At Strausberg, we believe that real success – the kind that grows client business and makes a lasting impact on the marketplace – comes from one thing: a tight-knit team of smart individuals with diverse experience in every marketing discipline. A team that understands how to give clients the ability to compete in new ways. That knows what inspires stellar customer response. That brings a passion for their work every day. That creates enjoyable and productive working relationships. And when it’s all said and done, that
knows how to have fun.
Of course, there’s one thing that can never be quantified. The creative. That magical union of process and chaos, strategy and inspiration, people and perception that breathes new life into a brand. And we like to think we’re pretty good at it.
As a boutique agency, established in 1992, Strausberg provides personalized service and innovative creative, always with an eye on the bottom line. We’re staffed with specialists in every discipline. As proven by a diverse roster of clients, we’re experts at developing strategies and programs of virtually any size and purpose – whether it’s regional ad campaigns or comprehensive corporate websites.
Strausberg’s fearless leader began his journey on the streets of the Big Apple at agencies such as Y&R, before his dreams brought him to the West Coast. Here, he worked at Lord Dentsu before trailblazing his own path. With over 20 years of experience working on everything from Fortune 500 corporations to boutique hotels, Ezra lives for the diversity and challenge each client brings him. His knowledge of the arts, architecture and culture often find their way into meetings, creative projects and Agency happy hours.
A strategic heavy-hitter, David began his career at BBDO/New York working on such global brands as Hyatt Hotels and HBO.
From there he went on to work for some of the leading agencies on both coasts, on some of the most iconic brand names in
the world, like Amex, BofA and GM. David’s strategic insights on the many travel and hospitality accounts he’s worked on over the years, such as Waldorf Astoria, Air New Zealand and Viceroy Hotels, have always led to a thorough understanding of the client’s business issues, brand equities and competitive dynamics, allowing him to guide his team’s conversation and thinking in ways that are both more meaningful and more actionable. David has worked with Strausberg Group for over 15 years.
Mark’s experience at Strausberg Group over the last decade has included work on an array of accounts in the travel, luxury & lifestyle categories, including SOLAGE, Auberge Resorts, and AAA. Mark’s expertise in developing and producing awardwinning creative in all media has been put to work extensively in the luxury travel segment for several iconic brands such as Mandalay Bay, Continental Airlines, and Honda private Jets. Mark’s unique POV on creative comes from years of experience working as both a copywriter and an art director, as well as working closely with clients and colleagues to help develop the strategic directions that guide the process, and the creative materials that result from that thinking. Prior to Strausberg, Mark was Senior Vice President, Creative Director at RPA in Santa Monica.
Lauren leads the agency’s account services team and is the primary point of contact for clients. Her strategic and analytical mindset and keen understanding of marketplace trends make her an integral part of the Strausberg team. Lauren has proven expertise in the launch and oversight of digital marketing campaigns, including website and creative development, paid search and social media activities, as well as performance reporting and campaign optimization strategies.
Cynthia is Strausberg’s resident design ninja. After perfecting her craft at other agencies, including Grey and Saatchi & Saatchi, she came to Strausberg and has maintained the mantra of clean, fresh and inspired design – creating beautiful and thoughtful brands for an array of clients. On the weekends, Cynthia loves putting her taste to good use and loves to shop.
A native Costa Rican, Enrique brings a natural and infectious passion to Strausberg. Following a career in the performing arts that included contemporary dance and set design, Enrique packed his bags and moved to the City of Angels to acquire a Masters in Urban Planning with an emphasis on the arts from UCLA. His eclectic background provides him with unique creative insight, and he’s become an expert on our residential and resort accounts. It doesn’t hurt that his arrival at the office is always accompanied with a captivating outburst of song.
Jon is a key member of the agency’s digital marketing team, responsible for all web-related activities including initial planning and design, UX/UI development, search engine optimization and email marketing efforts. During Jon’s time at Strausberg, he has led website development and launch initiatives for many of the agency’s premier travel and hospitality clients, including the Wymara Resort and Villas, Visit Burbank and Visit Marina del Rey. Previously, Jon honed his proficiency for designing and developing innovative and intuitive websites from front-end to back-end while working with a software startup.
