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 MarksProduction ManagerAustin MarksProduction 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.
Joe BrinnonSenior Producer & Writer / CRMJoe BrinnonSenior Producer & Writer / CRM
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.
Dansare MarksSenior Designer / Lead CRMDansare MarksSenior Designer / Lead CRM
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.
Silas MarksProject Manager / Producer / CRMSilas MarksProject Manager / Producer / CRM
Silas Marks is a producer, editor, project manager and customer relations manager. Working closely with our clients, many at C-level executive positions, Silas is one of those guys born with a natural talent for being able to understand the artistic vision of a project. Silas is great at interpreting video concepts for our clients and is a skilled editor and storyteller. He’s brought many creative and innovative strategies to improve our video department here at Marks Media, resulting in an increase of our customer base. Most importantly, Silas delivers incredible video content for our clients each and every time.
Grace MarksCRMGrace MarksCRM
Grace hit the road running when she came on board as a Client Relations Manager. With her previous experience in the banking industry, Grace was a perfect fit for client relations at Marks Media. She is customer centric, has fantastic communication skills and the perfect blend of empathy for the client and the Marks Media team, and she has problem solving skills that keeps her clients happy! And to top it off like hot fudge, Grace is super creative! Several of our successful campaigns were her original ideas. What can we say .. It runs in the family!
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.
Kinsey Parker-RedmondKansas City Manager / CRMKinsey Parker-RedmondKansas City Manager / CRM
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.
Stephen Marks Jr.St. Louis Manager / CRMStephen Marks Jr.St. Louis Manager / CRM
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.
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.
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
Ashley AllenWeb Partner / Web Creative DirectorAshley AllenWeb Partner / Web Creative Director
Ashley is an interactive creative director with everything web for Marks Media, crafting web experiences and digital ad campaigns. She creates interfaces, shapes brands, and makes things for the web. Working closely with both development and client teams, her process has a heavy emphasis in research and in understanding what moves people. Her understanding of basic HTML, CSS and other coding languages helps educate and define the end product, allowing her to keep an open dialogue with developers. Ashley has worked with brands such as TD Ameritrade, Burger King, American Century Investments, Kellogg’s, Club Med, Washington DC, and Uber. Everyone at Marks Media and our clients love to work with Ashley because she is always delivering more than expected. When you work with Ashley, you’ll quickly sense that your project will be amazing, and we know it will be!
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.
Aaron ZahndDirector of PhotographyAaron ZahndDirector of Photography
Aaron Zahnd is our number one Director of Photography by day, and at night he is King of the Magic House in St. Louis. Almost every video you see on the Marks Media website was shot by Aaron. We know that our client’s will get more than they expected. He capture’s video with expertise and is a genius with Final Cut, Adobe Premiere, and Photoshop. Aaron works closely with the Marks Media production staff helping manage production related issues. Aaron is a very skilled drone pilot with years of experience capturing aerial video with remote controlled UAVs equipped with aerial video equipment and camera systems. When Aaron isn’t on a Marks Media project he is busy as the Director of Media at one of the largest churches in the Midwest. Aaron and his wife Sarah keep super busy with their 3 awesome kids and her photography studio.
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.