Hello.

Every day we strive to be the kind of agency we would hire: creative, strategic, resourceful, optimistic, trustworthy and fun. We love what we do and it shows. Our end-game is to build successful, rewarding and meaningful relationships with the people we serve.

Glitter actually makes me angry.

Mike D., DKY

Kendall Bird

Kendall Bird

Social Media Manager

Kendall leads DKY’s social media practice. She has over a decade of experience as an award-winning social media practitioner in the Twin Cities. Her skills include social media marketing, social customer-care, loyalty marketing, influencer relations, and community building, as well as, training and development. Kendall graduated from the University of Northwestern, St. Paul with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations.

Interests:
Outside of work, I enjoy time with my husband and our daughter, going on walks with our energetic dog, cooking up new recipes and entertaining friends at our home, cycling, traveling, and finding the next best bottle of wine or local brewery.

Craig Claeys

Craig Claeys

Senior Art Director

Craig is an ever-curious, award-winning Senior Art Director who continually looks for inventive new ways to deliver creative designs. Whether it’s traditional or digital media, Craig tackles each assignment with the same enthusiasm and quest for visual excellence. Before landing at DKY, Craig plied his trade in public relations and publishing industries. Craig graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with a BFA in Graphic Design.

Interests:
I enjoy making craft ginger ale, growing the stack of (unread) books on my nightstand, feeding my obsession with La Liga Football, and listening to a carefully-curated list of podcasts on my walks to work.

Brian Dahl

Brian Dahl

President, Partner

With 30 years of marketing communications experience, Brian supports client and Account Service team efforts with brand strategy, account planning and campaign development. In addition to leading DKY business development, Brian shares responsibility for overall agency management including strategic vision, financial performance, relationship management and staff development with the other agency Partners. He holds a B.A. degree in Communications from the University of Minnesota.

Interests:
Outside of DKY I love spending time with my wife and family – exploring new places, discovering new restaurants, traveling. I also love music, sports, movies and projects around the house. Psalm 73 helps me keep life in proper perspective: “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and portion forever.”

Brynn Daniels

Brynn Daniels

Account Manager

An experienced and accomplished Account Manager, Brynn is the kind of person you want on your team. Organization, attention to detail and commitment are the marks of her approach, while kindness and fun describe her style. Brynn graduated from Central College in Pella, IA with a Communication Studies major and Spanish minor. Prior to joining DKY, Brynn spent 6 years on the client-side supporting marketing campaigns, membership programs, major events and other key initiatives.

Interests:
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Matt, and keeping up with my toddler, Rownan, who ensures I’m always on the go. I’m a lover of running and fitness, travel, watching football, the Kansas City Royals, music, self-improvement books, organizing tasks and activities in my planner, and anything with frosting.

Mike Dobies

Mike Dobies

Executive Creative Director, Partner

With more than 25 years of strategic creative chops, Mike’s extensive experience allows him to effectively lead creative campaigns across varied media as DKY’s ECD. He has worked on award-winning campaigns for large multi-national corporations to small local businesses in diverse industries. As a DKY Partner, Mike shares responsibility for overall agency performance including financial position, relationship management and staff development. Mike earned a B.A. in Speech/Communications from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Theological Studies from Bethel Seminary.

Interests:
I am an avid movie buff, basketball junkie, lover of theology, and am currently reading definitive biographies of U.S. presidents (in chronological order). Years ago I wanted to get a new TV for the family at Christmas. We ended up with a poodle. Huge cost difference. Just ask, I’ve kept a spreadsheet on the true cost of owning a dog.

Dan Domagala

Dan Domagala

Account Supervisor

Dan is an effective, trusted Business Development and Account Service leader. From his tenure at DKY and previous positions with long-standing Minneapolis agencies Russell Herder, Olson and Carmichael Lynch Spong, he brings extensive experience in a variety of B2C and B2B categories. His diverse background, tenacious service and natural business instincts are a potent combination for the DKY clients he serves. Dan holds a bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus College and is a loyal supporter of Golden Gopher Football.

Interests:
When I’m not at work, I enjoy tirelessly following my kids’ athletic endeavors, taking walks with my lovely wife, and exploring the Twin Cities with my family.

