What We're About

Sq1 is more than a full-service digital agency. We’re a data-driven marketing firm that delivers results by activating customer data. Through advertising technology, marketing services and advanced analytics, we drive sales and maximize Return on Ad Spend (ROAS) across all digital touch points

Translation: we do great work for our clients, and we have the data to prove it.

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Our History

Since 1995, Sq1 has pushed the bounds of how brands utilize data in advertising. Founded in Dallas by Ernie Capobianco, Sq1 quickly blossomed into an award-winning agency that has garnered a whole slew of accolades. Ernie ran Sq1 by four core values—Creative, Curious, Strategic, and Fearless—that we still adhere to today.

In 2010, Gabe Winslow and John Holmes partnered with Ernie and Judge Graham to establish Sq1 West in Portland, OR. Our headquarters has shifted from Dallas to Portland since Sq1 was acquired by CRM marketing firm, Ansira.

What our clients
& Partners are saying

  • Sq1 has been instrumental in making it easier than ever for Portland fans to buy Trail Blazers tickets. And with Sq1's assistance with our digital marketing strategy, we've become one of the NBA's most innovative teams in this space.

    Dewayne Hankins, Chief Marketing Officer
    Portland Trail Blazers

  • The task was to introduce a new brand in a low interest category and generate sales during the off-peak selling seasons with a 90 day project deadline. Not only did Sq1 readily accept the challenge, they designed a program that resulted in active sales leads within a couple of days followed by a continuous flow of qualified sales leads. Needless to say, we are a happy client.

    Rex Anderson, Director of Communications
    Daikin

  • Data and analytics, coupled with a deep understanding and genuine appreciation of the customer journey continues to transform the way we go to market and engage with our customer. We believe Sq1 is the ideal partner to move Aflac forward as we continue to revolutionize marketing in the insurance industry.

    Gail Gallupo, SVP and Chief Marketing Officer
    Aflac

Our Core Values

Since our humble beginnings, Sq1 has always strived to be curious, fearless, strategic, and creative in our work. We even have unique reminders of our core values placed around the office. It’s not just a work philosophy, it’s words to live by.

Curious

When we’re not asking why, we’re asking why not?

Fearless

We are not afraid to try something new and take on any challenge

Strategic

We stay focused on the big picture and always think two steps ahead

Creative

The best way to deal with problems is to think of an answer no one thought possible

Our Fearless Leaders

John Holmes Partner

John Holmes
Partner

John Holmes
Partner

With his 17 years of marketing experience, John Holmes leads the traditional half of Sq1’s advertising. Throughout his long and fruitful career, John has done business with Fortune 100 companies and mingled with celebrities like Snoop Dogg. He likes to refresh by keeping his collegiate level golf skills sharp and traveling the world with his family.

Gabe Winslow Partner

Gabe Winslow
Partner

Gabe Winslow
Partner

Gabe Winslow leads the digital side of Sq1, and brings 13 years of experience managing digital and social media for blue-chip clients like Nike, Lexus and Bekins. With 6 kids, Gabe is a very busy man at home. But in the rare times he has to himself, Gabe indulges in fine bourbon (go figure), board games, hiking, and self-professed nerdy fascinations.

Chip Gorman SVP Insight and Analytics

Chip Gorman
SVP Insight and Analytics

Chip Gorman
SVP Insight and Analytics

Chip Gorman’s commitment to improve marketing ROI goes back over 30 years with big-name clients like McDonald’s, Gamestop, and The Cheesecake Factory. When he’s not acting as General Manage of Sq1 Dallas, Chip is running on roads and trails around Dallas in preparation of his next race.

Deb Houston Finance & Human Resources

Deb Houston
Finance & Human Resources

Deb Houston
Finance & Human Resources

During her impressive 20-year long career, rumor has it Deb used to be an accountant by day and drummer for the punk band “The Cindys” by night. Today, she continues that maverick streak here at Sq1 as our VP of finance, charged with keeping the agency in the black.

Tucker Hassler Executive Creative Director

Tucker Hassler
Executive Creative Director

Tucker Hassler
Executive Creative Director

Tucker is an internationally awarded Creative Director with a knack for bringing strategy together with integrated storytelling principles. It’s a talent that has taken shape on many a bar napkin, notepad, or shower door, depending where ‘inspiration strikes’. A true adrenaline junkie, Tucker has over 1700 skydives under his belt.

Tim Lombardi VP Media Strategy

Tim Lombardi
VP Media Strategy

Tim Lombardi
VP Media Strategy

Connecticut native Tim Lombardi uses his technical and creative background to weave insights and analysis into strategies for our clients. Thriving on being involved at every stage of the process, he provides invaluable direction to the operations of Sq1.

Melissa Braden VP Client Partnership

Melissa Braden
VP Client Partnership

Melissa Braden
VP Client Partnership

Melissa Braden specializes in maintaining client relationships. She’s been in advertising for 21 years and has worked with clients like Arby’s, Dominos, and Rent-A-Center. When she’s not at work, Melissa likes to spend quality time with her family at the beach.

