Michael G. (Mike) Lescarbeau joined Carmichael Lynch as president and chief creative officer from Ogilvy & Mather, New York, in May of 2007. He assumed the role of chief executive officer in January, 2009. During Lescarbeau's tenure, the agency has cemented its reputation as a national branding powerhouse, with highly visible work for Subaru, GNC and Jack Link's, among others.
Lescarbeau's leadership has also brought Carmichael Lynch to the forefront of the advertising industry's diversity and inclusion movement, resulting in widespread recognition. He is the American Advertising Federation's 2014 Corporate Leader Award winner for Diversity and Inclusion and serves on the board of directors for The BrandLab, a Minneapolis-based consortium of over 40 companies working to bring more people of color into advertising and marketing. He is a former member of the board of directors at the Lagrant Foundation, a Los Angeles-based non-profit that provides college and post-graduate scholarships to students of color.
Prior to joining Carmichael Lynch, Lescarbeau was creative director at Fallon Worldwide, Boston's Hill Holliday and Leagas Delaney, in London. During his creative career he won dozens of advertising's top honors, including Cannes Gold Lions and the Grand Effie. He was an early advocate of campaigns that employ new media, and in 2001 launched One And All, whose breakthrough, experiential work helped the start-up win the 4A’s O’Toole Award its first year of eligibility.
Based in Minneapolis, Lescarbeau has served on the board of directors of the One Club for Art & Copy in New York and has been a frequent judge of advertising creative competitions in the U.S. and overseas. He has spoken on the subject of advertising creativity in Paris, Sao Paulo, Singapore and Oslo.
Lescarbeau is responsible for all agency operations, business units and offices, reporting directly to the Interpublic Group in New York.
As CFO and managing partner of Carmichael Lynch, Mark is responsible for the administrative, support and production functions. Prior to joining Carmichael Lynch in 2002, Mark was at Plasmon Corporation for two years as CFO. He's a CPA with past experience at Ernst & Young and as a finance director at the Pillsbury Company. Mark has lived his whole life in the Twin Cities and graduated from the University of Minnesota.
He is married to Jill whom he met at the Pillsbury Company. They have three children: Derek who is fourteen and twin twelve-year-old girls named Nicole and Jessica. Mark enjoys the outdoors, in particular hunting and fishing. He also enjoys golf and time spent up north at the lake with the family.
As chief strategy officer, Marcus Fischer is responsible for marrying stunning insights with flawless execution, thus assuring that creative work from Carmichael Lynch achieves results that meet or exceed our clients’ high expectations, every time.
He added the title president of Carmichael Lynch in the spring of 2013, after rejoining the agency from digital firm space150, where in four years' time he helped double the company’s size and rose to the rank of chief executive officer.
Fischer is the strategic mind behind countless winning campaigns for clients ranging from BMW and Purina Dog Chow to Dairy Queen and Target. Current successful efforts on behalf of Carmichael Lynch clients Subaru and Tempur-Pedic each owe their genesis to his unparalleled instincts and analytic work.
His achievements have been recognized by the most respected creative and strategic competitions in marketing, including the One Show, the Webby Awards and The Effies, where he serves as a frequent judge. In 2011, he was also honored with the Forty Under Forty award by the Minneapolis/St.Paul Business Journal.
The father of three young boys and husband to Wendy, he is also active in the community, finding time between shuttling the kids to athletic events to serve on the board of the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota.
Dave Damman’s celebrated work includes breakthrough campaigns for a who’s who of brands, including Lee Jeans, Subaru, GNC, United Airlines, Timberland, Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Holiday Inn, BMW, Children’s Defense Fund and Jim Beam.
Since beginning his career 20 years ago at New York’s Saatchi & Saatchi, Damman has held the creative director title at numerous top agencies, and immediately previous to joining Carmichael Lynch, he helmed the creative department at Fallon Worldwide.
Damman’s work has been recognized in the U.S. and internationally by all the most respected creative award competitions, including The One Show, Cannes, Communication Arts, The New York Art Directors Club and Britain’s D&AD Advertising. He is also a sought-after jury member for award organizations like The One Show, Communication Arts and Effies.
Damman has also pioneered the Carmichael Collective, a much-talked-about ongoing project that asks Carmichael Lynch employees to create for creativity’s sake. Many of these acts have been covered in a variety of outlets, from MSNBC to BuzzFeed, Funny or Die to The Huffington Post.
Stacy Janicki leads Carmichael Lynch’s account management department, which delivers strategic leadership to clients and oversees increasingly collaborative efforts within the agency. With more than 15 years in the advertising industry, her work experience spans many business categories, including retail, consumer packaged goods, outdoor recreation, telecommunications, and healthcare.
Prior to coming aboard at Carmichael Lynch, Stacy served as director of account management at Colle+McVoy, where she was also a member of the senior leadership team. Over the course of her tenure, she helped strengthen and reinvent brands such as Caribou Coffee, the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation, ESPN, Old Navy, and Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods.
She has also served in account leadership roles at Campbell Mithun and Martin Williams for clients including General Mills, Anheuser-Busch, ConAgra, Microsoft, 3M, Bruegger’s Bagels, and Verizon Cellular.
Stacy has contributed to work heralded by the O'Toole Awards, PRSA, the Webby Awards, the One Show, and Effie Awards. Her work has also been featured on media properties as varied as The Jay Leno Show, the CBS Early Morning Show, PerezHilton.com, ESPN, Communication Arts, Fast Company, and Brandweek.
Stacy received a B.A. in Communications from the University of Notre Dame, where she was a scholarship member of the nationally ranked women’s basketball team. While at Notre Dame, she did post-graduate work in the field of counseling psychology. She is co-chair of the Twin Cities 4A’s board, and in 2011 the Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal selected her as a “Woman to Watch” based on her professional and personal achievements.
