About

Our team here at Smith Kroeger is unique in the agency space, bringing together a rare group of savvy creative experts and smart business leaders from a plethora of advertising agencies, publishing companies and digital development shops. Founded right here in Omaha in 1962 by Wayne Smith as Smith, Kaplan, Allen and Reynolds (SKAR), the agency celebrates a rich history while continuing to evolve rapidly. In the past year alone, we’ve expanded our team, diversified our capabilities and had the privilege of supporting a great many new clients alongside our existing valued partnerships.

Today we are led by Terry Kroeger, the former President and CEO of the BH Media Group and longtime publisher of the Omaha World-Herald. Terry has assembled a rockstar cast of art and creative directors, seasoned account executives with decades of combined experience, industry-leading developers and web designers, PR professionals dedicated to problem solving and crisis management and digital marketers with thousands of nationwide campaigns under their belts. We specialize in a variety of industries and sectors, including automotive, education, consumer-packaged goods, finance, insurance, public utilities, government and more.

Our team’s primary goal is to look for the most efficient way to help businesses advance toward their goals in this dynamic and ever-changing landscape. We care about relationships that are built on trust and understanding – the kind where we speak the same language and have the same goals. That’s what moves us to create powerful work and what accelerates our clients’ success.

We’re Hiring!

Join the SK Team

We have some exciting opportunities to join our incredibly talented team to help create marketing strategies and stellar creative work every day, making work rewarding not only for our clients, but also for you.

Meet Our Dynamic Team

He rubs elbows with the owners of the Los Angeles Chargers, admits he watches “The Bachelor” and hopes Led Zeppelin gets back together soon. Meet the big cheese and head honcho at Smith Kroeger.

Terry Kroeger

Chairman & CEO

She’s terrified of ticks, admits to watching “Doctor Who” and can name every U.S. president in order. Intriguing? We think so.

Sara Wilson

President

A Virginia native and holder of a fine arts degree, this digital advertising expert is an artist at heart. He spends his free time painting and enjoying jazz.

Dave Klemencic

Chief Operating Officer

Meet our CAO and Business Manager, Julie Engel.

Julie Engel

CAO, Business Manager

He doesn’t want to see your vacation pics, doesn’t give a damn about your manicured lawn and would prefer you not yammer on about sports. Don’t be scared.

Mark Carpenter

EVP, Creative Strategy

He has an actual gym and bar in his house, safeguards his spaghetti sauce recipe and has 10 TVs tuned to ESPN. Whaaaat?

Mike Duman

EVP, Co-Creative Director

Before becoming an EVP, co-creative director, writer, producer, head of building maintenance and assistant IT tech, he was an electrician, a bartender and an avionics specialist in the Air National Guard.

Greg Ahrens

EVP, Co-Creative Director

He actually admits he’s a Jayhawk fan, worked 10 years for the KC Royals and spends his free time golfing, fishing, hunting and coaching. Ask him how he won a car with a hole-in-one.

Brett Snead

Sr VP for Business Development

Meet our Southeast President, Wynn Christian.

Wynn Christian

President, Southeast

He's a self-proclaimed numismatist (coin collector), loves watching college football and he – no joke – serenaded his wife (then-girlfriend) with Vanilla Ice on their first date.

Todd Birchard

Digital Production Designer

A University of Missouri grad, she got into advertising via journalism in college. In her spare time, you can find her hanging out with her pride and joy, a black Lab mix named Piper.

Sophie Boudreaux

Account Manager

She’s a proud Wesleyan Prairie Wolf, set the world record for consuming Easy-Mac, is an almost freakish Twilight movie fanatic, and is currently in search of the perfect craft cocktail.

Kenzie Clouse

Account Manager

He owns stock in the Green Bay Packers, loves any team from Wisconsin, has played hockey since age 4 and likes spending time with his golden retriever – you guessed it – Lambeau.

Colin Comerford

Digital Marketing Coordinator

She’s a boy mom who has visited 50 of the 70 Nebraska Passport stops in the past year. In her free time she stays involved in the advertising community and is the incoming AAF District 9 governor.

