Our People

A leader sets the tone for a company’s image, the level of legendary in each project, and the team’s dedication to a job well done. They understand the importance of client branding, rebellious creative and a well-timed margarita party. All while instilling iostudio’s three guiding principles across the board.

  • Plan for growth. Plan for change.
  • Do well by doing good.
  • Mission first. Family always.
Mitch Powers“I started my first business in high school.”Read Full Bio »

Mitch Powers

Partner/CEO

Mitch Powers

Mitch Powers

Partner/CEO

“I started my first business in high school.”

Our philosophy is Mitch's philosophy: Serve up a compelling message with an engaging design, keeping the technology transparent. And it works. After receiving a B.S. in communications, Mitch launched one of the world's first digital service bureaus. He quickly became an internationally sought-after speaker within the publishing and printing industries. Forging into interactive design and development, he again pushed the boundaries of an important new medium. And the hits just keep on coming.

Ed Brown“I was a professional hot air balloon pilot.”Read Full Bio »

Ed Brown

Partner/CFO

Ed Brown

Ed Brown

Partner/CFO

“I was a professional hot air balloon pilot.”

After Ed earned a degree in mechanical engineering, his first job involved a combination of graphic design and hot-air balloon piloting. He blames this on his family, who raised him to embrace creativity as an essential life skill. As an early Mac Power User, Ed helped push desktop publishing ahead with advances in both hardware and software. Before long, he'd become a sought-after speaker and instructor within the publishing and printing industries. He went on to found iostudio. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Chris West“I'm a conservationist and big game hunter.”Read Full Bio »

Chris West

Partner/COO

Chris West

Chris West

Partner/COO

“I'm a conservationist and big game hunter.”

Apparently teaching himself web dev in the Internet's early days didn't provide enough adrenaline for this adventurous theater major. So Chris became Editor-at-Large for GX magazine. This meant lugging notebooks and camera gear to destinations such as Iraq, Guatemala, the U.S./Mexican border and the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina. When he's not busy running iostudio, Chris eats up military history. He's also an avid gun collector and dog lover.

Andy Blenkle“I'm a competitive outrigger canoe paddler.”Read Full Bio »

Andy Blenkle

President

Andy Blenkle

Andy Blenkle

President

“I'm a competitive outrigger canoe paddler.”

Andy offers up a rare blend of military experience and big-league marketing savvy. A former Marine officer turned account executive, he’s orchestrated major sales and advertising programs from both inside and outside the military. His resume includes time as an AE at Foote, Cone & Belding’s San Francisco shop, plus managing director of global ad giant JWT’s Washington, DC, office. Strategy? Brand development? New business? The guy has this stuff down. He also looks surprisingly natural wearing a cowboy hat.

Keith Kawasaki“I'm obsessed with rock music from the 1970s.”Read Full Bio »

Keith Kawasaki

Vice President, Client Services

Keith Kawasaki

Keith Kawasaki

Vice President, Client Services

“I'm obsessed with rock music from the 1970s.”

What will magazines look like in the future? How will we use them? How should they integrate with social media? As an industry thought leader, Keith actually has the answers. Over the past decade, this native New Yorker has spearheaded more than 90 brand publications for government, corporate and nonprofit clients including the Army National Guard. An active member of the Custom Content Council, Keith received a B.A. in journalism from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Janet Carlson“I was class president in elementary school for three years in a row.”Read Full Bio »

Janet Carlson

Vice President, Human Resources

Janet Carlson

Janet Carlson

Vice President, Human Resources

“I was class president in elementary school for three years in a row.”

Jan is one of those human resource pros who actually care about the human. She started her career in Milwaukee as a caseworker in social services. Deciding to up the ante, Jan earned a master’s degree in HR, moved to Chicago and worked in health care management with companies like UnitedHealthcare and HCA. Eventually she migrated to Nashville, though her rabid love for the Green Bay Packers has always stayed with her.

Gene Bedell“I’m an abstract artist.”Read Full Bio »

Gene Bedell

Vice President, Marketing

Gene Bedell

Gene Bedell

Vice President, Marketing

“I’m an abstract artist.”

You may not know it by looking at him (OK, maybe you do), but Gene served as an infantry sergeant in the Marines. And once you’re a Marine, you’re always a Marine. So you know he has what it takes to lead co-workers, and he’s got the smarts to decipher, categorize and create great content. Gene brings more than a decade of cross-platform content marketing, traditional publishing and project management experience to iostudio. And he’s been putting that know-how to use, orchestrating the building of a website that blended 2,000 parenting programs into four easy-to-digest categories.

Julia Shults“I won the 7th Grade Spelling Bee.”Read Full Bio »

Julia Shults

Account Director

Julia Shults

Julia Shults

Account Director

“I won the 7th Grade Spelling Bee.”

