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Increase your brand awareness, capture qualified leads and help your sales team.
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Our story

Our philosophy of doing good work to help like-minded businesses grow is what has earned us the trust of hundreds of clients over the years, and is how we became a HubSpot Diamond Partner Agency. Our dedicated team has pioneered this industry, never stopping at anything less than success.

Kuno Creative was founded in 2000 as a traditional marketing and branding agency and has since grown into a leading global digital marketing agency. From the beginning, our team has been on the frontline of creativity, pushing the limits of what our clients can achieve.

Meet our team

What makes us different?

Our value lies in our people. We’re a diverse team with distinct backgrounds, sharing one commonality: a passion for setting and achieving goals by collaborating with clients who are working to make the world a better place.

 We blend our strengths together, combining our business experience and creative minds to bring the best ideas to the table and drive results for our partners.

Our people.

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Chris Knipper

CEO

With a background in sales, marketing, and technology, Chris has the perfect balance of skills for helping companies achieve marketing success. Since founding Kuno Creative in 2000, he has helped hundreds of companies accelerate growth using inbound marketing strategies. This has given companies the resources they need to grow their brands and capture qualified leads.

Brianne Carlon Rush

VP OF OPERATIONS

After developing the Kuno Creative content marketing department and growing it by 500 percent, Brianne has expanded her role to help grow the inbound marketing agency in size, revenue, and resources. She now focuses on sales and marketing alignment, employee empowerment and communication strategies. At the same time, she still dedicates time to client strategy and Kuno’s marketing efforts.

Vanessa Knipper

VP OF CLIENT SERVICES

With her background in marketing and public affairs in the government sector, Vanessa has an ability to “wear many hats” and excel in a collaborative environment. She uses these skills to help Kuno clients achieve their marketing goals. She thrives on continuously improving processes and strategic approaches to meet and exceed their expectations.

Daniel Ulichney

VP OF CREATIVE SERVICES

As the creative leader of our in-house design and video departments, Dan has established an extensive history of pushing innovative ideas to deliver compelling brand messaging through design, content, video and all forms of marketing communications. His passion for forward-thinking solutions and creative problem solving has resonated through the lifeblood of Kuno Creative for more than 13 years.

Shannon Barnes

VP OF TECHNOLOGY

Shannon helps clients develop and execute their inbound marketing strategies, focusing mostly on HubSpot ROI. Before Kuno, Shannon spent 10 years in the online recruitment industry in a variety of roles ranging from marketing and sales to quality assurance.

Shaun Kanary

VP OF DEMAND GENERATION

A Certified Google AdWords and Analytics Professional, Shaun brings more than 10 years of SEO, PPC and digital marketing experience to Kuno. He is a recognized authority in digital marketing and advertising as a published columnist, speaker and an adjunct professor for Baldwin Wallace University and Lorain County Community College. He helps clients learn best practices and improve their business’ bottom line.

Jarrick Cooper

STRATEGIC ACCOUNTS MANAGER

Jarrick is a growth marketer and creative professional. After teaching himself graphic design and web development, he served as a marketing director across various industries, from commercial and municipal lighting to real estate. Jarrick loves using his creative and business skills to help companies and marketers develop strategies that facilitate growth and drive sales.

Cali Thomson

INBOUND MARKETING CONSULTANT

Cali has extensive knowledge and experience in sales and marketing with a passion for helping companies grow and drive profitability. Prior to joining Kuno Creative, she oversaw a business unit for a major healthcare manufacturing company. Cali is a graduate of Kent State University with a bachelor's degree in business management.

Katherine Smith

ACCOUNT MANAGER

Few people know the ins and outs of Kuno Creative as well as Kay. A Kuno employee for nearly a decade, Kay has valuable experience in almost every job function, which makes her the perfect fit as an inbound marketing consultant. Kay’s in-depth marketing knowledge allows her to successfully meet a high standard of quality work and customer service for her clients.

Jami Schneider

INBOUND MARKETING CONSULTANT

As a veteran member of the Kuno team, Jami shares in the passion for creative thinking and embracing new tactics. She uses her background in strategic communications and extensive knowledge and experience in digital marketing to help clients achieve their goals.

