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Marc Backofen Media Director
  • Team member since 2016
  • #WeFly #ChirpChirp
  • Almost 20 years of experience in media strategy, planning and buying
  • Experience across a variety of industries and all platforms and formats – print, out of home, digital
  • Loves great outdoors…mostly on a golf course
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Kristen Bayman Art Director
  • Team member since 2014
  • #GoIU
  • 20 years of agency and corporate experience in art direction and graphic design
  • Design experience for brand identity, print and digital
  • Loves traveling, riding horses and kayaking
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Lauren Bertke Art Director
  • Team member since 2016
  • #USFFW
  • Interned with us twice before earning her spot on our design team
  • Affectionately known internally as “L3” – she was the third Lauren on our team at the time
  • Passion for biking, kayaking and yoga(ing)
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Sherry Brenn Controller
  • Joined the team in 2010
  • #IndianaState #MoretoBlue
  • 30-plus years in agency accounting and human resources 
  • We call her “honey badger.” You don’t want to ask why.
  • But you can ask about her grandchild! She is the world’s best “Nonna,” after all.
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Chris Carder UX/UI Director
  • Team member since 2016
  • #USFFW #sfcougars
  • Nearly 26 years of digital design experience and expertise
  • Firm believer in providing users the best experience possible
  • Enthusiastic aggregator of pop culture esoterica – vending machines, movie posters, vintage print ads
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Tiffany Carrillo Operations Manager
  • Fergster since 2021
  • #WeFly #ChirpChirp
  • Advertising veteran well versed in account service, turning her focus to internal operations
  • Always ready to nerd about systems and processes that can make life easier
  • World traveler who gets antsy if she doesn’t leave Fort Wayne for at least a week every year
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Jason Cooper Sr. Producer and Account Manager
  • Fergster since 2021
  • #BoilerUp
  • After eight years of experience working on feature films in Los Angeles, Jason dove head first into the ad agency world, where he gets to leverage his love of stories and production
  • Likes connecting with people, finding common ground, and using that common ground to tell more effective stories
  • Once got to dress up Aaron Paul in drag
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Nathan Cripe Creative Video Editor and Motion Graphics Artist
  • Fergster since 2021
  • #JagsROAR
  • 5 years of video editing & motion graphics experience
  • Likes that every day he gets to learn about another person’s job, company or industry to help tell their story through video
  • “The only trophy I have ever won was for a doughnut eating contest when I was 14. I still have it and will show it to anyone who ever asks.”
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Claudia Cuatepotzo Graphic Designer
  • Team Member since 2022
  • #USFFW
  • Versatile designer with 7+ years experience in digital and print design, podcasting and video directing
  • Sees her work as visual storytelling that contributes to the overall user experience
  • Thrill lover and professional snacker who takes an occasional runcation
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Matt Deck Senior Copywriter
  • Joined the team in 2017
  • #BoilerUp
  • 20-plus years in the copywriting and content game
  • Loves finding – and sharing – the story in everything
  • Military history buff – even builds his own amazing model replicas!
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James Dumas Dev-Ops Engineer
  • Team member since 2022
  • #GoIU
  • Intern-turned-Fergster who graduated IU with a specialization in Artificial Intelligence
  • Passionate about programming, especially when it involves solving interesting problems
  • Avid skier, amateur astronomer, and pilot in training
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Todd Eigenschink IS Director
  • Joined the team in 2016
  • #RoseHulman
  • 25-plus years of experience in information technology and services, tech support, web development
  • Founded Xymmetrix, which joined the Ferguson family in 2016
  • One of those crazy-type endurance athletes – has completed two Ironmans as well as marathons and ultra bike rides
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Rich Ferguson Chairman
  • Opened the doors in 1975
  • #GoIU
  • A Mad Man before there was “Mad Men” – cut his ad teeth on Madison Avenue in NYC in the ‘60s and ‘70s
  • More experience and expertise in advertising, branding and marketing than the rest of us combined
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Kenny Gilbreath Senior Motion Designer and Colorist
  • Fergster since 2021
  • #GoSalukis
  • Bachelor’s in Cinema and Photography and experience in respected LA and Chicago shops
  • Likes to use creative solutions to make people have feelings that motivate them to do something
  • Once gave a DVD of his roommate’s short film to Jerry Bruckheimer at a bar
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Will Guidinger Lead Developer of Tailored Solutions
  • Joined the team in 2019
  • #TeamIvy
  • Background in visual communications and a passion for front-end design and development
  • Loves using technology and teamwork to solve problems
  • Faith, family, friends – and science fiction novels/games. Also loves choral music and coloring with his daughter and son
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Jaala Herring Writer / Digital Content Specialist
  • Joined the team in 2012
  • #IndWes
  • Another one of our awesome “Swiss Army Knives” – extensive experience in project management, administrative support, digital content strategy, SEO, proofing and editing
  • Loves to learn and strives to thoughtfully invest herself in each project that comes her way
  • Also loves – REALLY LOVES – Christmas, her family, music and singing. Especially when she can enjoy all of those things at the same time.
