“I’ve seen a lot of agency fads come and go over the years…

Roger Gray Partner & CEO

Roger Gray

Partner & CEO

…British version of account planning, virtual agencies, the bundling and then unbundling of services, and talent agencies pretending to be ad agencies. It’s all window dressing. Want a really good ad agency to work with? Find one with smart people, with big ideas that will work hard to see you succeed. In other words, us.”

Education: MBA Loyola University Maryland

Brands: Choice Hotels International, InterContinental Hotels and Resorts, NutriSystem, Snyder’s-Lance Snack Foods

Accomplishments:American Advertising Federation Silver Medal Award, Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, One of Maryland’s Most Admired CEOs

Role: Overall agency leadership. Leads client brand development strategies

“We don’t have a basketball court or an agency Segway.

Jeff Millman Partner & Creative Officer

Jeff Millman

Partner & Creative Officer

We don’t really play creative dress-up. We’re just a bunch of normal people who happen to generate extraordinary ideas.”

Education: University of West Florida

Brands: Roy Rogers, Choice Hotels, Trump Organization, Lockheed Martin, Medicare, St. Joseph Aspirin, Lance Crackers, Maryland Lottery

Accomplishments: Cannes, One Show, Art Directors Club/Adweek Creative Director of the Year

Role: Leads the agency’s creative product, primary writer on several accounts, writes and speaks about advertising to baby boomers

“We believe Albert Einstein was correct when he defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

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Garry Raim

Partner, EVP Direct & Interactive Marketing

We look at each project individually and build the strategy and team necessary to meet that challenge.”

Education: University of Maryland, Columbia University, University of Virginia

Brands: Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, MJHS, Johns Hopkins University, Coventry Healthcare

Accomplishments: Helping to open the National Aquarium; leading the team that launched the Medicare Prescription Drug Program; building a successful consumer business unit at BlueCross BlueShield of MD

Role: Leads the Agency’s direct and digital disciplines; partner-in-charge of health and higher education accounts

“Whenever I say ‘mobile marketing’, everyone automatically thinks about their smartphone…

Kevin Kempske

Partner, EVP Public Relations & Grassroots Outreach

…until i show them one of our kick ass branded vehicles, which have proven to be way faster than a smartphone at driving traffic (and sales). “

Education: Towson University

Brands: Independence Air, MedStar Health, Coventry, Snyder’s-Lance, Cape Cod, Baltimore Ravens

Accomplishments: Baltimore Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, Leadership Baltimore County, Public Relations Society of America Awards, Proud Father of 3 Boys

Role: Leads the agency’s public relations, grassroots outreach and branded mobile vehicle activities; handles a variety of operational issues; takes care of things no one else wants to

“When I was on the client side, one of my greatest frustrations was agencies that had their own agendas.

Dan Collins

Partner, SVP Strategic Planning and Research

Often you could just see it in the pitch. As someone who’s been where you are, I can tell you that GKV is about you, not us, 100% of the time.”

Education: Lafayette College and Duke University

Brands: PANDORA, Snyder’s-Lance, life’sDHA, St.Joseph’s Products

Accomplishments: Dramatic business growth, award winning creative, happy people

Role: In-house client, CPG expert, making sure we are ready and aimed before firing

“After I saw Star Wars, I wanted to join the rebels.

Dave Broscious

Partner, Associate Creative Director

Who didn’t? Darth Vader. Storm troopers. Two Death Stars. Bring them on. Is it coincidence that GKV’s colors are the same as the rebel alliance? Maybe. Or maybe not.”

Education: Pennsylvania State University

Brands: PANDORA, National Aquarium, Cape Cod Potato Chips, Lance, Turkey Hill, CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield

Accomplishments: New York Festivals, ADDY Best of Show, Art Directors Club, Cannes

Role: Campaign development, brand advisor, senior writer, idea generation

“I really wish we had a basketball court.

Mark Rosica

Partner, Associate Creative Director

Because I suck at basketball. But I want to be better. One day I will be able to dunk. I might have to lower the net 3 feet (maybe 4) or use one of those circus trampolines, but I will find a way. Cause that’s what we do here. We create solutions. To all kinds of problems. And if you can do it with advertising, why not basketball?”

Education: University of Florida

Brands: PANDORA, Cape Cod Potato Chips, Lance, The Nature Conservancy, US Airways, Lenox, Maryland Lottery

Accomplishments: Clios, Cannes, One Show, Art Directors Club, Communication Arts, Effies, O’toole Award

Role: Helps create and take brands to new and exciting places, Senior Art Direction

“We might not be located in a major market city…

Cathy Kowalewski

Partner, VP, CFO

…but we continue to develop and produce cutting edge advertising for national brands.”

Brands: Roy Rogers, Marriott Theme Parks, Choice Hotels, Trump Plaza/Casino, Playboy, Medicare, PANDORA Jewelry

Role: Supervises and manages financials statements, payroll, accounts receivable/payables, client billings, company human resources

“Account Service implies the role of a waiter. In today’s rough and tumble marketing world, clients should expect their account folks to be leaders, not service personnel.

David Blum

SVP, Director of Account Management

Leaders help anticipate client needs, try to steer clients away from bad decisions, and champion great (sometimes scary) creative solutions that win the day.”

School: University of Virginia, VCU

Brands: Maryland Lottery, St. Joseph Aspirin, di•gel, DSM, CareFirst, DeWalt Tools, AMF Bowling, Virginia Power, Standard Drug

Accomplishments: Effie Awards, Appearances on CNN/CNBC, Vice President of American Advertising Federation, President of Richmond Public Relations Association

Role: Leads the agency’s account management group and leads several key agency accounts

“Go for the NBD. Never Been Done.

Daniel Robinson

SVP, Director of Media Services

I heard Brandon Tartikoff say it years ago, and they’ve been my words to live by ever since. “

School: University of Chicago

Brands: Lance, L-3 Communications, Medicare, Cape Cod Potato Chips, St. Joseph Aspirin

Accomplishments: Roundtable Speaker – Baltimore Advertising Week 2012, Member – Account Planning Group/London, Committee Member – AAAA Mid-Sized Media Directors Committee

Role: Provide breakthrough media strategies for our clients, oversee other people doing the same thing, accept lunch invitations

“The Chesapeake Bay runs in my veins,

Stacey Wynia

VP, Director of Public Relations and Social Media

but having spent 10 years in LA and five in NYC, I am also part California Girl with some NY moxy and spirit added in for good measure”

Education: University of Maryland

Brands: Current – Pandora, Snyder’s of Hanover, Cape Cod, Maryland Lottery, Shentel –Past – P&G, MasterCard, Diageo, Mattel, Toyota, Amazon

Accomplishments: Being part of P&G’s Thank You Mom Olympic Campaign, Winning Agency of Record for Toyota with no automotive experience just great strategy and creative, seeing the accomplishments of those who have worked on my teams as they continue to grow and thrive as professionals, creating the strategic/creative process for a former agency that they still use today

Role: Leading the PR and Social media team to ensure integrated campaigns for clients