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Allison Duncan

Allison Duncan

Account Supervisor

Allison has the unique ability to be extremely detail-oriented, while understanding the big picture, making her an indispensable asset to her clients. She began her Noble career back in 2005, when she was one of the original members of the CultureWaves team and has spent much of her time at Noble integrating consumer insights into client business. As a new mom to a baby girl and long-time mom to two long-haired wiener dogs, Allison is living life to the fullest.

Amber Hensley

Amber Hensley

Director, Public Relations

As Director of Public Relations, Amber oversees a team of PR professionals specializing in media relations; events, sponsorships and philanthropic management; and social media. Having grown up on a family farm, she completely understands the farm to fork concept (sorry pigs and cows). Amber brings that strong Midwestern work ethic to her role and delights in finding and executing the perfect earned media strategies for her clients. The Public Relations Group works with some of the nation’s top companies and brands including Dairy Farmers of America, Folgers, M&M/MARS, Share Our Strength, Smith & Wollensky, Smucker’s, Potbelly Sandwich Shops, Uncle Ben’s and Ventura Foods.

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.

Brad Noble

Brad Noble

Executive Producer, FPI

Brad is a one-of-a-kind type of guy. Fine art is his passion, but fusion is his business

Damion McDunn

Damion McDunn

Senior Interactive Developer

Damion is the man with the Food Channel plan

David Nehmer

David Nehmer

SVP, Creative Director

You’re just as likely to find him in a farm field as you are in a photo studio, because David does it all. His skills include photography, art direction, and creative direction born out of a good eye and years of experience. David’s been with Noble for more than 25 years, and now serves as Creative Director in the food and beverage practice area. David has worked his creative magic for clients’ brands of major Fortune 500 companies including Mars Foodservice, Ventura Foods, Keller’s Creamery, Smith & Wollensky, Schwan’s Consumer Brands, Frito Lay, The Quaker Oats Company, Gerber Products Co., The Iams Company, McDonald’s, Tyson Foods and Anheuser-Busch, as well as serving as Creative Director during the development stage of foodchannel.com. He is an honors graduate of the University of Michigan and on football game days, he bleeds Maize & Blue.

Denis Naylor

Denis Naylor

Executive creative Director, Chicago

Denis started his career at the Leo Burnett Company and created a campaign, Dig’em The Frog, for Kellogg’s Smacks cereal that’s still running today. He’s one of Noble’s key creative thinkers and writers. Denis says he owes his long, successful career to treating the advertising game like playing Major League Baseball. “You have to be ready to play every day,” he says, “And duck the high hard ones.”

Dennis Gillespie

Dennis Gillespie

SVP, Creative Director

Dennis began his advertising career in Hawaii and, despite Chicago winters, has never lost the spirit of Aloha. He writes and directs work for Noble’s service clients and focuses on giving distinct and consistent voice to brands. Like many of us, Dennis has advanced by degrees, including a doctorate in English. Currently he seems preoccupied with his shelter dog, Mr. Bingley. Occasionally, he mentions his five children.

Dex Ballard

Dex Ballard

Digital Strategist

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.

Dick Sanderson

Dick Sanderson

President, Chicago

Dick Sanderson is passionate about classic cars, golf, music and advertising! Our ‘mad man’ brings his client and agency experience to the overriding task of helping clients achieve their business goals.

The Fork

Yep.

It’s true.

Noble owns the WORLD’S BIGGEST FORK

Jim Crowell

Jim Crowell

Associate Creative Director, Copywriter

With his creativity, insight, and brand-positioning expertise, Jim has held many leadership titles at Noble. But it’s his powerful writing style, his keen way of uncomplicating things, and his heartfelt passion for the business that have endeared him to countless clients, won Effie Awards for advertising effectiveness, and made him a long-standing treasure in our agency family. Best of all, if you’ve got a really, really tall order to fill, at 6 feet 5 inches, he’s your guy.

John Scroggins

John Scroggins

VP, Integrated Communications

An 18-year Noble veteran, John helps clients tell their brand stories through both paid and earned media. It’s his job to ensure messages ring loud and clear no matter what communications method is employed. That means he finds himself ear deep on a daily basis (and that’s no small task at 6’ 6”) in traditional media, digital environments and social platforms. His clients include American Dairy Farmers, Grande Cheese, Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group, Smucker’s, M&M/Mars, Truitt Bros. and Ventura Foods. He’s also the client lead for Noble’s work with Share Our Strength, raising awareness (and funds) to end childhood hunger in America. You can follow him on Twitter @ScrogDogg.

Karen Frost

Karen Frost

Vice President, Creative Director

Karen began her career by doing award-winning work as an intern at TBWA. Her creative awards continued at D’Arcy (DMB&B), several other agencies and now here at Noble. Being a twin gives Karen, as she says, a real desire to prove no two products or projects are exactly alike. She strives for and achieves creative originality in all she does—and absolutely loves the challenge of the never-a-dull-moment world of advertising.

Kay Logsdon

Kay Logsdon

Senior Writer, Food Channel

Give Kay a good culinary mystery and she’ll figure it out—whether it’s a book downloaded to Kindle or identifying a food trend just over the horizon. She’s the voice behind much of the work on foodchannel.com, where we not only develop recipes but also cook up many of our digital and social media strategies as an agency. She holds an M.A. in Integrated Marketing and is considered an expert in strategic planning and digital marketing for government, business and the not-for-profit worlds.

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.

