Brands Aren't Built on Ideas.
They're Built by People.

We’re brand strategists, designers and insight specialists who love to connect brands with consumers. The Hangar12 leadership team brings decades of experience on consumer brands from the agency and brand sides of the business.

Our President Kevin Keating originally worked for the agency for 10 years before acquiring it in 2000. The agency has grown from its in-store marketing roots to a consumer-centric, integrated brand activation agency. Our talent is located in Chicago, Minneapolis, Saint Louis, throughout the U.S. and globally. We can be integrated and scaled for your specific needs. Meet some of the people who live and breathe our clients’ brands every day.

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Kevin Keating


As a creative and strategy professional, Kevin has always been passionate about great design and innovative ideas that better himself, his agency, and his clients’ experience. This foundation came from his father who inspired him to launch HANGAR12. Over the years, he has focused on a solitary vision: putting the CONSUMER FIRST® by collaborating with consumers to shape solutions and build consumer-centric experiences. Kevin has been recognized by Path To Purchase Institute as a leader in Shopper Marketing and is co-author of the book "Surviving the SEISMIC SHIFT in Marketing.”

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Chris Nelson


A Chicago area native, Chris grew up filling up sketchbooks with his drawings. His early love of the visual arts led him to a career in graphic design (thinking he was going to design concert t-shirts and album covers for a living). His career has spanned corporate communications, software companies, and a variety of agencies, big, small, and everything in between. While working for an agency in San Francisco, Chris discovered his love of building brands through marketing – design problem solving applied to impact consumer purchase decisions. A consummate tinkerer, Chris applies his problem-solving skills to build teams, agencies, and clients. Hangar12 is the perfect environment to bring all those skills together.

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Brian Tawlks


As Hangar12’s Group Creative Director, Brian is a design-focused problem solver who creates engaging brand experiences. For the past 20 years he has developed integrated campaigns, digital solutions and brand activations that solve complex business challenges for brands such as McDonald’s, Boeing, Got Milk?, SC Johnson and Saputo U.S. brands (Frigo Cheese Heads, Frigo Cheese, Treasure Cave Cheese).

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Ashley Zillo


Ashley was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio and attended Ohio State University. She graduated magna cum laude with a double major in International Business and Fashion Merchandising. After graduating, Ashley spent over 10 years working on one of the biggest brands in the world, McDonald’s. While it was tough to leave the golden arches behind, Ashley couldn’t pass up the opportunity to join the great Team at Hangar12 and expand her marketing knowledge.

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Justin Weinzierl


Justin hails from the land of 10,000 lakes, tator-tot hot dishes, & Paul Bunyan plaid. Minnesota is where he received his bachelor’s degree at Winona State University with a major in Advertising and a minor in Communication Studies. He has a history of account leadership with brands such as Allergan Facial Aesthetics, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, General Mills, SuperValu, and Best Buy. Justin prides himself in collaborating with brand teams to create a successful communication plan supported in strategy insights, analytic results, and strong creative style. If you are hunting how to translate a brand’s challenge into an advertising opportunity, Justin is one of the many enthusiastic leaders to partner with at Hangar12.  

Erynn Murphy Bio

Erynn Murphy


Erynn started as an intern at Hangar12 while completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She quickly discovered a passion for marketing management and strategy, and advanced through the agency to her current role. She currently resides (and rock climbs) in Beattyville, KY near the heart of the Red River Gorge.

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Greg Keating


Greg grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying Supply Chain and Marketing at the UIUC School of Business. Post-graduation he took his talents to the bitterly cold state of Minnesota to start work with Coca-Cola. After enjoying an ice-cold Coke, he joined Ecolab and honed his project management & data analytics expertise before arriving at Hangar12 to further explore the marketing world.

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Becca Mensing


Becca is a small town girl that became obsessed with Social Media Marketing & Data Analytics after earning a Marketing & Interactive Studies degree at Northern Illinois University. Over the past 6 years she's worked on brands both gigantic and tiny, and still gets a kick out of putting new capabilities and ideas to work on Social. We dare you to try and stump her with a Social Media question...

Becca is addicted to Travel & Coffee. To merge the two interests she launched a traveling Coffee Roasting business in 2017, Old Man Murph's Coffee. If you ask really nicely she may just send you a sample. 

