Founded in the Summer of ’69, Noble Communications is a 49-year-old independent, full-service marketing agency.

Noble’s philosophy is built from our corporate symbol, the Nautilus. It’s an interesting animal.   It thrives in a constantly changing environment, under extreme water pressure.  As it grows, so does its shell, adding new chambers to serve new functions and maintain balance within its environment. The nautilus is constantly evolving, constantly growing. To us, it is a creature that is noble.

Our people set the vision at Noble. Collectively, we create a culture that values the creative identity of everyone we work with. Here are just a few of the people who will pick up the phone when you call.

  • Bob Noble

    Bob Noble

    Founder & Chairman

    Bob is "the" Noble in Noble. Since founding the business in 1969, he continues to exemplify the company's gutsy, inventive spirit and serves as our resident visionary and chief boat-rocker.
  • Keith Acuff

    Keith Acuff

    Chief Executive Officer

    Keith oversees the leadership of our communications company and supports our two agency presidents in Springfield and Chicago by providing best-in-class resources to grow our clients' businesses. When not at work, his awesome coaching skills help his youth basketball team play well together too.
  • Richard Sanderson

    Richard Sanderson


    Dick helps keep the agency focused on one goal: help clients build their businesses. He managed a start-up CPG company, as well as 3 advertising agencies and one non-profit. He wants the agency and its clients to keep their eyes on the rock, meaning stay focused and advance. Beyond work, Dick is passionate about collector cars, travel, politics, food, wine and family (not necessarily in that order).
  • Michael Jensen

    Michael Jensen

    Vice President, Group Account Director

    As director of Noble's Services practice, whether financial services, 3D printing, mass transit or other services industries, Michael is a master of leading teams in helping to solve clients' marketing problems. His insistence on delivering results doesn't diminish his lifelong passion for the Chicago Cubs; and often in the summer you'll find him commiserating with his fellow fans at Wrigley Field, just a mile from his home.
  • John Berka

    John Berka

    Senior Vice President

    John has a lot of passion for his clients and strives to help them succeed at every turn. Combine that with his heart to inspire his team to soar and you get a highly collaborative empowered and very curious group of achievers.
  • Nancy Banasik

    Nancy Banasik

    Senior Vice President

    Nancy has a quest for learning about people and what makes them tick. She has worked on major consumer packaged goods accounts, as well as business-to-business. She works with clients and agency teams to help bring relevancy and insight that can lead to game-changing ideas. At the heart is understanding consumer behavior and relevant, emotional messaging that helps connect and change behavior.
  • David Nehmer

    David Nehmer

    President, Chief Creative Officer

    As a creative with more than 30 years of experience, David has a special love for his clients whether it's a well-kerned headline for Heinz or that nice little bit of red on a Smith & Wollensky bone-in rib-eye. David is an avid photographer and on football Saturdays, he bleeds Maize & Blue.
  • Maren Woodlock

    Maren Woodlock

    Vice President, Director of Media

    Maren has spent her entire media career in agencies both big and small, in media-only companies, and 10 years on the client side as Director of Advertising Services. She loves media because it's never the same, never boring, always growing. Much like her organic garden.
  • Richard Pitman

    Richard Pitman

    Vice President, Management Supervisor

    A food marketing veteran, Richard has worked across every foodservice segment, client and agency side, from Hardee's and Oscar Mayer to Kraft and Aramark. His energy and hospitality roots are apparent in his commitment to exceed expectations and build strong partnerships through client service and business development roles.
  • Kirk Banasik

    Kirk Banasik

    Vice President

    As an eternal optimist, Kirk not only believes that loyal brand consumers can help create sustainable revenue growth; he also believes in the Chicago Cubs. Kirk can't do much for his beloved Cubbies, but he can help you create powerful brands through the use of proven brand-building principles, and you don't have to wait until next year.
  • John Scroggins

    John Scroggins

    Vice President, Integrated Communications

    A 23-year Noble veteran and VP of Integrated Communications, John helps clients tell their brand stories through paid and earned media. He ensures the message rings loud and clear, no matter what communications method is employed. Follow him on Twitter @ScrogDogg.
  • Karen Frost

    Karen Frost

    Vice President, Creative Director

    Karen loves a challenge. Feasts on them. Which makes every day for her a buffet of strategy development and creative execution. She claims to skew a little more to the right brain persuasion, while her twin sister runs to the left. Thereby keeping the creative universe in perfect balance.
  • Dexter Ballard

    Dexter Ballard

    Executive Producer

    A transplant from Boulder Colorado, Dex brings fresh energy to the Noble team. At CU-Boulder he double majored in international affairs and political science; minored in technology, arts, & media; and received certificates in international media and peace & conflict studies. Steep deadlines and piles of work never kept Dex out of the continental divide with his dog Lou. Dex has traveled the world and helped produce documentaries, stories, and web projects for various causes while directing research committees for National Model United Nations in New York City along the way. When he's not off the grid living off the land, he works long and late for Noble engagement.
  • Kay Logsdon

    Kay Logsdon

    Senior Vice President, Insights

    Kay's role at Noble includes working with two of its strong differentiators: The Food Channel and CultureWaves. She has experience in reporting, software, writing and strategy. Kay prefers living in a digital world conversant in social media, streaming video and exploring new technology.
  • Locke Hilderbrand

    Locke Hilderbrand

    Chief Insights Officer

    Locke has grown up alongside the internet, and uses that digital playground as a resource in his role as the leader of Noble's insights area, CultureWaves. He leverages social media, data and consumer behavior to weave together why consumers do what they do, and what they'll do next.
  • Gail Cunningham

    Gail Cunningham

    Corporate Executive Chef

    With 20-plus years at Noble, Gail plays a key role in national account menu analysis; strategy and positioning and is responsible for concept development and implementation of culinary programs for foodservice and national account segments. Whether in our culinary center or her gardens at home, Gail brings passion to all things food.


Founder & Chairman

Bob is “the” Noble in Noble. Since founding the business in 1969, he continues to exemplify the company’s gutsy, inventive spirit and serves as our resident visionary and chief boat-rocker.