Supervox began as a brand agency, serving clients ranging from restaurants and retail to technology, manufacturing and professional services. And as our clients grew, we did too, evolving into a full-service creative agency with a penchant for helping ambitious brands thrive in a complex and competitive marketplace.
Drawing on over 20 years of experience as both a designer and art director, Tim brings exceptional breadth and refinement to projects ranging from corporate identity systems, branding, websites and annual reports to print ads, apparel and environmental. He also brings quiet dignity to the creation of off-color billboards, offensive viral campaigns, and innuendo-laden kids’ menus.
Tim has a strong background in restaurant marketing and branding, having created compelling, multifaceted identities for Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, Buca di Beppo, Manny’s Steakhouse, Good Earth restaurants, Burger Jones, Pittsburgh Blue Steakhouse, Salut Bar Américain, Libertine Bar & Restaurant, Stella’s Fish Café, Uptown Cafeteria and many others. Recent brand projects outside the restaurant realm include work for AVI Systems, Hallett Financial, Hellmuth & Johnson, Monroe Moxness Berg, NTY Concepts, Skylark Cleaners, Twist Design, UnitedHealth Group and Vaddio.
Tim has won multiple design awards and his work has been featured numerous times in national publications including Communication Arts and Print magazine. A native Minnesotan, he is a graduate of the Arts Center College of Design in Pasadena, California
From award-winning advertising to hackle-raising fortune cookie messages, Tim has made his mark across the spectrum of marketing communication. A particular point of pride: Seeing his work featured not once, but twice in Tonight Show segments showcasing what Jay Leno called “inept” advertising. And that’s on top of winning awards in AdFed Minnesota’s “The Show”; AIGA Minnesota’s annual competitions; the national “One Show;” and The Outdoor Advertising Association of America’s national “Obie Awards.”
Prior to co-founding Intercom Agency, Tim was a senior writer at Minneapolis-based Kuester Partners, which was later acquired by Gage Marketing. Before entering the creative sector, he worked as an editor at PBS in Washington, DC and studied communications and English at Northwestern University.
After spending his youth driving around in a van full of hair and amps, Matt now rocks the pixels as a web-shredding interactive specialist. He began his current “gig” at the now defunct interactive company, Bitstream Underground, later acquired by Gage Marketing, and went on to co-found Supervox – then called Intercom Agency – in 2007.
Matt first earned recognition in the web world for his preternatural proficiency in Flash, but moved on even before the industry did – immersing himself in UX, site structure, and the emerging world of digital strategy. His signal strength: an ability to harness interactive technology to meet users where they live and browse, at their point of need. Today Matt oversees a broad range of interactive projects, ranging from multi-platform web design to highly specialized apps and digital tactics.
A Minnesota native, Matt attended Harvard University, where he studied English and surprised himself by excelling in calculus.
You know those kids who always ask “Why?” Karen followed up with, “Are we really addressing the problem?”, “Who’s the audience?” and “What’s the ROI?”
No surprise, then, that she ended up at Supervox as a VP and senior marketing strategist after amassing more than fifteen years of client and agency-side experience in industries ranging from CPG and retail to health care and hospitality.
Indefatigable, curious and laser-focused, Karen uncovers each brand’s unique attributes, identifies opportunities, and all but weaponizes our clients’ strengths to propel them forward. Prior to joining Supervox, she held senior account and strategy positions at CBX, Yamamoto, BBDO and Martin Williams, formulating and executing multimillion-dollar integrated communication plans for some of America’s best-known brands.
Things to know about Karen: She’s a farm kid from Western Minnesota. She captained the University of Minnesota’s cross-country team, and a decade-and-a-half later ran a marathon in 3:18 (see what we mean by indefatigable?). Karen studied marketing and advertising at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, and is a mother of two.
Having spent more than half his life in the advertising world, Greg’s transformation into a human-marketing hybrid is now complete: He looks like a regular person, but he feeds off brand energy.
A graduate of the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, Greg worked as an account manager at Colle+McVoy and later rose to the position of management supervisor at Gage Marketing, where he oversaw multi-pronged campaigns for clients ranging from UnitedHealth Group to Nestle and U.S. Bank. In 2008 he became Account Director at Supervox, where he works with clients to identify their marketing needs and develop thoughtful, effective solutions. He also makes sure projects are done on time, on budget and without compromise—no small task considering the number of jobs he handles at any given time.
Once assured that client satisfaction has been achieved for another day, Greg goes home to polish his beastly 700-page novel – which, if you’re an agent or publisher, you’ll want to get your hands on right away.
“I’m passionate about purposeful and engaging design,” says Matthew. And based on the seriousness with which he approaches each project, his clear rationale for every design decision, and Matthew’s ability to tailor his style to the strategy, he isn’t just blowing smoke.
A graduate of St. Cloud State University with a B.S. in Graphic Design and minor in Advertising, Matthew has studied in Australia, trekked in China, and engaged in disaster relief projects in North Dakota and New Orleans. Away from the office, he pursues a wide range of interests, from architecture, history and art, to cycling, tennis and swimming.
