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…
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.
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.
Jack Pariseau specializes in brand strategy, archetyping, positioning and market penetration. His planning skills ensure campaigns start off on the right foot and are built upon ownable, unique value propositions.
Throughout his career, Jack has worked with clients including Volvo Trucks, GM Parts & Service, AMD, Qualcomm, Memjet, FLO TV and Texas Instruments. He is a member of the American Marketing Association, the Sales Leadership Alliance — Southern California, and Sales and Marketing Executives — Greater San Diego.
We think Jack gets his fearless planning skills from spending a summer as a youth with Outward Bound where he was chased off a mountain by lightning, fell down a cliff while repelling, and nearly drowned while rafting the Rio Grande River. In perfect Jack form, he says he loved every minute of the experience.
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.
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.
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 13 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 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. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering, mountain biking, snowboarding and throwing dinner parties, of course.
Kellie is full of surprises. Like how she worked here for months before anyone knew she was a pro ice skater and had been skating since she was three. Or how as just a college student, she helped raise $37,000 for St. Luke’s children’s hospital through a dance marathon. Or how, as the do-gooder she is, she went to Peru a few years ago and volunteered at a girls’ orphanage. That’s Kellie. Always impressing us with her accomplishments.
Kellie graduated from Boise State with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Graphic Design. Stoltz is Kellie’s first job out of school, and we are lucky to have her on the team. In addition to all the charity work and volunteering she’s done, Kellie brings some solid real-world experience to Stotlz. While in college, she interned at two art galleries—Nfinity Art Gallery in downtown Boise and Sun Studio in Florence, Italy. She also interned at two other Boise-based companies: an international service organization called Global Service Partnership and Social Eyes Marketing, where she worked as a social media intern.
In her free time, Kellie enjoys traveling and has plans to set off around the world someday. She’s already conquered much of the United States, Europe and parts of South America. Only time will tell where she’ll end up next.
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.
Sr. Director, PR and Content Marketing
Clever things make Marc happy, but what he really loves are clever marketing things; they make him downright giddy. We think that’s why he headed down the PR and content path.
Prior to SMG, Marc led in-house PR, Social Media and Content Marketing for Birkenstock, CafePress.com, Meltwater and Thismoment. With a career rooted in corporate storytelling (aka PR and content) he delivers a unique perspective on the power of integrated marketing.
If you ask, Marc will happily launch into a story about how he increased revenue for an online retailer through a content marketing program. He may share a story about putting shoes onto the feet of Gwyneth Paltrow and Leonardo Dicaprio. If you ask about the media, he will engage for hours about its changing landscape and the value of things like SEO and citizen journalism. And, he is always more than happy to share his point of view about why a targeted blog placement may hold more brand value than a TV spot.
The best part is that he talks about all of this in the context of building bigger, better and increasingly clever campaigns.
He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, two kids, two dogs and a cat that wasn’t his idea. When he isn’t working, he’s likely playing outdoors, seeking out live music or writing an article about marketing. Seriously, he does that for fun. Go figure.
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.
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 Birkenstock, Boost Mobile, Eddie Bauer, Disney, Eidos, Intel, Hewlett Packard, Netflix, Qualcomm, Verizon, Westin Hotels.