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OUR FIRST CHANCE TO MAKE A SECOND IMPRESSION

HERE’S THE LATEST ABOUT US!

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Golf gaffer. Golf shirt-wearing champion.
(Best boss ever!)

DEAN LEPOIDEVIN

If Dean’s not in the office in summer, he’s probably out on the green. And, if he’s not on the green, he’s probably out on the boat. And, if he’s not on the boat, he’s probably up north. Hail to the Chief!

WHAT IS THE BEST THING TO COME OUT OF 2020/COVID FOR YOU PERSONALLY?

Personally, I'd say spending more quality time with my wife as we didn't go out as much (at all for several months), which caused us to invest more time together, quietly, at home. Very relaxing, less stressful and economical!

WHAT TELEVISION SHOWS AND/OR MOVIES HAVE YOU BEEN WATCHING LATELY?

The Crown. We just finished the fourth season and now await the fifth. Also Outlander, The Queen's Gambit and anything on the Outdoor channel.

HAVE YOU READ ANY GOOD BOOKS LATELY?

Love the Dave Robicheaux series penned by James Lee Burke. Excellent stories and characters set in rural Louisiana. Three down and about 20 more to go. Recently revisted a series I had read over the years by Robert Crais, including The Antics of Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. Great reads.

WHAT'S A PROJECT OR CAMPAIGN YOU'VE BEEN WORKING ON HERE THAT YOU'RE REALLY PASSIONATE AND/OR PROUD OF?

The work we've completed for new client FMC with their T&O, Golf and Pest Control business units is a real standout for me. Excellent concepts & design coupled with solid, actionable results.

HAVE YOU DONE ANY TRAVELING OR NEW EXPERIENCES? OR DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING COMING UP YOU'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO?

Haven't traveled for business in the last year, for obvious reasons, but did sneak away to Florida for a vacation recently which was very relaxing.

Jen

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Lover of all things Disney. Passionate about Pooches.

(our Office Manager… she knows EVERYTHING. Seriously.)

Jen loves dogs and Disney so much; she’s looking to create a new theme park called Dogney World. It will be the happiest dog spot on earth! There will be fire hydrants every 10 feet, tennis balls will roll out every 15 minutes and acres of grass will be available for fun and “other stuff.”

WHAT IS THE BEST THING TO COME OUT OF 2020/COVID FOR YOU PERSONALLY?

I got to spend more time at home with our 1 year old black lab River. She had terrible separation anxiety and severe allergies, so the time together helped us in finding out a daily schedule, treatment plan and training to help her overcome these challenges. She’s turning into a very good dog!

WHAT TELEVISION SHOWS AND/OR MOVIES HAVE YOU BEEN WATCHING LATELY?

Schitt’s Creek. Eww David.

HAVE YOU READ ANY GOOD BOOKS LATELY?

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens was haunting and wonderful. Currently reading The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. Both are books about the impact of nature/our surroundings.

WHAT'S A PROJECT OR CAMPAIGN YOU'VE BEEN WORKING ON HERE THAT YOU'RE REALLY PASSIONATE AND/OR PROUD OF?

I have my hands (and eyes and ears) in nearly everything around here, and that is something I take great pride in. I love supporting and working with my LePoideFamily.

HAVE YOU DONE ANY TRAVELING OR NEW EXPERIENCES? OR DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING COMING UP YOU'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO?

We’ve been expanding our hiking places in the Southeast Wisconsin. But we’re most excited to travel to Hilton Head later this year and keeping our fingers crossed we can go on an Alaskan Cruise rescheduled for May 2022.

Jordan

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The next Mandalorian. He's sure he nailed the audition.

(our superb Digital Strategist)

As a DIE-HARD Star Wars fan, Jordan lives and breathes Star Wars. Some days he walks into the office in his jedi robe. OK. Maybe not. Jordan and our other Star Wars Superfan, John, are currently battling it out lightsaber style for the superfan crown.

WHAT IS THE BEST THING TO COME OUT OF 2020/COVID FOR YOU PERSONALLY?

The best thing to come out of covid for me was getting to spend every day with my wife. We both had to work from home, so we would have lunch together, let the dogs out, etc. It was just nice to spend the additional time.

WHAT TELEVISION SHOWS AND/OR MOVIES HAVE YOU BEEN WATCHING LATELY?

Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Invincible, Falcon and The Winter Solider, Nailed it and The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes.

HAVE YOU READ ANY GOOD BOOKS LATELY?

Re-read Doctor Sleep and God of War (based on one of my favorite video games), A Moral Man and Overstated.

