we believe new is news

Let’s be honest, the world doesn’t need another brand and design firm doing the same thing for the same clients. Instead, we focus on launching new brands, platforms and ideas – whether you’re emerging or established; non-profit or newly-funded.

Our name, patron, refers to the word’s dual meaning of contributor and customer. It captures our passion for doing great work with great partners.

patron builds brand stories through the development of foundational values, strategic messaging and creative content. Our work is holistic and designed to evoke emotion to generate the new news you need.

Our go-to-market strategy for emerging companies starts with the crafting of a brand narrative and is executed through public and media relations, event activation, strategic partnerships and marketing campaigns.

We’re just as agile as you are, and our work is tailored to each brand’s unique personality and roadmap.


We’ve worked with some amazing clients to build and elevate their brand stories. Take a look at what we’ve done.

The Team
Patron_Web_Brian-BioBrian Powell
Managing Partner

As an integrated agency veteran with an entrepreneurial spirit, Brian’s career includes new product development for Pizza Hut, re-branding for Caesar’s Entertainment, market launches for Nokia and platform development for Dr Pepper. And he’s equally passionate about solutions for social impact, with iconic nonprofit experience such as UNICEF, Livestrong and Make-A-Wish. He previously was cofounder of a design firm before spending ten years at Omnicom Group agency TracyLocke as a Managing Director. While there he launched the agency’s purpose division working with brands like 7-Eleven and YUM on cause campaigns.

Kelli Powell
Managing Director, Branding & Design

Kelli is a brand champion who helps her clients see the world through the eyes of a consumer. For over 15 years she has created holistic brand strategies and identities based on consumer truths, market dynamics and cultural impact for clients like Dr Pepper, Macaroni Grill, American Heart Association, Canada Dry, Dave & Busters, NASCAR Foundation and Corner Bakery Cafe.

Nathan Trimm
Creative Director

Nathan has worked for over a decade as an award-winning designer and illustrator for both large and small clients. However, no matter the size of the brand, his focus is not only on creating forward-thinking and holistic design, but ensuring that it creates a personal relationship and connection between the client and their consumer. He has worked on such big brands as Dr. Pepper/Snapple Group, Borden Dairy, Corner Bakery Cafe and The Container Store; as well as smaller startup brands such as Kat & Duke, Kingmade Jerky and Impact Foods.

dougDoug Klein
Senior Branding Director

Doug’s passion for product development started as a Walt Disney Imagineer, where he helped concept and build theme parks around the world. Then, after five years of developing and marketing medical devices, he joined a branding agency to build the digital half of their shop, launching cruises for Princess, printers for Canon and products for Joico. In his tenure at Rosetta he created the Cisco Newsroom, launched Qualcomm Plaza and Disney Digital Books. He has consulted with over 50 brands, and today advises companies on go-to-market strategies that have included Hewlett Packard, Nokia, Cal Poly and Silicon Valley startups.

Lea Brandy
Branding Director

Lea has spent the last 13 years in marketing and brand management. This past year she transitioned from being the client to directing clients, which has been a natural progression. Studying analytics on consumer behaviors and developing strategy is just as exciting to her as leading the brand creative process. Her past weaves through the wine industry where she worked for Kendall Jackson Brands and Diageo Chateau Wine & Estates, through CPG and as an adjunct lecturer teaching Wine Marketing.

Beth Dominique
Digital Director

Beth brings a strong digital strategy and account management background to the team with clients such as American Express, L’Oreal, MillerCoors, Citi Bank and Diageo in her portfolio. She’s stewarded large product launches for established brands such as Maybelline, and been a key player in building brand platforms and presence in new unchartered spaces for startups like Stylehaul. Passionate about creating stories that connect brands to their target audiences, Beth has extensive experience in content strategy and development, as well as campaign execution across digital and traditional media.

Kristin Kenney
Brand Manager

Passionate about big brand ideas that move people to action, Kristin has worked with clients ranging from major consumer brands to startups, helping them identify and develop brand stories that truly resonate with consumers. Kristin brings with her a background in branding, marketing and public relations that guides her in driving brands from conception to market through integrated campaigns. She has worked on brands including Unilever, NASCAR, Destination: Home, The Motion Picture Television Fund, a host of national nonprofit organizations, as well as a portfolio of emerging startup companies.

Bar Cudkevich
PR Manager

Bar has worked on communications and marketing programs for clients in both the B2B and B2C spaces. Her client experience in corporate communications ranges from pharmaceutical companies and financial services firms such as Merck Pharmaceuticals and the J.G. Wentworth Company, to tech startups such as Dashride and MobiSave. She has extensive experience in handling publicity, media relations and influencer campaigns, as well as creating content including social media, blog posts, website copy and marketing materials.

Molly Iler
Account Manager

Molly grew up in a family of small business owners and entrepreneurs in both the food and commercial services industries. And as our resident English major, she has a way with words, grammar – and KU basketball stats. She’s helped craft and deliver brands such as La Crème, Corner Bakery Cafe, At Home and Twin Peaks Restaurants. Her experience with account management, brand development, promotional campaigns and grassroots marketing efforts brings another perspective to the team.

Chris Noble
Startup Advisor

Chris Noble is a serial entrepreneur with more than 17 years of experience running high tech startups while building a career around identifying, championing and executing new ideas. He began his career running state-level grassroots political campaigns across the U.S. and then worked in the tech sector for many years. Chris lived the full Silicon Valley experience: going from five guys in a garage to IPO, and just about everything in between. He is also the CEO of sister company Matchfire, a data company with a purpose: to bring greater transparency and value to the exchange of data between consumers and brands.

Philips McCarty
Social Purpose Advisor

Phil brings a social purpose point of view that stems from decades of experience in developing social purpose strategies and cause marketing campaigns. Phil has worked with nonprofits and corporations like Feeding America, Visa, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Chili’s, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Williams-Sonoma, Make-A-Wish and many others. He is also a sought-after national speaker on cause marketing topics and trends. Phil is the CEO of sister company Good Scout Group, a social good consultancy that helps brands take smart, impactful and sustainable leaps in how they do greater good.


We’re passionate about bringing ideas to life. Let’s work together on yours.