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Joined in 2007

Revan McQueen

Chief Executive Officer

Revan grew up watching this company thrive in a fast-paced, ever-evolving industry. He developed a passion for the family business, and after earning his degree at New York University, he returned to Oklahoma and quickly threw himself into every aspect of the company’s operation.

A creatively-trained mind with extensive experience in journalism and music, he has worked in nearly every department in the agency, gaining first-hand knowledge of talent, needs and development. He was named Chief Executive Officer in 2017 and is focused on the successful diversification of the business to meet the changing demands of the media marketplace.

Revan helps lead the growth of clients’ media footprints and works with many talented individuals to build industry-leading internal capabilities all structured to support the successful scaling of premium video products. He is also now pursuing a transition of the agency to become a media company in and of itself.

Joined in 1973

Angus McQueen

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Angus McQueen has more than 50 years of communications industry experience and contributes to the strategic direction of all AM accounts.

He began his career in 1962 as a producer/director with NBC affiliate television stations in St. Louis and Houston.

From 1965 through 1972 he directed coverage of all Gemini and Apollo missions at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston for NBC News.

Mr. McQueen was a writer/director with the U.S. Navy Office of Information in Washington, serving two years of active duty during the Vietnam War.

As Managing Producer of Broadcast Production with the D’Arcy Advertising Co. in New York, McQueen wrote and produced television advertising for Royal Crown Colas, Lufthansa German Airlines, General Tire, Gerber Foods, SCM Typewriters, Taylor Wines and others.

In 1972, he directed network pool coverage of the Republican National Convention in Miami and other election-year broadcasts with President Nixon’s White House staff.

He served as Vice President/General Manager of Lewis/Unitas Advertising in New York, introducing Ticketron computerized ticketing in major U.S. markets.

McQueen joined AM in July 1973 as Vice President/Creative Director and was elected President and Co-Chief Executive in 1984 and CEO in 1987.

Mr. McQueen’s creative work has been recognized by over one hundred industry awards.

His evolution of branded news strategies has been presented in three consecutive editions of PUBLIC RELATIONS The Profession and the Practice, the graduate-level textbook published by McGraw Hill.

Mr. McQueen continues to be the most senior creative executive in charge of Ackerman McQueen’s thirty-four year relationship with the National Rifle Association of America.

Community/Organization Involvement: Past member of the American Association of Advertising Agencies (AAAA) Board of Directors

Joined in 1983

Bill Winkler

Chief Financial Officer

Bill joined Ackerman McQueen in 1983 as director of the accounting department. In 1987, after negotiating and successfully merging with another large national agency, he was named the CFO. In 1991, he added the title chief operating officer, a position he held until January 2010. Bill has guided the agency on the financial side through several mergers and acquisitions. He has been instrumental in the establishment of national and international offices, excellent banking relationships and the creation of multiple related entities utilized in the overall effectiveness and growth of Ackerman McQueen.

A certified public accountant, he came to AM from a national public accounting firm, with experience in tax, auditing and management service for a variety of corporate accounts, and is a proud graduate of Oklahoma State University.

Bill loves both golf and skiing, and is involved with AICPA/Oklahoma Society, United Way, First Tee and several other charitable causes that he supports financially and with his time.

Joined in 2001

Edmund Martin

Chairman of the Board

Ed joined Ackerman McQueen in 2001 as president and was made chairman in 2004. With 40 years of experience, he is currently responsible for the management of each of the operating companies.

Prior to joining Ackerman McQueen, Ed served as vice president of the Oklahoma Publishing Company and general manager of The Oklahoman. His responsibilities at the newspaper consisted of managing all departments, including the newsroom. He negotiated the purchase of the Broadmoor Hotel in 1988 and later served on the board of the historic Colorado Springs landmark.

Ed has served as chairman of Southern Newspaper Publishers Association, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Boy Scouts of America, United Way of Oklahoma City, INTEGRIS Health, Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation and Mistletoe Express, a regional trucking company. He has also served as national trustee for Boys and Girls Clubs of America, as well as other board positions for the Oklahoma State Fair, American Heart Association and many others.

Ed earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Central Oklahoma.

Joined in 2013

Brandon Winkler

Chief Accounting Officer

Brandon Winkler joined Ackerman McQueen in 2013 as Executive Vice President of Finance. He is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the Oklahoma Accountancy Board, OSCPA and AICPA.

Prior to his employment at the agency, Brandon worked at Rothstein, Kass & Co., a CPA firm in Denver, CO, for more than five years. At RK he performed audit and tax work for the financial services industry. He specialized in multiple hedge fund structures which included: equity based, asset-backed and mortgage-backed securities, derivative securities, funds of hedge funds, and private equity. At the time of his departure, he was a Supervising Senior Associate.

During his time at RK, Brandon also served as the Denver representative for the RK Philanthropy Committee, which provided for many organizations and charities. While on the committee Brandon raised funds and personally volunteered for more than 10 different charities including the National MS Society, Special Olympics, and Habitat for Humanity. Since moving back to Oklahoma City, where he was born and raised, Brandon has served as a Community Investment Volunteer for United Way.

In his free time, Brandon is an avid OKC Thunder fan, a frequent golfer, a less frequent but enthusiastic skier and local restaurant connoisseur.

He earned a MSBA/BSBA in Accounting from University of Colorado – Boulder.

Joined in 2010

Henry Martin

Chief Creative Officer

Henry graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in History. According to Henry, he’s a words man. He makes pictures clearer and colors brighter; letters stir and pages dance; walls fall and hands shake; falsehoods crumble and liars quake. And he can also write fiction.

Joined in 1979

Rodney Lipe

President / Director of Client Services

Rodney has spent 35 plus years rising through the ranks at AM, heading account service and creative production management. He began his career with AM as a driver in 1979 while attending college at the University of Central Oklahoma. He has held positions in every department within the agency and has worked out of every office in AM’s network.

Most recently Rodney has worked directly with clients such as Oklahoma City Thunder Basketball, Chickasaw Nation, WinStar World Casino, Riverwind Casino, INTEGRIS Health, American Clean Skies Foundation, Chesapeake Energy, Taco Mayo and Oklahoma State Fair.

His past account exprience includes Six Flags, Southwestern Bell Wireless, LeapFrog, Sitmar Cruises, NRA, Globe Life & Accident Insurance, Sheraton Hotels, Besnier Foods, Kerr-McGee, Honeywell, Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Olympic Festival '89, Oklahoma Centennial, DeBarolo Racing, Nocona Boots, Resistol Hats, Fred Jones Automotive, St. Anthony Hospital, OG&E, Oklahoma Tourism and Loves Country Stores.

Rodney earned a B.A. in advertising from the University of Central Oklahoma.

He is involved with the United Way, as the media/ad/print division chair of the fundraising committee; with the Oklahoma City Ad Club, as a member of the board of directors; and with the Board of Governors of the AAAA Oklahoma Council. Rodney was also named one of 40 Top Executives Under 40 in OKC by Metro Journal.

Joined in 2005

Peter Farrell

Chief Experience Officer

With more than 15 years experience, Peter leads the multidisciplinary digital team in developing and deploying high-profile initiatives. He is responsible for ensuring seamless online extensions of existing brand platforms, creating new behavior for fledging brands, and enlivening the user experience for all online programs.

Joined in 2015

Jesse Greenberg

Chief Strategy Officer

Jesse Greenberg currently serves as the Chief Strategy Officer for Ackerman McQueen. Jesse joined Ackerman McQueen in 2015 as Executive Vice President of Client Management and Corporate Development.

Jesse joined the agency with significant experience in strategy and finance across numerous industries. Prior to his employment at Ackerman McQueen, Jesse was a Vice President at H.I.G. Capital, a leading global private equity investment firm with more than $17 billion of capital under management. At H.I.G., Jesse was responsible for all aspects of the investment process including sourcing, transaction structuring, financing and executing post-closing growth, operational, and add-on acquisition strategies. Jesse began his career at J.P. Morgan within their investment banking division focusing on mergers and acquisitions and debt and equity offerings for multi-industrial and A&D clients.

Jesse graduated magna cum laude from New York University’s Stern School of Business with a B.S. in finance and marketing. While at NYU, Jesse was a member of the basketball team.

Outside of work, Jesse has been heavily involved in the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization since 2011.

Joined in 2000

Hillary Farrell

Vice-Chairman of the Board

Hillary began her career with Ackerman McQueen in broadcast production and rapidly advanced through a series of positions with increased responsibility, most recently serving as Chief Operating Officer. Her resulting experience is diverse: workflow analysis, personnel management, domestic and international expansion and asset acquisition. In her current role, Farrell’s principal focus is leadership and strategic management of key AM accounts. She also helps lead expansion efforts for all clients and prospects in the digital sector.

She is involved with a number of community organizations, including board positions with United Way of Central Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition. She is a member of Junior League of Oklahoma City, an Oklahoma State Senate appointee to the Capitol Medical Center Zoning Commission and has served on the East Central University Alumni Association Board of Directors since 2000.

Hillary has been honored with the Ray Ackerman Leadership Award for her contributions to United Way of Central Oklahoma. She is also an Association for Women in Communications Byliner Award recipient. OKCBiz and Oklahoma Magazine named her as a 40 Under 40 recipient in 2009 and 2010.

She earned a BS from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, where she was the university’s George Nigh scholar.

Joined in 2002

Ashley Ball

EVP / Executive Creative Director

As Executive Vice President and Creative Director, Ashley dedicates his days at AM to strategizing, producing and directing work that AM can be proud of. Born in Australia, Ashley moved to Oklahoma from Sydney for the surf. He has travelled around the world and is self-described as noisy, passionate and someone who believes in the importance of laughing every day. He’s a proud fan of the Sydney Roosters Rugby League team.

Joined in 2009

Becky King

EVP / Creative Director

Becky joined Ackerman McQueen in 2007 to write and produce a series of news magazines and help launch an online, live-energy news channel. She re-joined the company permanently in 2009, and has since worked on a range of accounts including Chickasaw Nation, INTEGRIS, Oklahoma Tourism, American Clean Skies Foundation, Chesapeake Energy, Oklahoma Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, WPX Energy, Boy Scouts of America, the University of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. She also managed an endangered, native, language project through a partnership with the Chickasaw Nation.

With more than 25 years of experience in television news and broadcasting, marketing and creative services, Becky is a seasoned video production veteran and documentarian. Previous positions include Director of Marketing at KWTV-NEWS9, the Oklahoma City CBS affiliate, and a division of Oklahoma-based Griffin Communications, Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, where she was the Executive Producer and on-air personality for Discover Oklahoma. She also worked as a reporter and anchor at KAUZ, the CBS affiliate in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Becky’s work has been recognized numerous times by the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, the Oklahoma City Advertising Club, the Texas Association of Broadcasters, and her documentaries have earned three regional Emmy nominations.

Joined in 1981

Melanie Montgomery

EVP / Management Supervisor

Melanie was hired by Marvin McQueen, one of the founders of the agency back in 1981, when he took one look at her resume, noted that she was a fellow Mizzou graduate and asked how soon she could start. Thirty-five years later, she has had the opportunity to work with three generations of McQueens, and continues to thrive as a leader in this dynamic industry. Currently, she works on the National Rifle Association account. Past work includes OSU-Tulsa, Integris, Williams Energy, Williams Communications, WilTel, Juniper Networks, Thrifty Car Rental, Saint Francis Hospital, Memorex Telex, Trammel Crow Company, Purolator, Utica Square and Bank of Oklahoma.

Melanie is heavily involved in community relations, and has served as a past chair of the University of Missouri Jefferson Club Board of Trustees, and as past member of the Holland Hall Preparatory School Board of Trustees.

Joined in 2009

Tom Richardson

EVP / Director of Digital Technologies

After a short, but successful, hobby career in video games, he joined the independent advertising agency Slingshot while still in college at the University of Texas at Dallas earning a B.S. in Computer Science. While at Slingshot, he worked on high-profile projects for Jack Daniels, Finlandia Vodka, Dr Pepper/7 Up, Mission Tortillas, Dave & Busters, and others. Tom worked his way up to become the primary liaison between the creative and interactive departments, and the main technology advocate during a project’s concept phase.

He left Slingshot to join the small web development firm of TargetScope, where he worked on cutting-edge projects for Falcon NW Computing and the National Breast Cancer Foundation among others. After TargetScope, he started his own technology/consulting firm, Richardson Works, doing Web development and custom local real estate software. He closed the doors on this for a great opportunity to do world-class work with Branded News. At AM, Tom has worked with; National Rifle Association, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, Bickel & Brewer, OklaVision, FAA and Taco Mayo.

Since working at AM, he has learned AM understands technology. “They understand that it isn’t just a nuisance or an inconvenience that will go away if you glare at it hard enough,” Tom says. AM has fully embraced a design and development methodology like a true software firm, while applying decades of marketing know-how and advertising industry experience. It's the only “old school” shop I’ve ever seen truly embrace “new school.”

Outside of work, he enjoys Ultimate Frisbee, reading books, technology and spending time with family. Tom is also an active member of the Dallas Ultimate Association, and currently runs multiple sports leagues in the Dallas area, including Dallas Winter League — a 600-person coed Ultimate Frisbee league that runs on Saturdays between December and March at the Las Colinas Polo Fields.

Joined in 2016

Carl Warner

EVP / Creative Director

Carl Warner joins Ackerman McQueen as Executive Vice President/Creative Director after an extensive career in the advertising world consisting of 20+ years working on brands like Lexus, Budweiser, Tabasco, Ford, American Airlines and The USMC.

Carl has worked at modern agencies like Team One and The Richards Group as well as agencies with Mad Men-era histories such as Doyle Dane Bernbach and J. Walter Thompson.

He came to Ackerman McQueen from his own idea company, HCategory.

“When I first started in this business, advertising could be defined as TV, radio, print and outdoor. Now, I define what we do as whatever it takes to make our clients successful. It’s an amazing time to be creatively solving problems.”

Joined in 2009

Brian Darley

EVP / Digital Producers

Brian started as a Digital Services Manager and now works as Executive Vice President for Digital competencies at the agency. He believes AM has so many people who have the “do what it takes mentality.” They think forward and stand tall when the moment calls.

His 20 years of previous experience varies from print design and production, multimedia and rich media development to video editing and sales.

Brian has received multiple awards, both local and national, for his digital work.

He has also worked on a Mayoral campaign, supported the Central Dallas Ministries for Hurricane Katrina Victims and worked with local artist Hal Samples on a documentary on homelessness.

In his spare time, Brian enjoys filling pages in his passport and photography.

Brian attended The Art Institute of Dallas for Multimedia and The Art Institute of Colorado for Website Administration.

Joined in 1989

Lael Erickson

EVP / Creative Director

With more than 30 years of experience, Lael creates and executes film, video and audio concepts for many AM clients. She edited and co-produced The Oklahoma Film. Her pro bono work includes the Oklahoma City National Memorial 168 Days Campaign, Allied Arts, ArtsPower and the Tourism Industry Awareness campaign.

Current and past clients include LeapFrog, Southwestern Bell, Six Flags, Chesapeake Energy, American Clean Skies Foundation, Professional Basketball Club LLC, Oklahoma City National Memorial, American Indian Cultural Center, INSURICA, INTEGRIS Health, The Oklahoman, OKC Chamber of Commerce, Oklahoma Tourism, Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Chickasaw Nation, among many others.

She currently serves as an advisory board member for the Oklahoma Film and Music Office, is involved with the American Film Institute, Huntington Disease Society of America, American Civil Liberties Union, Nature Conservancy, Allied Arts, and Girl Scouts of America.

