Founder and Principal
Jason is the rare pitcher who can hit. Founder and chief wolverine at Speak!, his monster swing is found at the heart of everything he inspires. His 19+ years of creative strategy, marketing savvy, and tactical know-how have led to award wins and never-die campaigns for some of the world's largest B2B brands.
No one’s ever seen him sweat or sleep, which is another way of saying he makes it look so easy: vision, technology, design, tacos, trips to the coffee shop. Prior to forming Speak! in 2007, Jason managed creative teams for B2B giants Sage and successfully launched the Portland, Oregon office of Randstad Creative Talent, bringing together operations, business development, recruiting and creative insight.
When he’s not at the agency you’ll likely find him coaching his two sons' sports teams or wandering the forest with his lab, Toby on a beautiful Pacific Northwest trail.
Managing Partner, Client Services
With nearly 20 years of experience in turning complicated problems into sweet exhilarating outcomes, Kristen is every client’s go-to slayer of many moving parts. Serving as Account Services Director since 2011, Kristen and her 360° vision oversees the Speak! project management as the they turn client requests into on-time and on-budget commitments. All of us assume Kristen is a former ballerina and wrestler because there is really no other way to explain how she gets things moving with such grace, strength, and scrappiness.
VP, Creative Director
Paul is the agency’s creative guardian. He sets the tone for everything we deliver and encourages our writers and designers to use both sides of their brain. For him, the ultimate goal is to create ideas and content for our clients that make people feel something — so they’ll remember it and share it.
Throughout his 18-year marketing career, Paul has crafted stories and experiences for iconic brands such as EMC, Intel, Volvo, Microsoft, Fujitsu, FirstData, Tibco, Sage and Cvent. He brings deftness, vigor and a try-your-damnedest attitude to our creative process in a way that only a well-seasoned leader can.
At home, Paul is a husband, dad, soccer coach, avid reader and poker enthusiast.
Director of Sales and Marketing
Martha is part Speak! welcome committee and part chief business builder. Once she has captivated you with her contagious smile, you’ll notice her uncanny ability to understand your needs and solve complicated business problems.
She is passionate about our clients and about finding new opportunities and creating new relationships in the mission of helping brands live up to their potential. Her positive pro-business disposition and creative problem solving abilities have proved to be big assets to our clients and our team.
Martha is highly active in the business community, especially during her time as the Director of Talent Management at a Portland agency. She has worked closely with companies defining and developing solutions for the marketing needs of multiple verticals, from healthcare to technology, from startups to fortune 500s.
Senior Project Manager
Associate Creative Director