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Bottom line – We love our work and get things done. Call, email, tweet us. Whatever. If you need answers and have a deadline, we’ll beat expectations. That's it.
Mason’s a quiet guy. No one knew he was here until 60 days after he started. Now we’re on to him – he’s so cool, digital work is kicking down the door of his outbox.
Mason sizes up the essential components of interactive media and knocks them out of the park: complete, awesome digital platforms, web pages, banner advertising, all the vital stuff. You name it.
He fits right in at Ainsley Shea. He suits up, shows up and just keeps delivering. And, he’s amazing with the office weapon-of-choice – the Nerf Vigilon Disk Gun.
He likes auto racing. European stuff. Oval tracks, not so much.
He just got a new car.
In-house legal counsel and director of our writing and research team.
Nate Johnson is a licensed Minnesota attorney who serves as in-house counsel, heads up the agency’s Writing and Research Department, and leads media relations campaigns for various Ainsley Shea clients. Nate believes that if effective written communication is a dying art, it’s up to Ainsley Shea to revive and leverage it to the maximum benefit of our clients, one project at a time.
Before he showed up here, Nate went to St. Thomas for college (played baseball there), got his law degree at Iowa, served in the U.S. Naval Reserve, taught English as a second language in Honduras, worked as a grassroots organizer in the nonprofit world, and did field work for various political campaigns.
Nate lives in St. Paul, goes to lots of Twins games, and plays amateur ball for the Nordeast Bombers. Season tickets available upon request.
A brand sculptor who quietly creates cohesive identity systems, tailors brand hierarchies and tunes exceptional communications executions. No shit.
Ona Benoit, Creative Designer at Ainsley Shea, possesses the talent and passion of a young creative star and the focus and discipline of a seasoned professional. Clients and colleagues alike appreciate the uniqueness of a supremely gifted artist and creative thinker who produces marvelous work – on deadline.
Ona’s forte is identity systems, layouts and designs borne out of unconventional thinking, relevant trends and data that deliver highly targeted strategic design solutions. Her passion for design and dedication to the project-at-hand are wonderfully infectious.
Understated, relentless badass work ethic, four degrees, international business acumen – book smart, street smart, international trade smart.
Jing has an extensive background building connections and facilitating communication between U.S. and Chinese businesses, governments, and non-profit organizations. Fluent in Mandarin and English, she is helping drive Ainsley Shea clients’ moves into China and Chinese interests’ moves into the U.S.
Jing regularly travels between the U.S. and China to help foreign and domestic clients form businesses, identify strong investment opportunities, develop sound marketing strategies, and build brands. With a vast network of close connections in China, Jing is valuable to companies seeking expansion and development in the world’s second largest economy.
A deceptive strategic resource for the U.S., China, or anywhere else, the most recent of Jing’s many academic degrees is an MBA from the University of St. Thomas (MN).
We were chumming for interns a while back, getting lots of overwritten, aspirational what-I-want-to-be-when-I-grow-upsumés. Then we got a tweet from Tyler.
No shit. A tweet.
Still didn’t sign him up on the spot, but as soon as he was out the door we thought, “Crap, get him back in here!” Now he's here full-time and always busy. Strategy sessions. Communications plans. Media strategy. Media buying. Killer social media instincts and understanding – he’s like a digital assassin.
Tyler has energy and fresh insight that doesn’t go away combined with a – we know it sounds corny – winning attitude. He tried a couple of colleges before settling on St. Olaf, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies with a Media Studies emphasis, and refining his social media skills at Minnesota Children's Museum.
When he's not in the office, Tyler is can be found being a little bit too proud about his nephew, unwinding on his porch and striving to become a true Renaissance man.
At some point, you have to start enlarging the flock by bringing in some young talent. Raw. Naïve. Impressionable. Smart. We take this seriously and find great people that might stick – long-term – with us.
That’s what happened with Kevin – we brought him on as an unknown intern, kept him on full-time as a badass writer, intuitive story-pitcher, strategist-in-training and resident bed head.
