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Your one-stop strategy and creative shop.

We’re a team of marketing specialists who live, work and play in Duluth, MN. If you’re wondering why, you’ve obviously never seen this place.

Andy Bennett

Copywriter

Al Thompson

Copywriter

Benjamin Luoma

Director of Interactive

Bill Nelson

Director of Accounts

Christyn Buchholz

Project Manager

David Sadowski

Partner & Brand Director

Jordan Mathewson

Graphic Designer

Kevin Cain

Office Manager

Patrice Bradley

Founder & CEO

Peter Sahlberg

Web Developer

Savanna Ellena

Social Media Manager

Taylor Bjork

Graphic Designer

Tanner Blaschka

Marketing Analyst

Tyler Johnson

Art Director

Employment

Andy Bennett

Copywriter

Andy has played many roles in his life — actor, mascot, teacher, PR specialist — but writer is his favorite. He’s even got an MFA in Creative Writing from NYU to prove it. When he’s not creating copy that tells a compelling story, you’ll find him nose deep in a good book reading one. Either that or filling his Instagram with more pictures of his family.

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Al Thompson

Copywriter

Al is a wordsmith on a mission. With a well-balanced background in the areas of journalism, advertising and business, Al has the repertoire to author creative, on-strategy messages for brands, advertisements and concepts. And if you dare him to do something with his facial hair, he’ll probably do it.

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Benjamin Luoma

Director of Interactive

Ben is fluent in bits and bytes. That means he builds websites that are functional, flexible and flattering. While his experience in the client, agency and academic realms make his designs beautiful, it is his insights into the psychology of the user experience that makes them pure dynamic dynamite. If the end-user needed a hero, we’d hand Ben the cape.

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Bill Nelson

Director of Accounts

A master at connecting businesses and creatives, Bill has keen insight into how effective partnerships work, having worked on both the agency and client sides. Over his nearly three decades in the industry, Bill has been a writer, producer, manager, planner and creative director. He paves the way for strategic planning to become brilliant work that generates results.

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Christyn Buchholz

Project Manager

Imagine a cup of coffee and a daily planner gave birth to a project manager and you’ve got Christyn. An energetic go-getter, she brings intelligence and diligence to everything she works on, keeping every to-do on track and every client in the know. Ready, set, project.

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David Sadowski

Partner & Brand Director

David is the rare creative who is also fluent in business. After a stint as an art director at SK+G in Las Vegas, David heeded the siren call of the Zenith city and returned to Duluth, where he’s shaped a career that combines creative, planning, insight and strategy into work that transforms brands. He is the Man Behind the Plan.

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Jordan Mathewson

Graphic Designer

Jordan is a visual architect who sees the world through a lens — a camera lens. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where she studied graphic design, interactive media, photography and videography. Whether taking photos, filming and editing videos, designing logos, or even doodling in her notebook, she brings life and beauty to all of her work.

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Kevin Cain

Office Manager

Every office needs a Kevin. Master of the multi-task and expert juggler of of hats, you can always count on him to clear out that to-do list. Whether preparing production estimates, traffic reports or monitoring agency workflow, Kevin has the answers (and the droids) you’re looking for. Plus, as a former member of the U.S. Army, he’s not afraid to threaten us with push-ups if we forget to clean out the fridge.

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Patrice Bradley

Founder & CEO

As the driving force behind Swim, Patrice is equal parts artist and entrepreneur, uniting creative, communication and business prowess in every aspect of her work. Patrice’s innate sense of design and ability to connect with people has led to award-winning work for clients in every industry. Her 20+ year career has been spent teaching, offering half-eaten sandwiches to co-workers and generally being a Force for Good in advertising.

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Peter Sahlberg

Web Developer

A young Pete Sahlberg crafted art out of driftwood on the shores of Lake Superior. Now, a less-young Pete Sahlberg applies that same creative dexterity as a crazy-good web developer with both graphic design and coding chops. Pete is on the internet every day, fighting crimes of web design with digital experiences that are intuitive, intriguing and inspiring.

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Savanna Ellena

Social Media Manager

Savanna battles boring social media by generating content that engages and converts audiences. Her expertise in SEO, CMS, and other impenetrable acronyms provides clients with digital marketing that accomplishes business goals.When she's not raking in the likes, she's wandering Minnesota's North Shore with her pup and her fav #craftbeer.

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Taylor Bjork

Graphic Designer

As you might expect from someone with a life-long love of Legos, Taylor is a creatively driven, inquisitive person. He has a knack for coaxing the perfect design from his fingertips and creating spot-on work in everything from print to photography. It doesn’t matter the size of the project, Taylor creates powerful, purposeful design that others adore.

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Tanner Blaschka

Marketing Analyst

As Swim’s analyst-in-chief, Tanner unearths insights that lead to hyper-informed marketing decisions. He tracks our work in real-time and would never dream of letting a campaign go unmeasured or a marketing channel unexplored. If there’s a new idea or product out there, Tanner is testing it. He even optimized this bio to guarantee the highest conversion rate.

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Tyler Johnson

Art Director

Tyler is a brand’s best friend. He is constantly surrounding himself with art, learning from its form and function. And then, armed with that knowledge, he unleashes his creativity on every identity he crafts — paving the way for work that moves, inspires and thrills people. After hours you’ll find him kicking back with his family, crushing foes in Fantasy Football, and designing your next favorite t-shirt.

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Our Space

Creativity needs room to grow.

Thankfully, we've got space to spare at our home in downtown Duluth's Historic Arts and Theater District. We've also got a zen room, gorgeous Lake Superior views and two - count 'em - two conference rooms.