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Advertising and marketing agency announces new hires.

Austin-based advertising and marketing agency, SicolaMartin, has added to its expertise with recent hires in the areas of account service, business development, creative, digital strategy and media.

Jason McQueen has been hired as Director of Media Services. McQueen joins SicolaMartin after spending three years as Vice President, Media Director of Virilion—where he helped clients leverage new media technologies to reach their desired audiences.

Aaron Orner has been hired as Director of Digital Strategy. Prior to joining SicolaMartin, Orner was an independent online marketing consultant, helping companies improve their online marketing communications. Before his consulting role, Orner acted as Chief Creative Officer and CEO of Orner, Sproat, Zimmerman.

Nik Bristow has been hired as Sr. Copywriter. A graduate of the Portfolio Center, Bristow spent the last eight years working in Atlanta at the Austin Kelley and Fitzgerald+Co agencies on clients such as Coca-Cola, Six Flags, TVA, RaceTrac and Bio Willie, to name a few. He has also blogged for AutoBlog Green.

Andrea Ehringer joins the account service department as Senior Account Manager on the AMD, CoreLogic and St. David’s HealthCare accounts. Prior to joining SicolaMartin, Ehringer was at Raymond James Financial in St. Petersburg, Florida where she worked in the marketing department as an account manager.

Crystal Cook has been hired as Executive Assistant to the President, helping with business development. Prior to her new role within SicolaMartin, Cook worked in account service on the AMD, CoreLogic, Dell, Intertek and St. David’s HealthCare accounts.

Sonia Chaphekar joins the account service department as Account Manager on the Dell account. Prior to joining SicolaMartin, Chaphekar was at Sanders\Wingo for three years, working on the AT&T account. An Austin native, Chaphekar is a graduate of Texas State University.

Freddie Munoz joins the media department as Media Manager. A graduate of Cal State Fullerton, Munoz spent four years as a media planner with MindShare on the Land Rover account prior to joining the SicolaMartin team.

Jeremy Ballard joins the media department as Media and Traffic Coordinator. Prior to joining the SicolaMartin team, Ballard worked in the operations department of LibreDigital, an Austin-based digital publisher. A Dallas native, Ballard has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Texas State University.

Flip Villela has been hired as Assistant Art Director on the Dell and McLane accounts. A Dallas native, Villela has a degree in studio art from the University of Texas and studied graphic design at Austin Community College.

Dave Johannes joins the interactive department as Junior Developer. Previously a designer/developer for the Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services group at the University of Texas, Johannes launched several new sites for departments on campus.

Stella Alvarez joins the account service department as Assistant Account Manager on the Dell and Sybase accounts. An advertising graduate of the University of Texas, Alvarez comes to us from Univision Radio Austin, where she was the National Account Coordinator.

Lastly, Kim Baze joins the account service department as Assistant Account Manager on the AMD, CoreLogic and St. David’s HealthCare accounts. A graduate of Texas State University with a degree in advertising, Baze began her career at Motion Computing before finding her way to SicolaMartin.

About SicolaMartin
Austin, Texas-based SicolaMartin is an advertising and marketing agency that turns marketing complexities into compelling ideas. For more than 20 years, the agency has created powerful connections between brands and their customers in industries such as enterprise technology, consumer electronics, managed services, healthcare, telecom and supply chain management and logistics. Industry leaders, including AMD, CoreLogic, Dell, McLane and Sybase have relied on SicolaMartin for innovative marketing solutions. The agency is a wholly owned subsidiary of Young & Rubicam Brands. For more information, visit

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