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Brooke Hoff Digital Media Analyst
  • Joined the team in 2020
  • #GoIU
  • Spent previous 7 years managing digital media for Brown County (IN) Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Loves crossing items off the to-do list being as productive as possible
  • Outdoors enthusiast – hiking, biking, kayaking, camping, you name it (even though we just did)
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Ryan Holt VP of Digital Services
  • Joined the team in 2013
  • #BoilerUp
  • 20-plus years of experience in marketing, account management and digital services
  • Proud of the dominant digital team he’s helped build at Ferguson
  • Cub fan. Band, Dance and Soccer dad. Reluctant Karaoke enthusiast.
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Ric Johnson Web & Mobile Director
  • Joined the team in 2016
  • #PFW
  • 25-plus years of experience in web and mobile development and programming, digital design, back-end development.
  • Experience with more than 25 programming languages across nearly every computer platform.
  • Arduino-based maker, serial hobbyist and ADHD advocate. Coincidence?
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Janie Kaminer Production Manager
  • Joined the team in 2017
  • #GoGators
  • 15-plus years of agency experience across a number of roles and responsibilities
  • Account and project management, production and vendor management, media strategy and buying
  • Loves having her feet in the sand – or on the pedals of her bike
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Bob Kiel VP of Creative Services
  • Joined the team in 2004
  • #USFFW
  • 30-plus years of experience in creative design, strategic thinking and art direction
  • Loves being captain of our design team and mentoring young designers
  • And can’t help but create – works as a found-object artist and vintage restorer in his free time. Check it out!
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Robert Kinney Web Developer
  • Team member since 2020
  • #GoIU #GoNavy
  • 3-plus years of experience in software development
  • Served 4 years in the U.S. Navy, including two overseas tours
  • Enjoys the journey and challenges of a project as much as the end result
  • Loves spending time outdoors – kayaking, hiking, disc golf
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Katie Klinger Digital Media Coordinator
  • Joined the team in 2021
  • #GoIU
  • Started with us as an intern after earning her Bachelor of Arts in Media Advertising
  • Gives her best at every project she works on and loves to cross things off her to-do list
  • Thinks pugs are the greatest dogs ever…also loves baking and playing tennis
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Latiesha LaRue Director of Digital Media
  • Team member since 2018
  • #TeamIvy
  • 5-plus years of experience in digital media planning, buying, analysis
  • Certified in Google AdWords and Google Analytics
  • Huge Red Sox fan (and sings an impressive rendition of “Sweet Caroline” as proof)
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Rob Maldeney SR. Creative Video Editor & 3D Animator
  • Joined the team in 2011
  • #WeFly #ChirpChirp
  • 30-plus years of diverse experience – video shooting & production, 3D animation & product renderings. Still dabbles in web design & programming
  • Passion for the power of video to tell engaging, compelling stories for our clients
  • Proud grandpa – and big believer in the benefit of a hard-earned bourbon at the end of the week
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Zach McConnell Research Assistant
  • Team member since 2019
  • #TechYeah #INTechWarriors (First autistic MBA grad on his school’s record – and with a 3.61 GPA!)
