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Marcus Thomas LLC
Office Employees101-200
Total US101-200
Total Worldwide101-200
Discretionary Comments:
Marcus Thomas employs more than 140 full time associates in addition to a battery of freelance specialists in Youngstown and Cleveland, Ohio, and 40 full time associates in Buenos Aires, Argentina
James Nash, Managing Partner
Jim joined Ira Thomas Associates in 1989 and became president in 1994, CEO in 1995. He was instrumental in consummating the merger with Marcus Advertising in 2000 and is now Managing Partner for the agency. Previously, he worked for The Jayme Organization, Cleveland, and Malone Advertising, Akron, Ohio and Charlotte, North Carolina.

Background: Marketing, strategic counsel, program development and management.

Memberships: Cleveland Ad Club, American Marketing Association, American Association of Advertising Agencies. Boards: Youngstown United Way, The YMCA, Kent State University’s School of Journalism Advisory Committee and the American Association of Advertising Agencies Management Committee.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Advertising and Marketing, Kent State University.
Mark Bachmann, Partner
Mark joined Ira Thomas Associates in 1989. He was Executive Vice President before its merger with Marcus Advertising in 2000. As Partner, he is responsible for the development and delivery of the Marcus Thomas product, including a leadership role in digital marketing and media planning and buying. He also heads business development for the agency.

Background: 29 years’ experience in marketing, strategic planning and advertising communications.

Memberships: American Advertising Federation, Direct Marketing Association, Northeast Ohio Direct Marketing Association. Boards: Boys and Girls Club, Mahoning Valley Junior Achievement, Walsh Jesuit High School.

Education: Xavier University, Cincinnati. Bachelor’s degree in Business Organizational Communications from University of Akron.
Joanne Kim, Partner
Joanne joined Ira Thomas Associates in 1990 as a copywriter and was promoted to Creative Director in 1995. She is a member of the Management Committee of Marcus Thomas, provides the spiritual as well as physical leadership to the agency's creative department and is also responsible for production, traffic, agency branding.

Background: 20+ years’ experience in advertising and communications. Holder of numerous national, regional and local awards for creative excellence.

Memberships: Cleveland Ad Association, the One Club for Copy and Art in New York. Taught advertising copywriting at Kent State University. Boards: The National Conference for Community and Justice and Beatitude House.

Education: Parson’s School of Design, New York, Bachelor’s degree from Kent State University.
Joseph Blaha, CFO
Joe joined Ira Thomas Associates in 1994 and becaume CFO in 1996, before the merger with Marcus Advertising in 2000. Previously, he was an account manager for the CPA firm of Heiberger, Green and Company, Independence, OH and a senior auditor at Touche Ross & Co. Responsibilities: Joe supervises the agency’s financial operations, including the accounting department, technical services, bank and CPA liaison. He also works to design compensation and reporting systems to fit the individual needs of each client. He has led the development of the agency’s proprietary Intranet software system. Memberships: American Institute of CPAs, Ohio Society of CPAs. Education: BA degree from Ohio Wesleyan, cum laude. Graduate studies in Business Administration and Taxation at Cleveland State University and the University of Akron.
Harvey Scholnick, Chairman Emeritis
Harvey joined Marcus Advertising in 1984 and was largely responsible for the significant growth of the agency, from $12 million to $30 million, until its merger with Ira Thomas Associates, forming Marcus Thomas in 2000. Prior to that, he was associated with BBD&O and J. Walter Thompson in Chicago. Background: Twenty-two years of marketing management in Chicago leading to Senior Vice President, Group Account Director at J. Walter Thompson, responsible for such accounts as Gillette, Kellogg's, Jovan Fragrances, and Schlitz Beer. Memberships: a number of community boards, heads public relations and marketing committee at Menorah Park Center for Senior Living, Alzheimer's Association Advisory Committee. Education: Bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin and a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.