Meet the Squadies

When we headhunt, we don't muck about.

300+ years of combined high-profile marketing experience and credentials.

And that's no typo. Imagine that focussed solely on your brand.

We're a collaborative team of diverse, high-profile, independent marketing specialists representing the entire Marketing Communications Mix spectrum. Each 'BrandSquady' is a highly experienced professional, well-known and respected within the industry, with several chairing and sitting on industry boards, regionally and nationally. Each also runs their own successful business. Jointly, we represent well over 300 years of combined high-profile, diverse marketing experience and expertise. Our combined blue-chip Client Experience list is too extensive to include here, have a squizz under the next 'Experience' tab.

An extremely potent and unmatchable arsenal of marketing knowledge. The Squadies are the power behind BrandSquad. Even if you don't get to read through all the bios, just peruse the subtitles. We reckon you'll be suitably impressed.

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Hanns Bergs, LeadSquady and AdSquady

Founder & Director, BrandSquad; Secretariat Communications Council (Qld); Manager AdSchool (Qld); Lecturer.

With over 25 years experience nationally and internationally, Hanns has worked both sides of the marketing & advertising fence. His strengths lie in marketing and advertising communications strategy; client services; project management and professional training and development. Tenures include 6+ years with major multinational agency Ogilvy & Mather Jhb - creative flagship of 240 offices internationally and International Agency of the Year 1994; 11 years with KWP Advertising and 3+ years with MasterCard Standard Bank [Southern Africa] as Corporate Cards Marketing Manager.

In a rapidly changing marketing world, Hanns recognised Marketers were increasingly wanting extensive yet consolidated all round marketing expertise and advice, but without the shackles and commitments of Agency-type contracts or relationships. And so the co-operative BrandSquad concept was born.

He's also Secretariat for The Communication Council [QLD] and Manager of the Council's professional training & development arm AdSchool [Qld]. Offering some 24 courses and workshops compiled and updated by leading and practicing industry experts, he's fortunate to be continuously at the evolving coalface of industry change. Afterhours he lectures the young industry aspirants in the Account Management and Advertising Foundation Courses.

Yasmine Gray, PRSquady

President Public Relations Institute Australia [Qld] ; Founder & Director Gray Media/PR Services.

With over 26 years experience in the industry, Yasmine is the director of leading Brisbane public relations and marketing company, Gray Media Services. Her understanding of the media is the foundation of her approach to PR. She started her career in London as a journalist working for some of Britain’s biggest newspapers before moving to Australia in 1989 and working for News Limited, Channel 9, Channel 10, Radio 3AW, and Woman’s Day to name but a few .

As a passionate advocate for the development of the industry, Yasmine is currently the President of the Public Relations Institute of Australia [Qld] and a regular speaker at both Bond University and QUT, mentoring many young practitioners. She is also a Certified Practising Marketer with the Australian Marketing Institute and has been instrumental in encouraging the integration of marketing and PR and continues to campaign to see these fields work more closely together for better result.

Eddy Odden, RetailSquady

Principal/Owner, Retail Marketing Communications [prev MD Retail Marketing M&C Saatchi Sydney; GM Marketing Franklins; MD Leo Burnett]; Fellow of the University of Queensland - in Retail Marketing Communications.

Closing in on 40 years industry experience, Eddy comes armed with a wealth of retail marketing and advertising experience: He came to Australia in 1984 to launch Pick&Pay Hypermarket. Thereafter in 1987, joined Leo Burnett to head up the Woolworths [Qld] account and was part of the original account management team to create and launch ’The Fresh Food People’ positioning campaign, and was then appointed MD of Leo Burnett [Qld] 1990.

In 1998 he went to Leo Burnett [Sydney] as GM Retail operations and national retail role for Woolworths, Dick Smith Electronics, Radio Rentals and MBF. He also launched Dick Smith’s first category killer store ’Dick Smith Powerhouse’ in Penrith in 2000.

In 2001 he joined Franklins Supermarkets as GM Marketing, and relaunched Franklins Supermarkets NSW under new management/ownership of Pick’n Pay Supermarkets, South Africa. Following that he was GM Retail marketing for M&C Saatchi Sydney, and MD/partner in Brisbane agency ‘The Partners etc’.

Nick Pritchard, DM;CRM & SponsorSquady

Chair Sponsorship Australasia [Qld] & National Board Member; (prev) National Board Member ADMA; Co-owner & Director Decoder.

With 20 years experience, Nick has worked on the creative side as senior art director with most of the multinational agencies in Brisbane. Clients included Dreamworld, QR, Queensland Transport, Colorado, Suncorp and Tourism Queensland to name a few.

In 2003, he started his own agency Decoder and has grown the business to include 20 staff. He has brought Craft Queensland into the modern era, rebranding them Artisan. He helped in the massive shift of brand Comalco to Rio Tinto. And calling on his skills and experience in TV/film production, brand and design he created a world’s best Bid brand for Australia’s pitch for the World Championships in Athletics.

