Strategic minds, creative muscle.

Our best solutions are never the result of isolated work. They’re built on the original, interdisciplinary ideas of the people at FVM.

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Aaron Baksa

Art Director

Aaron Baksa

Art Director

Aaron has been continually developing his clean, professional design style since his start as a B2B agency intern up to his more recent work with GE and Evonik Industries. At FVM, he helps guide projects through every step of the process, pairing careful strategy with creative design. On weekends, Aaron swaps out his trusty Logitech keyboard for his less trusty (but equally beloved) vintage Honda motorcycle.

Musical guilty pleasure: Miley Cyrus

Marketing guilty pleasure: Direct mail

Not-so-guilty pleasures: Charcoal drawing, trout fishing

Movie intake: At least 2-3 a week

Fav. furry friend: Lucia, the Carolina Dog

Alexandra Chapin

Account Coordinator

Alexandra Chapin

Account Coordinator

Originally from the tiny town of Berwick, PA, Alex brings a broad knowledge of marketing to support some of FVM’s biggest clients. The Drexel grad uses her razor-sharp communication and organization skills to keep messages moving and projects pushing forward. When she’s not color-coding her closet or planning her next cross-country road trip, Alex is soaking in everything Philly has to offer — one cheesesteak and Flyers game at a time.

 

Cheesesteak of choice: Jim’s Steaks, whiz wit

Not-so-guilty music pleasure: Dave Matthews

Natural habitat: Surrounded by fuzzy blankets, fluffy pillows, candles, and Mad Men

Pet peeves: Sunday drivers, unmade beds

Secret weapon: Homemade banana nut bread

Alexandra Pickel

Director, Brand Research & Strategy

Alexandra Pickel

Director, Brand Research & Strategy

Alex has led FVM’s top accounts with passion and dedication since 2008, and now leverages her expertise to grow and nurture our client services team. For anyone else, that might be enough, but Alex is also the driving force behind agency research and discovery. She also finds satisfaction in brainstorming, client calls, and adding to her Tervis Tumbler collection.

Favorite island: kitchen island

# of FVMers married to: one

Preferred end of project pool: deep end

Favorite beings under 55 lbs: Bailey Pickel, Macy Pickel, Vinny Pickel, Raleigh Pickel

Patron saint of: cooking for new mothers

Calvin Son

Copywriter

Calvin Son

Copywriter

A former journalist, Calvin became a copywriter to build campaigns for clients like Comcast and Best Buy. At FVM, he uses his creative skills to clear word clutter and make brand voices sing, soothe, and sometimes scream. If it were up to him, this bio would just be a tiny GIF of a pug eating pizza.

Go-to playlist:
Good punk, bad rap, Schubert

Updated tally, spectacled FVM creatives:
71% 

Scary movies:
Nah 

Frozen pizza novelties, worst to best:
Pockets, Bagel Bites, Rolls

Pets:
Two marimo moss balls and one single-speed Schwinn beater

Christiana Del Vecchio

Graphic Designer

Christiana Del Vecchio

Graphic Designer

Christiana graduated from the Art Institute of Philadelphia and sped straight to FVM with a portfolio that already included work for Di Bruno Brothers and University of Pennsylvania. Passionate and informed, Christiana approaches branding, illustration, layout, and product design with an infectious “bring it on” attitude. She supplements her popularity in the agency with three well-stocked snack drawers.

One-word design process:“sketchy”

Unofficial office duties:produce sourcing, playing devil’s advocate

Guilty pleasures:/r/crappydesign, Netflix marathons

Innocent pleasures:coupon cutting, sushi, pumpkin flavoring

Daydreaming allotment:23 hours, design; 1 hour, everything else

Christina Travaglini

Director, Client Services

Christina Travaglini

Director, Client Services

Christina doesn’t feel comfortable unless she’s got a full to-do list and packed calendar in front of her. Organized, thorough, and determined come as standard with Christina, but it’s her talent for strategy, eye for aesthetics, and ability to see the big picture that take her to new levels of awesomeness. As if she didn’t get enough done in-office, she’s also an accomplished traveller, photographer, and mother.

Number of people shot:estimated >5,000

Weapon of choice:Nikon D600

Right brained/left brained:¿Por que no los dos?

Favorite opera, offspring:Carmen, Carmen

Remaining PTOs:not nearly enough

Coleman Rigg

Account Executive

Coleman Rigg

Account Executive

Football player, musician, and mixologist he may be, but it’s Coleman’s passion for marketing that brought this all-rounder to our attention. Fresh out of Juniata college, he joined FVM to learn strategy and support key accounts. He also volunteered to build a schoolhouse in Nicaragua. Slow down, Coleman; you’re making the rest of us look bad!

