Employee News Articles

OBI Creative’s New Controller Asks the Right Questions

What makes a business tick? How does it make money? What operations cost that business money? How are its products and services valued? While these questions might bore the pants off creative talent, they are constantly running through the mind of OBI Creative’s new Controller, Chris Hoagland. Since joining our Omaha office in December, Chris […]

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OBI Creative’s New Account Manager Gets Ahead by Giving Back

Tiffani Brendeland uses her commute into OBI Creative’s Des Moines office to feed her interest in learning. She uses that time to listen to podcasts and audiobooks that nurture her passion for helping others. One look at Tiffani’s LinkedIn profile shows that she believes it’s important to help nonprofits amplify their work. That desire to […]

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OBI Creative’s Kat Slump Inspires Confidence

Every day, Kat Slump says yes to the impossible. In college, that meant lighting up Apple as a UX Prototyping Intern and spinning her wheels as a Production Management Intern for Flywheel. Those experiences strengthened her belief in the power of technology to solve problems and help others. Now that she’s completed her BS in […]

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Karisa Malchow Brings Winning Attitude to OBI Team

Five years ago, while she was a volleyball standout at Creighton University, Karisa Malchow accepted an internship with OBI Creative. That led this enthusiastic, competitive and high-energy problem solver to a three-year stint as an Account Coordinator and Account Manager before a move took her to First National Bank of Omaha (FNBO) as a Marketing […]

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OBI Account Director Joins Client’s Cause by Becoming a CASA

“Silence isn’t always golden; especially for children who have suffered abuse and neglect. You can help give them a voice by becoming a CASA volunteer – a court appointed special advocate. Right now in Nebraska more than 2,000 children are in need of a dedicated, caring adult like you who can listen to them and […]

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From Cows to Clinical Care, Kathleen is a Copywriter Extraordinaire

“One must still have chaos in oneself to give birth to a dancing star.” (Nietzsche) Kathleen joined OBI Creative as our senior copywriter extraordinaire in June and we couldn’t be happier. Kathleen has more than 30 years of agency experience, an amazing portfolio and expertise in the agriculture, construction and healthcare fields. Her knowledge of […]

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New Account Manager Scraps Sports for Adventures in Advertising

To be fair, OBI Creative’s new Account Manager, Joe Menaugh, isn’t leaving sports behind altogether; you can still spot this thrill-seeker skydiving, canyoneering, running, hiking, golfing or attending one of his children’s sporting events. Professionally speaking however, this seven-year CWS planning committee member and former Associate Director of the Big Ten Conference is hanging up […]

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Employee Spotlight: Katie Goetz

If OBI Creative Digital Strategist Katie Goetz could be anywhere, doing anything (other than in Des Moines creating awesomely effective digital campaigns for clients) she would sit at a little table outside a coffee shop in Paris, admiring the Eiffel Tower. It, along with exploring Hawaii, Greece and Africa are on this talented, travel-loving, fitness […]

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Alt + OBI = Unstoppable

You’ve heard the news; OBI Creative has expanded into Iowa by joining forces with the digital powerhouse of Alt Studios. With a mission to provide ‘creativity with purpose,’ Alt Studios captured the attention of OBI president and CEO Mary Ann O’Brien, who had followed Alt for two years before moving to acquire their talented team […]

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Globe-Trotting Do-Gooder Joins OBI Account Team

Creative thinking, problem solving and collaboration come naturally to Ashley Smith; maybe that’s why advertising is such a good fit for our newest Account Director. Or maybe it’s because she genuinely enjoys helping people. Ashley joins our crew after a stint coaching advertisers to reach their goals at LinkedIn as a Marketing Solutions Support Specialist; and […]

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Kevin Hutchison

Vice President of Client Relations and Business Development



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Director of Communication and Marketing Strategy



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Vice President of Operations and Leadership