  • Specializes in market research and quality control
  • 8 years and growing of agency experience
  • Collects cologne for a living – and even did a study during his MBA to see if Johnny Depp was the reason for the success of Dior Sauvage
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Jason McFarland Senior Art Director
  • Joined the team in 2004
  • #WeFly #ChirpChirp
  • 25-plus years of experience in art direction, graphic design and creative development
  • Enjoys the entire creative process – from concept through to completion
  • Always on target – the man throws a mean dart!
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Josh Mills Web Developer
  • Team member since 2020
  • #ChirpChirp #WeFly
  • 5-plus years of experience in mobile and web development
  • Enjoys solving problems, tackling to-do lists, learning new things
  • Loves playing music (drums and guitar) and woodworking
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Kelly Mize Controller
  • Team member since 2021
  • #GoIU
  • 20+ years in public accounting
  • Likes working with people and numbers, and likes accounting because it is organized
  • Enjoys running, cycling, hiking, chasing her 2 grandkids and walking her 2 dogs
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Alan Quandt Web Developer
  • Team member since 2020
  • #FullSail
  • 10-plus years of experience in web development
  • 20-plus years of experience in design and marketing overall, including extensive audio and video production
  • Driven by constant curiosity, learning, creating, growing – and by making people’s lives easier
  • Also driven by a creative mind – loves sculpting, drawing, making music and doing DIY development projects
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Christian Calderon Sanchez Digital Media Coordinator
  • Team Member since 2022
  • #TechYeah #INTechWarriors
  • Has a bachelor’s in business administration with a concentration in management and an associate degree in graphic design and worked for the Indiana Tech marketing department
  • Loves to spend time with his family — including his golden retriever, Darling
  • Considered a ‘double-threat’ because he can salsa dance too
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Kyle Schiffli Digital Support Manager
  • Joined the team in 2019
  • #GoIU
  • Previously worked in the entertainment industry – on a number of independent films and in music production / recording
  • Turned a passion for computers into a new chapter in his career
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John Scofield Director of Creative Editorial
  • Fergster since 2021
  • #TeamDePauw #TigerPride
  • Founded Scofield Digital Storytelling in 1982 and has edited and produced award winning TV commercials, music videos, documentaries and films over the course of his career
  • Creator, producer, shooter and editor on “Come Together,” a documentary about Beatles Tribute Bands accepted in 10 national/international film festivals along with the Heartland Film Festival
  • Plays jazz saxophone and rock guitar
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Eric Sexton Web Developer
  • Joined the team in 2019
  • #PFW #GoDons
  • Loves the chance to learn from and work with a world-class team
  • Equally adept at jamming on a bass guitar and video-game controller
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Jill Shie Accounting Associate
  • Joined the team in 2017
  • #TeamIvy
  • 10-plus years of experience in accounting and bookkeeping
  • Knows her way around our office better than anybody
  • Loves spending time with family and hanging out with her kids – the two-legged and four-legged ones
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Greg Smith Senior Art Director
  • Joined the team in 2004
  • #USFFW  #sfcougars
  • More than 20 years experience in art direction, graphic design and illustration
  • Has the most impossibly perfect tiny handwriting! It’s almost annoying. 
  • An earnest sports fan – can be found watching games at the local little league park to taking in a match on the beaches of the AVP
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Chet Voglewede Web Developer
  • Team member since 2021
  • #BoilerUp
  • Joined the Ferg as an intern after earning his degree in Web Development & Design and 3D Animation
  • Loves that there’s always something new to discover in his work, whether in the technology he uses or the projects he collaborates on
  • Never without his headphones—enjoys streaming new music and podcasts to keep himself focused
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Ross Woods Video & Animation Managing Director / Exec. Producer
  • Fergster since 2021
  • #GoBadgers
  • Former editor and motion graphics artist with 20+ years’ experience with some of the leading graphics/animation/vfx companies in the nation
  • Loves being able to tell client stories in a way that elicits a reaction from the viewer
  • Background in voice acting and writing for, recording with, and touring in rock bands as a drummer