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. For over 33 years 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. Like most start-ups, it was just Steve working out of a spare room in his house. Over 1,400 projects later, Marks Media has offices in St. Joseph, Kansas City, and St. Louis with 21 people working with Steve. Other than running a successful business, Steve and his wife are enjoying their 29 grandchildren… with more on the way. Steve is passionate about music, his church, his family, and leading the team in excellence at doing all things “Marks Media”.
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’s 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 came on the team in 1988 as a content writer and producer. Today Joe is still at it, working with clients in the many industries Marks Media serves. Joe is always saying that “copywriting is hard, get one letter wrong and everything is urined”. His advice for new producers and writers to overcome writer’s block – “If you get stuck, just get away from your desk and take a walk, then take a bath, after you dry off, go to sleep, then wake up and go make a pie, while it’s in the oven, draw and listen to music, then meditate for several hours followed by intense exercise, BAM! works all the time.
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
Just ask Silas about his favorite video statistic and he will gladly put down his triple espresso, look you in the eye and in a warm buttery voice say “Always remember grasshopper, video is a 600% more effective marketing tool than print and direct mail combined”. Silas is our large and in charge video producer, editor and always, always has great ideas! Many of our clients would like to steal him away from Marks Media… fortunately for us Silas’ last name is Marks.
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. Plus we’ve known her since she was born and that might have been another good reason.
Stephen Marks Jr.St. Louis Manager / CRMStephen Marks Jr.St. Louis Manager / CRM
Great things are in St. Louis. The Gateway Arch, Bogart’s Smokehouse and our favorite St. Louis Client Relationship Manager Stephen Marks! Stephen manages all things for our St. Louis location, and we use any excuse to travel to St. Louis to work with Stephen, so we can eat barbeque! Stephen has been a successful business owner, ecommerce and digital/social media expert for years and knows that outstanding client service is the “make or break – do or die” imperative for a company. In team meetings, Stephen brings his ability to focus on the most important things first, a VERY creative mind, and a work ethic that inspires the Marks Media team. We couldn’t be happier to have Stephen at the helm in St. Louis.
Katherine SwingAccountantKatherine SwingAccountant
Besides being our payroll admin, accounts receivable/payable doer, and a super organized awesome bean counter, Katherine keeps busy chasing 3 great kids in the backyard. And when she has time, plays beautiful piano … usually a little Bach or Chopin. Born with a sharp wit and the ability to think and respond swiftly, especially when it comes to the team turning in receipts, Katherine keeps the Marks Media ship sailing smoothly. Marks Media is so grateful to have Katherine on staff, because she solves problems we didn’t know we had in a way we don’t understand. And that’s a good accounting person.
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 has been with Marks Media since 2006 and has been a major contributor to the success of Marks Media. Al is a renaissance man, well educated and sophisticated, who has talent and knowledge in many different areas, engineering, mechanics and all things Harley Davidson. Al has saved the day on many a filming location with his knack for unconventional problem solving and practical knowledge (and some very cool tools) that saved the day. Eventually Al will be able to put his knowledge to use saving lives, or the world. But until then Marks Media will keep Al busy filming and fixing.
Aaron ZahndDirector of PhotographyAaron ZahndDirector of Photography
Aaron aka “the pilot” is the best dang drone pilot in these here parts of the United States. Aaron is our number one “go to” guy for filming Marks Media projects. With his steely steady hand, and his eagle eye deep in the lens, Aaron will capture your video with expertise and composition. The truly amazing thing about Aaron is – now that he wears glasses, his work will be nominated for some incredible award, Oscar maybe? Seriously though, you will see a LOT of Aaron’s work on this website in most of our video demos.
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.