Her work has received many accolades over the years, including the Effie Gold Award, National/Regional ADDY Awards, National/Regional Telly Awards, and several AWRT Star Awards.

Lael earned degrees at Washington University in St. Louis and The University of Missouri, Columbia.

Joined in 2009

Katie McQueen

EVP / Management Supervisor

Katie began her career at Ackerman McQueen in 2009 as a copywriter and has contributed in a creative and strategic capacity to several clients across the agency. With experience in diverse industries, multiple mediums and working closely with Creative and Account Service leadership, she has grown a well-rounded set of capabilities and knowledge of the agency’s identity.

Katie supports the Alzheimer’s Association of America, United Way of Central Oklahoma and Allied Arts.

Katie graduated from the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Joined in 2002

Bob Harstad

EVP / Account Management

Bob believes that the creative ingenuity, vast experience, professionalism and work ethic are what set AM apart from other agencies. He has worked on numerous accounts, including INTEGRIS Health, INTEGRIS Heart Hospital, Chesapeake Energy, Oklahoma City Thunder, Dart Phone, NewView Oklahoma, Ocean Dental, Prevent Child Abuse Oklahoma and Image Works of Oklahoma.

Bob earned a BA in history from Creighton University, where he also played on the men’s basketball team.

Joined in 1991

Clay Turner

EVP / Creative Director / Managing Director Colorado Springs

Clay currently serves as Executive Creative Director for the National Rifle Association (NRA) and AM’s publishing department, designing and implementing monthly and quarterly magazines for the NRA.

He has provided creative direction on numerous projects for many of AM’s clients, including: the National Rifle Association, the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau, Thrifty Car Rental, Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems, the American Clean Skies Foundation and Chesapeake Energy.

His work has won numerous awards, including a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators, an ADDY Best of Show and a gold medal from the International Association for Multi-Image.

A passionate volunteer, Clay was the chairman of the Pikes Peak Area United Way campaign in 2000, served two terms as president of the Children’s Literacy Center and has served on the board of Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

Clay has a BFA from Oklahoma State University, where he was also a United States Track and Field Federation All-American (USTFF) in the mile relay.

Joined in 2006

Grant Spofford

EVP / Digital Producers

Before moving into online advertising, Grant spent nearly a decade in marketing for national record labels such as Chrysalis Records and Elektra Records. He began his interactive career more than 20 years ago, developing custom multimedia marketing solutions for Capitol Records, where he quickly moved into online marketing.

After the music industry, he moved to advertising as a senior producer at Temerlin McClain, where he worked on accounts that included American Airlines, Bell Helicopter, Match.com, Nationwide, Texas Tourism and Subaru, among others. Grant has also worked with other national brands, including BASF, Hasbro, Six Flags and NEC.

Grant currently develops creative strategies and interactive solutions to complex client problems through the use of interactive online technology.

Joined in 1988

Jon Minson

EVP / Creative Director

Jon joined AM after six years with a commercial design firm and two years at the U.S. Jaycees corporate headquarters in Tulsa.

He has produced award-winning graphic design for clients such as Oklahoma Tourism (including the Tourism Industry Awareness campaign), Oklahoma State Parks, INTEGRIS Health, Kerr-McGee, BancFirst, Six Flags, Gaillardia, the Greater OKC Chamber, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Dallas Cowboys, OG&E, Oklahoma RedHawks, Williams and The Oklahoman, His pro bono work includes the Oklahoma City National Memorial, Allied Arts and ArtsPower.

A graduate of Oklahoma State University - Okmulgee, Jon has published work in the National Type Directors Club Annual, Graphex Best of Show, several ADDYs and a Gold EFFIE.

Joined in 1980

Jeanette Elliott

EVP / Creative Director

Jeanette Elliott is a Tulsan and third-generation Oklahoman. As an EVP/Creative Director and long-time stockholder/board member, she has been a strong creative force at Ackerman McQueen for 35 years.

She gained expertise in cheese for the U.S. division of Food and Wines from France. Her concept to win the wine/spirits business — using French fashion styles to describe French wine regions/styles led to Paris. Top French fashion designers joined in: Sonia Rykiel, Thierry Mugler, Jean-Paul Gaultier and others lent their collections for fashion shoots. The campaign grew to include Canada. Related French brands and projects also followed — specific cheese categories, French wine regions.

Elliott’s Oklahoma Native America theme and campaign for Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation was adopted for use on the AM-designed state car tags. The campaign won more than 100 national and regional awards, including the marketing world's top honor, the Effie.

Sheraton Hotels, Pizza Hut and Droste chocolate were early clients. Her creative leadership of Six Flags Worldwide saw it grow from three U.S. parks in two states to 39 parks in six countries. The most fun was naming giant roller coasters.

In Oklahoma, enduring branding has been a forte: “The Most Challenging Healing” for INTEGRIS Health, “Loyal/historic towns” for BancFirst and “United We Thrive” for the Chickasaw Nation. “Positive Energy” for OGE and “Let Your Heart Race” for Remington Park are other favorites.

She marketed the arts and arts education in several seminal state campaigns. For Allied Arts, “I am an Allied Artist,” the OK City Card and logo are still in use. A longtime Allied Arts Executive Committee member, today she serves on the Executive Committee of OKC Ballet.

Elliott has received the Governor’s Arts Award for the State of Oklahoma, the Byliner Award from Women in Communications and the AAF Silver Addy for career contributions. In 2015 she was named a Creativity Ambassador for Creative Oklahoma.

She earned a B.A. in advertising from the University of Oklahoma and is married to architect laureate Rand Elliott, FAIA. The couple generously support many Oklahoma nonprofits.

Joined in 1988

Bruce Parks

EVP / Creative Director

Bruce thinks that the low walls (or no walls) makes AM unique. He says that many times account executives become the best writers, designers become editors, media planners become artists – great ideas come from every corner of a great agency. Bruce feels that’s fostered at AM and says it’s nice to work with a group of people that can finish your sentences, with something quote worthy.

Bruce supports the Tulsa Opera and the Tulsa Sinfonia, United Way, Tulsa River Parks and Street School.

Bruce attended the University of Tulsa.

Joined in 1985

Debby Johnson

EVP / Strategy & Planning

Debby joined AM in 1985. She originally thought she was going to be in Oklahoma City for four years while her husband served his tour of duty at Tinker Air Force Base, but it turned out she was in for the long haul. She is especially proud of her contributions to Six Flags, LeapFrog, Juniper Networks and Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems (now AT&T) as well as many of the agency’s digital properties. She currently provides planning and strategic direction for all agency accounts.

Debby began her career at Leo Burnett Chicago working on the Procter & Gamble account and then spent seven years with DDB Needham in Chicago and later in Washington, D.C. She served both as vice president Account Supervisor as well as Associate Research Director on accounts including General Mills, McDonald’s, Kraft, William Wrigley, Jr., Co, Xerox, State Farm and more. She was instrumental in introducing DDB’s first Lifestyle Study, now the longest running study of U.S. attitudes and behaviors.

At Earle Palmer Brown in Bethesda, Maryland, she managed AARP, Amtrak and The Baltimore Sun accounts and introduced the first ever campaign for GEICO (renaming and repositioning the company). She also co-managed their direct-marketing division.

Debby has published journal articles and co-authored an American Marketing Association book, Attitude Research at Bay. She is featured in the college textbook Advertising Principles and Practices.

In her free time, she enjoys teaching Pilates before work and practicing yoga whenever she can. She currently serves on the Board of the Jewish Federation and the Project Innocence Board. She also enjoys recruiting for Harvard.

Debby has a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from the University of Wisconsin and a Master’s degree from Harvard.

Joined in 1992

Mike Dennehy

EVP / Corporate Technology

With more than 20 years of experience, Mike has worked on nearly every AM account to meet interactive, technological and audiovisual needs. He has built all of AM’s videoconference centers, the current broadcast production facilities, and data networks within the company — including computer systems, phone systems and communication circuits. He also built the Branded News studios and control rooms for Williams Energy News Live, NRA News, CleanSkies.tv and OklaVision. He has consulted with many AM clients on the construction of their own conference room and presentation facilities.

Mike earned a B.A. in marketing with an emphasis on promotion and advertising from the University of Central Oklahoma.

Joined in 2006

Jason Peak

EVP / Corporate Technology

Jason is highly certified in all things IT and says that the level of work that AM produces surpasses all others in our peer group and area. The work that is seen from the agency is second-to-none and can easily be mistaken for a larger New York agency.

Outside of work, Jason enjoys spending time with family, camping, fishing, poker and billiards.

Joined in 2017

Abygail Thompson

Executive Assistant to the Chief Experience Officer

Abygail began her journey at Ackerman McQueen in 2017 as the Executive Assistant to the Chief Experience Officer. Prior to her time at AM, she worked as the Assistant Marketing Director at Atkins and Markoff Law Firm.

In her spare time, Abygail enjoys searching for new local places to eat, playing golf and cheering on the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Abygail graduated from Oklahoma City University with a degree in marketing in 2016, where she won two National Championship titles with the women′s golf team.

Joined in 2012

Al Corey

Senior Digital Producer

Media and technology have always shaped Al’s career path. His desire for a creative outlet while leveraging new technology was a natural fit for digital media and he has benefited greatly from merging the two.

Al Corey has an extensive background as a Digital Producer. He worked several years for interactive application development & services, produced MMO games for broadband application development & content and for digital media productions. He was also a member of the Canadian Internet Council – the first organized body to study, evaluate and recommend policy to the Canadian federal government about the emergence of the World Wide Web.

Outside of work, Al is interested in tennis, gaming and classic cars. As a transplanted Canadian, his love of hockey has resulted in becoming a die-hard Stars fan.

Joined in 2014

Alex Reff

Senior Developer

Alex joined AM in 2014 as a Software Developer.

Joined in 2018

Alex Varney

Producer

Alex joined Ackerman McQueen′s team in 2018 as a producer for NRATV. Before joining the agency, Alex was with TheBlaze Network for 3 years as a producer for Dana Loesch.

Outside of work, Alex is an avid MMA and sports fan. Alex also enjoys traveling, as long as the ending destination is a beach.

Alex graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor′s degree in video and audio production.

Joined in 2007

Ali Shadfar

Technology Architect

Ali joined AM after several years of working at the Administrative Offices of the Courts and the Supreme Court of Oklahoma.

Outside of work, Ali plays on two indoor soccer teams, loves to spend time with family and friends, and likes soccer, basketball and grilling.

He studied at Oklahoma City University.

Joined in 2002

Amy Hearn

VP / Executive Producer

Amy has a long history of broadcast experience and expertise here at AM, and believes that our agency is unique because of the dedication of the employees to get a job done, and done with the utmost integrity and creativity. Her work has earned her an array of awards including several Addy Awards and Silver Merit and Bronze Awards for her work as a producer/editor.

She has served in various board positions for Huntington’s Disease Society of America, OK Chapter and the Woody Guthrie Coalition. She is also a supporter of Allied Arts and United Way.

Outside of work, Amy loves spending time with family and friends, watching Thunder basketball and OSU football, traveling, movies, music, TV and volunteering.

Amy attended Oklahoma State University and studied Sociology.

Joined in 2018

Andrew Butler

Associate Producer

Andrew originally started in the sports production world at Fox Sports in Los Angeles and Stadium Sports in Chicago. He made the jump to News/Politics when he moved to Dallas and went to work for the Dana Loesch Show at TheBlaze.

In his free time, Andrew loves to be outside: fishing, golfing, being on a beach or firing up the grill in the backyard. He loves sports, both playing and watching.

Andrew is a graduate of Full Sail University in Orlando, Fla., with a bachelor’s degree in science of film.

Joined in 2011

Andy Jordan

VP / Audience Engagement

Andy has worked on clients including the Chickasaw Nation, INTEGRIS, Lone Star Park and OG&E. Andy believes that AM employees have an obvious willingness to help others complete projects, and that AM’s open door policy leads to better work coming out of the agency.

In his spare time, Andy enjoys hanging out with his wife and two dogs and trying new recipes on the grill. Andy is also involved with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma.

Andy attended Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida where he earned his B.S. in Digital Art and Design.

Joined in 2011

Andy Lamon

Senior Producer

Andy believes that AM is a unique and well-respected agency throughout the community and the elite, of the elite. Before joining the agency in 2011 as a producer, he worked at Sales & Finance for Bob Moore Auto Group and for Eskridge Auto Group.

Outside of work, he likes spending time with family, golf, Oklahoma City Thunder, aviation, travel and SUP.

Andy earned his Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Oklahoma State University.

Joined in 1973

Angus McQueen

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Angus McQueen has more than 50 years of communications industry experience and contributes to the strategic direction of all AM accounts.

He began his career in 1962 as a producer/director with NBC affiliate television stations in St. Louis and Houston.

From 1965 through 1972 he directed coverage of all Gemini and Apollo missions at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston for NBC News.

Mr. McQueen was a writer/director with the U.S. Navy Office of Information in Washington, serving two years of active duty during the Vietnam War.

As Managing Producer of Broadcast Production with the D’Arcy Advertising Co. in New York, McQueen wrote and produced television advertising for Royal Crown Colas, Lufthansa German Airlines, General Tire, Gerber Foods, SCM Typewriters, Taylor Wines and others.

In 1972, he directed network pool coverage of the Republican National Convention in Miami and other election-year broadcasts with President Nixon’s White House staff.

He served as Vice President/General Manager of Lewis/Unitas Advertising in New York, introducing Ticketron computerized ticketing in major U.S. markets.

McQueen joined AM in July 1973 as Vice President/Creative Director and was elected President and Co-Chief Executive in 1984 and CEO in 1987.

Mr. McQueen’s creative work has been recognized by over one hundred industry awards.

His evolution of branded news strategies has been presented in three consecutive editions of PUBLIC RELATIONS The Profession and the Practice, the graduate-level textbook published by McGraw Hill.

Mr. McQueen continues to be the most senior creative executive in charge of Ackerman McQueen’s thirty-four year relationship with the National Rifle Association of America.

Community/Organization Involvement: Past member of the American Association of Advertising Agencies (AAAA) Board of Directors

Joined in 2013

Ariana Azimi

VP / Office of the CEO

Ariana joined the agency in 2013 as Associate for Office of the Chief Executive Officer. Prior to that she interned at Brides of Oklahoma and at Poppy Lane Design.

In 2013 she became a founding team member of Oklahoma Space Day and received Deans Honor Role.

Ariana supports Center for Children and Families and the Oklahoma Children's Cancer Association.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, with a degree in Public Relations from the University of Oklahoma.

Joined in 2002

Ashley Ball

EVP / Executive Creative Director

As Executive Vice President and Creative Director, Ashley dedicates his days at AM to strategizing, producing and directing work that AM can be proud of. Born in Australia, Ashley moved to Oklahoma from Sydney for the surf. He has travelled around the world and is self-described as noisy, passionate and someone who believes in the importance of laughing every day. He’s a proud fan of the Sydney Roosters Rugby League team.

Joined in 2008

Ashley Hackler

VP / Office of the Co-CEO

Ashley believes that AM’s ideas are driven by a form of advertising that engages people instead of interrupting them, and that we understand that a message is most valuable when it is delivered in a way that attracts people to it. She has worked on client accounts including the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, BancFirst, Chickasaw Nation, Chickasaw Cultural Center, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, American Indian Cultural Center & Museum, Allied Arts, OklaVision, Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Oklahoma Tourism.

Ashley is very involved with local community organizations such as Allied Arts, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Junior League of Oklahoma City, Make-a-Wish Foundation and the United Way of Metro Oklahoma City.

Ashley earned her Bachelor of Arts in Advertising from the University of Oklahoma.

