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Monday, March 07, 2011

GdB announces the addition of four new hires

GdB announces the addition of four new hires – Mallory Johnson, Heidi Makoutz, Emily Stofferahn and Sam Taylor.

“We’re delighted to continue our expansion with new talent and new services,” said CEO Tom Gabriel. “These hires bring us additional expertise and have already made some vital contributions.”

Mallory Johnson takes on the role of Advertising Account Coordinator. Prior to this position, Johnson was an accounts intern at GdB. Johnson has also worked as marketing intern for EnergyPrint, Inc., and acted as marketing assistant for Star Exhibits & Environments. She holds a degree in business marketing from the University of St. Thomas, and has experience volunteering for organizations such as Meals on Wheels, the Animal Humane Society, and Hoops for Hope. Johnson enjoys European travel and a mean Italian gelato.

Heidi Makoutz, Digital and Interactive Designer, comes to GdB following the establishment of her freelance photography and design practice. Previously, she was a project manager and marketing assistant for First American Funds and developed social media content-building strategies for One Yoga. Makoutz has a degree in web design and interactive media from the Art Institute International Minnesota, and a degree in fine arts with a graphic design emphasis from Concordia University Wisconsin. Makoutz loves chocolate-covered strawberries, and has hula-hooped more than 1,500 times in a row.

Emily Stofferahn
has been named Public Relations and Social Media Account Coordinator following the completion of her internship at GdB. Before coming to GdB, Stofferahn was a promotions intern with Clear Channel Communications, and ticket operations intern for the Minnesota Twins. She graduated with a degree in public relations from Northwestern College. Stofferahn is a total grammar geek and a closet Neil Diamond enthusiast.

Sam Taylor joins GdB as Senior Digital Art Director. Previously, Taylor was the interactive art director at Barnhart Advertising in Denver, Colo. He has also worked for Martin|Williams Advertising as an interactive artist. Taylor attended Miami Ad School in the art direction program, and has a degree in advertising from the University of Colorado at Boulder. In his free time, Taylor enjoys golf, karaoke, and solving Rubik’s cubes.