What’s the story?

Born from the mind of an ad-industry vet. Forged in the fires of the Valley of the Sun. In a decade we’ve grown from a small creative studio to a full-service advertising agency serving everything from local to international clients.

We believe that the best work occurs when big ideas are guided by well informed tactics. Where creativity and strategy meet to shake hands. It’s the art and science of effectively delivering reasons for audiences to believe in your brand.

And it’s what we do best.

What makes Bigfish different?

Genuine Passion

We get excited, like really excited, about what we do every day. The risk taking, the wearing of multiple hats, and especially pushing one another to be better than who we were the day before. Who sets the example? Everyone.

Bold Authenticity

Fearlessness when it comes to expressing diverse perspectives? That would be us. We’re confident, accountable, and transparent. Our strong client relationships are based on keeping it real, and getting real results.

Inspired Creativity

We can play inside the box, but we prefer to frolic outside it or completely ignore it. We look at problems from all sides and solve them with a balance of art and science. Our little open secret: we do it better than anyone else.

Sebastian Campos-Alvarez Motion Graphics Designer

Sebastian Campos-Alvarez

Motion Graphics Designer

Sebastian Campos-Alvarez

Motion Graphics Designer

Sebastian is tuned into everything digital, from audacious tech start-ups to trending apps and gadgets and the latest in design philosophy. He collaborates with the rest of the creative team to craft visually stunning work that seamlessly augments and integrates with client marketing strategies.

Nickname

TheCbass, Sebas, Cbass

Favorite Word

Opossum

Bucket List

Climb Mount Fuji

Guilty Pleasure

Burnt cheese

Perfect Meal

Fettuccini Chicken Alfredo

Favorite Sound

Cracking knuckles

Megan Mitchell Media Planner/Buyer

Megan Mitchell

Media Planner/Buyer

Megan Mitchell

Media Planner/Buyer

A native to sunny Phoenix, Megan studied marketing at the University of Arizona. Megan joins Bigfish with experience in media planning and sales, as well as being Analytics, AdWords, Tag Manager and DoubleClick certified. She also has experience buying and planning both traditional and digital media. When she’s not in the office, Megan enjoys spending time with friends and family, enjoying local concerts and the occasional Netflix binge. As a retired swimmer, Megan loves to stay active by running on the canals or attending Pilates classes.

Nickname

Mitch

Can't Live Without

My car's rearview camera

Guilty Pleasure

Mozzarella sticks

Pet Peeve

Colored highlighters

Irrational Fear

The wind

Rock Star Alias

Morten Gretchen Weiners

Candace Choi Designer

Candace Choi

Designer

Candace Choi

Designer

Born and raised in sunny Arizona, Candace Choi is an ASU alumni and Visual Communication graduate. With a specialty in visual design, more specifically digital and web design, she creates an intentional, clear, and seamless user experience for clients through expertise and collaboration. A virtual jack of all trades, Candace brings a product design focus into web projects, elevating the digital experience and focusing on attention to detail through motion design. Indulging in her creative side, she loves reading, photography, and hiking in her free time, and is constantly keeping up to date on the latest design, UX, and UI trends and tools.

Bucket List Item

Visit Japan

Fancy Drink of Choice

Moscow Mule

Can't Live Without

Chapstick

Favorite Time of Day

Morning

Guilty Pleasure

Staying up too late

Spirit Vegetable

Pumpkin

Amber Chutich Web Developer

Amber Chutich

Web Developer

Amber Chutich

Web Developer

Amber bundles a decade of industry experience in development, graphic design and SEO into a sizable punch. She develops and maintains both static websites and WordPress themes along with coding and implementing campaign assets such as landing pages and emails.

Nickname

Biz

Hidden Talent

Human car alarm

Dream Vacation

Mediterranean Cruise

Favorite Time of Day

Happy Hour

Irrational Fear

Sharks in the pool

Starbucks Order

Iced Vanilla Latte

Melissa Berkey Senior Designer

Melissa Berkey

Senior Designer

Melissa Berkey

Senior Designer

Melissa combines her expert design skills, leadership and boundless creativity to craft campaigns that stand out among the pack. Print, web, video and beyond—this Bigfish veteran’s resume features over twelve years of experience crafting inspiring, purposeful visual solutions for all kinds of brands.

