The Operative Word is Seek.

Welcome to Marcus Thomas

We seek impossible challenges. That’s what it says on our home page. But what does it mean?

You might think impossible is the keyword in this phrase. After all, impossible speaks to our tenacity, our grittiness, our Midwest work ethic. But in the case of Marcus Thomas, the word seek is the most important word in that phrase. Because we’re looking for impossible. We need impossible. We thrive on impossible.

Because impossible is usually where you’ll find the thing that really needs to be conquered. Everything else is just a task. Important? Certainly; but just table stakes. And who gets up for that?

Marcus Thomas is an agency that operates the way the holding companies wish they could -- integrated to deliver results to clients rather than shareholders. We deliver the fearless creative of a boutique shop, the rich experience of a category killer, and the deepest team of digital scientists of any agency in our weight class. We built our agency this way to help us root out and conquer the impossible.

We shape our approaches with deep research. We optimize them with precise analytics and strategic thinking. And we evaluate our work against what really matters: quantifiable, measurable business results. We’re focused this way because impossible hides in ambiguity. And we can’t tolerate that. 

$196
million

CAPITALIZED BILLINGS

214

EMPLOYEES

35

DOGS

Awards

The most important reward for our work is knowing that we helped you achieve your business goals. It’s also nice to be recognized by our peers with awards like these:

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TIMELINE

Ohio powerhouse agency.

Ira Thomas Associates Inc. and Marcus Advertising merge to form Marcus Thomas LLC.

At the helm

Our agency is closely held, led by a group of partners who believe independence is the foundation of a relationship that isn’t afraid to question everything and take risks.

Jim Nash Partner in Charge
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Joanne Kim Chief Idea Officer
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Mark Bachmann Chief Client Officer
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Joe Blaha Chief Financial Officer
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Executive Leadership Team

To take on impossible challenges, you need a big group of people who know how to make big plans and, most importantly, who know how to bring big perspective and big expertise to the task at hand.

Scott Chapin Partner, Analytics and Performance Optimization
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Heidi Modarelli-Frank Partner, Public Relations
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Jennifer Hirt Marchand Partner/Director of Research
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Phil Johnston Partner/Strategic Services Group
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Lori Pennica Hedrick Partner/Culture and Coaching
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Raphael Rivilla PARTNER/MEDIA AND CONNECTIONS PLANNING
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Jim Sollisch Partner/Executive Creative Director
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Jamie Venorsky Partner/Chief Creative Officer
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Ian Verschuren Partner/Chief Technology Officer
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Amber Zent Partner, Director of Social Media
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Jason Hutchison Partner, Management Supervisor, Web and Application Development
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Jason Mitton Partner/Vice President, Digital Production
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Marcus Thomas is a proud member of MAGNET, a global community of the most successful, independent advertising and marketing agencies working together to share, learn and exchange!

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