As a certified Pilates master, Julia understands the power of balance, alignment and strength. So it's no surprise she brings these qualities to our Account Service team. She's wrangled accounts ranging from the Frist Center for the Visual Arts to Ebonite bowling balls, with casual dining, luxury hotels and sewing machines in between. Julia loves cooking almost as much as she does researching and pitching new business.

Jesse Gray“I’m the manliest man to ever wield a NERF gun.”Read Full Bio »

Jesse Gray

Project Management Director

Jesse Gray

Jesse Gray

Project Management Director

“I’m the manliest man to ever wield a NERF gun.”

Jesse is our in-house certified project master. No, he doesn’t wear a cape or laugh maniacally while sipping from a goblet. But he definitely smiles, especially when he sees a plan coming to life and a team flawlessly making it happen. He’s beyond well versed in Agile/Lean, taking any team and turning them into a high-performing machine, knocking out deadlines left, right and upside down. Wow, he really is a master.

Bob Weaver“I rode a camel across the desert in Egypt.”Read Full Bio »

Bob Weaver

Customer Engagement Program Director

Bob Weaver

Bob Weaver

Customer Engagement Program Director

“I rode a camel across the desert in Egypt.”

The very first thing on Bob’s resume is life experience. Splitting his career between the Army and the National Guard, Bob led both recon and sniper squads over two tours in the Middle East. He’s seen it all and done it all. Which explains why he’s always got something to add. He has an uncanny ability to turn a phrase, we refer to them as “Weaverisms.” “Grinning like a possum eating peanut butter” is just one of the many expressions that permeate the walls and hearts here at iostudio. Now Bob leads the Customer Care department at iostudio with the same nose to the grindstone and flair for words he’s acquired over three lifetimes of living.

Hadleigh Tweedall“I've been singing in choirs since I was three.”Read Full Bio »

Hadleigh Tweedall

Account Supervisor

Hadleigh Tweedall

Hadleigh Tweedall

Account Supervisor

“I've been singing in choirs since I was three.”

There’s more to life in Chicago than great pizza and a high-profile marathon. And Hadleigh would know, though she has experience with both. For starters, there are groundbreaking ad shops like Draftfcb and mcgarrybowen. She’s experienced those, too, working on high-vis brands such as Oscar Mayer, Windex, Similac and the weirdly lovable Scrubbing Bubbles. A recent addition to our team, Hadleigh is embracing Nashville and all the New South has to offer. Even if our pizza does seem weird.

Lindsey Schwalb“I've survived three earthquakes.”Read Full Bio »

Lindsey Schwalb

Account Supervisor

Lindsey Schwalb

Lindsey Schwalb

Account Supervisor

“I've survived three earthquakes.”

Growing up, Lindsey always wanted to be an MLB umpire. Which makes sense, because she has the prowess to make a tough call. It’s a little something she acquired while executing digital solutions for companies including Yahoo! and Bank of America. She has the uncanny ability to control a project without interrupting its rhythm and flow. And it serves her well, working closely with clients such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, NBC and veteran nonprofit organizations. When Lindsey isn’t looking for balks, she’s a part-time grad student, full-time people watcher, and she’s always hunting for DC’s best guacamole.

Mark Shimabukuro“I'm a hoarder of old books.”Read Full Bio »

Mark Shimabukuro

Editor in Chief

Mark Shimabukuro

Mark Shimabukuro

Editor in Chief

“I'm a hoarder of old books.”

During Mark’s 20-year career in journalism and publishing, he’s covered everything from news and sports to the arts. A few of the landmarks dotting his career path: The Boston Globe, Newsday, Sporting News and World Book Encyclopedia (where he tells us they engaged in some wicked Trivial Pursuit tournaments). When he’s not wrangling words and ideas, Mark enjoys tennis and live music. He’s also highly accomplished at the fine art of not throwing away old books.

Mitch Powers

Partner/CEO

Our philosophy is Mitch's philosophy: Serve up a compelling message with an engaging design, keeping the technology transparent. And it works. After receiving a B.S. in communications, Mitch launched one of the world's first digital service bureaus. He quickly became an internationally sought-after speaker within the publishing and printing industries. Forging into interactive design and development, he again pushed the boundaries of an important new medium. And the hits just keep on coming.

Ed Brown

Partner/CFO

After Ed earned a degree in mechanical engineering, his first job involved a combination of graphic design and hot-air balloon piloting. He blames this on his family, who raised him to embrace creativity as an essential life skill. As an early Mac Power User, Ed helped push desktop publishing ahead with advances in both hardware and software. Before long, he'd become a sought-after speaker and instructor within the publishing and printing industries. He went on to found iostudio. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Chris West

Partner/COO

Apparently teaching himself web dev in the Internet's early days didn't provide enough adrenaline for this adventurous theater major. So Chris became Editor-at-Large for GX magazine. This meant lugging notebooks and camera gear to destinations such as Iraq, Guatemala, the U.S./Mexican border and the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina. When he's not busy running iostudio, Chris eats up military history. He's also an avid gun collector and dog lover.

