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.
Executive Producer, FPI
Brad is a one-of-a-kind type of guy. Fine art is his passion, but fusion is his business
Senior Interactive Developer
Damion is the man with the Food Channel plan
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 most of his professional career. 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.
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.
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 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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!
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.