It’s baffling how he finds time for all those activities, since you’d think Matthew would need every waking hour to master all of his other capabilities, which include web and email design, brand identity and logos, video editing, illustration, animation, photography and much more.
For an agency with clients as diverse as ours, Matthew’s combination of talent, focus and versatility is invaluable. We wish we had two of him. Funny enough, that isn’t outside the realm of possibility. Matthew has a twin brother, who’s also a designer.
Was Michael an ungrateful child? He says no, but considering his rejection of the bucolic bliss in which he was raised, you have to wonder. “My parents had a small farm in New Prague, Minnesota, and my childhood was spent playing in the fields, building forts, and exploring nature. It was wonderful, but from the moment I walked into 7th grade geography class, adventure called.”
The only one in his family to head off to college, Michael graduated from the University of Minnesota, interned in Miami, studied in Paris and went on to earn his MBA from Suffolk University in Boston.
After completing his undergraduate education, Michael joined the Twin Cities-based food production startup, Sushi Avenue. Following his launch strategy, the company grew to over $15 million in annual sales in four years, and has since passed $36 million annually based on his original marketing plan.
Armed with his MBA, Michael worked for an eBay company leading the email marketing programs for firms including CVSCaremark and UPS. Next he brought his skills to U.S. Bancorp, where he helped introduce the company’s first mobile responsive email campaign; and then to Red Circle Agency, where he managed website development, SEO, SEM and display projects for all digital clients. Supervox draws on Michael’s breadth of skills in both the digital and marketing realm, relying on his unique combination of talents to translate strategic vision into business applications across a wide spectrum of media.
Michael’s bio wouldn’t be complete, however, without mentioning the best thing about leaving home: meeting Magdalena, a Paris classmate from Warsaw who would eventually become his wife. Settled now in Minneapolis, they have two daughters, Mia and newborn Lila.
Not everyone around here wanted to bring Jessica aboard. “Too much talent,” they said. “Overkill!” “We’re afraid of her.”
So why did we hire her anyway?
Well, you just have to meet Jessica. Her enthusiasm, unflappability, across-the-board knowledge and ability to establish and enforce process are immediately apparent. And once you start working with her, it’s obvious: She gets s*** done.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, Jessica brings to Supervox more than a decade of hands-on leadership in project management, with expertise spanning digital, broadcast and print communications. Moreover, she has a proven record of establishing a realistic scope and executing against it. The ability to deliver on time and within budget combined with outstanding organizational and interpersonal skills makes her a crucial part of the cross-functional teams Supervox deploys for our clients.
Jessica has given us a new organizational mindset, one that enables Supervox to focus our talents efficiently and effectively. For that, and many other reasons, we’re lucky to have her. But maybe she’s lucky to have us, too; because as chaotic as work can be, we’re surely a bastion of calm compared to her life outside of Supervox as a mom with three boys under the age of five – including two-year-old twins.
Colleen Fisher has it all: keen conceptual skills and a meticulous attention to detail; a style that’s both powerfully direct and deeply nuanced; and an ability to appeal to emotion and persuade with logic.
Oh, and whatever we throw at her, she takes on without hesitation.
What makes Colleen even more impressive is her relative youth. She earned her BFA from the University of Minnesota only a few years ago. Yet her interest in design long-predates her study of it. “As a kid, I was always drawing and painting. So when it came time to apply to college, I already had a strong sense of direction.”
Also interesting – though not, if you look at her work, surprising – is the fact that Colleen’s passion for the arts is matched by her facility in math and science. “That side of me comes out in the systematic way I approach design. I love open-ended creative challenges, but I like precision and structure, too.”
Whether she’s working on package design, brand identity, or the evolution of a menu system, Colleen’s talent and disposition make her a tremendous asset for our clients – and a key part of Team Supervox.
Meghan sees into brands like an MRI – with a keenness of focus and quality of insight that go right to the core. Those qualities alone make her a force to be reckoned with, but Meghan augments them with a passion for driving brands forward and an ability to bring fresh thinking to each challenge. That’s a powerful combination for ambitious clients, particularly those richer in vision than they are in resources. They count on Meghan to help them outthink the rivals they’re unable to outspend.
Prior to unleashing her talents at Supervox, Meghan served as an account director at McCann Minneapolis, leading brand strategy and campaign development for General Mills brands, directing cross-functional teams, synthesizing franchise and sub-product strategies, and much more. She also worked as a marketing communications supervisor for 3M’s Scotch brand, and as an account supervisor at Campbell Mithun.
By the way, Meghan doesn’t just drill down on brands. She has a Black & Decker that she fires up on a wide range of DIY projects outside the office. Whether she’s laying the groundwork for a campaign or the concrete for a new patio, she brings the same combination of imagination and energy to every project.
Born and raised in Minnesota, Meghan earned her B.A. and an M.A. in Professional Strategic Communication at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism.