Meet our Team
PRESIDENT & CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Bob began his career on Madison Avenue where he was one of the original Mad Men (he’s got stories!). He was a founder of Saatchi & Saatchi Direct before starting The Verdi Group in 1995. Bob reads three to five books a week on his phone, he really likes good wine (but will drink whatever’s available), and drives a Mini Cooper. Bob’s education is unusual, with a degree in Psychology from Amherst College, military intelligence school at Fort Holabird in POW interrogation, a year at the University of Madrid studying Spanish, art, and literature, and a recent MBA from the University of Phoenix. His client experience includes every letter of the alphabet.
DIRECTOR OF CLIENT SERVICES
Mary has been crafting winning campaigns for as long as her clients (and she!) can remember. With expertise in healthcare, financial, and B2B, she has developed insights that transcend nearly every vertical. She coaches the Verdi team to nurture client relationships. When she’s not drumming up business, she’s redesigning her gardens to have a continuous bloom of color (irises being her current, but short-lived favorite). Mary is known for her optimism, encouraging wacky Verdi holidays, and her insistence that we stock high-test Peet’s Major Dickason K-cups. She has an MBA from Syracuse University and chairs the communications committee for Opera Guild of Rochester.
Meet Jessica Adams, creative art director by day, Thomas the Train scholar by night! While managing to raise two wild boys and two twin girls, she continues to be the well-rounded media pro that entered Verdi’s doors in 2007. Holding a degree in graphic media, as well as an MBA from RIT, her design expertise applies to everything from direct mail, emails, websites, videos, and integrated ad campaigns. She has inspired award-winning campaigns that have delivered results triple the industry standard. Pretty impressive? We think so! She was also the former goalie of the Syracuse Stars Women’s Travel Ice Hockey Team that won the USA Hockey National Championship in 2001.
Art Director and pixel pro, Lauren Klepacki loves creating bold designs—her creativity is endless. Lauren uses her flair for color to create unusual and eye-catching graphics. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Alfred University with a focus in graphic design/expanded media and a minor in marketing. Lauren is also a member of AIGA. In her free time, Lauren loves to travel and photograph her adventures (one of her favorites being Cadillac Mountain). She also enjoys boating on Keuka Lake, snowboarding, and playing with her dog, Bumbles. Lauren’s award-winning designs will push your project to the next level!
As an Account Executive, Jennifer contributes to dynamite direct marketing by serving as your detail-oriented, daily go-to for campaign deliverables and development. She supports the agency’s social environment in her role as Chief Spirit Officer by overseeing the annual Easter egg hunt, trick-or-treating, holiday trivia contests, and site selection for the office Elf on the Shelf. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys ballet, ice skating, and following orders from her fabulous and feisty Persian rescue cat, Shasta. Jennifer is a graduate of SUNY Geneseo.
Kailey is the 'go-to' contact for her clients when it comes to inquiries or updates from start to finish on the marketing programs she manages. She drives the timelines for account activities, and keeps the team updated for a smooth and organized ride during campaign development. She joined The Verdi Group after graduating from SUNY Oneonta with a degree in communications, and has since developed a passion for finding new solutions and tactics to reach a variety of marketing objectives. Kailey is always up for a challenge (she crushes the competition in Verdi’s annual office Easter egg hunt!), and always brings a "Let’s do this!" outlook to her work. When she’s not in the office, she enjoys hitting a CrossFit class, and reading whatever's on the bestseller list.
ASSISTANT ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE
With a name like Rockefeller Miller, it comes to no surprise that he is a marketing buff! After walking the stage to receive his degree in marketing from The College at Brockport in 2017, he quickly entered The Verdi Group’s doors as our Assistant Account Executive. As the former president and vice president of the Brockport Marketing Club, Rock is well on his way to becoming our rookie of the year. You can find him assisting in project management and development for several of our clients’ projects. When his head is not in the clouds of marketing, he is cheering on his favorite football team, the Indianapolis Colts, or playing classic rock tunes on his guitar.
Elizabeth, Copywriter, and formerly girl reporter (like Lois Lane!), graduated from The College at Brockport with a double major in English and journalism. Intandem with her academic career, she served as an athlete for four years on the cross-country and track team. In her leisure, you can find her reading a classic while sipping a cup of Earl Grey tea. She also delights in knitting, spinning short stories, and caring for her pet rabbit, Beatrix Potter. She is happy to be a part of The Verdi Group, and looks forward to expanding her writing career with our clients’ exciting projects.
Ten thousand steps a day? That’s not a problem for our office manager, Chris! When she isn’t walking her three gigantic Labradors, she’s getting her steps in at Verdi. From handling finances, human resources, payroll, and accounts receivable–she can keep up with just about anything. Whether you’re in the office or on the phone, Chris will take care of you (just like takes care of us!). Among her favorite things to do are fusing glass, traveling internationally, and trying new cuisines.
Amanda Hays is The Verdi Group’s computer extraordinaire! Her responsibilities as a Web Designer include managing domains, coding emails, creating websites, and partaking in internet mayhem. Amanda received her BFA in Art and Design from Alfred University and has had a great deal of web design experience before entering Verdi's doors. When she’s not breaking codes or designing your next web page, you can find her watching an unhealthy amount of New Girl with her husband. Amanda also possesses the talent of being able to name most fonts she comes across in real life!