Vermilion Design + Digital Vermilion

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About

Work with a purpose

Over 35 years ago we set out to make a difference for clients who make a difference. Why stop now?

 

To make a difference, you have to be different.

We focus on what matters. We place a premium on cultivating meaningful relationships, embracing our curiosities, and crafting work that nurtures community karma.

We’re B-Corp certified. The highest standard for corporate social responsibility, this certification preaches what we’ve practiced since day one: use our business as a force for good.

We’re nimble. We want to work with anyone who’s as determined to grow the good as we are. From purpose-driven products and nonprofits to foundations and local government, if your goal is to create positive change, we can (and want to) help you do it.  

 

Meet the team.

In our spare time, we work with the nonprofit community, serve on boards, volunteer, and on occasion, tube to work. We’re proud of how we infuse those personal passions into every project to deliver work that exceeds expectations.

Our Team

Judge us by our work — or by our shoes.

  • Betsy Gill

    Betsy Gill

    Office Manager

    Betsy Gill

    Office Manager

    Betsy draws upon her experiences as an artist, designer, small-business owner, teacher, and administrator to keep things running smoothly at Vermilion. With her unique combination of skills, she tends to staff and clients alike, as you’d expect from her rotating list of titles which includes Chief Officer of Getting It Done, Happiness Engineer, and Office Mom. Her environmental awareness first bloomed in her early days at the University of Oregon, and continues with her work guiding Vermilion on the path toward zero waste.

  • Paul Richard

    Paul Richard

    UI/UX Designer

    Paul Richard

    UI/UX Designer

    Paul is a user-centric designer with years of experience working with nonprofit and foundation clients. He views design as a great balancing act; to balance aesthetics, performance, business goals, users, and constraints, you must understand the needs of the design team, the client, and the audience. Paul uses this understanding to lay the groundwork for the design and development process, defining content architecture and strategy. A native Coloradan and avid outdoorsman, Paul can often be found exploring the mountains on foot, on skis, or on his bike.

  • Amy Hayes

    Amy Hayes

    Art Director

    Amy Hayes

    Art Director

    Design thinking comes naturally to Amy. With two decades of experience designing logos, print, interactive, and environmental projects, she’s game for just about anything. From high tech to nonprofit to apparel to natural products and everything in between. She’s a mom, a trail runner, an all around creative who’s a bundle of fun. A graduate of SUNY at Binghamton, she’s obsessed with projected type, and hates people who talk without listening. And she was once a dishwasher at McMurdo Station in Antarctica (for real — ask her.)

  • Susan Touchette Aust

    Susan Touchette Aust

    Account Director

    Susan Touchette Aust

    Account Director

    One of several “boomerangers” at Vermilion, Susan was a client, then joined the staff as a project manager, working with clients like Robinson Dairy, Allegro Coffee and Spyder Skiwear. After nine years, she left Vermilion to join the Noodles & Company marketing team where she later served as creative director. Susan returned to the agency in 2011. Today, she brings that client-side experience providing strategic direction, creative development and account stewardship to guide the execution of integrated communication programs for a variety of clients including most recently 34 Degrees Crisps, Zuke’s Natural Dog Treats and Froozer. When she’s not in the office, Susan might be practicing yoga or jetting across the country to watch her sons perform in stage plays or hockey tournaments.

  • Bob Morehouse

    Bob Morehouse

    CEO

    Bob Morehouse

    CEO

    Bob founded Vermilion more than 35 years ago, and he’s been fostering long-term relationships with clients locally and nationwide ever since. Bob has deep roots in Boulder’s nonprofit community, and he’s passionate about promoting the arts and sustainability locally. He’s a founding member of the Colorado chapter of the AIGA, and he serves on numerous boards including the Colorado Chautauqua Association and the Boulder Chamber of Commerce. Bob is known for attending an alarming number of social events after the office closes, a fierce determination to address climate change, and an obsession with outer space.

