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We are an army of marketers, technologists, and artists; ready to fearlessly attack the next business challenge. We seriously love this stuff. In fact, the problems that keep clients up at night are the reason we get out of bed in the morning.

Owen Hannay
Owen Hannay
Chairman/CEO

Owen founded Slingshot in 1995 with the belief that clients and agencies were missing out on opportunities enabled by the exploding media landscape and digital environment. Prior to that, he spent seven years running businesses as diverse as Tom-Thumb Grocery Stores, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts and Pergo Flooring at The Richards Group. Owen started his career planning media for brands owned by Nestlé and Anheuser Busch for what is now known as Publicis Mid-America. One of Owen’s first loves was architecture, which was his undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia. Later Owen would return to his hometown of Dallas where he would earn his MBA at SMU. And while he’s worn many hats throughout his career, his favorite two are those of husband and dad.

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David Young
David Young
President/Chief Operating Officer

David may seem mild mannered, but plans to make your brand famous are brewing. He has 20 years of experience of leading big names like Greyhound, Dave & Buster’s and the American Heart Association. His fortes include: establishing consumer brands in any media and leading marketing teams in design and development of integrated campaigns. In his 15 years at Slingshot he has worn many hats. Today, David oversees the ongoing operations of the agency.

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Karen Stanton
Karen Stanton
Chief Financial Officer

Karen has been with Slingshot for over eight years and in that time has proven that her energy puts a spark plug to shame. With over 25 years of financial and accounting experience, from public accounting with a large global firm to advertising agencies of all sizes, Karen definitely has us covered in the money department. Proud and vocal about being a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Karen shows her Longhorn pride wherever she goes. And it’s no surprise that her first childhood calling was to be a veterinarian – she and her husband are parents to no fewer than five canine companions.

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Susan Levine
Susan Levine
VP/Executive Creative Director

Susan began her career as an Art Director working for NYC advertising legends Jerry Della Femina and Cliff Freeman. Later she joined BBDO/NY where she rose up the ranks to Sr. VP Creative Director working for clients like Pepsi, Visa and AOL. She met the prince of darkness, Ozzy Osbourne, and her Super Bowl spot for Pepsi which featured “The Osbournes” earned her an Emmy nomination. Her mantle at home includes a few Clios, a Lion, Effies, Addys and the London Internationals. Susan has also created her own charitable line of vintage rock ‘n roll style apparel for dogs called TORU. 

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Tony Balmer
Tony Balmer
VP Director of Account Management

A strong account leader and disciplined strategic thinker with a proven track record of revenue growth for his clients and his agency, Tony’s primary account responsibilities include Texas Tourism, Taco Bueno and ServiceMaster. His previous account experience includes Subaru of America, ExxonMobil, Susan G. Komen, Jack Daniel’s, Hunt-Wesson Foods (Orville Redenbacher, Wesson Oils, Manwich, Rosarita Mexican Foods, Hunt-Wesson New Products), Roman Meal Bread, Pace Foods, Borden Dairy and Lexol Leather Care products.

As Director of Account Management, Tony is a big believer that account management is a craft to be honed every day with hard work, the willingness to sweat the details, the ability to be a really good listener, and the conviction that success is never about you and always about your team and your client.

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Paul Flowers
Paul Flowers
Sr. VP Account Services

Award-winning author. Former marketing agency owner. Listed in the inaugural edition of Who’s Who In Advertising. Our co-leader of account service has quite a list of accomplishments. His book, Underdog Advertising was winner of USABookNews.com Best Books 2006 National Book Awards in the “Business: Marketing & Advertising” category. His work has been recognized locally, regionally and nationally. Paul was also president of Flowers & Partners Marketing Communications for 23 years, before merging his advertising agency with Slingshot. Today Paul runs Circa 46, a Slingshot company that specializes in marketing to seniors. 

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Kristy Ladner
Kristy Ladner
VP of Digital Presence

Just one conversation at a college recruiting event convinced Owen to offer Kristy her first job. And she’s spent 14 years since then shaping Slingshot’s digital point of view and telling clients’ stories in ever-changing digital landscapes. With two gold EIMAs, a silver Addy and numerous other awards to her name, she sure knows how. Clients including Taco Bueno, Borden, Pie Five Pizza, GameStop and Jack Daniel’s served up business problems she’s deftly solved with forward-thinking digital strategy and execution that drive real results. A marathon runner, a Texas Longhorn and fervent NASCAR fan, Kristy spends off time with her husband and their young son.

