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Blue Flame Thinking Account Team Finds Its Better x 6

Steve Schmieder | Aug. 27, 2015

Thanks to a busy and productive year with current and new clients, we’ve added some bright, fresh faces and brilliant strategic minds to our account management team. Allow us to introduce them to you:

Melissa Nelson, Group Account Director
Melissa brings over 17 years of agency experience and world-class brand stewardship to Blue Flame Thinking. At Ogilvy & Mather and Draft Worldwide, she led the marketing charge for companies like Unilever, Kellogg, M&M/Mars, Allstate Insurance, SC Johnson, Lowe’s and Monsanto, to name a few.

A former child actress, Melissa has appeared in commercials for household brands like McDonald’s, Sears and Life Cereal…she was even stabbed 14 times in a reenactment on “America’s Most Wanted.” The case was solved, and Melissa went on to play a supporting role solving marketing challenges for her starring clients. So, she always knows where to shine the spotlight.

Kelly Ketcham, Account Manager
Kelly has spent over a decade managing brands with campaign development, product launches and integrated strategic initiatives. Most recently, she supported the Whirlpool, KitchenAid and Maytag brands at the Whirlpool Corporation in Benton Harbor, MI. Kelly clearly understands the client side and how to get the best out of an agency. If not, she’ll put you through the wringer and hang you out to dry!

Candice Hickman, Account Manager
After nine years in the business, Candice has helped develop and build brands that range from healthcare and manufacturing to a hockey team, which she helped put on the ice with a microsite, team-naming contest, press conferences and all of the content needed for a traditional and social media campaign. Armed with a master’s degree in PR and Advertising, Candice has also spent time teaching as an adjunct professor at DePaul University. Now, it’s time to let her teach us a thing or two.

Diona Medrano, Account Manager
Yet another Michigan State alumni, Diona has managed accounts for brands in the gaming, travel, automotive, telecommunications and financial services industries. After more than five years in NYC, she moved back to her Sweet Home Chicago to work on Verizon Wireless and Optimum. A proud mother of a beautiful baby daughter, Diona loves to hang with her family, bike along the lake, attend street festivals and binge watch “House of Cards,” “Game of Thrones” and classic reruns of “Friends.” We’re glad she’s joined our cast of new friends.

Jenn Zimmer, Account Manager
Jenn joins us from San Francisco, where she helped tech startups get started on the right marketing foot with public relations strategy and execution, media relations, competitive research, social media initiatives, and content and message development. Her cutting-edge clients were in industries that ranged from security and ad-tech to Big Data. We’re stoked to have Jenn’s big brain crunching data and creating strategic ideas for our clients.

Molly Carey, Project Manager
Molly started her Blue Flame Thinking career at the receptionist desk. She was so receptive to our guests, clients and culture that we decided to bring her back into the trenches with the rest of us. Now, Molly is busy keeping her accounts perfectly organized and the team at the top of our game. And, she does it all with that famous, welcoming smile. We can’t wait to see what Molly does with this new open door in her career.

Steve Schmieder

Steve Schmieder

Steve continually calls upon his 30 years of marketing expertise to help clients and their brands get to a better place.