Barry began his career at BBDO New York and J. Walter Thompson, San Francisco, working on powerhouse clients like Pizza Hut, Gillette, Supercuts and Sprint. Since then he’s gone on to pen copy for hundreds of clients across a broad spectrum of categories, with a particular emphasis on tech,
travel & tourism, and government & non-profit organizations. Also a successful screenwriter, Barry spent four years working in Ethiopia, writing and producing videos for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Evan’s primary role at Strausberg is to build our clients’ businesses through the creation, implementation, and ongoing optimization of digital marketing campaigns. She takes a thoughtful, hands-on approach to all digital initiatives, with a particular knack for creating compelling blog content and innovative influencer partnerships. Evan also manages all paid advertising activities, tailoring campaigns for specific search and social media platforms. Her interest in digital marketing started with her passion for a vegetarian lifestyle and the creation of her personal food blog and social media channel (@evanalexisoliver).
After getting her BA in Journalism from a noted University in The Ural Mountains of Russia, Olga turned in the vodka bottles for the fine California wines and headed out west to Santa Monica. There, she obtained her degrees in design, which are just the preludes to her passions. While expressing her talents working with Print and Web, Olga is the convincing proof that organized artists do exist. Being a proud Strausbergian, Olga brings her labors of love…to life.
An MBA graduate with 20 years of consumer and B-to-B experience, Anastasia specializes in media strategy development, planning, buying and optimization across broadcast, print, outdoor, digital, mobile, SEM, events and promotions. She worked for leading international agencies such as Mindshare and BBDO, both in the US and Europe, but also has experience at boutique media agencies. Anastasia’s work at Strausberg Group includes development and optimization of KPI driven programmatic digital campaigns for the One&Only Palmilla and Visit Burbank accounts.
A California State University, Fullerton alumna with a degree in communications and a former Ad Club president, Maricris brings a wealth of diverse marketing and advertising experience to Strausberg. Professionally, Maricris has worked at national advertising agencies including RPA and M&C Saatchi Mobile and has also worked on the client side at Hornblower Cruises & Events. Personally, Maricris is a cooking enthusiast, Greek dance expert and an avid traveler.
A graduate of Chapman, Chelsea earned dual degrees in advertising and dance performance – making her a total double threat. As a member of the Account team, Chelsea brings her zen-like demeanor and sharp eye to the proverbial Account table and ensures that her projects are all executed, from start to finish, without a hitch. Outside of the office, Chelsea indulges her love of dance by taking and teaching classes.
With a degree in in hospitality and resort management, as well as experience in both hotel sales and marketing at an ad agency, Megan has found her niche at Strausberg, where she works on a number of the agency’s hotel accounts. Her attention to detail—and OCD-level organizations skills—makes Megan an invaluable member of the account team. Beyond the office, Megan can be spotted outdoors, at a concert (sometimes at the same time) or trying new restaurants.
Los Angeles-raised, Grand Rapids-educated Isaac majored in Film & Media Studies at Calvin College. Old hat at the web thing, Isaac traces his experience on digital platforms all the way back to when Xanga was on the tip of techie tongues. When he’s not demonstrating his proficiency with WordPress, Isaac is probably rock climbing, volunteering or doing some film photography.
Ryan first began his career at Strausberg as Accounting Manager, and later, as an Account Executive. After taking time to explore other industries, including working with an L.A.-based talent agency, Ryan returned to his hospitality roots to take on the role of Finance Manager at Strausberg. Harnessing both his industry knowledge and deep understanding of the company, Ryan hones his accounting expertise and administration experience to steer Strausberg’s financial ship. A Santa Monica local for two decades, Ryan loves board games, puzzles (hence the affinity for accounting) and enviably forgoes car commutes for bike rides to work.
Thanh is a graduate of California State University, Northridge with a BA in Graphic Design. His work has been featured in notable design blogs and online publications. Identity, branding and packaging are Thanh’s fortes. His main weapon of choice: Photoshop. When not designing, Thanh spends his time exploring L.A. for the newest watering hole. His main goal in life is to own an office completely painted in Pantone 584C.
A native Angeleno, Ray earned his media stripes working for major agencies in both New York and Los Angeles. Having worked with clients across a vast array of industries, ranging from automotive to entertainment, packaged goods to travel, he’s championed the art of staying on top of the ever-changing world of media and is obsessed with looking for the best media solutions for his clients. When not tending to their zoo of rescue animals, Ray and his wife like to travel, cook and make wine.
Rancho Bernardo Inn
Solage Hotels & Resorts
Temecula Creek Inn
La Quinta Resort
Cork Fire Kitchen
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
corporate/not for profit
AAA Life Insurance
Marina del Rey
Burbank Hospitality Association