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Relationships. Brands. Trust. We build them all. Whether it’s finishing a project within the agreed upon scope, hitting a creative home run, or developing the strategy that turns a contender into a leader, we have the talent to help grow your business—and have fun while doing it.

Full Circle was built on the philosophy of creating a better agency model. We build relationships with our clients based on transparency and results, not on billable hours and self-serving awards. We develop intelligent, practical strategies based on a thorough understanding of our clients’ marketing and communications objectives. To yield better results and long-term client success, we believe in relationship-based strategic advice, better project management and clear communication.

The team

With a background in product marketing, brand management and marketing communications at some of the area’s largest companies, Steve leads the Full Circle strategy team with broad-based knowledge, unrivaled charisma and a competitive spirit that keeps us on our toes. He has a passion for brand strategy and helping companies understand who they are and what makes them unique. He is a past president of the West Michigan Chapter of the American Marketing Association and current Chairman of the Board for Goodwill Industries, he is actively engaged in the community and in life.

Mike’s passion is creating compelling and emotive brands that audiences will fall in love with—whether it’s through design, video, web, or a flyer on a telephone pole. While he has a strong background and affinity for motion, he looks at branding from a far broader perspective. Mike worked for Disney, Hanna-Barbera and Filmation Studios, allowing him to hone his photography and video experience. He then spent 20+ years providing strategy, art direction, copywriting, print and web design for various West Michigan agencies before joining Full Circle as Creative Director. 

With a blend of both corporate and agency experience in strategic planning, product management, communications, and sales, Rick has an in-depth understanding of which “P” in marketing does what. What fires him up each day is the opportunity to help develop brands rooted in strategy, provide strong sales support, create marketing campaigns, and launch new products and services. Looking to Rick to help connect the dots between the market and your capabilities helps ensure a strong ROI on your investment.  As the oldest member of the team in the office, he keeps the young whipper-snappers in line through herding, an occasional bark, but no bites.

With over two decades of marketing and product development experience within a multibillion-dollar, Fortune 500 company, Chris brings a pragmatic, solutions-based approach to Full Circle. His background in home improvement and building materials sold through big box home centers, co-op dealers, and independent lumber yards has built a broad set of capabilities that include brand development, go-to-market strategy, point-of-sale creation, trade show experiences, and much more. Managing an in-house team of over 20 category marketers, content creators, and designers has shaped his skill set as an end-to-end marketer.  Finding the root of marketing problems and prioritizing solutions has generated success for Chris and the organizations he has worked with as both an employee and a partner.  A passion for puns (AKA: dad jokes) and alliterations fuels his creativity, even when they induce groans and eyerolls. 

Back when Google launched in 1998, Matt was already immersed in the digital media landscape. He has been honing his craft for over two decades leading media for national brands including General Motors and many other clients. Most recently, he was the director of media for Meijer where he led an internal team of fifteen and external team of thirty, overseeing the strategy and procurement of all traditional and digital advertising as well as owned media and social media channels. Matt is excited to bring his experiences to Full Circle where he can help clients reach new and existing customers across both digital and traditional media channels.

Erik has been living at the intersection of data, marketing, and design for over a decade, following his passion for solving unsolvable problems with organizations from Sony Pictures to the Department of Defense. He has worked in both agency and client-side businesses and understands how to marshal creative and technical thinking into concrete results from both sides of the table. Prior to Full Circle, he managed marketing and business development at several West Michigan companies, as well local and national media campaigns for Valassis and Hanon McKendry.

Karen’s unflappable demeanor, eye for detail, and thorough follow-through ensure every website, email or app Full Circle develops meets or exceeds expectations. Her background includes coordinating marketing campaigns for specialty retailer, Family Christian Stores, and tradeshow displays for Exhibit Design Consultants. Her can-do attitude extends outside of Full Circle as she is an avid DIYer who’s not afraid of a challenge—or power tools.

With an eye for good design and love for all things creative, Alysse brings a solid marketing and communications background to Full Circle. Her experience spans many industries including chemical distribution, candy, IT services and nonprofits, but she has always been drawn to design-driven agencies. Not only does she have the ability to manage multiple projects and moving parts at one time, her energetic, creative flare adds something extra to her project management approach. As an enthusiastic crafter and aspiring home decorator, she keeps the creative energy flowing in all aspects of life.

Katie brings energy to the Full Circle team with a BFA in Art & Design and a passion for creativity. A nine-year veteran of Full Circle, she has honed her skills for simple and clean design, creating thoughtful experiences that take work from “good” to “great”. Katie believes good design goes beyond aesthetics. It's a holistic approach from initial concept to final execution by collaborating and pushing the process to do more thoughtful creative work. As much as she loves Grand Rapids, being a northern Michigan native, she loves to head to Traverse City in the summertime.

Designer of things. Dog enthusiast. Kelsey loves to understand the people behind the brand before she delves into a new project. She brings a fresh, exciting and energetic perspective to the group. Having been part of the team for 5+ years, she's gained valuable experience and a passion for excellence that's well suited for the challenging agency-life.

Maddie came to Grand Rapids in 2013 to study at Kendall College of Art and Design. Once she obtained her BFA in Graphic Design the growing city became home. Her passion for great design lies deeply in her belief in optimizing and beautifying all corners of her life and the lives of others. Maddie spends days off buying flowers at the Fulton Street Farmer’s Market by her house or taking her puppy to the dog park to play fetch. In the summer you can find her back home in Spring Lake on the water.

Dave is known for pushing technical boundaries and sharing his discoveries. With over 10 years of web development experience with companies such as Gordon Food Service, Meijer and Wolverine Worldwide, his ability to bring complex sites and interactions to life using his creative and pragmatic problem-solving skills are pivotal in producing quality work.

Melissa, a recent graduate of Hope College, is the latest piece of the Full Circle development team puzzle. She was an intern for Full Circle, Collective Idea and Habitat for Humanity before joining our team as an Associate Web Developer. Whether she's behind a camera or her standing desk, Melissa maintains a strong devotion for achieving crisp, clean results with a youthful twist.

Cheri is the oil in the machine that keeps everything at Full Circle running smoothly. In addition to managing all Full Circle bookkeeping responsibilities, including accounts payable and receivable, she also helps with a multitude of other human resources and office management tasks. All things critical to running a successful agency.

Do you think full circle?

Since 2002 Full Circle has been helping brands realize their goals and reach their audiences in unique, effective ways. If you are a passionate person looking to join a team of like-minded marketing and design professionals to create caffiene-fueled marketing mayhem, then we may have a spot for you.

Full Circle, a leading Grand Rapids marketing and design firm (www.thinkfullcircle.com) is looking to add an Illustrator/Animator/Video Editor. This position would work closely with the Creative Director to concept and create work that communicates our client’s objectives and brand image through animation and video. This role will initiate conceptual direction, design parameters and finished layouts for assigned creative output. These projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Illustration
  • Animation
  • Video Editing

The ideal candidate must also:

  • Animate realistic, story-driven character actions that are exciting, emotional, and compelling.
  • Animates creatures, props, vehicles, and cameras, as well as actions based on storyboards, script pages or descriptions.
  • Creates scene layouts using a library of assets.
  • Offer and provide creative problem-solving feedback and suggestions
  • Create concepts and storyboards for presentation to clients
  • Attend meetings related to management and execution of assigned projects
  • Participate in photo/video shoots as needed
  • Work with Project Manager to efficiently manage deadlines/workflow

QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • At least three years of animation/video experience in an agency or similar role
  • Experience with Adobe Premiere, After Effects, other related software applications
  • Experience editing video or animation
  • Detail-oriented and deadline focused