CVR or Caldwell VanRiper. Whatever you call us, you know us as a full-service agency in the heart of Indiana that delivers the ideas that move people to action, sell product and change perceptions. And we’ve been doing it for more than a century. Funny how when you do things right, you get to keep doing them. So if you want to know what we’ve been up to and why, you’re in the right place.
There’s no I in team, or in CVR. We believe in working together and sharing responsibility, accolades and a couple of cold drinks. Together, we dig in until the work is not only done right, but done well. For us, doing great work and having a good time go hand in hand.
It’s funny how often Adam seems to be in the right place at the right time. But don’t be misled, it’s no coincidence. If you saw how Adam got to that place, you’d know how hard work, preparation and attention to detail can create what some people call luck. Maybe he is fortunate. Maybe his parents instilled a Midwestern work ethic, and he actually values the opinions of others. Maybe he grew up in a time where others wait for the game to come to them while he chases it down. We don’t really care. We’re just happy he’s on our side, making things happen for our clients. You will be too. And if you want, you can call it luck, but we all know better.
There are those who wait for things to happen and those who make things happen. Adam is not waiting around. He hits the ground running and keeps running. Whether it’s innovative ideas or just making sure the details get sweated, Adam wants it done right. And preferably right now. He’s not pushy, just driven. The old guys around here call it moxie. The older guys call it gumption.
No matter what you call it, Adam’s abilities have taken him a long way about 30 miles north from his boyhood home, just south of the south side. We expect a lot more from “Kappy”… you can too.
At the tender age of two, Amy flew across the pond with her family to bring a little culture to the Midwest. Born in Manchester, UK, Amy has visited more countries than states in the Union. As a hip millennial, she has Snap Chatted more than she has written in cursive and that’s what we like about her. After interning here and graduating with a marketing degree from Butler University, Amy has brought her worldly approach to strategic communications back to CVR. A self-proclaimed “confectionary snob” and certified smart chick, Amy brings a bright enthusiasm and universal appeal to the social team.
In the fast-paced, unpredictable world of advertising, keeping your cool is absolutely imperative. Lucky for you, Bess Browning is a master cool girl. Whether she’s managing client strategy, executing national media buys or measuring and maintaining conversion performance, she’ll stay calm and collected through it all to deliver maximum return on investment. She’ll probably even keep her smile. Outside of the office, Bess can be found walking her dog Bogie (named after the one and only Humphrey Bogart) or spread out on her living room floor crafting…that’s right, even a member of our media department knows her way around an X-ACTO knife.
Brandon has a different way of looking at things. Some call it a gift, but we just call it “perspective.” He analyzes every angle, capturing unique moments needed to tell the story. Don’t let his boyish charms fool you, Brandon draws from the wealth of amateur and professional filming experience he’s garnered during his time at Indiana University, his volunteer work with the Indy Indie Film Fest and shoots on projects for groups like the Conrad Hilton’s Long-Sharpe Gallery and UIndy. From Brandon’s perspective there is always a compelling, smart and beautiful way to tell the story – let him help you tell yours.
Brian is what we like to call a finisher. He’s one of those guys that gets buried in piles of work … and digs his way out. Impossible deadlines? He won’t lose any sleep. No budget? He’ll figure it out. Never been done? Never been done yet. Brian solves problems with hard work and elbow grease. Just like those guys back in the day. During his career, Brian’s been on the both sides of the business, design and production. He also likes different kinds of music, from bluegrass to rap.
Ask Cari what she does and she’ll say, “A little bit of everything.” Ask us what Cari does and we’ll say, “Makes a big difference.” Not only that, Cari makes what we do possible. From helping balance the books to making clients in the office feel welcome, Cari is always doing something that matters. But it’s not just what she does, it how she does it. For Cari, it all comes down to treating people the way you want to be treated. And even though that’s not a new idea, it works around here. Cari has recently taken up sailing and can often be found offshore with her husband on the family sailboat.
ESPN meets C-SPAN. Chris Watts is a sports fan and a policy wonk, comfortable running a 5K or helping a candidate run for office. He’s also an advocate who gets passionate about issues and ideas – good news if you’re his client.