Ken Taylor

Ken Taylor

Account Manager

A construction nerd at heart, Ken has helped drive home and building brands to success for over 12 years. He has his hand in everything from building sets for photo shoots, to launching the latest big idea in the construction industry. When Ken’s not busy building brands, or remodeling his house, he is chasing one of his 4 kids. Thank goodness for coffee.

Kirk Banasik

Kirk Banasik

VP, Account Service

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’.

LeAnne Garoutte

LeAnne Garoutte

SVP, Director of Client Services

LeAnne’s 24 years of food marketing experience spans work across the total food terrain, including such clients as Tyson Foods, PepsiCo, J.M. Smucker Company, M&M Mars, Burger King, Sonic, Chile’s, U.S. Foods and many more. Her commitment to marketing and program development have made her a woman with a plan. Give her a quad shot latte and 24 hours, and she’ll accomplish more than most people do in a month.

Leslie Hutter

Leslie Hutter

SVP, Insights and Strategy

During her 20-plus years at Noble, Leslie’s unique strategic planning skills helped establish Noble as a successful brand-building agency. Her ongoing leadership in helping teams understand consumer insights continues to make our clients’ brands grow. She also led the team of cultural investigators and insight analysts that invented CultureWaves™. All that while being a parent of two sets of twins! Does she know how to manage challenges? In a word—yes!

Locke Hilderbrand

Locke Hilderbrand

Insights Manager, CultureWaves

Locke’s day-to-day life is about mixing dualities, finding relevance and mapping out the next big thing. He spends his time watching over pop-culture and keeping an eye out for behavior patterns, all an effort to make his clients look smarter and well ahead of the curve. Somewhere between being a culture scout, an online activist, a gamer, and a retronaut; he enjoys sleeping—when the duality permits.

Maggie McKeon

Maggie McKeon

Art Director

Maggie McKeon, Digital Designer/Art Director, represents the next generation of Internet conceptualists, integrating technology and artistry. With her art degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison she went on to work for several Chicago firms before joining Noble Chicago, perfecting all forms of web deign, from flash to mobile apps, supporting client categories including sports, food and public transit. She’s a great listener, when she’s not a music producer — electric guitar mostly.

Maren Woodlock

Maren Woodlock

VP, Media Director

Maren has spent her entire media career in agencies both big and small, in media only companies, and ten years on the client side as Director of Advertising Services. Her leadership comes from her passion. She loves media because it’s never the same, never boring, always growing—like the organic garden she also loves. She spends her off media hours raising, cooking and canning wonderful goodies from that garden.

Michael Jensen

Michael Jensen

VP, 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.

Nancy Banasik

Nancy Banasik

SVP, Account Planning

Early morning hot yoga boot camp isn’t for everyone—but that’s how Nancy likes to start her day. Then she moves on to two more of her passions: positioning brands and research. Oh, and not to be overlooked. She loves the adventure and thrill of the hunt for the biggest and best creative idea. Zen and killer instinct. She lives her life with that rare balance of both.

Richard Pitman

Richard Pitman

VP, Management Supervisor

A true Southerner, his energy and hospitality roots show with exceeding client expectation and what drives such strong partnerships with his client service and business development roles. A 25 year marketing veteran, he has worked in every food channel on both the client and agency side. From research and field marketing with Hardee’s to brand merchandising with Oscar Mayer. Later in foodservice and retail promotional marketing and national accounts sales with Kraft, before business development and marketing standards with Aramark. At Noble Richard leads the food practice in Chicago, with client service on accounts like Smith & Wollensky, Potbelly, Lightblocks and Kraft.

Ron Pike

Ron Pike

SVP, Creative Director

Ron has worked on many accounts including Behr Paint, Gerber, AGC Glass, Sunkist, Campbell’s, Peak Antifreeze, Scotsman, and Pillsbury. He has produced television, print, collateral and packaging. And he has been rewarded for it with Effies, Art Director’s Club, Andy’s and Telly’s along with an International Advertising Federation Gold award. When not at work, Ron is quite busy with his Antique wood boat and vintage car – basically things that are nice to look at but seldom work.

Ruth Coyne

Ruth Coyne

Group Account Director

Ruth Coyne is Noble’s L.A. Connection. Originally a New Yorker, Ruth made the easy transition to sun, sand and the UCLA Bruins long ago. She now services our clients out west with New York intensity sprinkled with LA calm. Having worked as a Marketing Director for a major food company for over 10 years, Ruth has a firm grasp of the demands of her clients. Marketing strategy that leads to results, launching new products, and integrated planning and activities that get you the most bang for your buck are her specialties. Extreme Boot Camp at 6:00 AM and two daughters is what keeps her centered.

Susan Schmidt

Susan Schmidt

Creative Director, Chicago

Susan is a strong creative and strategic thinker known for her unique visual solutions…and occasional clever headline. Her seemingly unlimited energy powers her to be the “hands on leader” in projects, start to finish, grabbing awards year after year. How does she do it? Maybe it’s the fact that she loves the outdoors and completely absorbs each and every experience—from climbing mountains to zipping through the streets of Chicago on her rollerblade commute everyday.

Tiffany White

Tiffany White

Management Supervisor

During the past 18 years, Tiffany has been building her unique food marketing perspective with a combination of agency, manufacturer, and distributor experience. That experience includes working as a Marketing Associate for Sysco Foods, a national account manager for Tyson Foods, and more than 10 years agency experience on business-to-business and retail brands providing insightful leadership and great enthusiasm for her clients’ brands. She’s covered a lot of ground over the course of her career, which must be due to that Earnhardt lineage.

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