Word nerd meets technophile. After better than 20 years at Magnani, Justin enjoys mixing skills to make every day different. Meeting in the boardroom. Writing copy on scrap paper. QA-ing the latest app. Using creativity and humor to make sure even long-time clients get pitched like it's the first date.
An empathetic pragmatist with a sense of humor. Felicia has focused on the client, their needs and their audience for more than 18 years at Magnani. When others wish aloud for clients packing unlimited time and funds, Felicia asks, "Where's the fun in that?" In her free time, she rehabs her century-old octagonal house and makes sure her kids, too, are raised strong enough to last.
Brian Riley | Executive Creative Director & Managing Partner
Brian has spent the last 20+ years at Magnani using his creativity to solve problems for brands he respects. His work has won numerous awards and taken many forms from apps to print, broadcast to in-store. Once the most talented athlete at his art school, Brian now spends his weekends chasing his kids around playgrounds and ballparks.
Sara Quoss Martin | Director of Client Service
Officially, Sara is responsible for client relationships — keeping clients involved, informed and satisfied. Unofficially, she is the fixer — tasked with leaning on whatever resources are necessary to get things done. Picture Sara as a nurturing Harvey Keitel. She mentors a crack team of account professionals, galvanized to build success. In her free time, she likes to laugh. At movies. She likes all types.
Justin Jurek | Director of UX & Web Development
For better than a decade, Justin has provided Magnani with an ability to see the big picture among the many assorted details. He uses his talent for connection to inspire real people to take smarter actions. In his free time, Justin loves assembling IKEA furniture. He takes a hundred odd-shaped parts. Adds vague, unhelpful instructions. Then with dead reckoning and a simple tool, he creates an avant-garde sofa named Flurfk.
Lauren Stegmeyer | Creative Director
If you wanted to try walking a mile in Lauren’s shoes, you might find yourself leaving the Frye® boots behind to go dancing in Chuck Taylors™ at a concert, flipping in swim fins while scuba diving, or shredding some powder in snowboard boots. Who knew merging so many divergent interests into one creative director could yield so many great ideas? Probably not you, since you’d be too exhausted to think by now.
Gail Straus | Director of Research
Meticulous. Curious. Persistent. Gail brings a wealth of experience to bear helping clients gain a deeper understanding of audiences and motivations. She joined Magnani following 10 years as senior vice president at Lipman Hearne, Inc. doing enrollment and strategic marketing consulting. Her wry sense of humor is also hard-earned.
Ted Hoagland | Chief Financial Officer
Ted is your typical musician-turned-creative-turned-account man-turned-finance professional. He understands all parts of the Magnani business having lived them in former lives. When he's not making sure the books even out, he's turning up the amp with his band. In his words, "we may not be good, but we're punctual."
Alayna Van Hall | Director of Business Development
Looking for the next new thing? Ask Alayna. In her role as Director of Business Development, Alayna is a connector. Of ideas and opportunities. Of people and possibilities. Of Magnani and our next great client partner. In her real life, Alayna connects cab rides with great new restaurants and plane tickets with unforgettable travel experiences.