What does success mean to you?
Higher revenue? Increased sales of a specific product? Breaking into a new market?
Whatever your dreams and goals may be for your organization, we want to help you make them a reality. That's why we focus on listening, more than talking. We want to know your dreams and your goals so that we can help you communicate and succeed.
In over 15 years of business our priority, and greatest incentive, has always been success for our clients. We believe our clients not only appreciate that, but also benefit from it, since most of our new clients have been referred by existing ones.
Imagemakers was founded during a recession, and we quickly learned what it meant to work hard. Our team has a combined 50+ years of experience in the kind of web development, graphic design, and advertising efforts that get results. We draw on diverse backgrounds from ad agencies large and small, cities across the US and a wide range of international travel experiences. In fact, everyone on the Imagemakers' team is encouraged to visit a different culture every year to gain a new perspective about how others see the world. We believe the benefit of our willingness to get out of our comfort zone results in learning new ways to communicate and understanding different points of views. That allows us to hone our listening and observational skills so we can be a better partner in helping you identify your goals and in working to help you then meet, and exceed, them.
We're not the only ones receiving recognition for our work. Our clients also win awards for the work we do for them. This pleases us, but we believe, however nice awards may be, creating and sustaining results for our clients is even better!
We also have other members of our team – our freelancers. In fact, we wouldn't be able to produce the quality, or quantity, of work we do without our extensive network of talented freelance writers, designers, programmers and developers, actors, musicians, video post production specialists and others.
Honestly, we feel fortunate in that we have found the best of the best to work with us on projects and consider each one a valuable and esteemed member of the Imagemakers team. And by using the talent and expertise available from our freelancers we are able to create the perfect team to help us meet the individual needs of our clients, no matter what those needs may be.
President & Creative Director
Dan Holmgren is one of those rare people who possess both the creative gene and a natural business savvy. He has always drawn and painted and has also always dreamed of running his own business. That dream came to fruition when he began Imagemakers in 1998. It was incorporated in 2001 and has been helping clients' dreams come true ever since.
Dan started working as a graphic designer in his hometown of Kansas City in 1994 and started writing software in 1989. In between he has worked with studio photography, a newspaper, web development and film production.
The best part of his job is seeing the positive effects Imagemakers' work has on the people and the clients it serves. He has helped launch successful new businesses, created websites that get over two million visits a year and has also won national awards and recognition for design, commercials and website creation.
But, although awards and professional recognition are nice, Dan believes the best measure of his success comes from the success of Imagemakers' clients. When not traveling or enjoying good food Dan can be found at the helm of Imagemakers where he has created a true team environment. One place you won't find Dan is out front, patting himself on the back and talking about his achievements. Dan would rather listen to his clients and help them clarify, reach for and achieve their goals and dreams.
Favorite Book: Atlas Shrugged
Favorite Foods: Truffle risotto, bacon, soup dumplings
Next Place I Want to Visit: Space
Hobbies: Traveling, eating, cooking
From the age of two, Jaclyn knew how to captivate her audience as she delighted guests while she danced across the stage. Later, she found her true calling helping clients step into the spotlight to do just the same.
After graduating from Texas Christian University with a B.S. in Strategic Communication, an advertising and public relations program, Jaclyn gained invaluable experience at an award-winning boutique PR agency in Dallas, known as MM2 Public Relations. At MM2, Jaclyn worked on projects for clients such as HomeAway, Barry Callebaut, MoneyGram, and The Hartford. Just like in a choreographed dance, this experience helped Jaclyn unleash her natural creativity into her work. Jaclyn's experience taught her the importance of creating an effective media campaign, defining and reaching goals for future business growth, enhancing social networks and consumer interactivity and building long-lasting relationships with media personnel to garner positive news coverage of a client's brand.
But this Boston-area native says she owes her introduction to the world of business promotion to her first job that she began at the young age of 14, when she worked at a local restaurant scooping ice cream and serving fresh seafood platters. "Coming right up," she used to hear the chefs say as she worked with a team to help maintain a successful business, increase product sales, and provide excellent customer service, all of which left Jaclyn wanting to continue her success within the marketing and communications industry.
"I get excited about helping organizations succeed, whether it's helping new clients reach their marketing goals or volunteering my time to aid the campaign efforts of a non-profit organization down the street," Jaclyn says.
When not working or volunteering, Jaclyn enjoys meeting new people, exploring new places and trying different foods. Her favorite cuisine is spicy Thai, but she also enjoys Mexican, especially if accompanied by a Margarita, and of course, with her New England roots, a tasty lobster roll by the seaside is always at the top of her list.
