People & culture

The culture at BRANDHAUS is based on creativity, innovation and the importance of teamwork. We think different, and always dream big. We believe a few great people can make a huge difference. We are passionate, driven, and creative to provide the most unique brand experience possible. Our success is built upon our core values, and the partnership with our clients.

Our inspiration

Our inspiration and our intrigue comes from the Bauhaus style born to Germany in 1919. This minimalistic yet sophisticated style is brought to life in our work. brandhaus is a full-service marketing, brand and visual communication studio. We are the catalyst behind every strategic plan. Every marketing dollar spent should grow business and yield return on investment. Our primary focus is brand development, a core element in any organization. From individual advertising and marketing campaigns to total brand identities, our job is to get a reaction. By defining your organization, your beliefs, your values and what you fight for, we develop a strong and compelling brand identity that is a unique extension of who you are.

The core of BRANDHAUS is passion for design, and beauty in aesthetics. Anything can be unique, but it’s the values and beliefs behind it that makes it relevant and stand for something. We serve as brand ambassadors for every client we work with.

BRANDHAUS is located in the heart of Scottsdale inside the historic Camelback Tower, right next to the Fashion Square mall. With breath-taking views on the top floor, come share a glass of scotch with us.

Our team

Don Jean

Don Jean

Founder & Chief Creative Officer

Don Jean is Principal and Creative Director of Brandhaus. He lives and breathes creativity and has been fascinated with art since an early age. Originally wanting to be a comic book illustrator, he shifted gears and pursued his calling as a designer after attending several galleries and art shows in college.

Don has always been intrigued by the Bauhaus style brought forth in Germany in 1919, and this minimalist style can also be seen in his work. He lives by the phrase “less is more”, and takes a partnership approach with clients, helping them anticipate and move to the next level. He integrates award winning visual solutions with their marketing and business goals. Careful attention to branding results in forward-thinking design that is then applied to all tiers of the clients needs.

Don believes that all artistic disciplines – including architecture, graphic design, fashion, and product design can be interrelated in the design process. Effective integration of these disciplines results in simple, functional, and aesthetically pleasing solutions that respond to each client’s need.

Don is also an avid cyclist, and has raced in USA sanctioned cycling events for the past 4 seasons. This year he helped mentor Team Candlelighters for the Tour de Summerlin, while they raised over $64,000 for children with cancer. He also enjoys being a camp counselor at their yearly Camp Firefly.

Don is a member of AIGA, and has been a guest lecturer to design students at Michigan State University where he obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Graphic Design as well as Photography. Don also has participated in portfolio critiques for MSU Department of Art & Art History’s design graduates.

Darren Davis

Darren Davis

Partner | Conversiv Chief Strategy Officer

Since 2001, Darren Davis has worked with a variation of clients from fortune 100 brands to ambitious 
start-ups just starting the branding process. For more than 15 years, Darren has been helping companies bridge business objectives to successful strategic and creative outcomes. His work as a growth strategist and brand consultant has helped position nearly a hundred businesses and brands, including Avnet, Microsoft, Coca Cola, Kraft, Yum Brands, and Procter & Gamble.

As Chief Strategy Officer and founder of Conversiv, he draws upon over 15 years of proven experience to put the best options and solutions on the table, and always puts customers at the forefront of ideas and challenges them to new ways of thinking. Conversiv helps companies bridge business objectives to successful strategic and creative outcomes.

Gina Gardner

VP of Client Services

Gina brings over 20 years of experience as an intuitive and strategic marketer capable of integrating a variety of resources in order to yield positive results. Specializing in healthcare marketing, she has served in leadership roles for large health systems such as Banner Health, Dignity Health, Encompass Health and Honor Health.

Developing various consumer marketing initiatives for specific acute service lines within a health system, Gina combines research, market data and digital/traditional marketing tactics to realize overall lift and provide measurable reporting. Another area of expertise is developing strategic growth plans for medical groups, specialty hospitals and sub-acute facilities, such as skilled nursing residences.

Gina and her husband recently left the “dry heat” of Arizona for the more humid climate of South Carolina where she plans to expand and use her healthcare marketing experience to help organizations empower consumers to reduce their health risk and know when to seek care for a better overall life. Most importantly, her new digs bring her closer to two grandchildren she intends to spoil rotten.

Kendra Arrieta

Kendra Arrieta

Director of Senior Accounts & Creative Manager

With several years of hospital marketing and communications experience, Kendra has a proven track record of success in project management, brand management, media relations, website and digital media development, and creative direction. Prior to joining Brandhaus, Kendra was Marketing Operations Manager at St. John’s Hospitals in Ventura, Calif., part of the Dignity Health system. In this role, she managed market digital media initiatives through HealthGrades.com that yielded an increase in call center volume of over 730% and doubled the return on investment. She also managed and executed complete website overhauls to reflect a new brand campaign, resulting in 13% average monthly growth in new visitors.

Kendra graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Public Relations. She lives in Valencia, Calif. with her husband and three kids.

Christina Chandler

Christina Chandler

Strategic Marketing Manager

A public relations and marketing specialist with more than ten years of experience, Christina has created and executed successful communication, public relations and marketing campaigns for non-profits, hospitals and physician groups.

Christina manages marketing projects and constructs marketing plans for clients. She also oversees communications, marketing and social marketing for clients. Her ability to organize and manage details has helped her plan events of all sizes. During her career she has planned medical conferences, educational conferences and press conferences. While at the U.S. Department of Education, Christina planned site visits for White House officials and senior department staff to schools throughout the United States.

Prior to joining Brandhaus, Christina served as the public relations specialist and was acting marketing director for St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco. Before that she worked at The Polyclinic in Seattle as a communications specialist where she partnered with physicians to develop strategic marketing plans to grow patient volume. Christina started her career at Ogilvy Public Relations in Washington, D.C. She played a key role on The Heart Truth campaign.