  • Mark Pinkerton

    Mark Pinkerton

    Art Director

    Mark Pinkerton

    Art Director

    Mark has more than 15 years of design experience in branding, print, TV, web and packaging, having worked extensively with both startups and international brands including Chase Bank and Nestle. Mark received a national ADDY award, and his work has been published in both HOW and Print magazines. A Midwesterner who spent a few years in Hawaii, Mark spends his spare time with his twin girls or at a workbench, where he turns salvaged wood into mirrors, light fixtures, and other household furnishings.

  • Sarah Halle

    Sarah Halle

    Copywriter

    Sarah Halle

    Copywriter

    A writer of words and lover of dessert, Sarah started in The Big Apple crafting and executing data-driven integrated campaigns for brands like Unilever, Chobani and more. With a background in PR, Sarah skillfully blends her earned, strategic and creative experience to deliver truly holistic thinking. She moved to Boulder for love, only wears plaid on occasion and brings a quick – albeit evenly matched – wit to the Vermilion team as a Copywriter and conceptual thinker.

  • Lauren Reynoso

    Lauren Reynoso

    Senior Account Manager

    Lauren Reynoso

    Senior Account Manager

    A graduate of the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado, Lauren brings an extensive knowledge of marketing, branding, digital experience and bad puns to Vermilion. She managed implementation and production of the Beforeplay.org brand, which focuses on unintended pregnancies and sexual health in Colorado. She also works with Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network, CCNA, JC’s, The Community Foundation and more. Outside of work, you can find her casually training for her annual half marathon, snowboarding in and out of bounds, learning to code or hanging with her cats.

  • Thaddeus Napp

    Thaddeus Napp

    Strategist

    Thaddeus Napp

    Strategist

    After starting his agency career in design and copywriting, Thaddeus found his true calling in strategy, where he uncovers powerful consumer insights that help businesses and nonprofits forge relationships with their target audience. Thaddeus earned a degree in film and animation from the Rochester Institute of Technology, which explains the storyteller’s sense of narrative that he brings to his work. Thad spends his evenings and weekends running, biking, cooking, gardening, and remodeling his home in Longmont.

  • Brittany Ansay

    Brittany Ansay

    Web Developer

    Brittany Ansay

    Web Developer

    Brittany started out as an artist, but quickly found a passion in web development. A graduate of CU-Boulder with a BFA in Interactive Art and BA in Journalism, she now specializes in front-end languages, responsive web design, and rich, interactive user experiences. At Vermilion, she’s contributed to the development of sites for Reading Partners, Denver’s Early Childhood Council, and Love Vail. She keeps herself busy in the internet of things, teaching web at Front Range Community College, but can always spare some time for a friendly game of backgammon or foosball.

  • Will Busby

    Will Busby

    Digital Marketing Manager

    Will Busby

    Digital Marketing Manager

    A graduate of Full Sail University, Will is a certified Google partner for mobile, search, display, and video. A fan of Eric Ries and Seth Godin, he’s spent his career working for big companies and smaller start-ups focusing on higher education, affiliate marketing, radio, and live entertainment. When he isn’t creating compelling search campaigns, you can find him listening to The Grateful Dead while harassing his cat Winston Thelonious Monk a.k.a. @winniewoowoo.

  • Matt Dickey

    Matt Dickey

    Web Developer

    Matt Dickey

    Web Developer

    Graduate of CU Boulder and Colorado native, Matt Dickey is a passionate technologist with a love for the arts. He earned his BA in Studio Arts and an MS in Creative Technology & Design where he found a love for web and app development. Matt, who goes by ‘Dickey’ came to Vermilion with an extensive background in tech support, rebuilding computers, and visual merchandising. In his free time he likes to paint, play hockey, tinker with micro-controllers, and play guitar.

  • Mary Mac

    Mary Mac

    Business Manager

    Mary Mac

    Business Manager

    Mary has professional experience working for both large and small corporations, as well as nonprofits. Her wealth of knowledge comes from working for companies like Nobel Sysco, Fresh Point Denver, People’s Clinic, and Konetics in roles such as CFO and Accounting Controller. Mary has experience managing accounting departments, conducting financial reporting and auditing and overseeing insurance and compliance matters. A master gardener and avid painter, Mary sells her work at local galleries.