Joined in 1991

Barbara Johnston

SVP / Management Supervisor

Barbara has served as the management supervisor on the Oklahoma Tourism account since joining AM. She has extensive experience in the tourism category. She was one of only three elected delegates to the White House Conference on Travel and Tourism from the state. Leaders from the Oklahoma tourism industry selected her for this honor. Barbara has also attended 13 annual ESTO meetings. In addition, she has been a board member of the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association (OTIA) since 1992.

Barbara has managed other accounts for AM, including BancFirst, American Indian Cultural Center & Museum, Chickasaw Nation, St. Anthony Hospital, The Oklahoman, Gaillardia, Fred Jones, Oklahoma Sports Commission, Oklahoma RedHawks, Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau, Medallion Hotel, the Greater OKC Chamber of Commerce, ArtsPower, Red Tie and Quartz Mountain Resort.

Before joining AM, she was management supervisor on the tourism and recreation account while at Runkle-Moroch from 1987–1991. She spent 12 years at Runkle-Moroch (formerly Lowe Runkle Company) working on a variety of accounts, including McDonald's, Woolaroc, Kerr-McGee and Metro Tech.

Barbara began her career in the tourism industry. She first worked at Bozell & Jacobs, where she was assigned to the Oklahoma Parks and Resorts account.

She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University.

Joined in 2009

Becky King

EVP / Creative Director

Becky joined Ackerman McQueen in 2007 to write and produce a series of news magazines and help launch an online, live-energy news channel. She re-joined the company permanently in 2009, and has since worked on a range of accounts including Chickasaw Nation, INTEGRIS, Oklahoma Tourism, American Clean Skies Foundation, Chesapeake Energy, Oklahoma Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, WPX Energy, Boy Scouts of America, the University of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. She also managed an endangered, native, language project through a partnership with the Chickasaw Nation.

With more than 25 years of experience in television news and broadcasting, marketing and creative services, Becky is a seasoned video production veteran and documentarian. Previous positions include Director of Marketing at KWTV-NEWS9, the Oklahoma City CBS affiliate, and a division of Oklahoma-based Griffin Communications, Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, where she was the Executive Producer and on-air personality for Discover Oklahoma. She also worked as a reporter and anchor at KAUZ, the CBS affiliate in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Becky’s work has been recognized numerous times by the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, the Oklahoma City Advertising Club, the Texas Association of Broadcasters, and her documentaries have earned three regional Emmy nominations.

Joined in 2016

Ben Thomas

Technical Director

Ben is a media professional with over 10 years of experience in the Broadcast, Sports and Entertainment fields. He has been able to work with some of the most well respected entities in the world ranging from Grammy winning artists to presidential candidates. He came to Ackerman McQueen as a Technical Director in 2016.

While not working, Ben enjoys going to concerts, watching game shows and traveling. He is also an avid collector of bobbleheads.

Ben graduated with a B.A. in Mass Communications from Ouachita Baptist University.

Joined in 2015

Benson Coleman

Key Grip

Benson has always had a passion for lighting and cinematography and began by briefly interning with The American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival in France. He then moved to Dallas, where he was the studio manager at MPS Studios for two and half years before coming to Ackerman McQueen.

Outside of work, he is still a nerd at heart and is an avid consumer of great movies and books. Benson graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in Film and Media, as well as being a recipient of the Eagle Scout award.

Joined in 2001

Bill Powers

EVP / Public Relations

A seasoned public relations veteran, Bill has extensive experience in issues, crisis and reputation management. Dubbed a “savvy communicator” by PR Week, he has appeared on all the major TV networks, and been quoted in hundreds of newspapers nationwide. He has served as director of public affairs for the National Rifle Association, as a U.S. Senate press secretary, and as a campaign manager for several candidates.

Joined in 1983

Bill Winkler

Chief Financial Officer

Bill joined Ackerman McQueen in 1983 as director of the accounting department. In 1987, after negotiating and successfully merging with another large national agency, he was named the CFO. In 1991, he added the title chief operating officer, a position he held until January 2010. Bill has guided the agency on the financial side through several mergers and acquisitions. He has been instrumental in the establishment of national and international offices, excellent banking relationships and the creation of multiple related entities utilized in the overall effectiveness and growth of Ackerman McQueen.

A certified public accountant, he came to AM from a national public accounting firm, with experience in tax, auditing and management service for a variety of corporate accounts, and is a proud graduate of Oklahoma State University.

Bill loves both golf and skiing, and is involved with AICPA/Oklahoma Society, United Way, First Tee and several other charitable causes that he supports financially and with his time.

Joined in 2015

Blake McCarty

Camera Operator / Editor

Working in TV news in Texas for 7 years, Blake discovered his passion for storytelling. His creative drive brought him to AM, where he continues to grow as part of the documentary team, telling the stories of the people throughout our own community.

Outside of work he enjoys learning anything he can about the human experience, philosophy, psychology and physiology.

Blake has an associate’s degree in psychology.

Joined in 2002

Bob Harstad

EVP / Account Management

Bob believes that the creative ingenuity, vast experience, professionalism and work ethic are what set AM apart from other agencies. He has worked on numerous accounts, including INTEGRIS Health, INTEGRIS Heart Hospital, Chesapeake Energy, Oklahoma City Thunder, Dart Phone, NewView Oklahoma, Ocean Dental, Prevent Child Abuse Oklahoma and Image Works of Oklahoma.

Bob earned a BA in history from Creighton University, where he also played on the men’s basketball team.

Joined in 2013

Brandon Winkler

Chief Accounting Officer

Brandon Winkler joined Ackerman McQueen in 2013 as Executive Vice President of Finance. He is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the Oklahoma Accountancy Board, OSCPA and AICPA.

Prior to his employment at the agency, Brandon worked at Rothstein, Kass & Co., a CPA firm in Denver, CO, for more than five years. At RK he performed audit and tax work for the financial services industry. He specialized in multiple hedge fund structures which included: equity based, asset-backed and mortgage-backed securities, derivative securities, funds of hedge funds, and private equity. At the time of his departure, he was a Supervising Senior Associate.

During his time at RK, Brandon also served as the Denver representative for the RK Philanthropy Committee, which provided for many organizations and charities. While on the committee Brandon raised funds and personally volunteered for more than 10 different charities including the National MS Society, Special Olympics, and Habitat for Humanity. Since moving back to Oklahoma City, where he was born and raised, Brandon has served as a Community Investment Volunteer for United Way.

In his free time, Brandon is an avid OKC Thunder fan, a frequent golfer, a less frequent but enthusiastic skier and local restaurant connoisseur.

He earned a MSBA/BSBA in Accounting from University of Colorado – Boulder.

Joined in 2007

Brandon Witt

Associate Creative Director / Director of Animation

Prior to joining AM as an Associate Creative Director / Director of Animation, Brandon was a Creative Director at X-Cast Media, a visual communications specialist at General Dynamics, and a Multimedia Designer at Yapanda Software.

He held several past positions at AM including Interactive Associate Creative Director and Interactive Art Director.

Outside of work, Brandon loves teaching and learning from his son and daughter. He also enjoys writing and ingesting all forms of media like a ravenous black hole.

Brandon attended The Art Institute of Dallas and earned an AAS in Animation, Art & Design.

Joined in 2013

Brent Whitsett

Art Director

Brent joined the agency as an Art Director in 2013. Prior to this he worked at EGM Films and did freelance work for three years.

He received the Platinum Pixie Award and an award from the deadCENTER Film Festival for Best Oklahoma Film.

Outside of work, Brent enjoys running, hot rods, antiques and film.

Brent attended The Art Institute of Dallas.

Joined in 2009

Brian Darley

EVP / Digital Producers

Brian started as a Digital Services Manager and now works as Executive Vice President for Digital competencies at the agency. He believes AM has so many people who have the “do what it takes mentality.” They think forward and stand tall when the moment calls.

His 20 years of previous experience varies from print design and production, multimedia and rich media development to video editing and sales.

Brian has received multiple awards, both local and national, for his digital work.

He has also worked on a Mayoral campaign, supported the Central Dallas Ministries for Hurricane Katrina Victims and worked with local artist Hal Samples on a documentary on homelessness.

In his spare time, Brian enjoys filling pages in his passport and photography.

Brian attended The Art Institute of Dallas for Multimedia and The Art Institute of Colorado for Website Administration.

Joined in 2014

Brian DeFever

Media Asset Manager

Brian joined AM after gaining experience in local news working with digital media. Previously, he worked on OklaVision as a video journalist. He believes that working with media and computers is a perfect match for him.

In his spare time, Brian enjoys playing table top games and video games (primarily PC). He loves spending time with friends and playing a good strategy game that exercises the mind. He also enjoys horror, sci-fi and comic book movies.

Brian attended Oklahoma City University.

Joined in 1988

Bruce Parks

EVP / Creative Director

Bruce thinks that the low walls (or no walls) makes AM unique. He says that many times account executives become the best writers, designers become editors, media planners become artists – great ideas come from every corner of a great agency. Bruce feels that’s fostered at AM and says it’s nice to work with a group of people that can finish your sentences, with something quote worthy.

Bruce supports the Tulsa Opera and the Tulsa Sinfonia, United Way, Tulsa River Parks and Street School.

Bruce attended the University of Tulsa.

Joined in 2017

Bryce Ewy

Copywriter / Director of Partnerships

Fusing music, compelling copywriting and intriguing visuals together to inform, entertain and inspire audiences attracted Bryce to advertising. A dream to do it professionally brought him to Ackerman McQueen.

Outside of AM, you will surely hear Bryce singing along to a well-constructed playlist and seeking out new restaurants around OKC. He is notorious for interjecting movie quotes into conversation and posting photos of clouds on Instagram.

Bryce received his bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University’s School of Media & Strategic Communications. He has a background in AP Style writing and editing and firmly protests the Oxford comma.

Joined in 2010

Caile Turner

Creative Services Manager

Caile joined the agency in 2010 after working as an Event Intern for several companies including the Fort Collins Area Chamber of Commerce, the National MS Society and VisiTech PR.

For Caile, AM is unique because of how they breed Ackerman people. If you work hard, show a vested interest, and earn it, you can find yourself reaching endless levels of success.

Outside of work, Caile enjoys painting furniture, home improvement, and shoes and handbags.

Caile earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Technical Communication / Public Relations and earned a Masters of Management Practices from Colorado State University.

Joined in 2004

Cam Edwards

Host, Cam & Co

Cam enjoys a great deal of creative license and freedom at AM and feels the other team members with NRANews.com are an incredible group of broadcast professionals. He believes the resources available to AM, coupled with the ability to create a unique and bold product, makes this company unlike any other he’s worked for.

Prior to joining the agency, he worked at KTOK-AM, OETA, WKY-AM and KWTV.

Cam has received recognition including the Associated Press Mark Twain Award, the Clarion Award and a “Great Oklahoman” citation by the Oklahoma State House and Lt. Governor of Oklahoma. He has also shared in a Heartland Chapter Emmy Award for the OETA “Stateline” documentary on Oklahoma’s Capitol dome.

One of his passions is exploring the United States with his family. “Living so close to Washington, D.C., makes it easy to share with them a sense of those who have come before us and the contributions they’ve made for this country,” says Cam.

Cam is a graduate of Oklahoma State University.

Joined in 2013

Camron Smith

Systems Administrator

Camron joined the agency in 2013 as a Systems Administrator. Prior to this, he worked as a Systems Administrator for ComONE Services and Intermedix. He says that he was very impressed with the professionalism at AM and the “wow” factors it presents in the setup of its locations.

Camron’s field of work chose him when he started in entry-level helpdesk several years ago. He continues to build on his IT skills.

Joined in 2016

Carl Warner

EVP / Creative Director

Carl Warner joins Ackerman McQueen as Executive Vice President/Creative Director after an extensive career in the advertising world consisting of 20+ years working on brands like Lexus, Budweiser, Tabasco, Ford, American Airlines and The USMC.

Carl has worked at modern agencies like Team One and The Richards Group as well as agencies with Mad Men-era histories such as Doyle Dane Bernbach and J. Walter Thompson.

He came to Ackerman McQueen from his own idea company, HCategory.

“When I first started in this business, advertising could be defined as TV, radio, print and outdoor. Now, I define what we do as whatever it takes to make our clients successful. It’s an amazing time to be creatively solving problems.”

Joined in 2014

Carley Yates

Account Coordinator

Carley Yates joined the agency in 2014 and has worked on accounts including the Chickasaw Nation, INTEGRIS, Adventure Road and OG&E.

Outside of work, Carley likes to spend time with her family and friends. She also enjoys traveling, golfing, snow skiing, cheering on the Thunder and teaching her goldendoodle new tricks. Carley is involved with local community organizations such as the Junior League of Oklahoma City and Positive Tomorrows.

Carley attended the University of Oklahoma where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and played on the women’s soccer team for two seasons. In 2014, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication.

Joined in 2016

Carly Jimeson

Account Executive

Carly joined the agency in 2016 after working as the Public Affairs intern at the Personal Care Products Council. She also previously worked as the Online Communications intern at University of Maryland Education Abroad.

Outside of work, Carly enjoys visiting new cities, reading and spending time with her family at their beach house in Cape May.

Carly earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication at the University of Maryland. She studied abroad for a two semesters in London and Copenhagen, and completed the Disney College Program at Walt Disney World Resort.

Joined in 2015

Caroline Palumbo

Producer

Caroline is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting and a focus on Documentary Filmmaking. She was a production intern at KSBI-TV and went on to freelance with the show “Discover Oklahoma.”

Outside of work, she is passionate about the local music and art scene in OKC. She also spends her free time prompting her dog, Scruff, to sing to Ryan Adams’ music and other blues hits.

Caroline is looking forward to learning from all the talented people at Ackerman McQueen, and hoping to become the quality of producer that Ackerman McQueen is known for.

Joined in 2018

Charles M. Berthelot

Senior Director
Joined in 2014

Chelsea Simmons

Account Executive

Once Chelsea knew about the culture of AM and the ways in which the company helps businesses, she knew it was the right fit for her! AM is fast paced, creative, innovative and forward thinking, which is exactly what she was looking for professionally, Chelsea says. She thinks, that as an agency, we are extremely dedicated to our clients. We deliver high-quality products that are consistent and relevant to our client’s brand.

Chelsea has always been interested in helping businesses grow. Before she joined the agency, she worked as a Business Coach at Vive Solutions, was Business Development Director at EWF International and a Purchasing Assistant at Coppermark Bank.

Her interest outside of work is doing anything outdoors, whether it’s gardening, fishing or just enjoying a patio. She also likes playing with her puppy, spending time with family and friends, cooking and traveling.

Chelsea studied at the University of Central Oklahoma where she earned her Bachelor of Business Administration – International Business and a Masters of Business Administration.

Joined in 2013

Chelsey McKnight

SVP / Strategy

Chelsey currently serves as Senior Vice President of Brand Strategy for Ackerman McQueen. She joined the agency in 2013 as a Digital Network Manager.

Outside of work, Chelsey is involved with her community. She currently serves on the Ad2OKC Board of Directors, Girls on the Run of Central Oklahoma Board of Directors, and is a Community Investment Volunteer for United Way.

Chelsey studied at Oklahoma State University where she majored in Marketing and minored in Studio Art. She earned a Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Oklahoma, emphasizing in Strategic Communication.

Joined in 2010

Chester Campbell

VP / Digital Development

Since 2000 Chester has worked in the advertising field as a Web developer. Spanning three separate agencies, he has worked on everything from simple brochure sites to multi-lingual branded sites to rich, experiential multimedia sites. Before advertising, he tried out several different roles and industries including sales support at Apple Computer, Inc., Mac and Windows desktop support at a Motorola Semiconductor FAB in Austin, Texas, and was a teacher at a conversational English school in Japan.