Lisa Conklin

Director, Media Planning & Buying

He’s a diehard Chiefs fan, enjoys classical music and is an accomplished woodworker. Oh yeah, he’s great at crunching numbers too. Meet the jack of all trades, Cody Culbertson.

Cody Culbertson

Staff Accountant

Meet our Client Success Manager, Heidi Cummings.

heidi cummings

Client Success Manager

She’s a “30 Rock’’ binger, loves karaoke (but is tone deaf), has a minor in Fashion Merchandising and owns a ukulele but has no idea how to play it. How’s that for interesting?

Kali Dubas

Account Manager

He built a pub in his living room, makes a mean guac and just may pop you in the mouth if you’re a picky eater.

Bob Duman

Sr Art Director

She makes the world’s best dirty martini, likes to brag about winning a national poetry contest and can whip up delicious Mexican cuisine. Meet the multi-talented Kathleen Durkin.

Kathleen Durkin

Proofer & Editor

Hailing from Wisconsin, he’s the biggest baseball fan you know: road-tripping to U.S. baseball stadiums and collecting minor league baseball caps in his free time.

Richard Elver

Key Account Specialist

Meet our Strategic Accounts Manager, Connie Flowers.

Connie Flowers

Strategic Accounts Manager

She jams to Bennie and the Gents, picks a mean banjo and would be a cheap date with her favorite meal being a cheeseburger and a glass of ice water.

Lauren Gilmore

Director, Media Planning & Buying

He loves all things Disney, enjoys jamming to music while driving around and has a passion for design and photography, which started when he was young.

Chase Gronenthal

Art Director

Nate can probably outdo you in snowboarding, out-sing you (a cappella style) and outdo you in diving. He’s the all-American athlete, college crooner and snow-savvy trivia junkie who actually gets up early to watch soccer from England.

Nate Hofmann

Account Manager

She hangs out with her furry friends, Dahlia and Izzie (Zuchon and Pekingese), is obsessed with the obsession thriller “You” on Netflix, is an expert pet sitter/cleaning lady, admittedly sucks at sports, and got into media to be the next Katie Couric.

Bobbi Maastricht

Media Coordinator

She attended that small college in northern Iowa, was married in Florence, Italy, and before a career in media buying, she wanted to be Wonder Woman or a Solid Gold Dancer. Very cool.

Lisa Meehan

Media Director

He did the Running of the Bulls in Spain, played Reese Witherspoon in foosball and always sleeps on the cool side of the pillow.

Mike Meehan

Sr Account Manager

She’s a rabid Gordon Ramsey fan, loves to watch Masterchef, listens to music with her cool dad and adores her dachshund Gus.” Meet the amazingly talented Olivia Murphy.

Olivia Murphy

Writer/Producer

He’s a big car guy – catch him spending his free time at auto shows around town when he’s not caring for his newborn daughter.

Robbie Owens

Web Design & Email Specialist

She cleans up trash around her neighborhood for fun (seriously!), only reads stories with happy endings and has been to 49 states. Meet our video editor and videographer.

Molly Polsen

Video Editor & Videographer

He is not ashamed to admit he’s a Hawkeye fan, is waiting for Led Zeppelin to reunite and is not to be trifled with on the gridiron.

Randy Schnackenberg

Production Manager

She loves cats and hates slow drivers. Meet Smith Kroeger’s talented senior art director & motion designer.

Liz Scott

Sr Art Director & Motion Designer

When she’s not specializing in digital marketing, she's a full-time house plant mom to over 30 plants, has a side gig as an ordained minister and loves to rock climb in her spare time.

Carlie Stevens

Digital Marketing Specialist

He’s highly approachable, refuses to use any form of a winking emoji and is CPR-certified (an integral skill among Digital Marketing Specialists).

James West

Digital Marketing Team Lead

She binges on Netflix, was a member of the Gorillas volleyball team and can do a mean Australian accent.

Katie Wright

Sr Account Manager

She’s a wife, mom of two boys and a football fan cheering on the Chiefs and Huskers. When not coordinating her sons’ participation in any sport imaginable, you can find her watching “Friends.”

Kelli Zieg

Project Manager