Being the ‘glue’ between Decoder clients and agency is what Nick loves most. Identifying what clients want and how Decoder can help them. Then making it happen. And when he’s not making ideas stick he’s sitting on the Artisan and Communify Boards; the ADMA Committee; or promoting DM for Australia Post. Apart from Sponsorship, his specialities include Direct Marketing, Brand creation, Integrated creative solutions, Creative Strategy and Event Management.

Greg Knagge, CreativeSquady

Director, Nation [prev joint Creative Director, Clemengers]; prev Board AWARD and AADC .

Greg has over 20 years experience in the Advertising Industry and is an award-winning Art Director, Writer and Creative Director.

Before leaving to establish NATION, he was Creative Director of Clemenger BBDO Adelaide for over 10 years. Greg is also a highly regarded strategic thinker and is responsible for Strategic Planning at NATION. Currently a Board Member of Adelaide Film Festival, Greg has also held Board positions at Clemenger BBDO, AWARD [Australian Writers and Art Directors Association] and and AADC [Adelaide Advertising and Design Club].

Throughout his career, Greg has worked on local, national and international brands including Yalumba Wines, Coopers, Jacob's Creek, SkyCity, MAC [Motor Accident Commission], Mitsubishi, Palmer's Cocoa Butter, Bank SA, SA Lotteries, Adelaide Bank, SGIC, Transitions Optical, SA Tourism, TAB, Vili's Pies and WorkCover.

He was also employed as Creative Director at KWP Advertising as well as working at Bottomline and SSB.

Dr Peter Hubbard, CD&PsychoSquady

Business and Marketing Consultant; prev Exec Creative Director various multi-national Agencies.

Peter’s history in Brisbane goes back some 25 years. He's an ex-writer based Executive Creative Director and has worked with McCanns, JWT, Ogilvy & Mather, SSB/Dentsu, and FCB Publicis to list just a few.

He has a wealth of international experience in advertising, specifically the psychology behind good copy, great ads, TV production, and direct marketing. He was one of the original AWARD School creators and hosts, and set the AWARD school up through out South East Asia.

More recently, Peter is involved in a lot of web-based performance-orientated communication work, and is a business consultant in the ICT / Communications / Systems / Creative area.

Aiden Bergs, SocialMediaSquady

Speechcrafter; SocialMedia Specialist; Competitive Athlete.

A young and savvy marketer, Aiden is very in touch with the digital social media and trends of the 'now'. With a marketing; business and graphics tertiary education, Aiden understands the bigger marketing picture, and that social media is just one aspect of a broader mix. Being a natural leader, likeable and approachable person, Aiden is able to gather valuable marketing insights and trends from the world around him.

Tapping into Aiden's knowledge is like opening a window into a market where new age digital technology and social media plays a pivotal and central role in their world, whilst still respecting the broader marketing influences at play in an ever-changing world.

Peter Dowse, WebSquady

Director, Marketeam Digital; Seminar & 'Google Uni' Speaker.

Peter is a Brisbane SEO consultant + website developer. He has over 12 years experience in sales and marketing with extensive knowledge in website development, online marketing strategies and SEO [search engine optimisation].

Peter is an expert on SEO, frequently presenting seminars and workshops for both government and private enterprise to help businesses achieve better performance from their websites.

Peter has created and presented a wide range of workshops and seminars for companies such as B&T Magazine’s Online & Interactive Boot Camp, the Queensland Government State Development and Innovation Centre, Search School, the jointly-run AIMIA and Google’s ‘Google Uni’, Search Engine Bootcamp and many other tradeshows, conferences and networks.

Andrew Cole, MediaSquady

Founder & Owner, A4 Media.

With 35 years rich advertising and media industry experience, Andrew not only works in Brisbane but consults to global companies in China, Japan, UAE, Germany, Philipines, South Korea, Vietnam, and Singapore.

Andrew kicked off his media career with Channel 9 Brisbane in Programming in 1978. After 5 years, Andrew became Managing Director of Eloc Advertising & Marketing before spending 12 years as Media Director of Kelly Gee Advertising. In 1999, Andrew opend his own company A4Media, which successfully operatas to this day.

Andrew's philosophy is that every media solution must be custom crafted so as to accomplish each client’s media needs. By commencing this process from ground zero, it enables us to think creatively and innovately. To maximise the advantages for the client, all the media solutions proposed must be efficient, effective and flexible. The client therefore will always receive the most comprehensive result from a media professional.

Rob Stephenson, ArtSquady

Creative Director, The AD Man; [prev] numerous multinational Agencies; top 4% AWARD Student.

With a deep and rich 25 years of creative experience in Brisbane, Sydney and New Zealand, Rob offers a vast array of creative talent and services.

