Meet Our Team Leaders

MCA's team of many-faceted professionals will help you Gather, Engage and Monetize your opportunities. It's a GEM of an idea!

MCA’s many-faceted team leaders will help you Gather, Engage and Monetize your opportunities. It’s a GEM of an idea! Email or call us at 1-763-515-7095 today.

When you engage MCA’s team of experienced professionals, you’ll put over a century of combined marketing success behind your direct marketing needs.

Each MCA staff member leads a team of experts with deep, proven experience in direct marketing. Also, because we work across such a broad scope of organizations, we bring a fresh perspective to your needs. Think of it as cross-pollination.

Please call or email to start a conversation with any one of us:

Gayle Teskey, Founder & CEOlinkedin

gayle_150Chief strategist.  Chief motivator.  Chief “meddler.”  Gayle can’t keep her fingers out of all our client engagements.  It’s not because she’s a micro-manager; it’s because she thinks what we do is so incredibly fun.  She’s a “Road Warrior” frequent flier, a hands-on account relations partner, and the eager host of all MCA social events.

When you work with MCA, you’ll see Gayle’s unique combination of optimism, creativity and marketing discipline reflected in everything we do.  She is terrifically proud of the talented professionals who work at MCA, and humbled and gratified by the trust we’ve earned from our clients.

Over the past 30 years, Gayle has worked on the client side, the third-party marketer side and, for the past 20+ years, on the consultative side with MCA.  Like a gemstone, there are many facets to Gayle’s experience and perspectives.  She is eager to begin working with you to craft effective and executable strategies.

Just pick up the phone and call Gayle directly at 1-612-567-7622.  If it’s a Friday afternoon in the summer, she might answer from her Wisconsin cottage …

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Barry Elk, Senior Vice President 

MCA225B_150Barry is a seasoned direct response marketer who has walked in your shoes.  Having held marketing-driven leadership roles in for-profits as well as non-profits, he understands the challenges of consistently delivering year-over-year gains–even in times of budget austerity.

As a data-driven marketer, he can help you deliver bottom-line-improving results through new product marketing efficiency improvements or technology implementations that are grounded in facts–not opinions.  As a career military veteran, Barry brings disciplined and outcome-oriented project management to our client engagements.  He understands how data and technology are tools to be used in improving your customer retention, satisfaction and lifetime value.

Do you have a marketing technology or data analytics question?  Ask Barry–he can help!

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Doris Kamstra, Senior Vice President

MCA104B_150Doris joined MCA in 1994, and is responsible for MCA’s highly-disciplined marketing services success. She’s truly our “Chief Persuasion Architect.” In any given week you can find Doris happily plotting annual plans, campaign strategies or analyzing results before jumping in to brainstorm new creative concepts with our Creative Director. Doris’s team of experienced and highly skilled Project Managers coordinate client campaign execution and manages MCA’s talented writers and designers.

Whether it is new creative or campaign planning, Doris believes that neatness rejects engagement… as a stop at her desk demonstrates.  If you have a question about making the most of your direct response budget OR how to put together an effective Creative Brief, Doris can offer her assistance.

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Susan McKenna, Creative Director

sue_150Sue joined MCA in 2000, moving from an interactive agency where she developed strategy and wrote creative for both online and offline campaigns. As such, she is our “message manager,” making sure what you say to your community is relevant, timely, and persuasive.

While persuasive content is only one facet of any campaign, keeping core messages on track–or breakthrough concepts intact–can be like herding cats. Were you to eavesdrop in Sue’s scholarly wood-paneled, book-stuffed office, you’d hear many discussions about the nature of proposed edits and the implications of each factual or editorial tweak. Sue’s Rolodex (yes, an old-fashioned card file that can never be hacked or crashed) maintains ties with many of the top direct response creative teams in the country…which brings top talent to your projects.

If you’d like a lively discussion of Robert Cialdini’s persuasion points, or Elmer Wheeler’s classic tests on sentences, contact Sue. She can give you great insight into how tested sales messages came to be–and where in today’s digital world they might be going.

Connie Boeshans, Director, Production Services

Connie_150Details, details, details.  Thanks to Connie and her highly-disciplined processes, MCA’s production vendors are able to shine and deliver the best value and the best product for our clients; deadlines are consistently met.

MCA’s commitment to “community” extends to our network of production resources that Connie develops.  Her experience in the industry is deep and wide, and our clients benefit from her extensive expertise.

Connie works closely with MCA’s marketing staff to make sure campaigns are executed as designed.  Her flexibility, sense of humor and unflappable nature makes her a great asset to the MCA team.

Potential production service vendors can contact Connie here. We’re always happy to hear new ideas.