Debbie McKiernan

OFFICE MANAGER

Debbie divides her time between managing the Human Resources Department and balancing our books. Debbie helps to develop valuable key reports for our management team as well as guide the recruiting and interviewing process.

Walt Winchel

DIGITAL ART DIRECTOR

Walt divides his time between client meetings and having his creative visions take flight in the Adobe Creative Suite. Walt uses his skills to take websites to the next level with the latest design trends, all while creating an aesthetic that is user-friendly for clients and their customers.

Jim Van Hise

DIGITAL EXPERIENCE DIRECTOR

Jim is a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and has since applied his talents to both the agency and the client side for more than 15 years, working with clients from startups to Fortune 500 companies. He lives to help build brands digitally. He enjoys combining key concepts, dynamic fonts, stunning images and expressive color to deliver imaginative solutions.

Autumnn Embrey

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Autumnn is our resident typography aficionado —a skill she leverages in unique and captivating eBook designs. She earned her BFA from Texas State University in 2012, where she studied graphic design. Along with her skills in brand identity, web design and print, she’s an expert problem solver who loves to pair playful color palettes with dynamic text.

Michelle Kicak

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

As an experienced art director and designer, Michelle is constantly finding fresh inspiration for the best designs. Before joining Kuno, Michelle’s daily responsibilities included juggling print and digital ads while art-directing photo shoots for JCPenney and Jo-Ann Stores. Her experience has helped her conquer jobs in fast-paced and ever-evolving environments.

Steven Beller

MULTIMEDIA PRODUCER

Steven’s experience in multimedia production began at a young age. He comes to Kuno after opening his own multimedia company, Cold Robot Studios, where he helped small businesses create compelling videos to help tell their stories and showcase their products. Working with his team at Kuno, he helps create highly strategic video content for clients that align with their goals.

Annie Zelm

CONTENT DEPARTMENT MANAGER

Annie is the driving force behind the content strategy for companies in a wide range of industries. Relying on interviewing skills she developed in her seven years as a journalist, she uncovers insights about what motivates buyers and uses that knowledge to shape client websites and editorial calendars. She also brings several years of PR experience gained from working at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio.

Casey Newman

BRAND JOURNALIST

Casey’s love for writing and natural curiosity led her to careers in journalism and public relations. Today, she puts her passion for content to work, telling brands’ stories and helping to create the perfect strategy. Before joining Kuno, Casey was in charge of public relations for a marketing tech company, where she grew its award-winning blog and spearheaded several content initiatives.

Lara Nour Eddine

BRAND JOURNALIST

Lara’s love for journalism began at a young age. Her passion for storytelling resurfaced in college, where she worked on the school newspaper, and ultimately led her to positions in journalism, PR and marketing. As a brand journalist, she helps clients succeed by communicating their messages in creative ways.

Dave Grendzynski

BRAND JOURNALIST

With a background in broadcast news and healthcare corporate communications, Dave blends his experience to create content for many platforms. As a news manager and producer, Dave learned what it takes to tell a good story and hit his target audience. He also helped to develop a television news brand and build it from the ground up.

Bridget Cunningham

BRAND JOURNALIST

Bridget’s passion for writing led her to pursue a journalism degree at The Ohio State University. Since graduating, she has helped to write web content for many industries, both in full-time and freelance positions. Before joining Kuno, she worked as a web content coordinator for a physics software company, managing its blog program as well as various social media efforts.

Matt Nagel

MARKETING AUTOMATION CONSULTANT

Matt is a graduate of The Ohio State University and has extensive professional experience developing, executing and analyzing marketing processes and campaigns. At Kuno Creative, Matt provides clients with inbound marketing automation best practices to achieve maximum HubSpot ROI. Through this approach, he helps nurture leads into customers and delivers an overall optimized buyer experience.

Louie Kuni

MARKETING TECHNOLOGIST

Louie combines his vast technical knowledge with a talent for working with others. He serves as a bridge between the design and development teams, building out web pages that delight clients. His extensive HubSpot skills allow him to efficiently build pages as well as generate reports that provide clients with performance insight.

Josh Belford

MARKETING TECHNOLOGIST

Josh is a 2011 graduate of Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in computer design and animation. He uses his creative, imaginative spirit to design innovate web pages that help clients effectively communicate messages to end users. Through this approach, he helps clients achieve long-term success in the thriving digital environment.

