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Hanson Dodge has been inspiring consumers and delivering transformational business impact for leading brands on a global scale for more than 30 years. From branding efforts that have evergreen effect to industry firsts including digital product customization tools, omnichannel experiences and social commerce, we are a fully integrated agency known for solving complex problems through strategy and an idea-first approach.

HD Leadership Team

Tim Dodge

President

Ken Hanson

CEO

Mike Stefaniak

Chief Strategy Officer & Partner

Angela Rothen

SVP, Technology & Operations

Chris Buhrman

Executive Creative Director

Tom Flierl

VP, Marketing & Business Strategy

Tim Dodge

President


His Background
With 30 years of entrepreneurial business management and marketing experience, Tim is responsible for oversight of all Hanson Dodge day-to-day operations. His understanding of how to create business growth and value through innovative marketing solutions has helped shape the company's unique blend of integrated branding, marketing and technology solutions. Tim has also led the effort to develop the company's fast-growing e-commerce software platform: Active Commerce.

His Beliefs and Passions
Tim derives his energy every day from driving measurable results for Hanson Dodge's clients and personal growth for the entire HDC team. He's also passionate about his wife Denise and his three children. His interests include childhood arts education, cooking, running, skiing, photography and awesome wine.

Ken Hanson

CEO


Ken has dedicated his life to generating results for clients while building a more powerful role for designers in a complex and technology-fueled world.

“I've spent more than three decades in design and marketing. Today, I see myself at the exciting crossroads of branding, design and technology. I focus on bringing these forces together to deliver a competitive advantage for my clients on a global scale.”

That passion has driven Hanson Dodge's commitment to innovation and fueled its evolution from a spare bedroom to the forefront of branding, technology and marketing. Ken’s creative leadership led to “Best of Show” accolades at the 2015 United Adworkers Milwaukee 99 Awards for the global, multi-channel “Board of Directors” campaign for K-Swiss.

Ken was chosen in 2001 by Graphic Design Magazine as one of the 50 most influential designers in America. He was the founding director of the Wisconsin chapter of AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts), the first organization in Wisconsin to represent local designers on a national level. AIGA recently honored Ken as a 2014 Fellow Award recipient.

In addition to producing groundbreaking work for some of the world’s top brands, Ken turned his passion for the power of design to a higher purpose and founded the Greater Together Coalition. It focuses on making the creative industry that he loves and the city of Milwaukee more inclusive so that all can participate, prosper and reach their full potential.

Mike Stefaniak

Chief Strategy Officer & Partner


Mike leads Hanson Dodge's efforts to deliver transformational branding, marketing and digital strategies for clients. He brings more than 20 years in strategy and implementation to the agency, including 18 years in functional leadership and executive roles. Over the course of his career, Mike has led more than 85 branding or rebranding engagements for a wide range of organizations. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Marquette University, where he teaches a graduate school course on brand strategy.

Angela Rothen

SVP, Technology & Operations


As senior vice president of technology and operations at Hanson Dodge, Angela Rothen serves on the executive leadership team and directs the business operations, technology strategy, project delivery, IT infrastructure and human resource teams. She has extensive experience in delivering cutting-edge technology solutions for leading brands and technology companies, including Mad Mobile, Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), Bloomin’ Brands and Northwestern Mutual. A Milwaukee-area native and graduate of Marquette University’s College of Engineering, Rothen holds a master’s degree in Technology Management from the University of Denver and is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and Project Management Professional (PMP).

Chris Buhrman

Executive Creative Director


Idea proliferation and open collaboration have been the keys to success in Chris’ 27-year career. After 14 years as a vice president and creative director at Cramer-Krasselt and a brief stint as ECD at BVK, Chris has brought his wealth of knowledge and diversified brand experiences with him to Hanson Dodge Creative. His portfolio includes campaigns for everything from Ski-Doo snowmobiles, Evinrude Outboard Motors and Case IH tractors to CorningWare bakeware, Birds Eye frozen foods and Mohawk carpeting. 

Besides CK and BVK, Chris has also worked with McCann Erickson-Puerto Rico and Bozell Worldwide, including multi-national work for Citibank and Coca-Cola and national work for Mutual of Omaha and American Tool. During his time with Bozell, Chris spent six months working in the company’s Indian headquarters in Bangalore. In addition to working and shooting all over the world, Chris also travels frequently on his own. But at the end of the day, he’s still a midwestern guy at heart.

Tom Flierl

VP, Marketing & Business Strategy


Tom leads the Hanson Dodge marketing and business development teams where he leverages more than 20 years of business experience in marketing, technology and media. Tom knows what it takes to successfully manage and grow a business. He has more than 13 years of executive experience and has held equity positions in two companies including a successful startup firm. Tom writes and speaks nationally on the subject of digital commerce, helping businesses identify and deliver greater value through the integration of their branding, marketing and technology efforts.