Megan Elliott

Megan Elliott

Creative Director

Megan is a Creative Director with 14 years of experience managing creative execution and content strategy for global outdoor brands. She’s an expert in designing multi-channel brand experiences that evoke emotion and inspire action. Megan brings her background in strategic communication, as well as a passion for authentic and compelling storytelling, to every project. She’s also experienced in UX and UI design and understands how to deliver intuitive, engaging digital experiences that drive optimal results.

Interests:
When I’m not at work you’ll usually find me hanging with my husband and neighbor friends watching our kids be kids in the backyard, at a campsite or a local swimhole. I live for beach days, game nights, a good playlist, family reunions and football season.

Katie Fitzpatrick

Katie Fitzpatrick

Director of Content & Public Relations

Katie has nearly 20 years of public relations experience serving the financial services, industrial, technology, corporate and nonprofit sectors. With an extensive agency background, Katie brings strategic communications planning, media relations, content development, executive visibility and account management expertise to DKY. She enjoys the art of storytelling and knows the value of integrated marketing programs to drive reach and value for clients. Katie has a B.A. in English and a minor in public relations from the University of St. Thomas. She has volunteered for the Minnesota chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and a few local nonprofits.

Interests:
Outside of work, I chase around my three, young kids and enjoy traveling to new places with my husband. Most recently, we visited Austin, Texas, and Nashville, Tennessee, for some good food and music. As a sports and fitness lover, I frequently run, bike, and attempt to still play broomball when it’s below zero outside.

Tim Karlberg

Tim Karlberg

Director of Digital Marketing

Tim leads DKY’s digital marketing work, helping brands relate to audiences through content strategy, search, email, and automation. His 15 years in SEO and digital marketing have taught him that emerging technologies can be exciting—and distracting—to marketers. His goal is to make life simpler for clients who face increasingly complex marketing decisions.

Interests:
When I’m not at work I enjoy running early in the morning, playing trivia games with my wife and kids, and discovering unfamiliar music—new and old.

Annie Kelby

Annie Kelby

Creative Content Manager

Annie relies on years of media producing and production experience to help the team see client projects thru from start to finish. In her past life, Annie worked in the fast-paced world of television news. She has vast experience handling high-profile projects on tight deadlines — one of which earned her a Upper Midwest Emmy. She holds a journalism degree from the University of Northwestern, St. Paul.

Interests:
When I’m not at work, I’m in the woods or on the water. The best weekends include both! I’m working on visiting every state park in Minnesota. I’m always up for a game of tennis. I escape to Wisconsin to visit my folks every chance I get. I stay sharp by running a book club with friends. And, I could spend hours going through antique shops. I’m thankful to live in such a great state with good people – excited to see what God has next!

Naomi Long

Naomi Long

Art Director

Naomi is an Art Director at DKY. She comes to DKY via Seattle where she lived for five years working as a Designer and Art Director. Naomi has a quiet, thoughtful approach to the design process. She graduated from the University of Northwestern, St. Paul with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design.

Interests:
Outside of work I enjoy biking around the city with my toddler in-tow, trying a new restaurant with my husband and being outside, even if it’s just my backyard.

Tracy McCrory

Tracy McCrory

Senior Project Manager

With almost 20 years experience working in advertising agencies and marketing firms, Tracy knows there’s more than one way to get a project done. By blending best practice project management techniques with the realities of real-life work, Tracy ensures our client and project teams are set up for success. She is responsible for ensuring scopes are well-defined, schedules are realistic, and that our clients’ budgets are efficiently managed. Along the way, she makes sure the team has fun. They say life is about the journey, not the destination. Tracy says the same about managing projects.

Interests:
Visiting new places and trying out new things with family and friends is my favorite way to pass time outside work. I love going on adventures and watching my daughters experience things for the first time. But as an extroverted-introvert, I love spending time at home just as much. I’d describe a great weekend as one spent hanging out with my husband, cuddling my kids and reading a good book.

Tim McKim

Tim McKim

Group Account Director, Agriculture

With journalistic roots and deep marketing communications expertise, Tim uncovers the emotional benefits that ring true with client audiences. With this insight at hand, he guides brand strategy and messaging to deliver positive results for his clients and the audiences they serve.

Interests:
If you investigate my storage spaces, it becomes quickly apparent that I’m a hunter/gatherer by nature. Morel mushrooms, Alaskan salmon, garage sale treasures, metal detecting, pop bottle collecting, and gardening are just a few of my interests. I’m often accompanied on these pursuits by one or more of my three boys, now that they are on their own and I’m no longer following them to their activities.