Chris has spent much of his career in government and economic development, building relationships with opinion-makers in the corporate world, higher education and the public sector. He even spent a few years working at CVR, earning kudos from clients and a gaudy winning percentage in Nerf basketball. The Nerf hoop was lost in the agency’s move to Chase Tower, but Chris found his way back.
Doug Lewis is a transplant from Normal, IL, which is interesting because there’s nothing normal about his work ethic. Dedicated to delivering the best service, done right, for his accounts and working just as diligently to support his team, Doug brings his expertise to CVR from St. Louis, where he worked on accounts like AT&T and Edward Jones – navigating the tricky waters of B2B and B2C marketing in a fast-paced environment. We talk a lot about boomerangs at CVR, and Doug is an Indianapolis boomerang. He and his wife went to Butler and are rabid Bulldog fans. An avid runner, hiking enthusiast and pet lover, Doug is driven to deliver by deadline, exceed expectations and pursue excellence in a manner that’s anything but normal.
People say you can’t come home again. Dustin is out to prove them wrong. After 15 years spent far south of I-70, Dustin returns to Indianapolis with an unmatched talent for helping brands navigate today’s complicated social spaces. His diverse background allows him to think holistically to create better content and deepen consumer engagement for clients. He’s been known to speak in 140 characters and is a self-proclaimed professional square shooter (that’s millennial speak for he takes a lot of Instagram photos).
If there’s a new way of communicating, Dustin is on it. And if there’s one thing he’s learned, it’s no longer just what you say, but where you say it. The second thing he’s learning is how to play the guitar. We’ll keep you posted.
To Eric, design isn’t just an art. It’s a recipe. Lucky for you, Eric knows exactly which ingredients to use and when. He knows that beautiful design is worthless without a clear message and strong strategy. Eric mixes the right combination of strategy and design to whip up something clean, engaging and impactful. Hats off to the chef. Eric’s appreciation for the right ingredients doesn’t stop when he leaves the office. We’ve heard he’s quite the chef and makes a mean fish taco. He’s also been known to appreciate the art of brewing. Mostly by trying any craft beer that comes his way.
While nothing is ever perfect, Erin does her best to get us close as possible. Erin cares. She cares about the user experience, the interface, the timeline, the budget, the strategy, the change orders and the best way to navigate the digital landscape from SEO to mobile apps to website redesigns. But what she cares about most is getting it right. She cut her teeth on brands like Dove, Mead and Sprint and that big-brand experience produces big-time results. From the sitemap to the punch list, Erin isn’t happy until the work is planned and the plan works.
Erin graduated from one of those Ivy League schools, so she’s smarter than us…but she doesn’t let on. And when she’s not making things better for online users, she’s making the world a little better as a foster parent.
Data drives Jan, pure and simple. Whether she’s interviewing the sales force, sifting through readership data or uncovering what makes your customer tick, Jan sheds new light on the brand and the buying process. Jan has lent her expertise in media, research and online marketing to a broad spectrum of brands that range from professional basketball to pathology.
But don’t just take our word for it: Ask her yourself. She promises she won’t track you.
For Jared, another day at the office is never just another day – it’s TODAY. He’s been big city, small town and everywhere in between. From billfolds to topfolds to things that are too big to fold, if you want something that makes a statement, he can deliver. Rumor has it he once convinced a client to stick the back end of an old VW van onto their lobby wall and stick a TV in it. And they did! And it was cool! With humble origins from the Southside of Indianapolis to city slicking in the American south, Jared has returned home and brought his talents with him to CVR.
We don’t just rely on our clients for our emotional well-being and professional reinforcement. Julie takes care of taking care of us. Plus, she’s the one who gets all the resumes first. Which makes her very important to you.
If you’d like to take your talents to Chase Tower, you know where to start.
No one can keep the office in order quite like Kara. A seasoned veteran at CVR, Kara has been keeping the billing straight for more than 30 years. She also makes sure the rest of the office stays up to date with time sheets and coordinates with vendors. Kara is that rare individual with both everyday professionalism and outstanding baking skills. For that we might be a little heavier, but we’re also a lot happier. On the weekends, Kara is a member of her church bell choir and enjoys spending time with her family.