Dreamiest attribute:songwriting guitarist

Attention to detail level:didn’t let us sneak Taylor Swift into bio

Brown food spread of choice:50/50 toss-up, hummus/peanut butter

Alternate universe profession:craft-cocktail-drinking rock star running back

Communicates best with:clients, creative, friends in crisis

Helen Smith

Executive Vice President, Business Manager

Helen Smith

Executive Vice President, Business Manager

Helen takes accounting, personnel, and business matters seriously, keeping FVM the finely-tuned marketing machine it is. When she’s not crunching numbers and crushing budgets, Helen rules over the cleanest office kitchen in America through a mixture of fear and…well, just fear. But hey — just look at those counters sparkle!

Things best kept predictable:numbers, hours, vitamin C intake

Things best kept unpredictable:the route at next weekend’s Porsche rally

Green pepper consumption:quotidian

Unconventional pastime:toying with telemarketers

Least favorite nouns:ice, winter, snow, frost, late timesheets

Jon Cohen

Executive Vice President, Client Services

Jon Cohen

Executive Vice President, Client Services

Jon is our chief strategist and resident metaphorist. Give him a complex marketing challenge and he’ll sketch out the solution, illustrated with comparisons to three-legged racing, hotdogs, and obscure TV shows — yet it all makes perfect sense. Happiest with a whiteboard and a problem to solve, Jon inspires the agency to break boundaries, create incredible work, and take every opportunity to have a good laugh.

Puzzle genre(s) mastered:client business

Preferred board length:long

# of silent H’s in name:0 (first), 1 (last)

Favorite state ending in –mont:Vermont

Most comfortable around:creatives, family (not in that order)

Jon Tran

Associate Creative Director

Jon Tran

Associate Creative Director

Not content with content, copy and creative writing, Jon also leads our brand strategy efforts. He finds answers to our clients’ challenges, including those they don’t know they have, develops positioning recommendations, and tells their stories in fresh and compelling ways. And he’s writing this bio as you read it. He’s just that fast.

Client experience:food, AI, healthcare, pest control, gaming

Specialties:making technical stuff un-boring

Most likely eating:wings, extra-hot wings, Coke Zero

Favorite verbs:appease, excise, launch, slide

Weapons of choice:semantics, Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard

Jordy Pickel

Director, Digital Development

Jordy Pickel

Director, Digital Development

Jordy takes a client conundrum, aligns digital marketing strategy with business goals, and delivers a simple solution to help realize that vision. Then he develops smart sites with amazing UX. And at the end of a busy day of coding? He likes to kick back, relax, and decode the formidable NY Times crossword puzzle. Bliss.

Most common workplace responses:“yes,” “definitely yes”

Puzzle genre(s) mastered:crossword

Music genre(s) appreciated:all of them

Favorite letters:N, P, R

# of FVMers married to:presumably one

Karen Murphy

Director, Media & Campaigns

Karen Murphy

Director, Media & Campaigns

After years of managing top accounts, Karen now leads the charge on strategic media planning and campaigns. One of our most studious FVMers, she devours webinars and whitepapers on a daily basis to deliver a fresh perspective on all things marketing. With three sons, a husband, and five nephews, she spends the rest of her time happily outnumbered by boys.

Hours of client research completed:whatever number comes after an octillion

# of conclusions jumped to:0.00

Honor-bound duties:understand client needs, finish leftovers

Only thing holding hair at bay:Aussie Sprunch spray

Care instructions:requires direct sunlight, frequent watering

Kiersten Hepler

Account Executive

Kiersten Hepler

Account Executive

Outgoing and go-getting, Kiersten supplies FVM’s key accounts with rich experience in financial services and food marketing. From planning to execution, Kiersten ensures every campaign step meets her impossibly high standards. And when her teeth aren’t sinking into her duties as Account Executive, they are bared for a fierce game of Giganotosaurus vs. T-Rex with her 2-year old son.

Runs on: pasta, tomatoes, olive oil

Preferred flooring: sand

In her earbuds: Freakonomics podcast

Dislikes: n/a (she’s really that nice)

Signature corny truism: “Life’s a beach.”

