People

People

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Rhonda Ries

President

Rhonda draws from 25 years of experience at global agencies to lead strategy, long-range planning and provide leadership and direction to the executive team.

Her experience has proven valuable in her oversight to the agency’s assets, operations, M&A and strategies to drive growth and profitability of Osborn Barr.

Rhonda serves on boards for Advantage Software, Gateway MS Society. She is a member of 4A’s Finance Committee, St. Louis Women’s Forum and St. Louis AdClub.

Neil Caskey

Executive Vice President

Connecting with clients and colleagues comes naturally to Neil, making his role as the head of our account teams an ideal fit. In this position, Neil is responsible for growing client relationships and business partnerships.

In his more than 20 years of strategic communications experience, Neil has helped countless Fortune 500 companies and government agencies connect with their target audiences through meaningful and thoughtful campaigns that drive results.

Adnan Sabic

Executive Creative Director

Creative expertise. Calming force. Collaborative. These are just a few characteristics that come to mind when describing Adnan.

His philosophy is that a creative department is defined equally by experience and charisma, and as Executive Creative Director, Adnan strikes that balance while leading creative, digital strategy and campaign development for all clients.

Suzan Knese

Chief Operating Officer

Suzan Knese brings over 20 years of experience in operations, talent and agency management. This year Suzan will celebrate 11 years with Osborn Barr.

As chief operating officer and a member of the Executive team, Suzan is a key in helping shape agency strategy, operation efficiencies and organizational design.

Suzan serves on the 4A’s human resources committee, is a board member of Memory Home Care Solutions and is an active volunteer with the St. Vincent DePaul Society and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Steve Barr

Chairman

As one of our agency’s founders, Steve is a great person to ask about anything within our company’s nearly 30-year history.

With more than 45 years of marketing and communications experience, he has produced marketing communications vehicles and programs for leading international corporations and associations, including Deere & Company, Monsanto, the United Soybean Board and so many more. Steve’s expertise in agriculture and beyond remains invaluable to our company’s success.

Luke McKelvie

VP, Group Account Director

For the past 20 years, Luke McKelvie has been dedicated to helping top brands in agriculture communicate to a rural audience, an audience he knows very well.

Luke’s family raised sheep on their farm for nearly 30 years, and Luke and his wife now live on a small farm near Trenton, Illinois. This understanding and firsthand experience serves him well in his role as Vice President of our Animal Practice Group.

Nicole Phillips

VP, Group Account Director

Nicole is a firm believer that insight fuels inspiration, resulting in the most impactful work possible for her clients. This is evident in her experience with some of the world’s leading brands – including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Microsoft, Budweiser, NASCAR and Volkswagen of America – at some of the country’s leading agencies.

At Osborn Barr, she leads strategy and account oversight on two more iconic brands – DEKALB and Asgrow. Her vast background includes major broadcast production, digital, CRM, experiential and everything in between.

Karen Pfautch

Vice President

Karen provides leadership for a group of O+B clients, including the United Soybean Board (USB), National Corn Growers Association and Farm Credit, in addition to leading our agency’s Barnstorm initiative. Since joining Osborn Barr in 2003, Karen has played an active role in helping USB farmer-leadership reach its strategic goals through marketing and communications activities. Karen’s background in agriculture dates long before she started at O+B as she grew up on a corn and soybean farm north of St. Louis.

Deanna Montgomery

Group Account Director

Deanna uses her rural roots to lead the O+B team and provide strategic direction and support to clients such as Verdesian Life Sciences. Deanna’s past experience on both the client and agency side covers not only agriculture but a collection of industries from telecommunications and banking to manufacturing and retail. That wide-ranging experience is what makes Deanna an asset to the O+B team.

Marc Ford

Group Account Director

Marc’s key to success is simple: market knowledge, dirty boots and strategic shrewdness.

With experience in Ag, B2B and B2C industries, Marc has helped develop brand positions to propel client companies forward and implemented successful integrated marketing communications plans.

He has worked for leading companies such as Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Hill’s Pet Products and American Angus Association.

John Meyer

Director, Business Development

John leads the business development team overseeing all agency marketing, prospecting, pitching and onboarding of new clients. With a hybrid background that combines agency and client-side experience, he’s held leadership positions at a tech startup, FleishmanHillard, Charter/Spectrum, DDB/Rodgers Townsend and Publicis. John holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.

Zach Arnold

Group Creative Director

As our second in creative command, he oversees every creative piece the O+B team develops alongside Adnan Sabic, our ECD. Zach has a wide-ranging background in advertising, branding, photography and video direction, but his true passion lies in concept and design.

His experience with national brands such as NASCAR, Monsanto, STIHL Inc., Muck Boots, Bass Pro Shops, the St. Louis Cardinals and Samsung has given him a keen eye for design and a knack for developing successful visual communication strategies.

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Laura Wolf

Associate

Marisa Windisch

Production Artist

Lauren Wilson

Project Manager

Valerie Wiley

Associate

DeJuan Waters

Associate

Steve Washburn

Art Director

Dave Vincent

Director

Fred Thacker

Manager IT

Zach Sullentrup

Associate Copywriter

Jennifer Stettes

Manager

Jeff Skubic

Art Director

Adam Simpson

Associate Art Director

Randy Shryock

Senior Editor Content Producer

Kaytlin Sedgwick

Associate Art Director

Krueger Sally

Director

Grayce Ries

Project Manager

Randy Myers

Director

Kim Rafferty

Director

Melissa Powers

Copywriter

Bradley Pond

Director IT

Steven Nichols

Art Director

Donna McCurren

Manager

Elaine Komos

Associate

Stuart Knowlan

Art Director

Tyler Kelley

Manager

Donna Guarriello

Finance Coordinator

Sonja Graham

Group Director

Shannon Gerli

HR Mananger

Hannah Gardner

Supervisor

Austin Fallin

Manager

Amy Erlandson

Associate

Terry Dattoli

Supervisor Print Production

Ashley Cox

Manager

Jason Courtney

Associate Creative Director

Regina Cleary

Associate Director

Tammy Cheatham

Associate Director

Ellen Cheaney

Finance Manager

Julie Busse

Associate Director

Erin Boedeker

Associate

Traci Bertz

Director

Megan Baumgardner

Digital Media Manager

Erin Barr

Supervisor

Jillian Baker

Manager