Prior to finding us, he interned at the Minnesota Transportation Alliance, University of Minnesota, the Office of Governor Mark Dayton, and OutFront Minnesota. Damn. We know people who have been in the business five years without credentials like this. Plus, he’s a fresh graduate from the University of Minnesota, earning a degree in Strategic Communication with a Minor in Design.
In his free time, Kevin can be found refining his palate as a Slurpee connoisseur and exploring the 60 Minutes archives (we’ve accepted him for his oddities). His hair takes on various forms, but always exudes brilliance.
Before Cameron came on board, he did some video work for us. And it was so good that we made damn sure he and his many production talents were being put to full use, full-time here at Ainsley Shea.
Graduating from The Art Institutes International with a degree in Digital Film and Video Production and having done work for 3M and Toro, Cameron has the eduction and the experience to shatter expectations. Whether it's shooting, editing or directing (his forte), Cameron has an exceptional grasp on both end product and every single part of the process – and best of all, he loves doing it.
When Cameron takes a break from doing best-of-breed video production, he studies it by watching film (his top three films are Apocalypse Now, Gladiator and Atonement), television (Game of Throne, The Wire, Sons of Anarchy and Breaking Bad), and sports. Cam hopes that someday his experience and "studying" pays off by his becoming a director for the silver screen.
Some people — like our leader — are born fearless. And while it is important to have careful types as well to prevent all-out mayhem, having an audacious intern like Gabby is essential to our shop by making strong first impressions and garnering attention on the social networks.
Gabby is currently studying at the University of Minnesota, where she focuses on Strategic Communication with the intent of getting her degree in Journalism. Before interning at Ainsley Shea, Gabby has worked as a nanny, caterer, landscaper, served drinks at Hazeltine National Golf Course and currently serves at the Corner Bar, giving her well-rounded, customer-facing experience. Essentially, Gabby puts the "gab" in "gift of gab" — in a dopily charming kind of way.
Beyond her school work and keeping folks happy while serving at the Corner Bar, Gabby is appeasing her Snapchat friends with snaps that are "on point" as the kids say these days and traveling to warm places as if she's been here long enough to warrant a week-long vacation. Like we said: fearless.
When Christina shyly but bravely brought up her not-so-great Math grades on her transcript in her interview, she was greeted with the complete opposite of disapproval. We knew right away that Christina's openness was an indicator that she would kill it as an intern — whether she could do long-form division or not.
Christina is currently studying Communications and Journalism at the University of St. Thomas where she intends to graduate at the end of this school year. Her experience as a brand ambassador at Modern Talent supports her ability to increase brand awareness while her current gig at Old Spaghetti Factory has seasoned Christina to be socially agile.
While she isn't serving 'sketti to the people or making moves in the office, Christina ensures her varsity dance team at Irondale High School is firing on all cylinders or playing Mario Kart while she should be brushing up her math skills. Whoops.
Ever hear the phrase "can't stop, won't stop"? The first time those words were articulated was in response to Callie's unrelenting energy. And this isn't just raw energy – this is focused, determined energy that improves our clients in many ways.
Whether it's the oatmeal (and/or carrots) she eats on the hour or her seven years of experience in medical device/med tech and marketing, Callie is an automatic boost to public relations, digital ad campaigns, event planning and countless other marketing efforts. Did we mention her English degree from UW-Madison makes her a damn good writer too? All in all, it's hard to think of something Callie can't do – excluding slow down, of course.
Before and after work hours, Callie is constantly lacing up to train for something – shocking, right? And while the marathon is not her favorite race distance, it's definitely her favorite distance to brag about until she starts doing ultras. Callie is mad about the Badgers and coffee of all kinds, and is "completely in love" with the city of St. Paul. We're pretty sure St. Paul feels the same way about her.
When we bring Tim Sanders to a client meeting with us, it’s kind of like stuffing a ballot box – the client wins!
Tim knows Public Relations. Politics. Policy. Small Business. Big Ideas. He lives and breathes our business and brings tons of effective leadership, strategy and communications skills to Ainsley Shea. His knowledge, experience and network of political and government contacts add depth to the Ainsley Shea experience and helps clients win the stuff that needs winning.
