Michael G. (Mike) Lescarbeau joined Carmichael Lynch as president and chief creative officer in May of 2007. He assumed the role of chief executive officer in January 2009.
As a creative director at Fallon Worldwide, Hill Holliday and London’s Leagas Delaney, Lescarbeau garnered dozens of the advertising industry’s top honors, including Cannes Gold Lions and the Grand Effie. His work and his thoughts on the creative process are featured in "The Copy Book, How 32 of the World’s Best Advertising Writers Write Their Advertising."
He was an early advocate of campaigns that employ new media, and launched One And All in 2001 as a creative resource for clients seeking breakthrough, experiential work. The agency’s uniquely integrated campaigns featured everything from public sculptures to recorded pub tours of Europe, and helped One And All win the 4A’s O’Toole Award its first year of eligibility.
Mike 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 award competitions in the U.S. and overseas. He has spoken on the subject of advertising creativity in Paris, Sao Paulo, Singapore and Oslo.
Based at Carmichael Lynch’s Minneapolis headquarters, he is responsible for all agency operations, business units and offices, reporting directly to the Interpublic Group in New York.
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.
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.
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 Wisconsonian, 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.
After 25 years in agency media departments, Joe Germscheid is right at home as our director of consumer engagement. Before being tapped to lead the consumer engagement group at Carmichael Lynch, he specialized in digital media, reporting, analytics and optimization processes.
From national network TV for major national advertisers to B-to-B email campaigns directed at niche audiences, Joe knows all media executions require attention to detail and diligent stewardship. Through his career, Joe has worked on a variety of clients across nearly every conceivable category – from agricultural accounts and B-to-B with smaller agencies, to large CPG companies (General Mills and Nestle Purina), financial institutions (Citibank, Lincoln Financial Group and Travelers Insurance), travel (National and Alamo Rental Car, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Holiday Inn Express) and automotive (Subaru of America) brands.
When he’s not at the office you’ll likely find Joe coaching and teaching fitness classes at the YMCA. He’s a certified group cycle and spinning instructor who enjoys road biking when the Minnesota winters don’t force him from the road. He’s a graduate of St. John’s University with a degree in Psychology and takes pride in mentoring and leading committees for i612, the local Minneapolis digital media organization. Joe lives in suburban Minneapolis with his wife and family of five kids.
Steve Knapp leads our insight-driven discipline called Market Strategy. After helping to reinvent Carmichael Lynch’s approach to brand planning, Steve’s team develops a brand’s go-to-market strategy by a gaining a deep understanding of culture, business and human experience to determine the best messaging opportunity, audience focus and media-neutral activation approach. This new way of thinking guides cross-discipline teams throughout the idea creation and execution processes to ensure the strategic approach remains on track.
Steve’s background is centered in media strategy and holistic connection planning with proven experience growing business and executing successful brand programs, both large and small, across traditional, digital, social, mobile and experiential media platforms.
Prior to joining Carmichael Lynch, Steve served in leadership roles at Olson and Campbell Mithun in Minneapolis. While there, he pioneered innovative and effective programs for brands including Nike, General Mills, H&R Block, Kimberly-Clark, Land O’Lakes, Chinet, MoneyGram, Fifth Third Bank, Northwestern Mutual and Phillips Distilling.
Steve’s achievements have been recognized with multiple Effie awards, MediaWeek’s Media Plan Of The Year, MediaPost’s Creative Media Award and Marketing Sherpa’s Viral Hall of Fame. As a respected industry expert, Steve’s point of view has been sought out in media outlets and at speaking engagements including The New York Times, Fast Company, USA Today/Cannes, OMMA, iMedia Connection and recurring appearances at the University of Minnesota.
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.
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.