He's been a Senior Art Director with numerous Multi-national Sydney Agencies including Mojo Partners Direct; DDB Direct Sydney; Ammirati Puris Lintas Direct; Ogilvy & Mather Direct; Clemenger Direct; and also a stint at Saatchi & Saatchi NZ, amongst others. He's a true guardian of design, advertising and marketing. His specialities are Mainstream Advertising across all media; Direct Marketing; Graphic Design across all facets; Corporate Identity; Photography and Retouching; Illustration and more.

Ben Stokes, DigiSquady

Founder & Managing Director, International award-winning CRU Digital.

With 'digital' being the comparatively new kid on the marketing block, Ben's been in digital as long as digital's been around. Holding senior and managing director positions in several companies, Ben's best move was to apply his strengths to starting his own company CRU Digital.

CRU Digital is an internationally award-winning digital agency focused on building brands online through creatively driven, targeted and engaging interactive campaigns. Think digital strategy, web design, web development, interactive marketing, micro sites, viral campaigns, online games, online advertising, email marketing, sms / mobile campaigns and web analytics. Add highly charged and ground breaking creative, and you've got the very beginning of what CRU Digital can deliver online.

With in excess of 20 international awards to their credit, Brisbane is fortunate to have the calibre of Ben and his 'CRU' in town, punching well above their weight for a pocketrocket Newstead-based operation. Check out Ben's impressive blue-chip client portfolio and no one would blame you for wanting to jump on the CRU bandwagon.

Rhonda McLaren, ResearchSquady

Principal/Owner, Proof Research.

Rhonda’s 18 years of research experience encompass both the agency and client side of the industry. Client experience was gained working as Market Research Analyst and later Market Research Manager for Suncorp. Prior to recently launching her own research agency Proof Research, Rhonda successfully jointly owned and ran Footprints Market Research for 9 years.

Rhonda has extensive experience in both qualitative and quantitative assessment working with government, private organisations and not-for-profits. She specialises in all aspects of stakeholder management studies, branding research, U&As and has a passion for social research. She is a full member of the Australian Market Research Society and is a Qualified Practicing Market Researcher (QPMR).

Debbie Cross, Producer&EventSquady

(prev) BADC President; BAD Person of year (2002); Director; Founder; Producer; Event Manager - DebbieDoes Pty Ltd.

Debbie's worked as a TV Producer in the Brisbane Advertising market for the last 30 years. Her early production career began at George Patterson Advertising, followed by 17 years as Head of Production for Clemenger Advertising.

For the last 10 years, Debbie has focused her efforts on her own company called Debbie Does Pty Ltd - a visual project management company with a wide client base, managing a large range of projects in various industries, budgets and styles. Using her Advertising experience – Debbie’s role is to make her clients visual communication needs a reality. Whether it’s a television commercial, digital media production, photographic shoot or PR event. As part of servicing clients communication requirements, a natural progression for Debbie was to move also into events and conference management.

Debbie combines her creative flair with a high attention to detail and works with a team of leading professionals that aims to create projects that are memorable, on budget, and achieve the overall ‘wow’ factor that ultimately exceed all expectations.

Geoff Robertson, CreativeSquady

Director, Nation [prev joint Creative Director Clemengers].

With over 30 years in the industry, Geoff is a true craftsman and has a remarkable track record for building long standing, trusted relationships with clients.

He has been acknowledged in the Advertising awards arena both nationally and internationally, working on such brands as NAB, Hewlett Packard, Ford, Kraft, Wendys, SkyCity, Yalumba, Coopers, Jacob's Creek, Mitsubishi, San Remo, BankSA, Adelaide Bank, SA Lotteries, Netball Australia, Fantastic Snacks, and BRL Hardy.

Prior to jointly founding NATION with Greg Knagge, Geoff was joint Creative Director of Clemenger BBDO Adelaide. As well as leading the creative team with Greg, he was also responsible for the management of production in the agency. Other agency experience includes JWT, Pond Rice Ogilvy & Mather and KWP Advertising.

Rocky Cassaniti, PrintSquady

Founder & Director; Valley Edge Print & Design [Top Q400 Privately Owned Co.]

With over 25 years experience, Rocky Cassaniti is a veteran of the graphic arts industry providing companies with professional colour consistent solutions for digital, offset or large format printing and signage manufacture. Rocky has comprehensive knowledge of all types of printing processes, techniques, and embellishment solutions to accommodate any budget.

Rocky’s company has won numerous including a prestigious Sappi award for excellence in digital printing, trumping entries from Central and South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Further recognition as a Q400 top privately owned company each year since 2005 is testament to the company’s stellar team effort for exceeding client expectations.

Self employed as a graphic designer from the age of 21, Rocky has built a successful design, print and signage business offering attention to detail in quality, personal service and fast turnaround. Extensive work with marketing managers and business owners has created a foundry for expert print and signage production for companies such as Qld Police Credit Union, Contiki Holidays, Qantaslink, RSL Care, Qld Health, Dreamworld, Treasury Casino, St Margaret’s Girls School, Careers Australia, Inspire Foundation, Event Cinemas, Grinders Coffee amongst others.