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About Us

Your go-to digital
marketing agency

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

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.

  • All
  • Executives
  • Sales
  • Client Services
  • Creative Services
  • Content
  • Technology
  • Demand Generation

Chris Knipper


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


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


With 10 years experience at Kuno, Vanessa has an ability to “wear many hats” and excel in a collaborative environment. She uses these skills to help Kuno clients achieve their business and marketing goals. She thrives on continuously improving processes and strategic approaches to meet and exceed expectations.

Daniel Ulichney


As V.P. of Creative, Daniel has firmly ingrained forward thinking practices throughout Kuno's in-house design, video and UX departments for more than 15 years. His ability to push innovative solutions with the purpose of delivering compelling brand experiences through all forms of digital marketing communications are second to none.

Shannon Barnes


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


With several years of marketing & sales experience for both the Cleveland Clinic Health System 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 as a respected college professor, speaker, and columnist. Shaun holds certifications from Google Analytics, Google Ads, and Amazon Advertising.

Jarrick Cooper


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.

Jami Schneider


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

Maren Dickey


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


Christopher has more than 10 years of experience as both a front-end graphic designer and back-end developer. He has a rich history researching and developing strategic, custom solutions for clients using open source CMS platforms such as Drupal and Concrete5, as well as all-in-one solutions such as HubSpot. He uses this knowledge to create attractive, flexible and easy-to-maintain websites for clients.

Jason Rubinski


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.

Annie Callahan


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


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.

Chuck Klein


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


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


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


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.

Brendan Bowers


Brendan Bowers is an SEO & Demand Generation Manager with Kuno Creative. He prides himself on a results-oriented approach to driving meaningful leads for clients through digital marketing channels. 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


With a degree from Kent State University and more than seven years of combined experience at other digital media companies, John's passion for videography led to his role as Multimedia Producer at Kuno Creative. He loves to create engaging and professional video content that matches the objectives of Kuno clients, as well as those he works with under his personal JHmotion brand.

Lauren Hoffman-Noark


Lauren’s varied background in brand, B2B and shopper marketing, digital and traditional media, and content makes her adept at understanding and applying new strategies—and leading clients toward innovative solutions. A graduate of Kent State University, she led brand and B2B marketing efforts for a national retailer before joining the Kuno team.

Megan Combs


With a background in magazine journalism, Megan channels her love of the English language and grammar into her writing and editing. Before joining Kuno Creative, Megan was a top content marketer at a leading healthcare media company, where she helped clients translate their brand promises into strategic digital and social media messages.


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


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


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

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.