Maren Dickey

ASSOCIATE TECHNOLOGIST

Maren excels in creating cohesive environments in which creativity flows and people thrive. By helping to build emails and workflows, she has a strong grasp on how things work in HubSpot as well as the purpose of campaigns and assets. This backend knowledge enables Maren to provide recommendations on how to improve performance and deliver better results to clients.

Christopher Hvizdak

LEAD DEVELOPER

Christopher has years of experience as both a front-end graphic designer and back-end developer. He uses this knowledge to create attractive, flexible and easy-to-maintain websites for clients. On a typical day, Christopher will implement new designs across a number of content management and eCommerce platforms.

Jason Rubinski

LEAD DEVELOPER

Jason has helped to produce web content in various coding languages for a few of Northeast Ohio’s heaviest-hitting companies, including American Greetings and the Cleveland Clinic. Today, he helps create websites for Kuno clients that attract visitors and deliver results.

Vivian Shih

WEB DEVELOPER

Vivian has more than five years of experience in front-end development technologies. She combines this experience with an extended understanding of web usability and accessibility and design principles. These days, Vivian works as a HTML/CSS Web Developer to create and maintain websites, blogs and other systems with impeccable design and power usability.

Annie Callahan

PAID MEDIA MANAGER

Annie has extensive knowledge and experience in digital marketing with expertise in SEO and PPC as a Google Certified Professional. She brings years of agency experience to Kuno, working with companies to strategize and execute successful search marketing programs. Annie is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing.

Brandon Zingale

SOCIAL MEDIA AND DEMAND GENERATION SPECIALIST

Brandon is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in strategic communication. He has more than six years’ experience in the social media realm as well as a mix of SEO and PPC knowledge. Through a social/paid strategy based on conversion optimization and brand awareness, he sets measurable goals for clients and helps to achieve them.

Nikki Elmer

VIDEO ADVERTISING AND DEMAND GENERATION ASSOCIATE

Nikki is a graduate of Ohio University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in English: Creative Writing and a minor in marketing. At Kuno, she helps assess clients’ video libraries and optimize them for SEO purposes. She also assists with creating YouTube ads that can help clients broaden their reach and brand awareness.

Chuck Klein

UX PROJECT MANAGER

Chuck joined the Kuno team with many years of managing website projects with an emphasis on creating user experiences that not only delight but convert.  With his vast experience in several different industries and his master’s degree in business administration, Chuck is able to provide strategic insight on every level of the project.

Ian Brady

CLIENT ENGAGEMENT REPRESENTATIVE

Ian is passionate about people. He works directly with clients and prospects to establish goals and strategize partnerships, and leverages his experience in search engine optimization to ensure client success. Outside of Kuno, Ian is often traveling to adventurous destinations with his family and friends.

Erin Mooney

INBOUND MARKETING CONSULTANT

Erin has extensive knowledge and experience in marketing and communications. Prior to joining Kuno, she worked as a marketing manager who directed the marketing group in strengthening their company's brand message. Additionally, Erin managed multiple mass communication channels and collaborated across internal functional teams and external agency partners to develop and execute marketing plans.

Paula Zimmer

INBOUND MARKETING CONSULTANT

Between her B2B sales and marketing experience, Paula is well versed in digital marketing strategies to help Kuno clients reach their goals. With a background in technology, software and startup marketing, Paula is never at a loss for new ideas to help drive KPIs.

Marina Malenic

COPY EDITOR

Marina fine-tunes content for clients across all industries. With a background in military aerospace journalism, her curiosity and passion for technology and storytelling give her the tools to shape content for websites. She helps clients succeed by communicating their messages clearly and creatively. She has worked in television and print journalism in addition to marketing.

teamwork

Collaborate. Exceed expectations. Build relationships as partners.
Help every individual reach their full potential.

proactive

Share success. Advocate for clients. Take initiative. Innovate.

ownership

Take interest. Earn respect. Analyze actions to improve.
Deliver quality. Take pride in our work.
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Our culture

At Kuno, passion is necessary, talent is nurtured and opportunities are given. Going above-and-beyond the standard is expected and successes are celebrated. We believe in creating a digital marketing agency where people want to come to work.