Andrew is a Boise native with a broad — and occasionally eccentric — personal and professional background. The offspring of a Jamaican immigrant and a farm kid from Coos Bay, Oregon, Andrew learned the value of cultural perspective early in his youth.
As SMG’s newest Account Coordinator, Andrew’s competencies run across many professional realms, including start-ups, real estate development, journalism and public policy. He holds a B.S. in Political Science, Masters Certification in Community & Regional Planning, and a Master of Public Administration Degree — all from Boise State University.
In a prior life, Andrew founded Idahostel—Boise’s first international traveler’s hostel — and managed the Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission (IGEM) for the Idaho Department of Commerce. When he’s not helping clients achieve their marketing and communications goals, Andrew volunteer-teaches travel classes for Boise Community Education, moonlights for Boise Weekly as a recreation and travel journalist, and has ridden his motorcycle most of the way around the world.
Many of us call Brian the swiss army knife of the office. He is the keeper of secrets and our jack-of-all-trades.
As Interactive Services Manager, Brian guides online initiatives for our clients, overseeing e-communications, social media, search engine optimization and search engine marketing, analysis and reporting. This is a return to SMG for Brian, as he was previously with the agency in the early 2000s.
He is also the founder and author of the Idaho Ad Agencies blog, a member of the Boise Advertising Federation, and recipient of the Duke Award, given to the BAF’s member of the year. Brian is a graduate of The College of Idaho, with a B.A. in Business Administration and a minor in Leadership Studies. Next time you’re in the office, stop by and say hello to Brian. He might even tell you some secrets.
Digital Media Producer
What makes Bill unique? Well, he’s 6’4”, hates spiders and used to do stand up. Before SMG, he worked for Turner Broadcasting for three years, writing and producing content for digital media and television. He’s also been a featured producer for Funny or Die, Adult Swim, Comedy Central and Fox Network.
During his career, Bill has written for The Onion, Broken Newz, Yahoo!, AOL and National Lampoon, working in markets such as Los Angeles, Atlanta, Las Vegas and New York. He studied communications at Fresno State.
Currently, Bill is making a feature length low-budget comedy. And not many people know this, but he once broke his elbow three times in a six-month period. For a good laugh, come by and ask him how. Or ask him about the time a rabbi and a priest walked into a bar…
Client Services Manager
The last year has been a big one for Colbi — she got married and is anticipating the arrival of a baby boy. All her recent big events are making the rest of our lives look boring.
Prior to joining SMG, Colbi worked as a senior account manager at Balihoo in Boise and operated her own marketing-communications practice, CMD Brandsource, working with clients in Idaho, Utah, Colorado and Oregon.
For most of the last decade, Colbi served as Northwest marketing director at LandAmerica Financial Group in Boise after relocating from Salt Lake City, where she worked in account management and coordination at marchFIRST Advertising Agency and CitySearch.com. A native Boisean, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Advertising from San Diego State University.
You should also know this: If you ever go up against Colbi in a trivia game about popular music, you will most definitely lose.
Senior Art Director
Art director. Photographer. Master chef. Mom. These are just a few of the many titles Crissie goes by. She’s also a U of I grad, and has two degrees — a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts. Before SMG, Crissie worked at Blue541, an agency in Coeur D’Alene, and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at U of I.
At an early age, Crissie learned that if she wore a dress to piñata parties, she could sit on a pile of candy and shovel it all under her dress. So naturally, she wasn’t all that popular with the other kids at the party. Fortunately Crissie has regained her popularity these days and is well loved by her coworkers and our clients.
Crissie is also a co-founder of Think Pink, a non-profit breast cancer fundraising organization that has helped raise $70,000. And she has a jewelry business, Izzy P, and a store in downtown Boise on 6th and Main. If you want to see her photography and culinary skills in action, visit her blog Design Eat Play.
Copywriter / PR Manager
Dan likes words. And letters, for that matter. From alphabet soup to scrabble, he can’t get enough of them. Maybe that’s why he became a copywriter.