Happy Place

Cannon Beach, Oregon

Bucket List

Hike Machu Pichu

Irrational Fear

Clowns

Can't Live Without

Tortillas

Fancy Drink

St. Germain martini with a twist

Favorite Word

Cypress

Jamie Williams Business Manager

Jamie Williams

Business Manager

Jamie Williams

Business Manager

Jamie is the true puppet master behind the scenes at Bigfish. She keeps the train on the rails when it comes to budgeting, despite a concerted effort from the rest of Bigfish and clients at continuous derailment. Balance sheets, keeping the office stocked and supplied and handling the integration of new business is her daily grind. Also, she cuts the paychecks.

Dream Vacation

Wales & Scotland

In Ten Years

I'll be living on a mountain in a Silver Stream

Guilty Pleasure

Culver's Concrete Mixers

Hidden Talent

Bungee Jumping

Favorite Conspiracy

JFK

Most Hated Food

Broccoli

Kiahna Chutich Receptionist

Kiahna Chutich

Receptionist

Kiahna Chutich

Receptionist

Continually keyed in to the comings and goings of the Bigfish office. Empathically attuned to the waxing and waning of the Bigfish team’s astrological calendar. Kiahna helps ensure that the office is running smoothly while making sure our inner zodiac signs are being satisfied. Socially speaking, she’d prefer quiet time alone with cinematic horror, a visit to an art gallery or museum, or perhaps an outdoor setting featuring flora and fauna.

Happy Place

Studio City, Los Angeles

Karaoke Song

"Rebel Rebel"

Most Used Emoji

Bucket List

Toboggan down the Great Wall of China

Can't Live Without

Coffee

Zodiac Sign

Leo

Kathryn Jarosz Director, Accounts + Brand Strategy

Kathryn Jarosz

Director, Accounts + Brand Strategy

Kathryn Jarosz

Director, Accounts + Brand Strategy

Kathryn’s expertise in account management and brand strategy is rooted in her work for Bigfish overseeing multiple integrated marketing campaigns, hands-on resource management, fueling new business growth and developing tactical branding strategies for clients. A true collaborator, Kathryn brings an infectious positivity and enthusiasm to every project she oversees.

Hidden Talent

Épée fencing

Perfect Meal

Pie. Pie is the meal. Any kind.

Want to learn

How to do a proper cartwheel

Last Book Read

Llama Llama Red Pajama

Beer of Choice

Papago Orange Blossom

Pet Peeve

People who leave car blinker on too long

Jenna Handley Account Manager

Jenna Handley

Account Manager

Jenna Handley

Account Manager

Jenna’s background as a writer, editor and project coordinator play in to the excellent communication and organizational skills she uses on a day-to-day basis at Bigfish, composing statements of work, maintaining production timelines and ensuring deadlines are met in a timely manner with the utmost degree of quality.

Perfect Meal

All-you-can-eat crab legs

Pet Peeve

The Oxford Comma

Favorite Conspiracy

Dyatlov Pass

Rock Star Alias

Calle Redonda Deeby (don't have a pet, Deeby is my robot vacuum)

Last Book Read

The Journals of Lewis & Clark

Most Used Emoji

Eye Roll Emoji

Sean Layton Copywriter

Sean Layton

Copywriter

Sean Layton

Copywriter

Although born in the United Kingdom, Sean moved to Arizona when he was ten-years-old and eventually attended Arizona State University to study English, history, and creative writing. Previously an instructional designer, Sean’s sharp, creative eye and love of fiction has produced three feature-length scripts as well as many happy Bigfish clients. While reading and writing may be his first loves, Sean enjoys going to the movies and watching sports on the weekend.

Nicknames

Rivers, Ace, The Mangler

Life Goal

Publish a novel

Pet Peeve

Omission of the Oxford comma

Favorite word

Neorxenawang

Happy Place

Merseyside, England

Irrational Fear

Polar bear attack

Alyssa Anduiza Senior Designer

Alyssa Anduiza

Senior Designer

Alyssa Anduiza

Senior Designer

Alyssa received her Bachelor’s degree in Design | Media Arts from UCLA. She originally came to Bigfish as a developer, but has now happily settled down as part of the design team, where she uses her coding background to specialize in digital and web design. She is also passionate about creating strong visual identities for brands. When she’s not in front of the computer screen, she loves photography, hiking, and traveling.

Dream Vacation

The Alps or Scandinavia

Favorite Sound

A river

Most Used Emoji

Sparkles Emoji

Guilty Pleasure

Ice cream

Bad Habit

Not making my bed

Irrational Fear

Bears

Joleen Jansen Director, Marketing + Operations

Joleen Jansen

Director, Marketing + Operations

Joleen Jansen

Director, Marketing + Operations

Joleen locks down the big picture, then sweats the details, including the creative parts. A great listener, tactician, enforcer, and cheerleader, she makes sure that whatever happens, happens for a reason. As Director of Marketing & Operations, Joleen plays a key role working with our clients at the beginning of an engagement to confirm goals and strategies and then oversees execution of that effort across the various agency teams.

