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.
Youth has its benefits. Prefrontal cortex development is usually not one of them. On the other hand, when you can get youth, talent and experience in one shot: bingo.
Nate Johnson specializes in research, writing, editing and media relations. He believes that if effective written communication is a dying art, it’s up to him to revive and leverage it to the maximum benefit of our clients, one project at a time.
Not too very old, Nate has been to college (played baseball there), got his law degree, served in the U.S. Naval Reserve, taught English as a second language in Honduras, worked as a grassroots organizer for nonprofits, and has done field work for various political campaigns. All that. It’s still early.
He 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. Media relations. 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.
Kevin Gaffney is still a student at the University of Minnesota, but has managed to queue up a lot of experience in addition to his classwork.
He has interned at the Minnesota Transportation Alliance, University of Minnesota Office of Admissions, The Office of Governor Mark Dayton, and OutFront Minnesota. He was also a Staff Writer at Uhuru Multicultural Magazine during a freshman year at Iowa State. Damn. We know people who have been in the business five years without credentials like this. Plus, he’s majoring in Professional Strategic Communication with a Minor in Design.
Kevin enjoys going to the hippest electronic music concerts in the Twin Cities area and wearing little animals on his shirts (alligators, tigers, et al.) His hair takes on various forms, but always exudes brilliance. No spreadsheet will survive Kevin's wrath.
Born at the foot of a caucus podium, Caitlyn never really had a choice but to enter the world of campaigns and public affairs. Luckily, it’s her passion. Even better? She’s good at it.
Need a hand energizing your voting base and connecting with the People? You’ve found the right woman. Fundraising, message making, event planning, data crunching, constituent outreach – you name it, Caitlyn’s done it. From committee meetings and floor sessions to the nitty-gritty, door-to-door legwork, she has seen all sides of politics. Both as a Legislative Intern in the Minnesota State Senate and as a Field Staffer for the Minnesota Senate Republican Caucus, Caitlyn learned what it takes to motivate people and get ballots in the box.
Away from the office, Caitlyn can be found soaring through the skies of the Twin Cities on the back of a giant bald eagle, swooping down now and then to teach, tutor, research or volunteer for one of the many organizations she’s invested in. She’s also got a pretty good sense of humor, but don’t take it from us – just ask one of her seventeen hundred and some followers on Twitter.
The force is strong in this one. We can feel it.
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!
Strategic salesman. Charismatic strategist. Take your pick.
Branden is both. And it doesn’t end there. He has been doing it since he was a teenager.
A licensed Real Estate agent at the age of 18, Branden has sold just about anything with a price tag. Even more impressively, Branden is the youngest member of the Minnesota State Senate. No kidding. This guy has been successful everywhere he goes and no doubt will continue to win at Ainsley Shea. We’re guessing his political tact and gift for a pitch will be conquering clients’ problems in no time.
Along with Branden’s ability to pitch a sale, he once threw out the first pitch at a Twins game. When he’s not strategizing at the Capitol or in the office, you’ll probably find him using the same skills in a game of Monopoly or grinding on a Texas Hold ‘Em table.
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.
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.