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We make web stuff & purposeful apps, films, (yes ads too) WE MAKE cool engagement programs, promotional pieces, products, (we even made a whiskey). As long as it’s right for your brand.

Joe Kayser

Founder/Chief Creative Officer

Joe loves ideas. Ideas that make their way into culture and create a conversation. Joe believes advertising and art aren’t separate pursuits. That a good idea is art in and unto itself. And when you bring a group of interesting, smart, highly creative people together you can create really wonderful things.

Joe’s been at it for a while. He started his career in graphic design but then shifted to the ad world, where he started building his reputation at Saatchi & Saatchi. There, he won the Margret Larson Art Director of the Year Award from the San Francisco Advertising Club. He then moved to Hal Riney, Hill Holliday and finally TBWA\CHIAT\DAY\SF, where he was ranked one of the top 10 creative directors globally. The following year he helped adidas become the Cannes Advertiser of the Year. Joe continued his creative success by helping launch Cutwater. He has been an architect of such brands as Jeep, adidas, Leica, Google, LensCrafters, HP, Disney, Persol, Blue Diamond Almonds and Crystal Cruises to name a few. His work has won a big pile of awards, including Cannes Lions, Art Director’s Club Cubes, Clios, One Show Pencils, Effies and Webbies. But what he’s most proud of is his design work on the Nutrition Facts Label that’s found on every food package in America. It won the Presidential Design Award from the National Endowment for the Arts. After successfully turning Y&R California around, Joe decided it was time to leave the big agency model and do it his own way.

Introducing Kayser&Co. – an independent group of passionate, highly collaborative and nimble creative people, who are working their tails off for clients that are doing equally cool things.

Joe and his wife Leslie are both East Coasters who have made their home in Northern California where they’re busy raising their two young boys. When Joe’s not working or playing with his family he’s probably climbing Mt. Tamalpais on his bike.

Scott Nelson

Marketing Strategist
Founder of Maverick

Scott is an innovative marketing strategist and visionary thinker who believesin pushing creative boundaries. He has held high-profile marketing positions at some of today’s most progressive cultural brands.

Scott was most recently Sr. Vice President Marketing at, where he led all aspects of marketing for the innovative new music discovery platform transforming it into a leading online emerging music community and destination. Prior to OurStage, Scott was Director of Brand Marketing for the world’s fastest growing vodka brand, SVEDKA Vodka, where he helped build out the marketing organization and launch the brand’s social media platform. Prior to that, Scott spent four years at Converse, Inc. where he helped pioneer the award winning creative that helped Converse become one of pop culture’s leading brands. As the Global Director of Brand Communications, he was responsible for the brand's global advertising and leading marketing for all music and entertainment related initiatives. Chosen as Marketer of the Year by AdWeek in 2010, Converse’s award winning initiatives include its Three Artists One Song series, Spark, Connectivity and Domaination- the latter both winners of 2009 EFFIES.

Scott’s previous experience includes various advertising agency roles at top creative shops, TBWA\Chat\Day and Modernista!, where he worked with some of the world’s most noteworthy brands including adidas, Anheuser Busch, Disney, and Fox Sports. He managed campaigns that garnered global praise, including the adidas "Impossible is Nothing" platform that helped adidas become the #1 most awarded brand in the world and 2005 Cannes Advertiser of the Year.

Scott believes every company has an inspiring idea at its core. Having sat on both sides of the marketing table (agency side and client side) he truly understands how to transform brands. By looking through the lens of culture, developing their true value proposition and inspiring their customers in disruptive ways.

Noe Chavez

Motion Designer

If Noe Chavez is not working, that is working on a project that requires creativity and the ability to flex his post-production biceps; he might go into a deep depression. Fortunately this hasn’t happened yet. Having created originalcontent for some of today’s leading brands such as Nike, Blackberry, Google, Intel, Adidas, MTV, Adobe, Ubisoft and Disney, Noe find’s life both exciting and satisfying. Exciting because he has the opportunity to create content that he's proud of, satisfying because he is making a living doing what he truly loves.

When he’s not hunkered down in a dark room creating motion designs, editing, and compositing or dreaming up beautiful visual effects, you find Noe alongside his friends riding his skateboard, both a constant source of inspiration. If he’s not "working", he’s actually working. His passion to create shows no boundaries. Whether it is from simply making home movies of his family dogs, or a slow motion edit documenting him and his friends enjoying a beautiful day at the skate park, Noe's mind is perpetually set on creating human video content.

Jeremy Summer

Creative Producer

Jeremy Summer likes to help really smart creative people make really smart creative things. He approaches production from all sides working in live action,animation, vfx-heavy post production and documentary style on the film side aswell as production on the digital side- websites, apps, adver-games, rich media campaigns and experiential installations- for brands including Google, Ray-Ban,BNP Paribas, Chevron, Blue Diamond Almonds and Citrix. Jeremy is neither a broadcast nor a digital producer- he's the "how-to" arm of the creative team, apartner, planner and creative enabler with a rolodex of world-class production resources. He is excited to make a smart idea come to life no matter the medium and stretches budgets to their fullest potential. Aside from an intuitive understanding of a wide range of production processes, Jeremy also brings his love of music to the table and often acts as the music supervisor on his own projects including an ongoing mix tape series he curates for Ray-Ban. He has produced award winning work at Cutwater, MUH•TAY•ZIK|HOF•FER and most recently Y&R California where he oversaw all broadcast and digital production.

