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Chairman & CEO
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Stanton Kawer, Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide’s Chairman and CEO, was the agency’s third full-time employee in 1988. Over his nearly 30-year career, Stanton has grown Blue Chip by developing insights-based strategies and accountability metrics that drive remarkable sales results for clients such as Procter & Gamble, Pepsi Co. and many others. Beyond that, Stanton has been the driving force behind Blue Chip’s mission of uniting to inspire and believes deeply in our ability to unite the talents of many people to make ideas more lucid and solutions more viable—for our clients, for each other.
Stanton has led the agency to unprecedented growth, which landed Blue Chip on Crain’s Business Chicago’s Fast Fifty list five years in a row.
When he is not busy with his wife and three daughters, Stanton is a prolific practitioner of yoga. So much so that he brought yoga into the workplace as a free benefit for all employees to unite mind, body and spirit.
Senior Vice President, Innovations
Sarah VanHeirseele leads Blue Chip’s strategic vision for all things digital. This is no small deal, but Sarah has been an innovator since she arrived here in 2007 when the digital team consisted of just her. Today, her vision is at the heart of the best-in-class solutions we provide to our clients every day. Her goal is to inspire those around her to adopt a digital-first mindset and embrace the ever-changing world we live in today.
Prior to joining Blue Chip, Sarah spent three years at a niche B2B agency and two years teaching Advertising Strategy at The University of Illinois. Outside of BC, Sarah works hard to keep her husband, two kids, two fish, two dogs and guinea pig as active as possible. On the weekends you might find them rock climbing, riding roller coasters, running a 5K or playing soccer.
Executive Vice President & General Manager, Blue Chip Brand Marketing
Larry has been helping agencies, clients and brands to innovate and grow for over 30 years. At Blue Chip, Larry leads the brand practice for clients such as Fisher Nuts, Ricola and Enjoy Life Foods.
He is a passionate champion of brand storytelling and authentic, sharable brand experiences that deliver transformational growth. Across his career, Larry’s teams have received best-in-class industry recognition including PMA REGGIE, PROMO Pro and Event Marketer Grand EX awards. Prior to joining Blue Chip, held leadership roles at agencies such as Ogilvy, Wunderman and Havas, as well as brand marketing and new product development at Kraft Foods and Wrigley. When he’s not in the office, Larry is an avid runner who enjoys exploring new restaurants, arts and entertainment with his wife and three adult children.
Executive Vice President,Finance & Human Resources
Amy Ireton is responsible for making sure Blue Chip is a great place to work, and that we all receive paychecks and benefits. Amy has been with Blue Chip since 2005, when we were only a tiny handful of employees. Now, at well over 200 full-time employees, Amy and her departments are plenty busy recruiting and retaining talent. In addition, Amy oversees the financial health of the agency.
Prior to joining Blue Chip in 2005, Amy worked for J.P. Morgan Chase and Huntington Bank. In her free time, Amy enjoys a good workout and spending time with her husband and two children.
Chief Operating Officer
Lowell Cantor has more than 20 years of shopper and grocery experience. Lowell brings his high-energy management style to the day-to-day oversight of Blue Chip. If you visit our office, you might hear a sonic boom and see a vapor trail crossing your path—that’s Lowell working.
Prior to joining the agency in 2001, Lowell was Vice President of IEG Consulting, one of the world’s leading sponsorship authorities. Additionally, he worked as the director of marketing and corporate sponsorship for the City of Chicago’s Mayor’s Office of Special Events and manager of sponsorship, promotion and special events and then category manager at Safeway. When Lowell’s not working, he plays tennis with his wife, runs 5K races with his daughter and goes to the movies with his son.
Executive Vice President,Continuum Clinical
As executive vice president of Continuum Clinical—Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide’s healthcare research and communications company—Ken is responsible for setting Continuum’s course as one of the fastest growing companies of its kind.
For the past 13 years, Ken held a similar role with Blue Chip Patient Recruitment, helping it become one of the world’s leading patient recruitment and retention firms, until it became Continuum in 2014. Ken has extensive experience with electronic medical records and database marketing solutions, which he used to develop new and impactful recruitment solutions. With an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, Ken is a fervent fan of all things Big 10. He is also a proud father of three teenagers and married to the world’s greatest high school French teacher.
Executive Vice President & General Manager, Blue Chip Retail Marketing
As executive vice president and general manager of Blue Chip Retail Marketing, Jeff Skolnik brings nearly two decades of analytic and creative experience to the retail and shopper marketing space. Responsible for the retention and satisfaction of all retail clients, Jeff’s leadership fosters a truly collaborative work environment that creates best-in-class solutions in more than 35 product categories for clients such as P&G, Celestial Seasonings, Blue Bunny, Weight Watchers, On-Cor and more. Jeff is an avid sports fan who keeps busy coaching his children’s sports teams and playing on the Blue Chip softball team.
Senior Vice President, Media
Pat Taflinger is a passionate and strategic media professional committed to taking a holistic approach to creating innovative communications plans at Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide.
