ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Spoke Marketing, a full-service marketing agency for the emerging and middle markets, announced today the hiring of former staff from AIM Communications (an AIM Solutions company) in a move that doubles the agency’s personnel and deepens its creative and project management skills.
Among the new hires is former AIM Communications Executive Creative Director Steve Slais, a creative virtuoso in St. Louis with roots going back to Kupper Parker.
“For me, this is a breath of fresh air,” said Steve Slais, who now serves as partner at Spoke Marketing. “I’m working with a group of like-minded creatives who share my passion for doing great work and helping businesses grow.”
Experienced marketers with an eye for good creative, Slais and his former AIM colleagues have seamlessly integrated within the Spoke Marketing team bringing with them an impressive client roster, including Handi-Craft Company, the St. Louis business behind the Dr. Brown’s Natural Flow® Baby Bottles.
“At Handi-Craft, our principle objective has been to create innovative, healthful feeding products for babies and their families,” said Jesse Lehnhoff, marketing director at Handi-Craft Company. “Our Dr. Brown's brand has experienced significant growth since its inception, and the longstanding relationship we have had with Steve Slais and his team has been key to its success. We look forward to the new ideas and creativity that their colleagues at Spoke Marketing will bring to the table.”
In addition to Slais, the new Spoke Marketing staff members include Debbie Arata, Creative Director; Debbie Meehling, Project Manager; Linda Eckels, Senior Production Artist; Ian Cohen, Director of Strategic Planning and Research; and Gretchen Wolpert, Project Manager. These additions bring a wealth of experience in print production and packaging as well as new project management tools that will increase Spoke Marketing’s efficiency in servicing a growing client base.
“Bringing on a cohesive team makes it easy for us to jump right into doing great work together, and it gives us the bandwidth and the breadth of experience to better serve our clients,” said Dan Klein, partner at Spoke Marketing. “We’ve been growing steadily this year, and the infusion of new people, energy and experiences continues this momentum.”
Prior to today’s news, Spoke Marketing was already on track to have a record-breaking year in 2015. Earlier this year, the agency hired marketing veteran Ali Tucker as Marketing Director and Mallory Holzhauer as Graphic Designer. Increased existing business and new client wins contributed to the agency’s growth, including University of Texas Systems, Laser Light Technologies and Suddenlink.
“When it became time to redesign our website, we decided to work with Spoke Marketing because we wanted a partner that could bring new ideas and new energy to our digital presence,” said Mark Mihalevich, vice president of eCommerce and Digital Marketing at Suddenlink. “The result was a website that we believe is the best in our industry and a new digital standard that will guide our design for years to come.”
In order to accommodate the new staff and equipment, Spoke Marketing is expanding its office space by more than 2,600 square feet. The agency just signed a three-year lease to remain in their current building at 3145 Locust Street.
With clients across the country ranging from start-ups to the Fortune 500, Spoke focuses on combining unique, engaging storytelling, and return on investment to find each client’s fastest path to cash.™