So how did this New Englander end up in Kansas? Jaclyn came to our area to relocate with her husband, Spc. Collins, when he was transferred to Fort Riley Army Base. And we couldn't be happier that her move eventually brought Jaclyn to Imagemakers. She came to us after stepping into the role of Public Relations Coordinator for the Flint Hills Discovery Center, in Manhattan. There, she was responsible for promoting the grand opening of the $24.5 million facility, which has welcomed over 30,000 visitors in just the first few months of operation, including visits from national and state dignitaries: US Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar and Governor of Kansas, Sam Brownback. Jaclyn's public relations efforts resulted in positive news coverage in outlets ranging from the Associated Press to Midwest Living.
"If there's a will, there's a way," is something Jaclyn often tells herself and we're certainly happy to have her will -- and expertise -- helping our clients find their way.
Guilty Pleasure: Dunkin' Donuts
Most Want to Visit: The exotic shores of Africa and Southeast Asia
Leisure Time Activities: Working out, traveling, learning about the healing power of organic foods and playing with her newfound love, her black lab, "Scamp the Champ"
A veteran of the New York City agency world, Bruce brings more than 20 years of brand, content and communication strategy experience to Imagemakers. He has led teams at top firms that have created breakthrough work for such clients as Liberty Mutual, Stanley Black & Decker, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Columbia Business School, NYU Langone Medical Center, the College Board and the American School of Bombay.
A confessed creativity junkie, Bruce lives for the challenge of making brands great. He loves working with passionate people to seek out the heart of an organization’s story — and bring it to life in ways that inform and inspire.
Bruce grew up absorbing ideas, stories and cultures in such far flung places as India, Israel and the Maine coast (not to mention Boston’s storied Fenway Park). As a result of his cross-cultural experience, he brings empathy and insights to projects that inspire fresh thinking, inventive solutions and tangible results.
Bruce recently made the move from one Manhattan to another — NY to KS — where his wife took a position as a dance professor at Kansas State University. Aside from the tornados, crazy hot summers and relentless purple-ness, Bruce has taken to his new digs, and couldn’t be happier to have found kindred spirits at Imagemakers.
Before heading west, Bruce served as the Director of Marketing and Communications at the Child Mind Institute, a leading nonprofit, and previously as the Managing Director of Suka Creative, an innovative New York City branding and design agency. He has spoken at conferences, led content strategy and writing workshops, and been featured in HOW Magazine, the Boston Globe, the Boston Phoenix and numerous music publications. His work has been recognized by the American Graphic Design Awards, W3 Awards, Healthcare Advertising Awards, Utopia Awards, Black Book AR100 Award, Graphis Awards, American Inhouse Design Awards, CASE Awards and the NEDMA Award for Creative Excellence.
Favorite things about Manhattan KS: The way the sky meets the prairie, zero traffic, no lines for anything anywhere, unbelievably nice people
Misses most about Manhattan NY: Ridiculously talented people everywhere, coffee in Soho, Prospect Park/Brooklyn, volunteering in neighborhoods
Greatest weakness: Dark chocolate almonds, La Colombe coffee
Greatest love: Watching my children explore the world, talking to my wife, our weekend children’s class with neighborhood kids
Wildest gigs: Gardener at the Baha’i World Centre in Haifa Israel, singer in a touring rock band
With over 10 years of ad agency experience, Niki has helped many notable brands tell their story. She has managed integrated campaigns and digital marketing projects for national brands including: Cellular One, Lee Jeans, Payless ShoeSource, Sonic DriveIns, Helzberg Diamonds, LongHorn Steakhouse and Sprint.
After graduating from Northwest Missouri State University, Niki began her career working on marketing communications for Bayer CropScience. From there, she continued working with a variety of clients to help them market their brands.
“I love getting into the story of a brand and helping my clients tell that story. Taking what the client loves and turning that into something truly creative and memorable is storytelling at its best. And when that creates results that fuels the client’s passion, well that’s even better,” Niki says.
But, advertising wasn’t always on Niki’s list of possible careers. When she was growing up in Norfolk, Nebraska, she dreamed of being an attorney, like those she enjoyed watching on television at the time.
Then she thought, maybe a career in dance would be a good choice? Niki had started dancing at age 5 and loved it. So much so that she trained under Broadway dancers and performers for 12 years. She even taught dance and toured with dance competition teams. But her creative side kept calling and when it was time to declare a major, Niki took the leap – a very graceful, lyrical leap – into the world of advertising and marketing.