WHAT'S A PROJECT OR CAMPAIGN YOU'VE BEEN WORKING ON HERE THAT YOU'RE REALLY PASSIONATE AND/OR PROUD OF?

I’ve been creating organization / process tools via Air Tables that the entire team can use to help tighten up our campaign building process.

HAVE YOU DONE ANY TRAVELING OR NEW EXPERIENCES? OR DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING COMING UP YOU'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO?

Unfortunately no traveling lately, but my wife and I are going to do a baby moon before our son is born in September.

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Sharing our baby announcement because this has been such a hard and long journey for us to even get to this point, so to be bringing a child into this world means everything to me.

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Taylor

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Plastic plant lover. “Sweetest smile” award winner.

(she dominates in her role as Account Executive)

Taylor loves brightening up her office and her life with succulent plants. Don’t let the greenery fool you! Let’s just say that Taylor has a “plastic thumb.” Incidentally, her plants are name Olivia and Clyde and she’s hoping they’ll make more beautiful baby succulents. We might need to have a talk…

WHAT IS THE BEST THING TO COME OUT OF 2020/COVID FOR YOU PERSONALLY?

Graduated from college in May 2020 and started working here!

WHAT TELEVISION SHOWS AND/OR MOVIES HAVE YOU BEEN WATCHING LATELY?

Grey’s Anatomy (from the very beginning) and The Crown

HAVE YOU READ ANY GOOD BOOKS LATELY?

Don’t read as much as I should :(

WHAT'S A PROJECT OR CAMPAIGN YOU'VE BEEN WORKING ON HERE THAT YOU'RE REALLY PASSIONATE AND/OR PROUD OF?

Enjoyed working on the Liphatech Ag Rozol 50th one-pager! One of my first projects managed by myself :)

HAVE YOU DONE ANY TRAVELING OR NEW EXPERIENCES? OR DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING COMING UP YOU'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO?

Or do you have anything coming up you’re looking forward to? Went to Deerfield Beach in Florida, and looking forward to a trip to Door County for the weekend in June!

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Selfie Steve. He loves capturing his moments.

(our illustrious Supervising Account Executive)

We refer to him as “Selfie Steve” around the office. Steve is always looking to capture the moment (and an image of himself) whenever possible. He even took a selfie DURING his wedding. THAT IS NO JOKE. There’s a selfie to prove it.

WHAT IS THE BEST THING TO COME OUT OF 2020/COVID FOR YOU PERSONALLY?

We purchased a house – it was a long road, but very exciting to finally be closing in a few weeks!

WHAT TELEVISION SHOWS AND/OR MOVIES HAVE YOU BEEN WATCHING LATELY?

Cheers and Forensic Files on Netflix. I’m old school…

HAVE YOU READ ANY GOOD BOOKS LATELY?

Murder at the Mena House. The author brings murder to 1920s colonial Egypt; it was good. 

WHAT'S A PROJECT OR CAMPAIGN YOU'VE BEEN WORKING ON HERE THAT YOU'RE REALLY PASSIONATE AND/OR PROUD OF?

Helping to direct PR activities for ProMach’s end-of-line group. Love seeing results and putting those brands on the radar of editors.

HAVE YOU DONE ANY TRAVELING OR NEW EXPERIENCES? OR DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING COMING UP YOU'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO?

We went to Florida for a quick three-day trip. I needed some sunshine!

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Wonder who’s more distinguished – me or the cat?

Mike

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Bookworm. Lover of gentlemen’s hats.

(and one incredible Senior Account Executive)

Sure, Mike looks like the disciplined reader and scholar, but we’ve seen him on a party boat. You’ve never seen a book and gentleman’s hat tossed over the side of a boat faster.

WHAT IS THE BEST THING TO COME OUT OF 2020/COVID FOR YOU PERSONALLY?

I’ve had more time to focus on yardwork and house renovations. When we’re finally able to have friends and family over for dinner, the house is going to look fantastic.

WHAT TELEVISION SHOWS AND/OR MOVIES HAVE YOU BEEN WATCHING LATELY?

I’ve been watching a lot of BBC shows on Amazon Prime. Check out Plebs, Friday Night Dinner, and Gavin & Stacey.

HAVE YOU READ ANY GOOD BOOKS LATELY?

Modern Comfort Food by Ina Garten. It’s one of her best cookbooks yet. The timing for this one couldn’t have been better.

WHAT'S A PROJECT OR CAMPAIGN YOU'VE BEEN WORKING ON HERE THAT YOU'RE REALLY PASSIONATE AND/OR PROUD OF?

