Dave’s innate understanding of complex software development processes has led him to a successful career in marketing-driven digital and interactive concepts. He has always displayed a systematic and innovative attention to detail, even in his childhood missteps—such as when his early passion for breakdancing led to experimentation with a square of linoleum, a can of Pledge and a tracksuit. From earnest failures spring great triumphs though. Nowadays, he leads an acclaimed team of designers and programmers. They ensure measurable results for each client by using a detailed process of discovery and planning to form a specific Technology Blueprint. Their award-winning work has added efficiency and entertainment to countless lives.×
Over 17 years ago, Mike sat down for a beer with Jeff Zehnder. Their conversation about building this agency was one of those defining moments, the likes of which would form the core of his work for years to come. For Mike, it’s about going “beyond creativity” in basing all efforts on the essential matter of ethics—being strategically straightforward and true to the client. Always open to feedback and input, Mike works side by side with his talented team to uncover that spark that will grab the audience’s imagination and leave a lasting impression. Mike has twice been named Ad Club of New Orleans’ Advertising Person of the Year in Creative Services—a recognition of the passionate yet humble nature that sets him apart.×
A lot of wonderful stories go into the building of a powerful brand. For more than 30 years Ann has made sure these details don’t go unnoticed, guiding clients in strengthening their corporate reputations through strategic public relations. With experience on both sides of the media desk, she knows reporters’ needs and expectations firsthand. Ann’s numerous honors include Telly awards and national promotion awards. Her team’s comprehensive approach integrates existing branding and marketing efforts while building meaningful relationships with public audiences. Even when an unexpected crisis arises, they are ready to set the story straight.×
In a lot of ways, moonlighting as a seasoned karaoke singer has prepared Jennifer for the rigors of agency account work. There are demanding crowds to be pleased. There’s the need to manage expectations and timing, while still delivering soulful, creative results. Drawing on the stoic power of her idol Stevie Nicks, Jennifer steps up to the microphone to help set the tone for how all of our work gets done. And she’ll be the first to tout the importance of surrounding yourself with just the right accompaniments. Jennifer’s team of smart, strategic thinkers don’t just take their cues from her—they add their own melodic runs to each masterpiece performance.×
On the wall of Craig's office is a poster with a very pertinent quote from Mike Tyson: "Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face." In an unpredictable business where you're constantly slammed by tight deadlines and countless moving pieces, the ability to maintain composure and resilience sets you apart. For over a decade, Craig has been a pioneer of the project management role at Zehnder, adapting to perpetual industry change along with the day-to-day demands of scheduling, budgets and traffic. He and his team are constantly discovering new practices that will streamline efficiency to further benefit our clients and the agency.×
When Joann joined Zehnder years ago, the media team consisted of just her—a one- woman tour de force. Rumors abound about how demanding she was early on, how she’d hold departmental meetings and end up throwing herself out. But it was effective. She was named agency Media Person of the Year by the New Orleans Ad Club and was honored as one of New Orleans’ “Leading Women in Business” by Entercom Radio. She was even featured on the cover of MediaWeek.
Still, building her experienced team into the second largest in the region has only enhanced their perspective, reach and capabilities. On top of planning the perfect time and medium for placements, they have secured a staggering amount of value-added complementary exposure for our clients.×
For Jeff, creativity involves finding a true balance—whether it’s between artistic inspiration and airtight strategy, or tenacious work and enjoying who you’re doing it with. He has built the agency from a steadfast cocktail napkin mantra into a results-driven heavy hitter, and it’s all been made possible by striking just the right chords to create an incredibly talented, dedicated group that provides great results for a diverse range of motivated clients.
Jeff’s personal accolades include being named Ad Executive of the Year by the Ad Club of New Orleans and receiving the American Advertising Federation’s Silver Medal Award. He also won the March Madness office pool. How’s that for balance?×
For Henry, it’s always been about the big idea, which is why he’s perfectly fit for his role as Zehnder’s President/Executive Creative Director. Out of our Nashville office, Henry oversees creative direction for all of our clients’ campaigns while also shaping the vision of our agency as a whole — a job that requires strategic thinking, creativity, and communication skills, to name a few. Henry has led a number of award-winning campaigns and was named the Advertising Person of the Year by the Ad Club in New Orleans. How does he manage to keep coming up with big ideas while also tending to the details of our agency? With more than 25 years of ad experience, it’s safe to say that Henry has perfected the art of perspective.×