The Leadership Team
Mindy Jeffries, President
November 1, 2008 was the biggest day of Mindy Jeffries’ professional life. That’s the day she decided the conventional agency model was broken and started Stealth.
Most people shirk at the thought of starting a business. But when you’ve won 25 awards for effective marketing and advertising for giants like AT&T, Charter Communications and TeleWest, confidence comes naturally.
Mindy’s deep expertise in brand strategy, customer retention, analytics and marketing operations has allowed Stealth – and our clients – to flourish.
The proud mother of four, Mindy starts her day at 6 a.m. by working out and ends it by reading a book on management (or knitting something for her granddaughter).
Dan O’Saben, Executive Creative Director
Dan O’Saben has done it all, making him a veritable renaissance man within the advertising industry.
His 30+ years of design experience has predictably led just as many client testimonials that consistently praise his ability to capture any audience’s imagination.
As Stealth’s Executive Creative Director, he helps mold every piece of creative to ensure it upholds Stealth’s lofty standards.
When he’s not thinking of a new direction to take from an artistic standpoint, he can be found at the ground floor of small clubs listening to bands you’ll hear of three years from now.
Dave Nimock, VP, Account Services
It’s uncommon to have the energy needed to be a client-facing executive manager for 25+ years — especially when some of those clients include household names like Verizon Wireless, Comcast, Charter Communications and Blue Cross Blue Shield.
But Dave Nimock isn’t a common individual.
As Stealth’s VP of Account Services, Dave serves as a mentor and manager for the account staff while bringing an abundance of strategic insights learned firsthand to guide agency resources for work that hit the mark: On time, every time.
A proud Mizzou alum, Dave is probably listening to the Hamilton soundtrack for the 4,297th time at this very moment.
Rob Fleming, Creative Director
Everyone has words to live by.
“Make it bleed with passion” are those of Rob Fleming, Stealth’s Creative Director.
Rob works most effectively at the heart of a project—that sweet spot where strategy, branding, creative, and interactive meet—and thrives on pitching new ideas while setting the standard for what people see.
With over 20 years of creative experience, he’s served as the award-winning visionary behind developing effective artistic direction, spanning from telecommunications, to retail, to agriculture and everything in-between.
In his (rare) free time, Rob can be found spending time with his family who are all avid* gamers.
* Intensely competitive
Judy Kerr, VP, Account Management
“What’s the most effective tactic to deliver on the creative brief?” “What’s the real client ask?” “Are we thinking big enough?”
These are the questions Judy Kerr always asks.
And as VP of Account Management, she usually has the right answer, thanks to her experience working on accounts like SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Anheuser-Busch, Atlantis Paradise Island and Laclede Gas
before joining Stealth in 2016.
Judy’s thoughtful, well-reasoned approach to integrated campaign concepts has a special way of taking something great and making it something truly remarkable.
She trades her business attire for athletic gear frequently while training for long-distance biking events..
Joe Black, VP, Digital Development & Strategy
You’re probably familiar with the companies Joe Black worked with prior to joining Stealth: the Atlanta Braves, Health Magazine, Cablevision Properties, Wachovia and Playboy Entertainment.
But you’re probably not familiar the technologies he dives into daily: AJAX, PHP, LESS and jQuery.
As Stealth’s VP of Digital Development & Strategy, Joe is responsible for everything that goes online: Website development, app design, custom coding, server management and database configuration—skills he has practically perfected over 20 years in the ever-changing world of technology as evidenced by his nomination for the Bandie Broadband Award for Innovation.
When he’s not learning the newest programming convention or platform, Joe can be found strumming his Dobro guitar with a glass of Johnny Walker in arm’s reach.
Marie Schmich, VP, Media Director
Marie is equal parts eternal optimist, Excel sorceress and ruthless negotiator.
As Stealth’s VP, Media Director, she needs to be all of those—especially the last two.
Marie began her media buying career after graduating cum laude from St. Louis University. She has placed and planned every type of media imaginable since then for companies such as Coca-Cola, Anheuser-Busch, Wahl Professional, Weekends Only, RCN and many others.
She has a unique ability to maximize market impact, whether the budget is a few thousand dollars, or a few million.
When she isn’t teaching herself a new Excel formula, she can be found volunteering for the St. Louis Area Girl Scouts.
Laura Maly, VP, Marketing Strategy & Social Media
Most marketplaces are overcrowded with lengthy, complicated value chains.
As VP of Market Strategy & Social Media, Laura understands how to silence the competitive chatter allowing companies to effectively differentiate themselves.
With more than 20 years of marketing leadership, she specializes in forming communication and social media strategies with pristine thought leadership through integrated marketing campaigns.
When not crafting effective marketing strategies, Laura can be found at the piano singing to her favorite country tunes—a glass of bourbon within reach.
Ann Higby, Director, Public Relations
Ann is at her best when a product is launched, an influencer needs to be identified or a wider networking net needs to be cast.
As Stealth’s Director of Public Relations, that means she’s at her best frequently.
She brings more than 20 years of experience in developing and implementing successful public relations programs, having founded her own Chicago-based agency prior to joining Stealth.
Well-versed in diverse industries, from banking and insurance to fashion and beauty, Ann specializes in award-winning efforts in developing sales-driven publicity campaigns.
When she’s not pitching a new story, Ann is probably in a foreign country with her husband or catching a concert at the local music venue (building) she owns with him: The Sinkhole.