Laurie Van Metre

President

Laurie Van Metre

President

How do you keep an agency growing and thriving for nearly 30 years? Spend an hour with Laurie and you’ll discover an enthusiasm and magnetism that have engendered client loyalty for decades. And while you may be bowled over by her professional knowledge and drive, it’s her warmth, honesty, and sense of fun that will have you hooked. Yes, she could probably be President of the USA, but she’d rather be President of FVM.

Defining working virtues:tenacity, tenacity, curiosity, tenacity

Defining unwinding exercise:early morning yoga

Most common reading material:client industry intel and news

Unofficial family title:Cruise Director

Dietary mainstay:Amy’s lentil vegetable soup

Marissa Varju

Digital Media Planner

Marissa Varju

Digital Media Planner

Marissa swapped medical marketing to become FVM’s digital doctor: diagnosing and prescribing to optimize even the weariest of websites. While she’s meticulous about metrics, she’s fanatical about Wildcats… Marissa was in Houston to see Villanova’s buzzer beater in person!

Celebrity blog appearances: BEYONCE (not bad, right?)

Dream food-off: Taco vs. Cheesesteak

YouTube tutorial of choice: Beauty

Handy: Lefty

“Dancing with the Stars” wins: 1 (cruise ship edition)

E-reader review: Scathing

Molly McDevitt

Account Executive

Molly McDevitt

Account Executive

Although the youngest member of FVM, Molly boasts 22 years of experience as a middle child, making her a natural organizer/mediator/self-starter. After graduating from James Madison University, Molly cut her teeth on not one, but three marketing internships before joining FVM, where she shares her love of kick-ass client service and warm Wawa breakfast treats.

Least favorite Office character: Toby Flenderson (of course!)

When life gives you lemons: listen to Beyoncé’s Lemonade

Runner: Yessir!

Fried, hashed, or mashed: mashed

Fortress of Solitude: beach house in Sea Isle, NJ

Paul Fleming

CEO

Paul Fleming

CEO

When we say that Paul’s affability and sense of humor belie his remarkable perception insight, and commitment to his craft, you may suspect a healthy dose of promotional exaggeration. But after 15 minutes talking to Paul, your skepticism will crumble — and you may just find it impossible to stop smiling. FVM’s nearly 30 years in the business is testament to Paul’s vision and integrity. And our addiction to soft pretzels is a testament to Paul’s, well, affinity for doughy goodness.

 

Greatest personal strengths:optimism, sports trivia

Greatest personal weaknesses:grandkids’ laughter, carbohydrates

Preferred method to prepare carbs:Italian cooking

Preferred methods to burn carbs:cycling, yoga

Something that isn’t about carbs:takes nothing for granted

Russell Falk

Associate Creative Director

Russell Falk

Associate Creative Director

Equal parts creative and strategic, Russell is a design force to be reckoned with. From logos and typography to animation and UX, his talents enhance the digital presence of all our clients. Russell’s at his best when creating brands, immersed in interaction design, poring over the latest trends, or crunching through his daily quota of carrots.

General working style:tinker and trim, keep it modular and organized

Thinks in terms of:type, interaction, Eddie Izzard quotes

Favorite low-emission vehicles:hybrid-engine sedan, whisky-powered skateboard

Know any good restaurants?my kitchen (reservations required)

Most commonly absorbing:project briefs, coffee, inaccessible music

Steven Rayesky

Developer

Steven Rayesky

Developer

He may have majored in English, but Steven’s language of choice is Javascript. Since graduating from The New York Code + Design Academy Web Development Bootcamp, he translates FVM concepts into clean, well-documented code. When not acting as a digital interpreter, Steven rotates through a host of part-time roles including improv-comedian, cartoonist, host of the Philly Dev Podcast, and caretaker of two small offspring.

Spirit animal: pizza

Same birthday as: Shigeru Miyamoto & Maggie Gyllenhaal

Nickname at FVM: Full-Stack Steve

Hidden talent: making corsages for grandmothers

Christmas isn’t complete without: Nacho Libre

Tom O’Brien

Head of Business Development

Tom O’Brien

Head of Business Development

Tom is FVM’s brand guardian. With global experience in editorial, PR, and marketing, he spends his days making sure people know who we are and what we’re capable of. When he isn’t guiding new business, promoting the agency, or making a cup of tea, he’s usually thinking about making another cup of tea.

Continents inhabited:2

Unrepentant loyalties:Liverpool FC #YNWA

Most requested skill:high shelf reaching

You can’t live without:Yorkshire Tea, KEXP, Friday night

Number of progeny:2

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