Leadership

Sheri Austin

EVP/General Manager

Sheri’s career has spanned all categories and channels including extensive experience across the supply chain, in both B2B and B2C marketing. She is a sought-after food and beverage marketing expert with a forward-thinking approach to digital marketing. A recognized thought-leader in branding, account planning, product marketing and customer development, Sheri is known for asking the tough questions, posing the “what if” possibilities and pushing for original answers.  She holds a B.S. in Marketing, an M.B.A., and co-founded network agency, The Alchemedia Project, in 2009 with partner, Tim Bade.  When she’s not marketing food, she’s preparing it for a household of boys.

Tim Bade

Chief Creative Director

As Marlin Network’s creative lead, Tim fosters an open environment with a cross-functional creative team made up of storytellers, technologists and motion media experts. Tim believes in the blending of technology and creative applied to simple ideas that break through the clutter and create real impact for brands. His 29 years in food and beverage branding have earned him plenty of awards, but Tim is most proud of work that works.

Stephanie Hart

VP Growth & Innovation

Stephanie’s experience leading a vast portfolio of clients across food and beverage and beyond has provided her with the range of category and omni-channel experience that makes her a second-to-none brand builder.  Her broad and objective perspective combined with her passion to create a culture of growth that benefits all stakeholders enables her to see opportunities others do not. Always on the hunt for the next collaborative win and inquisitive by nature, she’s excited to start conversations that uncover opportunities to put Marlin Network’s creative and strategic thinkers to work to meet the goals of smart brands.

Beth Cozza

VP Operations

Most of Beth’s agency career has focused on serving clients and customers across the food industry. An integrator, collaborator and passionate solution-builder, Beth has extensive cross-functional leadership experience which helps her understand and value all touch-points in the end-to-end process. In her current role, Beth leads the charge on all things business operations for Marlin Network. When not ‘rolling up her sleeves’ at work, she enjoys spending time with family, friends and her faithful Corgis!

Linda Percy

HR Director

A seasoned Human Resources professional, Linda has spent the bulk of her 15 - year career in leadership roles. Her expertise in talent acquisition and development, and engagement strategies, make her a great fit for the Marlin team. Linda is passionate about creating value for organizations by fostering relationships with stakeholders at all levels. She is a graduate of Missouri Southern State University and has earned both the SPHR and SHRM-SCP designations.

Chris Wolf

SVP, Strategic Insights & Planning

Chris Wolf is our SVP of Strategic Insights & Planning, leading the Marlin Network’s unrivaled insights and planning practice of services, tools, talent and structure to support the Network’s client business needs. Chris is a veteran of the food industry, spending the first half of his career pioneering new food publishing, product innovation and account planning competencies for food-focused communications and innovation agencies. In 2010, he joined Tyson Foods, where he managed the insights, global innovation and foresights competencies across the enterprise during his 8-year tenure at the company.    

Sam Holiday

Finance Manager

As Marlin Network’s Finance Manager, Sam passionately works with business leaders to meet clients’ expectations providing unique solutions, management of projects, and collaborating with team members in thinking outside-the-box. He also guides the accounting & business teams in their day-to-day financial strategy of the company, budget oversight, and preparation of monthly financial & management reports. Sam holds a B.S. in Finance, M.B.A. and is also a veteran on the United States Marine Corps. When not at work, he enjoys the majestic and beautiful Ozarks with his family and volunteering with youth organizations.

Matt Rose

Executive Creative Director, Marlin Company

Matt has the uncanny ability to see the big picture while creating precise and inspiring ideas. Matt began his advertising career in NYC, working on everything from cameras, spirits to financial. Attracted by the culture and dedication to award-winning creative and strategic work, Matt joined Marlin in 2000. Here he has been pivotal in developing and nurturing all types of brand projects for Food and Beverage clients, as well as directing the agency creative team. Away from work, you can usually find him busy raising kids, perfecting his smoke to sauce ratio on the grill or hunting for that next old rusty flea market find to resurrect.

Vanessa Brandt

Managing Director, Marlin Company

Vanessa has the enviable skill of bridging gaps—from reconnecting disconnects in communication to identifying the path from where a client is to where they want to be. A true leader, she inspires successful growth with a direct and thoughtful approach: listen; engage; empower. She has an impressive track record of brand development on a global scale that underscores her value as a strategist. Above all, it’s Vanessa’s ability to recognize and cultivate the best parts of brands, talent and work that makes her an invaluable member of the Marlin family. Her secret to productivity? Phone-less, computer-less conversations.

Desiree McNamara

VP Client Service

Making Naperville her home office, Desiree’s brand of service is sleeves-up, detail-minded and outcomes-driven.  She partners closely with brand owners and internal service teams to maintain momentum.  She has 25+ years of agency service, including executive leadership roles.  Her foodservice industry experience is deep, as is her exposure to global clients with large, inter-dependent organizational structures.

Jackie Haldiman

Director of Integrated Communications

With 11 years of proven strategic planning skills, Jackie has a passion for delivering closed-loop marketing campaigns to meet client objectives & move prospects through the customer journey. She puts client needs first, providing recommendations centered on results. Jackie has augmented her traditional advertising experience with social engagement, search engine marketing, campaign analytics, and recontact email campaigns.

Brad Hill

Sr. Director of Trends & Innovation

Brad has 10+ years creating delightful digital experiences that make people's lives easier. He values minimalism, strong opinions that are loosely held, honest feedback and team collaboration. Brad brings a multidisciplinary background of visual design, photography, art direction, user experience methodologies, research and front-end design to every project. Brad received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Missouri State University with an emphasis on Graphic Design. He is passionate about creative digital experiences, accessibility and user-centric design.