As chief executive officer, Marcus Fischer leads the business, vision and culture for Carmichael Lynch. Under his leadership, the agency has had four years of consecutive, double-digit revenue growth and headcount has grown by more than 40 percent while maintaining a less than 10 percent turnover rate in 2016.
Marcus helped spearhead the development of Carmichael Lynch’s unique business offering, bringing together advertising and PR to provide a holistic business solution for clients. This cross-discipline, collaborative approach has been key to the agency’s success and was solidified with the rebrand of the agencies in 2016 and the renaming of PR agency, Carmichael Lynch Relate.
Marcus rejoined Carmichael Lynch in 2012 as chief strategy officer, then added the title of president and managing partner in 2013, before being named chief executive officer in 2017.
Prior to Carmichael Lynch, Fischer spent four years at the helm of digital firm Space150, where he helped dramatically grow the agency and was a regular contributor to Ad Age’s Digital Next section. Earlier in his career, Marcus founded his own firm, One and All, after a stint in account planning at Fallon and a previous role at Carmichael Lynch.
Over the years, Fischer has worked on some of the nation’s most envied brands and has been the strategic mind behind countless winning campaigns for current Carmichael Lynch clients Subaru of America, U.S. Bank and Arla Foods, and other highly regarded brands such as BMW, Buffalo Wild Wings, Starbucks, Purina Dog Chow, Dairy Queen and Target.
Marcus’s achievements have been recognized by the most respected creative and strategic competitions in marketing, including the Effies, the Webby Awards, the One Show, Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, the Jay Chiat Awards, the Creative Media Awards and OMMA. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and has taught at both the MiamiAdSchool and BrainCo.
The father of three boys and husband to Wendy, Fischer is an avid fly fisherman and serves on the board of the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota.
Marty is our Chief Creative Officer and a Managing Partner. He oversees creative direction on all of the agency’s clients, including Subaru, U.S. Bank, Phillips 66, the Minnesota Twins and Arla.
In a nearly 20-year career, Marty has created award-winning, cross-platform ideas for brands around the world, including Levi’s, Google, Ray-Ban, Jeep, Time Magazine, the BBC, and the NBA. His work has been recognized by The One Show, Cannes Lions, Communication Arts, and the Effies. Prior to Carmichael Lynch, Marty worked at agencies in New York, London, San Francisco, Boston, and Seattle.
A native Minnesotan, Marty lives 12 minutes from the office with his wife Kimberly and their two boys, Hugo and Freddie.
As president and managing partner of Carmichael Lynch and Carmichael Lynch Relate, Julie Batliner oversees the leadership and direction for both the creative and public relations agencies.
Batliner is focused on business success for our clients. She is the lead catalyst for integration of all agency offerings, bringing clients a holistic, cross-discipline approach to their marketing solutions. This unique ability to activate multiple and distinct agency resources based on individual client’s needs has accelerated growth for clients and agency alike.
As managing partner, Batliner has helped oversee four consecutive years of double-digit growth for Carmichael Lynch. In her first year as Carmichael Lynch Relate’s president, Batliner led the agency to unprecedented success, with 47% revenue growth and more than 50% growth in headcount. The year was capped with a win at the 2017 PRWeek Awards for Outstanding Midsize Agency. She was elevated to president of Carmichael Lynch in April 2017.
Batliner has earned industry-wide recognition for her work, including Silver Anvils, Effie Awards, SABREs and PRSA Classics, among others, on behalf of some of the most prestigious brands in the world. She has been individually recognized as a recipient of two Stevie Awards in the categories of Female Executive of the Year and Woman of the Year, a Champion of PR by PRWeek and a Working Mother of the Year by She Runs It (formerly AWNY). She was also chosen as one of Forty Under 40 by PRWeek and The Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal.
While she graduated from Mizzou, Batliner is a long-time resident of Minnesota with her two children and husband, and is an active member of her community, serving on the board and executive committee of Meet Minneapolis, Convention and Visitors Association
As CFO and Managing Partner of Carmichael Lynch, Mark is responsible for the Administrative, Support and Production functions. Prior to joining CL in 2002, Mark was at Plasmon Corporation for two years as CFO. He's a CPA with past experience at Ernst & Young and as a Finance Director at the Pillsbury Company. Mark has lived his whole life in the Twin Cities and graduated from the University of Minnesota.
He is married to Jill whom he met at the Pillsbury Company. They have three children: Derek who is 5 and twin 3-year-old girls named Nicole and Jessica. Mark enjoys the outdoors in particular hunting and fishing. He also enjoys golf and time spent up north at the lake with the family.
Lachlan Badenoch joins Carmichael Lynch after a near 20-year strategic track record, most recently running an independent consultancy and working at Minneapolis-based strategy agency Zeus Jones, where he lent his extensive cross-discipline global experience to drive business thinking and marketing innovations for clients such as Nestle, GMI, Purina and others.
Lachlan has previously been based in Paris leading global campaigns for global Publicis Groupe clients like Orange, The Coca-Cola Company and eBay, and also at Fallon Minneapolis where he served as Planning Director on the BMW, Brawny and Purina accounts. Lachlan started his strategy career at Leo Burnett London, where he helped pioneer digital and brand entertainment projects for Heinz, Nintendo, McDonalds, Virgin, and other major brands during one of the agency’s most decorated eras.
Lachlan has earned vast industry recognition for his work, winning multiple creativity and strategy accolades from the some of the top advertising competitions in the world, including the One Show, Cannes Lions, the Clio Awards, IPA and Effie awards and more.
Stacy Janicki leads Carmichael Lynch’s account management department, which delivers strategic leadership to clients and oversees increasingly collaborative efforts within the agency. With more than 15 years in the advertising industry, her work experience spans many business categories, including retail, consumer packaged goods, outdoor recreation, telecommunications, and healthcare.