  • Matt LeBeau

    Matt LeBeau

    Digital Marketing Director

    Matt LeBeau

    Digital Marketing Director

    Matt leads Vermilion’s efforts to put more eyeballs on your pixels via advertising, search-engine optimization, website and content production, social media, email marketing, and data analytics. He brings more than twelve years of experience in marketing strategy and implementation, and has managed client accounts for global brands, high-tech startups, and local nonprofits including Horizon Organic, Good Times Burgers, Vail Resorts, and ACLU and most recently University of Colorado, 34 Degrees Crisps, and Froozer. When he’s not looking at a screen, he’s spending time with his three daughters, running trails with his dog Loki, or making art out of beer bottle caps.

  • Sarah Dalia

    Sarah Dalia

    Account Manager

    Sarah Dalia

    Account Manager

    A New England native, Sarah began her career at Grey New York where she developed national digital initiatives for pharma brand, Eli Lilly, with the aim to modernize the category. After two years in Manhattan, Sarah packed up her Jeep and moved to Boulder, where she worked to reposition brands like Clayton Homes and Earth Balance. Sarah brings deep integrated marketing campaign experience to the Vermilion team, but when she’s not executing great creative, she’s climbing up a mountain – or skiing down it.

  • Tony George

    Tony George

    Managing Director

    Tony George

    Managing Director

    Tony brings 20 years of successful hustling to Vermilion – having worked in diverse industries as entertainment in LA, government in Australia, start-ups and digital agencies. This allows him to speak and act on a broad range of issues, continually crusading against mediocrity and ‘ordinary’. His day-to-day focus includes business development, internal operations, and marketing – but overall he’s a Swiss Army Knife that can jump in wherever needed. With a undergraduate degree in Marketing from CU and an MBA from Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, Tony’s happy to be back in Boulder and near the mountains. In his spare time he chases his 2 year old, takes pictures, plays guitar, hikes, and naps.

  • Jake Marty

    Jake Marty

    Designer

    Jake Marty

    Designer

    Jake comes from a diverse background of active lifestyle companies, startups, film festivals and nonprofits, bringing a passion for design, photography and video with him every step of the way. Oh, and running shoes, because when you worked at Newton Running, you build quite the collection. A graduate of Colby College in Maine, Jake lived in NYC and small-town CO before settling in Boulder to pursue, among other things, everything outdoor-related. When he’s not at the computer, you can (or can’t) find him playing in the mountains, chasing his Border Terrier or voraciously reading.

  • Kevin Bonner

    Kevin Bonner

    Art Director

    Kevin Bonner

    Art Director

    Kevin brings more than 15 years of experience in both brand development and design execution. He joined Vermilion in 2006, after honing his craft in San Francisco working for clients including SanDisk, Yonex, the San Francisco Giants and UbiSoft. At Vermilion, Kevin has designed for clients across all verticals, including Whole Foods Market, IZZE, JC’s, and Via (formerly Special Transit). Kevin recently returned to mountain biking (and promptly injured himself) and he’s teaching himself to play the banjo.

  • Paul Knipe

    Paul Knipe

    Account Director

    Paul Knipe

    Account Director

    Paul brings more than 19 years of account management experience in strategic design and web development. Prior to joining Vermilion, he served as an interactive director at the Clorox Company and account manager at Brand Engine in Sausalito. Paul has worked with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Mott Foundation, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Town of Vail, Boulder Valley School District, and the City of Boulder. An artist, outdoorsman, swimmer, news junkie, and music aficionado, Paul spends most weekends biking, skiing, snowboarding, or all of the above.

  • Vanessa Rathbone

    Vanessa Rathbone

    Account Manager

    Vanessa Rathbone

    Account Manager

    Vanessa’s entrepreneurial spirit and insatiable curiosity served her well at MM Local and several other start-ups within the sustainable agriculture industry, and that background now informs her work with Vermilion’s natural food clients. Vanessa is passionate about working with brands with a strong mission, and she enjoys understanding what makes businesses tick. Her experience lies in consumer packaged goods, marketing strategy, digital marketing, analytics, brand development, and business development. She gets her kicks traveling, volunteering, and being a mother to five hens.

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