Passion & Positive Energy

go!-mates are more than really good looking marketing nerds.  The creative energy in the air of our Benton Park space inspires us as we brainstorm the best solutions for you and your business. When not connected to a laptop or a whiteboard, you might spot us walking to the Mud House for a mid-afternoon coffee, or down on a Cherokee Street patio at our Friday team lunch.

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Derek Weber
President
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"Learn, Simplify, & Connect to Create 2x in 1/2x."

As Founder and President of goBRANDgo!, Derek helms the company, culture, cash, and creative sides of the business - when it comes to both ideas and whiteboards, the bigger, the better. Always seeking to understand the simplicity within the building blocks of complexity, Derek leverages his mental horsepower in guiding our go!-mates to develop and execute effective and efficient solutions. He stays physically fit with competitive sports and marathons, and mentally fit with his steady diet of books, podcasts, learning events, and conferences. Outside of goBRANDgo!, Derek spends his time giving back to a variety of nonprofits, including serving on the board of Entrepreneur's Organization and Washington University's Public Relations National Council.

Brandon Dempsey
Partner
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"The thrill of the win and constant pursuit of the horizon."

Brandon is the driving force behind the strategy side of the business, spending his time focused on building relationships with fellow entrepreneurs across not only the US, but the world. When he isn’t crushing it in any of his 25+ weekly meetings, he gives his time to several nonprofit organizations, most notably as the Global Chair for EO Accelerator, a worldwide organization that helps entrepreneurs ignite their businesses. Brandon radiates positive energy wherever he goes, and he goes a lot of places - traveling the world on his BMW motorcycle and completing Ironman triathlons. Any conversation with Brandon will leave you empowergized and ready to conquer your professional and personal goals.

Rachel Winkel
Strategy Director
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Life rewards the brave.

Rachel leads her clients and team with bold strategic vision and business acumen. She's circled the globe gathering best practices from sales and marketing teams in 20 different countries, and she's marketed everything from whiskey to bird spit. Rachel craves adventure. Some of her most memorable escapades include swimming with elephants in Thailand, cliff jumping in Mallorca, diving with sharks in Belize—and the best of all—being a mom.

Jamie Rule
Vice President of Strategy
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Deconstruct to reconstruct.

Jamie leads our strategy department with knowledge of all things marketing and analytics...the likes of which have never been seen at goBRANDgo! until she was placed in our offices by the angels. She leads the charge both on creating marketing strategies for her clients, as well as organizing, managing, and recruiting for new positions at goBRANDgo!. Her 17 years of agency experience help our team and our company level up every day. When she's not working, Jamie enjoys hopping on a flight to Florida and taking her family on day trips to Disney World.

Nicole Turner
Creative Director
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"feed adventure. cherish the roots."

As Creative Director, Nicole spends her days at goBRANDgo! feeding the inspiration of the go!team, leading brainstorm sessions and coaching her fellow creatives. Nicole’s Wins Post-Its always celebrate the accomplishments of our go!mates, and she never misses the chance to recognize others for #newskillslearned. When the iced coffee comes out and the headphones go on, Nicole is busy producing intuitive design, acquiring new knowledge, and collaborating with the strategy team to accomplish our clients’ goals. Nicole is a proud South City resident who is passionate about our community, attending cultural events, hot sauce, homegrown produce, and all aesthetically beautiful things.

Marissa Solomon Vickers
Lead Developer
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"Solving Problems. Always Improving."

Marissa’s analytical and mathematical mind is a perfect match for web development. Armed with her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Marissa’s passion for systems and processes has revolutionized the way that we complete website projects; she is constantly innovating, improving, and adding layers of detail and thoroughness to everything she touches. Marissa has recently removed her headphones to step into her Lead Developer role, mentoring and coaching the Developers on our team to sharpen their skills. Outside of life on the internet, Marissa enjoys puzzles, fantasy novels, crochet, and baking.

Steph Cummings
Executive Assistant, Secret Weapon
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"Transforming tumult into tranquility."

Steph keeps Derek and Brandon focused with (sometimes) ninja-like silence. She is a self-described control freak, operating in the background to keep all of our trains running on time. She will speak up when you don’t replace the toilet paper roll. She is in your inbox. She keeps busy staying one step ahead of Derek and Brandon, booking, coordinating, and doing all the things to further grease the well-oiled machine that is goBRANDgo!. She enjoys cooking, NPR, writing, leadership, all things Apple, horses, nature walks, spikes, wordplay, and challenges. Whether she’s organizing a private motorcycle tour of Bangkok, testing out drones, or just sorting emails, her finger is on the pulse of goBRANDgo!, strategizing on how we can make ourselves awesomer.

Olivia Oppelt
Account Manager
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"Give cheerfully to receive abundantly."

Olivia is Lady of the Tasks at goBRANDgo!. She keeps her clients and go!mates on their toes with her cheerful, yet relentless email reminders, making sure every project is delivered on time, and on budget. She loves traveling, her pups, and of course, coffee. Because people who don’t understand coffee are not to be trusted.

Mandy Manley
Content Writer
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"Seeking the note in the noise."

Coming soon!

Nick Mantia
Developer
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"Stay humble, stay hungry, and leverage the intersection."

Nick started his goBRANDgo! journey back in May of 2015 as an intern/part-time designer when he was an undergrad at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Despite Brandon’s many attempts at convincing him to drop out of school and work with us full-time, Nick stubbornly insisted on completing his degree. Luckily, over the course of the year before he signed on for good, he sharpened both his design and development skills, and he’s had his headphones on ever since. When he’s not building badass Wordpress websites and karate-chopping service tickets, Nick enjoys drawing, comedy, BBQ, and hanging out with his two dogs, Frank and Sweet Dee.

Sam Casey
Designer
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Endless curiosity yields endless creativity.

When he’s not drooling over sexy typefaces, Sam spends his days designing everything that gets thrown his way, including, but not limited to, awesome websites. He desires to know all (true) facts contained by Wikipedia, exuding inspiration with child-like curiosity. He might be Peter Pan at heart, but he doesn’t live in Never-Never Land…this guy has some serious design and dev chops. Known around the office for his reckless confidence in drone operation and trampoline acrobatics, Sam never backs down from a challenge (or a game of PIG).

April Mertens
Account Manager
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Harnessing creative into actionable order

Marketing maven by day, and renegade foodie, live music lover and St. Louis sports fanatic by night, Account Manager April combines creativity and organization to deliver an outstanding customer experience to all the client accounts she touches. The go!Team is always delighted when April’s guinea pig, Biggy Smalls, makes cameo appearances in the office.