Two decades of experience. Global Brands. Award-winning campaigns. None of that matters.
So, what does? Raising thousands for college scholarships, sharing my experience with the next generation, breaking down the stigma surrounding lung cancer, unlocking the confidence to remodel your home, or surprising you with a remarkable experience.
My success is rooted in integrity and hard work. Wake up early, out-ideate, out-innovate, out-hustle, repeat.
As a child I was a dreamer, fascinated by the limits of our imagination. And in those formative years it was my first computer that unlocked my technological curiosity.
Imagination and curiosity has served me well as I now find myself at the intersection of creativity and technology – a healthy tension between the left and right side of my brain where I can inspire new, meaningful connections between people and brands.
Over the course of my career I have curated a unique combination of skills that have led to sustained success.
Nearly two decades of marketing experience rooted in digital, developing strategies that drive business growth and strengthen relationships between people and brands.
Over the last decade I’ve established and grown the social media practice at multiple agencies, developing teams of experts in strategy, content, engagement, and real-time coverage.
Over the last few years my focus has been creating inspired experiences that are designed for sharing – maximizing the reach, value, and impact of experiential marketing campaigns.
Now, more than ever, it is important to tell authentic, meaningful, and relevant stories. Narratives that may be linear or non-linear, but still connect us in unexpected ways.
We’ve seen an explosion of data. Insights, attribution, and success begin with the responsible collection of data as we use tools like machine learning to find signals in the noise.
Influencer marketing continues to evolve but still represents an unprecedented opportunity for authentic voices to deliver influential content to passion-based communities.
Provide strategic guidance and thought leadership through a creative, data-driven approach for the integration of emerging platforms, trends, and technologies across GMR’s global client portfolio.
Design and implementation of a passion-driven strategic framework to craft and capture memorable, share-worthy experiences to connect brands, consumers, influencers, and creators.
Day-to-day management of our social practice, growing a diverse team of thinkers and creators, and doubling our revenue to $2.5MM+.
Led the design, development, and productization of a scoring tool utilizing social media data for more effective sponsorship valuation.
Senior member of our baseball subject matter experts, an internal team and global resource that is responsible for rapid ideation and thought leadership for business development and client consulting.
Source and manage relationships with strategic partners to support and develop operational and commercial opportunities.
Adjunct Professor 2012 – Present
Having spoken at Marquette for a few years, I now enjoy the opportunity to educate the next generation of marketers through my course Emerging and Social Media. It is a great experience to give back to the community and share my expertise with the Diederich College of Communication.
Experimental Aircraft Association
Director of Marketing 2014 – 2016
Responsible for the leadership, stewardship, and management of EAA’s brand and marketing / communication strategies to activate the association’s mission to grow participation in aviation.
Led organization-wide planning process to support the growth, development, and marketing of nearly 20 program areas.
Formalize process and best practices for account and project management, including the implementation and adoption of a cloud-based solution to prioritize and manage projects.
Expansion of event and tradeshow program with design and development of mobile marketing unit.
Marketing and support of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 making it the most successful event in a decade with more than 550,000 attendees and over $15 million in revenue.
Redesign and development of the AirVenture mobile application with usage by more than 30% of all attendees.
Establish digital and social platform to stream elements of AirVenture to expand our reach and engagement to members unable to attend.
Vice President, Social Media & Outreach 2014
Led the introduction, sales, and management of social media marketing services to strengthen and elongate client relationships and develop a reoccurring revenue stream.
Lead, support, and participate in the delivery of social marketing service and solutions; guiding client strategy and engagements, ensuring successful outcomes, and achieving profitability goals.
Lead and participate in proposal development, client contracts, and identification of new business opportunities –aligning our solutions and experience with business context and needs.
Establish our social intelligence practice; defining process and best practices, identify and develop research methodologies, and consistently deliver actionable insights to partners.
Vice President, Digital & Communications Strategy 2008 – 2013
Quite simply, my role as a planner is to develop strategies that will connect the brand to the consumer and the consumer to the brand. Articulate the right question, cultivate fresh insights and make the complex simple.
Perform detailed analysis of a client’s business, identify key opportunities, define the intended experience and measure everything.
Partner with Account, Analytics, Creative and Technology teams to ensure a project’s hand-off and long term success.
Directly impact our agency’s growth and bottom line as a key member of our new business development team, having secured projects and agency-of-record status at a success rate above 50%.
Establish and manage our social media practice with a dozen team members and annual revenue of over $1.5MM.
Formalize the online media practice; defining process and best practices, developed media plans and tracked the efficacy of campaigns.
Hanson Dodge Creative
Web Producer & Interim Digital Practice Leader 2007 – 2008
The depth and breadth of my digital marketing knowledge became the foundation for my role at Hanson Dodge. My primary responsibility was to develop digital strategies for our clients and to transfer them into an actionable and measurable plan. My growth led to managing the digital practice as well as resource allocation for the entire team.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Web Design Manager & Interim Technical Director 1999 – 2006
This is where I built the foundation of my career. Web design, front and back-end development, digital advertising and analytics. I also learned about content and the editorial process. My interests became strengths and my strengths drove business. Revenue for the department would increase from $3MM in 2004 to $5.8MM in 2005, and nearly $10MM in 2006.
Dennis’s technical knowledge of social and digital marketing is unparalleled in the Milwaukee agency market, and his creative abilities truly set him apart as a leader in the space. He is a kind and thoughtful manager and goes the extra mile to give his team opportunities to shine.
Account Strategist, Google
Dennis is a fantastic mentor, and was able to take a small but talented team, evaluate skill sets and quickly put structure in place to form a cohesive and well-oiled practice group that was able to support strategic goals as well as near-term tactical requests with fluidity and quality.
Vice President, 7Summits
Dennis is probably the most creative talent I have ever known. I have been fortunate enough to have collaborated on a number of projects with Dennis over the last several years, and always look forward to another opportunity to work with him.
Tech Leader, Author, Owner of Capewood Place
Dennis is an innovative thinker and has a wealth of online experience and knowledge. His work on global brands was critical to their online success. He managed huge programs, large teams, complex technologies, and challenging timelines. Dennis is a great addition to any results-driven team.
Executive Director Greater Together and Founder Futura
Dennis is an inspiring visionary, with the intelligence, dedication and experience to put vision into action. Everything Dennis touched was exquisite; he lives at the intersection of art and science, and that is evident in his work.