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Wednesday, September 01, 2010

OLSON Promotes duo to Group Media Directors

OLSON has promoted two associate media directors, Steve Lynch and Stephanie Thompson, to group directors of the agency’s media discipline.

Here is a picture of the two of them.
Lynch joined OLSON’s media group in 2005 from Campbell Mithun, and quickly rose through the ranks, directing work for clients including Fifth Third Bank, the Minnesota State Lottery, Imation Brands and UHG Ovations. He holds a BA in economics from Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minn.

Thompson came to OLSON in 2008 from Carmichael Lynch and before that, Martin Williams, and has led media efforts for OLSON clients including Northwestern Mutual, KraftMaid Cabinetry, Country Inns & Suites by Carlson and Discover Boating. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Duluth, holds degrees in organizational management and marketing, and serves as alumni association marketing chair for the UMD Labovitz School of Business and Economics.

Lynch and Thompson and their department have been recognized with national awards including Effies and a Creative Media Award finalist for Creative Use of Newspaper. And, in an environment where “flat is the new up,” OLSON has been up, thanks in part to the work of these two and their group. In fact, media has experienced 1,600 percent in billings growth in the last five years.

“What makes these two great is that they’re the ultimate yin and yang, which means they’re perfect to serve together as media group directors,” says Kevin DiLorenzo, president and CEO, OLSON. “Stephanie and Steve balance each other with how they work, think and lead their team— and that’s important with the wide variety of programs we manage in our media department each day.”

Read the Twin Cities Business Journal article here.