TIM MCCORT - Partner, Strategy

Over the course of his 25-year career, Tim has led communications strategy for  some of the world's most respected brands. His expertise lies in understanding the objectives of a business and building a marketing strategy designed to create a measurable contribution to the organizational goals. His curiosity compels him to always be learning, resulting in deep knowledge of his clients' businesses and an incredible database of arcane factoids. Did you know that International's 4700 truck model uses a diesel turbo engine that has 466 cubic inches of displacement? Tim does.


JASON SCHMALL- Partner, Creative

Jason has spent his 20-year career developing campaigns that are not just iconic, but functional--building from solid strategic foundations to create and maintain message consistency no matter where or how that message is delivered. He brings the consumer perspective to brands big and small, ensuring that even the most complex product can be distilled into approachable messaging.  His work has won Cannes Lions, One Show Pencils, Clios, D&AD Awards, Webby Awards, Art Director's Club Cubes and more. He is often described as rangy in a good way.


KERRY JAMES - Strategy

Kerry has more than 20 years of experience developing brands, with a focus on building strategic marketing plans that connect to effective digital platforms and CRM programs. She began her career on the agency side, driving P&G brands such as Tide and Pampers, then moved into a research role at Ipsos, finally becoming co-owner of a full-service marketing agency in Cincinnati. As part of Kickdrum, Kerry brings her expertise in data and strategy to synthesize insights into persuasive communication strategies. She declined to add a fun fact to her bio because in her words, "I'm not a fun person." She then laughed out loud at her own hilarious joke.

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ALEX BRAGG - Strategy

Alex has synthesized a just-right mix of human insight, cultural context and brand truths to help brands like Stella Artois, Eucerin, Campbell’s Soup, Computer Associates, and Hungry-Man evolve and better connect with their customers. During his 20 years of experience, including strategy roles at Lowe, BBDO, and DraftFCB, he has always been driven to crisply define business problems and discover the ideas that solve them. He gets over-the-top excited about this sort of thing. Alex is currently engaged in an extended test of his strategy skills at home, where he develops new and exciting ways to pit his triplets against each other--before they wise up, rally together and take him out. But honestly, he’s just delaying the inevitable.

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Dan looks at information differently than most people. In 15 years working in strategy, branding, measurement, CRM and research, he has weighed data and institutional knowledge against cultural trends and intuition to guide communication planning. His work has successfully changed the trajectory for brands at P&G, Abbott Nutrition, U.S. Bank and Tyson Foods. At Kickdrum, Dan’s job is to continue surfacing powerful ideas that lead to emotional connections with consumers while driving strong business results for clients. He once marched in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, or as it was commonly referred to that year, Dan Whitmyer’s Dan Whitmyer Day parade.

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CLANCY CALKINS - Account Manager

Clancy has told some very interesting stories on behalf of BBC News, PBS, and The Associated Press. As a producer of documentary-style videos she has found herself taking a mid-January dip into Lake Michigan, tethered to a 5-story building, swimming in a shark tank, and boating past 10-foot alligators in the Louisiana bayou. Her experience has taught her to balance timelines and budgets, manage multiple clients, and figure out how to do things that have never been done before. When she evaluates a client’s problem, Clancy automatically thinks in narratives and can convey solutions with the no-nonsense clarity of a properly caffeinated producer. She’s quite pleased that this bio was delivered on-time, on-budget, and didn’t require a night shoot.


KATE MCGUIRE - Creative, Art

Kate has more than a decade of art direction and design experience, including work with brands like P&G, Smucker’s, Formica, Sbarro and North High Brewing. At Kickdrum, we believe the success of a brand depends upon its ability to translate a vision into compelling communication. To that end, Kate brings an unmatched eye for detail and strong visual perspective to every assignment. Is she a font nerd? Yes. Is she obsessed with Pantone chips? Obviously. Does she somehow make everything she touches look amazing? Ohmigosh, you guys...