Karen’s desk is where the rubber meets the road. She turns ideas into reality and concepts into executions. Somehow she brings it all together in a timely fashion, smartly balancing creative egos, client needs and the budget. Karen takes the “brutal” out of brutal deadlines and the “t” off the word can’t. From Beijing to Bloomington, she makes sure the work is done right…and ends up in the right place…and in the right language. Karen has been helping agencies produce outstanding work for more than 25 years, but some of her best work takes place on behalf of Special Olympics and Stephen Ministries.
Kathy’s career spans marketing, advertising, and brand development in both Chicago and Indianapolis, where she’s led creative teams and clients in producing effective integrated marketing campaigns and engaging content across all platforms – print, digital, email, social media, just to name a few. Kathy’s expertise ranges from QSR to retail, financial to building products, and she loves to jump head-first into projects that have hit a roadblock of some sort, bringing her strategic thinking and keen ability for removing obstacles to that project to keep things moving ahead, full steam. Kathy loves CVR so much that she’s called this place home on three separate occasions. When she’s not at her CVR home, though, you can find her chasing her two boys around, growing the most delicious tomatoes in all of Indiana, and collecting books and recruiting readers for her nonprofit for children, Another Chapter.
Stellar design drives Katie both in her work and her wardrobe. Katie brings her high energy spirit combined with many years of experience to work every day to create the fresh ideas you are looking for. We think Katie has a pretty good eye for design, but don’t take our word for it. Let her show you how she can help your next campaign.
When Katie isn’t at work, she is busy raising two children. Both at the office and at home she lives by the saying, give more and expect less.
Kelly Bohnenkamp knows her left from right, but what she doesn’t know about advertising she is learning around every corner as our newest intern. Born and raised in Anderson, IN, Kelly came to Indy to study at Herron School of Art at IUPUI and is looking forward to her May graduation. A painter and yoga enthusiast, in her spare time (of which she has none at the moment), Kelly is an artist and a thinker. Worried she wouldn’t be able to flex her artistic muscles for a career, she opted to favor her critical thinking skills and began college as a Construction Management Major. When she realized she could make cool stuff and get paid for making something out of nothing in a field like advertising, she immediately switched to a Visual Communications Major. When not making cool stuff with CVR, Kelly can be found hiking, cooking or hanging out with her two Burmese cats, Romeo & Annabelle.
Don’t call Kelly a “do gooder.” Call her a “do better.” That’s what she does. When nonprofit clients have lean budgets, short staffs and long wish lists, Kelly finds a way to get their message out. She loves the game and has found a niche in the nonprofit sector, creating messaging campaigns that change our world, not the bottom line. That’s special. And she’s our specialist. In her spare time (yeah, spare time) you can catch Kelly at the ball diamond watching her two kids participate in the local version of the national pastime.
Normally, there’s the agency side and then there’s the client side. With Kelsey, however, there are no sides—the client and the agency are on the same team. She provides seamless communication and constant support for her team. More importantly, she guides the team with smart, strategic thinking. And she smiles through it all.
When Kelsey isn’t at the office, you can find her painting. That’s right, she’s an artist, too. Even our non-creatives are creative.
Kevin helps clients achieve their goals by putting strong, smart teams on the case. And that includes himself. He’s not afraid to roll up his sleeves to uncover the truths to help a brand stand out. He derives this straightforward and fearless approach from his experience guiding strategy in retail, quick-serve restaurants and consumer packaged goods industries where he focused on e-commerce, direct marketing, corporate communications, loyalty marketing and cause marketing. Kevin has also worked both sides of the fence in marketing – as a client and as an agency guy, so he knows what clients expect from their agency. Get in touch and see what this complete agency experience can do for your brand.
Marketing has changed a lot since Kirk first arrived at CVR back in the day. Now in his second tour of duty, it’s remarkable to see how one thing has not, and that’s Kirk’s ability to adapt to the different challenges that today’s marketplace presents. That’s why clients count on him for everything from brand audits and global strategy to new product launches and lead development. Honestly, there is probably not a situation that Kirk and his teams have not faced, so go ahead, throw your biggest challenge his way. And if he hasn’t seen it before, he has the expertise to find a solution. Hey we all know there is no substitute for experience…and there’s no substitute for Kirk Stahl.