Brent Baker

Senior Art Director

As a creative professional for more than 14 years, Brent Baker brings a confident approach to creativity, design and brand strategy. He has a passion for helping clients turn ideas into actionable and measurable communications. He has been involved with brands such as Coca Cola, Covergirl, ABC and Spear Education.

Additionally, Brent has been recognized nationally in publications such as HOW and Print.

In his spare time, not only does Brent enjoy sharpening his fine art skills by sketching, studying art and painting, he also can be found endurance cycling for charity events as well as working on obtaining his private pilot’s certificate.

Brent graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Design Communication.

Jason Wilson

Jason Wilson

User Experience Developer

Jason has been a Front-End Developer and Web Designer in the industry for over 18 years. Orignally a native from Texas, and currently a resident in North Scottsdale, Arizona, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Game Design from Collins College. He has worked with a number of clients, including IBM, Microchip, Crocs, Primavera, Jetset Magazine, Coyotes NHL, Nicole Richie, Kellogs, Blue Global Media, Checker Auto Parts, Microsoft, Hitachi, and Swift Transportation.

He is someone who is passionate about designing and expressing his creative talents in an online environment. He offers a versatile range of framework design, web design and web development. Jason also enjoys riding his Ducati Panigale 899, a work of art in itself.

Billy Cao

Technology Developer

A southern California native and hardcore tech geek, Billy Cao moved north to Santa Cruz, CA in pursuit of a computer engineering degree from the University of California. Upon graduation, Billy resided in the Bay Area for several more years and worked on the security and licensing team for a leading software tools company (Borland Software, CodeGear Software and Embarcadero Technologies). In 2009, mostly governed by whim, Billy moved to sunny Las Vegas. There he held lead developer positions for the two major Vegas casinos – MGM International and Caesars Entertainment. At these positions, he developed enterprise solutions that included mlife.com, rating and loyalty applications, messaging applications and complex event processing applications to provide intelligent real-time marketing.

After a few more years in casino IT, he joined a military healthcare research team at Eleu Pacific Partners in Maui. While holding the position of lead developer on a research team for the DoD and VA, his projects included developing prototypes and advising businesses on best practices and approaches to migrating and integrating legacy health care systems.

At that time, Billy founded Caoabunga Inc., an independent software consultant company that provides mobile and web application solutions. His background includes various technologies such as Java, Scala, Ruby on Rails, Tibco BusinessWorks, BusinessEvents, .Net and Objective-C. He also enjoys snorkeling.

Ken Lamug

Ken Lamug

Digital Media Developer

Kenneth Kit Lamug was born in Manila, Philippines and moved to Las Vegas in 1996. As Digital Media Developer for Brandhaus, his ability to combine his technological and creative skills has been a great asset to our clients. Ken graduated from Systems Plus Computer Institute with a background in software design and computer programming. At Crescent Technologies he learned Computer Aided Drafting.

Ken is co-founder of Wild Dog Films, an independent film company that produced two feature length movies as well as various short films and commercials. He also co-founded JustDrift, a motorsports promotion group that holds hundreds of race events throughout the country. Ken takes pride in immersing himself in the creative and technical aspects of every project. He believes ultimate creativity comes in the ability of making a connection with the audience, whether it’s through a click of a mouse or through story telling.

During his free time, Ken enjoys documentary photography, writing and illustrating. Several of his pieces have been showcased in galleries in Las Vegas, Hong Kong, Los Angeles as well as featured on National Public Radio. He is also part of the Society of Children Book Writers & Illustrators and is currently completing several books. Ken lives in Las Vegas with his wife Sophie and two sons, Shawn and Nikko.

Katie Nush

Katie Nush

Senior Designer

Katie is a creative designer and illustrator with eight years of industry experience. She is an East Coast girl at heart who grew up in Pennsylvania where she received her BFA in Communication Design from Kutztown University.

In 2010, she flew the coop and ventured to Southern California where she worked with national brands such as Petco, HD Supply, and The Union-Tribune. Katie has a background in digital, print, production, illustration, and art direction. Throughout her career, she has consistently demonstrated an eagerness to learn and loves thinking outside of the box to create new brand experiences.

Aside from design, Katie loves drawing, being a mom (human and fur), daydreaming about traveling to far away places, and continues to stay hopeful that Wawa will one day move out West!

Kimberly Church

Kimberly Church

Senior Designer

Kimberly Church brings a fresh, new creative perspective to the Brandhaus team. She pours herself into each project she works on, ensuring each client receives a polished product. Kimberly’s interest in design began years ago when she found herself wondering what made some design solutions successful and others less successful. This curiosity led her to study graphic design. She obtained her Bachelors Degree from Southern Utah University, where she graduated at the top of her class. Kimberly continually strives to increase her knowledge so she can improve the effectiveness of her design choices.

Aside from graphic design, Kimberly enjoys sewing, reading, baking and spending time with family.

Erika Mackley

Erika Mackley

Senior Designer

Erika Mackley aspires to create work that encompasses a visually pleasing aesthetic that communicates and attracts an audience, while understanding the consistency of a brand. Erika discovered her passion for art and design while serving as Student Life editor of The Juliet, her high school’s yearbook publication. In 2009, the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association awarded Erika for her innovative spread designs.

Erika honed her skills as an artist and designer at Eastern Michigan University, where she received a BFA in graphic design. Inspired by color theory, pattern, intricate illustration, hand drawn lettering, clean typography, conceptual design and technology, Erika’s continual interest and enthusiasm for all things design cannot go unnoticed.

Buddy Love

Buddy Love

BRANDHAUS Mascot

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