Meet Our Team

We live, breathe, and sleep marketing.

We love to learn, so we’re always studying the latest marketing trends, tools, techniques, and technologies. We sift through marketing fads to bring our clients the best technical and creative strategies to complement their business marketing initiatives. We’re a tight-knit group of highly experienced, inventive-thinking, content-focused marketers who provide measurable results for their customers.

Robert Wendt

Robert Wendt

President

Robert’s entrepreneurial spirit began at age 12 with a successful paper route. Who could have guessed that 25 years after hand-delivering individual copies of the Milwaukee Journal, he’d own and operate a tech-based business that uses the latest in digital marketing applications to reach multiple client lists – in an instant?

Johnathan Crawford

Johnathan Crawford

Director of Marketing / Troublemaker

When Johnathan was 16, he got busted by the FCC for operating a pirate FM radio station from his basement. So began his life “coloring outside the lines.” Johnathan has always enjoyed creating charts on his Mac to present data that tells a bigger story. His love of technology led him into radio and then database/web marketing.

Tina Deprez

Tina Deprez

Client Services Director

Back when Al Gore invented the Internet, little did we know that Tina Deprez was by his side, coaching him about how it should work. Ok, that’s a little over the top, but it is close to the truth. Tina is Cultivate’s Director of Client Services and besides being able to juggle numerous integrated marketing projects at the same time, she can simultaneously land four Jumbo jets safely at O’Hare airport. With over 15 years of being in the integrated digital marketing space, Tina is a key component in our client’s success. Tina helps take the mystery out of marketing.

Phil Friso

Phil Friso

Creative Director

In high school, Phil was on the business track. So how did he enter college as an accounting major and leave a graphic design professional? Oddly enough, he credits a 90s sitcom: A character’s major in Art History piqued his interest and put him on the path to graphic design, where Phil found his true passion.

Chuck Frey

Chuck Frey

Director of Content Marketing

When Chuck got a bachelor’s degree in journalism in the early 1980s, little did he realize that his reporter’s instincts would be ideally aligned with today’s content-driven world. His career has been focused on B2B public relations plus over 20 years in digital marketing. His relentless curiosity has led him into areas as diverse as content strategy and marketing, web entrepreneurship, innovation, and creative thinking and problem solving. His mantra? Ask smarter questions!

Mark Ricco

Mark Ricco

Web Developer/Tech Geek

Mark is an advanced computer and technical solutions architect. Eager to help clients see their visions become realities, Mark is always available for interesting problems to solve — from digital art and programming issues to teaching his clients about web-based technologies. As Mark states, “Limitations are not welcome!”

Don Brengosz

Don Brengosz

IT & Network Administrator

With expertise in network administration, Don ensures our technology infrastructure is secure and maintained at all times. His proficiency in database management, Adobe Creative Cloud, Dynastrip, and Pitstop helps us get all our client pre-press jobs buttoned up and ready for print, mail merges, and more.

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