Chester says that the interactive development team at AM is ran almost like a software development shop, which is a refreshing change from other advertising agencies. He thinks it helps to be creative in the way we tackle projects and believes it allows AM to be extremely productive.

Outside of work, he is a member of the North Texas Flying Club based at Collin County Regional Airport in McKinney, Texas, and he tries to attend meetings of a couple of regional technical user groups such as the North Dallas .NET Users Group and DFLEX.

Chester studied at the University of Texas in Arlington where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism.

Joined in 1993

Christy DeGiusti

Controller, Media

Christy joined the agency after graduating from the University of Oklahoma and actually spending two years of her college career in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan. To say she is an avid OU fan is an understatement, though she does cheer on Michigan when they aren't playing OU.

Christy started in accounts payable and was promoted to controller after passing the CPA exam in 2001. She is currently the controller for media payables and Branded News Worldwide, Ackerman’s new online division and LLC.

Christy is an avid runner, OU and Yankees fan. She, her husband, Mark and daughter, Neely, are proud to call Oklahoma home. She is a member of the AICPA and OSCPA and is active in the Oklahoma Catholic Archdiocese Fund.

Joined in 2015

Clary Carey

Corporate Archives Manager

A series of fortuitous events, and a little help from social media, led Clary to apply for the position of Corporate Archives Manager. After the interview, she knew AM was the right company for her and was thrilled to be offered the job.

Outside of work, Clary loves spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys photography, exploring the back roads of Oklahoma, visiting antique stores, and watching baseball. Clary can also be found wandering through museums, as well as dabbling in the arts. She also volunteers with the Edmond Amateur Radio Society (EARS) for various community events.

Clary received her A.A. in Art with an emphasis in Native American Art from Bacone College. She also has her B.A. and M.A. in History - Museum Studies from the University of Central Oklahoma.

Joined in 1991

Clay Turner

EVP / Creative Director / Managing Director Colorado Springs

Clay currently serves as Executive Creative Director for the National Rifle Association (NRA) and AM’s publishing department, designing and implementing monthly and quarterly magazines for the NRA.

He has provided creative direction on numerous projects for many of AM’s clients, including: the National Rifle Association, the Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau, Thrifty Car Rental, Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems, the American Clean Skies Foundation and Chesapeake Energy.

His work has won numerous awards, including a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators, an ADDY Best of Show and a gold medal from the International Association for Multi-Image.

A passionate volunteer, Clay was the chairman of the Pikes Peak Area United Way campaign in 2000, served two terms as president of the Children’s Literacy Center and has served on the board of Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

Clay has a BFA from Oklahoma State University, where he was also a United States Track and Field Federation All-American (USTFF) in the mile relay.

Joined in 2013

Collin Davis

SVP / Development Operations
Joined in 2017

Courtney Pielsticker

Senior Strategist, Audience Engagement

Courtney joined Ackerman McQueen in 2017 as a Media Strategist. Prior to her time at AM, she worked at The Richards Group as a media planner and a paid social expert on accounts like GameStop, FN America, Gander Mtn., Edible Arrangements, Chick-fil-A, Summer's Eve, Go RVing, the Southeastern Conference (SEC), etc.

Outside of work, Courtney loves to watch college football (Woo Pig!), explore new local restaurants, visit art museums, watch home design shows, grill out with her husband, and play with her new German Shorthaired Pointer puppy named Roux.

Courtney graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Journalism: Ad/PR. She also minored in marketing and history.

Joined in 2015

Cristian Rivera

Senior Developer

Cristian worked as a freelancer for a number of years and was contacted via LinkedIn and offered an interview. He liked the environment and culture of AM from the start and fortunately was selected to work in this great company.

Outside of AM, he enjoys disconnecting from gadgets and computers and doing outdoor activities like running, playing basketball, and walking around the city. He also likes to read books and play guitar.

Cristian has been programming on many levels since he was very young. His formal background is Computer Science and he studied advanced systems development in India through a scholarship.

Joined in 2003

Darla Willison

Account Supervisor

Darla has worked on a multitude of client accounts including INTEGRIS Health, OG&E, Oklahoma State Parks, Taco Mayo, Oklahoma State Fair, Rodeo Opry, Centennial and OKC National Memorial.

Before she became Account Supervisor she worked as Senior Account Executive at the agency.

In her free time, Darla enjoys spending time with her children and church activities.

Darla studied at the Eastern New Mexico University where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Joined in 2013

Darren LaSorte

SVP / Account Service

From 1999-2006 Darren LaSorte was a registered lobbyist for the NRA Institute for Legislative Action (State Liaison), working in various state capitols representing the interests of NRA members and other gun owners.

In 2006 Darren continued his work for the NRA Institute of Legislative Action as Manager of Hunting Policy, managing all NRA state and federal lobbyists with regard to lobbying hunting issues at the local, state and federal levels of government.

Before his work with NRA, he was Legislative Officer for the Arizona Supreme Court, representing the interests of the Arizona Judicial Department before the state legislature and executive branch of government. The lobbying work led to his current work with Ackerman McQueen.

Darren is a volunteer for the Honored American Veterans Afield and American Heart Association. Additionally, he volunteers as a children's shooting and hunting safety instructor and women's shooting coach. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the American Suppressor Association.

Darren enjoys the realization that the AM leadership is driven by the idea of maintaining the integrity of the company, and ensuring that it operates by the Golden Rule.

Darren earned his Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies and Political Science from Arizona State University.

Joined in 2016

David W. Casteel, Jr.

QA Engineer

After a varied career in video games, working at numerous small and ephemeral companies, David came to Ackerman McQueen, where he’s happy to finally be at a larger, more stable company.

David has many varied interests, but is mostly a kid at heart. He enjoys all kinds of games, both digital and physical. He loves reading and watching movies. He especially enjoys a good football game.

David graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Video Game Design and Development from Full Sail University in Orlando, FL in 2007.

Joined in 1998

Dean Wilhite

Senior Art Director

Dean started as an Art Director at the agency before he became a Senior Art Director. He has worked on a multitude of clients including BancFirst, Six Flags, Oklahoma Tourism, Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, Trammel Crow, NRA, Riverwind, WinStar, Taco Mayo, INTEGRIS, Oklahoma State Fair, Oklahoma State Parks, OG&E, Brunswick, Kerr McGee, Chesapeake, The Oklahoman, Chickasaw Nation, Allied Arts and the National Cowboy Museum.

For his work on BancFirst Dean received an Addy Award for Best of Show. He also received a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators and wrote Print Magazine Books.

Outside of work, he enjoys Classic Minis, auto racing, antiques, gardening, painting, yo-yoing and juggling.

Dean studied at the OSU Institute of Technology.

Joined in 1985

Debby Johnson

EVP / Strategy & Planning

Debby joined AM in 1985. She originally thought she was going to be in Oklahoma City for four years while her husband served his tour of duty at Tinker Air Force Base, but it turned out she was in for the long haul. She is especially proud of her contributions to Six Flags, LeapFrog, Juniper Networks and Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems (now AT&T) as well as many of the agency’s digital properties. She currently provides planning and strategic direction for all agency accounts.

Debby began her career at Leo Burnett Chicago working on the Procter & Gamble account and then spent seven years with DDB Needham in Chicago and later in Washington, D.C. She served both as vice president Account Supervisor as well as Associate Research Director on accounts including General Mills, McDonald’s, Kraft, William Wrigley, Jr., Co, Xerox, State Farm and more. She was instrumental in introducing DDB’s first Lifestyle Study, now the longest running study of U.S. attitudes and behaviors.

At Earle Palmer Brown in Bethesda, Maryland, she managed AARP, Amtrak and The Baltimore Sun accounts and introduced the first ever campaign for GEICO (renaming and repositioning the company). She also co-managed their direct-marketing division.

Debby has published journal articles and co-authored an American Marketing Association book, Attitude Research at Bay. She is featured in the college textbook Advertising Principles and Practices.

In her free time, she enjoys teaching Pilates before work and practicing yoga whenever she can. She currently serves on the Board of the Jewish Federation and the Project Innocence Board. She also enjoys recruiting for Harvard.

Debby has a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from the University of Wisconsin and a Master’s degree from Harvard.

Joined in 2016

Denise Sinisi

Executive Producer

Denise joined Ackerman McQueen in November 2016 to help launch the live broadcasting element of NRATV. Denise's background of 18 years in TV news provides the expertise needed to build content and deliver the message of NRATV.

Outside of her career, Denise enjoys supporting local business and has, herself, owned her own successful business, Just Between Friends, Inc., which benefited several local non-profit agencies in her community. She is involved with her church and has a special place for missionaries and supporting missions throughout the world. Denise's true passion is travel. She believes the best way to learn more about life and people is through her many experiences traveling to different countries and understanding different cultures.

Denise graduated from Abilene Christian University with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism.

Joined in 1999

Dennis Azato

VP / Director of Photography / Producer

Dennis has previously done work for clients including NRA, Williams Energy, William Energy News Live (ENL), Leap Frog, Six Flags, INTEGRIS, Doctors for Medical Liability Reform (DMLR), Clean Skies TV News and NRA News. Dennis received a Telly Award for his work.

Dennis believes what makes AM unique is the ability to deliver news from anywhere at any time with a non-bias approach. Also, we work with cutting-edge technology and state of the art equipment to give the viewer a high-quality product, he says.

Outside of work, Dennis enjoys adventure racing, triathlons, rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking and scuba diving.

He studied at the Colorado Institute of Art where he earned an Associate Degree in Video and Film Production.

Joined in 1981

Don Juntunen

SVP / Music and Recording Services

Don is an AM veteran of almost 30 years and resident musical genius. He’s a gifted composer and one of the finest guitarists anywhere. Don runs Golden Voice, AM’s internal audio production facility. He has produced high-quality audio and compositions for clients, including Oklahoma Tourism, Kerr-McGee, INTEGRIS Health, BancFirst, Chickasaw Nation, Six Flags, Williams, the Greater OKC Chamber, OG&E, Bank of Oklahoma, Rheem, Purolator, Resistol Hats, Nicona Boots, Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems and St. Anthony Hospital.

At AM Don has produced and recorded commercials with Dotti West, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Michael Martin Murphy, James Garner, Charlton Heston, Tom Selleck and Miss America 2007, Lauren Nelson. He composed and scored original music for The Oklahoma Film and composed and produced music for the Oklahoma Centennial Film.

Prior to joining AM, when he was based in Los Angeles, he recorded and played with Jewel Atkins, Buck Wheat, Richie Fury, Stephanie Boosahda, Mark Lindsay, Terry Melcher. Don was also on a national tour with Grammy Award winner Andrae Crouch.

Don’s original compositions have won regional and national awards, including ADDYs and an EFFIE.

Joined in 2014

Ed Bailey

Producer

Ed has an extensive background in video production, including experience in freelance videography and photography, and he's done gaffer, grip and A.C work for feature films, music videos, reality television, commercials and documentaries. Ed also has experience managing, coordinating and associate producing for reality television and documentaries.

He is heavily involved in theatre work with Theatre Three, Pocket Sandwich Theatre and Kitchen Dog Theatre in Dallas. Ed was also the coordinator for Storage Wars: Texas, while it was the highest rated show on cable television.

Ed earned his Bachelor of Arts in Film/Television Production from Southern Methodist University.

Joined in 2008

Ed Russell

Associate Creative Director

Ed joined the agency in 2008 as Associate Creative Director. During his time at AM he worked on a multitude of clients including Riverwind, WinStar, Taco Mayo, Remington Park, NRA, Chesapeake Energy, INTEGRIS, Oklahoma Centennial, Oklahoma Tourism, Oklahoma Parks, Allied Arts, FAA, INSURICA, Bickel & Brewer, OKC Thunder, Chickasaw Nation and OG&E.

He received three Student Gold ADDYS and the Student Best of Show ADDY. A poster he designed was once requested by an artist to put it in his museum.

Ed has spent time living in both Germany and England.

He studied at the University of Central Oklahoma where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Design.

Joined in 2001

Edmund Martin

Chairman of the Board

Ed joined Ackerman McQueen in 2001 as president and was made chairman in 2004. With 40 years of experience, he is currently responsible for the management of each of the operating companies.

Prior to joining Ackerman McQueen, Ed served as vice president of the Oklahoma Publishing Company and general manager of The Oklahoman. His responsibilities at the newspaper consisted of managing all departments, including the newsroom. He negotiated the purchase of the Broadmoor Hotel in 1988 and later served on the board of the historic Colorado Springs landmark.

Ed has served as chairman of Southern Newspaper Publishers Association, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Boy Scouts of America, United Way of Oklahoma City, INTEGRIS Health, Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation and Mistletoe Express, a regional trucking company. He has also served as national trustee for Boys and Girls Clubs of America, as well as other board positions for the Oklahoma State Fair, American Heart Association and many others.

Ed earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of Central Oklahoma.

Joined in 2015

Edward Ned

Technology Manager

After spending the last 5 years living in Houston, Edward decided it was time to make a move closer to family. He was employed by both Apple and ExxonMobil during his time in Houston, with a focus on technology coordination and technology repair (iOS & Mac). Edward is originally from the small town of Dumas, TX, so after being away from the majority of his family for 5 years, it was time for a change, bringing him here to be a part of the team at Ackerman McQueen.

Edward's free time consists mostly of frequent gym visits and bike rides. He also enjoys flag football and sand volleyball. He loves all things technology, so he spends quite a bit of time trying out new gadgets and reading forums/magazines about new products on the market.

Joined in 2014

Elizabeth Torres

Photographer

Elizabeth chose to be a photographer because there are so many facets, styles and ways to be involved in the field. “Each extension is unique to the others, and you are constantly being motivated to improve your technique and style,” she says.

She finds Ackerman McQueen to be a unique advertising agency because it handles so many different clients.

Elizabeth is an Honors Graduate, and her photography was once featured on an album cover.

She graduated with a degree in Photography & Art History at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Joined in 2016

Eric Van Horn

Account Executive

Eric is a recent graduate of Clemson University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and a minor in Management. Eric began at Ackerman McQueen as an intern in the Washington, D.C. office. Outside of work, Eric enjoys playing and watching just about any sport. In particular, he relishes March Madness and the World Cup. He also enjoys keeping up with the stock market.

Joined in 1972

Gail Daniels

Associate Creative Director / Special Projects

Gail grew up in Bartlesville, Okla., attended the University of Kansas and received her BFA in graphic design from the Kansas City Art Institute in May of 1972. Immediately following graduation, she began work at the Oklahoma City office of then Ackerman Inc. on June 5, 1972, as a junior art director.

In her 42 years as a specialist in typography and photography art direction, Gail has worked on a diverse group of clients. In the early days, when Ackerman was just starting to grow, she worked on many local clients such as The Oil & Gas Journal, First of Tulsa, Sirloin Stockade, Star Metal Buildings, CMI Roto Mill, L&S Bearing, Continental Federal, Globe Life Insure and Midland Mortgage.

Many Addy Awards and Best of Show awards were won for Gail’s individual and group work on Nocona Boots, Resistol Hats, Food and Wine from France, as well as others. She was also named one of the ten best art directors in the Southwest in the early '80s.

Having studied graphic design, Gail really learned about advertising and marketing on the job. Angus McQueen and his father and past AM president, Marvin McQueen, brought Madison Avenue insight and standards to the small Ackerman agency that changed it forever. As a result, AM is a conclave of highly talented individuals with great work ethics that strive to give each client more than double the value for each dollar spent. Each day she sees the agency strive to live up to a statement Angus once made to the creative department when we were faced with an almost impossible assignment over a holiday weekend: “Let’s see how good we can be!” And we are good!