In general, finding new ways to help my clients find their way and stand out in the digital space has been a great learning experience.

HAVE YOU DONE ANY TRAVELING OR NEW EXPERIENCES? OR DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING COMING UP YOU'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO?

I just took a class on Thai massage. It combines acupressure, gentle rhythmic massage, deep stretching, and gentle twisting to relax and release the issues we hold in our tissues.

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Last summer, my partner and I rescued four kittens born in our back shed. When we realized their mother was no longer around, we caught them, had our vet check them out, and took care of them until we found them all new homes. All four are happy and healthy, and we still get periodic updates from their new families. It was, by far, the happy highlight to an otherwise melancholy year.

Susan

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Hiking Master. Duchess of Style.

(one of our super-talented Senior Account Executives)

Susan has hiked so many national parks across the country, they should name one after her. We admire her passion for hiking and walking so much, we’re trying to get the walking trail next to the office named “Susan’s Speedway.” If you happen to be walking on it when she is, she’ll be the blur on your right.

WHAT IS THE BEST THING TO COME OUT OF 2020/COVID FOR YOU PERSONALLY?

First and foremost - I’m thankful my family is faring ok during these crazy times. The pandemic has served as a catalyst for our family to begin a quest to hike the entire Ice Age Trail...we have completed all of Waukesha and Washington County segments and are currently working on Walworth and Fond du lac Counties. We hope to complete everything from the bottom of Door Co. through Fond du lac before fall. Because we were home more, we had custom tournament cornhole boards made and things have been getting really competitive in the yard!

WHAT TELEVISION SHOWS AND/OR MOVIES HAVE YOU BEEN WATCHING LATELY?

We love Ozark, Your Honor and if there’s a documentary, yep, we’ll be sucked in!

HAVE YOU READ ANY GOOD BOOKS LATELY?

I haven’t read any books recently but I do read a lot of culinary, home DIY and outdoor adventure content regularly!

WHAT'S A PROJECT OR CAMPAIGN YOU'VE BEEN WORKING ON HERE THAT YOU'RE REALLY PASSIONATE AND/OR PROUD OF?

We have had a good run of obtaining Veterinary Practice News covers over the last year or so. It’s really great to see our hard work pay off and our client’s brands represented so well!

HAVE YOU DONE ANY TRAVELING OR NEW EXPERIENCES? OR DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING COMING UP YOU'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO?

We did a hiking trip to Yellowstone and the surrounding area last summer and heading back to Montana this summer to hike the iconic and beautiful Glacier National Park!

FEEL FREE TO SHARE A PHOTO AND EXPLAIN WHY YOU'RE SHARING IT.

This picture reminds me of summer...and peace.

John

Jedi Knight. In his own mind.
(our ever-creative Art Director)

John’s not sure WHY he’s a die-hard Star Wars fan, he just knows he is. He’ll prove it by telling you every interesting (or not) factoid about the Star Wars world he knows. There’s actually an in-office Star Wars Superfan competition… Jordan is also a Star Wars fan, but John is determined to hold the superfan status. May the nerd force be with you both.

WHAT IS THE BEST THING TO COME OUT OF 2020/COVID FOR YOU PERSONALLY?

I learned to appreciate the little things we all seem to have taken for granted like time with friends and family.

WHAT TELEVISION SHOWS AND/OR MOVIES HAVE YOU BEEN WATCHING LATELY?

My wife and I have been binging “Schitt’s Creek” and “Outlander” ... both so good for completely opposite reasons.

HAVE YOU READ ANY GOOD BOOKS LATELY?

I haven’t read a book since 2009.

WHAT'S A PROJECT OR CAMPAIGN YOU'VE BEEN WORKING ON HERE THAT YOU'RE REALLY PASSIONATE AND/OR PROUD OF?

I’m super stoked about the work we’ve been doing with the FMC Golf Division’s new product launch, Kalida. Combining their target industry with classic works of art has proven to be fun and effective!

HAVE YOU DONE ANY TRAVELING OR NEW EXPERIENCES? OR DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING COMING UP YOU'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO?

My family and I took a trip to Florida that was postponed from 2020. We hit Disney and Universal Studios as well as spent some time with my wife’s parents where we had a beach day, pool day, and airboat day!

Becca

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Becca the Baker. Creator of all things yummy.
(our expert UX/UI Digital Designer)

Betty Crocker better be checking over her shoulder, “Becca Crocker” wants to be the baking queen! For Becca, baking is a satisfying existential experience with tasty rewards. Trust us, one bite of her awesome cookies and you’ll understand.

