About Us

Your go-to digital
marketing agency

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

Our story

Kuno Creative is an employee-owned digital marketing agency, continuously on the frontlines of buyer engagement. Our mission, doing marketing that matters, helps companies like yours make the world a better place. This mission penetrates our daily lives and well-being, and, ultimately, enables us to help clients achieve measurable results. 

Because every employee is an owner in our company, we know your success is truly our success. 

Originally founded as a traditional marketing and branding agency in 2000, our people have powered our growth into a global digital marketing agency and a Diamond HubSpot Partner. Now fully remote, we hire only the top talent across the country. We’ve come together to push the limits of what our clients can achieve.

Meet our team

What makes us different?

Our passion stems from our people. We value diversity and believe that different backgrounds, ideas and perspectives are what make us a stronger and more capable team of marketers. Each and every one of our employees adds to our inclusive culture of creating marketing that matters.

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 and cutting-edge 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 position 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

WEBSITE STRATEGY DIRECTOR

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.

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

DIGITAL DESIGN SPECIALIST

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

DIGITAL EXPERIENCE MANAGER

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

EDITORIAL CONTENT 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

ASSOCIATE INBOUND MARKETING CONSULTANT

With years of experience as a brand journalist, Lara shifted roles within Kuno to manage client relationships as an account manager. She puts her storytelling skills to use from her journalism days to help develop a big-picture strategy for clients and to execute tactics that best achieve results. Lara has worked in journalism and public relations. She also serves as an adjunct professor.

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

TECHNOLOGY DIRECTOR

Matt uses marketing automation and data insights to help nurture leads into customers and deliver an overall optimized buyer experience. He has extensive professional experience developing, executing, and analyzing marketing processes and campaigns. Matt organizes and leverages client tech stacks to reduce friction and ensure the highest ROI is realized.

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.

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

MARKETING MANAGER

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

CLIENT EXPERIENCE DIRECTOR

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 DIRECTOR

Brendan specializes in search engine optimization strategies that help improve the bottom line for our clients. He is an expert in SEO strategies for HubSpot websites while also being proficient in WordPress, Shopify, Joomla, and other CMS platforms. He is an experienced content writer and is the author of two books, including Cleveland Is King, which made The New York Times Best Sellers List.

John Hansel

MULTIMEDIA SERVICES MANAGER

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.

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

DIGITAL DESIGN SPECIALIST

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.

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.

Alexis Jaffe

INBOUND MARKETING CONSULTANT

Alexis thrives in fast-paced, KPI-driven environments and her career path is proof. Prior to her arrival at Kuno, Alexis led marketing automation execution for global technology provider, MRI, as well as RRD, a Fortune 500 communications firm. She is also invested in community engagement, serving on the leadership council of Engage! Cleveland.

Tom Sarago

INBOUND MARKETING CONSULTANT

Tom’s background in leading strategic marketing campaigns helps Kuno’s clients achieve and exceed their brand-growing goals. Prior to joining Kuno, Tom ran his own marketing and public relations agency, Spruce, which served established nonprofit organizations and small businesses alike. Additionally, Tom volunteers for and serves as the VP of communications for the American Marketing Association's Northeast Ohio Chapter.

Skyler Haines

DIGITAL EXPERIENCE DESIGNER

Skyler has an interdisciplinary background in marketing design, photography, digital and print media. Combining creative business strategy and a focus on user experience with a modern design aesthetic, he has collaborated with dozens of Fortune 500 companies and small startups for the last decade.

Leah Verdino

ASSOCIATE INBOUND MARKETING CONSULTANT

Leah is a results-driven marketer with a background in developing and implementing strategic marketing programs to drive profitable results for clients. Prior to Kuno, she managed marketing efforts for Fortune 500 companies including Aramark and Marriott International. Leah holds an MBA from Ohio University.

Jennifer Malins

BRAND JOURNALIST

Jennifer uses her journalism background to capture client narrative and translate it into marketing that matters. Previously, she wrote SEO-rich web copy and blogs for a variety of healthcare practitioners and served as the VP of Programs for a literacy nonprofit.

Anthony Taylor

PAID MEDIA & SEO ADVISOR

Anthony collaborates with companies to develop digital marketing campaigns that create a measurable impact on the business. He has worked with companies such as Entercom, Spectrum and ESPN to develop demand generation campaigns in the automotive, SaaS and home improvement industries.

Tina Tran

INBOUND MARKETING CONSULTANT

Tina's digital marketing and management experience have prepared her to achieve client success at Kuno. She’s worked in many industries including healthcare, technology and media. Tina was previously employed by Gannett and 250-plus digital brands across the U.S. before that.

May Johnson

PROJECT MANAGER, CRM IMPLEMENTATION

May uses her marketing and client services background to deliver an objectives-based onboarding process aimed at achieving the client's goals. As a certified project manager, she combines her marketing knowledge with account management, strategy, and execution skills to deliver best-in-class service.

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.