We’re on a mission to build brands that truly matter.

Maybe you’re struggling with saying the right things and your brand visuals no longer represent your expertise. Perhaps you’re frustrated that your brand is misunderstood, or awareness of your brand isn’t what it should be. Or maybe you lack the technology tools to run your operation more smoothly. No matter the challenge, we can help.

Our ideal clients.

Our ideal brand clients have a great product or service to offer and are looking to get to the next level. Our ideal app clients are looking for an edge to make their team more effective or are seeking inventive ways for their brand to connect to customers and draw them close.

Our approach.

Establishing a deep connection with your audience is the reason to build a brand. We’ve seen firsthand that a well-built strategy leads to compelling creative that will move someone to action and change the trajectory of your organization forever.

We start by digging in deep to get to the heart of what matters most about you and present a detailed plan for engaging your audience. From there we’ll get to work crafting inspiring and powerful creative tools that meet your audience’s needs and make them a loyalist for life.

Cultivate ranked on Clutch’s list of 2019 Best B2B Service Providers in Chicago. For advertising and brand marketing agencies, based on client satisfaction and feedback, thought leadership, technological expertise, and past and current work experience.

Brand strategists. Creatives. App developers.

Cultivate is made up of a veteran team of strategists, creatives, and app developers. We’ve helped our clients build their brands for over 15 years—which means we’ve seen a thing or two and we know what works (and what doesn’t). We’ve developed expertise and simple processes that work hard to meet your challenges head on.


Mark Wierda

Cofounder & President

Chris Pierik

Cofounder & Chief Creative Officer

Kristen Romaniszak

Creative Director & Brand Strategist

Wally Ottenhoff

Design Director

Kimberly Laughlin

Brand Strategist & Creative Director

Jenny Schuler

Product Manager & Art Director

Jen Werner

Finance & Business Manager

Paul Warner

Senior App Developer & Tech Lead

Max Boganets

System Architecture & Developer

Michael Holloway

Designer & Developer

Melissa Morley

Photographer & Producer

Rick Schuler

Creative Producer

Kyle Talbot

Web & Mobile Application Developer