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redthread is a creative advertising agency in the heart of the Silicon Prairie that solves unique brand challenges using innovation and collaboration. Forged in 2014, what began as freelance work for local businesses evolved exponentially into a full-fledged operation specializing in brand strategy, campaigns, video, design, social, and experiential marketing.

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meet the awesome people you'll be working with
Adam Kroft
Rhett Muller
Bryan Marine
Ryan Swihart
AJ Matthies
Colby Angst Headshot
Devon Stanczyk
Casey Wurst
Hannah Headshot
Jenny Slater
Andrew DeCamp
Chelsea Wohlgemuth
Evan Wood
Eva Lube
Taylor Stimbert
Delaney Sommers
Lindsey Oelling
Brenna Doherty
Connor Headshot
James Tvrdy Headshot
Nate Sielk Headshot
Will Stott Headshot
Brenna Zollman Headshot
Adam Kroft
Partner | CEO
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Take the excitement level of an eight-year old on Christmas morning, add the confidence of a psychic playing rock, paper, scissors, and sprinkle in the attention span of a puppy in a toy factory. That’s Krofty. He’s constantly in two places at once and he has the energy to allow it. He meets with potential clients, manages accounts, represents redthread at networking events and sleeps occasionally.

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Rhett Muller
Partner | COO | Video Director
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Who is that lurking in the shadows in the wee hours of the night? Don’t be alarmed. That’s Rhett! We’d love to make vampire jokes but would you anger one? NO! Rhett is our COO here at redthread and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Partner and video director at redthread’s conception, he is now mainly behind the scenes, making sure our dear agency minds its P’s & Q’s and keeps truckin’ on. Research keeps his mind busy while animals (mostly dogs), movies, music, the quiet solace of the night, traveling and basketball, fuels his soul. Jeesh. Deep guy.

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Bryan Marine
Executive Creative Director
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The first thing you should know about Bryan is he is the oldest sibling. Which means he grew up with a prove-yourself can-do attitude. He had to be a leader, and find new creative ways to do it. As redthread’s Executive Creative Director, we add over 20 dependents to his at-home list of four, and will look like this (now glance at his green screen!) if he tries to leave. After over a decade of industry experience, and moving from the West Coast to the mid-no-coast, Bryan can talk the walk and walk while talking, regarding all creative marketing strategies, leadership, and advice. He also knows a thing or two about hip-hop but he has yet to prove his dance moves.

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Ryan Swihart
Account Director
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Meeting Your Marketing Needs
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You know the people that you feel comfortable with after knowing them for 5 minutes? That’s Ryan. He’s an industry veteran with a knack at remembering every fact a client tells him. Not only is he an account juggler, an Einstein-level critical thinker, most importantly he is a proud dad to a cool little dude named River!

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A.J. Matthies
Director of Projects & Hiring
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When there’s somethin’ strange, happenin’ at redthread. Who do we call? Probably A.J. He’s our Senior Project Manager and Hiring Director and let us tell you, we don’t really know how he goes and goes and goes, but he always has his projects in place, to-do lists done, and a couple espresso shots in him. When A.J. isn’t opening the redthread welcome gates for a new hire or keeping the creatives in line, he’d rather be at literally any concert he can get tickets to. Do NOT ask him to play a band’s music day-of-concert. Just don’t.

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Colby Angst
Business Development Director
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Best beard in the office? That goes to Colby, hands down. He’s our Business Development Specialist whose facial hair speaks for itself and calms our chaotic office down whenever he enters the room. Before joining the redthread, Colby was a Marine stationed in Hawaii, a sales manager for the Girl Scouts and the founder of a startup. When he isn’t meeting and greeting new clients, Colby can be found practicing Jiu-Jitsu with his very cool daughter.

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Devon Stanczyk
Art Director
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If Devon could marry his camera, he would. Seriously, a camera plus Devon is a match made in heaven. As our Art Director, he oversees videography, photography and graphic design at redthread with his own hands-on techniques, while managing creative visual initiatives from beginning to end. He also teaches all new hires valuable skills like how to use the printer and correctly name our files. If you see Devon at a wedding, proceed with caution, he might just ramble off his list of memorized IP addresses.

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Casey Wurst
Creative Director
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If you know Casey, she is always there when you need her, with whatever you need, sometimes way before the need ever crossed your mind. It’s almost impossible to keep from smiling around our Creative Director. She brings positive vibes while leading every project she touches, but she’s definitely not a hippie. This hardworking, DIY, creative keeps the ball rolling on shoots, reminds us to think like our audiences and sometimes, when heading to a client office, tells us where we are and how we got there. If she ever takes a vacation you won’t find her. She’ll be daydreaming in a forest with her feet kicked out over a waterfall. ~how romantic~

