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Bonnie Nijst / President and CEO

What do you do?
I get things out of people’s way. Like themselves. Or branding and marketing challenges … and anything blocking our team from the resources they need to solve them.

What makes you smile?
That look on a client’s face when we present a solution that they’ve never considered. Checking my phone and seeing nothing scheduled for the weekend. Being in a room filled with the people I love.

What inspires you?
People who show up. People you can count on. People who do the hard stuff. And they do it with grace, generosity and humility.


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Arthur Zeesman / Chief Strategist

What do you do?
Research. Analysis. Tracking and testing. Problem-solving. But mostly, I just listen. And wonder. What needs to be asked? What do the answers mean? What are the missing pieces? And how does it all fit together?

What makes you smile?
Run the streets of Los Angeles at sunrise discovering the unique neighborhoods, the varied architecture and all the diverse cultures that make our city tick.

What inspires you?
Dark chocolate anything.


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Sergio Belletini* / Creative Director

What do you do?
A corporate friend of mine teases me saying I “pick the colors.” True, but I would also say I’m a problem solver with good taste and strong design skills.

What makes you smile?
When my dog barks at a dog on television. Also, discovering new ways to engage people. As a kid, I watched a lot of TV (not unlike my dog) and found my calling when I saw Darrin Stephens on Bewitched presenting clever advertising solutions for everyday products.

What inspires you?
Young, talented, creative people. I love to mentor as well as learn from them. Also, museums, theater, film, fashion, interior design, even landscaping … I’m an aesthetic person.


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Nancy Winebarger* / Copy Director

What’s your job and what do you do?
I manipulate the masses. In a good way … helping people move people to think, act or feel differently. Using words and ideas, mostly. But interpretive dance is not out of the question.

What do you do in your spare time?
What is this “spare time” of which you speak? When I’m not working—and no weight-bearing bones are broken—I’m usually sailing, hiking or climbing the walls (literally, figuratively, yes).

What inspires you?
Campari.


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Madeleine Kanazawa / Account Executive

What do you do?
Essentially I am the translator. I interpret what the client wants to the ZEESMAN team, and the ZEESMAN outcomes to the client. I ensure that jobs get done on time and within budget. 

What makes you happy?
French fries!

What inspires you?
French. Fries.



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Jules Zeesman / Account Coordinator

What do you do?
I do a little bit of everything here at ZEESMAN. But essentially, my job is to do whatever is needed. From database work and configuring eblasts, to photo editing and billing, I do what I can so that everyone else can focus on what they do best.

What makes you smile?
Something that always makes me happy, other than a well-deserved nap, is food. From pizza and burgers to sushi and KBBQ, there’s always three times a day when I am guaranteed to be happy: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

What inspires you?
I spend most of my spare time 3D modeling. Whether that’s creating landscapes — from buildings to nature shots — or sculpting an organic creature or robots. I’ve started to get into animating my models, along with using some special effects to make really cool clips.


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Catie Saralegui* / Account Director

What do you do?
I measure twice and cut once. I listen with intent, interpret with precision then communicate and coordinate with care. I do all this with the goal of flawless execution.

What makes you happy?
I’m easily entertained. I smile when I see others smile. Sometimes I smile so I can get someone to smile. I think I’m happiest when I get time with family and friends – reading my husband’s work and discussing it with him.

What inspires you?
I’m inspired by seeing others succeed. Maybe it’s seeing that moment someone learns something new that they may have struggled with for a while. Or a team as they find a good solution to a complex issue.


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Melanie Polk* / Focus Group Director

What do you do?
I provide forward-thinking, creative marketing expertise through flexible client relationships that produce win/win results.

What makes you smile?
When I know I have helped someone come to a professional or personal ‘a-ha’ about themselves or something they are working on.

What inspires you?
People that have achieved success by overcoming obstacles through sheer determination and hard work.


*Members of the ZEESMAN network.

 

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