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 ENTERPRISE ACCOUNTS

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

ADMINISTRATION DIRECTOR

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

BRAND & 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 and earned her BFA in Communication Design at Texas State University.

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 DIRECTOR

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.

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.

Annie Callahan

DEMAND GENERATION DIRECTOR

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

PAID MEDIA MANAGER

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.

Paula Zimmer

CLIENT SERVICES 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.

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.

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.

Alexis Jaffe

MARKETING STRATEGIST

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

MARKETING STRATEGIST

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 MARKETING STRATEGIST

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. In her role at Kuno, Jennifer writes SEO-rich copy focusing on sustainability, healthcare and more. Prior to joining Kuno, she was a VP at a literacy nonprofit.

Anthony Taylor

MARKETING STRATEGIST

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.

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.

Dustin Herzberger

VIDEO EDITOR/MOTION DESIGNER

Dustin creates thoughtful and creative multimedia solutions with a focus on user engagement and performance metrics. Prior to Kuno, he spent 10 years producing videos for a leading health insurance company.

Nate Elekonich

VIDEO EDITOR/MOTION DESIGNER

Nate uses his experience in film, animation and motion graphics to combine art and marketing in ways that make clients more relatable to consumers. Prior to Kuno, Nate worked at the Acushnet Company under the Titleist brand where he created videos and motion graphics for TV, web and social media.

Jordan Regula

PAID MEDIA ADVISOR

Jordan uses her skills in SEO to provide innovative digital marketing solutions. She leverages paid media strategies to achieve business objectives and delivers measurable results. Prior to Kuno, she worked in the software, aviation and manufacturing industries.

Lisa Famiglietti

ACCOUNT MANAGER

Lisa is proud to be a Jack of all trades with having years of experience in video production, social media management, event planning, client services and project management. She is excited to help clients reach their goals and drive their business forward.

Lucas Zapico

SOLUTIONS DEVELOPER

Lucas is responsible for integrating different platforms with HubSpot and collaborating with internal team members to design and develop business solutions to support our client’s CMS and CRM needs. He has previously held positions as a web developer, UI engineer, and account specialist at Microsoft, Northern Wind & Southern Sun, and Premera Blue Cross.  Lucas holds a degree in Applied Math from the College of Marin.

Courtney Compton

MARKETING AUTOMATION SPECIALIST

Courtney uses her background in marketing automation and digital marketing to help clients fully leverage the capabilities of their marketing automation platform. She also provides strategic recommendations and technical support to our clients. Courtney holds a Master’s in Science in Marketing.

Jennifer Rignani

BRAND JOURNALIST

Jennifer applies her roots in journalism to tell engagement-rich stories about client products and services. In her role at Kuno she writes content for a range of clients and channels. Before Kuno, Jennifer worked in marketing and PR for 25 years as a nonprofit executive, corporate marketing director and freelance content strategist.

Clare Hennig

BRAND JOURNALIST

Clare is a strategic writer and content creator, specializing in digital storytelling. She brings together years of experience in the newsroom with a mission-driven attitude from non-profit marketing. Clare has lived, worked, and studied in 11 countries, and now calls sunny California home.

Jami Schneider

MARKETING CONSULTANT

Jami has 15+ years of experience in both traditional and inbound marketing strategies. Since joining Kuno Creative in 2006, she has helped clients in a variety of industries develop and implement successful strategies to achieve their marketing goals.

Alexia Carcelli

DIGITAL DESIGN ASSOCIATE

Alexia assists the creative team with a variety of print and digital assets, utilizing her skills to create user-friendly projects with modern aesthetics. She holds a BA in design, a minor in Promotional Communications, and a Multimedia Advertising certification from Cleveland State University.

Solange Kotko

DIGITAL DESIGN SPECIALIST

Solange works to deliver effective, aesthetic, on-brand, and on-strategy creative for websites, interactive content, product graphics, email promotional creative, social media graphics, and effective digital banner ads. She was born in Peru and is a graduate of San Ignacio de Loyola University with a BA in Design and Applied Arts.

Brent Sirvio

DIGITAL CONTENT EDITOR

Brent brings a marketing strategist's perspective and an incisive eye for language to ensure all content deliverables for Kuno's clients are compelling and accurate. Prior to joining Kuno, he had several roles in digital marketing, from web development and support to account management to HubSpot onboarding and implementation to content strategy and copyediting. A member of ACES, Brent holds a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a MA from Bethel University (St. Paul, MN). Sisu.

Jeremy Hartman

MARKETING AUTOMATION SPECIALIST

Alongside Jeremy's experience with building out prospecting, nurturing and re-engagement campaigns, he has a solid sales background in multiple industries, allowing him to understand better the priorities and processes that are important to companies looking to use both the Sales and Marketing Hubs.

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.