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Hannah Baye
Associate Creative Director
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Hannah’s a small town Nebraska native who, after college, boomeranged to Los Angeles, Denver, and landed in Lincoln. She saw the big picture through her affinity for creativity and grounded work ethic while dipping her toes in every industry and medium in the advertising world. She’s collected all those tips and tricks in her magic head vault (scientists call them brains) and we have begun the process of extraction . . . Hannah helps keep the creatives collected, punctual, and grounds them when they start floating away. If you pop in unannounced, Hannah is probably playing fantastical ambient sounds mixed with a cackling fireplace and falling snow, transporting her far away to different worlds.
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Jenny Slater
Senior Graphic Designer
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As our senior graphic designer, Jenny is concepting and designing from start to finish, masterfully crafting moodboards and color palettes that blow brands out of the water. Behind her quiet demeanor is a creative genius whose work shouts, “Here I am, love me!”. She’ll catch you with a casual comment of her observational prowess and brings clients to tears with stunning designs. She’s also an ice cream lovin’, mountain hikin’, conscious cook. Watch out for those quiet ones.

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Andrew DeCamp
Copywriter
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We all had a kid in grade school who had the uncanny ability to say the funniest thing at the funniest time. At redthread, that’s Andrew, our Copywriter and pro when it comes to all things production. Growing up with a need to perform, Andrew spent tons of time on both sides of the camera. That morphed into a media career before he made his way into the advertising industry. When he’s not busy cooking up his own recipes at home, the punk music-lovin’ copycat will be happy to discuss the teachings of Sonic the Hedgehog.

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Chelsea Wohlgemuth
Graphic Designer
Sleepless in Seattle
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Chelsea tries to blend in with the plants around the office as our own wallflower peeking out over her computer in-between animation projects. She is from a family of artists, and for her, work and play are one in the same. She’s incessantly painting, designing, printmaking, doodling, animating, you name it, anytime, anywhere. Her artistic passion? She loves any and all linework! Chelsea also used to test paint in a lab, so you could say she knows her art fundamentals.

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Evan Wood
Graphic Designer
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Evan is our web development and graphic design wizard. For real. they actually could be a wizard. No one has proof they aren’t. Evan’s tuxedo cat, Potato, might know, but as the saying goes, cat’s got it’s own tongue. So again, no one knows. Evan keeps our graphics groovy and our websites smooth. When not redthreading, Evan dives into the dark recesses of underground culture, adding to an off-kilter collection of the unknown eccentric that they incorporate into their design work, daily. We think it's appropriate to call Evan our own “cool cat”.

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Eva Lube
Videographer
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Some people first pick up a camera when they’re in high school, or in college, or when they’re 10 years old making home movies of their brother being a marshmallow superhero. That’s Eva! She’s our videographer with a knack for filming, editing, organizing and operating video shoots of all types. Eva can find the art in anything, and since joining the team our collective level of optimism has risen, all thanks to her bubbly presence and Bob’s Burgers references!

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Taylor Stimbert
Graphic Designer
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Data Driven Design
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Typographic Taste
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To be a creative requires keeping up with the new, trying the strange, and having a constant inquisitiveness to keep the juices flowin’. This is what Taylor does. As our Graphic Designer, she’s found in the office nabbing people’s attention with designs that are so supernacular you just want to drink them in with your eyes. Out of the office, she may be sampling durian (the world’s smelliest fruit) or debating the merits of various cheeses. No matter what, she harvests the excitement from the new and brings it into her work.

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Delaney Sommers
Project Manager
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Meet Mother Nature – not literally, but much like her projects, Delaney’s backyard garden is flourishing. Our Project Coordinator has a green thumb that extends into the client work she oversees and manages. Delaney ensures creatives stay on track helping us produce a crop of work so good that our client’s mamas will want to hang it on their fridges. Also, be sure to ask her to show you a photo of her angel pup Stevie. You won’t regret it.

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Lindsey Oelling
Copywriter
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Remember the beloved children’s television show Reading Rainbow? When she was a child, Lindsey entered a short story contest for young writers, came in 2nd and has a video of THE Lavar Burton reading her story. It’s no surprise then to say that Lindsey is a Copywriter with a keen instinct for crafting compelling messages! Creative endeavors outside of the office include recreating recipes from the Great British Baking Show as well as getting dressed up and trying to convince her parents she’s successful!

