Our Leadership model

 

We see our teams as leaders, innovators, and the driving force behind the future of humanity. They strive to be the best, to make a lasting impression in today’s society, and have a product that will stand the test of time.

 


 

Brandhaus is built upon the foundation of these leaders. Our agency model fits perfectly with this concept, as it allows us to build teams tailored specifically to our clients needs, with minimal overhead. In addition, we have teams all over the nation, which gives you close to 24/7 support for your organization. We develop our own vision, and just like a brand, we are constantly growing and changing the way we work. It’s imperative brands do not stay stagnant, just like our agency. Today is already in the past. If you aren’t planning for tomorrow, your brand is already behind. It’s our job to make you aware, and bring you to the forefront of your industry.

Our leaders are specifically chosen, best-in-class individuals.


Our leadership is built upon a central belief that design can change people’s lives, make our world better, and build upon the future for humanity.

Leadership

Don Jean
Founder / Chief Creative Officer

Don Jean

Don is a design entrepreneur who believes that product, digital and brand design are cornerstones of any business. He is the founder of Brandhaus, the Las Vegas-based design and branding firm he established in 2007. He is also the Chapter-Founder of the social movement organization Becauseisaidiwould.org and donates his time to Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada at their yearly Camp Firefly, as well as volunteering in The Special Olympics of Nevada and Arizona.

Don has always been intrigued by the Bauhaus style brought forth in Germany in 1919, and this minimalist style can also be seen in his work. He lives by the phrase “less is more”, and takes a partnership approach with clients, helping them anticipate and move to the next level. He integrates award winning visual solutions with their marketing and business goals. Careful attention to branding results in forward-thinking design that is then applied to all tiers of the clients needs.

Don believes that all artistic disciplines – including architecture, graphic design, fashion, and product design can be interrelated in the design process. Effective integration of these disciplines results in simple, functional, and aesthetically pleasing solutions that respond to each client’s need.

Don is a member of AIGA, and has been a guest lecturer to design students at Michigan State University where he obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Graphic Design as well as Photography. Don also has participated in portfolio critiques for MSU Department of Art & Art History’s design graduates, and also teaches design courses at Michigan State University.

Chief Strategy Officer

Darren Davis

Since 2001, Darren Davis has worked with a variation of clients from fortune 100 brands to ambitious start-ups just starting the branding process. For more than 15 years, Darren has been helping companies bridge business objectives to successful strategic and creative outcomes. His work as a growth strategist and brand consultant has helped position nearly a hundred businesses and brands, including Avnet, Microsoft, Coca Cola, Kraft, Yum Brands, and Procter & Gamble.

As Chief Strategy Officer, he draws upon over 15 years of proven experience to put the best options and solutions on the table, and always puts customers at the forefront of ideas and challenges them to new ways of thinking. Darren helps companies bridge business objectives to successful strategic and creative outcomes.

VP of Client Engagement

Kendra Arrieta

With 14 years of hospital marketing and communications experience, Kendra has a proven track record of success in project management, brand management, media relations, website and digital media development, and creative direction. Prior to joining Brandhaus, Kendra was Marketing Operations Manager at St. John’s Hospitals in Ventura, Calif., part of the Dignity Health system. In this role, she managed market digital media initiatives through Healthgrades.com that yielded an increase in call center volume of over 730% and doubled the return on investment. She also managed and executed complete website overhauls to reflect a new brand campaign, resulting in 13% average monthly growth in new visitors.

Kendra graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a bachelor of science in Journalism and Public Relations and a minor in Spanish. She is a current member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She lives in Southern California with her husband, Brandon, and three kids, Krista, Hannah and Jake.

Director of Business Development

Matt Jaskol

Matt is much more than your typical elevator pitch robot. He truly cares about brands, and we seek out brands that we believe want to be the best in their industry. He's passionate, sincere, and tells it like it is.

Matt comes from a long history of stories that you wouldn't even believe. He survived on an island for 45 days, he's also a formula one race car instructor, avid skydive instructor, as well as a tri-athlete. He's visited more countries than he has states, and is always willing to lend a helping hand and give business advice to our clients.

He comes from a line of business owner's himself, so he understands how they work, profit margins, and return on investment. He has many connections in many industries, so if there's a question that he doesn't have the answer, he'll be certain to find it.

VP of Marketing Operations

Christina Chandler

A public relations and marketing specialist with more than ten years of experience, Christina has created and executed successful communication, public relations and marketing campaigns for non-profits, hospitals and physician groups.

Christina manages marketing projects and constructs marketing plans for clients. She also oversees communications, marketing and social marketing for clients. Her ability to organize and manage details has helped her plan events of all sizes. During her career she has planned medical conferences, educational conferences and press conferences. While at the U.S. Department of Education, Christina planned site visits for White House officials and senior department staff to schools throughout the United States.

Prior to joining Brandhaus, Christina served as the public relations specialist and was acting marketing director for St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco. Before that she worked at The Polyclinic in Seattle as a communications specialist where she partnered with physicians to develop strategic marketing plans to grow patient volume. Christina started her career at Ogilvy Public Relations in Washington, D.C. She played a key role on The Heart Truth campaign.

Director of Animation Development

Ken Lamug

Kenneth Kit Lamug was born in Manila, Philippines and moved to Las Vegas in 1996. As Digital Media Developer for Brandhaus, his ability to combine his technological and creative skills has been a great asset to our clients. Ken graduated from Systems Plus Computer Institute with a background in software design and computer programming. At Crescent Technologies he learned Computer Aided Drafting.