Over the years Gail has watched the agency’s efforts re-imagine and redefine a product or service, and have seen us transform others from dying old brands into industry leaders. It’s one of the things she loves best about working at Ackerman McQueen. Another is the highly talented, high-quality people that work here. They are a very diverse group in age, background, education and experience, but all make great contributions that the rest of us can admire.

Joined in 2018

George Szucs, Jr.

Executive Producer

Following the launch of Dana Loesch’s NRATV show, “Relentless,” George was asked to join the Ackerman McQueen team as executive producer. Prior to joining Ackerman McQueen, George was Dana Loesch’s senior producer at TheBlaze, where he also had the privilege of working with several current Ackerman McQueen producers.

Outside of work, George is a proud husband, father and son. His day to day life is heavily focused on his family. They all enjoy traveling, the outdoors and spending quality time with one another.

George earned his Bachelor of Arts in journalism from California State University, Northridge. He also has an associate degree in small business management from Santa Monica College. George spent 12 years as a producer at the Fox News Channel, working in four different bureaus and traveling throughout the United States, the Caribbean and the Middle East. He also spent four years as senior producer and vice president at TheBlaze.

Joined in 1993

Ginny Simone

Host, Ginny Simone Reporting

Formerly a broadcast journalist and news anchor in several southwestern cities, Ginny has produced acclaimed videos and highly profitable newsmagazines for corporations, trade associations and advocacy groups. Her pioneering work on a live internet news site has earned recognition from major national and international news outlets, including FORTUNE, TIME, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

Joined in 2006

Grant Spofford

EVP / Digital Producers

Before moving into online advertising, Grant spent nearly a decade in marketing for national record labels such as Chrysalis Records and Elektra Records. He began his interactive career more than 20 years ago, developing custom multimedia marketing solutions for Capitol Records, where he quickly moved into online marketing.

After the music industry, he moved to advertising as a senior producer at Temerlin McClain, where he worked on accounts that included American Airlines, Bell Helicopter, Match.com, Nationwide, Texas Tourism and Subaru, among others. Grant has also worked with other national brands, including BASF, Hasbro, Six Flags and NEC.

Grant currently develops creative strategies and interactive solutions to complex client problems through the use of interactive online technology.

Joined in 2018

Guy Mitchell

Executive Producer
Joined in 2015

Hayley Holmes

Account Executive

Hayley is a recent graduate of the University of Missouri, where she majored in Mass Communications. She began her career at Ackerman McQueen in 2013 as an intern in the Washington, D.C. office. She continued interning over the following two years while she was earning her degree at Mizzou and spent her summers working full time in AM’s Tulsa and Dallas offices. Upon graduation in May 2015, Hayley moved to Dallas and began working in account service on the National Rifle Association account.

Hayley grew up around firearms and has considered shooting a favorite hobby since her father, a retired U.S. Secret Service agent, taught her how to shoot when she was five years old. In addition to shooting, she enjoys watching/playing sports, hunting and traveling.

Joined in 1998

Heather Barger

Senior Account Executive

Heather started at Ackerman McQueen as a proofreader in 1998. From there she entered account service as an account coordinator to an account executive and has since become a senior account executive.

A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Heather enjoys spending time with family and friends, loves to travel, and would even love to do her own travel guide series someday. Along with movies, theater and reading pretty much anything, shopping is an activity that she can't say no to.

Joined in 2010

Henry Martin

Chief Creative Officer

Henry graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in History. According to Henry, he’s a words man. He makes pictures clearer and colors brighter; letters stir and pages dance; walls fall and hands shake; falsehoods crumble and liars quake. And he can also write fiction.

Joined in 2000

Hillary Farrell

Vice-Chairman of the Board

Hillary began her career with Ackerman McQueen in broadcast production and rapidly advanced through a series of positions with increased responsibility, most recently serving as Chief Operating Officer. Her resulting experience is diverse: workflow analysis, personnel management, domestic and international expansion and asset acquisition. In her current role, Farrell’s principal focus is leadership and strategic management of key AM accounts. She also helps lead expansion efforts for all clients and prospects in the digital sector.

She is involved with a number of community organizations, including board positions with United Way of Central Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition. She is a member of Junior League of Oklahoma City, an Oklahoma State Senate appointee to the Capitol Medical Center Zoning Commission and has served on the East Central University Alumni Association Board of Directors since 2000.

Hillary has been honored with the Ray Ackerman Leadership Award for her contributions to United Way of Central Oklahoma. She is also an Association for Women in Communications Byliner Award recipient. OKCBiz and Oklahoma Magazine named her as a 40 Under 40 recipient in 2009 and 2010.

She earned a BS from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, where she was the university’s George Nigh scholar.

Joined in 2008

Holly Wyant

VP / Audience Engagement

Holly worked as a senior media planner in Kansas City for three years at Sandweiss Koster (now Skop’s). Since joining AM in 2008, she has worked on many accounts including Juniper, WinStar Casino, Riverwind Casino, Remington Park, Lone Star Park, Newcastle, Cultural Center, OG&E, OSU-Tulsa, Rose State College, OKC CVB, OKC Chamber of Commerce, BancFirst, Taco Mayo, CN Profiles, and the Artesian.

Outside of work, Holly enjoys spending time outdoors and coaching her stepdaughter's softball team. She is active with Allied Arts, United Way, Humane Society and the Salvation Army, and is always looking to learn new skills.

Holly holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Tulsa in Integrated Marketing Communications with a minor in Graphic Design.

Joined in 2008

JT Burg

Animation Art Director

JT is a graduate of Northern Oklahoma College and holds an Associate Degree in both Applied Science and Applied Arts. Early on in his career, JT wanted to work for Pixar but never fully got comfortable with 3-D software. He then found motion design and instantly fell in love.

JT believes that AM is unique due to the agency’s ability to take what the client wants into what the client needs. He says the collaboration of unique individuals make up the cultural environment within a workplace.

Outside of work, JT enjoys photography and taking walks to relax the mind and develop the soul.

Joined in 2018

Jace Whatcott

Social Media Strategist

Because of early successes on spelling tests throughout all of elementary school, Jace has devoted his life to words and to organizing them in ways that bring meaning to life. For the vast majority of his career, he’s worked in advertising, where he's worked with clients such as Cheddars Scratch Kitchen, McDonald’s and VisionWorks.

When Jace isnt participating in the grind, hes either in the nosebleed section at the Dallas Stars games or hes at home reading or playing Diablo—all of which are done in the company of his wife. He is also the sometimes-proud father of a cinnamon pearl cockatiel named Lucy.

Jace earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Brigham Young University-Idaho.

Joined in 2014

James Parsons

Camera Operator / Showrunner

James has lived in seven different states including California, Colorado, Oklahoma, Florida, Hawaii and Texas. He enjoys filmmaking, writing, movies and sports, and says that AM is unique due to the talented employees and the dedication that is placed on the work. There is a great sense of pride in everything that has the Ackerman McQueen signature.

James graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Media studies.

Joined in 1999

Jason Bushore

Senior Audio Producer

Throughout his lengthy career here at AM, Jason has worked on an array of clients and has been the recipient of several ADDYs for sound design as well an Effie for contributions to LeapFrog.

Jason believes that AM’s uniqueness comes from the commitment to hiring talented people with diverse backgrounds and giving them the resources and technology to stay on the leading edge.

Jason holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Oklahoma.

Joined in 2006

Jason Peak

EVP / Corporate Technology

Jason is highly certified in all things IT and says that the level of work that AM produces surpasses all others in our peer group and area. The work that is seen from the agency is second-to-none and can easily be mistaken for a larger New York agency.

Outside of work, Jason enjoys spending time with family, camping, fishing, poker and billiards.

Joined in 2013

Jason Wilson

Camera Operator / Time-lapse cinematographer / Editor

Jason came to be a videographer when he began shooting concerts and music festivals. Jumping into doing camera for live broadcasts helped him learn all the basics of the dos and don’ts very quickly.

When reflecting on what sets AM apart, Jason says that it’s because of the array of creative employees at the agency. Every project is different from the previous with no cookie cutter style content. Everything has a reason for being the way it is in a production, not just because it is easy or the way its been done before.

Jason has a B.A. in Communications & Broadcasting from the University of Central Oklahoma.

Joined in 1980

Jeanette Elliott

EVP / Creative Director

Jeanette Elliott is a Tulsan and third-generation Oklahoman. As an EVP/Creative Director and long-time stockholder/board member, she has been a strong creative force at Ackerman McQueen for 35 years.

She gained expertise in cheese for the U.S. division of Food and Wines from France. Her concept to win the wine/spirits business — using French fashion styles to describe French wine regions/styles led to Paris. Top French fashion designers joined in: Sonia Rykiel, Thierry Mugler, Jean-Paul Gaultier and others lent their collections for fashion shoots. The campaign grew to include Canada. Related French brands and projects also followed — specific cheese categories, French wine regions.

Elliott’s Oklahoma Native America theme and campaign for Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation was adopted for use on the AM-designed state car tags. The campaign won more than 100 national and regional awards, including the marketing world's top honor, the Effie.

Sheraton Hotels, Pizza Hut and Droste chocolate were early clients. Her creative leadership of Six Flags Worldwide saw it grow from three U.S. parks in two states to 39 parks in six countries. The most fun was naming giant roller coasters.

In Oklahoma, enduring branding has been a forte: “The Most Challenging Healing” for INTEGRIS Health, “Loyal/historic towns” for BancFirst and “United We Thrive” for the Chickasaw Nation. “Positive Energy” for OGE and “Let Your Heart Race” for Remington Park are other favorites.

She marketed the arts and arts education in several seminal state campaigns. For Allied Arts, “I am an Allied Artist,” the OK City Card and logo are still in use. A longtime Allied Arts Executive Committee member, today she serves on the Executive Committee of OKC Ballet.

Elliott has received the Governor’s Arts Award for the State of Oklahoma, the Byliner Award from Women in Communications and the AAF Silver Addy for career contributions. In 2015 she was named a Creativity Ambassador for Creative Oklahoma.

She earned a B.A. in advertising from the University of Oklahoma and is married to architect laureate Rand Elliott, FAIA. The couple generously support many Oklahoma nonprofits.

Joined in 1986

Jeanne Oden

SVP / Digital Knowledge Manager

Jeanne believes that a strong infrastructure supports the creative process and business goals. After years working in Account Service and Creative Management in both the Tulsa and Oklahoma City offices, Jeanne completed a masters degree in Information Science. Since then, she has created and built three departments within the agency that organize and preserve creative assets — Media Management (video), Asset Management (photography), and Corporate Archives (physical and digital assets of completed work). Her ultimate goal is to digitize and migrate creative materials into an environment where they are findable and preserved for the future. With 75+ years of materials and more created daily, there is plenty to do.

Jeanne has hired several information professionals at AM, to contribute organizational support to creative and business efforts. She designed the organization, digitization, staffing, and management for a large private rare book collection. She is on the Board of Advisors for the University of Oklahoma School of Library and Information Studies, and has twice been invited to sit on the ASIS&T jury to award the annual Thomson Reuters Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Scholarship. Jeanne has presented at the Oklahoma Library Association, and is also a member of the international library and information studies honor society, Beta Phi Mu (Lambda chapter).

Joined in 1998

Jeff Minson

Financial Analyst

Jeff holds an accounting degree from Oklahoma State University as well as a Masters in Taxation from Golden Gate University. His interests outside of work are motorcycles and road and mountain biking.

According to Jeff, what makes AM unique is our work ethic, technology and outside the box creativity.

Joined in 2008

Jesse Davison

SVP / Associate Creative Director

Jesse joined AM in 2008 as a Senior Designer. Prior to AM, he developed his skills at smaller shops in Oklahoma City where he was able to learn more about the industry and build relationships.

During the off hours, he spends his time with his wife and three kids — either playing or building (usually fixing) things.

Jesse graduated from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City with a BFA in Art with a Graphic Design emphasis.

Joined in 2015

Jesse Greenberg

Chief Strategy Officer

Jesse Greenberg currently serves as the Chief Strategy Officer for Ackerman McQueen. Jesse joined Ackerman McQueen in 2015 as Executive Vice President of Client Management and Corporate Development.

Jesse joined the agency with significant experience in strategy and finance across numerous industries. Prior to his employment at Ackerman McQueen, Jesse was a Vice President at H.I.G. Capital, a leading global private equity investment firm with more than $17 billion of capital under management. At H.I.G., Jesse was responsible for all aspects of the investment process including sourcing, transaction structuring, financing and executing post-closing growth, operational, and add-on acquisition strategies. Jesse began his career at J.P. Morgan within their investment banking division focusing on mergers and acquisitions and debt and equity offerings for multi-industrial and A&D clients.

Jesse graduated magna cum laude from New York University’s Stern School of Business with a B.S. in finance and marketing. While at NYU, Jesse was a member of the basketball team.

Outside of work, Jesse has been heavily involved in the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization since 2011.

Joined in 2017

Jillian Powell

Strategist, Audience Engagement

Jillian has always had an interest in the advertising world, but didn’t know exactly which route she wanted to take with it. It was when she was a Media Intern at Ackerman that she fell in love with not only advertising, but the agency and people that work here.

Jillian enjoys spending time with family and friends, is a die-hard fan of the TV shows “Friends” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” and a lover of sushi and 90’s hip-hop music.

Jillian graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Strategic Communication with a minor in Marketing. One of her biggest achievements was the website she created for her love of dachshunds called “Weenerful.” It was paw-some.

Joined in 2017

JJ Treadwell

Controller

JJ joined AM in 2017 as Controller. Prior to his employment with AM, JJ worked for Cole and Reed, PC for five years.

Outside of work, JJ enjoys spending time with family and friends and golfing.

JJ earned his BS in Accounting from the University of Central Oklahoma. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the Oklahoma Accountancy Board, OSCPA, and AICPA.

Joined in 2014

Joe Busch

Director of Photography / Editor

Joe believes that his field of work chose him. He claims that communications called his name by default due to his lack of love for math and science. This is something he is thankful for, as he feels very rewarded to be able to reach people through moving pictures and sound.

Growing up an Air Force brat, Joe has lived in many different places, but ultimately considers his self an Okie. When he isn’t at work, Joe enjoys playing the drums, listening to music and spending time with his animals.

Joe has a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Central Oklahoma and has won four regional Emmys and one regional Edward R. Murrow Award.

Joined in 2010

John Almendarez

Director of Photography / Editor

John has worked as a news photographer and editor for multiple stations in Texas and Oklahoma and says his field of work chose him when he started his first TV job.

John believes that the staff and environment are what make AM amazing. Anything can be accomplished with the creative freedom that the employees are given.

Outside of work, John likes going to the gym, martial arts, jogging, movies, road trips and playing video games with his son.

Joined in 2000

John Popp

Executive Producer

John has an extensive background in TV and radio production and is a member of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). He says that at AM, the best people in their fields are working together and using their incredible talents and skills for the benefit of our clients.

John is a First Tenor for the Immanuel Bible Church Adult Choir in Springfield, VA, and enjoys his time with his family, church and country.

John holds a Communication Arts Degree from the Villanova University.

Joined in 1997

Jon Carter

Senior Associate Political Strategy

Jon specializes in coalition building, PAC development and celebrity public relations and has worked on many accounts, including Charlton Heston’s Arena PAC and the Air Force Memorial Foundation. He has arranged events at major universities, has assisted political parties and campaigns in event planning and execution, and has served as advance man and event planner for Mr. Charlton Heston.

