Meet Our Team
We are a group of entrepreneurs, writers, social media gurus, photographers, video editors, app developers, graphic designers, sound engineers, digital ad experts, colorists, web coders, music composers, software engineers, actors, animators, singers, comedians, SEO experts and client relationship managers helping clients solve problems by inventing new ways for them to stand out from all the noise. Since 1986 Marks Media has created thousands of branding, marketing, fund raising, recruitment, training, sales and entertainment projects for some of the most well-known brands.
Steve MarksFounder / Creative DirectorSteve MarksFounder / Creative Director
Steve started the company in 1986 and like most start-ups, it was just Steve working out of a spare room in his house. Today, Marks Media has has grown geographically with offices located in St. Joseph, Kansas City, and St. Louis Missouri. With 21 people working on various projects with Steve, the business continues to thrive thanks to the hard working team. Steve is passionate about leading the team with excellence in all things “Marks Media”. Like most family owned businesses, Steve is glad that the second generation of Marks’ are in the business; Austin, Stephen, Silas and Channing. Outside of the company, Steve and his wife will use any excuse to spend time with their many grandchildren, and on any given day there could be up to 10 or more grandkids at the house!
Austin MarksGeneral ManagerAustin MarksGeneral Manager
Austin is the wizard of data & analytics…basically all things numbers. No matter the campaign, Austin takes a data-driven and ROI-focused approach in helping Marks Media clients grow their businesses. When Austin isn’t digging for data he is the production manager for Marks Media – helping to plan and create some mighty fine videos.
Kinsey RedmondAccount & Project ManagerKinsey RedmondAccount & Project Manager
Kinsey manages our Kansas City location. She brings a wealth of product knowledge, problem solving skills and creativity to the team. We love having staff meetings with Kinsey as everything about her is energetic. Kinsey has a BFA in theatre performance from UCM and has appeared in many of Marks Media’s productions and plays the lead role in a feature film coming out December 2019. Her successful background of managing of all things digital/social media and her professionalism with her clients were huge factors in bringing her on at Marks Media.
Channing MarksAccount & Project ManagerChanning MarksAccount & Project Manager
Channing is Marks Media’s overall account manager. She does everything no one else wants to do and everything no one else can do.
Dan BarnesVideo Production ManagerDan BarnesVideo Production Manager
Dan manages Marks Media’s video production team!
Katherine SwingAccountantKatherine SwingAccountant
Katherine Swing is our “all things financial” administrative person. She is super organized, a great problem solver and she has helped Marks Media tremendously over the years. Katherine keeps busy with her 3 great kids and when she has time, plays beautiful piano …usually a little Bach or Chopin. Katherine keeps the Marks Media ship sailing smoothly and we are happy to have her on our team.
Tim ArnoldSEO ManagerTim ArnoldSEO Manager
Tim started doing all things SEO in 1999, so he knows more than a thing or two! Tim is the driving force behind the tremendous success for many of Marks Media web clients. We love hearing Tim talking to a new client about his experience in keyword research, on-page/off page optimization, reputation marketing, social media management, backlinks and link building. As usual we all jump out of our seats giving him a thundering standing ovation. (Tim usually forgets to mention that he has published many articles about SEO). Tim is a great guy who loves to geek out when it comes to serving our clients with his SEO skills, and we love him for it.
Caleb ZahndWeb Partner / Full Stack DeveloperCaleb ZahndWeb Partner / Full Stack Developer
Caleb is a full-stack web developer with over 20 years of experience and is responsible for leading the architecture and development of the Marks Media web division. Caleb brings an established knowledge of internet standards, insights, and award-winning work to the Marks Media team. His client experience includes the Wyndham Hotel Group, Washington DC, Team San Jose, and Destination Hotels. He worked as the Technical Solutions Architect for the world’s leading travel ad agency, MMGY Global, managing a team of creatives building beautiful and immersive web experiences and applications. When Caleb’s not pushing code, you can probably find him running, not from the law, but in marathons. Since 2013, he has completed four ultramarathons and nine road marathons. He is married and has four children, who are the only people on earth with more energy than him.
Nate ArnoldWeb Partner / Full Stack DeveloperNate ArnoldWeb Partner / Full Stack Developer
Tyler SchmidtIT ManagerTyler SchmidtIT Manager
Tyler is Marks Media’s Systems + Network Administrator and maintains/upgrades infrastructure. Taking care of all the day-to-day IT operations… and there are a lot of operations. <3
Joe BrinnonProducer & WriterJoe BrinnonProducer & Writer
Joe Brinnon joined Marks Media in 1988 shortly after Steve started his business. He is a writer, producer, on camera and voice over talent for clients in the many industries Marks Media serves. Joe enjoys the challenges of writing for a diverse client base, as it’s an on going learning experience for a writer. From a custom bowstring company to a national health care organization, to movie screenplays to writing a biography for a client; Joe has thoroughly enjoyed the experience of it all. He’s proud of his work and the great team he works with at Marks Media.
Jason HudsonProducer / DirectorJason HudsonProducer / Director
With over 15 years in the marketing/advertising space and a financial/management background in property ownership and real estate, Jason Hudson is a welcomed and valued member of the Marks Media team.
He has served as a Senior Manager, Senior Director, Technical Advisor, and Creative Visionary. He has also lead teams in most areas of media production and distribution, partnered with prominent local advertisers, and has managed and executed 100s of successful projects.
Al SouthernEngineer / ProducerAl SouthernEngineer / Producer
Al Southern has been with Marks Media since 2006 and has been a major contributor to the overall success of the company. We think of Al as being a bit of a renaissance man; well educated and sophisticated, knowledgable in many different areas like engineering, mechanics and all things Harley Davidson. Al has “saved the day” a few times during a shoot with his knack for unconventional problem solving, practical knowledge and some way cool tools. On most weekends, Al and his lovely wife Sharon can be heard thundering on country roads in Missouri on their loved Harley bikes.
Dansare MarksDesigner & PhotographerDansare MarksDesigner & Photographer
We all agree about Dansare, she’s super talented and focused on delivering creative that works. Plus it’s great that Dansare is a storyteller and a strategist, happily crafting the tactics, design, and words to help our clients tell their story. Ask any of the other designers and they’ll tell you that Dansare has a keen “killer eye” for anything graphic. When it comes to Customer Relations Manager, Dansare gets 5 out of 5 stars for going all out to serve her clients.
Mason SmithD.P. / EditorMason SmithD.P. / Editor
Mason Smith, our newest member of the Marks Media team, brings so much energy and creativity to the table. First, the guy is super passionate about all things camera, edits, and creative, and can come up with the coolest ideas on the fly! When we’re not keeping him busy, Mason shoots video for the major league soccer team, Sporting Kansas City. Mason is the lead video production/innovator at his church, and is finishing his degree this year. Mason sleeps maybe about 10 hours a week.
Stephen Marks Jr.St. Louis Manager / eCommerce LeadStephen Marks Jr.St. Louis Manager / eCommerce Lead
Stephen Marks has been a successful business owner and an ecommerce and digital/social media expert for years. He knows that outstanding client service is what makes or breaks any company. In both client and team meetings, Stephen brings much to the table; his ability to focus on the important things first, a very creative mind, an understanding of our client’s markets, and he’s always asking the right questions to help identify opportunities for our client’s. We couldn’t be happier to have Stephen Marks managing the St. Louis office.