Derek Root  VP Client Partnership

Derek Root
VP Client Partnership

Derek Root
VP Client Partnership

Derek Root brings 20 years of marketing experience to Sq1. He's worked with some big name clients like KinderCare and Aflac, and specializes in account management and strategy. Outside of work, Derek likes to travel with his wife and 7-year old daughter.

Paul Natta AVP Traditional Media

Paul Natta
AVP Traditional Media

Paul Natta
AVP Traditional Media

With over 10 years of experience planning local and national broadcast campaigns, Paul is an invaluable asset to Sq1 as Director of Traditional Media. Married with one son, Paul is almost as busy at home as he is at work. But when he can, he finds joy in the outdoors: camping, hiking, snowboarding, rock climbing, biking and running.

Kaena Miller AVP Owned Media

Kaena Miller
AVP Owned Media

Kaena Miller
AVP Owned Media

As Director of Onsite Optimization for Sq1, Kaena champions data-driven site recommendations for a wide variety of clients. Kaena specializes in SEO and UX, but has over 7 years of broad experience in digital marketing. He pronounces “gif” with a hard g, like “gift.”

Keith Caswell AVP Digital Media

Keith Caswell
AVP Digital Media

Keith Caswell
AVP Digital Media

As Director of Digital Media at Sq1, Keith sets the pace for his team of paid media specialists by asking difficult questions and challenging the status quo of digital marketing to achieve his client’s objectives. He works hard to not only meet client KPI’s, but to exceed them and do so in the most cost efficient way.

Alicia Richardson Director CP

Alicia Richardson
Director CP

Alicia Richardson
Director CP

Alicia Richardson brings upstanding professionalism and 17 years of experience in client service to Sq1 Dallas. But that’s not all she brings. When the sweet smell of Alicia’s signature baked goods wafts through the office, you’re in for a real treat—if you can snag one before they’re gone.

Emily Schaefers Director CP

Emily Schaefers
Director CP

Emily Schaefers
Director CP

Emily Schaefers manages key agency accounts to ensure their marketing efforts are running smoothly. Outside of work she loves cooking elaborate meals, sipping fine wines, and dancing up a storm at Zumba classes.

Andi Karnes Director of Production

Andi Karnes
Director of Production

Andi Karnes
Director of Production

With over 20 years of print experience, Andi Karnes plans national direct mail campaigns. From parsing through data to purchasing the print, Andi oversees every aspect of direct mail campaign executions. She’s a fierce negotiator who carries a contagious air of enthusiasm.

Hannah Stephans Creative Services Manager

Hannah Stephans
Creative Services Manager

Hannah Stephans
Creative Services Manager

As Creative Services Manager, Hannah oversees the production and delivery of Sq1’s creative work. In her 15+years of experience, Hannah has helped streamline the creative efforts of brands like Clorox, Kraft, AllState, and Whirlpool to name a few. Once a creative herself, Hannah has retained the habit of calling her co-workers “dude.”

Scott Slicho Creative Project Manager

Scott Slicho
Creative Project Manager

Scott Slicho
Creative Project Manager

15+ years of advertising experience in both client and agency side roles has made Scott the ideal Creative Project Manager. He bridges the gap between creative capabilities and client objectives, providing key insights into strategy. Outside of work, Scott enjoys all things outdoors and spending time with his family.

Donica Polce Digital Project Manager

Donica Polce
Digital Project Manager

Donica Polce
Digital Project Manager

Donica Polce project manages the stellar web development team at Sq1. She bridges the connection between clients and internal teams while ensuring expectations are met and the tools for success are acquired. In addition to her passion for her work, she enjoys skydiving and spending time with her two cats.

David Zumini UX Manager

David Zumini
UX Manager

David Zumini
UX Manager

For David, analytics and design go together like peanut butter and chocolate. As UX Manager, his design inspiration starts with the data, allowing him to layer modern visual design over deep insights on user behavior, ultimately crafting delightful experiences that convert. Outside the office, David enjoys hiking new trails, traveling, and sipping a fine (read: peaty) Scotch whisky.

Rachel Wright SEO Manager

Rachel Wright
SEO Manager

Rachel Wright
SEO Manager

Rachel is a digital maven and SEO saint. She matches search intent with business goals, and challenges her team to stay ahead of Google. A bit of a nerd, a bit of a daydreamer. She follows her heart when the road calls.

Jeremy Kenedy Web Engineering Manager

Jeremy Kenedy
Web Engineering Manager

Jeremy Kenedy
Web Engineering Manager

Jeremy has a passion for making concepts into reality. Jeremy enjoys building modern web applications because it is like riding a unicorn at 2000mph with my rocket launcher while chasing a Ferrari that can fly. His love of code, obsession with organization, and his planning execution (along with a little Dr. Pepper) play major parts in his ability to produce awesome web products. One of Jeremy’s favorite things to do is to provide a sleek front end User Interface that elegantly and RESTfully pairs with secure back end. When not working on private projects he enjoys being activity involved in the open source development community and is always willing to teach others.

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