Joined in 1988

Jon Minson

EVP / Creative Director

Jon joined AM after six years with a commercial design firm and two years at the U.S. Jaycees corporate headquarters in Tulsa.

He has produced award-winning graphic design for clients such as Oklahoma Tourism (including the Tourism Industry Awareness campaign), Oklahoma State Parks, INTEGRIS Health, Kerr-McGee, BancFirst, Six Flags, Gaillardia, the Greater OKC Chamber, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, Dallas Cowboys, OG&E, Oklahoma RedHawks, Williams and The Oklahoman, His pro bono work includes the Oklahoma City National Memorial, Allied Arts and ArtsPower.

A graduate of Oklahoma State University - Okmulgee, Jon has published work in the National Type Directors Club Annual, Graphex Best of Show, several ADDYs and a Gold EFFIE.

Joined in 2012

Jordan Underwood

Production Manager

Before working at AM, Jordan worked for the Southeast Missouri State University Sports Marketing Department. He chose to pursue a career in marketing and advertising because of his lasting interest.

Jordan says that the expectation for excellence in every aspect of the agency is common in this industry, but the ability and determination to meet these expectations regularly is what sets AM apart from other agencies.

Jordan is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University and enjoys baseball, golf, cooking and camping when not at work.

Joined in 1993

Josh Himes

Time-lapse Cinematographer

Josh says AM is unique because of the innovation, integrity and values. Belief in our employees and the agency as a whole, coupled with the unwavering dedication of our executive management.

In 1998, Josh traveled to Athens, Greece, with the vice president of Brunswick to make a presentation to the International Olympic Committee. There were three sports under consideration for inclusion into the Olympics, one of which was bowling. The focus of the presentation was to convince the IOC that bowling was the most appropriate choice. The bid was ultimately unsuccessful, but it was a great experience.

Joined in 2017

Joshua McNear

Digital Asset Technician / Assistant Editor

Joshua learned about AM while working as an editor for a local news station in OKC. His passion for editing and video production led him to pursue joining AM.

In his free time Josh enjoys watching movies and spending time with his family and friends. Josh is an aspiring writer and enjoys storytelling in all its formats.

Josh graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor's degree in journalism focusing on Broadcasting and News Gathering.

Joined in 2014

Joshua Stewart

Senior Developer

Joshua came to AM after being a freelance web developer for 5 years. Outside of AM he spends time with his wife and kids.

Joshua graduated from the University of West Florida with a degree in Advertising and Public Relations.

Joined in 1998

Justin Geiger

Broadcast Technology / Editor

Justin is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and has held multiple positions and worked on an array of clients here at AM. He began in IT and has since been doing a lot more broadcast work.

Outside of work, Justin enjoys running and coaching his kid's baseball team.

Joined in 2015

Justin Kelly

Archival Assistant

Justin’s grandfather worked for an AM client, during his OG&E days, and spoke highly of Ackerman McQueen. When he heard there was an opening in Archives he jumped at the opportunity to join such a well-respected company.

Outside of work, Justin’s time is spent studying for his second year at UCO for an engineering degree. He recently graduated from Deer Creek High School. Justin is proud to say that he served as a chapter historian for the Business Professionals of America. In that role, he spent two years working with diverse communities across the state and helping with local fundraising events.

Joined in 2016

Kaitlin Carroll

Broadcast Tech / Cam & Co Asst. Producer

Kaitlin, aka Katie, graduated from Full Sail University in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in show production and touring. After graduation she would go on to work for Disney Cruise Lines, All Stage and Sound and PSAV as an audio/visual technician.

While working an NRA event, she met John Popp and, shortly afterwards, joined AM as a Broadcast Technician/Producer in March 2016.

Outside of work, Katie loves to spend time with family and friends and also enjoys riding her bike, playing bass guitar and voice acting for books and animations.

Joined in 2016

Kale Atterberry

Art Director

Kale started at Ackerman McQueen when he was 16 years old in the storage department part time, helping organize and manage footage, props and equipment. Since then Kale has moved through Ackerman McQueen from storage administrator to Driver in traffic, and now to Art Director. Working at Ackerman McQueen while attending the University of Central Oklahoma allowed Kale to find passion in the creative field, focused on branding and digital application.

Outside of work, Kale enjoys grilling and hanging out with good friends, going to dog parks with his beagle Maggie, playing basketball at local parks in Edmond and video games with his crew. Kale also enjoys shooting at Wilshire, making dad jokes and road trips.

Kale also attended Northern Oklahoma Junior College where he played baseball and earned an Associate Degree in Computer Science. After obtaining his degree, Kale went to the University of Central Oklahoma where he achieved his Bachelor’s in Graphic Design. In that span, Kale has won 5 Regional ADDYs in Branding and Advertisement, as well as 1 District ADDY in Digital Illustration. He was also featured on Redbubble’s “Weirdest Designs of 2016.”

Joined in 2008

Kari Griffith

Traffic Director

Ackerman McQueen is the first and only agency Kari has worked for. It’s the people and the atmosphere of the company that has kept her here. Everyone can express themselves and be creative while getting excellent work done. She says that there is a good mix of art and business and that's exactly what an advertising agency needs.

Kari has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and enjoys spending time with family and friends, her dachshunds, baking, crafting and painting.

Joined in 2014

Katie Daugherty

Senior Buyer

Katie holds a B.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Central Oklahoma and says she didn’t know if it was her passion for the advertising industry or Mad Men that made her dream about working in an ad agency. It was during her internship at AM that confirmed her life goals didn’t just come from a TV show.

Outside of work, Katie likes anything that involves being on a patio with friends and dancing to ’80s music.

Joined in 2009

Katie McQueen

EVP / Management Supervisor

Katie began her career at Ackerman McQueen in 2009 as a copywriter and has contributed in a creative and strategic capacity to several clients across the agency. With experience in diverse industries, multiple mediums and working closely with Creative and Account Service leadership, she has grown a well-rounded set of capabilities and knowledge of the agency’s identity.

Katie supports the Alzheimer’s Association of America, United Way of Central Oklahoma and Allied Arts.

Katie graduated from the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Joined in 2015

Kelsey Gosdin

Senior Strategist, Audience Engagement

Kelsey joined AM as a Media Strategist following her graduation from the University of Oklahoma.

Outside of work, she is a die-hard Sooner fan with an appreciation for great Mexican food and quality time spent with loved ones.

Kelsey received her B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Oklahoma in May 2015.

Joined in 2012

Kevin Barrett

Senior Animation Art Director

Kevin has over 18 years of experience. He worked as a Senior Motion Graphic Artist at News Channel 4 (KFOR) & (KAUT) and is now Senior Art Director of Animation at AM, where he currently does work for clients including Riverwind Casino, WinStar Casino, OSU OG&E, BancFirst and the NRA.

His work has received a number of accolades over the years, including two Emmy Awards for Animations, Visual Effects & Virtual Sets from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) in July 2011 and 2012, and an Outstanding Achievement in Broadcasting Award (for News Animations) from the Oklahoma Association of Broadcast in 2005.

In December 2011, Kevin was involved with creating a 30-minute animated Christmas Special that was shown at Harkins Theatre in Bricktown OKC, Channel 4 (KFOR) and Freedom 43 (KAUT). He created the movie poster, movie tickets, DVD artwork and opening credit animation as well as all the outer space scenes (which included spaceships and a final battle between good and evil).

Joined in 1988

Kurt Atterberry

Billing / Accounts Receivable Supervisor

Having worked at AM for over 25 years, Kurt says that his best memories here are the relationships he has built with the individuals that have come and gone. He feels that AM is unique because the employees are from all walks of life and still come together for a common goal.

Kurt holds a degree in Marketing from Oklahoma State University.

Joined in 2003

Kyle Martin

SVP / Account Supervisor

A 16-year advertising veteran, Kyle is the account supervisor for all Chickasaw Gaming accounts, including: WinStar World Casino & Resort, Riverwind Casino, Newcastle Casino, and Remington Park Racing & Casino.

In the past, he has worked on Oklahoma Tourism, Kerr-McGee, Lone Star Park, Chisholm Trail Casino, The Oklahoman, BancFirst and the Greater OKC Chamber of Commerce.

Outside of work, Kyle enjoys bass fishing, trapping, Thunder basketball and performing regionally with his band every weekend. Kyle holds a B.B.A., Management from Oklahoma Christian University.

Joined in 2008

Lacey Duffy

SVP / Account Supervisor

Lacey began her career at Ackerman McQueen in 2007 as a graduate student intern in Account Service. Upon receiving her master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma, she began work as an Account Executive in May of 2008. Lacey then worked as an Associate to the CEO and COO for several years before moving to Alexandria, Virginia in 2010 to work as a Vice President / Account Supervisor at the Ackerman McQueen subsidiary, Mercury Group. In 2013, Lacey moved to the Dallas office where she currently resides and is Senior Vice President / Account Supervisor.

Lacey is trained in defensive pistol and rifle, competes in shooting matches, and is a certified NRA pistol instructor. She enjoys watching sports, being outdoors, golfing, fishing and hunting. Her favorite trophies include her first whitetail (a 9-point buck), an impala with 24-inch horns and an SCI record mule deer.

Lacey received an M.A. in journalism and mass communication, with a strategic communications emphasis, from the University of Oklahoma, as well as a B.A. in journalism and mass communication, with a psychology minor, from the University of Oklahoma.

Joined in 1989

Lael Erickson

EVP / Creative Director

With more than 30 years of experience, Lael creates and executes film, video and audio concepts for many AM clients. She edited and co-produced The Oklahoma Film. Her pro bono work includes the Oklahoma City National Memorial 168 Days Campaign, Allied Arts, ArtsPower and the Tourism Industry Awareness campaign.

Current and past clients include LeapFrog, Southwestern Bell, Six Flags, Chesapeake Energy, American Clean Skies Foundation, Professional Basketball Club LLC, Oklahoma City National Memorial, American Indian Cultural Center, INSURICA, INTEGRIS Health, The Oklahoman, OKC Chamber of Commerce, Oklahoma Tourism, Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Chickasaw Nation, among many others.

She currently serves as an advisory board member for the Oklahoma Film and Music Office, is involved with the American Film Institute, Huntington Disease Society of America, American Civil Liberties Union, Nature Conservancy, Allied Arts, and Girl Scouts of America.

Her work has received many accolades over the years, including the Effie Gold Award, National/Regional ADDY Awards, National/Regional Telly Awards, and several AWRT Star Awards.

Lael earned degrees at Washington University in St. Louis and The University of Missouri, Columbia.

Joined in 2016

Lane Faglie

Art Director

Lane was discovered by Dean Wilhite during his time as a graduate fellow at Saxum. Shortly after, he was brought aboard as an Art Director.

Outside of Ackerman, Lane can be found still honing his design and illustration skills. When he's not busy creating, you might catch him playing board games with his friends or scouring vintage stores for vinyl records or art.

Lane graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Design, and won six student ADDYs for his work.

Joined in 1998

Lisa Lavelle

Proofreader

Lisa graduated from Oklahoma City University with a B.A. in Mass Communications with an emphasis in News and Editorial Writing.

If you ask Lisa if she’s ever worn an Easter Bunny costume, she’ll say yes. “I once wore an Easter Bunny suit (complete with large bunny head) to deliver Easter baskets to kids. Approximately half of the children were terrified to see a human-size bunny walking around, and I don’t blame them.”

Joined in 1990

Mark Ackerman

VP / Account Supervisor

Mark joined Ackerman McQueen as an account executive, and quickly rose to the position of account supervisor. His hands-on style of account management and total absorption in a client’s business creates a unique spirit of partnership that is so vital in the successful day-to-day running of an agency/client relationship.

After spending three years in Oklahoma City negotiating shopping aisles for the Homeland account and navigating Kerr-McGee’s oil pipelines, Mark moved to Tulsa armed with his bowling bag and shoes to spend ten successful years on the Brunswick bowling account.

As an avid bowler, Mark was able to provide a true target audience perspective as the agency busily turned the entire industry on its head, introducing the world’s first branded balls and so much more ... Rhino, Zone, Quantum, Attitude and Monster.

Now back in Oklahoma City, Mark has spent the past few years working on the Chesapeake Energy and National Rifle Associations accounts.

Mark has a B.A. from the University of Oklahoma.

Joined in 2014

Mark Asbury

Media Asset Manager

Mark says that Action/Sports films inspired him at a young age to get involved in video production and his high school had a TV station, where he was able to get his start in the industry. Prior to joining AM, Mark worked in freelance film and video, was an editor at KWTV in Oklahoma City and an editor/media asset manager at Feed The Children.

Outside of work, Mark is interested in entrepreneurship, motocross, anything involving motorcycles, video and web design and mechanics.

Joined in 2000

Mark Chesnut

SVP / Editorial Services

Mark is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and enjoys hunting, shooting, biking, running and triathlons.

Joined in 2007

Matt Patterson

Key Grip / Best Boy

Matt’s best memory of working at AM thus far was a spec spot for the Ford Mustang GT. The entire idea came from his and Ed Russell’s mind. They, and a few others, shot the spot on one Sunday and Matt had the experience of editing it.

Matt has always loved working with gadgets, cameras and electronics. He would always take things apart as a kid and try to put them back together and have them still work. Matt went to college for forensic science, but knew that wasn’t what he wanted to do all day, every day. He just decided, “Why not make my hobby what I get paid to do.”

Outside of work, Matt enjoys hunting, fishing, bicycle riding, OKC Thunder games, a good beer, new bars/pubs, movies/films, concerts, comedy shows, visiting his family or visits from his family, watching TV and his chocolate lab, Abby.

Joined in 2016

Meg McElhaney

Director of Project Management

Meg joined AM after serving as the Editor-in-Chief for six direct-mail magazines produced in Oklahoma City. Before that she worked in nonprofit communications and local and federal government affairs.

Outside of work, Meg enjoys gardening, spending time with her two toy poodles and eating around OKC with friends. She is also involved in various alumni groups and the Junior League of Oklahoma City.

Meg earned her B.A. in Strategic Communication from Oklahoma State University.

Joined in 1981

Melanie Montgomery

EVP / Management Supervisor

Melanie was hired by Marvin McQueen, one of the founders of the agency back in 1981, when he took one look at her resume, noted that she was a fellow Mizzou graduate and asked how soon she could start. Thirty-five years later, she has had the opportunity to work with three generations of McQueens, and continues to thrive as a leader in this dynamic industry. Currently, she works on the National Rifle Association account. Past work includes OSU-Tulsa, Integris, Williams Energy, Williams Communications, WilTel, Juniper Networks, Thrifty Car Rental, Saint Francis Hospital, Memorex Telex, Trammel Crow Company, Purolator, Utica Square and Bank of Oklahoma.

Melanie is heavily involved in community relations, and has served as a past chair of the University of Missouri Jefferson Club Board of Trustees, and as past member of the Holland Hall Preparatory School Board of Trustees.

Joined in 2015

Micah León

Camera Operator / Editor

Micah has spent the last 10 years covering the local side of news as a Photojournalist and Editor in the state of Oklahoma. Showcasing this great state and the people in it has been a strong passion of his since childhood.

Outside of work, he enjoys live music events, soccer, photography, movies and hiking.

Micah received a regional Emmy in 2014.

Joined in 2000

Michael Aitken

VP / Video Production

Michael believes the thing that makes Ackerman McQueen unique from other agencies is the ability and desire to push the limits and expand the broadcast technology we employ to relay the messages of our clients.

Working at AM Michael has the opportunity to work on everything from live radio and video broadcasting to all phases of production and post production. The people he works with here at AM are some of the best in the business.

