Kyle successfully held leadership positions at the region’s top advertising agencies before founding Blakely + Company in 2001. Kyle’s expertise is in business management, strategic planning, creative concepting, copywriting and account management.
Marco brings more than 25 years of marketing communications experience to the Blakely team. After running his own business and working in large- and mid-sized advertising agencies, he brings wisdom, perspective and a highly inventive creative approach that profoundly impacts our clients’ success.
Kimberly Way brings nearly three decades of industry experience to Blakely as head of our Media Department. Having worked in Dallas, Austin, San Francisco and over 15 years in Colorado Springs, Kimberly specializes in research, integrated marketing, data analysis, buying digital and traditional media and market targeting/segmentation.
Account & Media Manager
Mary Barker joined Blakely in March 2016 as an Account and Media Manager. She came to us from Anchorage, Alaska where she worked with an advertising agency specializing in social and behavioral change. Previously, she worked in healthcare marketing in the Pikes Peak region. At Blakely, she works as an account manager and also supports our Media Director with planning, buying and reporting.
Kelsey Bedore joined Blakely + Company, bringing more than eight years of account service and marketing experience to the team. She specializes in initiating and managing strategic planning and campaign development for integrated projects—including online media campaigns, website development and lifecycle programs—to ensure maximum ROI for our clients.
Rita worked with the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Development Center before joining the Blakely + Company team. She keeps our agency running smoothly by trafficking dozens of jobs each day and handling the production of our print collateral and other creative.
As part of our Media Department at Blakely, Jennifer Ridler provides strategic media recommendations based on objectives, planning parameters and key audiences, as well as negotiating for media space in newspaper, broadcast, out-of-home and digital media to provide the best value and ROI for our clients.
As part of our Media Department, Dolly Ciccarelli, Media Support, helps in the media department with all aspects of the media planning and buying process. She has been a media buyer and planner for a variety of local and global agencies servicing many types of clients and came out of retirement to embrace the work hard, play hard culture at Blakely + Company.
Director of Communications
Michele brings more than 15 years of experience with public relations and communication strategy in a broad spectrum of industries, including non-profit, healthcare, government and military. She came to Blakely + Company from U.S. Air Force Space Command in Colorado Springs, where she was Deputy Chief of Community Engagement and in charge of social media planning, strategy and implementation for an audience of more than 180,000 national and international social followers. Michele helps navigate public relations strategy and implementation, crisis communications, media relations and training, and social media strategy so that our clients achieve the best possible brand reputation on social and news media, online, and in the community.
Tyler Noe, Digital Director, has over 10 years of experience in the digital marketing world. In Colorado Springs for almost 4 years, he has a heavy focus on helping local and national businesses succeed online. With a trail of positive results and outcomes for clients’ digital campaigns, he loves to focus on open communication with clients to provide easy-to-read reporting and track goals to display a positive ROI. His background is in search engine optimization, search engine marketing, social media management, social media advertising, and strategic digital planning.
As our Digital Specialist, Cody Hansen provides top search engine optimization and search engine marketing services to our clients on both local and national levels. Before starting at Blakely + Company, he worked at Page Canvas, where he was in charge of planning, creating and launching digital campaigns. His experience in the digital world helps our clients achieve maximum ROI.
After growing up in Saudi Arabia, MJ MacDonald moved to Colorado to earn a Bachelor of Science in Communications from CU-Boulder. Most recently, she was an intern at AspenPointe, handling public relations. At Blakely, she energetically creates social media content and assists in account service for our clients.
Mike approaches his craft with laser-like focus. While he’s involved with all aspects of design and production, his greatest love is web design. He’s involved in web strategy, creative concepting, architecture, design and programming.
Shannon Sobota brings a cross-functional understanding of marketing, technical skills, design aesthetic, psychology and research along with creativity to her work at Blakely + Company. She has four years of design, photography and advertising experience working with a variety of local and national clients in the non-profit, tourism and hearing-aid industries.