Randy Hughes joined Carmichael Lynch as a senior art director in 2000. He quickly rose through the creative ranks with award-winning work for clients across the agency’s roster, earning top national and international honors for breakthrough campaigns on behalf of American Standard, Porsche, Gibson Guitars and many others.
Randy is the originator of the Subaru Love campaign, which has not only been universally lauded for its creativity, but has served as a catalyst for the car brand’s recent record sales growth.
Since 2007, when Randy created the first, emotionally driven work for then-new client Subaru of America, the brand has surged past 11 other automakers on the list of America’s best-selling cars. Left in the dust have been big names like Cadillac, BMW and Volkswagen.
TIME Magazine named “Baby Driver,” created by Randy, as one of its top 10 commercials of 2010. Featuring a father and his two real-life daughters, the Subaru spot has been publicly recognized by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, who has called on other manufacturers to emulate its heartfelt safety message.
Marty Senn joined Carmichael Lynch in 2013 from Goodby, Silverstein & Partners in San Francisco, where he led work on Google, Comcast and the NBA. Before landing in Minneapolis, Marty's career has taken him to both coasts (two-times over), as well as a two-year stay in London. Along the way, he's been fortunate enough to work on some of the world's great brands, including Levi's, Jeep, Virgin Mobile, Ray-Ban, Sony, Time Magazine and the BBC.
His work has been recognized here and abroad by creative award shows including Cannes, Britain's D&AD, the One Show, Communication Arts, and the Art Director's Club. A copywriter by trade, Marty also holds the curious distinction of being named one of Adweek's Top 10 Creatives You Don't Know, and was a member of the 2012 One Show jury.
He's a Minnesotan, married to a Wisconsinite, and a father of two boys who don't yet know the important difference.
Joe Grundhoefer joined Carmichael Lynch in 2006 from Fallon Worldwide, where he was Executive Producer on the Citibank Global, Lee Jeans, and Holiday Inn Express accounts. Before he joined the advertising world, Joe spent seven years in the music industry as a talent manager and live event promoter/producer, working with incredible artists, finding emerging opportunities for content…and mastering organized chaos. He has some tales.
That unique background of experience and knowledge has allowed Joe and his teams to guide clients through the learning curves of producing work in every medium, and through all the possible challenges and options along the way.
Joe has produced work for Holiday Inn Express, BMW, Citibank, Harley-Davidson, Children’s Defense Fund, Subaru, Jack Link’s, Tempur-Pedic, Lee Jeans, Traveler’s Insurance, Nordstrom, PBS, and more. His high standards have been acknowledged with numerous honors including Webbys, D&AD, London VFX, Effies and the One Show. Joe has also had the honor of judging the AICP Awards for the last six years.
Neil found his way into advertising like many media folks: completely by accident. It’s been a great way to exercise his analytical and problem solving skills, while also building brands and relationships. He has brought this expertise to brands ranging from financial to automotive, including State Farm, Subaru, Johnson & Johnson, FTD, Wrigley and Harley-Davidson among them.
Neil began his career at Campbell Mithun, then spent time in Chicago at DDB and OMD before returning to the Twin Cities for a tour on the client side, working for General Mills. He joined the ranks of Carmichael Lynch in 2004.
Neil is a thought leader in his own rite, bringing innovative thinking and progressive, strategic approaches to media partnerships and activations. And it has served him well – Neil’s work has been heralded by the Effie Awards, the O’Toole Awards, and multiple Media Plan of the Year awards.
Originally from Canada, Neil would love to explain the sport of curling to you – he still plays near his home in St. Paul – or enter into an in-depth discussion about the expanding craft beer scene. Neil enjoys spending time with his wife and children, and occasionally finds time to slip away to the golf course.
Dorion Taylor leads business development at Carmichael Lynch, overseeing our agency’s marketing and helping us begin uniquely rewarding client relationships. With more than fifteen years in the marketing industry, his experience covers a range of roles, including ad agency account management as well as agency oversight at retail titan Target.
Throughout his career, Taylor has made a habit of serving household names such as Burger King, General Mills, Birds Eye and Andersen Windows. He has served on the board of directors of the Minnesota Advertising Federation and was a member of Target Corporation’s African American Business Council.
Taylor enjoys spending his spare time as a spectator for his kids’ multiple sports teams and preparing memorable meals with his wife, Dawn.
He received his bachelor’s degree in marketing communications and African-American studies from the University of Minnesota.
As Marketing and Communications Director for Carmichael Lynch, Ellie Taylor oversees all external and internal brand communication platforms and is tasked with growing the agency’s marketing efforts while achieving recognition for our work, our agency, and our people.
Ellie brings more than ten years of communications, marketing and account leadership expertise to the Carmichael Lynch brand, with time spent both on the agency and client sides of the business.
Having spent time in Account Management at Minneapolis agencies Fallon and Martin Williams, Ellie managed a wide variety of clients, from automotive to retail, including Cadillac, Simmons, Marvin Windows and Doors, and Wolverine among them.
Prior to her relocating to the Midwest, Ellie worked in communications and marketing at Red Bull Energy Drink. During her time there, she spearheaded communications for international events, lead multiple product launches for the brand, and oversaw the marketing, re-branding and launch of the company’s Major League Soccer team, the New York Red Bulls.
Ellie received a B.A. in both Communications and Philosophy from the University of Southern California, and while she remains true to her Trojan pride and San Diego roots, she’s been converted to a Minnesotan where she lives in St. Paul with her husband and daughter.