Under Tom’s leadership, Exponent PR, Colle+McVoy’s public relations partner, has earned national accolades for mobilizing influential audiences and building lasting connections through belief in brands. Exponent was recently named 2014 Agency of the Year Finalist by PR Week and The Holmes Group for its modern approach to create believers. Tom has a 20-year track record has helped high-profile brands such as Nestlé Purina, Caribou Coffee, Maytag Appliances, Novartis, General Mills, Johnson&Johnson, Medtronic and Duluth Trading Company. Tom is a member of the Minnesota Zoo Foundation Board of Trustees and a certified Special Olympics Minnesota coach.
Bernice knows the food industry inside out—and from farm to table. While building client relationships and creating innovative, high-impact ideas for brands, Bernice’s enthusiasm and ability to make instinctual adjustments (learned, perhaps, during her many years as a trombonist?) have earned her a reputation as an unflappable PR practitioner. So, she’s levelheaded, improvisational and endowed with a certain enviable flair. But does she, in fact, have a weakness? “Pickles,” she admits. “I could sit and eat an entire jar of pickles.”
When his clients face a crisis, whether potential or very real, Bob always brings them back to one simple question: “What are your primary business objectives?” With that as his beacon, over the past 20 years he has helped large and small organizations navigate the choppy waters of executive malfeasance, product tampering, drug diversion and abuse, product recalls and withdrawals, federal regulatory actions, media and Congressional investigations and other situations in which millions of dollars—and one’s good corporate reputation—were at stake.
You can take the girl off the farm…Wait, no, that doesn’t work either. Once a farm kid, always a farm kid, Cynthia grew up loving the farm life and still does, having added decades of experience in science and food along the way. Complicated agronomic or animal topics? No problem. Practical connections with professional and lifestyle agriculture? No sweat. Finding consensus among diverse audiences? Can do. With her knowledge and insight, Cynthia helps the Exponent team harvest success for our agribusiness clients.
Keith was a closer for his Division I college baseball team and believes “a good PR agency is like a good bull pen — able to step into a (sometimes sticky) situation, assess what needs to be done and throw strikes.” Keith spent five years as a practicing attorney and has a strong reputation as a strategic thinker. He consistently helps clients achieve public relations success through thoughtful and practical media relations, social media, community engagement and experiential programs.
Carol sees many parallels between her two passions: tennis and PR. Both rely on timing, finesse and placement. A 25-year public relations veteran, Carol helps food and agribusiness clients develop award-winning, strategically sound plans. And she continues to think deeply about the issues facing these industries. “Consumers have rediscovered a passion for food,” she says, “and that gives us a golden opportunity to engage them in meaningful exchanges about the role our industry plays in growing foods safely, affordably and abundantly.”
Mike likes to say the secret of his success is that he surrounds himself with a diverse group of creative, driven thinkers and craftspeople—no matter which side of the creative/account or advertising/PR divides they sit on. And, that’s true. But, by the time he completed his 10th (and counting) marathon (and an Ironman triathlon), it became clear there’s a fair amount of personal drive and talent at work, as well. Before coming to Colle+McVoy as our fearless creative leader, Mike worked at agencies that include TBWA\Chiat\Day and Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners on brands including Allianz Life, BMW MINI, the Detroit Pistons, Infiniti, Inter-Continental Hotels, Minnesota Wild, Nissan and Sun Microsystems. Under his leadership, Colle+McVoy has been recognized in some of the industry’s most revered award shows, including Cannes Lions, The One Show, the Webby Awards, the Effies and has been named a Midsize Agency of the Year finalist by the O'Toole Awards.
Ed lives by two rules: never run out of ideas and offer an amazing smile. These simple guidelines helped him transform the design division at Colle+McVoy into 10 Thousand Design: an interdisciplinary brand design firm with national and international accolades. Ed doesn’t believe in having a specific design style; rather, he thinks a brand's style should lead to its own unique look and feel. This design philosophy has helped modernize brands, allowing them to recapture their essence. He has an incredible breadth and depth of design expertise stemming from his experience with brands that include Nikon, ESPN, Jim Beam, Red Wing Shoes, Field & Stream, Lee Jeans, Johnson & Johnson, and Caribou Coffee. And he has a talented stable of designers working with him. Together, they have earned awards from D&AD, AIGA, The One Show and Communication Arts.