meet our team
( look at how talented and pretty they are )
Extensive creative experience ranging from brand development and art direction, to design across all mediums including TV, print, web and social media. Matt has helped build, execute, deploy and maintain campaigns for Days Inn Worldwide, CIGNA Healthcare, The Famous Grouse Scotch, Cadbury Schweppes, Cingular, UPS and Dow Chemical Company. Since he has a strong passion for design (he rarely sleeps) we can guarantee clients will receive creative attention 24 hours a day.
Extensive professional experience in 2D and 3D animation, compositing, graphic design, interactive media, motion graphics, music composition & production, video production, web programming and design. Created on-set computer graphics for 77 episodes of “Leverage” (TNT), post-apocalyptic computer interfaces for “Divergent” (2014), animated baby fetuses for “The Unborn”, much less horrific graphics for “A Dolphin Tale” (2012), “Torchwood: Miracle Day” (BBC), and vfx work on “Blank Slate”. Started Twistedtracks.com, a royalty-free music licensing website; now representing over 100 artists from around the world, and sporting over 100,000 music tracks and sound effects.
G. Dan Lumpkin CMC
Strategic Consultant, Author, Trainer, Speaker
G. Dan Lumpkin is widely regarded as one of the current leaders, speaking on change. He is recognized as among the top management consultants in the profession today. An international speaker and author, Dan has presented to audiences of thousands around the world. With more than thirty years of experience and an education in Psychology, Sociology, and counseling, Dan began by providing specific expertise to clients; founded on the philosophy that a business needs a good resource team of professionals for assistance. Each resource must “earn the right” to serve clients by understanding the client’s needs before suggesting solutions.
Writer and Executive Training
Paul Quinn has a broad depth of experience writing strategic and creative copy across multiple channels for just about every industry except paranormal investigation and dog fighting. Paul’s varied clients have included PepsiCo, Sears, Allstate, Encyclopedia Britannica, Bosch Automotive, Abbott Laboratories, and the U.S. Postal Service. More than a dozen of his corporate videos have received top regional and national awards for scriptwriting. Paul was a finalist in the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking, and has served as a speech-writer and speaker coach for senior executives McDonald’s Corp., Waste Management, Rotary International, and Opportunity International, among other organizations. He has coached young attorneys for mock trials at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, was the 2010 commencement speaker for the Illinois Institute of Art, and can perform the Heimlich Maneuver, in the original German.
Event Marketing & Brand Consultant
Allison Saget helps clients reach their key business objectives through events. In her 20-year marketing career, she has created, designed, and managed well over 1,000 events, as well as worked in advertising, television, collateral design & production, logo merchandising and direct marketing. Her clients and work experience have included such companies as Harcourt Achieve, Oracle, SAP, Tektronix, DigitalThink, Unisys, Cardinal Business Media, StarCite, Right Hemisphere, Kefta, Procore Technologies, and USA Cable Network.
FILM & VIDEO – ANIMATION & VISUAL EFX
Ari’s background is multi-dimensional. After college, he studied at the Sony Video Institute on the campus of the American Film Institute in Hollywood. In 1996, Ari co-founded JAM-TV, the first live concert video streaming company on the Internet. His career has spanned the gamut from feature films and television programs to documentaries, live events and commercials for which he’s received numerous awards for directing, cinematography and visual effects. Ari’s clients and projects have ranged from Netflix, MTV, VH1, AOL Television, Warner Bros., NBC and TNN to Yo Yo Ma’s Silkroad Tour, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s 100 Year Anniversary and The Rolling Stones Bridges to Babylon. Additionally he directs the live video for all the major Chicago summer music festivals in Chicago. He is on the board of advisors of the Illinois Institute of Art, providing counseling for their Filmmaking and Visual Effects and Animation programs.
GRAPHIC DESIGNER / PROJECT MANAGER
Brigitte Burke is a veteran graphic designer and project manager. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts/Graphic Design. After many years creating executive presentations at a Fortune 500 company, skills have been honed and patience learned. She can be found backstage or by the pool with her partner, Shawn Rockefeller, and their 2 chihuahuas, 3 cats and parrot.
Video Production and Motion Graphics
Willie is a producer and director of both commercial and creative video projects. After graduating from the University of Texas school of Radio-Television-Film he established Match Point Productions with co-owner Derek Gildersleeve. Match Point produces a range of HD video content including, live action, motion graphics, fast-turnaround live event content, corporate web content, and commercial ads.
Audio Visual Solutions
After fleeing the great state of New Jersey in late 1979, leaving behind a doomed career as a recording studio engineer, Shawn landed in the greater state of Texas - Houston to be exact. While working at the same AV company and hearing that this “video” stuff was about to be the “next big thing”. Collin and Shawn decided to team up and start Data Display. The goal was to do newer and bigger things - especially with computer projection. In the past 25 years at Data Display, Shawn and Collin have reinvested in the latest gear and built a base of great employees, enabling them to give impeccable service to customers around the world. In the future, Shawn’s goal is to buy the NY Jets and coach them with Joe Namath as assistant.
Sean Grennan studied English at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. (’77) An actor for many years, predominantly in Chicago, he began writing for the theatre in 1995 as co-librettist (with his wife, Kathy Santen) for Phantom of the Country Palace (MTI), which was produced that year at Marriott’s Lincolnshire Theatre. He repeated in this capacity the following year with Ms. Cinderella at the same theatre. Following this show, he became involved with business theatre writing and performance for many years before returning to stage writing. His play LUCK! won an honorable mention from the National Writer’s Association’s Playwrighting Festival and was produced in NYC by the Epic theatre company. Working at a librettist and lyricist with composer Leah Okimoto he wrote Married Alive!, A Dog’s Life and Another Night Before Christmas (Playscripts Inc.) all of which debuted at the American Heartland Theatre in Kansas City, MO. His play Making God Laugh premiered at Peninsula Players Theatre in Wisconsin and will go on to play in the spring of ’12 at Theatre at the Center in Muenster, IN. His plays Beer for Breakfast and As Long As We Both Shall Live will premiere in the ’12 season back at the American Heartland Theatre. He is currently at work on many projects including a new musical 1st & 10 with composer David Kreppel and other works. Sean and Kathy live in New York City, where Kathy is currently appearing in Broadway’s Wicked.