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Brenna Doherty
Digital Marketing Specialist
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Ad Strat Badat
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Brenna’s knack for ad strat sends redthread work out into the wild. Kansas native, former redthread intern, and self-proclaimed try-hard, Brenna adores working with a team to make cool things. Hell yeah. You go Brenna. Precise placement, strategy, and all the nitty gritties of redthread are only a few things keeping Brenna busy. Somehow, somewhere, the fates decided Brenna, who has been to 38 states in the continental United States, would end up with us.
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Connor Lepert
Video Editor/Producer
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Near Death Experiences
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In a world of one-of-a-kinds, our Video Editor and Producer is our “Best Boy” held together with flesh and a strong spectacle prescription. Connor could write a film on the many near-death experiences he’s had, but he hasn’t, so he’s at redthread. He started video production in college and worked in the industry while also amping up freelance skills before joining our team. If you catch him on the slopes, ask for some ski tips! If you can catch him, that is.
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James Tvrdy
Business Development Specialist
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Where hasn’t James been? If you didn't know him, he'd make the best pen-pal. Somehow, after traveling many parts of the world, serving in Peace Corps Peru for two years and working in a handful of countries as part of an international leadership development program, James set down in Nebraska and landed as our business development specialist. James uses his capacity for conversation to create relationships with new potential clients and expand redthread business in Omaha and outside of Nebraska. A website bio will never do justice for the stories James could tell; you’ll have to pin him down and ask for yourself!
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Nate Sielk
Account Executive
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Customer Relationships
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Nate loves to make lists. He’s probably making a list right now, as you’re reading this, about something he will plan, prepare, and execute swiftly. Every. Single. Day. Nate brings the heat to the redthread team and keeps us running hot. Nate takes notes about everything and impresses every client with his attention to detail. He asks the right questions at the right time and is siempre en movimiento. He will remember the name of your childhood dog you mentioned once, your favorite white claw, and every single contestant of the Bachelor/ette. He prefers to be outdoors, playing any sport, sharing cold ones with good friends, LOVES his dog Bella, and can Salsa the night away to Selena, any day.
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Will Stott
Strategist
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Will has a brain for research and an eye for the big picture. As our strategist, this industry maven constructs a bridge between the business and creative sides of redthread. Will masterfully combines client concerns and the application of research and data to guide our team toward stronger, more efficient and successful creative! Will’s happy place is cooking fervently and petting any cat that crosses his path. Not a bad technique, if you’d ask us.
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Brenna Zollman
Project Manager
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In grade school, Brenna put in 12+ hours of work and activities daily. She joined every extracurricular she could get her hands on and systematically kept a strict routine pumping out extreme efficiency. What better combination for an incredible project manager?! Brenna is able to map out every minute of every day and follows timelines beautifully. On top of that, her lifelong fanaticism for Jonas Brothers and One Direction, evolving into K-pop and Korean Television, spurs her pop culture references and knowledge of the now. What does all this mean? Brenna keeps up on time and up to date, always, and we love her for it.
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Lincoln Calling
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#051E4A
Hampton Branding
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#DC272D
We Know Your Roots
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#323e48
New Energy for a Legacy Brand
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#db4e30
To Sell Seed, You Plant a Big Idea
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Certified Piedmontese Beef Golf Channel Ad
Raising the steaks for Certified Piedmontese on national TV.

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#555759
Site Under Construction
Renovating Boyd Jones’ website.

design

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#28333c
Flanagan Lake Grand Opening
Awareness campaign for Papio-Missouri NRD's grand opening of Flanagan Lake.

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#F69153
Case for Trees Video
Saving the world one tree at a time.

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#668848
The Very Persuasive Conservation Coach
Teaching grownups to take environmental action.
#AE1D29
The Raikes School 360° Video VR Viewers
Simulating your future.

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#4e1116
Middle Republican NRD Video Brochures
The fountain of truth.

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#ea6852
Branding for Beans
Helping Lincoln start the day with a great cup of coffee.

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#383838
Pump & Pantry Commercial
30-second spot showcasing the carousel of characters that stop in.

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Press button, get care.
Improving healthcare communication one box at a time.

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#565656
Lindsay's Zimmatic "Circles of Excellence" Dealer Boxes
Delivering recognition to incentivize sales.

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U-Stop History Video
Celebrating 60 years between a convenience store and a city.
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The Best Track
Channeling John Cusack for branding a new 80s-themed bar.
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Like you never left
Reclaiming customers using what they already know and love.
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Lindsay Pivot Watch Launch
Helping Lindsay Corporation create a successful product launch.

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#5D3C2E
Round the Bend Steakhouse Testicle Festival
Promoting a two-day festival devoted to battered, deep fried bull testicles.

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#d22630
Something Good is Brewing
Creating B2B connections through a good cup of Joe.
#466C6C
LPSNRD Branding Video
A branding video for the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District.

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#4c8a9c
Water for Food
Turning something complex into something clear.
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Let’s #GetSeatiated!
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#e89805
Lower Loup NRD Trees Campaign
Helping future generations know the magic of trees.

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#1B365D
Clinic with a Heart
A new look for a life-saving service.

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#1f3747
A Joint Effort
Designing promotional, smell-proof, and stash-ready bags for Fremont Automation.

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#9D2E1F
N Street Crowler
Packaging design for the N-St Crowler.

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#c42b2d
WingFest
A throwdown of all things wings, designed to reach new donors in a younger demographic.

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#7B0F03
Take a 2 Hour Vacation
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#27837E
Draplin Poster Design
A screen-printed poster promoting a design talk by the well-know design Aaron Draplin.

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#5E4B40
Drive Smart Nebraska Occupant Safety
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#D27038
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