“I have a passion for helping customers achieve their dreams,” says Niki. And, that’s why she is such a good fit at Imagemakers, because we do too. In fact, it was our shared goal of serving our clients and helping them make their dreams come true that drew Niki to us.
“I get energy from working with clients and helping them accomplish their goals. Not only does Imagemakers do that beautifully, but I love working with so many other talented designers, artists, planners and strong leaders and managers – all in one place,” says Niki.
The role of Imagemakers Account Supervisor offers Niki the perfect opportunity to use her creative strengths and her organizational and analytical attributes for her clients. We call that a win-win-win, because the benefits of this partnership creates a positive result for Niki, Imagemakers and our clients.
Unusual Skill: Niki has been able to recite the alphabet backwards since age 6
Favorite Food: Anything chocolate, as well as crab legs and sushi
If stranded on a dessert island: Niki’s practicality dictates taking some sort of survival tool such as a knife, along with a good book and writing supplies so she can record her experiences for the book she plans to write after being rescued
Kenzie has the unique ability to deeply understand our clients to help them achieve their business goals. She truly cares about the work that we do and the companies we serve on a daily basis.
Kenzie’s intuitive nature is matched by her experience working for Payless World Headquarters in Topeka, Kansas. Her background as a Senior Global Sales Analyst and Campaign Leader, having raised over $1.2 million for local and national charities, has equipped her to be able to accurately identify areas of opportunity for our customers.
Before joining the Payless ShoeSource World Headquarters, Kenzie worked in broadcast news where she received numerous awards. And as a St. Marys native, Kenzie shared that she wanted to be a newscaster since she was a little girl.
“While most little girls were playing house, I was creating cardboard station logos and TV studios where I would deliver news broadcasts,” she says.
While still in journalism school at the University of Kansas, Kenzie interned with a local news station. She loved it, but found the hard news stories so often focusing on loss and hardship difficult to shake when her shift was over.
That isn’t surprising to us since Kenzie is one of the most compassionate and giving people we know. And she walks the talk by being an advocate, volunteer and fundraiser for a number of groups and charities. One of her favorite group charities is the Avon 39, an annual 39.3-mile walk that benefits breast cancer research.
As Project Manager, Kenzie uses her compassionate nature to truly listen to what our clients want. She listens beyond what every business may say they want – to drive traffic to their website or to increase sales – moving more deeply into what really makes each client unique and how they can produce measurable results.
In addition to her communication and listening abilities, Kenzie’s attention to detail and organizational skills are critical to customer satisfaction.
“My inner nerd absolutely loves tracking all of the details. Spreadsheets, agendas and organizing are my favorite!” she says.
And we love that she loves those details, too! We also love that she enjoys adventure and making personal bucket lists. Things she has already crossed off her list include swimming with dolphins, zip lining and shark diving. Still left are taking a hot air balloon ride, going on safari in Africa and riding in one of those trucks that drives on railroad tracks.
Kenzie Olejnik says she feels like she won the jackpot by joining Imagemakers as Project Manager. And Kenzie has some knowledge about what a jackpot feels like, having won $500 on a crossword scratch lottery ticket. Okay, so maybe that wasn’t a jackpot, but it was still a win and winning is something in which Kenzie is experienced. Kenzie may feel like she won the jackpot when she joined the Imagemakers team, but we feel like we, as well as our clients, are the real winners.
Favorite Foods: Donuts and hotdogs, although (usually) not at the same time
Favorite Place: Wherever her husband, Dane, and daughter, Olivia, are
Urban or Rural: Definitely rural – Kenzie has created a Facebook group called Tri-County Rural by Choice to help promote rural and small town life
Although Ben York would prefer to have a different job every week, he has found the diversity and range of client projects he gets to work on at Imagemakers equally stimulating. Whether he's designing a brochure for a steel fabrication company or creating a web design for an organization interested in historic preservation, Ben uses his sharp problem solving skills to quickly understand what the client is looking for and how best to fulfill that. His attention to detail is evident from his logo and web designs to the creation of tradeshow displays, annual report and newsletter designs.
Design has captured Ben's attention since childhood when he would always notice when a soft drink had new packaging or a billboard was changed along the highway. Although good at a number of things - like golf, fly-fishing and poker - Ben has always been intrigued by design and finds it more interesting than even his favorite foods - cheeseburgers and fries.