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Eurydice Chrones


Eurydice studied journalism at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She soon chose a different way to express her love of writing, and earned a master’s degree in advertising at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She considers herself a “concepter” at heart, citing McDonald’s “Super Sizing,” promotion as a highlight. Eurydice loves challenge and variety – moving to San Francisco with a 2-year contract. She made a bittersweet return to Chicago to raise her family after two years turned into a great seven-year run.

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Ryan Lynch


Ryan grew up in Milwaukee and honed his creative skills at the University of Wisconsin in Madison before moving to Chicago to pursue a career in marketing and brand design.  Ryan has brought his 10 years of art direction experience to Hangar 12, helping our clients create communication and visuals that resonate. Whether it's coming up with the big idea, developing the visual language of a brand, or art directing photography and videography, he has a passion for creating unique engaging work. 

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Leslie Baker


Leslie doesn’t just love accuracy — she’s obsessed with it. (It’s a healthy obsession, of course.) That obsession has enabled her to work as an editor for one of the most widely read psychiatric journals in the world, The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, and as a proofreader of projects for some of the largest companies in the world. In fact, her client lineup includes Fortune 500 companies such as FedEx and International Paper. It’s only fitting that “Eagle Eye Baker” gets to work with the brightest minds in the business at Hangar12.

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Nikki Dean


Nikki is a Missouri native who received her undergraduate education from Westminster College in Fulton and earned her MBA at Rockhurst University in Kansas City. Prior to joining Hangar12, Nikki spent the first decade of her career at Hallmark Cards, Inc. working to provide administrative support, scheduling, account and project management primarily in the marketing studio and visual merchandising departments. She then moved to Rouge 24, a package design agency, as a project manager and supported the Sam’s Club private’s label brands. As Project Manager at Hangar12, Nikki works with the account and creative teams to ensure projects are executed accurately and on-time.


Sheila Trinley


Ask Sheila what her favorite childhood pastime was and she’ll tell you it was memorizing television commercials and acting them out on her living room  “stage” for family and friends. So, it’s no surprise that she chose marketing as her career path.  

This native Chicagoan has a deep history in the business. She’s worked the gamut of agencies from mom & pop to the big ones including FCB/Draft, Upshot and Publicis on brands like Coca Cola, NFL, Target, CVS, and the American Dairy Association. She’s even spent time on the client side at Ace Hardware and in the non-profit world for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. 

The combination of her brand storytelling, visual thinking, and ability to concept at the drop of a hat is what sets her apart. Proud Career Moments include: Being one of the creative leads for Lincoln Park Zoo’s First Annual Zoo Lights Festival. BTW:  It’s still lighting up Chicago’s holidays to this day. Senior Creative on Target’s multimillion dollar Restoration of the Washington Monument and inventing a new form of retail signage at her second job out of college.

What does Sheila love most about being a part of the Hangar12 family? The ability to work within a true 360 degree marketing platform from concept through execution in both a trade and consumer-facing capacity, something she believes is often talked about, but rarely walked about.


Melissa Egan

Melissa may have cut her wedding cake with a machete, but she approaches art direction with a delicate touch. Her background in traditional illustration and design for brands like Disney, Dreamworks, Reckitt Benckiser, Walmart and Nike imparts a unique approach to translating design into the digital space. In her free time not spent chasing after her son or watching movies with her husband, Melissa designs (award-winning!) stationery.
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Collin Williams


Collin grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Business with a degree in Finance. He began working at Hangar12 in 2007 as a financial analyst and now handles operations and HR.

He lives a little too close for comfort to the northern border of Illinois.  When he isn’t fending off hordes of fans from ‘that team to the north’, he enjoys watching and attending sporting events, coaching travel basketball, and spending time with his wife Julie, son Camden, and daughter Brooklyn. 


Wendy Nugent

As a Production Designer she develops files quickly and efficiently. Wendy is reliable and consistent on brand standards, and implements the look established by the Creative Director while translating files into production specs.
Wendy's experience stretches across many agencies and brands including McDonald’s (partnering with Warner Bros., Disney, Pixar, The Olympic Committee, NFL, NBA and Mattel), BP, Unilever, RJ Reynolds and Allstate, Sports Authority, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops.

Recognized Globally
for Delivering Results

CA Gold Award
Creativity International Award
Davey Award
Design of Times Award
Horizon Interactive Award
Inc 5000
Mobius Award
Popai Award
Reggie Award
Summit Creative Award
Telly Award
Top Shops
W3 Award
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