lambrecht

    Account Director

    Steve enjoys helping brands find answers, building forts with his kids, playing chef in the kitchen, and being active outside.

  • Jon Cammarata

    Design Director
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    Jonathan D. Cammarata

    Design Director

    Designs packaging, merchandising and identities. Loves being a dad, car guy, advocate for manual transmissions and ADK 46er. Knows that Han shot Greedo first.

  • Brian Lewis

    Vice President, Human Resources
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    Brian Lewis

    Vice President, Human Resources

    Brian has a passion for helping people – fitting that he works in HR. He also enjoys spending time with his three young children, running, taking in sporting...

  • Don Kang

    Senior Design Director
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    Don Kang

    Senior Design Director

    A native of Seoul, birthplace of K-Pop and Gangnam style, Don brings unique perspective and energy to every retail, product and package design project.

  • Maggie Susman

    Senior Design Director
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    Maggie Susman

    Senior Design Director

    Artist and designer with an instinctive craving to clarify details. Wife. Mother. Lover of mountains, water and perfect Manhattans.

  • Chris Andrews

    Master of Design
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    Christopher P. Andrews

    Master of Design

    Manages retail projects; designs for print and video. Enjoys the Adirondacks, and has cycled in the Pyrenees, following the route of the Tour de France.

  • Trina Willardson

    Senior Production Specialist
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    Trina E. Willardson

    Senior Production Specialist

    Ushers print pieces from layout to mechanical. Patriots and Red Sox loyalist. Lives in the country with her daughters and fishes on Otisco Lake.

  • Heather Niland

    Strategy Director
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    Heather M. Niland

    Strategy Director

    Studies shoppers’ decision-making process. Enjoys the lake and being Mom to a boy active in lacrosse, soccer and painting.

  • Dawn Michalec

    Senior Production Specialist
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    Dawn M. Michalec

    Senior Production Specialist

    “I love my animals more than anything else in the world; I love to play and watch sports; N.Y. Yankees fan (with the ink to prove it).”

  • Melissa Chapman

    Managing Partner
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    Melissa E. Chapman

    Managing Partner

    Coordinates designers, fabricators, retailers and clients so “everyone is happy” at completion. Enjoys her family, friends, art, fashion and fantastic food.

  • DeAnna Hine

    Director, Production
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    DeAnna K. Hine

    Director, Production

    Manages projects from design to installation. Experiments with new recipes; enjoys spending time with her family, the outdoors, and spoiling her chocolate Lab.

  • Ariel DuChene

    Account Director
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    Ariel DuChene

    Account Director

    Driven by bringing ideas to market. Self-proclaimed foodie who loves family time and outdoor activities (if it’s not too cold).

  • Bonny Dudden

    Senior Production Specialist
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    Bonny L. Dudden

    Senior Production Specialist

    Prepares work for print. Loves painting with watercolors, spending time with her family, her garden, her cat and her camp in the Adirondacks.

  • Julie Zajac

    Senior Designer
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    Julie M. Zajac

    Senior Designer

    Graphic design for packaging and retail; art director for her church; mother of two young children, enjoys making family memories.

  • Margaret Lee

    Senior Creative Writer
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    Margaret Lee

    Senior Creative Writer

    Margaret loves open spaces — running, hiking, being active, exploring — as well as watercolor, yoga, dance, craft beer and being a self-proclaimed word nerd.

  • Jeff J. Smith

    Senior Designer
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    Jeff J. Smith

    Senior Designer

    My intent is to design by a process that defines value as creating something that is socially relevant, culturally appropriate and individually meaningful.

  • Emma Scott

    Vice President, Strategy
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    Emma Scott

    Vice President, Strategy

    Passionate about research-driven design solutions. A Jersey girl and Cornell grad, enjoys to-do lists, the Yankees, paper stores, porches, and trail running.

  • Kate Percevault

    Designer
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    Kate S. Percevault

    Designer

    Happiest with a coffee in one hand and a sketchbook in the other, Kate believes in playful creativity and exploring new places.

  • Mike Bellamy

    Senior Model Maker
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    Mike Bellamy

    Senior Model Maker

    Uses C&C milling machine and “all the tools” to create prototypes. Enjoys golf, singing in the choir and launching model rockets with his grandchildren.

  • Bill Murphy

    Architecture Director
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    Bill L. Murphy

    Architecture Director

    Assures that what has been designed can be built. Loves to play with his kids: golf, soccer, t-ball, skiing.

  • Amy Clardy

    Account Director
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    Amy B. Clardy

    Account Director

    Enjoys long walks with her dog, Ralphie, as well as cooking, baking cupcakes, savoring new restaurant experiences, and has a passion for color and design.

  • Brock Luckette

    3D Environmental Designer
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    Brock Luckette

    3D Environmental Designer

    I am a 3D Environments Designer and love to draw! I enjoy jamming out on the drums and am always down for a pickup game of basketball.

  • Sean McNaughton

    Senior Design Director
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    Sean McNaughton

    Senior Design Director

    Visual storyteller and unabashed data & science nerd. Loves having kids, which gives him the excuse to do things he’d rather do anyway

  • Matt Farrell

    Senior Design Director
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    Matthew W. Farrell

    Senior Design Director

    Concept development for retail environments; brings things to life in 3D; enjoys volleyball, camping, family time and classic cars, especially his ’68 Camaro.