The most gratifying experience working at AM has been telling the stories of our men and women in uniform. Our military and law enforcement put their lives on the line every day for us and it’s a privilege to tell their stories.

Outside of work, Michael enjoys spending time with his family and friends and participating in sports and activities in the outdoors.

Michael has a Bachelor of Arts from George Mason University.

Joined in 2011

Mike Galloway

Senior Art Director

Mike’s passion for working in art and design started with reading comic books as a kid and realizing that he loved the idea of telling a story with pictures. His work has earned him honors including an Interactive Addy Award and Best Oklahoma Film at the deadCENTER Film Festival.

His interests outside of work include film, cinematography and illustration. Over the years, Mike has lived in a variety of places, including Dallas, New York City and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Mike earned his degree from Oklahoma Baptist University and the School of Visual Arts.

Joined in 2010

Michael Ives

SVP / Corporate Director of Photography

For the last 30 years, Michael has traveled extensively creating images for AM and its clients. He is an accomplished location and studio photographer, specializing in singular images that reveal the character, beauty and reality of the subject being photographed. Those subjects have included kids, artists, reel heroes and real heroes, automobiles, bowling balls, firearms, great works of art and the more beautiful refrigerator art. Cheese, chocolate, chefs, and industrial and tribal chiefs. There were spiders and snakes, horses, bears, and skunks. Some of these were four-legged. He has photographed hats, boots, hotels and hospital beds, real people and models, and locations mundane and exotic. But all were photographed with a desire to portray the dignity, grace and reality of the subject in a flattering, yet creative manner.

Michael has received numerous awards for his work, including a feature in the Photographis Annual for his work with Food and Wines from France.

Michael is a graduate of the Brooks Institute of Photography and is a member of ASMP.

Joined in 1992

Mike Dennehy

EVP / Corporate Technology

With more than 20 years of experience, Mike has worked on nearly every AM account to meet interactive, technological and audiovisual needs. He has built all of AM’s videoconference centers, the current broadcast production facilities, and data networks within the company — including computer systems, phone systems and communication circuits. He also built the Branded News studios and control rooms for Williams Energy News Live, NRA News, CleanSkies.tv and OklaVision. He has consulted with many AM clients on the construction of their own conference room and presentation facilities.

Mike earned a B.A. in marketing with an emphasis on promotion and advertising from the University of Central Oklahoma.

Joined in 1999

Nader Tavangar

EVP / Managing Director

Since 1999, Nader has risen through the ranks with Ackerman McQueen, from driver to lead account man. He has managed the agency’s D.C.-based operation since 2009.

In 2003, Nader transferred to London to open and operate an international office for AM clients functioning in Europe. He has worked on several major accounts over the course of his career including Six Flags and the National Rifle Association, cultivating longstanding relationships with each.

Outside of work hours, Nader can be found chasing dragons and saving princesses with his two daughters. He has appeared in, produced and directed several film, TV and theater productions, and is highly involved with the Catholic church. Nader also serves on the board of trustees for Youth for Tomorrow as marketing committee chairman, and, time permitting, he holds a new fervor for hunting Asian mountainous game and spear fishing.

Joined in 1986

Nancy Martin

Executive Producer

Nancy was originally hired as Melanie Hill’s assistant. In her time at Ackerman McQueen she has worked in almost every department but media. And she has landed in the role of Executive Producer of “Live Events” for Ackerman McQueen clients; Primarily NRA Annual Meetings.

Nancy has three children who she adores. Travis, her son is working in law enforcement. Her oldest daughter, Caitlin is following in her shoes in show production. And her youngest daughter, Avery is a Junior at University of Arkansas. She’s an active Board Member at her Church, as well as a Christian Group called NEXIS which educates pastors on ways to connect with their members. Nancy also volunteers for Operation Christmas Child that collects shoe boxes filled with all sorts of items that are sent to country all over the world. These boxes not only give the needy children items they need but it also holds a message of how to get to know the Lord. All of the above are extremely rewarding in so many ways.

Nancy is a high school graduate of Will Rogers High School. Her achievements are seen in the eye's of the children who we help. After each job seeing our clients smiling faces when each one of their events are flawless is also extremely rewarding. When you love your job that in it's self is a major achievements.

Joined in 2013

Nathan Raglin

Director of Photography / Colorist

Nathan chose his field of work in his early teens after watching “Reservoir Dogs” for the first time.

Outside of work, Nathan like to volunteer at art-related events around Norman as well as spending time with friends and family, music, volleyball and golf.

Nathan has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Video from the University of Oklahoma.

Joined in 2010

Nicole Levin

Senior Content Manager

Nicole began at AM as a Content Management intern. Five months later, she became a Digital Network Manager and is now a Senior Content Manager.

Outside of work, Nicole enjoys spending time with family and friends, binge-watching TV shows, going to the movies, reading, music, OU football and Texas Rangers baseball.

Nicole holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with an emphasis in Advertising and a minor in Sociology from the University of Oklahoma. Boomer Sooner!

Joined in 2017

Nicole Salazar

Senior Producer

Nicole Salazar joined Ackerman McQueen in the fall of 2017 following a cross-country move from New York City.

A seasoned television producer, Nicole began her career at NBC, and went on to produce series for A&E, Discovery, VH1, USA, Bravo, ITV and E4 (UK). Nicole also served as the unit production manager for an independent film that premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2015 and debuted on ABC Family thereafter. Most recently, she spent the past year traveling the country to shoot a docu-series for Investigation Discovery.

While attending Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., Nicole earned her Bachelor of Arts in Critical Media and Cultural Studies and Communications. Ever the travel enthusiast, the Connecticut native looks forward to exploring her newly-adopted city. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with family, cooking, skiing and the occasional game of pickup soccer.

Joined in 2015

Oscar Garcia

UI Designer

Oscar joined the agency as a UX Designer in 2015. Prior to joining AM he worked at the award-winning RD&F Advertising, where he worked on projects for companies such as Cirro Energy, Methodist Health Systems, Pie Five Pizza Co., Bestway, Lake Point Medical and more. Oscar has also worked for other agencies such as Multiview, Tacito, and ITC.

Outside of work Oscar enjoys living life by having adventures with his friends, traveling to new places, rock climbing, DJing, playing with his pet snake and drinking the occasional good beer (cider).

He studied at the Art Institute of Dallas, where he earned his bachelor's degree in Fine Art and Graphic Design.

Joined in 1998

Pam Smith

Senior Buyer

Pam’s career is made of thirteen years consisting of being a Planner/Buyer and Media Director having worked at several other Agencies in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, plus at In house agencies for John F. Lawhon, SoundTrak and Mazzio's. She was hired when Ackerman acquired Six Flags due to her diverse knowledge of negotiations and promotions.

AWRT, Up With People, Board of directors at the following: Salvation Army, Boys and Girls Club, PTA,Sponsorship of Baseball and Basketball teams. 6 times nominated for Buyer of the Year in Tulsa Prior to working at AM.

Joined in 2016

Patrick Kobler

Associate Creative Director

Prior to joining AM as an Associate Creative Director, Patrick taught inner city high school students through Teach For America. He has also helped market several successful startups and small businesses, and served as communications director for a political campaign.

Outside of work, Patrick enjoys being involved with the Dallas community through both charitable and social organizations and events. He is a published author and has extensively covered the education, small business and startup scenes in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Patrick graduated from Southern Methodist University in 2010. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and served as student body president his senior year.

Joined in 2015

Patrick Vaughn

Assistant Editor

Patrick came to work at AM after developing a passion for advertising and video production while working for the University of Oklahoma as an undergrad.

He graduated with a degree in Film & Media Studies from OU, where he studied the theoretical and practical approaches to filmmaking. His short film, “Le Prix de la Solitude,” won Best Film at OU’s Redbud Film Festival 2013 and was screened abroad at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.

Outside of AM, he enjoys creative writing, collecting comic books, spending time outside with his dog and watching a wide range of movies.

Joined in 2005

Peter Farrell

Chief Experience Officer

With more than 15 years experience, Peter leads the multidisciplinary digital team in developing and deploying high-profile initiatives. He is responsible for ensuring seamless online extensions of existing brand platforms, creating new behavior for fledging brands, and enlivening the user experience for all online programs.

Joined in 2018

Rachel Bonilla

Producer

Rachel joined NRATV after working for TheBlaze network for 6 years. She joined the agency with significant experience in production and has been able to work with a wide variety of talent throughout her career. She was born and raised in the sunshine state of Florida and graduated from the University of Tampa with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass communication.

She is very active in the Dallas community and is the Vice President of Networking for the Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce.

Joined in 2007

Revan McQueen

Chief Executive Officer

Revan grew up watching this company thrive in a fast-paced, ever-evolving industry. He developed a passion for the family business, and after earning his degree at New York University, he returned to Oklahoma and quickly threw himself into every aspect of the company’s operation.

A creatively-trained mind with extensive experience in journalism and music, he has worked in nearly every department in the agency, gaining first-hand knowledge of talent, needs and development. He was named Chief Executive Officer in 2017 and is focused on the successful diversification of the business to meet the changing demands of the media marketplace.

Revan helps lead the growth of clients’ media footprints and works with many talented individuals to build industry-leading internal capabilities all structured to support the successful scaling of premium video products. He is also now pursuing a transition of the agency to become a media company in and of itself.

Joined in 1988

Rick Lipe

Senior Producer

Rick is a graduate from Oscar Rose College and is the recipient of numerous ADDY awards. He believes the unlimited access to the most current tools of the trade and a great creative environment are what makes AM unique.

When Rick isn’t at work, he enjoys film, theatre, dance and music.

Joined in 2016

Rodney Autaubo

Gaffer

Rodney has been working in the production industry for a quarter of a century on the whole gamut of productions, both regional and national. Nike, Footlocker and Devon are a few noteworthy projects he has shined his light upon.

Along his way Rodney built a strong network of associates, as well as acquiring a business’ worth of equipment and knowledge for his grip and light company, AG&E.

Before he joined the AM team, Rodney worked on OG&E as well as creating the light designs for the JodiMcQueen.com dance productions.

You can find Rod in the AM production garage in OKC. On those seemingly perfect days, Rodney will be fishing from his bass boat on any lake where bass can be found.

Joined in 1979

Rodney Lipe

President / Director of Client Services

Rodney has spent 35 plus years rising through the ranks at AM, heading account service and creative production management. He began his career with AM as a driver in 1979 while attending college at the University of Central Oklahoma. He has held positions in every department within the agency and has worked out of every office in AM’s network.

Most recently Rodney has worked directly with clients such as Oklahoma City Thunder Basketball, Chickasaw Nation, WinStar World Casino, Riverwind Casino, INTEGRIS Health, American Clean Skies Foundation, Chesapeake Energy, Taco Mayo and Oklahoma State Fair.

His past account exprience includes Six Flags, Southwestern Bell Wireless, LeapFrog, Sitmar Cruises, NRA, Globe Life & Accident Insurance, Sheraton Hotels, Besnier Foods, Kerr-McGee, Honeywell, Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Olympic Festival '89, Oklahoma Centennial, DeBarolo Racing, Nocona Boots, Resistol Hats, Fred Jones Automotive, St. Anthony Hospital, OG&E, Oklahoma Tourism and Loves Country Stores.

Rodney earned a B.A. in advertising from the University of Central Oklahoma.

He is involved with the United Way, as the media/ad/print division chair of the fundraising committee; with the Oklahoma City Ad Club, as a member of the board of directors; and with the Board of Governors of the AAAA Oklahoma Council. Rodney was also named one of 40 Top Executives Under 40 in OKC by Metro Journal.

Joined in 2013

Ryan Lacy

Camera Operator / Grip

As a videographer, Ryan is involved with nearly all aspects of production for clients including NRA, NRA Women, Chickasaw Nation, Adventure Road and Heritage Hall, among others.

He started camera work as part of Remington Park’s broadcast production team, also working with the Oklahoma City Barons hockey team. Seeking the opportunity to be more creative, he joined AM in 2013.

Ryan enjoys traveling for work and outside of work, photography, movies, his family’s horses and dogs and, especially, eating. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in art from the University of Central Oklahoma.

Joined in 2007

Ryan Winkler Herr

Associate Creative Director / Special Projects

Ryan began interning for Ackerman McQueen in college, writing television and radio spots for Six Flags. She joined the company full time in 2007 as a copywriter and now manages special projects on several accounts with experience as a content manager, digital network manager, creative developer, project manager, publications editor and creative director, among other roles. As a virtual employee operating out of Austin, Texas, Ryan offers a removed perspective and versatile insight into client work.

In her free time, Ryan enjoys film and film festivals, tacos, hiking, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. She has two — soon to be three— little boys who use her as a jungle gym between soccer practices, tee-ball games and endless hours of “Sesame Street.” She is also a published writer working on the Great American Novel, a children’s picture book series, blog posts, a few random short-story scribbles and the occasional screenplay.

Ryan holds Bachelors of Arts degrees in English and Philosophy from Oklahoma State University and a Master’s of Professional Writing with an emphasis in Screenwriting from the University of Oklahoma.

Joined in 2011

Scott Kubes

Post-Production Manager

Scott feels that the people of AM make the agency unique. The combination of all the talented employees and the work they do stands out on so many levels.

Outside of work, Scott loves spending time with his wife, Jennifer, and son, Brady. He also enjoys watching and attending sporting events and has become obsessed with golfing.

Scott holds a Sports Management degree from Oklahoma State University.

Joined in 2015

Shad Wyckoff

Director of Photography / Steadi-Cam-Drone Operator

Shad’s first foray into video production came when he was in middle school, where he was able to take an elective course on video production. From there, his love of and fascination with movies grew. His passion for making pretty pictures only became stronger over the years, which led him to begin a career in freelance film and video production that spans more than 20 years. It was during these years of freelance work that he was introduced to the AM production team.

When Shad is not shooting, he enjoys watching movies (old and new), riding his road bike, traveling for pleasure and most of all, hanging out with his family.

Shad earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma in Film and Video Studies. He has also attended several workshops at Maine Media Workshops and College.

Joined in 2016

Shahada Kari

Production Assistant

Shahada joined AM in 2016 as the Executive Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer. Her passion for public relations and advertising led her to the agency.

Shahada earned a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communications, with a specialization in Organizational Communication from the University of Central Oklahoma. During her time at UCO, she interned for two non-profit organizations, sought out leadership opportunities in her classes and was the President of Public Relations Student Society of America.

In her free time she enjoys being outdoors. She loves to travel, read and cuddle with her dog Ellie!

Joined in 1981

Sharyn Chesser

Receptionist

Sharyn’s main outside project includes being vice chairman for Saint John Nepomuk’s Social Ministry organization collecting food for Yukon’s Manna Pantry the first Sunday of each month. She is also involved in the collection of foods for Sister BJ’s Pantry, a pantry for the men in the downtown Oklahoma City area that are without homes.

Sharyn is a member of Saint John’s welcoming committee for all single newcomers who join her church. Her most important personal accomplishments have been raising her children and taking care of her family.

Sharyn’s most memorable times at Ackerman McQueen are her first interview with Ray Ackerman and later being hired to be the voice of Ackerman McQueen. There’s one more event that Sharyn will never forget:

“Although I have many fond memories of all the wonderful people I have met because of working here, by far the most memorable of those would be the day Charlton Heston called for the first time and I almost fainted at the front desk. And on top of that, he introduced himself (like I wouldn't know that wonderful voice) ... I was so shocked I actually said to him, ‘Oh my God,’ and then added “I mean Moses!” He laughed that robust laugh, but I couldn’t because I could not breathe. Over the years he would call the switchboard and ask me to put him through to other numbers because he said he could always remember our phone number. To say the least I was very honored to be his operator.”