Speaking of the ballot box – he serves our state in the House of Representatives. First elected at age 26, Tim is now serving his third term in the Minnesota House and his esteemed colleagues recently elected him to serve as Minority Whip.
Tim represents the rapidly growing Twin Cities suburb of Blaine, home to the National Sports Center, the TPC Twin Cities PGA golf course and a host of well-known corporations, including the Aveda Institute and Key Air. He is also a member of the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission.
Tim is a sought-after consultant, well-respected public official, a great dad and family guy. He’s got our vote!
The best thing about someone else having forty years experience is you didn’t have to be the one to go through it; you can just get the great answers – fast!
Wholesaling, retailing, branding, and product launches, Robert has done real-life work on the front lines with large corporations and small businesses, non-profits and associations, as a client and in consulting organizations. Doesn’t matter if you own a church, racing team, supermarket, non-profit organization, an online or service business – you can get the must-have help.
Robert is an experienced, enthusiastic, efficient business strategist devoted to helping people like you get Answers, Direction and Results.
Put your track shoes on. He is father of five, a karate student with two black belts, avid daily photographer, writer, inventor, fisherman and a general idea maniac. Get moving!
Soundly, quietly hell-bent on saving lives, saving tax dollars, saving trees and fostering relationships. Got health care, IT, medtech, biotech, environmental? Queue up.
She makes 20 years in local, national, international public affairs, communications, and policy look like 10; 40 is the new 30.
A self-proclaimed informatics nerd, Annamarie is all about the data. Measure away.
She serves on several state and federal workgroups, has provided testimony in support of critical healthcare, environmental, agriculture and education policies.
Search terms for more info: busy devoted mother of three, passionate about children, helped launch a national coalition to leverage health technology to improve outcomes and reduce disparities for newborns.
We were going to spend a little time hunting around for a brilliant strategic media consultant with a successful track record and extensive experience — someone who had worked at high levels of policymaking and government and done really impressive stuff like improving aid to impoverished countries. Someone who always delivered great results.
Then we thought: “Better still, let’s call Sara Croom.”
So we did, and now our clients have the benefit of her experience from a gig at CampaignGrid, development of online strategies and national media outreach at Disruptor Capital, and public affairs experience at New Media Strategies. Her work in the office of the Majority Leader and later, the Bush administration (as a congressional liaison between the President, First Lady and Member of Congress) helps too.
We would not have run an ad for a Redskins Fan – but it actually doesn’t hurt.
Sara and her husband live in Arlington, VA.
Think about the people you know who go by one name. One-namers. Prince. Cher. They are expressive, creative, versatile, intelligent – communicative.
Pfoser is a One-namer. And his talents have delivered award-winning print, identity development, film, video, interactive, and mobile projects for the benefit of organizations like the Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development, marchFIRST, Priority Publications, Creatis, Easel Training, and ASI Communications.
One-namers are entertaining. Can be funny. Pfoser’s a stand-up guy, literally. Away from the office he works regularly as a comic. Pfoser also teaches design at the Miami Ad School in Minneapolis. At home he helps his wife raise their four bright, reasonably well-behaved kids – more Pfosers, One-namers in training.
Strategy is light; Pat is a laser.
He’s direct and driven, intelligent and insightful and really, really tenacious.
Pat is recognized nationally for his expertise and results in politics, public affairs, public relations and business development. He provides amazing strategic counsel and has scored impressive victories for a wide range of clients in business, trade and politics.
Pat is a devoted guy who loves his family, loves to hate golf, hates to love the Packers, and hates to waste time.
His objective as CEO of Ainsley Shea is to build the world's most effective and efficient integrated communications offering for corporate, government, and association group clients.
In laser-like fashion, he’s getting it done.
We solve a lot of problems in Business, Trade and Politics for clients who run some of the coolest organizations, industry groups and campaigns on the planet.
We are privileged to be part of their work.