Andy Blenkle

President

Andy offers up a rare blend of military experience and big-league marketing savvy. A former Marine officer turned account executive, he’s orchestrated major sales and advertising programs from both inside and outside the military. His resume includes time as an AE at Foote, Cone & Belding’s San Francisco shop, plus managing director of global ad giant JWT’s Washington, DC, office. Strategy? Brand development? New business? The guy has this stuff down. He also looks surprisingly natural wearing a cowboy hat.

Keith Kawasaki

Vice President, Client Services

What will magazines look like in the future? How will we use them? How should they integrate with social media? As an industry thought leader, Keith actually has the answers. Over the past decade, this native New Yorker has spearheaded more than 90 brand publications for government, corporate and nonprofit clients including the Army National Guard. An active member of the Custom Content Council, Keith received a B.A. in journalism from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Janet Carlson

Vice President, Human Resources

Jan is one of those human resource pros who actually care about the human. She started her career in Milwaukee as a caseworker in social services. Deciding to up the ante, Jan earned a master’s degree in HR, moved to Chicago and worked in health care management with companies like UnitedHealthcare and HCA. Eventually she migrated to Nashville, though her rabid love for the Green Bay Packers has always stayed with her.

Gene Bedell

Vice President, Marketing

You may not know it by looking at him (OK, maybe you do), but Gene served as an infantry sergeant in the Marines. And once you’re a Marine, you’re always a Marine. So you know he has what it takes to lead co-workers, and he’s got the smarts to decipher, categorize and create great content. Gene brings more than a decade of cross-platform content marketing, traditional publishing and project management experience to iostudio. And he’s been putting that know-how to use, orchestrating the building of a website that blended 2,000 parenting programs into four easy-to-digest categories.

Julia Shults

Account Director

As a certified Pilates master, Julia understands the power of balance, alignment and strength. So it's no surprise she brings these qualities to our Account Service team. She's wrangled accounts ranging from the Frist Center for the Visual Arts to Ebonite bowling balls, with casual dining, luxury hotels and sewing machines in between. Julia loves cooking almost as much as she does researching and pitching new business.

Jesse Gray

Project Management Director

Jesse is our in-house certified project master. No, he doesn’t wear a cape or laugh maniacally while sipping from a goblet. But he definitely smiles, especially when he sees a plan coming to life and a team flawlessly making it happen. He’s beyond well versed in Agile/Lean, taking any team and turning them into a high-performing machine, knocking out deadlines left, right and upside down. Wow, he really is a master.

Bob Weaver

Customer Engagement Program Director

The very first thing on Bob’s resume is life experience. Splitting his career between the Army and the National Guard, Bob led both recon and sniper squads over two tours in the Middle East. He’s seen it all and done it all. Which explains why he’s always got something to add. He has an uncanny ability to turn a phrase, we refer to them as “Weaverisms.” “Grinning like a possum eating peanut butter” is just one of the many expressions that permeate the walls and hearts here at iostudio. Now Bob leads the Customer Care department at iostudio with the same nose to the grindstone and flair for words he’s acquired over three lifetimes of living.

Hadleigh Tweedall

Account Supervisor

There’s more to life in Chicago than great pizza and a high-profile marathon. And Hadleigh would know, though she has experience with both. For starters, there are groundbreaking ad shops like Draftfcb and mcgarrybowen. She’s experienced those, too, working on high-vis brands such as Oscar Mayer, Windex, Similac and the weirdly lovable Scrubbing Bubbles. A recent addition to our team, Hadleigh is embracing Nashville and all the New South has to offer. Even if our pizza does seem weird.

Lindsey Schwalb

Account Supervisor

Growing up, Lindsey always wanted to be an MLB umpire. Which makes sense, because she has the prowess to make a tough call. It’s a little something she acquired while executing digital solutions for companies including Yahoo! and Bank of America. She has the uncanny ability to control a project without interrupting its rhythm and flow. And it serves her well, working closely with clients such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, NBC and veteran nonprofit organizations. When Lindsey isn’t looking for balks, she’s a part-time grad student, full-time people watcher, and she’s always hunting for DC’s best guacamole.

Mark Shimabukuro

Editor in Chief

During Mark’s 20-year career in journalism and publishing, he’s covered everything from news and sports to the arts. A few of the landmarks dotting his career path: The Boston Globe, Newsday, Sporting News and World Book Encyclopedia (where he tells us they engaged in some wicked Trivial Pursuit tournaments). When he’s not wrangling words and ideas, Mark enjoys tennis and live music. He’s also highly accomplished at the fine art of not throwing away old books.

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