KEVIN DiLORENZO

President / CEO

An upper-echelon business mind who thrives on guiding clients to the mountaintop with integrity and commitment.

Kevin has helped light the way forward for some of the world’s most intriguing brands, including Andersen Windows and Doors, Wagner, BMW, McDonald’s, Target, Capital One, Northwestern Mutual and UnitedHealth Group. Over the years, his landscape savvy and multichannel acumen has earned him multiple Effie awards for effectiveness. Prior to Rise and Shine and Partners, Kevin was CEO at Olson and built the agency to become one of the top 10 full-service independent agencies in North America. He also worked at Carmichael Lynch Spong and Fallon, where the core of his multichannel instincts and client service passions were formed.

BOB BARRIE

Partner / Executive Creative Director

An industry icon who specializes in crafting campaigns that chart new territories—and springing them to life with simplicity and vision.

Our inspiration man and co-founder, Bob’s roots lie in the advertising lore that was Fallon, and has created famous campaigns for brands like TIME, Porsche, Jim Beam, Best Buy, Wagner, Hertz and Nikon, just to name a few. His work has been some of the most awarded in the industry – including over 40 One Show Pencils. Bob’s “red border” campaign for TIME was named “Print Campaign of the Decade” by The One Club. At Rise and Shine and Partners, Bob stays true to his passion and craft by being a true partner for clients and a hands-on ignitor for his creative teams.

JANIE WALDRON

Partner / Director of Project Management

A sage of efficiency and workflow, with a motherlode of experience shepherding campaigns, and clients, to success.

Janie puts her two decades’ experience to work helping clients see that getting to standout creativity and innovative thinking can be smooth, collaborative and rewarding. She has been the Director of Project Management at Rise and Shine and Partners since 2007. Prior to that, she ran project management for Fallon-Intersect and Olson. She has developed and implemented agency systems to ensure efficiency and clear communication both within the agency, and between the agency and client. Her experience includes major initiatives for United Airlines, Dell, Hertz, BMW, Land O’Lakes and Andersen, just to name a few of the brands who have known the pleasure of her calm and collaborative approach.

BENNY THOMAS

Managing Partner / Chief Strategy Officer

A seasoned global leader with deep experience in brand strategy, market research and campaign development, Benny has served as a trusted advisor to some of the world's leading brands on aligning their brand strategy with their growth ambitions.

Benny joined Rise and Shine from Crispin Porter+Bogusky where he was Global Executive Strategy Director. Over the years, he led multidisciplinary strategic teams on brands such as Infiniti, Jose Cuervo, PayPal, Microsoft, American Express, Best Buy, and Charles Schwab. Benny also served as Global Planning Director at Y&R New York, on Bacardi and LG, and Global Planning Director at Chiat/Day on Pedigree. With a passion for humanizing brands, Benny has helped iconic brands transform themselves for a new era.

IVAN PEREZ-ARMENDARIZ

Managing Partner / Digital & Social

A next-level thinker with a passion for the power of digital, and the knowledge of today’s landscape to ignite it.

Prior to joining Rise and Shine and Partners, Ivan spent 10 years at Crispin Porter Bogusky in various roles including Managing Director of the LA office and Global Chief Digital Officer, in charge of social and digital. He led some of the agency’s most innovative work, including the Domino’s Pizza eCommerce innovations. He’s also worked on retail brands such as Burger King, Best Buy, Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, Jell-O and Applebee’s. Previously, he started an award-winning interactive agency and received Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 100 award. In other words groundbreaking digital work that gets brands talked about IRL.

MICHAEL ROGERS

Creative Director

An old-school artisan with a new-school hunger, bringing endless ideas that fit any scope but are never, ever small.

Michael is an experienced creative with over 20 years of agency experience and a reputation for producing smart, conceptual solutions paired with a contemporary sense of design. Prior to joining Rise and Shine and Partners, Michael produced award-winning work for a diverse range of clients such as Subaru, United Airlines, Holiday Inn, Marvin Windows, Charter Communications, Boston Market and Citibank. His work has been featured in Communications Arts, The AICP, The One Show and Cannes.

MEGAN LEPSCHE

Brand Integration Director

A seasoned ship-steadier with the insight of an insider and the call-me-anytime reliability of a BFF.

Megan is a well-rounded account leader, with a decade of combined corporate, agency, consumer and B2B experience. She’s learned that the best way to elevate clients is by blending her skills in strategic planning, account management and super-detailed project execution for fully integrated brand strategies and campaigns. Her category experience includes financial services, healthcare, agriculture, home improvement, and travel and leisure. Prior to Rise and Shine and Partners, Megan worked for Martin Williams in Minneapolis and Allscripts Healthcare Solutions in Chicago.

ANGELA IAZZETTA

Brand Integration Associate Director

A literal beacon of brand stewardship, bright enough to show clients how their entire teams can feel at home with even the biggest of brand evolutions.

With more than 15 years of advertising, marketing, consulting and political campaign experience, Angela brings a unique blend of insights, strategy and action-oriented solutions to the table. She cultivates strong and productive client relationships with her positive energy, collaborative spirit and oversight of cross-functional agency teams. The results are powerful ideas, smart campaigns and innovative go-to-market strategies. With a background in both B2C and B2B marketing, she has a wide range of category experience, including: retail, healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, food and not-for-profit. Prior to Rise and Shine and Partners, Angela was an account supervisor at Augeo Marketing and a strategic marketing manager for PIMCO in New York (formerly Allianz Global Investors).

JACK STEINMANN

Director of Integrated Production

An aficionado of all the myriads ways of curating and creating content, with the experience to roll out world-class productions for any client in any medium.

Jack made his first film at the age of twelve and has been producing content ever since. He has worked on blue chip clients, including: United Airlines, Hertz, Porsche, Coke, Harley-Davidson, IKEA, Thrivent, Regis, Andersen Windows, and Target. Over the past decade at Rise and Shine and Partners, he has produced everything from traditional spots to apps to games. Jack also spent 19 years at Carmichael Lynch, where he was head of TV production. Jack’s work has won numerous awards, including the Next Experiential media award in the AICP/MoMA Show.

VIJIT NANDA

Research Strategist

A diviner of consumer tastes and human inclinations, with the healthy dose of scientific rigor that campaigns need to stand up and reach for the stars.

As a consumer behavior research strategist, Vijit helps Rise and Shine and Partners shape brand strategy, conducting primary and secondary research and analysis, and uncovering consumer insights. He applies a behavioral lens to everything from consumer journey mapping to brand strategy and social strategy. Clients he has worked on include Andersen Windows, Land O’Lakes, Element Electronics, Radisson, Thrivent Financial, University of Minnesota, Hertz, Orthopedic Institute for Children, Carlson-Rezidor, South Florida PBS and PowerPlan. With a degree in Neuroscience, he has a keen interest in applying how the brain shapes consumer behavior and informs decision making, to brand and marketing strategy.

NICOLE KOSINSKI

Designer

A pixel-potent perfectionist who prides herself on branded visions that both shine like diamonds and speak like megaphones.

Throughout the last 2 years at Rise and Shine and Partners, Nicole has worked to create visual designs that inspire, inform, and captivate consumers through print and web. From concept to design to production, she has had the chance to work on a wide range of clients like Land O’Lakes, Thrivent, Element, Hertz, M Health, University of Minnesota, Sunset Marquis, and Andersen Windows & Doors. Prior to her time at Rise and Shine and Partners, Nicole worked at Crispin Porter + Bogusky. While there, her client list included Infiniti, PayPal, Jose Cuervo, Dominos, Hotels.com, Fruit of the Loom, Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, and new business.

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