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Charlotte H. Carter
Charlotte H. Carter
VP, Media & Communication Planning

Charlotte possesses the rare combination of quantitative expertise and the ability to inspire her team. In fact, in high school she was named “AP Physics Student of the Year” the same day she was awarded “Varsity Cheerleading MVP” – which proves how her analytical mind and contagious enthusiasm thrive together. Prior to joining Slingshot in 2008, Charlotte worked in brand media at The Richards Group, and her work has won an international OMMA, earned national recognition by MEDIA Magazine and scored many gold and silver trophies in the local arena too, across such accounts as the Florida Department of Citrus, GameStop, Susan G. Komen, Fuel Rewards/Shell Oil, VeeV Spirits, Corner Bakery Café, and SMU Cox. Charlotte is a country music aficionado, an interior design hobbyist and a Texas Longhorn. She and her husband, both Dallas natives, dote on their two young daughters and their yellow Labrador.

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Nicole Granese
Nicole Granese
VP Strategy & Insights

Nicole, aka Wonder Woman, is an accomplished marketer with 17+ years of brand strategy and marketing experience under her gold belt. Some of the brands she's worked her magic on include Visa, Samsung Mobile, Hyundai, Head and Shoulders, Cheerios, Dr Pepper, and Borden. Her insightful analysis and original thinking across multiple industries like finance, technology, B2B, retail, and consumer packaged goods have proven invaluable. Prior to joining Slingshot, Nicole used her superpowers on the client side leading global brand strategy, insights, business analysis and strategic direction for successful brands in the payments, fashion and technology categories.

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Our Team

Aaron Fickes
Aaron Fickes
Director of IT Development
Abby Aldridge
Abby Aldridge
Management Supervisor
Allison Hamm
Allison Hamm
Recruiter
Amanda Brauer
Amanda Brauer
Junior Media Planner
Ann Vorlicky
Ann Vorlicky
Executive Producer
Bennett Smith
Bennett Smith
Creative Director
Brandi Shiver Vess
Brandi Shiver Vess
Controller
Bryan Crabill
Bryan Crabill
Digital Manager of Social
Callie Lack
Callie Lack
Graphic Designer
Cam Beck
Cam Beck
Director, Consumer Experience and Analytics
Cara Finkbeiner
Cara Finkbeiner
Account Director
Chris Hawthorne
Chris Hawthorne
VP of Human Resources
Chris Luciani
Chris Luciani
Account Executive
Chris Welhausen
Chris Welhausen
Account Coordinator
Clay Coleman
Clay Coleman
Associate Creative Director
David Drown
David Drown
Copywriter
Garland Parsley
Garland Parsley
Account Executive
Gina Hubsch
Gina Hubsch
Senior Project Manager
Hollis Santee
Hollis Santee
Media Supervisor
Jen Eby
Jen Eby
Media Buying Director
Jessica Weinstein
Jessica Weinstein
Administrative Assistant
Jody Morris
Jody Morris
Director of Infrastructure
Jordan Dontos
Jordan Dontos
Associate Creative Director
Julia Heath
Julia Heath
Art Director
Kalynn Tupa
Kalynn Tupa
Account Operations Manager
Katy Goodman
Katy Goodman
Media Supervisor
Kevin Hamm
Kevin Hamm
Video Editor
Kim Davis
Kim Davis
Digital Operations Director
Kim Perkins
Kim Perkins
QA and Digital Content Analyst
Lauren Mosier
Lauren Mosier
Group Media Director
Lindsay Achary
Lindsay Achary
Account Coordinator
Lindsay London
Lindsay London
Media Supervisor
MacKenzie Singer
MacKenzie Singer
Media Planner
Maria Riofrio
Maria Riofrio
Junior Search/Social Manager
Michelle Serrato
Michelle Serrato
Accountant
Nathan Hardy
Nathan Hardy
Senior Art Director
Nicole Parker
Nicole Parker
Account Planner/Insights
Noah Thomas
Noah Thomas
Junior Media Planner
Paige Ebert
Paige Ebert
Senior Media Planner
Phoebe Lansford
Phoebe Lansford
Senior Account Executive
Rachel Hale
Rachel Hale
Digital Producer
Steve Kay
Steve Kay
Production Artist, Varnish Studio
Suzanne Lara
Suzanne Lara
Creative Manager
Teresa Hunt
Teresa Hunt
Executive Assistant
Terri Cline
Terri Cline
Media Operations
Tom Endo
Tom Endo
Copywriter
Tori Martinez
Tori Martinez
Accountant
Trey Wright
Trey Wright
Art Director
Wilson Pryor
Wilson Pryor
Account Director

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At Slingshot, we tend to attract certain types of people. They are passionate, curious, and fiercely independent. If you’re interested in being part of the Slingshot team, we want to hear from you. Contact us