Hayley Monsma

Hayley Monsma

Production Artist

Hayley is a Production Artist with a versatile skillset. As an Adobe Creative Suite expert, she keeps client projects looking great and flowing smoothly. As a gifted designer, she also works with the DKY creative team for concepting and problem-solving on client brand initiatives and campaigns. Hayley graduated from Dordt University in Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in graphic design.

Interests:
Outside of work, you will most likely find me with my partner-in-crime and husband, Jake. Together, we are always trying new recipes and restaurants, planning outdoor adventures that usually involve a hike or two, and dreaming up innovative house projects and ideas.

Joe Peterson

Joe Peterson

VP Account Services, Partner

With 25+ years of combined agency- and client-side experience, Joe brings deep perspective on marketing and business activities through strategic planning, branding, marketing execution and analytics. This includes building campaigns in owned, paid for and earned media channels. Joe’s capacity to understand big picture goals and objectives, while aligning an infectious drive to get things done, is an invaluable asset for his leadership role as an agency Partner.

Interests:
When not building campaigns for clients I enjoy spending time at the cabin with my wife and two children – and a lot of their friends. I also enjoy activities around the house, especially things that involve a tool belt or power tools.

Heidi Pfau

Heidi Pfau

Account Supervisor

Heidi is a smart, effective Account Service pro serving as a primary connector between client and agency teams. She is a central player in project and campaign planning, with a keen eye on budgets, deadlines and ultimately, client objectives. Heidi graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing Analytics from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Interests:
My non-DKY happy place is at home with my husband, Ben, and toddler, Wilson. A perfect day would be spent taking Wilson to the park, getting my hands in the dirt and planning a big landscaping project, and grilling burgers for dinner. I also enjoy bringing new life to old furniture and XC skiing in the winter.

Donnie Potter

Donnie Potter

VP of Digital

With over 19 years of experience creating integrated brand campaigns and major web/mobile projects, Donnie has been a versatile, award-winning art director, user experience architect and interactive director – a rare purveyor of both right- and left-brain talent. He now leads the DKY Digital Department with his skills of bringing a high degree of elegance and simplicity to complex assignments. Donnie graduated from Bemidji State University with a bachelor’s degree in Design Technology.

Interests:
Outside of work, you can usually find my wife, kids and I exploring the outdoors via going on hikes or soaking up the sun while boating on some of MN’s fantastic lakes. I also enjoy spending  time woodworking and doing various home improvement projects, though as of late, that hobby has been replaced by trying to keep up with our two extremely busy toddlers (they’re so much fun, yet why am I so tired all the time?!).

Tom Probst

Tom Probst

Creative Director

Right brain meets left. With many years as an advertising, online and direct marketing creative director serving a long list of blue-chip clients, Tom combines a real passion for breakthrough ideas with a relentless drive to deliver results.

Interests:
Outside of DKY, I enjoy bicycling, exploring backroads by motorcycle, kayaking and boatbuilding, tinkering with an old Saab, trying to whittle down an ever-growing reading list and just hanging out with family, friends and our dog, Maya.

Ben Ramsden

Ben Ramsden

Associate Creative Director

As a creative leader, Ben relies on more than 20 years of experience to inspire, guide and generate big ideas. He strives to help organizations reach their goals by strategically expanding powerful storytelling using innovative design and engaging content. Ben uses his background in marketing and visual journalism to bring a unique perspective in helping companies develop and maintain their brand identity, and then guide their journey. His versatile skill set includes graphic design, art direction, content creation and digital marketing strategies — all valuable tools that are beneficial to establishing and growing brands.

Interests:
My wife and I are supportive parents who enjoy watching our kids succeed in all aspects of their lives. When there’s time, I have fun exercising, playing golf, tinkering around the house and just hanging out with friends and family. That being said, my schedule shifts every Saturday in the fall so I can cheer on the Gophers football team.

TJ Rempfer

TJ Rempfer

Project Coordinator

As a PC, TJ supports the Project Management team. With the help of his excellent organizational skills and teamwork, TJ is able to aid the Project Managers by organizing team meetings, providing project status updates, preparing presentation items and communicating with clients to ensure the work they receive is topnotch. TJ graduated with a B.S. in Marketing and an M.S. in Management from the University of Denver where he spent five years studying at the Daniels College of Business.