To Margie, it’s not just copy, it’s painting a picture with words. Every day she is called upon to find the right voice … the right tone … the right message. And every day she creates words that evoke emotion, call to action, and make the ordinary special.
People say nobody reads copy. People are wrong. When Margie puts words together they don’t just get read, they get felt.
So the next time you’re looking to have your story told, let Margie do the talking.
Mary keeps the office clicking. From researching to surveying to presentations, she’s always there to lend a hand. It also helps that she’s a MacGyver with office supplies.
Don’t believe us? Ask her how to open a stubborn salsa jar, Staples-style. And see how everyone’s creative at CVR.
Whether the media is social or otherwise, Mary will shepherd your messaging. With a command of media buying, analytics and digital strategy, she brings a crossover expertise that provides the flexibility and open mindedness that brands need to be successful. Mary’s keen understanding of how traditional media touches the target audience on the digital side helps craft effective campaigns that deliver. Even more than talking DMAs and CTRs, Mary enjoys traveling, fencing, skydiving and whitewater rafting (ok, maybe not those last two). She also endorses the use of the phrase “Amn’t I?” in social settings. She’ll be happy to explain why.
Matt believes creativity is not reserved for the creative department…ideas can come from anywhere. So Matt actually listens while working to create the best work possible. Due to his past history as an advertising director, Matt is one of those rare creatives who can actually understand why clients sometimes act the way they do…and has no problem stepping in as client contact when needed. Armed with a degree, 25 years in the industry/business and a glass-half-full mentality, Matt and his team will find a way. Guaranteed. Finally, Matt does not own any mock turtlenecks. He does, however, own plenty of 80s music.
Meg brings an open mind and a love of improv to CVR, her wit and quick thinking sharpened on stages in Bloomington and Chicago. That mind and her uncanny ability to recite obscure movie lines ensure that creative sessions stay fresh and headed in the right direction. Toss Meg an idea and let her run with it, and she’ll be sure to come back with copy that moves readers to action. When she’s not coming up with new ideas for age-old marketing problems, you can find Meg pitching for the CVR kickball team or taste-testing all the new beers from Indy’s craft brewery scene.
Paige fires on all cylinders, using every program, across all platforms to deliver the most hash-taggable, friend-sharable, viral content out there. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg on all Paige can do. Born and raised in Floyds Knobs, IN, Paige honed her skills at Indiana University and brought her talents to Indy. Saddle a horse? Snap incredible photos? Rock “cream and crimson” candy-stripped pants? Animate a whole lotta something out of a whole lotta nothing? Know more songs than Spotify? Hand-letter like a BOSS?? Yeah, Paige does all that and more. Feel free to act like you’re impressed because we sure are.
When Paul broke into the business, people still read copy. These days, people still read what he writes. Why? Because for Paul, bringing ideas to life through words is more than a job: it’s a craft. A craft that he’s turned into an award-winning career. Paul has written for everything from bourbon to automatic transmissions and has yet to miss a shift when the team stays late to brainstorm.
Paul’s ability to step back from an assignment and think about the entire landscape sets him apart from most writers. He can see the forest for the trees. And when he’s not blazing a trail for clients, you can find Paul hitting the trail as a Scout leader for Indy area Boy Scouts.
They say the Swiss are neutral, but this one definitely has a bias towards fresh, inspiring design. Sibylle makes perfecting layouts a priority, sweating the details that make a campaign truly unique. So our responsiveness appears effortless.
Feel free to say hi, even if it is just to see if she’ll hook you up with some Toblerone.
Can you see yourself here? CVR is always looking for people who have what it takes to get the job done. Check out our current job openings or send in your portfolio. We’d love to know what you’ve got…and see if you’d fit in. So take a minute and show us why you deserve consideration. It doesn’t cost anything. And you never know, until you know.
Clients trust us with their most valuable resources. Their products. Their messaging. Their customers. Their money. And we don’t take it lightly. We are charged with developing the advertising, logos, marketing and communications that do more than generate business – they create an emotional connection that truly builds a brand.