WHAT IS THE BEST THING TO COME OUT OF 2020/COVID FOR YOU PERSONALLY?

Low interest rates! We bought our first house in June 2020 :)

WHAT TELEVISION SHOWS AND/OR MOVIES HAVE YOU BEEN WATCHING LATELY?

Obsessing over the Marvel shows on Disney+. WandaVision was fantastic and I really enjoyed  Falcon and The Winter Soldier. Can’t wait for Loki!

HAVE YOU READ ANY GOOD BOOKS LATELY?

In keeping with my favorite genre of crime - I really enjoyed The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides.

WHAT'S A PROJECT OR CAMPAIGN YOU'VE BEEN WORKING ON HERE THAT YOU'RE REALLY PASSIONATE AND/OR PROUD OF?

We launched MinXray’s new website in January and that was almost a years worth of work from design and content to building (and teaching myself some javascript). I’m really proud of how it turned out.

HAVE YOU DONE ANY TRAVELING OR NEW EXPERIENCES? OR DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING COMING UP YOU'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO?

Not leaving the country has been hard, since a big trip abroad is something I look forward to every year. But this past year I was able to use my vacation days to go up north to a family cabin, which I’ve never had the time to do before. 

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Closing day!

Mandi

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Adorner of the odd. Lover of fun.
(our… unique Account Executive)

Mandi isn’t exactly sure who she is (just look at that picture!), but she just knows what she loves – fishing, cigars, power tools, the occasional mustache and Star Trek. In fact, she has a standing invite from Captain Kirk himself to visit his ranch. We bet she wants to be beamed over at warp speed so she can live long and prosper with Cap.

WHAT IS THE BEST THING TO COME OUT OF 2020/COVID FOR YOU PERSONALLY?

I got to know one of my now best friends, Kathy. Because we couldn’t meet in person, a group of my girlfriends had cocktail hour every Wednesday evening via Zoom. Kathy was invited by one of my other friends and we got to know each other during the Zoom calls and then over summer. She and I started a non-profit together.

WHAT TELEVISION SHOWS AND/OR MOVIES HAVE YOU BEEN WATCHING LATELY?

The Crown. I’m a hop-on-the-bandwagon-er.

HAVE YOU READ ANY GOOD BOOKS LATELY?

I Am Watching You – it’s a mystery (I LOVE MYSTERIES!)

WHAT'S A PROJECT OR CAMPAIGN YOU'VE BEEN WORKING ON HERE THAT YOU'RE REALLY PASSIONATE AND/OR PROUD OF?

I’m still kind of new, so I’m proud I’ve figured out the J: drive. The piece I really enjoyed writing was for MinXray and the Shedd Aquarium. I learned a lot about a wonderful and ugly South American turtle, the Mata Mata. Creating a relationship with Palmer Hamilton has been fun, too.

HAVE YOU DONE ANY TRAVELING OR NEW EXPERIENCES? OR DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING COMING UP YOU'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO?

Went to Cozumel, Mexico in February… it was truly paradise. I’m really looking forward to marrying my most-favorite guy in July.

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It’s a picture of my Aunt Carol looking at her new favorite beverage – PBR Hard Coffee. She’s my hero. She’s also 78 years old. You’d NEVER guess it.

Karen

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Coffee lover. Starbucks coffee CUP lover.
(coffee-fueled, awesome Senior Account Executive)

Everyone has their superpower. Karen’s is converting Starbucks coffee into super fuel so she can master work/life balance. CoffeeGirl does disguise who she is – there’s no cape… for now.

WHAT IS THE BEST THING TO COME OUT OF 2020/COVID FOR YOU PERSONALLY?

More of an appreciation of spending time with family and friends; and those in-person interactions.  

WHAT TELEVISION SHOWS AND/OR MOVIES HAVE YOU BEEN WATCHING LATELY?

Anything on HGTV! Just love seeing the transformations. And then for a hot second I think I can do some of those improvements at my own house. Then reality sinks in and I remember that my handy skills are pretty much at zero. 

WHAT'S A PROJECT OR CAMPAIGN YOU'VE BEEN WORKING ON HERE THAT YOU'RE REALLY PASSIONATE AND/OR PROUD OF?

Love the Kalida launch campaign that incorporated “Mona Lisa”. Our creative team rocks! And most importantly, the client’s reaction was fantastic.

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My two favorite little humans, my kids. Here they are with the kittens we adopted during the pandemic. We are now a family of six!