I'd Like to Learn

Something new every day

Favorite Day of the Week

Thursday

Bad Habit

Sleeping in

On Weekends I

Play (very competitive) co-ed, indoor soccer

Happy Place

My driveway

Alter Ego

Cave Creek Cowgirl

Joe Pizzimenti Principal

Joe Pizzimenti

Principal

Joe Pizzimenti

Principal

Joe is an expert in aligning world-class creative vision with top-line focused business strategy to deliver results. He rolls with the punches, outthinks and outhustles the whole industry, looks out for the team he’s responsible for, and still loves every minute of it. Joe carries over two decades of executive experience in the advertising and marketing world and is a proud graduate of Arizona State University.

Nicknames

Larry, Rich

Bucket List

Hole-in-one

Favorite Word

Partner

Favorite Sound

Sizzle of ribeye on a flaming hot grill

Dream Car

Silver Porsche 550 Spyder

Would Like to Learn

Kung Fu

Sam Machado Account Manager

Sam Machado

Account Manager

Sam Machado

Account Manager

A California native raised in the Valley of the Sun, Sam’s back for her second round in the desert after spending six years doing post-production for commercials in L.A. Her passion for the hustle and grind of advertising makes her a powerhouse account manager who goes above and beyond to make our clients’ visions come to life. When she’s not in the office, you can probably find her sipping fancy wine, trying a new restaurant or going for a bike ride.

Spirit Animal

Golden Retriever

Favorite Beer

Big Blue Van

Most Hated Food

Ranch Dressing

Favorite Band

Fleetwood Mac

Guilty Pleasure

Bravo TV

Can't Live Without

Chapstick

Alex Giroux Account Manager

Alex Giroux

Account Manager

Alex Giroux

Account Manager

Certified in both Google Analytics and Hubspot Inbound Marketing, Alex brings a passion and enthusiasm to internal agency marketing efforts. Highly organized and highly energized, Alex has years of experience managing social media, staying up to date on marketing trends, enhancing business to customer relationships, planning events and managing operations.

Hidden Talent

Writing jazz pop on the piano

Happy Place

My bathtub with a glass of wine

Most Used Emoji

Yay Emoji

Favorite Conspiracy

Aliens built the pyramids

Starbucks Order

London Fog or Bantam Bagels

Hero

Sophia Amoruso

John D’Agostino Web Developer

John D’Agostino

Web Developer

John D’Agostino

Web Developer

Hailing from the windy city of Chicago, Illinois, John studied communication at the University of Illinois and shortly after got his Web Development certification from DevMountain. While web development and coding is his professional specialty, it’s not the only thing John brings to the Bigfish team. An avid musician, John spends his free time singing in his band, A.P.S and is a self-proclaimed James Bond expert. (Really, you can ask him anything!)

Guilty Pleasure

B-movies & Taco Bell

Happy Place

The gym… just kidding, Taco Bell

Dream Vacation

Greece

My Karaoke Song

Any James Bond song ("Die Another Day" preferably)

Favorite Word

Kenosha

Favorite Fictional Person

Groucho Marx

Mike Passalacqua Senior Copywriter

Mike Passalacqua

Senior Copywriter

Mike Passalacqua

Senior Copywriter

Mike’s strength as a writer and strategist lies in his ability to boil messaging down to easily digestible, yet compelling installments. In more than a decade of creating awareness, and shifting perceptions, Mike has worked with brands in verticals such as healthcare, technology, education, property development and construction, non-profits, and state services amongst others.

Nicknames

Lenny, Leon, Leonard, Boffo the Clown

Happy Place

Madrid

Favorite Color

Off white

Favorite Sound

Carolina Wren

Favorite Word

Khaki

Least Favorite Word

Rewrite

Jadyn Fedrick Digital Project Manager

Jadyn Fedrick

Digital Project Manager

Jadyn Fedrick

Digital Project Manager

Jadyn joins the Bigfish team with a cultivated background in both digital and traditional project management. After beginning her career as a strategy intern and quickly moving to Account Coordinator, she now oversees the scope and development of digital marketing projects, website builds, and creative marketing endeavors, working to ensure the client’s goals are met and expectations are exceeded. Although she grew up in Michigan, Jadyn is an Arizona native, and spends her free time taking advantage of the beautiful weather by hiking, fishing, hunting, and camping – whatever keeps her outdoors and under the blue skies!

