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St. John & Partners
TOTAL NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES
Office Employees51-100
Total US51-100
Total Worldwide51-100
BIOS
Dan St. John, Chairman, CEO
Dan began his career at a small PR shop before having the opportunity to head up communications for a prominent, private hospital. While there, he led the successful and award winning “Centennial Celebration” campaign for St. Luke’s Hospital. He was then asked to join The William Cook Agency, one of the premier agencies in the Southeast at the time. He soon switched to the advertising side of the agency, and by the end of his 12 years there, was responsible for managing some of the agency’s largest and most high-profile accounts. In 1984, Dan decided it was time for an even bigger challenge and started his own agency with William Robinson. The new venture, Robinson & St. John, recorded $500,000 in billings in its first year and grew to be an $18 million agency by 1993. That year, he bought his partner’s ownership in the agency and later renamed it St. John & Partners. He continues to play an important role in helping our clients succeed and has guided SJ&P to steady and consistent growth. Dan served on the national 4A’s board for three years.
Jeff McCurry, President, COO
Equal parts account guy, management consultant, planner and writer, Jeff has for what seems like forever been our “in case of emergency break glass” guy – get him involved (and no, it doesn’t have to be an emergency) and you’ll get to a simple, strategic solution. But beyond problem solver, Jeff’s real interest is in what’s ahead – how social, technological and business trends change our lives and our work. In his role as president and chief operating officer, Jeff is steering the agency toward a future driven by what he believes are two mandatory skill sets: adaptive content and 24/7 on-demand connectivity (we were relieved he was referring to brands, not us). Jeff is the father of three teenagers (back to that emergency skill set), a graduate of The Ohio State University, former Chair of the 4A’s Florida Council and a product of agencies in Philadelphia, Cincinnati and, of course, Jacksonville.
Peter Herbst, VP Executive Creative Director
Peter has 18 years of industry experience, three years at SJ&P, and currently oversees all creative work product of the agency. Peter joined the agency from Y&R, New York, and brings with him a host of experience and insight on clients like American Express, Lufthansa, Green Mountain Coffee, Nets Basketball and Valvoline. A staunch believer in the collaborative process, Peter knows a good idea can come from anywhere, and more importantly, how to shepherd that idea into a clear, precise and highly creative piece of communication. Peter is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of New York.
Shane Santiago, VP Digital Director
Shane has 14 years of industry experience and five years’ experience at SBS Studios, which SJ&P acquired in 2013. Shane oversees digital strategy and implementation. He offers a wealth of experience, having worked with world-renowned brands like Visa, Disney, Discovery, the NBA, Sony Pictures and the American Red Cross, for which he has earned myriad industry honors. He has been published in top industry publications, such as Advertising Age, Communication Arts and Mashable. Shane is a graduate of the University of Florida.
Lisa Gearhart, VP Consumer Strategist
Trend watcher. Conversation catalyst. Avid listener. Poet. Mom. Just a few words to describe our 20-year agency veteran and leader of all the agency’s strategic planning and research efforts. Lisa has undeniable passion for and experience in helping companies such as Vistakon/Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Mayo Clinic, American Health Care Association, Florida Power & Light and American Express connect with employees, consumers and influencers. When she’s not talking with people about their life transitions, she’s busy reading, writing and working to bring them together with companies who can make the changes people seek to improve their lives.
Jenifer Harmon, VP Account Group Director
Jenifer leads our retail client practice, including Zaxby’s, a rapidly growing fast-casual restaurant concept, and the Florida Lottery. She has also worked on Smoothie King, a chain of 400 nutritional lifestyle centers and PARC Management, which operates former Six Flags theme parks around the country. Jenifer’s understanding of marketing is rooted in 25+ years of experience on both the agency and client sides. Jenifer has an amazing ability to galvanize teams around a plan, and marketing partners around a vision, of what is possible. How does she do it? As a mother of four, Jenifer is an expert at time management.
Al Wittemen, VP Omni-Channel/Shopper Marketing
A business-savvy, collaborative leader, Al is a veteran of consumer and shopper marketing for CPG and service brands. His reputation for results is built on showing companies how to use customer data and insights to create superior end-to-end brand experiences for their consumers and shoppers. Before coming to SJ&P, Al was CMO at TPN, and before that he was managing director at TracyLocke, where his work involved building business models for improving customer service with clients including Pepsi, Frito Lay, Bank of America and T-Mobile. Earlier in his career, he founded Retail Performance Group, where he reinvented how his clients interacted with customers, and wowing them at multiple touch points to create an ongoing dialogue and build a loyal base for Unilever, Nokia, MasterCard and G.E. Capital. Al attended the University of New Hampshire on a football scholarship, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing. He then received his MBA from Babson College.
Jenn Timmer, Integrated Media Director
Jenn heads up our media department, ensuring strategic planning, buying and investment management are integrated to deliver engaging and efficient media plans for all of our clients. With over 15 years of experience, she developed her passion for connecting consumers with brands working with clients like Texas Lottery, Pepsi-Cola, Coors/Molson, Whole Foods Market and Aio Wireless. A proud University of Texas at Austin graduate and Colorado native, Jenn knew she didn’t belong land-locked anymore when her flip-flop collection outnumbered all her other shoes.