Joined in 1989

Sherri Duran

SVP / Creative Director

Sherri has worked on numerous accounts including Six Flags, Oklahoma Tourism, INTEGRIS Health, INTEGRIS Heart Hospital, Chesapeake Energy, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, Oklahoma State Parks, Remington Park, Louisiana Downs, Oklahoma State Fair, Rose State College, Oklahoma Centennial, Fred Jones, POPS and Homeland Stores.

She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma.

Joined in 2000

Stacey Schirf

Executive Assistant to the Chiarman of the Board

Stacey started at Ackerman McQueen as the executive assistant to the chief financial officer, leaving behind a long career as a gymnastics program director. The fast-paced atmosphere at Ackerman McQueen was quite a change from the gym, but after learning the ropes and accepting that she could no longer order someone to do 25 pushups for not paying attention, she fell in love with the world of advertising and the people she worked with — literally. She met her husband at Ackerman McQueen and she doesn’t plan on leaving her job, or her husband, well, ever.

Outside of the office Stacey enjoys spending time with her family and friends, riding bicycles, gardening, cooking, traveling, reading and making people laugh.

Stacey attended the University of Central Oklahoma and is the United Way Coordinator for our Oklahoma City office.

Joined in 1999

Stephanie West

Assistant to the President

Stephanie West is special assistant to the president of the Mercury Group, Tony Makris. Stephanie handles numerous administrative duties for Tony and the rest of the office. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two children.

Joined in 2015

Stephen Campbell

Windows Server Administrator

Stephen brings his talents to AM as a Windows Server Administrator.

Outside of work, he enjoys fishing, walking, camping, biking — anything outdoors.

Stephen received a degree in Applied Science from DeVry University, and has a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer certification and a Sitecore CMS Admin certification.

Joined in 2010

Stephen Walters

Director of Photography / Colorist

Stephen has a degree in Mass Communications from Texas Tech University as well as a Radio/TV Broadcast degree from West Texas A&M University. He is the recipient of several Associated Press awards for photojournalism in Oklahoma and Texas including placing 1st for Photographer Portfolio in Oklahoma.

When not at work, Stephen still makes time for photography and videography and loves sports, especially when it comes to the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

Coming from TV broadcast news Stephen says he can not speak to how it compares to other agencies, but he does know there is an edge to what is done at AM — everyone and every last thing is done at 100 percent, and it definitely shows in the product.

Joined in 2012

Stephen Wymer

Editor / Steadicam Operator

Stephen has always loved horror movies since he was very young, which took him into the Special FX field. That in turn got his foot in the door on numerous film and video projects where he began to wear multiple hats and settle in on various professions in the industry. He was a part of the Special FX Department that won Best Special FX Makeup at the Bare Bones Film Festival in 2009 for the film “It’s My Party and I’ll Die if I Want to.”

Stephen holds an Associates Degree in Special FX Makeup from Tom Savini’s Special FX Makeup School in Monessen, PA.

Outside of work, Stephen enjoys sculpting, photography, writing, video games, video editing, horror films, bicycling, Legos and zombies.

Joined in 2000

Suzie Clinton

Receptionist

Suzie Clinton has been the receptionist for Mercury Group since 2001. Her unfailingly positive attitude, dedication, professionalism and enthusiastic work ethic provide an essential staple to the business at large. For the past eight years, Suzie has anchored the communication lines at Mercury Group, and she has never failed to raise the spirits of everyone around her.

Joined in 2009

Syed Aamir Naqib

SVP / Development

Syed has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology in Lahore, Pakistan, as well as a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. After school, Syed worked at a telecom software company and later moved on to work on pure software and was immediately hooked.

Outside of work Syed enjoys watching and playing sports including soccer, basketball, squash and golf.

Joined in 2015

Tammy Payne

SVP / Creative Director
Joined in 2013

Tiffany Eitzmann

Copywriter

Prior to joining Ackerman McQueen, Tiffany was a contributing entertainment and features writer for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. She is a member of the Association for Women in Communications and the Society of Professional Journalists.

At AM, Tiffany has worked as a communications specialist, media strategist and in creative services on many accounts including Chickasaw Nation, OklaVision, OG&E, INTEGRIS and Remington Park.

Outside of work, Tiffany enjoys traveling, film and documentaries, skiing, art and history museums, and playing the piano. She supports causes such as the Lupus Foundation of America, Alzheimer's Association and United Way. Tiffany graduated from Duke University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and Classical Studies.

Joined in 2007

Tim Katzenmeier

Camera Operator / Edit Assist

Tim says the door of creativity for advertising was opened for him with the acquisition of his first Mac. He brings strong broadcast experience and a creative eye to help tell the cinematic stories for clients like OklaTravelNet (now OklaVision).

Tim enjoys giving back to the community through the performing arts, with his band tKatz & the Goods. He is also involved with community organizations including the Red Dirt Rebellion Roller Girls, Allied Arts and United Way.

Tim studied mass communications at Oklahoma City University. Outside of work, he enjoys playing soccer and collaborating with local artists to create new music.

Joined in 2009

Tom Richardson

EVP / Director of Digital Technologies

After a short, but successful, hobby career in video games, he joined the independent advertising agency Slingshot while still in college at the University of Texas at Dallas earning a B.S. in Computer Science. While at Slingshot, he worked on high-profile projects for Jack Daniels, Finlandia Vodka, Dr Pepper/7 Up, Mission Tortillas, Dave & Busters, and others. Tom worked his way up to become the primary liaison between the creative and interactive departments, and the main technology advocate during a project’s concept phase.

He left Slingshot to join the small web development firm of TargetScope, where he worked on cutting-edge projects for Falcon NW Computing and the National Breast Cancer Foundation among others. After TargetScope, he started his own technology/consulting firm, Richardson Works, doing Web development and custom local real estate software. He closed the doors on this for a great opportunity to do world-class work with Branded News. At AM, Tom has worked with; National Rifle Association, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, Bickel & Brewer, OklaVision, FAA and Taco Mayo.

Since working at AM, he has learned AM understands technology. “They understand that it isn’t just a nuisance or an inconvenience that will go away if you glare at it hard enough,” Tom says. AM has fully embraced a design and development methodology like a true software firm, while applying decades of marketing know-how and advertising industry experience. It's the only “old school” shop I’ve ever seen truly embrace “new school.”

Outside of work, he enjoys Ultimate Frisbee, reading books, technology and spending time with family. Tom is also an active member of the Dallas Ultimate Association, and currently runs multiple sports leagues in the Dallas area, including Dallas Winter League — a 600-person coed Ultimate Frisbee league that runs on Saturdays between December and March at the Las Colinas Polo Fields.

Joined in 2010

Tony Makris

President Mercury Group

A lawyer, legislative consultant and seasoned political operative, Tony has served decades in the power centers of Washington and Hollywood. Over the years, he has worked on U.S. Senate and presidential campaigns, directed pro-defense advocacy groups and served under Defense Secretary Weinberger. Today, Tony regularly hosts sports stars, political leaders and celebrities on Under Wild Skies, a weekly hunting and outdoor sports series aired on ESPN.

Joined in 2014

Trey Rick, Esq.

Director, Business Affairs

A licensed attorney who was drawn to the advertising world, Trey believes that the in-house production capabilities at AM are mind-blowing, and continues to be impressed at how civically minded our employees are — despite the workloads, AM employees always find time to engage themselves in community activities.

His passion for film and music extends outside of work; Trey has served as a moderator on the Oklahoma Music in Film and TV Panel, a judge of the Oklahoma Blues Society, International Blues Challenge; a screener at the deadCENTER Film Festival, and is a Voting Member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) Grammy Award.

Trey was once featured in a Billboard magazine article “Music Marketing 101” by Phil Gallo. The article focused on the success of Trey’s music marketing class in helping an indie band reach the radio charts and get signed to a record deal with Wind-up Records.

Trey earned his Bachelor of Arts from Millsaps College and his Juris Doctor from the Mississippi College School of Law.

Joined in 2009

Tuck Oden

Associate Creative Director

Tuck grew up around the agency and its offices in OKC, Tulsa and Dallas, and put in a few high school years working here in traffic and Golden Voice. His young adult years were spent wandering the Montana Rocky Mountains and working as a barista in one of downtown Minneapolis’ busiest coffee shops — where he met his wife. Together they decided to move to Oklahoma in 2009, and that's when his AM career began in earnest.

Since becoming a copywriter, conceptual thinker, director and self-styled “ideat” in 2010, Tuck has worked on campaigns for INTEGRIS, the OKC Thunder, WinStar World Casino and Resort, Riverwind Casino, Remington Park, Dolese, Taco Mayo, Lone Star Park, Oklahoma State Fair and many others. His award-winning work includes TV, radio, print, outdoor, websites, online ads, collateral, videos and even entire magazines.

When he’s not writing, Tuck enjoys woodworking, playing guitar, bass and piano, building things, fixing things he built, fixing them again, quitting bad habits, reading, exploring with his young son and writing autobiographical statements in third-person biographical form.

Joined in 2011

Tyler Petersen

VP / Director of Episodic Programming

Tyler believes that the advertising industry truly chose him. Back when he was in high school, he noticed that the prior year’s football highlight video lacked style, story and character, so he took it upon himself to do it the next year, which then led to creating other videos for his school.

His past work experience includes working as a Production Manager at Frank the Plumber LLC, Head Assistant Editor at Cambio.com and freelance PA, DIT.

Tyler’s work has earned him awards from the BEA (Broadcast Education Association) Festival of Media Arts 2008 including 1st Place “Jari Askins” for Instructional Video — Producer/Editor and the Award of Excellence “In The Middle: Story of Nazi Prison Camps in Oklahoma” — Editor/Graphics.

On the weekends he enjoys playing kickball, making custom greeting cards, bowling and cooking.

Tyler received his degree from The University of Oklahoma.

Joined in 2015

Victor Aboytes

UI Designer

Victor joined the agency as a UX Designer in 2015. Prior to joining AM he worked at Youtoo Technologies for three years, honing his graphic design skills and working for a multitude of clients, including T-Mobile, Fox, MTV and even international clients like Zee TV.

Outside of work Victor enjoys working out, trying new foods and adventures with friends.

He studied at the Art Institute of Dallas, where he earned his Associate of Arts degree in design.

Joined in 2014

Walt Cox

Camera Operator / Editor

Walt comes from a strong video production and photography background. Before coming to AM in 2014 as a videographer/editor on Chickasaw Nation, he was a videographer/editor at Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department’s weekly television program “Discover Oklahoma,” non-linear editing instructor at Oklahoma City University, photographer/editor for KFOR-TV in OKC, Director of Photography for Discovery Channel’s “Michael Holigan's Your New House,” freelance photographer with clients including ABC, NBC, CBS, MTV, VH1, TLC, Discovery Channel, BBC (London) and RTL (Germany), and photographer/editor at WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

He graduated with a B.A. from the University of Central Oklahoma and started off as a music major. He learned that Tower of Power and/or Chicago weren’t in need of additional trumpet players, so he changed his major to broadcasting to stay involved in music by working in radio. Somehow he ended up with a video camera in his hands and has been hooked ever since.

His skills and hard work led to numerous awards including; two Emmy nominations for outstanding general news and news feature, Alliance for Women in Media, Gracie® Award Winner, first place in spot news and feature television from the Society of Professional Journalists, first place in video editing and feature reporting from the Associated Press, and first place in spot news and feature-single from the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters.

Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with family, going to the gym, books, Thunder Basketball and he’s learning to play bass guitar.

Joined in 2012

Wes DeWitte

Audio Engineer

Before joining AM as an audio engineer in 2012, Wes worked as an audio and sound engineer at The Music Group Studios, Ethno Graphic Media and Edge Studios.

He was interested in music and sound from an early age. His first experience in music and sound was recording his own band. He’s been hooked ever since and went on to study at the Creation Lab School of Audio Production.

Outside of work, Wes spends his time drumming, recording music and hanging with family and friends.

Ray Ackerman

Founding Partner

Ray Ackerman joined the company that would become Ackerman McQueen in 1952. At the time, the George W. Knox advertising agency was comprised of a handful of people and was billing only about a quarter of a million dollars a year. Ray took what money he had and bought the company two years later. He spent the next four decades nurturing it, growing it and sometimes suffering with it in a tough industry. The company survived and flourished in those earlier years largely due to many early mornings that Ray spent alone on the road, selling small projects piece by piece.

Ackerman McQueen maintains a strong relationship with the Oklahoma City community, which was also greatly facilitated by Ray’s efforts. Over the years, he contributed to the agency as general chairman and president and to the community as a board member of the following: National Finals Rodeo, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, the United Way, Allied Arts, Kirkpatrick Museum Center, St. Anthony Hospital Foundation, Better Business Bureau, Salvation Army, Science Museum of Oklahoma and Rotary Club 29 among many others. He was also on the Board of Trustees of OCU for more than 20 years.

In 1992, Ray retired from active leadership and served the company as Chairman Emeritus until his death in 2012.

Marvin McQueen

Founding Partner

Marvin McQueen came to Ackerman McQueen (then Ackerman Incorporated) after curiosity led him through the front door in 1972. He had retired from a 36-year career with D’Arcy, McManus & Masius in New York and was taking a casual walk in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma when he came across the then small, local agency. He met with Ray Ackerman on a whim, and a partnership that would ultimately grow the small, local company to a nationally recognized advertising agency began. Marvin quickly convinced his son, Angus, to come aboard in 1973, and together they transformed our roster with clients such as the National Rifle Association, Nocona Boots, Food & Wines from France, Sheraton Hotels and Resistol Hats, among others. During his tenure, the agency was frequently listed as one of the largest and hottest agencies in the southwest.

Known for his hard-nosed wit and extensive account experience, including Coca-Cola, Anheuser-Busch, Missouri Pacific Railroads, General Tire and Daisy to name a few, Marvin was deeply involved in the industry, especially on the educational and outreach level. He was a member of the American Association of Advertising Agencies’ (AAAA) National Committee on Relations with Students and Educators, former president of the School of Journalism Student Alumni Association, past president of the University of Missouri Alumni Association, a member of the AAAA Committee on Government and Public Relations, on the Board of Directors for the Educational Foundation of the University of Wisconsin-Superior, a member of the Executive Committee of the Indian Nations Council for Boy Scouts, and he was involved with many local Oklahoma organizations as part of the community. In recognition of his accomplishments, Marvin’s alma mater, the University of Missouri, awarded him the “Honor Award for Distinguished Service in Journalism.”

Marvin McQueen continued his career at Ackerman McQueen until his death in 1984, but he left behind a legacy of brilliance and savvy that still guides the company toward the future.

Lee Allan Smith

Founding Partner

Mr. Lee Allan Smith is Chairman of Oklahoma Events, LLC, a full service event production firm. He also served as Vice Chairman of Ackerman McQueen and as President of Oklahoma Centennial Sports, Inc., which was the local organizing committee for U.S. Olympic Festival –’89 in Oklahoma. In 2012, he was enlisted to complete the once-stalled American Indian Cultural Center and Museum, which is now slated to open in 2017.

An Oklahoma City native and University of Oklahoma graduate, Mr. Smith served three years as Chairman of the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce and on several Boards of Directors including Allied Arts of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Zoological Society, Inc., Boy Scouts of America and State Fair of Oklahoma among numerous others. He also organized the Civic Center Music Hall Grand Re-opening and was instrumental in planning for the State of Oklahoma’s Centennial Celebration. He has accrued many honors and awards for his local work and philanthropy and was inducted into the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and also received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters Degree from the University of Oklahoma.

Mr. Smith resides in Oklahoma and continues a strong friendship with Ackerman McQueen.