Prior to SMG, Dan was a senior copywriter at Horizon Hobby — one of North America’s largest radio-control hobby distributors — in Champaign, Illinois. He has broad range of experience in advertising and public relations, working at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and ad agencies in Bethesda, Maryland, and Herndon, Virginia. His clients have included Comcast, the U.S. Department of Defense, Amtrak, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Virginia Tourism Corporation, Washington National Opera, Oasis Winery and Wintergreen Resort.
Sure, Dan has won awards for his writing, and sure, he’s helped clients make lots of money. But you’re probably more interested in his lesser-known qualities. Like the fact that he has two middle names. That he can speak fluent Filipino. Or, that in middle school, he showed girls how he could tie a cherry stem in a knot and claimed it made him a good kisser.
Nowadays, Dan fills up his time hanging out with his wife (who bought into his cherry stem tying skills), playing with three kids, working on a first novel, and perfecting his alphabet soup recipe.
CPA, Chief Financial Officer
Julie is responsible for all aspects of accounting management for SMG. Always willing to lend an ear, she’s also part-time SMG counselor and gives great personal and professional advice. For which she doesn’t even charge extra.
Through various positions as a tax accountant and controller over the years, Julie has refined her expertise in corporate accounting. Prior to joining SMG, Julie was a senior tax accountant for Balukoff Lindstrom & Co. in Boise. She got her street smarts growing up in Salt Lake City. She received her book smarts by earning a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Utah. But don't hold that against her.
Director of Client Services
Jill is pretty successful at whatever she does. In high school she was valedictorian and homecoming queen. At U of I, where she received a degree in Business Marketing, she got straight A’s. Plus, she likes to run marathons for fun and can finish in less than three hours.
Along with her passion and drive, Jill is super personable and detail oriented. In other words, she’s the ideal person to be the liason, strategist, driver and manager of your account at SMG.
Prior to her role here, Jill worked in various capacities at Eddie Bauer, Fred Meyer and Power Engineers where she outworked, outsmarted and out-dressed entire departments.
When she’s not at work, Jill can be found helping out on the family farm wrangling beef cows, herding her two adorable children or running through the foothills.
Production and Media Coordinator
Joe keeps us young. And also makes us feel old because he considers music by Tupac vintage. Which makes sense because he graduated from high school in 2009. Before joining SMG, Joe worked in sales and marketing for Cold Chain LLC in Boise. He attended Washington and Jefferson College in the great state of Pennsylvania, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in business with an emphasis on Marketing and Entrepreneurial Studies.
While in college, Joe had a variety of marketing internships and positions with Crocs Shoes, Lacrosseallstars.com, Pittsburgh Post-Tribune and a Pittsburgh-based agency called Tailored Marketing.
When he’s not at SMG, Joe can be found playing competitive sports, exploring the outdoors and traveling the country. He’s also looking into a side career as a bear wrestler. It’s what all the young people are doing these days.
A native of California, Ken came to Idaho in the 1970s with his wife Terry who promptly out-earned him in a successful career selling radio airtime. His ego under threat, Ken started an advertising agency in Pocatello which soon expanded to Boise.
By the 1990s, Steele, Stoltz & Associates had grown into the largest agency in the state. Which was all well and good–except when it wasn't. Ken left the company.
With two years in the non-compete-agreement penalty box, he had plenty of time to think about how he'd do things differently the next time. No more layers of management. No more weekends at the office. Good work for good clients. Keep it simple. Have fun. In 1997, Ken opened Stoltz Marketing Group and, with the help of his staff, was able to make this vision a reality.
Over the years, Ken has worked with businesses in diverse industries, including companies such as Nestlé, Cellular One Communications, First Interstate Bank, the J.R. Simplot Company, Red Robin Restaurants International, O'Neill Enterprises, Primary Health, Idacorp and BMC West.
Outside of work, Ken is an avid fisherman, rafter and road biker. He has three kids, an Eagle Scout badge and a Bachelor's degree in English from Northern Arizona University.
Associate Creative Director
Want to know where to party this weekend? Ask Kate. She’s the office social director. She has a real title, too — that of Associate Creative Director. Kate’s actually been with SMG for 11 years. How’s that for loyalty?