  • Donnalyn Smith

    CEO
  • Stefanie Stoddard

    Executive Secretary
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    Stefanie Stoddard

    Executive Secretary

    “The glue that holds it all together.” Loves to golf and enjoys time with family, especially watching her kids’ sporting events.

  • Amanda Hoyt

    Associate Account Manager
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    Amanda Hoyt

    Associate Account Manager

    A devoted problem solver and relationship builder, Amanda also enjoys drinking coffee, spending time with family & friends, and cooking up healthy meals.

  • Brad Hall

    Managing Partner
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    Brad D. Hall

    Managing Partner

    Combines our insights and design with client objectives. Devoted to family, disruptive DIY projects and his ‘64 Porsche.

  • Tanner Gjersvig

    Senior Model Maker
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    Tanner L. Gjersvig

    Senior Model Maker

    Works as model maker and travels for retail installations. Enjoys hockey, soccer, cycling, the company of his wife and dog.

  • Jeff Pirro

    Managing Partner
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    Jeffrey P. Pirro

    Managing Partner

    Leads retail design group; creates strategies and translates them into effective solutions. Loves NASCAR racing and Sonoma County.

  • Myles Proudfoot

    Managing Director of Insights
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    Myles Proudfoot

    Managing Director of Insights

    As global capability lead for P&G in shopper research, Myles worked in Europe, China and the U.S. He brings a world of expertise and many curry recipes.

  • Sarah Watkins

    Senior Director, Project Management
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    Sarah Watkins

    Senior Director, Project Management

    Sarah crossed the country four times in her career, most recently in from Oregon. When not in the car, she bakes, crafts, and attends to her terrier Sammy.

  • Zach Clark

    Project Manager
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    Zachary R. Clark

    Project Manager

    A proud St. Bonaventure and SU grad, Zach is a rich blend of intelligence, wit, and sarcasm. Enjoys pizza, Mexican, and Monday meetings.

  • Karen Wicks

    Accounts Payable Coordinator
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    Karen M. Wicks

    Accounts Payable Coordinator

    “I pay the bills.” 30 years ago, went from high school graduation to ChaseDesign; loves her Pekingese (“T-Bone”); given the nickname ‘Mad Dog’ by Mr. Chase.

  • Dan Poorman

    Proofreader/Editor
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    Dan Poorman

    Proofreader/Editor

    In-house fact checker and copy cop. Ensures all content is clean and consistent in scary red ink. Avid writer; musician; horror film enthusiast.

  • Eric Smith

    Managing Partner
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    Eric W. Smith

    Managing Partner

    Raises the bar at work, raises goats at home.

  • Bob Frost

    Information Technology Analyst
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    Bob Frost

    Information Technology Analyst

    I am an IT Analyst and love technology. I also enjoy summer and spending time with family and friends.

  • Courtney Carroway

    Design Director
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    Courtney L. Carroway

    Design Director

    Graduate of R.I.T.; creates graphics for retail environments. Enjoys cycling, swimming, and hand-drawn typography.

  • Kara Finch

    Resource Allocation Coordinator
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    Kara Finch

    Resource Allocation Coordinator

    Coordinator of people and projects. Enjoys painting and drinking wine, preferably at the same time.

  • Glenn Christoffel

    Vice President, Design and Implementation
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    Glenn N. Christoffel

    Vice President, Design and Implementation

    Concept development, engineer, project management, construction, and installation. Hunter, fisherman, camper, gardener and joyful father of two.

  • Marlena Leonardi

    Design Director
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    Marlena E. Leonardi

    Design Director

    Rochester native, S.U. grad and visual storyteller; loves cats, cooking and live music; tagged in crowd at Lollapolooza 2013.

  • Stephanie Scriven

    Research Manager
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    Stephanie Scriven

    Research Manager

    A seasoned researcher with a passion for uncovering drivers of customer behavior, preferences, and perceptions.

  • Jason Farr

    Senior Designer
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    Jason W. Farr

    Senior Designer

    3D modeler for virtual reality projects; finds time for house repair, child-chasing and golf.

  • Randy Johnson

    Senior Designer
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    Randall D. Johnson

    Senior Designer

    Came from West Palm to learn to snowboard. Also enjoys surfing the Web with frequent visits to Vimeo and Motionographer.

  • Cassie Buehler

    Senior Project Manager
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    Cassandra Buehler

    Senior Project Manager

    Cassie is all about on-target installations that exceed expectations. Also friends, family, dramas on Netflix, Spanish reds and her dog Scrappy.

  • Riva Powers

    Design Director
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    Riva Powers

    Design Director

    A second-generation designer, Riva appreciates the visual but relishes designing the entire experience, perhaps to the tune of AFI or the Ronettes.

  • Paulomi Patel

    Vice President, Client Strategy
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    Paulomi Patel

    Vice President, Client Strategy

    When not pursuing the intersection of analytics, data, and strategy, Paulomi travels the world and cooks up a storm for her loved ones.

  • Jill Wilson

    Cybrarian
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    Jill Wilson

    Cybrarian

    Jill keeps our digital library neat and tidy so everyone can find what they seek. A fan of Rush, she's seen the band live 16 times, including front row.

  • Brad O’Connor

    Director of Finance
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    Brad O’Connor

    Director of Finance

    Oversees finance and accounting. Enjoys time with his family, cheering on the Yankees, Bills and Orangemen. Sometimes wears a beard.