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Atmosphere Proximity
TOTAL NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES
Office Employees101-200
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Andreas Combuechen, Chairman, Chief Executive and Creative Officer
Andreas is recognized as one of the digital industry’s foremost creative branding experts. He’s renowned for his ability to aid both online and offline brands in establishing their identity, positioning, nomenclature and image. Andreas has worked on all key assignments in the agency’s history, many of which have received critical acclaim. Under Andreas’ leadership, Atmosphere has also realized five consecutive years of double-digit revenue growth and has become one of the top 30 U.S. interactive agencies.

Prior to Atmosphere, Andreas was Executive Creative Director at Frankfurt Balkind, NY for several years. A few of his major accomplishments while there included the re-branding of “theminingco.com” into “about.com,” establishing the online brand presence for Goldman Sachs, Gartner Group, Hearst New Media, and creating the “Brand Identity System” for Adobe Acrobat.

Andreas is on the Board of the AAAA’s New Media Committee, is frequently quoted in leading industry publications, and is a regular judge at high-profile creative award shows including The Circle Club, The ANDY Awards, The ONE Show, Cannes and The New York Advertising Festival.

Under Andreas’ leadership, Atmosphere has created some of the most admired and talked about work in the industry, including the GE “Pen” (which won a Gold Pencil from The One Club and a Silver Lion from Cannes), GE Ecomagination “Seed” (which was voted “Interactive ad of the year” by B2B magazine in 2007), and www.emirates.com (2008 World Luxury Award Finalist, 2009 IAC Winner - Best Airline Website, 2009- Travel d’Or - Best Airline Website).
Stewart Krull, Executive Creative Director
As a cartooning student under Will Eisner, Harvey Kurtzman and Art Spiegelman at New York’s School of Visual Arts during the birth of the graphic novel, Stewart developed an understanding of the way a few simple words and thoughtfully sketched lines could complement each other to create maximum impact. As a copywriter for the last two decades, that foundation has informed Stewart’s approach to storytelling and enabled him to feel equally at home in the realms of TV, Print, Radio and Interactive.
Since joining Atmosphere as a Creative Director in 2007, Stewart has led the creative work on AT&T, Citi and Bud Light accounts, helping to launch AT&T’s awarding winning Where Do You Live e-commerce site, relaunch the Citi Never Sleeps mantra to a global audience and enable Bud Light’s Dude campaign to reach new monosyllabic glory in the online and mobile worlds.

Prior to joining Atmosphere, Stewart helped lead the American Express, SAP and AT&T Wireless accounts at Ogilvy New York, where he was a regular contributor to the renowned Official Card campaign and returned to his cartooning roots as part of the team on the seminal Adventures of Seinfeld & Superman campaign. As an ACD at DDB New York, Stewart helped lead Bentley Motors, Michelin, Amtrak and Bermuda Tourism, for which he created the 520-spot Radio Bermuda campaign that essentially introduced podcasting to a drive-time audience years before the term was coined. During stints at Pedone & Partners, Lord Einstein O’Neill and Cronin & Company, Stewart helped guide such brands as Leica Camera, NBC, Subway and Poland Spring.

Over the years, Stewart’s work has been recognized by the Cannes festival, the Andy Awards, the One Show, the Clios, the Addy Awards, D&AD, the Art Directors Club and, most recently, the Web Marketing Association and OMMA Awards.
David Bear, Executive Director, Mobile North America
David joined Atmosphere in 2007 with the focus of driving all of the agency’s mobile marketing efforts. Prior to Atmosphere, David served as Vice President, Business Development at ipsh! New York—a pioneering company in the mobile space.

At ipsh!, Bear managed the business development, strategy, planning, creative, and account management mobile initiatives for numerous Omnicom agencies including BBDO, OMD, PHD, Tribal DDB, Targetbase, Javelin Direct and more. He was responsible for developing and launching mobile programs ranging from standard SMS text campaigns to fully integrate mobile marketing and advertising campaigns using bluecasting, mobile video, interactive voice response (IVR) and location-based services via GPS.