Pat has more than twenty-five years of experience spanning traditional, digital and social media, both on the agency side, as well as the client side, for such companies as MillerCoors and Verizon Wireless. She oversees the strategic direction, negotiation and execution of insights-driven contact plans for Blue Chip’s clients. When Pat’s not working, this mother of two very cool young men, enjoys reading, boating and traveling.
Executive Vice President & General Manager, Continuum Clinical
Neil Weisman helps pharmaceutical and biotech companies bring new therapies to market faster and more efficiently by solving critical communication challenges that impact the clinical development process. With more than 15 years of experience, Neil leads the strategic direction for Continuum Clinical clients and oversees a global team of dedicated healthcare marketers, clinical trial experts, and patient advocates. When he’s not working, Neil enjoys traveling to Brazil with his wife, two daughters and son.
Vice President, Public Relations
A truly dynamic public relations professional, Rob brings 30 years of marketing-communications experience to Blue Chip with a rare combination of creative and strategic vision. During that time he directed award-winning campaigns for a number of Fortune 500 companies, including Starbucks, Bombardier, Wendy’s, Harley Davidson, Jim Beam Brands and Con Agra Foods. Rob joined Blue Chip in 2011 to establish an in-house public relations practice, implementing dozens of high-profile, integrated public relations initiatives for clients such as P&G, Fisher Nuts, Blue Bunny ice cream, Celestial Seasonings, Astra-Zeneca, Ricola and more. He specializes in seamlessly translating business priorities into actionable communications campaigns that deliver measurable and impactful results. When he’s not at work, Rob enjoys playing sports and music, attending street fairs and concerts, and taking long walks with his dog, Penny.
President, Continuum Clinical
Jeff has enjoyed a diverse career in the healthcare industry spanning the past 30 years. As an entrepreneur, researcher, consultant, and innovator, Jeff has been a pioneer in the evolving health economics and outcomes research community and is an industry leader in the design and implementation of research studies generating “real world” evidence.
Having engineered the acquisition of his internationally known research and consulting firm, Ovation Research Group, Jeff has been in executive management with other global clinical research organizations, has spoken widely in front of varied industry audiences, and has published over 50 original articles and research papers—including a book for the American Hospital Association, The Quest for Cost-Effectiveness in Healthcare: Achieving Clinical Excellence While Controlling Cost—and is currently co-editing another book on Observational Research. Outside of work, Jeff can be found hiking in Colorado or pining for stardom in music, baseball, or skiing.
Senior Vice President, Business Integration
Jamie has 15 years of experience helping manufacturers like Celestial Seasonings, Bear Creek Country Kitchens, Haribo, and Kellogg’s motivate shoppers through value-added experiences. She is an expert in and passionate about retail and shopper marketing. Jamie understands how to take brand strategy to the store level and unite shoppers to purchases. And she’s done it with every major national & regional grocery, every mass and drug retailer.
Executive Creative Director
For over 30 years, Doug has partnered with the world’s most iconic brands in delivering transformational creative work with agencies like Saatchi & Saatchi LA and Saatchi & Saatchi X in Chicago. Doug’s expertise has come in virtually every aspect of the ad business, and he has countless major advertising awards including Gold and Bronze Lions at Cannes. Doug has been a guest speaker at San Francisco’s Art Institute as well as highly regarded events like Yahoo’s Creative Summit. He believes deeply in the power of clarity and creativity to make the world better, one idea at a time.
Vice President, Business Development
Dan leads Blue Chip’s efforts to position the agency for new business growth. As a strong listener, Dan evaluates the needs of clients and the marketplace to align our wonderful experience and talent against marketing challenges.
Prior to joining Blue Chip, Dan opened and led the Momentum Chicago office for 7 years. Dan has had the pleasure of leading marketing efforts with many prestigious brands including Under Armour, Gatorade, Goose Island Beer Company, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Kraft Foods, Red Bull and Target. Outside of the office Dan spends quality time with his wife, two daughters and one rambunctious dog. Dan is an avid fan of sports, movies, American history and restaurants.
Chief Strategy Officer
Bob leads the agency’s SPARQ group, the strategic planning and research team at Blue Chip Marketing Worldwide. Under Bob’s leadership, SPARQ leverages the agency’s Springboard planning process, unearthing insights that inspire marketing plans and integrated communications that deliver transformational growth.
With over 30 years of industry experience, Bob’s legacy of working with some of the world’s most recognizable brands influences the development of all Blue Chip practice areas and inspires the next generation of marketing talent. Prior to joining Blue Chip in 2006, Bob worked at TLK (now EURO), DDB Worldwide and Cramer-Krasselt. His strategic planning experience includes leadership with clients such as Anheuser-Busch, The Clorox Company, General Mills, Heinz-Kraft, Procter & Gamble, S.C. Johnson and State Farm Insurance. Bob’s work has been recognized with a total of eleven EFFIE awards. He is a Path to Purchase Institute Faculty Member. And in 2013 he was named one of the “100 Most Inspiring People in the Life-Sciences Industry” by PharmaVOICE Magazine.
In addition to being a very proud University of Wisconsin alumnus, Bob is an active biker, tennis player and golfer.