Team Leaders at MCA

 

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 contact MCA to start a conversation with any one of us:

Gayle Teskey

Gayle Teskey

Founder & CEO

Chief 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 at (763) 515-7095.  If it’s a Friday afternoon in the summer, she might answer from her Wisconsin cottage.

Barry Elk

Barry Elk

President

Barry 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!

Sue McKenna

Sue McKenna

Senior Creative Director

Sue 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

Connie Boeshans

Director, Production Services

Details, 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 make her a great asset to the MCA team.

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

Bev Moline

Bev Moline

Director of Marketing

Bev brings experience in both digital and direct mail marketing to the table. She also usually brings a spiral notebook and a couple #2 pencils, because she is a copious note taker. Some would even call her obsessive in the note taking category. But when it comes to developing and managing strategic marketing objectives that utilize email, web, paid media and direct mail to acquire, retain and upsell members, it’s all about remembering and implementing the little details! Bev is a believer that the trick to a solid marketing strategy is grabbing a prospect’s interest – once you have that, you’re golden and the rest is gravy. Combine solid marketing copy and compelling creative design, and the customer conversion, renewal and product sales will just happen. Then you continue to test, analyze and refine your strategy for even better performance and ROI.

Feel free to reach out to Bev anytime here to talk more about your marketing needs. Oh, and she’s also an animal enthusiast and would love to hear about (and share pictures) of your dog, cat, bird or other furry or feathered companions.

Kari Miller

Kari Miller

Director of Postal, Data and Contracts

Kari serves on the Executive Board for the Twin Cities Postal Customer Council—which recently won national recognition for leadership initiatives among 140 such industry mailer-postal official groups in the nation. (Yes, we’re proud of her!) 

Her love of all things USPS goes back 25 years, to an after-school job sorting, inserting and processing mail. The system “hooked her,” she admits, and she’s remained a self-proclaimed mail geek to this day. If you’re looking to know the intricate details of Informed Delivery or lowering postage costs or any of the USPS’s latest initiatives, Kari is your go-to source of what’s doable and pending.

She’s also a heavyweight when it comes to vendor management, RFP/procurement sourcing, ERP implementation, and data.  Tail edge die cut envelopes, anyone? 

You can reach Kari anytime here. Be ready to hear what has been, what is coming, what costs are, and what is projected for your particular USPS question. Kari knows!