Ben has a long history of being dependable, as evidenced by his being the recipient of an Attendance Award in the fifth grade in his hometown of Wichita. After earning a B.F.A from Kansas State University he worked for Union Graphics at the K-State Student Union, designing promotional materials for upcoming events. Ben joined Imagemakers in 2009 and was a member of the team that received an American Graphic Design award for the Manhattan Regional Airport website, www.flymhk.com, in 2010.
Favorite book: Blue Like Jazz
Next place I want to visit: The Mediterranean
Hobbies: Golf, fly fishing, sports, camping, poker, photography
Childhood career aspiration: Professional basketball player, golfer, car designer
Web Developer / Process Analyst
Growing up in Chanute, Kansas Brian John wanted to be an anesthesiologist like his father, Monty. We're so glad his mom, Carol, saw Brian's talent for design and encouraged him to pursue a career in communications. We're also happy that Brian decided to return to Kansas and join Imagemakers after college and several years work experience in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
"Thanks to Mom, I decided the medical field was probably not the best fit for a geek who likes to sit at a computer all day," Brian says.
He soon found his calling as a graphic and web designer while at Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. degree in Graphic Design and Marketing Dynamics. After several years working as a graphic designer in Bartlesville, Brian found our job listings on the Imagemakers website and applied.
That's another thing we're happy about, because we hired him! Brian is pleased to be a member of the Imagemakers team where he can let his geek flag fly freely as a Front End Web Developer. His free spirit, love of rock 'n' roll and lifelong fascination with computers is a welcome addition to the office. When not enjoying travel, music, photography, and a beautifully prepared Rainbow trout with garlic mashed potatoes - especially when these things are shared with his wife, Sarah, and daughter, Sadie - Brian enjoys trying to figure out how things work.
As a kid he took clocks and watches apart just to see how the gears all worked together. As he grew older he began playing with computers and immediately wanted to know how they worked and why they worked the way they did.
"I wanted to know how to use every program that I could get my hands on, and still do," he says. "I am always looking to learn more and better ways of improving my visual and verbal communications."
And communication is important to Brian. He loves to meet new people and, for a self-proclaimed geek, is very social. But in high school, although he loved telling stories, he found he was not very good at it. His enthusiasm for wanting to share the story would result in him excitedly ruining the natural unfolding of the tale he was trying to tell. But, instead of becoming easily discouraged, learning where he may have been weak only drove him to want to be better and after years of examining what made a good story and experimenting with storytelling techniques, his friends now attest that indeed one of Brian's best attributes is the ability to tell a great story.
Who wouldn't want to work with someone who is that invested in learning new things and wanting to be and do better – whether that is story telling or developing a new website for a client?
Favorite Book: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Favorite Band: Five Iron Frenzy
You Can Find Him: Listening to music, slappin' the bass, or spending time with his family
Claim(s) to Fame: Three first names, story-telling, personality
Hanah helps our clients achieve greatness every day. From making updates to their website to developing new website solutions, Hanah helps our customers stay up and running so they, too, can continue innovating.
We’re excited that Hanah’s desire to work in the digital world landed her on our team. "I knew I wanted to be somewhere in the digital arts field, because the technology is growing so rapidly making it a dynamic and exciting industry. When I experienced the creativity and the close-knit atmosphere of Imagemakers I knew I had found a home," Hanah says.
Hanah’s passion and willingness to constantly develop her coding abilities makes her truly unique. Hanah loves putting the pieces together to make a workable whole, whether that is creating jewelery with polymer clay and crocheting in her free time or coding a successful and well-built website.
"In all of these things, there are small pieces that when put together well, create something beautiful that can benefit others. With coding and developing a website, the pieces are letters, numbers and strings of words that can all be assembled to create something absolutely amazing," Hanah says.
Hanah was born in Germany where her father was stationed in the U.S. Army. Her family moved to Junction City when she was one year old and the Flint Hills has been her home ever since. As a child, Hanah dreamed of leaving the area for fame and fortune as Britney Spears, but not being able to dance -- or sing -- proved prohibitive, besides one Britney is enough and the world really needs a Hanah.
Learning new things is exciting for Hanah, and she finds those things in just about anything she does. For example, after her engagement she decided it would be fun to learn calligraphy so she could personalize her wedding invitations. She has also developed what her family and friends consider "super powers" where Apple products are concerned. She’s the go-to tech gal whenever anyone has a question or problem with an iPhone, iPad or other i-gizmo.