So what should you know about Kate? She was born in Birmingham, Alabama, the second of three children in an Air Force family that moved frequently. In 1990, her family settled in Boise where Kate began an intense intellectual journey that would carry her to — surprise! — the heights of the Kappa Kappa Gamma social order at U of I.
Upon graduation, Kate returned to Boise and launched her career at SMG as a graphic designer. In 2004, Kate wed Blake Holgate, a fellow graphic designer, against the advice of both Sigma Chi and Pi Kappa Alpha. However, the match has proved fruitful and has resulted in a little girl named Grace and a little boy named James. Our clients know and love Kate for the quality of her designs and her strategic thinking. That, and her uncanny ability to par-tay.
Rick loves wandering the desert and paddle boarding about as much as he loves graphic design. He was born and raised in Cleveland, where he lived until Boise tech agency Creative Source International brought him here in 1997. Fortunately for us, he found his way to Stoltz a couple years ago.
During Rick’s wild and winding career, he’s worked for big-name clients like Smucker’s, Uniroyal, Sherwin-Williams and the American Cancer Society. Over the years his work has been well received and recognized by Communication Arts, Print and the ADDYs.
When Rick’s not telling us about a cool piece of petrified wood he’s found, he amazes and inspires us with his vast knowledge of the West. Which he’s explored and photographed for years with his family through hiking, windsurfing and a bit of aimless wandering.
Public Relations Director
Tony knows how to make you look good. He has worked for 24 years as a public relations counselor and copywriter at renowned PR and advertising agencies in New York City, Phoenix and Boise, serving such major corporate clients as Anheuser-Busch, Catholic Health Initiatives, Extended Systems, First Interstate Bank, Genentech, Hewlett Packard, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Idaho Power, J.R. Simplot Company, MPC Computers and The NutraSweet Company, to name a few.
Ken Stoltz and Tony go way back. Born in Boise, Tony moved back home in 1989 when Ken hired him as the agency’s first director of public relations. Two decades later he is thrilled to join Ken’s team once again.
Tony’s corporate PR work has received numerous awards, chief among them two Public Relations Society of America Anvil Awards — the highest award PR tools like press kits, speeches and brochures can earn. In addition, a month-long clean-air campaign he helped conceive and execute called May in Motion earned top honors in the American Public Transportation Association’s 2004 AdWheel competition. Tony’s work has also earned him two Gold Rockies from the Idaho Advertising Federation and he was named Outstanding Professional Advisor from Public Relations Student Society of America’s Midwest District.
Tony, an Idaho native, recently returned to his home state of Idaho after many years in Georgia. While in the South, he met his lovely wife Michelle and somewhere along the way grew a beard that has taken on a personality of its own.
For the past decade, Tony has worked in print and interactive graphic design, most recently as a graphic designer for the Athens-based University of Georgia in the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development.
While at UGA, he helped the faculty publish reports and assessments for the State of Georgia and the university (including master plans for cities and communities statewide), launched an anti-obesity initiative, and generated materials for the Georgia Collegiate Leadership Conference. Tony earned a BFA in Computer Art – Motion Graphics from the Savannah College of Art & Design.
And by the way, he's still pretty proud of that car.
Fresh out of college, Ward and two friends drove from the east coast to Seattle to land jobs on an Alaskan fishing boat. Unfortunately, none of them checked on the fleet's departure date, which happened to be the day before they arrived. So, after surveying an empty harbor, Ward sent for his portfolio and got his first advertising job at Eddie Bauer's HQ. It wasn’t as adventurous as a fishing boat, but at least he got to write about adventure.
Prior to joining SMG, Ward was creative director at Magner Sanborn, located in Spokane and Seattle, where he developed campaigns that helped the agency earn Ad Age’s 2012 West Coast Small Agency of the Year.
Throughout his career, Ward has earned mentions in Communication Arts, Adweek, Catalog Age and Shoot, as well as top awards from ADDYs, Tellys and others. He’s worked in San Francisco, Atlanta and Seattle for brands such as Eddie Bauer, Intel, Westin Hotels, Disney, Eidos, Netflix, Verizon, Boost Mobile, Nordstrom and Birkenstock. He received his undergraduate degree from East Carolina University and studied post baccalaureate at Duke University and Seattle’s School of Visual Concepts.