Interests:
Outside of DKY, I like spending time with my friends and family, watching and playing sports (especially hockey) and heading up to Northern Minnesota to spend weekends at my family’s cabin. I also love exploring the Twin Cities and finding exciting things to do with my long-term girlfriend Harleigh.

Angel Rowell

Angel Rowell

Project Manager

Angel knows the value of excellent communication and strategic planning. Her background as a project manager, photographer, film producer and content creator brings a unique understanding of project needs to the DKY team. From building websites to launching businesses and initiating marketing campaigns, Angel is no stranger to knowing what it takes to bring projects to the finish line.

Interests:
I’m an adventure junkie with a foodie palate and a solitude-seeking spirit. I enjoy hiking, running and biking in the mountains as much as possible. I’m always in search of the next “best thing I ever ate”. If you have one to share, email me!

Lori Sjoquist

Lori Sjoquist

Production Manager

Lori skillfully leads DKY’s production services to ensure that top-quality, production-ready files are delivered with care and time to spare. She gracefully manages staff, interns and contractors to meet agency workflow requirements. Lori earned an A.A. from the University of South Dakota – Springfield, and a bachelor’s degree from Bemidji State University.

Interests:
When I am not at work, I enjoy spending my time with my awesome husband and kids. When I do get a few minutes to myself, I like to make hand-stamped cards and jewelry, and I’ve been known to decorate a cake or two.

Deb Vergin

Deb Vergin

Fulfillment Manager

Deb brings a wealth of client and agency-side marketing experience to DKY in her role as Fulfillment Manager. She is a skilled purveyor of direct marketing and fulfillment engagements, managing everything from leading-edge database and email programs to arcane postal regulations. Deb helps our team and clients rest easy by ensuring that client campaigns stay on track, on budget, and on target.

Interests:
I love dogs, wine and my family. Some days in that order.

Val Waligoski

Val Waligoski

Senior Production Artist

Val is a master builder of quality, production-ready files for both print and digital art that is generated by the agency. She brings over two decades of color correction, asset retouching, and quality assurance expertise to DKY client projects. Val graduated from Mankato Vocational Technical College with a degree in Graphic Arts.

Interests:
I am the mother of three. All of my kids are pretty active, so outside of work I am usually found sitting in the stands at a field or in a gym. I enjoy gardening a great deal, and if the year is good, I do a bit of canning with the garden yields. I also love getting lost in a good book.

Craig Wanous

Craig Wanous

Vice President, DKY Outdoor

Craig brings extensive client-side experience in senior marketing and innovation leadership roles spanning sporting goods, personal care, food, and pest control, with start-up to fortune 500 brands. He leads DKY Outdoor, helping clients with a full range of brand building from strategy to omni-channel communications. He holds a BA in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of St. Thomas.

Interests:
I have a huge passion for active outdoor adventures. I love “playing” with my family and friends including skateboarding, skiing/snowboarding/wakeboarding, mountain biking, paddle boarding, camping, etc…

Audrey Wilcox

Audrey Wilcox

Senior Account Manager

As a primary liaison between DKY, agency partners and clients, Audrey applies extensive experience and aptitude to ensure that projects start and stay on track. As a connoisseur of quality, she wields a sharp eye and sharper red gel pen to protect and elevate client brands and marketing. Audrey graduated from Saint Cloud State University with a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design.

Interests:
When I’m not at work I enjoy spending time with my kids/friends/family, traveling, working out, and creating works of art, whether it’s handmade cards, making jewelry, or anything else “creative.”

Mark Yaeger

Mark Yaeger

Executive Art Director, Partner

As a founding partner of DKY, Mark has invested more than 25 years of experience, leadership, and hard work into the development of agency staff, culture and client relationships. Mark is an intuitive and talented co-leader of the DKY creative team. In addition, Mark and the other Partners are responsible for overall agency performance including financial position, relationship management and staff development. Mark majored in Commercial Art/Graphic Design at Bemidji State University.

Interests:
Beyond the boundaries of DKY my life is pretty simple. I love spending time with my wife, Kelley – and with our 2 sons (whenever they’re home). I definitely feel like a round peg in a round hole when I’m at our family cabin, in Wisconsin, or on a golf course anywhere. I feel extremely blessed and I’m excited to see what God has planned in this next stage of my life.

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