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Increase 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

Chris founded Kuno in 2000 as a traditional marketing and branding agency and has since grown it into a leading global digital marketing agency that’s helped hundreds of companies accelerate their growth. With a background in sales, marketing and technology, Chris is on the frontline of creativity, pushing the limits of what our clients can achieve.

Brianne Carlon Rush

VP OF OPERATIONS

Brianne works with Fortune 500 clients to strategize digital marketing efforts that help sales teams close deals faster. Additionally, she focuses on Kuno’s sales and marketing alignment and employee empowerment. Prior to Kuno, Brianne helped market OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools, and was the youngest person to be promoted to managing editor of a national magazine at MacFadden Performing Arts Media in NYC.

Vanessa Knipper

VP OF CLIENT SERVICES

Vanessa helps Kuno clients achieve their business and marketing goals with her many years of experience in both traditional and inbound marketing strategies. Her success stories span industries from medical device clinical research to photofinishing and camera brands, and one of the largest orchid growers in the U.S., assisting them in winning business against national competitors.

Daniel Ulichney

VP OF CREATIVE SERVICES

As VP of Creative, Daniel has firmly ingrained forward-thinking practices throughout Kuno's in-house design, video and UX departments for more than 15 years. Since joining Kuno Creative in 2003, he has successfully helped hundreds of companies evolve and grow their brand presence and experiences through design, copywriting and multiple marketing strategies.

Shannon Barnes

VP OF TECHNOLOGY

Shannon works with clients from community hospitals to international and multi-billion dollar corporations in a variety of industries to develop and execute their inbound marketing strategies, focusing mostly on HubSpot ROI. Before Kuno, she 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 GROWTH STRATEGIES

With several years of marketing & sales experience for both the Cleveland Clinic and John Deere, Shaun brings a wealth of healthcare, consumer goods and industrial B2B marketing experience to Kuno Creative. Additionally, Shaun is a recognized authority in digital marketing and advertising as a respected college professor at Lorain County Community College, a professional speaker and columnist.

Jarrick Cooper

SENIOR INBOUND MARKETING CONSULTANT

Jarrick holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in marketing/management and has 15+ years of marketing and media experience for startups and established B2B and B2C companies in various industries, including specialty manufacturing and high-end real estate.

Jami Schneider

INBOUND MARKETING CONSULTANT

Jami helps clients develop and execute their inbound marketing strategies through her passion for creative thinking and embracing new trends. She brings years of experience to Kuno with extensive knowledge and experience in digital marketing strategies, having previously worked for building materials giant Moen.

Debbie McKiernan

OFFICE MANAGER

Debbie manages Kuno’s human resources department and accounting. She helps develop valuable key reports for our management team, as well as guide the recruiting and interviewing process. Before joining Kuno, Debbie worked for The Iams Company ​for 10 years, helping launch, promote and sell cutting-edge therapeutic diets in the veterinary marketplace.

Walt Winchel

DIGITAL ART DIRECTOR

Walt uses his skills to take websites to the next level with the latest design trends, all while creating a user-friendly aesthetic. Prior to Kuno, he worked as marketing/art director for the Morning Journal, as well as a studio manager at Signum Design. Walt holds a BFA in Visual Communications and a Minor in Advertising.

Jim Van Hise

DIGITAL EXPERIENCE DIRECTOR

Jim’s nearly 20 years of experience helps him build clients’ digital brands. He has worked at startups and Fortune 500 companies, including The Pittsburgh Post Gazette and OverDrive. He is a graduate of The Art Institutes and an active member of UXPA, AIGA and International Design Foundation.

Autumnn Embrey

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Autumnn is a graphic designer who creates websites, social media assets and print materials. She understands the importance of hitting the target market and always keeps the user experience in mind. She excels in aesthetics and maintains great client relationships. She previously served as a graphic designer and artist for companies such as HubSpot and TOMS. Autumnn earned her BFA in Communication Design at Texas State University.

Michelle Kicak

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Michelle utilizes her experience as an art director and designer to constantly find fresh inspiration for the best designs. Before joining Kuno, her daily responsibilities included juggling print and digital ads, while art-directing photo shoots for JCPenney and Jo-Ann Stores.

Steven Beller

MULTIMEDIA PRODUCER

Steven creates highly strategic video content for clients that align with their marketing and sales goals. He comes to Kuno after opening his own multimedia company, where he helped small businesses create compelling videos to help tell their stories and showcase their products.

Annie Zelm

CONTENT DEPARTMENT MANAGER

Annie is the driving force behind content strategy for clients. She uncovers insights about what motivates buyers and uses that knowledge to shape client websites and editorial calendars. Annie brings several years of PR experience gained from working at the amusement park, Cedar Point.

Casey Newman

BRAND JOURNALIST

A former journalist, Casey tells brands’ stories and helps to create engaging content strategies for companies. Before joining Kuno, she was in charge of public relations for marketing tech company Knotice. She earned a gold Hermes Creative Award for Knotice’s blog content and spearheaded several content initiatives that helped lead to the company's acquisition.

Lara Nour Eddine

BRAND JOURNALIST

Lara uses her background as a journalist to tell others' stories in creative and meaningful ways. Prior to Kuno, she worked in both journalism and public relations positions in the nonprofit sector. Lara has a Master of Arts in Public Relations.

Dave Grendzynski

DIGITAL BRAND PRODUCER

Dave uses the skills that won him three Emmy Awards as a television news producer to create compelling content for our clients. Dave honed his email, blog and social media writing skills in the Corporate Communications Department at Cleveland Clinic.

