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Our People

Naturally, the creative talent and marketing acumen must be present – that goes without saying. But what about all of the other things that matter? Are the agency’s people approachable? Will they be there for you in an emergency? Will they be as enthusiastic about the work in a year?
All of us at Ad Partners are people who got in the business ... and stayed in the business ... because we love the business. It might sound cliché, but we care about making things happen for our clients. It shows both in the quality of our thinking and in the longevity of our relationships.

Our People


Naturally, the creative talent and marketing acumen must be present – that goes without saying. But what about all of the other things that matter? Are the agency’s people approachable? Will they be there for you in an emergency? Will they be as enthusiastic about the work in a year?

All of us at Ad Partners are people who got in the business ... and stayed in the business ... because we love the business. It might sound cliché, but we care about making things happen for our clients. It shows both in the quality of our thinking and in the longevity of our relationships.

TONY CERESOLI

FOUNDER, PRESIDENT
More than 30 years in advertising, 1/3 of those years spent helming this agency. Former radio station executive, manager and owner. Also founded a direct mail company. Pragmatic. Hands-on. Analytical. Strong work ethic. Believes great ideas stand out for all the
right reasons.
Leads by example.
Keeps it real.

DARLENE LEVI

EVP, MANAGING DIRECTOR
Over 25 years in the agency business with big agencies like Doner and JA&G. Previously in charge of running the $35 million Eckerd account. Knows the trenches, in and out. Brand development. Sales promotion. Merchandising. Store operations. Always finds a way to
"make it happen."
Makes each client feel
like the only client.

SKEEK ALLEN

VP, CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Oversees all creative produced by Ad Partners across all accounts. Writes and directs as many as 50 TV/Online commercial projects a year. Loves a challenge. Swings for the fences. His team's work has earned more than 150+ creative awards in all major media.
Says he's only as good
as his last ad.

JONNI WATTS

DIR. VIDEO PRODUCTION
Pronounced “Johnny”. Supervises internal video production and special projects. Former agency owner and creative director, best known for putting Culpepper Kurland on the map. Accomplished editor. Former manager of the St. Petersburg Clearwater Film Commission.
High-wattage talent. Bulls-eye executer.

DENNIS GARCIA

ASSOC. CREATIVE DIRECTOR
An art director’s art director. Trained in both graphic and industrial design. Has worked all over the world. Accomplished illustrator. Photographer. Has led national + international campaigns winning national + international awards.
Speaks 2 1/2 languages.
Charcoal to pixels,
artist to the core.

BECKY TANNER

MEDIA DIRECTOR
Over 25 years planning media for some of the country’s largest brands. Mazda. Lowe’s Home Improvement. Arby’s. La-Z-Boy. Budgets ranging from $1 million to $40 million. Big agency experience including 22 Squared and Doner. Highly tactical. Achieves maximum punch
per dollar spent.
Avid runner.
Straight shooter.

CRISSIA REAY

SR. WEB ENGINEER & MOBILE APPS DEVELOPER
Master planner and builder of all things web and mobile. Her department does it all. Proprietary software. Custom apps. Game development. Custom CMS platforms. She translates Code into English beautifully, and vice versa.
Scary high IQ.
Not afraid to use it.

HEATHER JONES

DIGITAL MEDIA MANAGER
Infectious enthusiasm. Lives and breathes all things digital. From SEM campaigns to Online Video to Mobile Advertising, Heather is proficient in converting web traffic into client traffic. Gleams great joy from out-thinking and out-maneuvering the competition…and keeping our clients on top.
Drives a muscle car.
It’s fast, like the Internet.

ROB FOWLER

PROGRAMMER / DEVELOPER
Works wizardry on all things web. Database guru. Server savvy. Loves numbers the way only a cryptologist can. Tackles projects at all levels of technical complexity. Boils it all down to a love of "making cool things." Genuinely humble with not an ounce of pretense.
Makes other easy-going people look uptight.

KATHLEEN TETIDRICK

SENIOR MEDIA BUYER
Seasoned veteran who earned her stripes at big agencies like Doner, one of the biggest independent agencies in the country. Buys millions in media for Ad Partners’ clients.
Big brand experience includes UPS Stores, Outback Steakhouse and Carrabba’s.
Speaks softly but
carries a big stick.

ANA ROCKWELL

MEDIA BUYER
Extensive experience planning and buying media in the country’s largest Hispanic markets – Los Angeles and Miami. Understands the Hispanic demo and the nuances that matter. Works at making each media dollar count twice.
Highly strategic.
Plays tough,
but always fair.

MICHELLE LEVI

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE
A central cog in the well-oiled machine we call Ad Partners. Fast thinker. Strategist. Efficient executer. Constant smiler. Never, ever misses a beat. Gifted at turning your bad day into a good day. Confident navigator, no matter how daunting the project.
Could teach classes
on organization.

VANESSA AVILES

DIGITAL & SOCIAL MEDIA SPECIALIST
Social media strategist with deep roots in Facebook marketing. Creates, schedules, and analyzes all social media initiatives for AP clients. Data driven. Acute understanding of social media's psychological underpinnings. Always on trend as platforms change and evolve.
Analytics nerd. Not ashamed to admit it.

VANESSA VARANDAS

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE
Responsible for crossing a lot of “t”s and dotting a lot of “i”s.
Keeps an eye on all the important details. Lets nothing slip through the cracks. Serene disposition, regardless of how fast paced things can get.
A breath of fresh air
when you need it most.

PAM PHAYOONGSIN

ART DIRECTOR
Former blogger. Social media aficionado. Lover of typography. Watched her dad draw architectural renderings as a child and marveled at how design transforms ideas into something tangible. In Thai, her name is pronounced Pitpisut.
Discerning sense of style.
Strong design instincts.

MARIA ARGYRIDOU

ART DIRECTOR
Born with a keen ability to make anything by hand. Initially drawn to a career in IT. Hated it. Loves design because it meshes “thinking” and “creating” harmoniously. Native of Cyprus, fluent in Greek. Only satisfied when working to full capacity.
Happy camper. Efficient slayer of deadlines.
The Ad Partners Full Service Ad Agency, Tampa FL

RENAE RICKARD

BUSINESS MANAGER
Our behind-the-scenes expert overseeing all things financial. Rock steady. A perfectionist by nature. Super cool, calm and collected. Easygoing smile. Keeps things rolling smoothly and bump free.
Swiss clock precision with a never-ending battery.

MELISSA CHAVEZ

AGENCY COORDINATOR
Executes wide-ranging duties with militaristic precision. Traffics all Video and Audio to hundreds of stations (including digital outlets). Archiver of media contracts, assists in all the nitty gritty details. Fills any gap from department to department.
Human Swiss army knife.
Loves to prove it.
The Ad Partners Full Service Ad Agency, Tampa FL

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