When he's not producing things, Jeremy likes to spend time exploring California with his little fluffy dog Bea and his wife who has been his best friend since 9th grade. He also works with his friends at Homage Clothing, manages the Austin band Gemini Pisces and is launching a short run vinyl label called Hatchet. Jeremy can't sit still. He's probably tapping his leg right now.

Dwight Clifford

Broadcast Producer

After 7 years of producing for multiple creative and B2B agencies, including TBWA/Chiat/Day, Cutwater, Y&R and Gyro, Dwight has a profound grasp of broadcast production and takes pride when each ad is perfectly crafted andready for the consumer. It was upon traveling the world that advertising innatelyfascinated Dwight. He took that interest and studied the differences in the manyforms of advertising and how they effectively engaged the viewer.

"Hands on", "right in the thick of it" are descriptors of Dwight production style. Simply put he knows how to get things done. Which is good not only to the creative project but equally important to the schedule and budget. Magically his eye is on all three at once, with the simple drive to make the best creative product possible. You try to give the guy a compliment and he simply replies, "Well, that’s what I do."

Dánica Conneely

Art Director

She asks lots of questions. Like, "What if we did it like this?" It's a natural curiosity, something she's had since she was little, and it drives her creativity. Dánica sees how complex the world is today. The internet. The marketplace. The generation that is changing businesses. All of it feeds into this knack she has forturning the complex into something simple. Something emotional. Some story that's worth telling.

Dánica color codes her closet. Her sketchbooks are held together by duct tape. She collects books and photographs. Dánica grew up in the Eastern jungles of Bolivia. Almost became a wild child. Moved to the US at the age of 17 & she thought she'd be a book designer, but wound up wanting to tell stories in ways that didn't limit her to books. She cultivated youth programs in Fiji as a Peace Corps volunteer. She's loved living in New York and San Francisco. She studied Graphic Design at CCA and Visual Arts at USF. At one point she was a printmaking teacher, and back in the day at the SF Examiner, Quark Xpress was her jam.

She grew to love advertising a little later in life. An internship at Ogilvy New York led to full-time Art Direction at Y&R:CALIFORNIA. She helped build brands like Citrix, Neuro, Blue Diamond Almonds, Crystal Cruises, and Peet's Coffee & Tea.

She's been learning the entire time. And can't wait to keep it going.

Erin Smith


Erin has always loved a great story – whether it be a novel, a web film, or a print ad, a great story can change the way a person experiences the world around them. Erin is drawn to advertising because of the ability to tell a story in so many different ways. Now instead of just a print ad or TV spot, a campaign can be a continuous conversation that happens on a multitude of platforms. However, what excites Erin most in this new age of media is when the solution to a complex problem is brutally simple.

Erin fell into advertising after 15 years as a professional actress, playwright, and director. After a brief quarter life crisis and a lot of wine, she made her way from South Carolina to San Francisco to attend graduate school for copywriting. After participating in a study abroad program in Berlin, Erin accepted an internship at Y&R: California and moved back to the City by the Bay. Since entering the agency world, Erin has written campaigns for Blue Diamond Almond Breeze, Citrix, Nevada Tourism, Neuro Drinks, and Peet’s Coffee and Tea. Erin has also found a new home for her years of acting and voice training – as the in-house scratch voiceover talent and accent aficionado.

Anne Salinas

Group Business Director

Anne enjoys partnering with Clients to solve marketing issues. She believes that great advertising shakes things up a bit and reframes your thinking in a surprising way. She’s most proud of working on campaigns that helped turned brands around like; "Got Milk?", Foster Farms "Imposter Chickens", PG&E "Let’s Green this City", and LensCrafters "Loves Eyes" to name a few.Prior to Kayser & Co, Anne has been consulting for a number of ad shops including Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, where she partnered with the Group Account Director and Executive Creative Director on the Chevrolet business, to improve efficiencies around account structure, staffing, and general operations for the Agency. Her background includes the big and small shops like: Y&R NY and SF, Cutwater, Goodby, Venables, Bell & Partners, and Engine Company One.

Anne was born and raised in Mexico City and Caracas, Venezuela . At 20, she met her husband Ricardo in Mexico, while working for Panamericana Ogilvy and Mather. The rest is history…They now live in Noe Valley and have three beautiful daughters.

Jay Lorenzini

Art Director/Graphic Designer

Jay is an independent art director and graphic designer based in San Francisco, CA. He's spent nearly a decade crafting advertising and design efforts for brands like MINI,, Coca-Cola, Mountain Hardwear, and Persol. Jay is inspired by the feral edges of the Internet, all things screen-printed and building brands from the idea up. He's one half of the cause-driven design collaboration Alvy Brooks, and sporadically teaches at San Francisco's Miami Ad School.

Nick Prout


Here’s the heart of the carrot, and it’s quite simple. Making something wonderful, that no one else thought of, that does wonders for a brand. And doing it as a team with smart and delightful people.

My education in advertising includes eight years at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, two years at the VCU Brandcenter, and life. The latter being the most significant.