LEADERSHIP

Combining equal parts curiosity, experience and drive, R+K leaders help our collaborative teams create robust, business-building solutions. These influencers keep our brand enthusiasts focused on insights, ideas and results.
Diane Martin
President/CEO
Robert Landa
VP, Executive Creative Director
Patsy Comella
VP, Media Director
Jim Haist
SVP, Group Account Manager
Jeff Walter
SVP, Executive Director, Account Management
Stephanie Soesbe
Chief Operating Officer
Kathy Sedlacek
VP, Director Finance
Rob Merritt
VP, Director Public Relations
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“I’LL TAKE ONE BRAND EVANGELIST
OVER FIVE BRAND LOYALISTS.”

Diane Martin, President/CEO

As just the second CEO in the history of R+K, it would be easy for Diane Martin to maintain the status quo. But since Diane arrived here 25 years ago, she's asked the tough questions and acted boldly on the answers. She embarked on an end-to-end improvement process that updated all client services, operations, financial management and strategic growth mechanisms. Today, R+K is leaner, stronger and smarter than ever.
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“EVEN WHEN YOUR BRAND’S NOT PRESENT,
SOMEONE’S TALKING ABOUT YOU.”

Robert Landa,
VP, Executive Creative Director

Robert Landa lives by the credo that if there’s a challenge, there’s an opportunity—a chance to turn a project into memorable work that drives results. He embraces every opportunity to be involved in our clients’ businesses. Robert’s extensive agency background helps him move clients from a focus on marketing communications to a more holistic view of their businesses, delving deeper into brand exposure.
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“A GREAT BRAND SPEAKS
LOCALLY AND ACTS GLOBALLY.”

Patsy Comella,
VP, Media Director

Patsy Comella has been head of the R+K media department since the agency began in 1978. She recognizes that while a brand can maintain its consumer connection no matter where it is, it needs to be communicated in terms people understand wherever they are. Patsy’s uncanny ability to turn media projections into definitive results has played a huge part in the agency’s success.
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“FOR OUR CLIENTS THAT MARKET
LONG-TERM CAPITAL GOODS,
WE KEEP THEIR BRANDS ACTIVE
AND RELEVANT BETWEEN PURCHASES.”

Jim Haist,
SVP, Group Account Manager

Clients trust Jim Haist. With three decades of experience, he knows their products nearly as well as they do. He engages in every emerging opportunity that comes along. And he has their best interests at heart. Whether he's acting as liaison with R+K's two global agency networks, serving on committees for the National Agri-Marketing Association or urging his counterparts to embrace new media, Jim has his clients' backs.
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“PRODUCTS EVOLVE, MESSAGING ADAPTS.
BUT IF YOU BUILD A BRAND RIGHT,
IT CAN LAST PRACTICALLY FOREVER.”

Jeff Walter,
SVP, Executive Director, Account Management

Not a day goes by at R+K without hearing, “Ask Jeff.” Because when a guy comes to work every day with such depth in agriculture, such a well-honed POV on branding, and such a curiosity about every other topic under the sun, he becomes the go-to for everything. These answer-man qualifications and a “whatever it takes” commitment to client service have earned this 14-year R+K vet the leadership role of our account management and strategic planning group.
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“EVERY CONVERSATION COUNTS.
EVEN OVER LUNCH, YOU CAN LEARN
HOW SOMEONE VIEWS A BRAND. ”

Stephanie Soesbe,
Chief Operating Officer

Stephanie Soesbe has no “off” switch. Her enthusiasm for our business drives her to improve agency procedures and help us work smarter and better. Stephanie optimizes agency performance through a never-ending stream of technological upgrades, process improvements and employee education opportunities.
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“TODAY’S CONSUMERS ARE SAVVIER THAN EVER. TALKING AT THEM IS FUTILE—YOU HAVE TO CRAFT A WAY TO CONNECT MORE DEEPLY.”

Kathy Sedlacek,
VP, Director Finance

As our Director of Finance, Kathy Sedlacek guides us on a path to financial strength and growth. But she’s also adept at leveraging her money smarts to create stronger client relationships. Kathy uses her natural curiosity about our clients’ brands to suggest new digital tools or uncover hidden insights to benefit their businesses. That’s the sort of savvy we love.
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“FOR A BRAND TO HAVE INFLUENCE
OUTSIDE OF PAID ADVERTISING,
IT’S ALL ABOUT BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS.”

Rob Merritt, VP, Director Public Relations

In Rob Merritt, we enjoy three perspectives in one. We have agency Rob, veteran of Sealy, AirTran, Porsche and Corona. We have client-side Rob, past public relations manager for Coleman camping goods. And we have entrepreneurial Rob of Merritt Wines, a distributor of small-batch European wines. Fortunately, all three come in aconvenient bulk package.
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