Tim Dodge

President


His Background
With 30 years of entrepreneurial business management and marketing experience, Tim is responsible for oversight of all Hanson Dodge day-to-day operations. His understanding of how to create business growth and value through innovative marketing solutions has helped shape the company's unique blend of integrated branding, marketing and technology solutions. Tim has also led the effort to develop the company's fast-growing e-commerce software platform: Active Commerce.

His Beliefs and Passions
Tim derives his energy every day from driving measurable results for Hanson Dodge's clients and personal growth for the entire HDC team. He's also passionate about his wife Denise and his three children. His interests include childhood arts education, cooking, running, skiing, photography and awesome wine.

Ken Hanson

CEO


Ken has dedicated his life to generating results for clients while building a more powerful role for designers in a complex and technology-fueled world.

“I've spent more than three decades in design and marketing. Today, I see myself at the exciting crossroads of branding, design and technology. I focus on bringing these forces together to deliver a competitive advantage for my clients on a global scale.”

That passion has driven Hanson Dodge's commitment to innovation and fueled its evolution from a spare bedroom to the forefront of branding, technology and marketing. Ken’s creative leadership led to “Best of Show” accolades at the 2015 United Adworkers Milwaukee 99 Awards for the global, multi-channel “Board of Directors” campaign for K-Swiss.

Ken was chosen in 2001 by Graphic Design Magazine as one of the 50 most influential designers in America. He was the founding director of the Wisconsin chapter of AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts), the first organization in Wisconsin to represent local designers on a national level. AIGA recently honored Ken as a 2014 Fellow Award recipient.

In addition to producing groundbreaking work for some of the world’s top brands, Ken turned his passion for the power of design to a higher purpose and founded the Greater Together Coalition. It focuses on making the creative industry that he loves and the city of Milwaukee more inclusive so that all can participate, prosper and reach their full potential.

Mike Stefaniak

Chief Strategy Officer & Partner


Mike leads Hanson Dodge's efforts to deliver transformational branding, marketing and digital strategies for clients. He brings more than 20 years in strategy and implementation to the agency, including 18 years in functional leadership and executive roles. Over the course of his career, Mike has led more than 85 branding or rebranding engagements for a wide range of organizations. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Marquette University, where he teaches a graduate school course on brand strategy.

Angela Rothen

SVP, Technology & Operations


As senior vice president of technology and operations at Hanson Dodge, Angela Rothen serves on the executive leadership team and directs the business operations, technology strategy, project delivery, IT infrastructure and human resource teams. She has extensive experience in delivering cutting-edge technology solutions for leading brands and technology companies, including Mad Mobile, Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), Bloomin’ Brands and Northwestern Mutual. A Milwaukee-area native and graduate of Marquette University’s College of Engineering, Rothen holds a master’s degree in Technology Management from the University of Denver and is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and Project Management Professional (PMP).

Chris Buhrman

Executive Creative Director


Idea proliferation and open collaboration have been the keys to success in Chris’ 27-year career. After 14 years as a vice president and creative director at Cramer-Krasselt and a brief stint as ECD at BVK, Chris has brought his wealth of knowledge and diversified brand experiences with him to Hanson Dodge Creative. His portfolio includes campaigns for everything from Ski-Doo snowmobiles, Evinrude Outboard Motors and Case IH tractors to CorningWare bakeware, Birds Eye frozen foods and Mohawk carpeting. 

Besides CK and BVK, Chris has also worked with McCann Erickson-Puerto Rico and Bozell Worldwide, including multi-national work for Citibank and Coca-Cola and national work for Mutual of Omaha and American Tool. During his time with Bozell, Chris spent six months working in the company’s Indian headquarters in Bangalore. In addition to working and shooting all over the world, Chris also travels frequently on his own. But at the end of the day, he’s still a midwestern guy at heart.

Tom Flierl

VP, Marketing & Business Strategy


Tom leads the Hanson Dodge marketing and business development teams where he leverages more than 20 years of business experience in marketing, technology and media. Tom knows what it takes to successfully manage and grow a business. He has more than 13 years of executive experience and has held equity positions in two companies including a successful startup firm. Tom writes and speaks nationally on the subject of digital commerce, helping businesses identify and deliver greater value through the integration of their branding, marketing and technology efforts.

Our Process

Plan.

Get pointed in the right direction, right from the start with a strategic approach that leads to big ideas.

Create.

Execute an idea-driven, integrated strategy with cutting-edge deliverables that inspire consumers and transform business.

Grow.

Measure, manage, maintain and enhance the finished product. Track key performance indicators and implement improvements to drive value.