Ken is co-founder of Wild Dog Films, an independent film company that produced two feature length movies as well as various short films and commercials. He also co-founded JustDrift, a motorsports promotion group that holds hundreds of race events throughout the country. Ken takes pride in immersing himself in the creative and technical aspects of every project. He believes ultimate creativity comes in the ability of making a connection with the audience, whether it’s through a click of a mouse or through story telling.

During his free time, Ken enjoys documentary photography, writing and illustrating. Several of his pieces have been showcased in galleries in Las Vegas, Hong Kong, Los Angeles as well as featured on National Public Radio. He is also part of the Society of Children Book Writers & Illustrators and is currently completing several books. Ken lives in Las Vegas with his wife Sophie and two sons, Shawn and Nikko.

Director of User Experiences

Jason Wilson

Jason has been a Front-End Developer and Web Designer in the industry for over 18 years. Orignally a native from Texas, and currently a resident in North Scottsdale, Arizona, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Game Design from Collins College. He has worked with a number of clients, including IBM, Microchip, Crocs, Primavera, Jetset Magazine, Coyotes NHL, Nicole Richie, Kellogs, Blue Global Media, Checker Auto Parts, Microsoft, Hitachi, and Swift Transportation.

He is someone who is passionate about designing and expressing his creative talents in an online environment. He offers a versatile range of framework design, web design and web development. Jason also enjoys riding his Ducati Panigale 899, a work of art in itself.

Director of Brand

Brent Baker

As a creative professional for more than 14 years, Brent Baker brings a confident approach to creativity, design and brand strategy. He has a passion for helping clients turn ideas into actionable and measurable communications. He has been involved with brands such as Coca Cola, Covergirl, ABC and Spear Education.

Additionally, Brent has been recognized nationally in publications such as HOW and Print.

In his spare time, not only does Brent enjoy sharpening his fine art skills by sketching, studying art and painting, he also can be found endurance cycling for charity events as well as working on obtaining his private pilot’s certificate.

Brent graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Design Communication.

Director of Design

Katie Nush

Katie is a creative designer and illustrator with eight years of industry experience. She is an East Coast girl at heart who grew up in Pennsylvania where she received her BFA in Communication Design from Kutztown University.

In 2010, she flew the coop and ventured to Southern California where she worked with national brands such as Petco, HD Supply, and The Union-Tribune. Katie has a background in digital, print, production, illustration, and art direction. Throughout her career, she has consistently demonstrated an eagerness to learn and loves thinking outside of the box to create new brand experiences.

Director of Informational Design

Kimberly Church

Kimberly Church brings a fresh, new creative perspective to the Brandhaus team. She pours herself into each project she works on, ensuring each client receives a polished product. Kimberly’s interest in design began years ago when she found herself wondering what made some design solutions successful and others less successful. This curiosity led her to study graphic design. She obtained her Bachelors Degree from Southern Utah University, where she graduated at the top of her class. Kimberly continually strives to increase her knowledge so she can improve the effectiveness of her design choices.

Aside from graphic design, Kimberly enjoys sewing, reading, baking and spending time with family.

Director of Environmental Design

Erika Mackley

Erika Mackley aspires to create work that encompasses a visually pleasing aesthetic that communicates and attracts an audience, while understanding the consistency of a brand. Erika discovered her passion for art and design while serving as Student Life editor of The Juliet, her high school’s yearbook publication. In 2009, the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association awarded Erika for her innovative spread designs.

Erika honed her skills as an artist and designer at Eastern Michigan University, where she received a BFA in graphic design. Inspired by color theory, pattern, intricate illustration, hand drawn lettering, clean typography, conceptual design and technology, Erika’s continual interest and enthusiasm for all things design cannot go unnoticed.

Director of Social

Kelly Miethe

Kelly graduated from the University of Nevada with a Bachelor of arts. She is a lover of family time, strong coffee, bubblegum and long-distance runs. Her My passion is helping others in any way she can – and I’m mildly obsessed with efficient data and staying “in the know”.

With over 10 years of experience, she is Proficient in conceptualizing stories and executing brand awareness through social and traditional media and is familiar with all Microsoft products, Constant Contact, MailChimp, and social and all media management platforms.

Kelly is responsible for cultivating new relationships with key leaders in the healthcare industry, as well as maintaining a close relationship with current partners. She is proficient in developing social media key messages for brands across the board. She also Identifies new client opportunities through market research and spotting trends to develop new relationships between company and client.

Kelly also develops and teaches continuing educations courses on social media marketing relevant to the industry as well as hosting social media workshops for one-on-one assistance.

She generates reports detailing campaign performance, customer engagement and engagement trends. She sources and prepares all materials producing weekly presentations on relevant market reports and present to partners of more than 30 attendees.

From a non-profit account position, she has Managed Candlelighters largest event, Evening of Hope, from start to finish, manage budget, donations, food, beverage, guests, and all other aspects which generated more than $200,000.

She has created internal standard operation procedures to ensure efficiency, timelines, and information management to create content for general public, donors and Candlelighters Families. Raised more than $70,000 in major gifts, in addition to signature campaigns. She also created all marketing collateral, copy and website content for #shineGOLD campaign which generated community attention including Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas signage, City Hall and all other major brand awareness points. She was responsible for raising funds through committee and staff management, generating approximately $500,000 for Candlelighters. Kelly successfully managed all six (6) agency signature events including Evening of Hope and the Superhero 5K Run and Walk event. She Researched and created social media platforms for Candlelighters and increased donor engagement by 40% since 2012 her time there.

She has also written and distributed press releases to local and national media outlets which has generated coverage from the Associated Press at Nevada Health Centers as well as Think Kindness where she Researched target local and national media outlets which resulted in news coverage throughout northern Nevada. She also planned, organized and facilitated their annual community event which included more than 100 local businesses.