Happy Place

Anywhere outdoors

Most Used Emoji

Red Pepper Emoji

I'd Like to Learn

Spanish

Starbucks Order

Matcha Tea with Almond Milk

Guilty Pleasure

Sweets

Zodiac Sign

Gemini

Katie Fleming Jr. Account Manager

Katie Fleming

Jr. Account Manager

Katie Fleming

Jr. Account Manager

Although born and raised in Arizona, Katie moved to Seattle where she studied marketing before moving back home to pursue her career in marketing and branding. Katie brings an innovative spirit and passion for creating imaginative brands to the team, as well as whole lot of customer service experience. When she’s not in the office, she’s traveling, hiking, running, and exploring the Valley’s newest foodie spots.

Bucket List Item

Raft down the Colorado River

Perfect Meal

Enchiladas, tacos, chips & salsa

Irrational Fear

Bananas

Favorite Time of Day

Lunchtime

Least Favorite Word

Moist

Favorite Beer

Scottsdale Blonde

Dennis T. Elder Director, Digital Technology

Dennis T. Elder

Director, Digital Technology

Dennis T. Elder

Director, Digital Technology

Always a big picture thinker, Dennis is well versed in the high-level phases of project lifecycles and handily executes deliverables while delegating tasks on a day to day basis. With 9+ years of website development under his belt, Dennis brings experience, a keen eye and a competitive passion for problem solving to the table. Dennis has a strong knowledge of HTML/CSS/jQuery, custom WordPress development, Angular4+ web applications, and conversational interfaces such as chatbots.

Ryan Carr Associate Director, Design

Ryan Carr

Associate Director, Design

Ryan Carr

Associate Director, Design

Ryan’s experience crafting exceptionally communicative and thoughtful designs for clients comprises two decades. At Bigfish, he plays a leading role in collaborating with the design team to create concepts, layouts and final proofs for clients. Ryan brings an incredibly fine-tuned instinct for design and marketing to each and every piece of work he presents.

Life Theme Song

"Life's Been Good" - Joe Walsh

Beer of Choice

Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin

Pet Peeve

Toilet paper hung backwards

Guilty Pleasure

Oreos

Happy Place

Any beach

Least Favorite Word

Staycation

Kevin Cornwell Director, Design

Kevin Cornwell

Director, Design

Kevin Cornwell

Director, Design

With his unparalleled inventiveness, Kevin is the creative heart of Bigfish, guiding our campaigns with a skillful hand and expert vision. His experience in directing creative and design encompasses almost two decades, and while he would knock it out of the park in a big city agency—don’t get any ideas, New York, Chicago, or L.A.—he’s not going anywhere.

Bucket List

Race the Baja 500 or 1000

Spirit Animal

Tiger

Beer of Choice

805

Life Theme Song

"Story of My Life" - Social Distortion

Favorite Sound

A 250cc two stroke

Dream Car

Trophy Truck

Ron Pearl Sr. Web Developer

Ron Pearl

Sr. Web Developer

Ron Pearl

Sr. Web Developer

A skilled and well-rounded web developer, Ron brings both large and small-scale web application experience to the Bigfish team. With a background in both Computer Science and Programming, Ron has worked in graphic design, UI/UX, JavaScript development, and CMS development, focusing on open source application and front-end JavaScript. When he’s not building high performance websites, he’s spending time with his 4-year-old and finding spare time to enjoy his favorite hobbies like golf, snowboarding, and bowling.

Hidden Talent

Bowler Extraordinaire

Spirit Animal

Meerkat

Perfect Meal

All-you-can-eat crab legs

Favorite Beer

Firestone, Union Jack

Dream Car

1969 Pontiac GTO Judge

My Karaoke Song

"Ice, Ice Baby"

Celina Jimenez Copywriter

Celina Jimenez

Copywriter

Celina Jimenez

Copywriter

When it comes to writing, Celina is somewhat of a renaissance woman. She’s dabbled in a little bit of everything, from breaking news journalism to short stories to corporate copywriting to poetry. Wherever there’s a great story to be told, she wants to be there. Armed with an extra toolkit of SEO knowledge, journalistic skills and digital marketing expertise, she loves collaborating with her Bigfish team to get to the heart of a client’s story and share it in fun, innovative ways. When she’s not playing around with words, she likes practicing yoga, trying new foods, dancing or hanging out by the pool.

Favorite Meme

Shaq Dancing

Alter Ego

Iconic Pop Star

Conspiracy

We’re living in a simulation

Zodiac Sign

Virgo

Meal of choice

Full-course authentic Italian meal

Hero

Selena Quintanilla

"You should be fired!" "...Thanks, mom."

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