Bridget Cunningham

BRAND JOURNALIST

Bridget uses her journalistic experience to successfully engage with technical minds. Prior to Kuno, she managed the blog program and assisted with social media efforts at COMSOL, a high-tech engineering company that offers multiphysics software solutions.

Matt Nagel

MARKETING AUTOMATION MANAGER

Matt strategizes inbound marketing automation for clients to help them nurture leads into customers and deliver an overall optimized buyer experience. He has extensive professional experience developing, executing and analyzing marketing processes and campaigns.

Louie Kuni

ASSOCIATE TECHNOLOGIST

Louie serves as a bridge between design and development, helping to strategize and create web pages for clients utilizing his extensive HubSpot skills. Prior to Kuno, Louie focused on customer service by effectively communicating technical information to clients. He holds an Associate of Business degree in Web Development and Software Development.

Maren Dickey

ASSOCIATE TECHNOLOGIST

Maren provides strategic technical insights through her work with website build-out and launch, marketing automation and continuous optimization. She uses her extensive HubSpot knowledge and digital marketing background to create cohesive brand experiences for clients in industries such as healthcare, manufacturing and education.

Christopher Hvizdak

LEAD DEVELOPER

Christopher develops solutions to help clients achieve marketing, content management and e-commerce goals. He has worked extensively with web technologies including HubSpot, WordPress and Salesforce. Christopher has more than 10 years of experience in web development.

Jason Rubinski

DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Jason helps create websites for clients that attract visitors and deliver results. Prior to Kuno, he helped to produce web content in various coding languages for some of Northeast Ohio’s heaviest-hitting companies, including American Greetings and the Cleveland Clinic. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication Technology.

Annie Callahan

PAID MEDIA MANAGER

Annie works with companies to strategize and execute successful paid marketing programs. She has more than 10 years of experience in digital marketing. Prior to Kuno, she helped develop and manage marketing strategies for Citizens Bank and Nationwide Insurance. Annie is a Google Certified Professional and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing.

Brandon Zingale

SOCIAL MEDIA & PAID MEDIA PRODUCER

Brandon sets measurable goals for clients and helps them achieve them through a social/paid strategy based on conversion optimization and brand awareness. He has more than eight years of experience in the social media realm and has worked with Fortune 500 companies such as Verizon, Wells Fargo, Coca-Cola, Domino's Pizza and many more. Brandon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communication.

Chuck Klein

ASSOCIATE TECHNOLOGIST

Chuck provides strategic insight for clients’ technological needs. He joined the Kuno team with years of experience managing website projects with an emphasis on creating user experiences that not only delight but convert. Chuck has helped Blackline Safety and several other companies to implement some of the newest technologies to help their websites close more sales.

Erin Mooney

INBOUND MARKETING CONSULTANT

Erin applies her knowledge and experience in marketing and communications to provide strategic marketing plans and goals for Kuno. Prior to joining Kuno, she worked as a marketing manager who directed an in-house marketing team in strengthening the company's brand message and marketing efforts.

Paula Zimmer

INBOUND MARKETING CONSULTANT

Paula's background in digital marketing strategies helps Kuno clients reach their goals. With experience in technology, software and startup marketing, she is never at a loss for new ideas to help drive KPIs. Paula holds a Master’s of Science degree in strategic marketing and has worked with brands such as Toshiba and Things Remembered.

Brendan Bowers

SEO & DEMAND GENERATION MANAGER

Brendan drives targeted leads for clients through digital marketing channels, especially search engine marketing. He has worked with a wide range of clients from colleges and universities to international businesses. A graduate of Case Western Reserve University, Brendan has over 10 years of management experience. He is also the author of two books, including Cleveland Is King, which made The New York Times Best Sellers List.

John Hansel

MULTIMEDIA PRODUCER

John produces engaging and cinematic video that matches the objectives of Kuno clients. He has more than seven years of combined video production experience from working with brands like Eaton, Parker Hannifin and igus, along with creating lifestyle content under his personal JHMOTION brand. John holds a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Media Production.

Lauren Hoffman-Noark

INBOUND MARKETING CONSULTANT

Lauren’s background in brand, B2B, branding and content makes her adept at developing innovative KPI drivers for Kuno clients. Before joining Kuno, Lauren led brand and B2B marketing efforts for Things Remembered, and has worked with brands such as Nestlé, John Deere and Sherwin-Williams.

Megan Combs

DIGITAL CONTENT EDITOR

Megan provides copyediting and macro editing recommendations across Kuno. Previously, she was a top content marketer at Vendome Healthcare Media, where she helped clients translate their brand promises into strategic digital and social media messages. She also served as a content creator and editor at AOL’s Patch.com.

Kaitlin Mowry

CREATIVE ASSISTANT

Kaitlin uses her skills to support the team in various aspects including design, technology and marketing strategy. She is a solution-focused individual who uses her design background to help clients achieve their creative vision. Kaitlin holds a bachelor’s degree in design from Cleveland State University.

Brooke Bogdan

ACCOUNT MANAGER

With experience in B2B and B2C, Brooke uses her digital marketing expertise to help businesses ​grow by creating and executing ​strategic PR and marketing plans. Brooke enjoys developing client relationships ​and​ prioritizes maintaining strong communicative efforts. Prior to Kuno, Brooke worked at GIE Media, as their digital marketing strategist, as an account executive at Studiothink, and as a marketing director.

Heath Kelley

DEMAND GENERATION SPECIALIST

Heath drives targeted leads for clients through search engine optimization, paid advertising and social media marketing. He executes successful marketing techniques that increase website visibility and overall brand awareness. Prior to Kuno, Heath worked for Intellitronix, a leading electronic digital accessories company, and focused on demand generation efforts. He holds a bachelor’s degree in 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.