David’s previous client experience includes Jeep, HBO, Sony, Warner Brothers, Citi, Bud Light and Target.
Robert Bachle, Sr. Director, CMR
Robert Bachle is an experienced digital marketing and customer relationship management consultant with over 15 years experience helping clients conceive, develop, and deploy response-generating interactive marketing programs. His background includes media strategy and planning, management consulting, database analytics, user experience design and integrated marketing communications. At NavigationArts, Bob works with clients to uncover business needs for digital marketing, and align these with the needs of prospects and customers to deliver compelling, user-friendly digital marketing solutions.

Prior to NavigationArts, Bob worked for marketing services company Wunderman, leading a team of strategy consultants, user experience designers and technologists to develop digital marketing communications on behalf of clients including Astra-Zeneca, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, AARP, Microsoft and Time Warner Cable. Creating and deploying personalized multi-media loyalty programs, integrating telemarketing and DM with digital and mobile solutions, as well as developing social media strategies for pharmaceutical clients, were among his achievements at Wunderman.

Before Wunderman, Bob served as Management Director for DraftFCB’s gobal marketing communications efforts for clients including Motorola, Samsung Electronics, General Motors, and Hewlett-Packard. Incorporating mobile media marketing programs and personalized email marketing tactics into the digital marketing approach were among his achievements at DraftFCB.

Prior to FCBi, Robert was a manager in marchFIRST consulting’s strategic services group, where he developed e-business strategies and designed online content personalization approaches for clients including ABN AMRO Bank, Lehman Brothers, XO Communications and Prudential Insurance.

Robert also held positions with OgilvyOne, where he led online advertising efforts to reposition IBM’s range of supercomputers and servers, and National Direct Marketing Corp., where he served as a database marketing analyst and online media planner.
Bob’s accomplishments have included Effie and Webby winning programs, chairing the Digital Production Committee at the Association of American Advertising Agencies, and completing three marathons without harming his love of long-distance running. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Washington University in St. Louis.
David Moore, Executive Director, Technology Development
David believes that technology is truly the systematic treatment of an art and enjoys close collaboration with creative to execute exceptional and effective campaigns and projects for clients. As both a programmer and director of various technology groups, he has experience with both consumer facing applications, search engine marketing and search engine development, as well as dynamic, engaging online and mobile experiences for a wide variety of clients including Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide’s Luxury Collection, Emirates Airlines, Target, AT&T, Citi and Conservation International.

Prior to joining Atmosphere, David was VP, Creative Technology Director at Publicis Dialog, growing the development and interactive production team and practices from scratch to support their growing interactive group. Clients included General Mills, Bermuda Department of Tourism and Sanofi Aventis. David’s experience also includes HarpersBazaar.com, Procter & Gamble, General Mills, Allied Domecq, Kodak and CapitalOne.
Chris Marquardt, Group Account Director
Chris comes to Atmosphere Proximity with almost twenty years of professional services experience, both as a strategic management consultant, and as an award winning digital marketer. An interactive strategist and team leader at digital agencies around the country, Marquardt has a wide breadth of industry experience and new business insight. Prior to this role, Chris was an SVP, Group Account & New Business Development Director at RAPP Worldwide working on Bayer, Travel Channel, Macy’s and the NFL. Other positions Chris has held include high level posts at iCrossing Inc, Organic and Modem Media. “Chris is an inspired collaborator, leader and proven talent. He will make a big impact on our work,” said Andreas Combuechen, Atmosphere Proximity’s Chairman, CEO and Chief Creative Officer.

A frequent facilitator and presenter at interactive and direct marketing industry conferences and events, Chris brings with him some of the top awards in digital marketing. Marquardt is a graduate of Swarthmore College with a B.A in Economics and received a MBA from London Business School.