In her continuous quest to learn, Hanah asks a lot of questions to get the valuable answers needed to help the people around her: friends, colleagues and customers. From Hanah’s joyful personality to her coding skills, Hanah is a rising star in the custom website development world and we’re thankful to have her on our front-end development team.
Favorite Food: Any kind of potatoes and her dad’s macaroni salad, which she would want to have a huge supply of if she were stranded on a desert island
Favorite TV Show: Friends, Hanah has watched every episode – more than once
Favorite Place: The front porch of her grandma’s house in Iowa
Fun Fact: She can quote more lines from movies (especially Disney), song lyrics and television shows, than anyone we know
Livy Seirer brings an eye for artistic design matched with overflowing passion and imagination, which is why we are so thrilled to have this Graphic Designer as a part of our team. Whether she is selecting the perfect font or fulfilling a client’s vision for their message, Livy is focused on delivering the highest quality of work and finds that the creative process fuels her passion.
As a young girl growing up in Hunter, Kansas, where the cows outnumber people 100 to one, Livy dreamed of becoming an artist...and a princess. Unfortunately, her royal endeavor hasn’t panned out - at least not yet, but she has always seen the world as her canvas and is passionate about creating and using her limitless imagination. In fact, it is our innovative team concept and artistic abilities that drew Livy to Imagemakers. “The company’s values and other team members truly make this a unique and perfect fit for my personality,” she says.
Livy has always been interested in creating - whether that results in a piece of art, a beautifully designed book, a cozy blanket, a stunning photo, or a delicious cake. From a very young age, Livy was drawing, painting, sculpting and even crocheting. “Any opportunity to create something new, I love it,” Livy says.
Livy discovered graphic design early on in college and immediately knew it was a way for her to blend her extraordinary creativity with her artistic ability to help others achieve success. While obtaining her B.F.A in Graphic Design from Fort Hays State University, Livy worked as a design intern for the university’s admissions office and in 2014 she received a Leo B. Award from the Leo Burnett Agency in Chicago.
So, although our award-winning Graphic Designer has yet to receive her crown, we consider her our very own Princess. And, we are very pleased that she is here to make others’ dreams come true during the design process.
Favorite Food: Any kind of potato, spuds are her buds
Favorite Place to Visit: Hobby Lobby because of its unlimited possibilities for her artistic interests
Favorite Drive: Any gravel road, because it reminds Livy of her roots
If Left on a Desert Island: Livy would take her husband, Jordan, her cat, Riley, and some Charmin (Princesses can be practical too, you know)
Steven Vondruska can't remember a time when he wasn't interested in electronics and technology. His love of technology and his ability to figure out how things work make him a natural as a programmer.
In fact, you might say his programming career began in elementary school in Ohio. That's when he figured out how to lock the school's entire IT support staff out of their Macintosh computer. The school, realizing they had a true technical prodigy on their hands, quickly made Steven the go-to guy to help solve any computer problems that arose.
And Steven uses that same drive and curiosity, as well as his ability to remain calm under pressure, in his position as Programmer at Imagemakers. Before joining the Imagemakers team Steven worked as a web template creator for National City Bank in Cleveland, Ohio, and as a developer and system administrator at Peerlis, an interactive technology firm.
His interest in writing computer code began while in high school when he began writing programs for the school's TI-83 graphing calculators. Like any true techie, Steven so enjoys tinkering with technology and creating programs that he continues to do so in his free time. He recently created a fully automated cat feeder which can be controlled by a smartphone.
Favorite Book: To Kill A Mockingbird
Favorite TV show: Mythbusters
Favorite Food: Cheeseburgers, pepperoni pizza
Hobbies: Frisbee, building/figuring things out
We'd like to take this opportunity to thank Clayton's younger brother, Justin, for honing Clayton's competitive edge. Growing up the two brothers competed in everything they did. Whether it was sports, grades, video games or their parents' attention the two turned every encounter into a competition.
That will to compete -- and win -- is still strong in Clayton.
"With this combination of competiveness and love for problem solving, it's no surprise I chose web marketing as a career. I get excited when I can work with companies that want to beat their competition," Clayton says.
Clayton came to us as an intern in 2006 and has been working with us ever since. In 2008 he graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor's in Computer Technology and Web Development.
When not working, Clayton enjoys spending time with his wife, Tricia, being surprised by foods he's never tried before and playing video games – which he still loves to win!
Favorite Drink: Peach Iced Tea
Favorite Food: Mom's Spaghetti
Favorite TV Station: PBS
Hobbies: Playing with his dog, Ace