Prior to coming aboard at Carmichael Lynch, Stacy served as director of account management at Colle+McVoy, where she was also a member of the senior leadership team. Over the course of her tenure, she helped strengthen and reinvent brands such as Caribou Coffee, the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation, ESPN, Old Navy, and Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods.
She has also served in account leadership roles at Campbell Mithun and Martin Williams for clients including General Mills, Anheuser-Busch, ConAgra, Microsoft, 3M, Bruegger’s Bagels, and Verizon Cellular.
Stacy has contributed to work heralded by the O'Toole Awards, PRSA, the Webby Awards, the One Show, and Effie Awards. Her work has also been featured on media properties as varied as The Jay Leno Show, the CBS Early Morning Show, PerezHilton.com, ESPN, Communication Arts, Fast Company, and Brandweek.
Stacy received a B.A. in Communications from the University of Notre Dame, where she was a scholarship member of the nationally ranked women’s basketball team. While at Notre Dame, she did post-graduate work in the field of counseling psychology. She is co-chair of the Twin Cities 4A’s board, and in 2011 the Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal selected her as a “Woman to Watch” based on her professional and personal achievements.
Neil found his way into advertising like many media folks: completely by accident. It’s been a great way to exercise his analytical and problem solving skills, while also building brands and relationships. He has brought this expertise to brands ranging from financial to automotive, including State Farm, Subaru, Johnson & Johnson, FTD, Wrigley and Harley-Davidson among them.
Neil began his career at Campbell Mithun, then spent time in Chicago at DDB and OMD before returning to the Twin Cities for a tour on the client side, working for General Mills. He joined the ranks of Carmichael Lynch in 2004.
Neil is a thought leader in his own right, bringing innovative thinking and progressive, strategic approaches to media partnerships and activations. And it has served him well – Neil’s work has been heralded by the Effie Awards, the O’Toole Awards, and multiple Media Plan of the Year awards.
Originally from Canada, Neil would love to explain the sport of curling to you – he still plays near his home in St. Paul – or enter into an in-depth discussion about the expanding craft beer scene. Neil enjoys spending time with his wife and children, and occasionally finds time to slip away to the golf course.
Joe joined Carmichael Lynch in 2006 as Director of Integrated Production. His impact was felt immediately with work shot in best-for-the-project locations (such as India and South Africa), by award-winning directors, and containing the best, often never before used tracks (Guns N’ Roses to Wizard of Oz). Joe has guided clients through the early learning curve of digital and web-ready video, its challenges and its efficiencies. A Minnesota Music Award runner-up (come on, Prince is the competition!), Joe moved into film and the Arizona Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences. With a passion for bringing creative ideas to life, he landed at Fallon. There, he produced work for Holiday Inn Express, BMW, Citibank, Children's Defense Fund, Subway, Georgia Pacific, AND 1 Shoes, Lee Jeans, Traveler's Insurance, Nordstrom, PBS, and more. His high standards have been acknowledged with numerous awards (Effies, D&AD, London VFX, One Show, Creativity, Shoot, Boards, Adweek). Outside of work he’ll be hanging out with his wife and daughter – likely watching films and listening to music.
Randy Hughes joined Carmichael Lynch as a senior art director in 2000. He quickly rose through the creative ranks with award-winning work for clients across the agency’s roster, earning top national and international honors for breakthrough campaigns on behalf of American Standard, Porsche, Gibson Guitars and many others.
Hughes is the originator of the Subaru Love campaign, which has not only been universally lauded for its creativity, but has served as a catalyst for the car brand’s recent record sales growth.
Since 2007, when Hughes created the first, emotionally driven work for then-new client Subaru of America, the brand has surged past eleven other automakers on the list of America’s best selling cars. Left in the dust have been big names like Cadillac, BMW and Volkswagen.
TIME Magazine named “Baby Driver,” created by Hughes, as one of its top ten commercials of 2010. Featuring a father and his two real-life daughters, the Subaru spot has been publicly recognized by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, who has called on other manufacturers to emulate its heartfelt safety message.
Milton Un joined Carmichael Lynch in 2017 where he oversees design projects for clients including Jack Link’s, Arla, Evereve, and others. Truly a creative jack-of-all-trades, Milton’s extensive background spans design, art direction and illustration, and he has a storied history working on award-winning campaigns for top brands such as Nike, Apple, ESPN, Adidas, Pentagram and Red Bull, among others. Most recently, Milton spearheaded an ambitious campaign for Jack Link’s, which included a “station domination” taking over light rail stop outside the 2017 X Games with bold posters, animations and other custom content.
Before joining the agency, Milton headed design at Minneapolis-based agencies including Fallon, mono and Olson. He previously served as design director at Target Corporation
Ellie oversees all external and internal brand communication platforms and is tasked with growing the agency’s marketing efforts while achieving recognition for our work, our agency and our people.
Ellie brings nearly 20 years of communications, marketing and account leadership expertise to the Carmichael Lynch brand, with time spent both on the agency and client sides of the business.
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Dorion Taylor leads business development at Carmichael Lynch, overseeing our agency’s marketing and helping us begin uniquely rewarding client relationships. With more than fifteen years in the marketing industry, his experience covers a range of roles, including ad agency account management as well as agency oversight at retail titan Target. Throughout his career, Taylor has made a habit of serving household names such as Burger King, General Mills, Birds Eye and Andersen Windows. He has served on the board of directors of the Minnesota Advertising Federation and was a member of Target Corporation’s African American Business Council. Taylor enjoys spending his spare time as a spectator for his kids’ multiple sports teams and preparing memorable meals with his wife, Dawn. He received his bachelor’s degree in marketing communications and African-American studies from the University of Minnesota.